99 AND COUNTING!!  Santa Anita’s beloved Paddock Captain John Shear celebrates his 99th birthday in the track’s Runhappy Winner’s Circle following Friday’s third race. 

99 AND COUNTING!!  Santa Anita’s beloved Paddock Captain John Shear celebrates his 99th birthday in the track’s Runhappy Winner’s Circle following Friday’s third race.  When asked what his secret to a long, vibrant life is, he quipped, “Chasing all those young chicks!”  Employed at Santa Anita since 1961, Shear was joined by his wife Dianne, son Michael and a large group of family, friends and jockeys.