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.
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.
May 16, 2012 |
J. Paul Reddam might not be the type of businessman for whom people suffering through the recession can bring themselves to root. Reddam, 56, is president of Anaheim-based CashCall, the mortgage refinancing and high-interest personal loan company who critics say has unfairly capitalized upon people's financial woes during the country's economic and employment crisis. But the Sunset Beach resident is also owner of Kentucky Derby winner I'll Have Another, who could provide horse racing with a huge shot in the arm Saturday with a victory in the Preakness Stakes at Pimlico.
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.
April 12, 2012 |
The once-famed Steel Pier on the long-faded Atlantic City Boardwalk will invest more than $100 million on new amusement rides and entertainment venues after scrapping plans to revive its centerpiece diving horse act amid an outcry by animal rights activists. PHOTOS: New rides at Steel Pier in Atlantic City Located across from Donald Trump's Taj Mahal casino on the New Jersey shore, the 1,000-foot-long amusement pier will add 11 rides, an arcade, nightclub, museum and ballroom during a four-year expansion project.
September 20, 2012 |
It appears Bruce Springsteen's daughter is looking for some glory days of her own. Jessica Springsteen bought a gold medal-winning horse from the London Olympics with hopes of competing for the United States in showjumping at the 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro. Peter Charles, who rode Murka's Vindicat W in a jump-off to clinch the Olympic team title for Britain during this year's Olympics, sold the 10-year-old gelding to her for an undisclosed price. She can only hope that the horse was born to jump.
August 22, 2011 |
Reporting from Ulan Bator, Mongolia -- He got a horse. But he could have had a yak. Vice President Joe Biden made the most of a brief visit to Mongolia on Monday, touting the fledgling democracy's future potential in meetings with its leadership before witnessing a fantastic demonstration of the nation's most popular sports and cultural offerings. There was a contortionist, a wrestling tournament and archery demonstration. But the star of the show at the “Mini-Naadam” festival put on to honor Biden's visit: a handsome, if badly behaved brown horse presented as a gift to the vice president from the Mongolian people.
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.