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.