November 24, 1985 |
Had any owner protested that last Saturday's Citation Handicap was run about 25 yards short because of a misplaced starting gate, Hollywood Park's stewards did some instant research to make sure they would be able to handle an appeal properly. What Hubert Jones found in the Jockey Club's Rules of Racing would probably discourage an owner from protesting. "First of all, when a race is run at the wrong distance, the protest must be made before the 'official' sign goes up on the race," Jones said.
February 27, 1991 |
Tight Spot has won the 1990 Del Mar Derby for the third time--but the race might not be over yet. Verne Winchell and his partners, who own Tight Spot, were notified Tuesday that the California Horse Racing Board has ratified a decision by a hearing referee that their colt is the winner of the $300,000 Del Mar race. Tight Spot finished first by three lengths over Itsallgreektome in the race, which was run Aug. 19.
August 22, 1990 |
Trainer Ron McAnally has filed an appeal with the Del Mar board of stewards over the disqualification of Tight Spot from first place in Sunday's $300,000 Del Mar Derby. After finishing first by three lengths, the 3-year-old colt was cited for crowding horses to his inside early in the 1 1/8-mile turf race. Tight Spot was relegated to last in the field of 10, and his jockey, Laffit Pincay, was suspended for five days as a result of the incident. Runner-up Itsallgreektome was awarded the victory.
May 25, 1990 |
The California Horse Racing Board Thursday unanimously approved Hollywood Park's request for four consecutive Friday night programs. "The board opined that it's a very worthwhile experiment," said Don Robbins, Hollywood Park's general manager. "It went very quickly and painlessly. We still have to meet with the horsemen and work out some of the details, such as the post time, the lighting, and lessening the burden on their help. I don't expect that this will be a protracted process."
June 11, 1999 |
The contact sports of boxing and football usually lead the league in tales of courage and determination. But on this date 49 years ago, golfer Ben Hogan, all 5 feet 9 and 145 pounds of him, put on a display of guts that few athletes have since topped. On Feb. 2, 1949, Hogan and his wife had just driven through El Paso when they were hit head-on by a bus. Hogan suffered broken ribs, a broken ankle and pelvis. His wife had only a black eye.