CREATING AN AUDIO IDENTITY

SANTA ANITA RACE TRACK

uscband“In the great horse racing tradition of the Kentucky Derby’s ‘My Old Kentucky Home,’ and the Preakness’ ‘Oh, Maryland,’ we wanted to have a song that spoke to our story,” said Mark Verge, CEO of Santa Anita Park.

The Park tapped award-winning songwriter Jimmy Dunne, with hit songs on 28 million records and rooms full of gold and platinum records spanning the globe.

“For many generations, so many Californians have shared a unique and passionate story of having an extraordinary dream in life, and coming to California to risk it all to make that dream a reality,” said Dunne. “I tried to capture that in the song.”

“My California” debuted in front of an expected 25,000 Californians – and was performed twice. First, by hit-singer Ferras (on EMI Records), followed by the 100-member “USC Marching Band.” Fans “followed the bouncing ball” and sang-along with the USC Marching Band.

The USC Marching Band was directed by Dr. Arthur Bartner; and the USC Marching Band’s arrangement was created by USC’s Tony Fox.

My California

The Official Song of Santa Anita Park

How I longed for California
And the gold I dreamed I’d find
I risked it all to know my truths
And taste her sweetest wines

When I breathe in California
And I bathe in her warm sea
I close my eyes and visualize
The thrill of may be

She sings from top Mount Whitney
Her heart – the redwood trees
Her soul, my friend, just look around
Her soul is you and me

How I love my California
She’s a land where dreamer’s dream
I will to make a better place
For those that dream like me

I will to make a better place
For those that dream like me

Music & Lyrics by Jimmy Dunne