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May 30, 2010 | Bill Dwyre
Evening Jewel is a 3-year-old filly with a fast turn of foot, a competitive spirit and a calling in life that she cannot comprehend. She is keeping Tom Braly alive. Evening Jewel is a world-class thoroughbred. On April 30, she lost the most prestigious 3-year-old filly race held each year, the Kentucky Oaks at Churchill Downs, by a fraction of a nostril. She has started nine times, was sixth in her first race and has been first three times and second five times since. Braly is 72 years old. In his heart, he is a sportswriter.
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August 23, 2011 | BILL DWYRE
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.
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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.
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January 29, 2011 | Eric Sondheimer
Trainer Michael Machowsky doesn't consider himself a big bettor, but he proudly displayed the $100 ticket he wagered on his horse, Caracortado, Saturday at Santa Anita as proof he thought he might have a sure winner. And the way the 4-year-old gelding accelerated down the stretch in the 11/8 -mile Sunshine Millions Turf and romped to a half a length victory over the talented The Usual Q.T. could be an indication Machowsky has a star in the making. "He's a freak on turf and has such a tremendous turn of foot," jockey Joe Talamo said.
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November 4, 2010 | By Bill Dwyre
Reporting from Louisville, Ky. ? The thought process may have already begun for those who might be in a position to turn up as Breeders' Cup villains Saturday. That would mean their horse had beaten sentimental favorite Zenyatta in the Classic. One candidate is Lookin At Lucky, the California horse who won the Preakness this year and has continued to improve late in his 3-year-old season. Bob Baffert is his trainer, as well as a huge fan of Zenyatta. "I haven't thought about it [what I will say if he wins]
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November 5, 2010 | By Bill Dwyre
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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January 29, 2011 | Eric Sondheimer
Trainer Michael Machowsky doesn't consider himself a big bettor, but he proudly displayed the $100 ticket he wagered on his horse, Caracortado, Saturday at Santa Anita as proof he thought he might have a sure winner. And the way the 4-year-old gelding accelerated down the stretch in the 11/8 -mile Sunshine Millions Turf and romped to a half a length victory over the talented The Usual Q.T. could be an indication Machowsky has a star in the making. "He's a freak on turf and has such a tremendous turn of foot," jockey Joe Talamo said.
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January 29, 2011 | By Eric Sondheimer
Caracortado, a 4-year-old gelding whose sire, Cat Dreams, once had a $1,500 stud fee, has already exceeded expectations, with six wins in 10 starts and $326,520 in earnings for trainer and co-owner Michael Machowsky. "It's been a sweet run," Machowsky said. "Everything clicked. It proves a good horse can come from anywhere. " And Caracortado's run might be a long way from ending. In his only turf start last November, Caracortado was an impressive winner in a sprint at Hollywood Park, and he'll get the opportunity to show if racing on grass will be a big part of his future Saturday, racing in the $300,000 Sunshine Millions Turf at 1 1/8 miles at Santa Anita.
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August 23, 2011 | BILL DWYRE
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.
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May 31, 2010
What a homecoming it was Monday for jockey Corey Nakatani, who left the Southern California racing scene in January to restart his career in the Midwest and returned to guide the 21-1 longshot Victor's Cry to a win by a head over Karelian in the Grade I, $250,000 Shoemaker Mile at Hollywood Park. Finishing in the swift time of 1:32.88, Victor's Cry rallied from next to last in the nine-horse field to overtake pacesetter Mr Gruff, who finished third after opening a two-length lead in the deep stretch.
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January 29, 2011 | By Eric Sondheimer
Caracortado, a 4-year-old gelding whose sire, Cat Dreams, once had a $1,500 stud fee, has already exceeded expectations, with six wins in 10 starts and $326,520 in earnings for trainer and co-owner Michael Machowsky. "It's been a sweet run," Machowsky said. "Everything clicked. It proves a good horse can come from anywhere. " And Caracortado's run might be a long way from ending. In his only turf start last November, Caracortado was an impressive winner in a sprint at Hollywood Park, and he'll get the opportunity to show if racing on grass will be a big part of his future Saturday, racing in the $300,000 Sunshine Millions Turf at 1 1/8 miles at Santa Anita.
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November 5, 2010 | By Bill Dwyre
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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November 4, 2010 | By Bill Dwyre
Reporting from Louisville, Ky. ? The thought process may have already begun for those who might be in a position to turn up as Breeders' Cup villains Saturday. That would mean their horse had beaten sentimental favorite Zenyatta in the Classic. One candidate is Lookin At Lucky, the California horse who won the Preakness this year and has continued to improve late in his 3-year-old season. Bob Baffert is his trainer, as well as a huge fan of Zenyatta. "I haven't thought about it [what I will say if he wins]
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
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May 30, 2010 | Bill Dwyre
Evening Jewel is a 3-year-old filly with a fast turn of foot, a competitive spirit and a calling in life that she cannot comprehend. She is keeping Tom Braly alive. Evening Jewel is a world-class thoroughbred. On April 30, she lost the most prestigious 3-year-old filly race held each year, the Kentucky Oaks at Churchill Downs, by a fraction of a nostril. She has started nine times, was sixth in her first race and has been first three times and second five times since. Braly is 72 years old. In his heart, he is a sportswriter.
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March 30, 2013 | By Eric Sondheimer
In a sign of potential trouble for California horse racing, trainer John Shirreffs, who guided Zenyatta to prominence, has decided to move to Belmont Park in New York with a stable of horses at the end of April. "Belmont Park has been wonderful to me," Shirreffs said Saturday after his 3-year-old, Omega Star, won the $200,000 Echo Eddie Stakes at Santa Anita. Shirreffs has been based at Hollywood Park, which could be closing at the end of this year. Shirreffs said an assistant trainer will also be in charge of horses at Santa Anita.
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February 14, 2010 | Eric Sondheimer
Rallying from last place, the odds-on favorite Blind Luck was able to stick her nose in front at the finish to win Saturday's Grade I, $250,000 Las Virgenes Stakes over hard-luck loser Evening Jewel on a cloudless, picturesque day at Santa Anita. "One centimeter is good for me," trainer Jerry Hollendorfer said of his 3-year-old filly, who was runner-up for the 2009 Eclipse Award for juvenile fillies. It was an impressive victory in a field of five as Blind Luck fell behind by ninth lengths.
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