Recently, on Facebook, I became friends with genius animator Sally Cruikshank. Check out her blog while you're at her site. It's good! I am pretty certain I met her briefly, back in those crazy 70's, in San Francisco, but she didn't recall. It didn't matter. We decided to meet at Santa Anita racetrack, which Sally describes as being "like an oceanliner." Which was perfect. It is just an enormous art deco dreadnought of horse racing, and surprisingly well-kept, in freshly painted shades of green and pink. One of the best things about Santa Anita is that while you're in the stands, a well-positioned, well-landscaped berm completely obliterates the squalor of latter-day Arcadia. It's the kind of place that makes you want to return in a well-tailored suit, pumps, hat, gloves, and a clutch bag. Maybe next year. The season is over at SA now, and has moved on to Hollywood Park, which, confusingly enough, is in Inglewood. Sally says it is a lot seedier there. That could make for better sketching possibilities!