The Great Race Place


Who knew? Santa Anita Racetrack, one-time home of Seabiscuit and still a popular racetrack, lets the public watch the horses warm up every morning from 7:30 to 9:30. There’s no charge, and you can even pick up a decent breakfast at Clockers’ Corner, a small stand surrounded by tables that overlook the track.

We got there around 8 (since Jack had been up since 6), picked up some French Toast, eggs, and coffee, and settled in for the show. Of course, my mechanical-minded son was more interested in the tractors smoothing the field than the horses, but it was fun all the same. The mountain setting really is stunning, and the pristine Art Deco building looks like its in as good a shape as it must have been during Lucky Baldwin’s time.

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