Equine Photographer Katey Barrett Passes Away

Santa Anita | Benoit

Photographer Katey Barrett, long associated with artful images of Santa Anita, passed away Sunday, Oct. 22 after a bout with cancer. She was 91.

Barrett's images, often easy to identify due to her unique style, were part of Santa Anita's opening day Winter Meet souvenir calendar for over 30 years. A Minnesota native, Barrett came to California in the 1950s and worked on several TV shows, as well as on a movie with Don Knotts.

“Katey had been on hospice and was diagnosed with cancer a couple of months ago,” said her sister, Jane Barrett. “She was at Santa Anita and took beautiful pictures for more than 40 years. She received many awards and she was dedicated to serving animals, all animals. A lot of people have been calling and expressing what she has done for them personally, in their lives.”

Barrett is survived by her sister and two brothers, David and Jim. At her request, there will be no memorial services. Donations in her honor can be made to Wild Horse Sanctuary, P.O. Box 30, Shingletown, CA, 96088.

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