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November 1, 2006
To our readers: WHO says there are no seasons in Southern California? Let great minds debate whether the Hollywood awards season actually starts in Toronto, Telluride or even Cannes, but this much is clear: We're in the thick of it. To mark the occasion, we're launching a series of special print editions of The Envelope, the Los Angeles Times' awards website.
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SPORTS
November 2, 2013 | By John Cherwa
Common sense would dictate that the horse who wins the biggest 2-year-old race of the year would then be destined for greatness six months later in the Kentucky Derby. But when did common sense and racing ever go together? Instead, it has been more of a curse. In the previous 29 years, only one horse has won the Breeders' Cup Juvenile and the Kentucky Derby - Street Sense in 2006 and 2007. New Year's Day is hoping to change that history on the first Saturday in May. The lightly raced 2-year-old was guided by jockey Martin Garcia to seventh at the three-quarter-mile pole, fourth at the top of the stretch and won going away by 11/4 lengths.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 31, 1997 | SYLVIA L. OLIANDE
Area families, school supporters and running enthusiasts will gather Saturday for the 12th annual Great Race of Agoura. Proceeds from the races will benefit Oak Park and Agoura Hills elementary schools. The event, which includes a 10K, 5K and two 2K runs, will begin and end at Agoura High School, 28545 W. Driver Ave. The 10K race, which is open to all, begins at 8:30 a.m. A 5K run starts at 7:30 a.m. One 2K run, a competitive race for children ages 7 to 12, is at 8:15 a.m.
SPORTS
November 2, 2012 | By Eric Sondheimer
If Game On Dude is going to win the horse-of-the-year award, then Saturday's $5-million Breeders' Cup Classic at Santa Anita is an ideal setting to make a lasting impression. A year after leading in the stretch and being overtaken by the late charge of Drosselmeyer at Churchill Downs, Game On Dude will try again to win the Classic, but this time the 5-year-old son of Awesome Again has a home-track advantage. So far, Game On Dude is a perfect five for five at Santa Anita. "You want to win the Breeders' Cup, you have to bring your A game that day," Game On Dude's trainer Bob Baffert said.
NEWS
October 27, 1992 | FAYE FIORE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The sun has scarcely cracked the darkness in the eastern sky. Larry Williams sits reading the Scriptures. Janet Ekland is clobbering the snooze button on her alarm clock. Barbara Piazza is smoking her third cigarette. Another riveting work day ahead. But before they tackle it, an even more harrowing task awaits: the Monday morning Los Angeles commute.
SPORTS
April 19, 2004 | Mike Kupper, Times Staff Writer
"Rule No. 1, don't screw up the race," Paul Gentilozzi, one of the three new owners, said last month at the introductory session after his group had taken over the Champ Car World Series from a bankrupt Championship Auto Racing Teams. Several team defections and a shaky month later, Sunday's Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach offered the first opportunity for that. Glitches, yes. Hard to find a race without them. Screw-ups? No.
SPORTS
March 6, 1987 | BILL CHRISTINE, Times Staff Writer
There's nothing trivial about a $1-million race, but the Santa Anita Handicap, which will be run Sunday for the 50th time, is chockablock with lore and perfect for trivia. So here, then, is the 50th anniversary Santa Anita Handicap trivia quiz--50 questions with answers to follow. Get 40 or more right and go directly to the Racing Hall of Fame in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.
SPORTS
March 6, 2005 | Steve Wilstein, Associated Press
Aside from wild moose trying to stomp the dogs and the risks of plunging into the icy ocean or river in inky darkness, the 1,100-mile Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race is a jaunt in a park. Except this is Mother Nature's Most Extreme Park, not the kind of meadows where most dog lovers take their Rovers to run around. Mushers don't scoop up the poop, fling Frisbees or throw sticks to fetch.
SPORTS
February 14, 1999 | SHAV GLICK, TIMES STAFF WRITER
For the first time in history, the Great American Race will be led off the line today by two kids from Indiana who cut their racing teeth in open-wheel competition. No, it's not the Indianapolis 500, it's the Daytona 500. In stock car land, Winston Cup style, anyone under 30 is called a kid. Jeff Gordon, the pole-sitter from Pittsboro, Ind., and Tony Stewart, the rookie outside pole-sitter from Rushville, Ind., are both 27.
NEWS
June 30, 1995 | PAUL DEAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Living, went the message stitched inside the hat, is the only thing worth dying for. I almost bought this No Fear baseball cap with its brown suede bill and Oscar Wilde homily. It seemed to bode well. It certainly spoke to the motoring marathon ahead and the exhilaration of personal risk and bodily damage attached to a mind-breaking ordeal: One Lap of America.
SPORTS
October 3, 2011 | By Jim Peltz
IndyCar racing is struggling to overcome several problems that include weak attendance and television ratings and the decision by Danica Patrick, perhaps its most popular driver, to bolt for NASCAR stock car racing next year. But say this about the Izod IndyCar Series: It can still put on a thrilling race besides its crown jewel, the Indianapolis 500. For the last 20 laps in Sunday's Kentucky Indy 300, little-known Ed Carpenter raced side by side with reigning series champion Dario Franchitti at more than 200 mph. Round and round they went only a few feet apart on the 1.5-mile Kentucky Speedway oval, with neither driver willing to cede the lead to the other.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 21, 2010 | By Esmeralda Bermudez
Three hours into the race, it was the butt scooter that nearly did Scott Ramsay in. "Burniiing!" he hollered to his teammate Fatima Santos. "I'm cramping up! We gotta keep moving. Let's go!" As the couple rushed from a West Hollywood park toward the finish line in Pershing Square, it was obvious they would not take first or probably even 50th place in Saturday's fourth annual Great Urban Race. But no matter. For many of the 700 or so racers who signed up, it was less about the finish line than the wacky adventures on the way. A combination scavenger hunt, brain teaser, obstacle course and footrace, the event unfolded like a masquerade party with a to-do list.
SPORTS
February 14, 2010 | By Mike Bianchi
It seems appropriate that this Daytona 500 falls on Valentine's Day, the day NASCAR hopes its fans will fall back in love with its sport. The Great American Race is NASCAR's great American opportunity to rekindle a dying love affair. NASCAR must transform what has become the mundanely monotonous Dulltona 500 back into the deliriously dramatic Daytona 500. NASCAR entered the American sporting consciousness in 1979 when CBS first televised the race wire-to-wire on a day when the entire East Coast, because of a blizzard, was stuck in the house watching TV. That historic, histrionic race ended with Cale Yarborough and the Allison boys wrecking each other on the final lap and brawling on the backstretch as the ultra-popular Richard Petty breezed by for the victory.
SPORTS
April 5, 2009 | BILL DWYRE
The old-timers just shrug. That's horse racing, they say. The air started coming out of the balloon in late morning Saturday, as word began to trickle out that the great matchup for the Santa Anita Derby, a direct road to the fame and fortune of the Kentucky Derby, would now be a one-horse show. The Pamplemousse, morning-line favorite, was scratched. Pioneerof The Nile, the close second choice, could now have his way.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 21, 2007 | Gregory W. Griggs, Times Staff Writer
Bill Erickson, a self-professed "gear head," has repaired and restored vintage cars for more than 30 years. He's been racing them for the last six. He's driven a restored Fiat V-8 convertible roadster in a 1,000-mile Italian road rally and steered a fortified 1954 Ford Crown Victoria on a 1,900-mile romp through Mexico's open roads.
NEWS
November 1, 2006
To our readers: WHO says there are no seasons in Southern California? Let great minds debate whether the Hollywood awards season actually starts in Toronto, Telluride or even Cannes, but this much is clear: We're in the thick of it. To mark the occasion, we're launching a series of special print editions of The Envelope, the Los Angeles Times' awards website.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 1, 2001 | CAROL CHAMBERS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
With trumpets sounding and family and friends cheering, Steve and Janet Hedke of Santa Clarita were overcome by emotion Saturday as they rounded the corner at their hometown shopping mall on the final leg of the 4,000-mile History Channel Great Race 2001. "Everyone was out there with signs and yelling, 'Welcome home.' We just started crying," said Steve Hedke, who drove his British racing green 1957 Triumph TR3 to a second-place finish in the sportsman division.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 21, 2007 | Gregory W. Griggs, Times Staff Writer
Bill Erickson, a self-professed "gear head," has repaired and restored vintage cars for more than 30 years. He's been racing them for the last six. He's driven a restored Fiat V-8 convertible roadster in a 1,000-mile Italian road rally and steered a fortified 1954 Ford Crown Victoria on a 1,900-mile romp through Mexico's open roads.
SPORTS
March 6, 2005 | Steve Wilstein, Associated Press
Aside from wild moose trying to stomp the dogs and the risks of plunging into the icy ocean or river in inky darkness, the 1,100-mile Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race is a jaunt in a park. Except this is Mother Nature's Most Extreme Park, not the kind of meadows where most dog lovers take their Rovers to run around. Mushers don't scoop up the poop, fling Frisbees or throw sticks to fetch.
SPORTS
February 20, 2005 | Bill Christine, Times Staff Writer
On a rainy, sloppy day when 10 maiden 3-year-olds were scratched in the preceding race, Santa Anita's San Luis Obispo Handicap was switched from grass to dirt for only the second time, and the first time in 25 years. The surface change Saturday didn't change the minds of any of the trainers in the 49th San Luis Obispo.
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