The Hoff heads to Opening Day


What do David Hasselhoff and Bing Crosby have in common? When the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club opens its racing season Wednesday, Hasselhoff will be singing its trademark racetrack anthem popularized by Crosby, “Where The Turf Meets The Surf.” That’s appropriate symbolism considering “The Hoff” built his TV reputation as a glorified lifeguard on “Baywatch.”

But can he sing? Some may remember he put out an album in the late ’80s, “Looking for Freedom,” that went triple platinum in Europe. He hasn’t often returned to the mic to sing since, but in 2017, voiced the lead in a music video, a parody of “Guardians of the Galaxy” included with the home release of “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.”

The real reason behind Hasselhoff’s guest appearance at the racetrack, however, is his promotional persona as “mayor” of Funner, California, the name adopted by Harrah’s Resort Southern California. The resort/casino is sponsoring one of the Opening Day horse races — the Funner race. He’ll announce the event as the thoroughbreds parade into the paddock with riders of their companion ponies wearing purple Harrah’s polo shirts.

Hasselhoff will be waiting in the winner’s circle to present purple roses to the winner. Whether he wins at the betting window or not, Hasselhoff has something to celebrate. Tuesday is his 66th birthday.

Read more from Diane Bell’s column, here.