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The Sacramento district attorney's office, after reviewing an investigation into the California Horse Racing Board's handling of four horse-drugging cases at Hollywood Park and Santa Anita, has decided not to file criminal charges against the board or its executive secretary.
January 2, 2014 | By Anthony York
Bo Derek, the Golden Globe-nominated actress who became a sex symbol after the release of the 1979 movie “10,” has been reappointed to the state racing board by Gov. Jerry Brown. Derek, who was born Mary Cathleen Collins, was first appointed to the board by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger in 2008. Now 57, Derek still takes on the occasional acting role, but has been more active as an advocate for animal rights. In 2011, she testified before a legislative committee in Sacramento to support an effort to ban shark fin soup.
Los Alamitos officials have proposed 1992 racing dates that would shorten the current quarter horse meeting but provide quarter horse racing at Hollywood Park for the first time since 1987. The proposal was presented Monday to a California Horse Racing Board Committee. It asks for 32 weeks of quarter horse racing, 43 weeks of harness racing and three weeks of thoroughbred and quarter horse fair racing. Under the plan, quarter horse racing would end at Los Alamitos on Jan. 18 instead of Feb. 8.
December 22, 2013 | By David Wharton
The bugler in his green coat and top hat tried to sound upbeat as he blew the traditional "Call to Post," but he might just as well have been playing a dirge. Down by the rail, Todd Matzner listened with a cigar stub clamped between his teeth. "I wasn't going to miss this, no way," the horse racing die-hard said. "Even if it's kind of sad. " Sunday marked the last gasp for Betfair Hollywood Park, a 75-year-old racetrack that had once been a sparkling jewel of the city. The Inglewood landmark, which has fallen victim to declining revenue industrywide, will have its grandstand razed and its racing ovals dug up. Shops, offices and residential units are planned for the spot where fans once cheered for horses such as Seabiscuit and Zenyatta, not to mention renowned jockeys Bill Shoemaker and Laffit Pincay Jr. "The track's closure is a major loss," said Alex Waldrop, president and chief executive of the National Thoroughbred Racing Assn.
August 4, 2001 | Associated Press
City Zip, ridden by Jorge Chavez, remained unbeaten in four Saratoga starts, defeating Speightstown by a length in the $125,000 Grade II Amsterdam Stakes.
December 9, 2013 | Bill Dwyre
Horse racing has problems, which is like saying rain makes the grass wet. It is a sport in which the toothache never goes away. Conversely, it has its moments, its shots of adrenaline. On a glorious November day at Santa Anita, a huge horse trained by a tiny woman and ridden by a 50-year-old grandfather who had taken seven years off won the $5-million Breeders' Cup Classic. It was such a good story that moviemakers must be scrambling to line up Kathy Ritvo and her aptly named horse, Mucho Macho Man. The jockey part is easy.
November 7, 2013 | Paresh Dave
With only seven horses racing and Seattle Slew the clear favorite, many of the 68,000 people at Hollywood Park thought they had a sure bet picking him to finish among the top three. Yet, few cheers boomed out for Seattle Slew at the finish line that summer day in 1977. The just-anointed Triple Crown winner had been embarrassed in the Swaps Stakes, finishing fourth, 16 lengths behind J.O. Tobin. Some considered it the biggest disappointment in Hollywood Park's history -- until this year, when racetrack owners announced the autumn meet that begins Thursday would be the last season in Hollywood Park's 75-year run. Named by its film industry founders, Hollywood Park began as a glitzy oasis in Inglewood for both the rich and those hoping to strike it rich.
September 28, 2013 | By Mike Boehm
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 | Bill Dwyre
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.
August 3, 2013
Re "A public push for Fed chief successor," July 31 I know both Janet Yellen and Larry Summers, the two economists said to be the top candidates to replace outgoing Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke. Their main difference seems to be style rather than substance. It is correct to say that Yellen, the Fed's vice chair, is the safer pick. But sometimes, the riskier choice has a big payback. Former Treasury Secretary Summers, with his larger-than-life persona, may ruffle feathers, create a confirmation battle and generate volatility in the market initially.
July 17, 2013 | Eric Sondheimer
Opening day at Del Mar is set for Wednesday, and it's the one day of the year when Southern California horse racing fans forget about any troubles surrounding the sport. Fans come out en masse (attendance on opening day was 47,339 last year), colorful hats pop up as if it were the Kentucky Derby and fields are so full that no one worries whether there's a shortage of horses. As usual, the opening day $100,000 Oceanside Stakes for 3-year-olds going one mile on the turf has been split into two divisions, the sixth and ninth races on a 10-race card, after 22 horses were entered.
May 11, 2013 | Bill Dwyre
With its announcement Thursday, Hollywood Park did little to refute the theory that horse racing is a sport in need of hospice. They raced at the Inglewood track Friday, but it wasn't business as usual. Nor will it be the rest of this meeting and the track's final one, which ends Dec. 22. For people in the business, and fans of the sport, the next six months of racing at the place universally known as Hollypark will be an emotional saddle sore. The bulldozers are at the gate.
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