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A Hollywood Reporter news item on June 25, 1938 reported that Judy Garland was initially planned as the star of this film. According to information in the film's press pack, Hollywood Park, CA was used as a location for some of the film's sequences, although parts had to be duplicated on the M-G-M backlot because filming was only allowed two days a week at the racetrack. Also mentioned was the fact that the "straight race" in the film was actually the entire 1938 $50,000 Hollywood Gold Cup race, won by the world-famous horse Seabiscuit. A news item in Hollywood Reporter noted that three other California racetracks were also used for some additional location shooting: Santa Anita, Del March and Tanforan. According to another news item in Hollywood Reporter, jockeys Burl Tatum, Lyle Brown, Jackie Howard, Clyde Kennedy, Ed Kelly and Bill Gaffney were also in the cast, but their participation in the completed film has not been confirmed. Wallace Beery and Mickey Rooney recreated their roles for a Lux Radio Theatre Broadcast on March 31, 1941.