Santa Anita: Friday’s Eddie Logan Stakes Honors Late Legend

Eddie Logan, whose home away from home was Santa Anita for nearly three-quarters of a century, will be honored Friday Dec. 31 with the running of the $100,000 Eddie Logan Stakes for two-year-olds at a mile on turf.

Logan, known affectionately as “The Footman,” operated his shoeshine stand outside the Santa Anita Racing Office from the track’s opening on Christmas Day 1934 until shortly before his death at 98 on Jan. 31, 2009.

Hall of Fame trainer Richard Mandella, a loyal ally and ardent admirer, has fond memories of Logan who played for the Kansas City Monarchs of the Negro League in the 1920s and early 1930’s, but whose lack of a formal education did not diminish his acuity.

“He was a good friend and I looked forward to going to the race track and not only getting a shoe shine, but talking with him and listening to what he had to say,” Mandella said.

“The stories he told just made you feel better.”

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