December 26, 1991 |
When Santa Anita opened its doors on Christmas Day in 1934, it was widely considered an audacious, downright reckless idea. It was the brainchild of a onetime minor league second baseman and a practicing credit dentist from San Francisco, Charles H. (Doc) Strub. Doc Strub didn't want to put his race track in Southern California. San Franciscans of the time considered anything south of the Tehachapis to be a citadel of bad taste, a community of boors, and--ugh!--movie people.
July 24, 1997
* Del Mar Racetrack, now through Sept. 10: West of Interstate 5 at Via de la Valle, 17 miles north of San Diego and 100 miles south of Los Angeles. Closed Tuesdays. Post time 2 p.m. daily with the following exceptions: "Four O'Clock Fridays," this Friday and Aug. 1, 8, 15 at 4 p.m.; Pacific Classic Day, Aug. 9 and Labor Day at 12:30 p.m.
April 25, 2009
Regarding Bill Dwyre's April 21 column about horse racing: Rookie Kentucky Derby rider Joe Talamo and his mount (I Want Revenge) will get knocked around from pillar to post. Too much trouble to win. Jeff Mullins' fine in New York is a slap on the wrist. Horse racing in Southern California has been around for 75-plus years, and has endured tougher times than these, World War II for one. Oh, things will change, but like the old adage, the more things change the more they stay the same.
June 10, 2003 |
A consumer's guide to the best and worst of sports media and merchandise. Ground rules: If it can be read, heard, observed, viewed, dialed or downloaded, it's in play here. One exception: No products will be endorsed. What: "Hollywood Park: From Seabiscuit to Pincay." Author: Biff Lowry. Publisher: Hollywood Park. Price: $14.95. Sometimes you can find a bargain in horse racing and this is one. This marvelously written and edited 236-page book is full of tales that will inform and entertain you.
September 3, 2010 |
In a reversal that further signified the current shaky nature of thoroughbred horse racing in Southern California, Oak Tree Racing Assn. announced late Friday that it would hold its 2011 autumn meeting at Hollywood Park, not Del Mar. Oak Tree had said this week that it would move to Del Mar in 2011, after holding this year's meeting, starting Sept. 30, at Hollywood Park. Sherwood Chillingworth, executive vice president of Oak Tree, said that meetings at Del Mar on Thursday produced indications that environmental reports for the low-lying areas of Del Mar during October would take longer than at first thought.
February 19, 2014 |
So much for the grand experiment of having synthetic surfaces for horse racing in Southern California. The last holdout, Del Mar, plans to switch to a dirt surface in 2015, track president Joe Harper said Wednesday. After that, the only remaining synthetic track in the state will be Northern California's Golden Gate Fields. Santa Anita switched back to dirt in 2010. Hollywood Park has closed, and Los Alamitos and Fairplex already have dirt surfaces. In 2006, the California Horse Racing Board mandated that all the main thoroughbred tracks install a synthetic surface by the end of 2007 in an attempt to improve safety.