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KiSS' Gene Simmons Attends Opening Day at Santa Anita (Photos)

The track's winter/spring meeting runs through April 21.

Not even early morning showers could dampen the spirits of Opening Day attendees at Santa Anita Park. The track's 17-week winter/spring racing season began Wednesday and runs through April 21.

KiSS frontman Gene Simmons—who recently signed on board to help Santa Anita develop new marketing strategies—arrived at the festivities just as the sun began to peak out from the clouds.

Simmons' presence at the track caused a minor stir on Twitter.

"Shook Gene Simmons hand and came home $210 richer. Great day at Santa Anita Park. #TheGoodLife" Twitter user @waka_flaka_vaca wrote. Meanwhile, @WatchoutJulian posted a photo of himself posing with Simmons, the track in the background.

Opening Day attendance hit 27,273 this year, compared to 55,000-plus attendees last year, track officials said.

Here are some images of Opening Day moments.

SandraT December 29, 2012 at 06:51 AM
One more reason not to patronize the place. (Yeah, ok, I'm Scroogey this year.)
T Simon December 29, 2012 at 07:11 PM
Where did all the patrons go? 55,000 last year, only 27,000 this year. I blame the people in charge. Outdated thinking and head in the ____ attitude.
tko December 30, 2012 at 06:32 PM
so do something positive for our sport. use your voice to make good changes.
tko December 30, 2012 at 06:35 PM
Santa Anita to me , is HOME! As an owner of racehorses, and a dedicated patron/ fan- I have seen many positive changes in the last 6 years. Thank you Santa Anita /
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