ARCADIA, Calif. (Nov. 11, 2015)–Bobbi Kellogg, a treasured longtime employee in Santa Anita’s “Champions! Gifts and Apparel,” passed away Nov. 1, just 18 days shy of her 89th birthday. Employed at The Great Race Place for more than 30 years, Kellogg endeared herself to thousands of racing fans over the years with her kindness, sense of humor and “follow-through” on any and all customer requests or questions.
“Bobbi was the first face I saw each morning and the last each night,” said longtime Champions! Manager, Christine Crocker. “And no matter when I saw her face, there was a huge smile brightening the day. Bobbi loved the Santa Anita fans. She loved the races, incorrigibly betting on any horse whose name related back to cats! What made it worse, she frequently won, totally disproving my insistence that she learn how to read The Form!”
Santa Anita’s Director of Print and Graphics, Candace Chew, was one of many fellow employees who also greatly admired Kellogg.
“Bobbi was one of the people I most looked forward to interacting with at Santa Anita,” said Chew, whose husband, Matt, trains a public stable at Santa Anita. “Always smiling, always funny and always wondering what I thought of Matt’s horse running that day. She was an ambassador for Santa Anita like no one else. She had so many admirers–jockeys, trainers, Santa Anita employees and patrons alike. Champions! was synonymous with Bobbi for so many years and she’ll be sorely missed.”
Born Barbara Irene Case on Nov. 19, 1926 in Santa Barbara, she married Clarence Kellogg and moved to Arcadia following his death in 1982. Due to health concerns, Kellogg officially retired from The Great Race Place this past July.
Bobbi Kellogg is survived by her stepson, Clarence Kellogg, Jr., of Los Gatos, California, and by a brother, Orville Case, who resides in Oregon.