Images courtesy Breeders' Cup and Eclipse Sportswire
Back on November 3, 2017, Richie Sambora must have felt right at home when he was guest of honor at The Breeders' Cup World Championship Horse Race, held this year for the first time at Del Mar Thoroughbred Club. By the age of ten, Sambora had developed a love for horses, and he was placing ten-dollar bets during outings with his dad to Monmouth Racetrack, New Jersey.
Sambora marked the occasion by performing Del Mar co-founder Bing Crosby's song "Where the Surf Meets the Turf" — a tune that has heralded every day at the San Diego-area racetrack since it opened in 1937 — with a replica of a 1940s Epiphone (actually, a new Epiphone De Luxe Classic, Masterbilt Century Collection, in Vintage Natural). Bassist Michael Bradford joined the former Bon Jovi guitarist for the tribute to Bing.
"It was an honor to sing Bing's song," said Sambora at the time. "He should be perpetuated as much as Frank Sinatra, because Bing was the guy who inspired Frank Sinatra. I've always admired Bing, ever since I was in wedding bands as a teenager. And Les Paul, who was like a father to me, would often tell me during jams at The Iridium New York how much Bing meant to him. His singing had soul!"
According to Terry Ahern, Sambora's Media Strategist: "This was a dream fulfilled for Richie."