August 4, 1995 |
Riva Ranger, the first stakes horse and first stakes winner for owners Al and Neil Toffel, was destroyed Thursday. He broke down after winning the Graduation Stakes at Del Mar on Wednesday. A 2-year-old California-bred son of Video Ranger, Riva Ranger took charge at the top of the stretch, beating runner-up Bridge of Royalty by 3 1/2 lengths. Immediately upon reaching the finish line, the colt broke down, throwing jockey Kent Desormeaux, who was not injured.
May 3, 1987 |
To the considerable surprise of a lot of people who didn't think any of them could, the Kentucky Derby was won by one of the horses entered in it Saturday. To give you an idea, the horse who won it was winning his second race ever in his life. Would you believe Alysheba? Neither did most of the people who came to the track and let him get away at 8-1 in a field of nobodies. He didn't so much win the race as he inherited it.
July 25, 1992 |
Seti I., who was just off the lead most of the way, moved in front early in the stretch and held off Polar Boy in the final strides to win Friday's $36,000 feature race on the turf at Hollywood Park. Seti I., ridden by Alex Solis, was a head in front of Polar Boy at the wire, with 8-5 favorite Breakfast Table another five lengths back. Seti I., winning for the third time in nine starts this year, covered 1 1/16 miles in 1:40 4-5.
April 19, 1990 |
Bright Again, who finished second to Summer Squall in the Jim Beam, and Real Cash, fourth in the Santa Anita Derby, head a field of 14 3-year-olds entered in Saturday's $500,000 Arkansas Derby at Oaklawn Park. Summer Squall, Santa Anita Derby winner Mister Frisky and unbeaten Champagneforashley have emerged as the leading contenders for the May 5 Derby at Churchill Downs. Bright Again, Real Cash and the others in Saturday's race are trying to earn a ticket to Louisville, Ky.
March 19, 1988 |
In an attempt to have another race between Alysheba and Ferdinand, Santa Anita announced Friday that it would boost the purse of the San Bernardino Handicap April 17 from $250,000 to $530,000 if both Kentucky Derby winners run. After Alysheba beat Ferdinand by a half-length before a crowd of 70,432 in the $1-million Santa Anita Handicap March 6, Alysheba's owners indicated that they were considering an Eastern campaign.
December 29, 1993 |
Trainer Jack Van Berg had his third longshot winner in the first two days of the Santa Anita meeting when 20-1 shot Mamselle Bebette upset favored Desert Stormer in the $110,900 La Brea Stakes on Tuesday. A 3-year-old daughter of Copelan owned by the Big Train Farm of actor John Forsythe, Mamselle Bebette won by 1 1/4 lengths in 1:20 2/5 for the seven furlongs. Corey Nakatani rode the winner, who paid $43.60. On Sunday, Van Berg won with Alyshena ($12.80) and Almaraz ($72.80).
April 10, 1994 |
Smilin Singin Sam took the early lead and outran heavily favored Silver Goblin to win the $300,000 Remington Park Derby on Saturday. Smilin Singin Sam, with Larry Melancon aboard, entered the race as a 22-1 longshot. But the 3-year-old took off from the No. 5 hole and led the rest of the 1 1/16-mile event that quickly became a two-horse race.
March 3, 2002 |
Jack Van Berg, a Hall of Fame trainer who has won more than 6,300 races, including the 1987 Kentucky Derby with Alysheba, was notified Saturday by the Santa Anita stewards that his license will be suspended on March 12 because of financial problems. Ingrid Fermin, one of the stewards, said that Van Berg owes a veterinarian "quite a bit of money." Fermin wouldn't specify the amount, but said that it was in the five-figure range.
August 10, 1994
The leading contenders for starting positions in six of the seven Breeders' Cup Day races to be run Nov. 5 at Churchill Downs. Breeders' Cup points are earned by horses finishing first, second or third in North American graded stakes between Jan. 1 and Oct. 24 (the pre-entry deadline for the Breeders' Cup Championship races). This list is current for graded stakes races run through Aug. 7 (trainers in parentheses); d-deceased; r-retired; i-injured): 3-Year-Old & Up Males Holy Bull (Warren A.