December 26, 2010 |
Optimism's seldom in short supply around a racetrack. Even in troubled times, a convoy of yesterday's losers can be counted on to return the next morning with their fantasies of winning the Pick Six intact. The jockeys who got beat by a nose or a neck, along with the trainers whose horses were pinned on the rail or otherwise impeded by fate, are also ready to do battle again. The air's thick with yearning. So racing fans are entitled to be hopeful about Santa Anita's prospects on the opening day of its annual winter meet.
December 24, 2012 |
Jack Klugman wasn't just known for his acting ability. He loved horses and horse racing. His death Monday in Woodland Hills at the age of 90 comes after he visited the race track several months ago, according to trainer Barry Abrams, who co-owns three horses with Klugman. They are offspring of Klugman's broodmare, Sci Fi Kin , who was sold in January. "He just loved being at the track," Abrams said. "He comes, makes bets and sits all day. That was his life -- horses and show business.
March 14, 2012 |
HBO has pulled the plug on its gambling drama "Luck" after controversy erupted over the deaths of three horses during production. "It is with heartbreak that executive producers David Milch and Michael Mann together with HBO have decided to cease all future production on the series 'Luck,' " the network said in a statement. The statement continues: "Safety is always of paramount concern. We maintained the highest safety standards throughout production, higher in fact than any protocols existing in horseracing anywhere with many fewer incidents than occur in racing or than befall horses normally in barns at night or pastures.
March 14, 2012
QUICK TAKES A horse was injured and euthanized Tuesday during production of the racetrack drama "Luck," the third death in connection with the series, and HBO agreed to suspend filming with horses while the accident is investigated. The American Humane Assn., which oversees Hollywood productions, had issued an immediate demand "that all production involving horses shut down. " The animal was being led to a Santa Anita Park racetrack stable by a groom when it reared and fell back Tuesday morning, suffering a head injury, according to HBO. The horse was euthanized at the track in Arcadia, where "Luck" is filming its second season.
April 4, 2009 |
If horse racing were more Hollywood, it would have turned today's Santa Anita Derby into a sitcom. There'd be billboards, TV ads, people twittering. It would be called the "Julio and Bob Show." Get your tickets now. Come and laugh. There will even be some racing. Of course, Bob Baffert would say it should be the "Bob and Julio Show," and Julio Canani would want the title translated into his native tongue, which is Spanish/Portuguese/Mandarin and Swiss German, with a touch of dialect from Mars.
September 24, 2013 |
The bookish denizens of Twitter were shocked (shocked, I tell you!) to learn that @horse_ebooks , a beloved spambot account, had been manned by a real human being after all. The Twitter account was created by a Russian spammer, who set it up to post random phrases along with links to e-books about horses that were for sale. Its postings, which Gawker described as "strangely poetic" when it tracked down the originator, went viral. More than 200,000 people follow @horse_ebooks, which is celebrated by T-shirts, Tumblrs, and even tattoos.