Lee Townsend (American, 1895-1965)
THE GRANDSTAND AT GARDEN STATE PARK
Oil on canvas, 12” x 34”
$4,000. – 6,000.
National Museum of Racing, 1999
The original home of the Jersey Derby and the only home of the Garden State Stakes, Garden State Park hosted such horses as Citation, Whirlaway, and Secretariat. The park opened in 1942 after a delay as most raw materials at the time were being rationed due to the United States’ entry into World War II. When authorities seized 30,000 tons of structural steel, the ornate Georgian-style grandstand was constructed mostly of wood by developer Eugene Mori with small amounts of steel from elevated railways in New York City that had been destroyed. Despite the grand design, the materials would prove to be the track’s undoing as the grandstand was consumed by fire in 1977.