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A Day at Santa Anita (1937)

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Orphaned horse-trainer's little daughter has reciprocated bond with horse, which needs her presence to win races.


Bobby Connolly


Crane Wilbur (original screenplay)


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Cast overview:
Sybil Jason ... Peaches Blackburn
Marcia Ralston ... Mrs. Van Gordon


After Peaches' father is accidentally killed, she becomes the youngest owner of a racehorse, the amazing Wonder Boy. Peaches presence at the track is key to Wonder Boy's performance, so forces betting on another horse arrange to have her taken into custody by child authorities, but she is rescued by Mrs. Van Gordon, who later adopts her, and returns to the track in time to inspire Wonder Boy to a win. Written by Gabe Taverney

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Short | Drama | Family







Release Date:

22 May 1937 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Technicolor Specials (1936-1937 season) #5: A Day at Santa Anita See more »

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Warner Bros. See more »
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Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Vitaphone production reels #8071-8072. See more »


Featured in Stardust: The Bette Davis Story (2006) See more »


Cinderella's Horses
Music by M.K. Jerome
Lyrics by Jack Scholl
Sung by Sybil Jason
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In a simpler time with a cute little girls inspirational story
19 March 2018 | by Ed-ShullivanSee all my reviews

This is just a short film about a cute little Shirley Temple doppelgänger who has a unique bond with her racehorse. Of course there is a greedy bad guy who stoops low enough to seperate little Peaches Blackburn (Sybil Jason) from her racehorse who is the early favorite to win the $100,000 Santa Anita Stakes race.

Peaches is told the race track is no place for a little girl like her and so she is whisked away by a civil servant under family services until her caregiver comes up with her own plan to reunite Peaches with her racehorse just in time to save the day.

It is short and sweet film that I can watch and enjoy a few more times for its sheer innocence and my love for the racetrack. There are also more than a dozen cameos by film stars of the 1930's which also make this light fair worth seeing.

I give it an 8 out of 10 rating

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