Updated: July 2, 2012, 5:08 PM ETBy Jay Cronley | Special to ESPN.com
Horse race tracks have become collectables, not pictures or cards, the actual tracks themselves, the older and quirkier the better.It's something of an inside fantasy, scheduling vacation time on a historic or unique racing venue. Only another horse player would be impressed with breakfast at Arapahoe Park. Minor league baseball parks are among other structures worth collecting, the ancient brick and wood joints that have far more character than the new major league malls with bases. Spa-type or scenic race tracks are the easiest to collect, Del Mar, where the surf meets the turf, or Saratoga, where the elite meets the fleet, or Oaklawn Park, where the barbecue meets the howdy-do. Some tracks, like Hollywood Park by the airport, or Santa Anita by the mountains, are simple additions to a track collection. It's something off the beaten track like Les Bois Park in Idaho that adds a rarified air to a horse player's portfolio. Here's a candidate for the horse player interested in trying to hit the double at a rare collectable: my home town track, Fair Meadows in Tulsa.
Fair Meadows is primarily a collectable track because it is paid $2 million per year to do nothing much.