Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2013 | 4:29 p.m.
For once, racetrack fans didn’t have their eyes on the fillies galloping around the track. Even betting momentarily slowed as crowds grew to check out the beaming beauty parading on the paddock grass.
It was the day that “Pin Up” starlet Claire Sinclair brought everything to a very slow gallop as she filmed segments for the new reality TV show “Stable Wars: Del Mar” at Del Mar Racetrack in Del Mar, Calif., north of San Diego.
The Stratosphere headliner simply “Dazzled at Del Mar” while trotting around the locations at high speed for the new Fox Sports series. Claire’s first scenes were filmed at her show when she hosted a bachelorette party for her bridal pal, Playmate Lindsey Vuolo.
I had lunch there with my friend Joe Harper, who is president of Del Mar Thoroughbred Club. He talked of its star-studded showbiz history dating back to 1937 with original partners Bing Crosby, Gary Cooper, Pat O’Brien, Joe E. Brown and Oliver Hardy.
Joe gave Claire a tour of the track, its stables and other facilities as TV cameras rolled for her segments. The crowd roared when the big-hatted starlet posed in the flower gardens and a cheeky jockey statue got tangled underneath her billowing skirt.
Down on the track after the second race of the day, Claire sang “Where the Turf Meets the Surf” and then surprised enthusiastic fans with her own rap version as a reprise. Like me, she bet Elton in a Dress and Beast of Burden to win the race, but Elton came in last and Beast placed 2nd, so we didn’t get to the betting windows to collect any winnings.
Our Editor at Large John Katz has reported that Stratosphere is one of the show’s sponsors, as the Southwest region where the program will air serves as a major drive-in traffic area for its customers.
Claire, who interviewed with Steven Kaplan for the official Del Mar radio show, will be seen in two segments of the show in early October — perfect timing I’m told in a Wicked Whisper & Racy Rumor for her return reign as Playboy’s Miss October? She is 2010 Miss October and then was voted 2011 Playmate of the Year.
Robin Leach has been a journalist for more than 50 years and has spent the past decade giving readers the inside scoop on Las Vegas, the world’s premier platinum playground.
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It is virtually impossible to be anywhere in Las Vegas and miss the Stratosphere. It towers 1,149 feet above Las Vegas and is the tallest observation tower in the United States. The casino itself is 55,784 square feet and contains 950 slot machines, 120 game tables and 2,427 hotel rooms.
Of the hotel's 2,427 rooms, 909 were recently remodeled into Stratosphere Select rooms.
The Stratosphere is mostly known for its rides at the top of the tower. The Big Shot, located at the 113th floor, torpedoes riders up 160 feet using compressed air. X-Scream is a teeter-totter perched at the top of the observation deck — if that wasn't scary enough, the coaster arm flings the riders out 27 feet over the edge of the tower. Guests looking for something more sedate can just hang around the 107th floor and simply look at the scenery.