October 1, 2011 |
The Breeders' Cup is a year away from returning to Santa Anita, but four Grade I stakes worth $250,000 each and filled with some of the classiest horses in America made Saturday's 11-race program almost a dress rehearsal for 2012. When the dust had settled, the West Coast had found its top contender for next year's Kentucky Derby in Creative Cause, a 2-year-old son of Giant's Causeway who ran away from 3-5 favorite Drill to win the 1 1/16-mile Norfolk Stakes by 3 1/4 lengths under jockey Joel Rosario.
August 23, 2011 |
If your prevailing image of thoroughbred racing in Southern California is a Thursday afternoon at Hollywood Park, when the empty seats outnumber the live bodies by about 30,000, then be open to another look. It is August at Del Mar. It is also five days to the Pacific Classic. There used to be several million-dollar thoroughbred races in Southern California. Now, there are only the Santa Anita Derby and the Pacific Classic. Although the Santa Anita Handicap and the Hollywood Gold Cup are competitive counterparts, there is something fitting about the Pacific Classic being one of two remaining big guys, at least dollar-wise.
June 18, 2011 |
For the fourth consecutive year, the $250,000 Grade I Vanity Handicap was won by a horse that came from last place. Except this time, it was Blind Luck taking over for retired Zenyatta with a rousing stretch run under Garrett Gomez on Saturday at Hollywood Park. Blind Luck, last year's 3-year-old filly Eclipse Award winner, defeated Switch by half a length, overcoming a slow pace to win the 11/8 -mile race that brought together the top older horses in the female division. Miss Match was third.
June 16, 2011 |
It's a big weekend for racing at Hollywood Park, starting with the turf debut by Santa Anita Derby winner Midnight Interlude on Friday night in the $70,000 Tsunami Slew Stakes at one mile. On Saturday, the championship race for older females takes place. There's no Zenyatta, but the $250,000 Grade I Vanity Handicap features Blind Luck, Switch and St Trinians among a strong field of six fillies and mares entered to race at 11/8 miles. Midnight Interlude, trained by Bob Baffert, didn't do well on the dirt track at Churchill Downs, finishing 16th in the Kentucky Derby, then 13th in the Preakness at Pimlico.
November 5, 2010 |
Reporting from Louisville, Ky. ? On opening day of Breeders' Cup race weekend, which turned out to be a graveyard for favorites, they sprinkled in a little boxing with the horse racing. Jockey Calvin Borel did his Manny Pacquiao impression Friday, but with vastly poorer results. Borel, famous for winning three recent Kentucky Derbies here at Churchill Downs, including this year's aboard Super Saver and his fabled rail dash through the mud from nowhere in 2009 aboard Mine That Bird, got into a bumping match with Javier Castellano aboard Prince Will I Am in the opening Breeders' Cup Marathon.
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September 4, 2010
Tom Braly Insurance executive and racehorse breeder Tom Braly, 72, who parlayed success in his insurance business into ownership of thoroughbred horses, notably the 3-year-old filly Evening Jewel, died Friday at his home in Indian Wells, said his trainer and business partner, Jim Cassidy. Braly died after a battle with head and neck cancer, seven years after he was diagnosed with leukemia. He watched Evening Jewel's latest victory Aug. 21 in the $300,000 Del Mar Oaks, a Grade I stakes race at Del Mar's summer racing meet.