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July 16, 2013 | By Eric Sondheimer
Opening day at Del Mar is set for Wednesday, and it's the one day of the year when Southern California horse racing fans forget about any troubles surrounding the sport. Fans come out en masse (attendance on opening day was 47,339 last year), colorful hats pop up as if it were the Kentucky Derby and fields are so full that no one worries whether there's a shortage of horses. As usual, the opening day $100,000 Oceanside Stakes for 3-year-olds going one mile on the turf has been split into two divisions, the sixth and ninth races on a 10-race card, after 22 horses were entered.
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January 30, 2014 | By Jared S. Hopkins
Jack Mortell leaned in and his eyes widened at the scenario he dreamed up: Who would win if all the gold medalists in speedskating from the upcoming Winter Olympics faced off against one another? "I think people would want to know, don't you?" Mortell asked, grinning. "I think that kind of race would generate some interest. " Fans may find out. In May, Mortell and well-heeled investors plan to launch Ice Derby, an entertainment ice show centered on a professional speedskating tour and featuring figure skating and ice dancing.
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May 11, 2013 | Bill Dwyre
With its announcement Thursday, Hollywood Park did little to refute the theory that horse racing is a sport in need of hospice. They raced at the Inglewood track Friday, but it wasn't business as usual. Nor will it be the rest of this meeting and the track's final one, which ends Dec. 22. For people in the business, and fans of the sport, the next six months of racing at the place universally known as Hollypark will be an emotional saddle sore. The bulldozers are at the gate.
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January 2, 2014 | By Anthony York
Bo Derek, the Golden Globe-nominated actress who became a sex symbol after the release of the 1979 movie “10,” has been reappointed to the state racing board by Gov. Jerry Brown. Derek, who was born Mary Cathleen Collins, was first appointed to the board by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger in 2008. Now 57, Derek still takes on the occasional acting role, but has been more active as an advocate for animal rights. In 2011, she testified before a legislative committee in Sacramento to support an effort to ban shark fin soup.
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April 6, 2013 | Bill Dwyre
Apparently, trainer Doug O'Neill has taken the name of his most famous horse literally. Saturday, he decided, I'll Have Another. So, here we go again. If race fans have that feeling of "Groundhog Day," nobody could blame them. The O'Neill Show, a smash hit a year ago, will be a repeat headliner on horse racing's most prestigious stage, the Kentucky Derby. That was achieved in front of 33,005, when O'Neill's Goldencents won the $750,000 Santa Anita Derby, one of the prestigious prep races for the sport's most prestigious race.
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October 31, 2013 | Bill Dwyre
Joel Rosario fits on the back of a racehorse as perfectly as a carrot fits in a snowman's face. He is Nicklaus with a five-iron in his hand, Crenshaw with a putter. If this were hockey, he'd be the Great One. He is fast becoming that in horse racing. Rosario will ride 12 horses in this weekend's Breeders' Cup, and even though none of them were given morning-line odds of better than 6-1, gamblers are likely to give his horses more action than their odds may deserve. That's because Rosario will be in the saddle.
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November 1, 1989 | From Associated Press
A James Bond-style ultrasonic gun disguised as a pair of binoculars was used to stun a top thoroughbred during a race, and could have become the key tool in a massive drug and betting conspiracy, a British court was told Tuesday. Defense attorney Jonathan Goldberg said the high-pitched sound from the gun caused the thoroughbred, Ile de Chypre, to veer suddenly and throw jockey Greville Starkey as they were heading for victory at Ascot racecourse on June 16, 1988.
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September 25, 1991 | STEVE ANDERSEN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Los Alamitos officials have proposed 1992 racing dates that would shorten the current quarter horse meeting but provide quarter horse racing at Hollywood Park for the first time since 1987. The proposal was presented Monday to a California Horse Racing Board Committee. It asks for 32 weeks of quarter horse racing, 43 weeks of harness racing and three weeks of thoroughbred and quarter horse fair racing. Under the plan, quarter horse racing would end at Los Alamitos on Jan. 18 instead of Feb. 8.
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May 1, 1992 | JEFF MEYERS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Minutes before post time at Santa Anita recently, nine thoroughbreds and their owners paraded to the paddock area in an entrance only slightly less grand than that of Caesar returning to Rome. While the general public queued behind white barricades, trumpets erupted, bright silk pennants flew, camera shutters crackled. Waiting for jockey Eddie Delahoussaye to saddle up for the sixth race, Diane Garber and her 27-year-old daughter Lisa stood by their horse, Command the Fire.
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December 3, 1998 | BILL CHRISTINE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A professional gambler has been indicted by a federal grand jury in a racetrack scheme that allegedly involved cashing other bettors' tickets and obtaining refunds from false tax returns. The activities of James J. Greulich of Huntington Beach took place at the Del Mar, Santa Anita and Hollywood Park tracks in 1995.
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December 26, 2013 | By Jim Peltz
Santa Anita Park couldn't have ordered up nicer weather Thursday for the traditional day-after-Christmas start to its winter/spring meeting. "We always come to opening day," said Virginia Derossi of Manhattan Beach as she and her family basked in 80-degree sunshine next to the paddock area. "It's just our holiday tradition. " For horse racing fans, Santa Anita's opening - which drew a healthy 30,540 spectators - also was a welcome antidote to the final race Sunday at the 75-year-old Betfair Hollywood Park track, which is set to close.
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December 22, 2013 | By David Wharton
The bugler in his green coat and top hat tried to sound upbeat as he blew the traditional "Call to Post," but he might just as well have been playing a dirge. Down by the rail, Todd Matzner listened with a cigar stub clamped between his teeth. "I wasn't going to miss this, no way," the horse racing die-hard said. "Even if it's kind of sad. " Sunday marked the last gasp for Betfair Hollywood Park, a 75-year-old racetrack that had once been a sparkling jewel of the city. The Inglewood landmark, which has fallen victim to declining revenue industrywide, will have its grandstand razed and its racing ovals dug up. Shops, offices and residential units are planned for the spot where fans once cheered for horses such as Seabiscuit and Zenyatta, not to mention renowned jockeys Bill Shoemaker and Laffit Pincay Jr. "The track's closure is a major loss," said Alex Waldrop, president and chief executive of the National Thoroughbred Racing Assn.
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December 22, 2013 | By Samantha Schaefer and Eric Sondheimer
After 75 years, Hollywood Park will host its final races Sunday before closing for good. Eleven races are scheduled for the track's final day, beginning at 12:30 p.m. and ending with the $200,000 King Glorious Stakes for 2-year-olds. The Inglewood racetrack, where Seabiscuit won the inaugural running of the Hollywood Gold Cup, has seen some of the greatest thoroughbreds in history race -- Citation, Swaps, Ack Ack, Native Diver, John Henry, Landaluce and Zenyatta, among them. PHOTOS: The long goodbye Formed in 1938 under the chairmanship of Jack L. Warner, of the Warner Bros.
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December 9, 2013 | Bill Dwyre
Horse racing has problems, which is like saying rain makes the grass wet. It is a sport in which the toothache never goes away. Conversely, it has its moments, its shots of adrenaline. On a glorious November day at Santa Anita, a huge horse trained by a tiny woman and ridden by a 50-year-old grandfather who had taken seven years off won the $5-million Breeders' Cup Classic. It was such a good story that moviemakers must be scrambling to line up Kathy Ritvo and her aptly named horse, Mucho Macho Man. The jockey part is easy.
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November 7, 2013 | Paresh Dave
With only seven horses racing and Seattle Slew the clear favorite, many of the 68,000 people at Hollywood Park thought they had a sure bet picking him to finish among the top three. Yet, few cheers boomed out for Seattle Slew at the finish line that summer day in 1977. The just-anointed Triple Crown winner had been embarrassed in the Swaps Stakes, finishing fourth, 16 lengths behind J.O. Tobin. Some considered it the biggest disappointment in Hollywood Park's history -- until this year, when racetrack owners announced the autumn meet that begins Thursday would be the last season in Hollywood Park's 75-year run. Named by its film industry founders, Hollywood Park began as a glitzy oasis in Inglewood for both the rich and those hoping to strike it rich.
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November 4, 2013 | Eric Sondheimer
Horses and jockeys were on the move Sunday returning to their home bases after the two-day Breeders' Cup races at Santa Anita, but Hall of Fame jockey John Velazquez remained at Huntington Memorial Hospital in Pasadena after having his spleen removed following a spill Saturday during the Juvenile Fillies. He was listed in serious but stable condition in the critical care unit. Agent Angel Cordero Jr. told the Daily Racing Form that Velazquez is expected to be hospitalized four to five days and won't ride again in 2013.
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January 7, 2001
* Santa Anita, thoroughbreds including $200,000 San Pasqual Handicap: first post 12:30 p.m.
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July 28, 2011 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
Grand Del Mar resort in San Diego is marking the opening of the Del Mar horse-racing season with a package that includes tickets, racing forms and even two mint juleps. The deal is pricey -- it starts at $475 a night -- but it saves a bit if you're up for a splurge and love the ponies. -- The deal: The Del Mar racetrack , which dates to 1937, opened last week for its 2011 season. The Day at the Races package includes two Stretch Run reserved seats at the racetrack (worth $10)
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November 2, 2013 | By Bill Dwyre
Saturday's Breeders' Cup started with a thud. Death and pain followed quickly. Thoroughbred horse racing is a thing of beauty. Also, occasionally, a sport of the ugly and nasty. In the first Breeders' Cup race of the final day of this $25 million event, a Bob Baffert -trained horse named Secret Compass, competing in the $2-million Juvenile Fillies, went down hard in the home turn. She was competing near the front of the pack, digging hard. Then came the fractured leg, horrifying in its suddenness.
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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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