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June 30, 1992 | JIM MURRAY
It has been happening since racing antiquity in California. The lordliest horses in the sport of kings come out to the West Coast and get their feelings hurt, their reputations soured--and their stud fees lowered. It began with the apotheosis of western racing, the Santa Anita Handicap, the world's first $100,000 race back in 1935. It's hard to conceive now of what a $100,000 race was in that Depression year. Bread was a nickel, gas was nine cents--but nobody had the nickel or the nine cents.
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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.
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SPORTS
May 14, 1994 | BOB MIESZERSKI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Even if Giant Asset never wins another race, the 4-year-old Affirmed colt has earned a place in local history. On Feb. 21, the roan, who had finished fourth in a five-horse field 16 days earlier, ran the race of his life. The 10-1 shot completed six furlongs in 1:08 1/5 and won by a neck over favored Viva El Capitan. What made the $41,000 allowance race significant was that it was the only time Viva El Capitan has lost at Santa Anita.
SPORTS
May 14, 1994 | BOB MIESZERSKI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Even if Giant Asset never wins another race, the 4-year-old Affirmed colt has earned a place in local history. On Feb. 21, the roan, who had finished fourth in a five-horse field 16 days earlier, ran the race of his life. The 10-1 shot completed six furlongs in 1:08 1/5 and won by a neck over favored Viva El Capitan. What made the $41,000 allowance race significant was that it was the only time Viva El Capitan has lost at Santa Anita.
SPORTS
December 26, 1991 | JIM MURRAY
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
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.
SPORTS
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.
SPORTS
September 3, 2010 | By Bill Dwyre
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.
SPORTS
June 10, 2003 | Larry Stewart
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.
SPORTS
February 19, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
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.
SPORTS
June 30, 1992 | JIM MURRAY
It has been happening since racing antiquity in California. The lordliest horses in the sport of kings come out to the West Coast and get their feelings hurt, their reputations soured--and their stud fees lowered. It began with the apotheosis of western racing, the Santa Anita Handicap, the world's first $100,000 race back in 1935. It's hard to conceive now of what a $100,000 race was in that Depression year. Bread was a nickel, gas was nine cents--but nobody had the nickel or the nine cents.
SPORTS
December 26, 1991 | JIM MURRAY
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.
SPORTS
December 25, 2013 | By Eric Sondheimer
There's no denying the increased responsibilities being placed on Santa Anita as it opens its 77th winter/spring meeting Thursday. With the permanent closing of Hollywood Park, the Arcadia track takes on the expanded role of primary proponent for horse racing in Southern California. Track President George Haines said Santa Anita is ready to embrace the challenges. "What we hope to accomplish is the finest racing program in the United States," Haines said. "We have the opportunity to race in the months that have traditionally much better weather.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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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