November 2, 2013 |
A federal judge gave the green light for horse slaughter to resume in the United States, perhaps as early as next week. In issuing her ruling late Friday, U.S. District Judge Christina Armijo, who is based in Albuquerque, dismissed a lawsuit by animal welfare groups that had sought to prevent such slaughtering. Front Range Equine Rescue, the Humane Society of the United States and other animal rights groups contend that federal officials didn't perform appropriate studies before granting permits to Valley Meat Co. in New Mexico and a company in Iowa.
November 1, 2013 |
Once the Southern California hope for the Triple Crown, Goldencents emerged again spectacularly in the $1-million Dirt Mile on Friday in the opening day of the Breeders' Cup at Santa Anita. The Doug O'Neill -trained horse, under a strategically perfect ride by Rafael Bejarano , started in the 11th spot of 11 starters, raced to the front under Bejarano's urging and held on well down the stretch, as Joel Rosario and Golden Ticket chased. Goldencents ended up winning by a decisive 23/4 lengths, and principal owner Glenn Sorgenstein said afterward that he had never doubted the horse, even after Goldencents won the Santa Anita Derby and then didn't measure up in the Kentucky Derby and Preakness, where the horse finished 17th and fifth.
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October 31, 2013 |
When attorney and Republican Party activist John J. Lynch ran for Los Angeles County tax assessor in 1986, he was shocked at the result - he won. "It was a surprise," said Lynch, and he wasn't the only one taken aback. Lynch, who had never run for elective office, was up against 11 other candidates, including two former state Assembly members - Gordon Hahn and Jim Keysor. Lynch spent only a few thousand dollars on the campaign, whereas Hahn spent $100,000 and Keysor $185,000. "I can't figure where John Lynch came from," Keysor said.
October 31, 2013 |
The $5-million Breeders' Cup Classic suffered a major defection Thursday when trainer Bill Mott announced that Ron The Greek, winner of the Jockey Club Gold Cup, would be scratched from Saturday's race at Santa Anita because of a quarter crack. Ron The Greek won the 2012 Santa Anita Handicap. His morning-line odds for the Classic were 8-1 and his departure leaves a field of 11 in the 1 1/4-mile race. "He had an abscess that broke open in his foot," Mott said. The trainer said the abscess was discovered Wednesday during the feed time.
October 30, 2013 |
It is the 2013 Breeders' Cup this weekend at Santa Anita. That means, if you believe in trends, Richard Mandella will drive to the races in a Brinks truck. Mandella is 63, a Hall of Fame trainer as active as ever in the high-stakes world of thoroughbred racing. He will saddle two horses in this weekend's $25-million showcase of the sport. The two entries also mean something: He will not take a shot at the previous Breeders' Cup record-holder, who won four races in 2003. That record-holder was Richard Mandella.
October 29, 2013 |
There are a lot of Hall of Famers involved with Game On Dude, installed on Monday as the 8-5 morning-line favorite and set to run from post position No. 9 in Saturday's $5-million Breeders' Cup Classic at Santa Anita. There's Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert. There's Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith. And there's probable Hall of Fame baseball manager Joe Torre, a part owner. Baffert is feeling some Yankees-like pressure after Game On Dude's dud performance in last year's Classic, a seventh-place finish at odds of 8-5. "He's a totally different horse this year," Baffert said of the 6-year-old gelding.
October 3, 2013 |
A veteran cowboy would seem to be a difficult subject to resist for a documentarian, as the cowboy life tends to be a potent combination of scenic beauty, storytelling richness and mythic personality. So even when it meanders, and "Running Wild: The Life of Dayton O. Hyde" occasionally does, director Suzanne Mitchell has a ready supply of landscape and lore to corral viewers back in again. The Michigan-born, Berkeley-educated Hyde, a gently grizzled, soft-spoken conservationist now in his late 80s, certainly earns his bio-doc credentials as the man behind a 12,000-acre wild-horse sanctuary in the Black Hills of South Dakota.
September 29, 2013 |
Indy Point won the $150,000 John Henry Turf Championship by 11/4 lengths at Santa Anita on Sunday, giving jockey Gary Stevens his third graded stakes win of the weekend. Argentina-bred Indy Point ran 11/4 miles in 1:57.47 and paid $6, $4.40 and $2.80 as the 2-1 favorite against 11 rivals in the Grade II race. Ireland-bred Vagabond Shoes returned $6.40 and $4.40, and Lucayan was another three-quarters of a length back in third and paid $4.40 to show. The victory, worth $90,000, increased Indy Point's career earnings to $659,061, with seven wins in 15 starts.
September 28, 2013 |
The already difficult path to creating a National Museum of the American Latino has gotten bumpier because of another museum proposal now pending before Congress - this one aiming to establish a national museum in Washington, D.C., dedicated to the entire immigrant experience. Backers of the National Museum of the American People want Congress to authorize creation of a presidentially appointed commission to study its feasibility - a first step that the national Latino museum completed in 2011.
September 27, 2013 |
The significance of opening day at Santa Anita on Friday had mostly to do with the Arcadia race track's attempt to enter the brave new world of sports entertainment. For years, thoroughbred racing has been acquiring the label of "a dying sport. " That would be the assessment of the hordes of 20-and-30-somethings, whose passion for sports is a direct line to how their quarterback did in their Sunday fantasy league. Other sports move faster, make more noise and exude more cool than horse racing.