Actor Bing Crosby with his horse Don Bingo after winning the Glorified Handicap at Del Mar
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One of the most influential entertainers of the 20th Century, H. L. "Bing" Crosby recorded 42 number one singles and appeared in 104 films. From 1944 through 1948 Crosby was the top-ranked Hollywood box-office star.
An avid sportsman, Crosby had a passion for golf and horse racing. He formed the Del Mar Racing Association along with actor and close friend Pat O’ Brien and was at the seaside track in 1937 for its opening. The first president of the Del Mar Turf Club (1936-1946), Crosby wrote the song “Where the Turf Meets the Surf”, which remains a staple at Del Mar.
Crosby was the co-owner of Binglin Stock Farm with his friend Lindsey Howard. Binglin raced standouts such as Meadow Court, Don Bingo (pictured above), Blackie II and Lingaroti, who lost a close and controversial match race to the great Seabiscuit on August 12, 1938.
Saturday’s card at Del Mar will feature the race named in Crosby’s honor, and champion sprinter Amazombie is among the entrants for the Bing Crosby Handicap (G1) at Del Mar.
Crosby died after winning a round of golf in Spain in 1977, which prompted his wife, Kathryn, to remark, “What an appropriate way for a golfer who sang for a living to leave this earth.”