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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?
March 31, 2014
A woman with plenty of equine experience has become the first female horse rider in the cast of a long-running medieval-themed dinner show in Las Vegas.  Iranda Dyer is the newest "maiden" to join the cast of “ Tournament of Kings ” at the Excalibur . Unlike the other female performers, Dyer appears astride Nobilissimo as she leads him through dressage, a routine in which horse and rider make precise movements in harmony. Nobilissimo is an Andalusian, commonly called “the horse of kings.” During the daytime, the San Diego County native works as a sports massage therapist for horses at three equine centers in Las Vegas . Showtime is 6 p.m. Mondays and Fridays, with additional 8:30 p.m. performances on Wednesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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)
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 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.
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.
January 20, 2011 | By Katherine Tulich, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Trick rider Fairland Ferguson has just finished a preview performance of "Cavalia" and could use a break, but her first job is to take care of her horse, Criollo. "We all say the horses get treated much better than the performers," she jokes. Backstage in the stables, it's easy to see why. The unique show, which opened Wednesday in Burbank, features a cast of 49 horses, and their backstage life consists of oversized stalls and 20 attentive handlers catering to their every need ?
August 18, 1985
About the Tips item "Trail Ride" (July 14): Dana and John's last name is Burden, not Vurden. I have had the pleasure of taking many trips with the Burdens. There is no better way to experience Monument Valley than by horseback. The item neglected to mention that one need not take a horse. Excellent rental horses can be arranged, and in fact, the majority of people on the trip do rent horses. Also, riders of all abilities participate in these rides. Novice riders do just fine. All that is required is a love of the outdoors.
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.
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. FRAMEWORK: Best images from Sochi ...
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