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When the Santa Anita racetrack unveiled its new $20 million renovation -- including a gourmet restaurant for horse players -- it was like a homecoming for "Leave it to Beaver" star Jerry Mathers.

"I used to come here a lot with my dad, especially in my high school years," the 51-year-old Mathers said as he dined on smoked salmon and caviar at a corner table at the race track's new grandstand gourmet restaurant.

"I would always look up this way and think they should make better use of this space," the 1950s TV star recalled.

"The Beav" was among the celebrities on hand last weekend for the beginning of the new racing season at the track east of Los Angeles.

He and his companions watched the action through 400-foot-wide, floor-to-ceiling glass windows and on a new 40-by-50 foot Display Vision television set.

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