He: "I used to think I knew all the answers. Then I realized I barely understood the questions."
She: "Ah. So what ARE the questions?"
-- exchange from the movie "The Last Days of Man on Earth"
I was pretty sure I had all the answers on Southern California racing, too. After my disappointing trip to Del Mar two summers ago, and based on my dislike for betting the So Cal simulcasts McChump #2 is so fond of, and also influenced by the constant hammering So Cal racing takes on various Internet discussion lists, I was thoroughly prepared to dislike Santa Anita on my first ever visit to that track, the initial stop on the 1997 McChump Racing Tour. It was going to take a trashing in this report. I just knew.
Except for two things: I had a blast, and fell in love with the track.