Racetrack Construction Commences
First racetrack to be constructed after the California Racing Act of 1933
In March of 1934, the California Air Terminal Company, Ltd. leased its land to H. Carlson Crocker of the First Federal Trust Company, and on April 4, 1934, the California Jockey Club assumed control of the lease. Located in San Mateo, California, the track was constructed in 1934 from the designs of Maury I. Diggs after racing was again legalized in the state. It was initially modeled after racetracks and clubhouses at Belmont Park in New York and Arlington Park in Illinois. Bay Meadows officially opened on November 3, 1934 and went on to become an overall reflection of horse racing in California.