Los Alamitos Race Course In All Its Decaying Glory

Kentucky Derby Winner California Chrome’s Home Track Is Where a Suburban Kid Fell for a Rough-and-Tumble Pastime

Sometimes a thing so special needs to be approached slowly, in small steps that get closer over time.

I grew up a few short miles from Los Alamitos Race Course in Garden Grove in Orange County in the 1960s and 1970s. My earliest memories of the modest track—now in the news as the unlikely home of Kentucky Derby winner California Chrome—are seeing it from the back seat of my mother’s car as we drove down Katella Avenue to the Pasty House for Cornish meat pies. Who were the people, I wondered, …

Hospitalizing Asian Gamblers and Scratching My Car

The Casino Buses of San Gabriel Are Dangerous Nuisances. They’re Also a Reminder Of How Unaware We’re Becoming Of Our Own Communities.

I was in the city of San Gabriel parking on Valley Boulevard, the 42nd Street of Chinese-American commerce, when a man missing a lot of teeth walked over to me. …

No More Bets

The Sudden Death of An American Pastime

Earlier this month, thousands of Americans, without any warning and without doing anything wrong, suddenly lost their jobs. In the course of a few hours on the afternoon of April 15, …