Racing! John Shear will be honored today, and deservedly so

Hello, my name is Eric Sondheimer and I’m pinch-hitting for John Cherwa. Welcome back to our horse racing newsletter. There’s racing on Monday at Santa Anita on Martin Luther King. Jr. Day.

That means $1 hot dogs, $1 beer and $1 sodas. And you get to participate and salute a real hero between the fourth and fifth races.

John Shear, the paddock captain who turns 97 on Wednesday, will be honored in the winner’s circle. He first came out to Santa Anita in 1955. He was raised in an orphanage in England, went to work at 14, served in World War II and loves horses and people. He’s been part of the Santa Anita environment for...

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