Category Archives: The Sporting Life

Where the Happy Horses Hang Out

Up at Santa Anita Park (in Arcadia, northeast of downtown LA), you can take a free tram tour of the stable area and receiving barn most weekends during the racing season. But the corresponding section of the Del Mar Racetrack admits fewer outsiders. … Continue reading

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Pony Talk and Donuts

I drove up to Del Mar this morning, parked at the racetrack for free, walked in the gates for free, helped myself to a free cup of coffee and chocolate donut with sprinkles, and settled down to listen to three … Continue reading

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Zenyatta Does Hollywood

Obviously, the Del Mar Racetrack is the place to go if you live in San Diego and want to see thoroughbreds run. The racing season only goes from mid-July through early September, and normally, that’s more than enough horse racing for … Continue reading

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Surfing Sanctuary

The new home of the California Surf Museum opened February 16, and it took me way too long to check it out. Having finally rectified that, I can report that it’s worth the trip. I plan to stop in again any time … Continue reading

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Fantasy Winter

How to explain the growing number of outdoor ice-skating rinks showing up in San Diego in December? A collective case of frost envy? A smug display that we can pick and choose among the most likable of winter pastimes — … Continue reading

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Horseplay

Thoroughbred racing in Del Mar gets a lot of attention at this time of year, but a lower-profile horsey spectacle also unfolds just down the road from the  racetrack. In all our years of nosing into San Diego stuff, we’d never gotten around … Continue reading

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