Bill Maher, Santa Anita Hollywood, San Nita discussed on The Horse Racing Radio Network Podcast

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But, but you know, I it it certainly is you know, that million dollar figure always puts you on the map bed, and we get some pretty good orces out here for it. And and Breeders Cup was a was the big deal. I mean. Thank goodness crate for able you know, hey, losing. But I think we we came out a lot better with him being readers kept. And then actually Bill Maher because he made the eastern contingent. I think understand what Bill Maher was about. And and how how we could handle the Breeders Cup and seem to work pretty good when we had it here and coming back. So it'd be looking forward to it. That was one of the most outstanding breeders cups of all time. I thought something that I waited for for many many years to have Breeders Cup at del. Mar. That was that was just awesome. Yeah. I, you know, well, the plant when we built a redid this plant rebuilt the whole track and early nineties that was always kind of in the back of our minds was, you know, let's build this place where we are the high end, can, you know, utilize it on those kind of days in and so it lend itself to Breeders Cup with then we purposely kept the crowd down, you know, to under forty thousand just so people would be able to move around easier and do that, but we had so many high end spots that the price points were certainly the made it the most successful financial Drake's Cup ever. So that was they like that we like him and everybody discovered San Diego del mar. So I think look forward to coming back. Joe you touched on the early days in being around the cinema. Folks. Did we were you always thinking? That at one point in your life. You were going to be involved in racing in some capacity or was there a time when you said, you know, what maybe I want to do something a little bit different. Well, I think yeah. I think those early days hanging out being on the set and everything, and I thought, gee, this acting thing might be kind of fun. My first real job other than than cleaning out stalls at the family ranch was was delivering the mail them Jim studios, which which opened my eyes to a lot of the businesses. I hit. No. But I think that you know, we always had horses. My mom read them race them. She was the first female, president of the breeders association. She was dynamic person in the sport. And I think, you know, seeing her and and the fund she had and and I kinda got me toward it. I was always out at the track it as a kid, and I remember as a little boy sitting with her outside the stable gate at Hollywood park. Now, we didn't go in right away. I said. Why don't we go? And she's a because the sun isn't up yet. And they wouldn't let women in the backstretch until the sun came up. Yeah. Yeah. It was the good old days. Right. So I mean, if things like that that just you know, what she went through. And then how she did it, and she was such a great role model for me and about I figured, you know, if she can have this much fun and enjoyment out of it. Maybe ought to give it a try and then Jill Burnham straight. You know, cameraman producer of many TV shows involving racing came along and offered me a job. And and I said, oh, okay. So that kind of not me working at San Nita during the nineteen sixty six sixty seven racing season was the first year that I actually had a job at a race track. And it was fun. It was you know, Santa Anita Hollywood and del mar. And that's that was a circuit. We were on is camera guy. And you know, I was hooked..

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