February 19, 2014 |
Del Mar, the last race track in Southern California with a synthetic surface, plans to switch back to a dirt surface in the summer of 2015, track President Joe Harper said Wednesday. The only remaining synthetic track in the state will be Golden Gate Fields in Northern California. Santa Anita switched back to dirt in 2010. Hollywood Park has closed and Los Alamitos and Fairplex have dirt surfaces, so Del Mar was the only remaining track with a synthetic surface in Southern California.
February 8, 2014 |
In the horse-racing world, it is still a lifetime until the May 3 Kentucky Derby. The top horses get hurt. They get ill. They suddenly, for no apparent reason, start turning in the training times of a plow horse. The favorites of mid-February become the forgottens of Triple Crown season. So when Gary Stevens rode Candy Boy to an impressive victory Saturday at Santa Anita, in the $200,000 Grade II Robert B. Lewis Stakes, both Stevens and trainer John Sadler did their best to couch their enthusiasm.
January 30, 2014 |
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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January 2, 2014 |
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.
December 26, 2013 |
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 |
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.