Santa Anita Race Track and the Bahooka restaurant

Living in Los Angeles, it is overwhelming how many sites and attractions there are to explore. We at LASG love to present, in a scooter-friendly fashion, some of the most well-known and some of the lesser known “must see” and “must do” activities in our great city. We call them “Destination Rides”, where they may be short on the ride part, but big on the destination part. This ride combines two such destinations.

If you haven’t been, one must visit Santa Anita Race Track at least once. Built in the ’30s with an Art Deco theme, it is gorgeous, historic, and well, awesome. You don’t have to be a gambler or even a horseracing fan to appreciate the grandeur and spectacle that is the “Sport of Kings.” Seriously, watching the presentation of the horses in the stables before the race, the sound of the trumpet announcing the start, the ring of the bell, and my God, those beautiful animals racing with all their strength past you at speed. It’s exhilarating and spectacular! Yes, one must experience this at least once. And we’re going to take you there.

So here’s the plan: We’ll start from Ralph's on Magnolia, near NoHo Scooters and take a mostly utilitarian ride to the park and hope to get there by 11:30. That will give you an hour to explore before the first race at 12:30. We’ll stay another hour to take in the next two races at 1:00 and 1:30. Now please feel free to spend the day at the track or you can come along to our next must-see destination, the Bahooka restaurant in Rosemead.

Well, what can be said about the Bahooka? To say it’s an oddity would not quite describe its, well, oddness. If you like Polynesian, kitschy tiki stuff, the Bahooka is for you. It makes Trader Vic’s look like a Party City display case. Everywhere you look, there are aquariums (over 100). There are little alcoves and even a jail where you can dine. All decked out with their WAY over the top Polynesian theme. The food is good, but the rum drinks are better (drink responsibly, of course. You have to make it home). This is just one of those must-see-to-be-believed places. And one of our must see destinations…

Sadly, Bahooka is closing in a couple months, so there may not be many more chances to visit!

Because it's closing soon, Bahooka has informed us that they cannot accommodate a group of our size. We will stop there to pay homage and take pics.

LUNCH UPDATE: There will be food trucks at Santa Anita and there are concessions/restaurants in the park. That's going to be the best bet for food!

Here's a list of the food trucks in attendance:
http://www.santaanita.com/content/food-truck-list-big-cap-day


Okay, particulars:
http://www.santaanita.com
http://www.bahooka.com/
Tentative Route: http://goo.gl/maps/1MYFF

There is a $5 charge to get in the park, but they often waive it. And they charge for Parking. This one we’ll have to play by ear. Last time they just waved my bike through, no charge. Not sure what they’ll do with a pack. But have some dollars to pony up just in case.

Be prepared to have a route back home. There maybe some spontaneous groups formed to get back to various parts of the city, but don’t count on it.

Should be a great day of racing!

Please only RSVP for guests if they're riding, not passengers.

As always, please read our Group Riding Guidelines and Group Policies before attending an LASG ride: http://www.meetup.com/LAScooterGroup/messages/boards/forum/1490159

If you plan on a ride from your locale to the meetup, please post in the Pick Up Rides board, then post a link here. To keep comments here limited to this meetup, please post comments about Pick Up Rides on those threads.
http://www.meetup.com/LAScooterGroup/messages/boards/forum/3049622

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  • Syl

    wow what an experience! I've never been to a real horse race/track in person before! I had so much fun with everyone! I shoulda bet on two horses. I pick two horses just because they "looked" cool...and they ended up both winning! :/ oh well :) good times! thanks to all that came out!

    3 · March 3, 2013

  • Eric

    Hey, if you guys just liked going to the Park, there's a BBQ Championship there in a couple weeks! Here's a Living Social deal for admission: https://www.livingsocial.com/events/628788-bbq-championship-2-admissions-5-tasting-tickets?ref=fb_share&rui=4137770

    1 · March 3, 2013

  • Eric

    What a great day at the track with great people! Nice group of regulars, occasional riders and a few new people! Liam, thanks for planning this one. Only sorry we couldn't do Bahooka much earlier. No way for us to have known! Thanks to Syl for sweeping.

    4 · March 2, 2013

    • Terry C.

      Thank you Syl, Liam, and Eric!

      1 · March 2, 2013

  • Keith S.

    Had a great time with a nice group of people.. Looking forward to the next outing.

    March 2, 2013

  • Mike S.

    The Santa Anita Race Track was a real blast, it's something that we would not normally think of doing. Going with the L.A. Scooter Group made it a fun day.

    1 · March 2, 2013

  • Liam

    Thanks to everyone who came out. I had a blast! This really is something everyone should experience once when living in Los Angeles. As the photos show, I was busy. Now I Just need to figure out how to upload video...

    3 · March 2, 2013

  • Liam

    Panorama photographs

    Santa Anita staging area 360 - http://360.io/haa3gn
    Santa Anita track 360 - http://360.io/gtMFJv
    Santa Anita front - http://pnr.ma/bpJwtU
    Santa Anita scooters – http://pnr.ma/aKpoRq
    Santa Anita infield - http://pnr.ma/eOwvme
    Santa Anita track - http://pnr.ma/cWyoNO
    Bahooka dining room - http://pnr.ma/dctnSc

    1 · March 2, 2013

  • Jeff K.

    Great ride to a very beautiful track.

    March 2, 2013

    • Mike P.

      What a great day! It was fun seeing the race track for the first time in .................. years.

      March 2, 2013

  • Lorene

    Each ride/destination is always so well thought-out and attended by the nicest people. Thanks for another fun day of riding.

    2 · March 2, 2013

  • Matt T.

    Decided it was better to wait across the street at the chevron that is on Colorado.

    March 2, 2013

  • Jennifer D.

    Sorry not going to make it. Really busy at work these past few weeks and I'm exhausted. I really wanted to go to this one. Please make some Sunday rides so I have a day to rest in between work and riding! Thx!! Have fun :-)

    March 2, 2013

  • Michelle

    I'm getting sick :( ugh ...have fun!

    March 1, 2013

  • ceasar c.

    Got a job last minute, Enjoy the ride all!!!

    March 1, 2013

  • Rusty

    Alas, I have a schedule conflict. Will catch you all on the next one!

    March 1, 2013

  • Roger

    Sorry People, Last minute call from a client Have to replenish my Money tree, its been shaken a lot lately................Have fun all !!!

    March 1, 2013

  • Matt T.

    Bummer to hear about the Bahooka. Does anyone know if the track allows Scooter Riders of the 4 legged variety? ScooterdogAbby is begging me to come along. Also, Please let me know if there are any changes to the route. I live in Pasadena so just going to catch up with group as you ride through town before hitting the track. Cant wait to see everyone.

    February 27, 2013

    • Richard B.

      Sorry they won't let your little buddy in Matt. I'll plan on meeting up at the McDs in EagleRock.

      February 28, 2013

    • Michelle

      Yes Matt! Please help me with one. :)) I'm so excited! All the ones I found were $300 or more!

      March 1, 2013

  • Eric

    Lunch update! See the ride details above.

    March 1, 2013

  • terry m

    had to work that day.have fun.

    March 1, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sadly I can not join you. Once again I am working the weekend...

    March 1, 2013

  • Eric

    Minor changes to route to smooth it out. http://goo.gl/maps/1MYFF

    February 28, 2013

  • Mike P.

    Sorry guys my baby sister just lost her life. I must cancel. My appologies

    February 26, 2013

    • Eric

      So sorry to hear, Mike.

      February 28, 2013

    • Roger

      Mike, although we belong to the same group, We don't know each other I am very sorry for your loss and you and yours will be in my prayers. Please accept my deepest condolences for your loss.

      February 28, 2013

  • John

    oops. thought this was Sunday? changed rsvp. have fun, all

    February 26, 2013

  • Mike P.

    Just to clarify; are we meeting at Ralph's or Aroma Coffee & Tea? Kind of getting mixed signals.

    February 26, 2013

  • Bryan B.

    Hey all, sorry but I have to bail out of this ride. Enjoy!

    February 26, 2013

  • David A.

    I have to skip this ride, the weather's warming up & work is pick-up. Have a great & safe ride.

    February 26, 2013

  • Eric

    Hey, all a couple reminders: Please change your RSVP if not attending. Though the ride's not full, it helps us with planning! Also, we will be at the track until 2:30 or so before heading to Bahooka and then a food destination. You may want to eat breakfast or bring a bag of nuts, power bar, banana, Skittles, whatever to the park.

    February 26, 2013

    • Liam

      There are substantial food offerings at Santa Anita park should you need a snack. ; )

      February 26, 2013

  • Tito

    Going to Laughlin with the 909 Scooter Club. Bummed because I love Santa Anita.

    February 25, 2013

    • Eric

      Consider going all the way to Vegas. High Rollers Rally is there this weekend!

      1 · February 26, 2013

  • Brandon C.

    Too much planned to fit this in after all... have fun!

    February 25, 2013

  • Marc

    Something just came up and I won't be able to make it. Have fun!

    February 25, 2013

  • Marlon S.

    Making sure I said YES ASAP.

    February 23, 2013

  • Brandon C.

    Santa Anita AND a wacky Tiki bar? Count us in.

    February 20, 2013

  • Dan G.

    They will close for good March 10th. I'm going March 2nd with The South Bay Scooter Club.

    February 18, 2013

    • Eric

      All the scooters going on the same day! That should be interesting.

      February 18, 2013

    • Rusty

      In light of the note you added to the main post ("they're always overbooked, now"), "interesting" is an understatement.

      February 19, 2013

  • Eric

    I know nothing about horse racing, but found a couple guides for those who care to wager:
    http://artofmanliness.com/2012/05/03/how-to-bet-on-horses/

    http://www.sbnation.com/2011/5/6/2157655/how-to-bet-on-horse-racing-and-win

    February 19, 2013

  • Eric

    I've sent all RSVPs an email and updated the info above regarding Bahooka. Unfortunate that our timing was off, as we'd had this ride plotted for over a year!

    February 19, 2013

    • Syl

      what does this mean?

      February 19, 2013

    • Eric

      See the part in red in the ride post above! Not Ralph's, the other red part. :)

      February 19, 2013

  • gwen

    Do you have a reservation already? We tried to go to Bahooka last night and it was a 2 hour wait at 8pm - they close at 9.
    I asked about reservations and they said they aren't even taking any for the weekends. Maybe you could get in during the day, but I wouldn't count on it if you try to go in the evening without having a reservation already.

    February 18, 2013

    • Eric

      Thanks for the alert, Gwen!

      February 18, 2013

  • Roger

    looking forward to this, I been going past that restaurant for almost 25 yrs and never been inside. There is always a first !!!

    February 18, 2013

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