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This year's edition won't add to Big 'Cap legacy

Updated: February 27, 2003, 11:46 AM ET
By Ed McNamara | Special to ESPN.com

From the beginning, the odds were against it. Build a million-dollar track in the middle of the Depression? People don't have enough to eat, and they're going to play the horses? Great idea said the skeptics. In this sad, bad world, the smart money usually is on the naysayers. This time, they got it all wrong.

The Great Race Place in the shadow of the San Gabriel Mountains was a hit from its beginnings in 1934, and its marquee event with a $100,000 purse was a major factor. The list ...

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