Golden Tickets

14581414_10208912552242880_4518633963479191206_n The mailman showed up this morning to hand deliver our tickets to the Breeders’ Cup horse races at Santa Anita Park next month — akin to Willie Wonka’s “golden tickets,” at least to me. This time, we’ll get to see local champions such as “California Chrome,” among others. It’s a hoot: A few years ago, we visited with Tony Bennett in the paddock at Santa Anita.

The Breeders’ Cup is the “world series” of horse racing. I’ve been a thoroughbred horse racing fan since childhood, and we’ve been to Breeder’s Cup races at Churchill Downs and Santa Anita. For the first time a Breeders’ Cup race is going to be held at Del Mar.

As an aside, historian Gage McKinney’s book “MacBoyle’s Gold” has just been released. MacBoyle owned Grass Valley’s Idaho-Maryland Mine, but he also owned champion thoroughbred race horses that ran at the Loma Rica Ranch. “The fruit from Loma Rica ranch won prizes at the World’s Fair; the cattle, blue ribbons at the state fair; and the race horses, laurels at race tracks from Bay Meadows to Del Mar,” McKinney writes.

Author: jeffpelline

Jeff Pelline is a veteran editor and award-winning journalist - in print and online. He is publisher of Sierra FoodWineArt magazine and its website Jeff covered business and technology for The San Francisco Chronicle for years, was a founding editor and Editor of CNET News, and was Editor of The Union, a 145-year-old newspaper in Grass Valley. Jeff has a bachelor's degree from UC Berkeley and a master's from Northwestern University. His hobbies include sailing and trout fishing.

3 thoughts on “Golden Tickets”

  1. Poor “Bored Georgeman.” Judging from his blog posts, a thoroughbred race horse must have kicked him in the rear end as a child. For a guy who thinks horse racing is about “old white guys,” I guess he’s never met Bo Derick or jockey Alex Solis — both of whom serve on the California Racing Board. Let’s hope Mimi pours him a warm glass of milk soon. Nighty night, Geoge! lol.

  2. Looks like it was a big news day for Trump and Hillary.
    All the “October Surprise” buzz makes me wonder if both presidential candidates will be out of the race by the end of next week.
    Berners, hang in there!

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