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.
June 6, 2012 |
HORSE RACING URBAN LEGEND : A jockey was declared dead after falling from his horse but recovered and won five races the following day. A big part of the world of sports legends is the all-too clever newspaper headline. In the past, I've covered the story of the Dizzy Dean head injury that supposedly led to the headline "X-ray of Dean's head shows nothing" (click here for the real story). Today, we look at another classic headline, this time courtesy of the May 9, 1936 edition of the San Francisco Examiner.
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.
October 12, 2012 |
There was Roy "Wrong Way" Riegels running 69 yards in the wrong direction in the 1929 Rose Bowl , and now a 2-year-old colt, Spinning Love, has accomplished the same feat at Santa Anita Park. On Friday in the second race, Spinning Love, in the No. 1 post position, came out of the starting gate in the six-furlong race and soon jumped over the temporary inside rail, unseating jockey Alonso Quinonez and then running in the opposite direction through the club house turn and into the stretch.