April 21, 2002 |
After 85 days and 734 races, Santa Anita will put a cap on its winter-spring meet this afternoon. Before the thoroughbred scene shifts to Hollywood Park on Wednesday, the Arcadia track will present two stakes, topped by the $400,000 San Juan Capistrano Invitational Handicap. Although it retains its Grade I status, the Capistrano, which is run at about 13/4 miles on the turf, has lost significance in recent years and the field for the 2002 renewal is not particularly strong.
April 12, 2002 |
A couple of months ago, Miss Guts looked like a filly who may never win a race. Now, it seems like the 3-year-old daughter of American Chance might never lose again. A nine-time loser against maidens, including four defeats as the favorite, Miss Guts has blossomed in the last five weeks.
January 30, 1996 |
It appears that Best Pal, the richest California-bred in history, has run his final race. The announcement of the 8-year-old's retirement is expected later this week. A fixture on the racing scene since he won his debut on May 18, 1990, for owners John and Betty Mabee, Best Pal ran his 47th and last race in the San Pasqual Handicap on Jan. 15. The gelded son of Habitony and the mare Ubetshedid never threatened in the race won by Alphabet Soup, finishing eighth in a nine-horse field.
June 15, 2003 |
None of the seven thoroughbreds entered in today's $100,000-added Quicken Tree Stakes at Hollywood Park is anywhere near as good as the horse the 1 1/2-mile turf race is named after. Owned in partnership and bred in California by the late Lou Rowan and trained by Bill Canney, Quicken Tree, a gelded son of Royal Orbit, won 15 races and earned more than $718,000 in a five-year career (1966-70). His stakes victories included an unlikely parlay when he was a 7-year-old.
November 25, 1989 |
He named the horse "Club Dev," after the Devonshire Division of the Los Angeles Police Department, but Officer Tom Culotta says there's nothing slow about the 2-year-old thoroughbred that he and his wife plan to enter in races at Hollywood Park next month. The couple and a professional trainer have put the horse under a rigorous conditioning routine, preparing her for the big day when the gates open for her first real race at the end of the park's fall-winter meeting in December.
August 16, 1994 |
For a few long hours Monday morning, Del Mar's first match race in 56 years looked as if it might be no match at all. Joe Harper, the thoroughbred track's president, had learned that Cool Air, who was to race against Soviet Problem on Sunday, had been scratched by trainer Gary Jones because of an infection. Greeted in the racing office by trainer Jack Van Berg, Harper replied glumly, "I was doing pretty well this morning until I found out Cool Air was out of our race Sunday."
March 17, 2002 |
After losing in photo finishes in his two previous appearances in graded stakes at Santa Anita, Continental Red deserved to have his picture taken after Saturday's $250,000 San Luis Rey Handicap. A nose loser to Irish Prize in the San Marcos on Jan. 21 and a neck behind Nazirali in the San Luis Obispo nearly four weeks later, the 6-year-old gelding and 5-2 second choice prevailed in a blanket finish with three longshots.
October 13, 1998 |
After two weeks of intrigue, the buyer of Worldly Manner, the Del Mar Futurity winner, has been identified as Sheik Mohammed of the Dubai-based Godolphin Racing organization. Although Worldly Manner was sold in late September and left trainer Bob Baffert's Santa Anita barn for Kentucky more than a week ago, neither John and Betty Mabee, who bred and raced the horse, nor Baffert knew who'd paid what is believed to be $5 million for the colt.
September 12, 1990 |
Although Pat Valenzuela hasn't mentioned it to the media--the jockey hasn't talked to reporters in recent weeks--he has told others he considers Best Pal his 1991 Kentucky Derby horse. Winner of the I'm Smokin and Balboa Stakes at the Del Mar meeting, the 2-year-old gelded son of Habitony will take his first crack at two turns in today's $346,450 Del Mar Futurity.
April 11, 1993 |
Jovial, ridden by Eddie Delahoussaye, caught heavily favored Lil E. Tee in the final 100 yards to win the $750,000 Oaklawn Handicap by a length Saturday . Jovial, carrying 117 pounds, was the third choice in the field of 10 older horses even though he had defeated Best Pal, the second choice, in their last two meetings. Lil E. Tee, ridden by Pat Day and carrying 123 pounds, finished 1 1/4 lengths in front of Best Pal, who was ridden by Kent Desormeaux and also carried 123.