Bay Meadows Race Course in San Mateo can lay claim to being one of the most tradition-laden and innovative racetracks in the country. It also is the longest continually operating racetrack in California.
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Since its inception in 1934, Bay Meadows has been a venue through which the most famous horses, jockeys and trainers have strolled, and where many “firsts” in racing took place.
Thanks to William P. Kyne, pari-mutuel wagering, the popular Daily Double, the first all-enclosed starting gate, the totalizator board and photo-finish camera were introduced to racing at Bay Meadows.