October 28, 2013 |
Dear Miss Alterman, We ran into one of your students, John Bentley, here at the World Series. He really enjoys your fourth-grade class. He also enjoys baseball. He is 10. The Boston Red Sox are his favorite team -- or, at least, both of his grandfathers told him the Red Sox would be his favorite team. This would be different if John lived in Boston. He could see the Red Sox all summer long. But you live in Atlanta, and so does he. His dad got tickets for the World Series, so they flew up to St. Louis for Game 4 and Game 5. John is sorry he had to miss a couple of days of school, but who knows if he might ever get another chance to see the Red Sox in person, in the World Series?
September 29, 2013 |
Indy Point won the $150,000 John Henry Turf Championship by 11/4 lengths at Santa Anita on Sunday, giving jockey Gary Stevens his third graded stakes win of the weekend. Argentina-bred Indy Point ran 11/4 miles in 1:57.47 and paid $6, $4.40 and $2.80 as the 2-1 favorite against 11 rivals in the Grade II race. Ireland-bred Vagabond Shoes returned $6.40 and $4.40, and Lucayan was another three-quarters of a length back in third and paid $4.40 to show. The victory, worth $90,000, increased Indy Point's career earnings to $659,061, with seven wins in 15 starts.
September 26, 2013 |
Top racehorses from around the world have begun making their way to Santa Anita in preparation for the Breeders' Cup on Nov. 1-2 at the Arcadia track. The 24-day autumn meeting begins Friday, and veteran trainer Mike Mitchell envisions a lot of intriguing days ahead. "I like what management has done with the racetrack," he said. "It's a good, safe track. I've breezed a lot of horses over it, and everyone hits the ground real good. It's going to go over nicely for the Breeders' Cup. I'm excited.
September 20, 2013 |
It is an overcast morning Friday, and a tiny woman sits on a bale of hay outside a distant barn at Santa Anita. In the stall behind her is a giant race horse. Her name is Kathy Ritvo, his is Mucho Macho Man. She weighs barely 100 pounds. He stands more than 17 hands and weighs close to 1,200 pounds. They are the Mutt and Jeff of thoroughbred racing. She is the trainer, he the breadwinner. Each has a story of survival, but hers is more compelling. Plus, she tells hers better.
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September 17, 2013 |
The nation's second-largest public school district is dealing with a few disciplinary problems of late, but it's not the students I'm talking about. It's the grown-ups. Members of the L.A. Unified administration think new school board President Richard Vladovic is a big bully, and in fact Vladovic has been under internal review for possible verbally abusive behavior. Supt. John Deasy had reportedly threatened to take his ball and leave the playground if Vladovic got the top job on the board but then changed his mind when it happened.
September 17, 2013 |
UCLA cornerback Ishmael Adams was pragmatic. "That was a start," Adams said about the secondary's performance in the Bruins' 41-21 victory over Nebraska, "but we've got a lot of growing to do. " The secondary rated at the top of Coach Jim Mora's worry list a month ago. One corner was Fabien Moreau , a redshirt freshman who moved to defensive back a year ago. The other was Adams, a sophomore who played all but two games....