Dear Matthew Alice: Did Sirhan Sirhan ever work at the Del Mar Racetrack? I read that Sirhan was recruited to kill Robert Kennedy by [local Mafia members]. Sirhan allegedly had help from Thane Eugene Cesar, and who fired at Kennedy from behind at very close range while Sirhan shot wildly from in front. Cesar also worked at Del Mar, according to this report. Is there any way to confirm this? Was the assassination plot hatched in San Diego? —Anonymous, in case it’s true
I could find no record of Sirhan-squared working at Del Mar. But he did work as a hot-walker at Santa Anita (near L.A.) and at Caliente. Pretty easy to draw tenuous Mafia links (real or imagined) between racetracks and Kennedy assassination plots. This just seems to be one of the more obscure rumors in that category. No, I can’t prove it. But then neither can anyone else, apparently. Sometimes a little guy takes the fall for the big guys. And sometimes a little guy comes up with a big idea all by himself.