Hollywood headed east for the Breeders’ Cup at Santa Anita Park on Saturday when brand ambassador Bobby Flay said horse-racing and good food went together. “They are very compatible. The Breeders’ Cup is a show, it’s about great customer service, food and beverage and having a great time.”
“I’ve been a fan of horse racing ever since I was a kid,” Flay said. “My father took me to Saratoga Springs race track in New York as a kid and I’ve been a fan ever since.”
Flay had a horse running on Saturday and “she did OK, these are very tough races.”
Simon Baker said he’d been interested in horses since before he came to Hollywood, although he learned to ride for his acting career. “Since my relationship with Longines, I’ve been to all the horse races around the world,” he said. “I haven’t been to Royal Ascot yet, that’s on the bucket list.”
And while Baker didn’t have a horse, he had a stake in the race as Longines ambassador. The watchmaker, in its first year as official timekeeper at Santa Anita was sponsoring a race. Juan-Carlos Capelli, head of international marketing for Longine, said, “The only very big international race in the U.S. is the Breeders’ Cup. It is a very good event, most of the best horses in the world and the best jockeys are here.”
Among others in attendance were Sylvester Stallone, Andy Richter, Jennifer Tilly, Michael Imperioli, Eric Roth and Elizabeth Banks.
Kristin Chenoweth and Richie Sambora sang before the Breeders’ Cup race, which was won by Bayern and aired on NBC.
(Pictured: Elizabeth Banks and John Michael Higgins at the Breeders’ Cup)