Two Entertainment Legends Enjoying Some Time On The Track
In this colorized photo, Walt Disney and Charlie Chaplin are holding what appears to be racing schedules and we have no idea what they are talking about, although we do know about one specific incident at the racetack. In an article in the Toronto Star Weekly from November 14, 1964, Disney told a story about a time that he had spent with Chaplin at the Santa Anita Racetrack. In the story, Disney explained that Chaplin was acting out his Little Tramp character. According to Disney, Charlie was so focused on acting out his character that he was unaware of the affect he was having on the crowds around them. Disney said they “got so wrapped up in the pathos of his characterization that they forgot all about the race.”
The original photo was taken at the Santa Anita Racetrack in 1939, the year before Seabiscuit won in a comeback handicap race at the track. The original Santa Anita Racetrack in Arcadia, California was opened in 1907. In 1934, it moved to a new location close by at the foot of the San Gabriel Mountains. Despite the fact that this reopening happened in the midst of the Great Depression, the horse racing track found financial success in the struggling economy.