June 6, 2012 |
ELMONT, N.Y. — If racing had its way, the news of the day here Wednesday would have been which horse drew which post position for Saturday's 144th Belmont Stakes. More specifically, which post was drawn by I'll Have Another, who will try to complete a coveted Triple Crown. Post-position draws at the Belmont don't matter much. The race is a mile and a half, plenty of time to recover from mishaps at the start. For the record, I'll Have Another drew the 11th starting spot in a field of 12. He started 19th in the 20-horse cavalry charge, also known as the Kentucky Derby, and still won. The actual news of the day was related to the news of every other day since I'll Have Another won the Preakness and got the attention of so many clueless people who think a filly is a cheese steak from the city with a crack in its Liberty Bell.
May 24, 2012 |
The bizarre and complicated world of thoroughbred blood testing and sanctions reached the mainstream Thursday, when the California Horse Racing Board penalized the trainer who has won the first two legs of the sport's Triple Crown. The seven-person, governor-appointed board, ruling on a case that has been argued and litigated since the summer of 2010, suspended Doug O'Neill for 45 days and fined him $15,000. The penalty actually carried an additional 135 days of suspension, but that will be voided if there are no further findings involving O'Neill in the next 18 months.
May 23, 2012 |
The fate of trainer Doug O'Neill, charged by California Horse Racing Board enforcement officials with a substance abuse violation involving one of his horses, will be addressed Thursday morning at a board meeting at Hollywood Park. These are usually low-profile procedural meetings, but the item on the agenda involving O'Neill, whose I'll Have Another will take a run at racing's coveted Triple Crown in the Belmont Stakes June 9, has triggered much interest and speculation. Racing's enforcement officials ruled that an O'Neill-trained horse, Argenta, tested positive for high levels of carbon dioxide after a race Aug. 25, 2010, at Del Mar. High levels of carbon dioxide are considered evidence of the use of a "milkshake" to illegally boost a horse's stamina.
March 15, 2012 |
HBO's "Luck" didn't have much of it. The low-rated drama, which is set at a racetrack and stars Dustin Hoffman and Nick Nolte, was abruptly canceled Wednesday after the injury and subsequent euthanasia of a horse used in the production led to widespread criticism. The show was already facing intense criticism from animal-rights activists, who were investigating two previous horse deaths connected to the series last year. The cancellation comes just days after People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals sent HBO a letter charging that "Luck's" producers ignored advice from animal-safety experts and created conditions that posed "unacceptable" risks to equine performers.
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January 11, 2012 |
Lloyd Arnold, the former co-owner of Los Alamitos Race Course who helped revive harness racing in Southern California in the 1980s, died Sunday in La Quinta. He was 83 and had cancer. "He made harness racing on the West Coast," said Kirk Breed, executive director of the California Horse Racing Board. "There's never been anybody like him and probably never will be. " Born Jan. 5, 1929, in Douds, Iowa, Arnold spent half a lifetime trading in hogs, cattle and pork bellies. He was the original owner of Arnold Cattle Co. in Iowa and graduated at 18 from an auction school in Decatur, Ind. "They sure taught me how to talk fast ... how to think fast too," Arnold said in a 1981 Times story.
February 17, 2011 |
Back to the future, but not quite. The California Horse Racing Board voted Thursday to award the Southern California autumn racing dates from Sept. 28 through Nov. 6 to the Santa Anita-based Pacific Racing Assn., in a development that will effectively end more than 40 years of the Oak Tree Racing Assn. operating and controlling those dates. The return of these race dates to the Arcadia track comes after the 2010 Oak Tree meeting was run at Hollywood Park because Santa Anita voided a lease with Oak Tree.