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Triple Crown or not, California Chrome really is a Hollywood story

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Triple Crown or not, California Chrome really is a Hollywood story

Louis Mayer at Santa Anita in 1945 with Katharine Hepburn (from www.acertaincinema.com) Legend has it that Louis B. Mayer was told to get a hobby. It was 1937, and the Hollywood mogul was the highest-salaried person in America, pulling down $1.3-million in annual paychecks (roughly$20-million on today's dollars). Most Americans were still in the throes of the Great Depression, but the film industry was thriving, and so was horse racing. Mayer couldn't have helped but notice his cronies' interest in the Sport of Kings - Bing Crosby, Pat O'Brien, Gary Cooper and a host of Hollywood's A-list had brought the...

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