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May 4, 1989 | Jim Murray
It won't be a race, it'll be a parade. A recital. A concerto. Who are these horses, and don't they know nobody will remember who they were a year from today? A week from today? They came here to be in the chorus. They should have brought a spear to carry. They're just the posse here. What are all these trainers who should know better doing in this Kentucky Derby? Can't they read? Don't their clocks work? Let me ask you something. If Man o' War were in this field, would there be 15 other horses willing to go out there to watch him go by?
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March 29, 2014 | By Cindy Chang
As thoroughbreds were groomed and prepped for the day's races, a group of elderly Japanese Americans circled the stables of Santa Anita in a tram. For six months in 1942, they lived here, in the same stalls where horses had slept, before being shipped to internment camps in isolated areas of the country. Back then, arriving adults mourned the loss of homes and businesses, while children explored the grounds, making new friends. In the barns, a thin layer of asphalt was all that separated families from layers of manure.
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April 3, 1989 | JEFF MEYERS, Times Staff Writer
In 1984, Judith Fontaine, head of one of the largest modeling agencies in the world, had big plans for Kathryn Zahlis, booking the 5-foot-10 blonde on the "Grand Tour"--New York, Paris, Milan, Tokyo, key stops on the road to stardom in the modeling business. For a woman of 20, it is a coveted chance to see the world and live like a glamour queen. But Zahlis came into Fontaine's Hollywood office one day and "says she's quitting the business," Fontaine remembers. "I couldn't believe it.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 9, 2014 | Kate Linthicum
Archaeologist Lynn Swartz Dodd has excavated ancient sites in Egypt and Turkey. Her colleague Tom Garrison runs a dig site of Maya ruins in Guatemala. On Saturday they descended into a trench outside the former Hollywood Park racetrack in Inglewood to explore some more recent history. They were looking for the remains of a legendary racehorse. Native Diver was a wild-eyed black colt so fast and so beloved that when he died in 1967, he was buried at his hometown track. An elaborate stone memorial marks the grave, a testament to a bygone era when horses and their owners were national celebrities, and when tens of thousands of fans packed the stands of Hollywood Park to cheer on their favorite steed.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 2, 2014 | By Meg James
Budweiser's heartwarming Super Bowl ad "Puppy Love" tells the story of a puppy's dogged determination to hang out with his favorite Budweiser Clydesdale horse - and the horse's reaction. The 60-second commercial - which was shot on horse ranches in Southern California a few weeks ago - posed challenges for the actors, crew members and animal trainers involved in the elaborate production.  First, there were the majestic Anheuser-Busch Clydesdale horses. Then there were the puppies - eight puppies, all 10-weeks old when the commercial was shot - required to get the desired shots.
NEWS
May 20, 2011 | By Marissa Cevallos, HealthKey / For the Booster Shots blog
As an outbreak of highly contagious horse herpes infects horses across Western states, leaving some horses dead and prompting event organizers to cancel competitions, a closer look at the virus causing all the trouble would seem in order. But first, as Reuters reports : "Horses cannot infect humans but for the animals the symptoms of the virus include respiratory problems and hind-leg weakness, decreased coordination, nasal discharge and fever. " Nine strains of equine herpes virus have been identified; the strain in the news, EHV-1, is very common.
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January 19, 2011 | By Jeannine Stein, Los Angeles Times
Many overweight people are delusional about their weight, studies have found, often underestimating their body size. Apparently that misconception may also carry over to their horses. In a pilot study published recently in the journal Veterinary Record , researchers asked 160 nonprofessional horse owners in England to score the body condition of their equines using a scale ranging from 1 (ribs are protruding prominently) to 9 (extremely fat; noticeable bulging fat). About 21% of the horses were rated by their owners as overweight.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 8, 2011
MUSIC Ben Bridwell's indie rock in Band of Horses is country-steeped but still retains the grand scope of acts like the Band and America. They started their career on Sub Pop, but moved to a major label and are currently supporting the restrained, tasteful effort "Infinite Arms. " Wiltern, 3790 Wilshire Blvd., L.A. 8 p.m. Thu. $35. http://www.livenation.com.
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June 12, 2011 | By Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
Several years ago, I spent time with Gunther Gebel-Williams, the celebrated Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey animal trainer. I watched in awe as this intensely charismatic man played with a cage full of lions and tigers as if they were so many household cats. His assistant, standing next to me, took it all in. "Both people and animals," he explained, "they want his good word. " As it was with Gebel-Williams, so it is with Buck Brannaman, the subject of the marvelous new documentary "Buck," which opens Friday.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 22, 2013 | By Joseph Serna
Neighborhood fences and police cars proved no match for a bear in Sun Valley, where it hopped into backyards and roamed into horse corrals Wednesday morning. “We still don't have eyes on it,” said Los Angeles police Sgt. Thomas Wunsch of the Foothill station. “Officers are going to hopefully tranquilize it.” Police started getting calls from residents about 6:10 a.m. about the bear, which TV news showed having free rein through the Sun Valley community. It didn't appear to be fully grown and was seen climbing over fences into backyards, spooking horses in residents' corrals and avoiding police cars searching for it on the street.
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March 8, 2014 | By Justin George
They're known as Arabbers and their profession as Arabbing - words that are supposed to evoke the nomadic life of a street merchant. Arabbers sell fruit and vegetables from horse-drawn carts, much as the first Arabbers did when the profession took root in Baltimore after the Civil War as a way to provide blacks with work. Once a thriving niche with more than 40 stables across the city, the trade has declined to just three stables. The job of guiding a horse and a day's worth of inventory through city streets has always been hazardous.
SPORTS
March 7, 2014 | By Kevin Baxter
PHOENIX --- The Dodgers have tried to temper Yasiel Puig's aggressive play without curbing his enthusiasm. But the man Vin Scully has nicknamed the "wild horse" showed Thursday he is not ready to be tamed. With one out in the bottom of the first inning of a scoreless game with the Angels, Puig made an ill-advised dive to try to catch Mike Trout's sinking line drive to center. Puig missed the ball, which rolled past him to the center-field wall. That allowed the speedy Trout to motor around the bases and only a good throw from Puig and a spectacular relay by shortstop Hanley Ramirez to nail Trout at the plate kept the Angels from taking a 1-0 lead.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 3, 2014 | By Steven Zeitchik
It tied with "Gravity" for most Oscar nominations - 10. But when all was said and done Sunday night, David O. Russell's "American Hustle" came away with zero gold statuettes. In a roller-coaster season, "American Hustle" rode more highs and lows than most. With a release scheduled for late December, the film screened to tastemakers around Thanksgiving and immediately won top honors from the New York Film Critics Circle. It picked up momentum, landing the comedy or musical film award at the Golden Globes and the coveted Screen Actors Guild ensemble prize in January, a month that also saw it become one of the few films to land nominations in all seven major Oscar categories (picture, director, screenplay and lead and supporting acting)
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February 28, 2014 | By Randy Lewis
Katy Perry's “Dark Horse” video has been reedited to remove a quick scene that has generated outcry among some in the Muslim community. The scene in dispute showed a suitor being disintegrated, along with a pendant he was wearing that spelled out “Allah” (the Arabic word for “God”). A Change.org petition posted by Shazad Iqbal of Bradford, England, lobbied for YouTube to remove the video. But it was reedited to digitally remove the Allah medallion, and that version is now posted on YouTube and Vevo.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 21, 2014 | By Mark Olsen
It's easy to feel a certain fatigue as awards season drags along, with even the most dedicated Oscar-ologists tiring of talking about the same boiled-down pool of a few films. So this may be just the time to turn to the lesser-known quarters of the Oscar ballot, such as the relatively obscure corners of the foreign language film category. It is widely anticipated that the prize will go to either Italy's "The Great Beauty," which picked up similar prizes at the Golden Globes and BAFTAs, or Denmark's "The Hunt," which stars actor Mads Mikkelsen, currently seen on the U.S. television show "Hannibal.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 20, 2014 | By Todd Martens
When the world-at-large last saw Katy Perry performing her "Dark Horse," she was emerging from a crystal ball and strutting around the Grammy Awards stage as if she were "Sleeping Beauty's" evil queen Maleficent. Now, she's remixing Egyptian history so it includes some hot-pink palaces and some even hotter puffed cheesy snacks.  The Egyptian soundstage setting of "Dark Horse's" official video is Candyland-inspired fantasy, as Perry sports neon-blue hair streaks and commands an army of "Avatar"-influenced  Na'vi-like creatures.
SPORTS
November 20, 1987 | Jim Murray
As good a race horse as I have ever seen was Dr. Fager. He set a world record for a flat mile of 1:32 1/5 at Arlington Park in 1968, carrying 134 pounds. He won the Withers in 1:33 4/5 in 1967, carrying 126 pounds. He won the seven-eighths Vosburgh in 1968 in 1:20 1/5--the world record is 1:19 1/5--carrying 139 pounds. As the backstretch lingo has it, he could run a hole in the wind carrying a statue of General Sherman.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 24, 2012 | By Alan Zarembo, Los Angeles Times
Horses died while racing at Santa Anita Park at more than double the rate of horses at the state's other three major thoroughbred tracks over the last fiscal year, according to state statistics. The fatality rate at Santa Anita, in Arcadia, rose significantly after a return to a dirt running surface in 2010 after three years of using a synthetic track, the data show. Track surfaces are one of several factors that experts say play a role in horses' deaths — a longtime bane of the racing industry.
NEWS
February 14, 2014 | By Chris Dufresne
SOCHI, Russia -- The last two Olympic combined champions, both Americans, couldn't get out of the snowplow's way Friday. After lead-footing his morning downhill, defending gold medalist Bode Miller drove his slalom run like a bumper-car ride and later admitted the course "was too tough for me. " Ted Ligety, the 2006 gold winner and current world champion in the event, let the mountain play him. "I respected the course too much," he said....
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