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Santa Anita barkeep recalls when sport of kings drew Hollywood greats
Santa Anita barkeep recalls when sport of kings drew Hollywood greats

Nostalgia ain't what it used to be. Just ask Santa Anita barkeep Frank Panza, a link to the days when horse racing was about the only game in town, before the Dodgers came along, then the Lakers, then the edge-of-nowhere casinos the youngsters seem to prefer over this elegant, gorgeously muscled, still-thrilling sport. There's no accounting for taste or trends. "Everything popular is wrong," said Oscar Wilde. Amen to that. This Panza guy's still a beautiful thing, though. Look at the hair, thick as a turf course. The smile, full of Italian twinkle. And listen to his stories, gleaned from a half century as Santa Anita's resident Damon Runyon. "Cary...

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