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April 16, 1993 | JAMES BATES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Down in Texas, Jim McIngvale is known as "Mattress Mack." But that doesn't mean he plans to keep his cash in one. After conquering the Houston furniture market with a series of zany commercials that inspire comparisons to Southern California auto dealer Cal Worthington, McIngvale has turned his attention to Hollywood. He is betting $16 million from his own bank account--about 40% of his net worth by his own accounting--on a single film, "Sidekicks."
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April 3, 2004 | Bill Christine, Times Staff Writer
Trainer Bob Baffert has been known to wear the victory trophy as a hat at some of racing's most hallowed places, such as Churchill Downs and the sheiks' track in Dubai. Outlandish, sure, but that's nothing compared with what one of Baffert's clients does. Jim McIngvale regularly wears a mattress. On television. "That's why they call me Mattress Mac," said McIngvale, whose Houston-based Gallery Furniture chain, boosted by gonzo commercials, does more than $200 million in annual business.
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April 3, 2004 | Bill Christine, Times Staff Writer
Trainer Bob Baffert has been known to wear the victory trophy as a hat at some of racing's most hallowed places, such as Churchill Downs and the sheiks' track in Dubai. Outlandish, sure, but that's nothing compared with what one of Baffert's clients does. Jim McIngvale regularly wears a mattress. On television. "That's why they call me Mattress Mac," said McIngvale, whose Houston-based Gallery Furniture chain, boosted by gonzo commercials, does more than $200 million in annual business.
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April 16, 1993 | JAMES BATES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Down in Texas, Jim McIngvale is known as "Mattress Mack." But that doesn't mean he plans to keep his cash in one. After conquering the Houston furniture market with a series of zany commercials that inspire comparisons to Southern California auto dealer Cal Worthington, McIngvale has turned his attention to Hollywood. He is betting $16 million from his own bank account--about 40% of his net worth by his own accounting--on a single film, "Sidekicks."
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March 5, 1998 | BILL CHRISTINE and BOB MIESZERSKI, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Steve Moyer, who has been training 32 horses--including 16 that are eligible for this year's Kentucky Derby--for Houston furniture magnate Jim McIngvale, walked off the job Wednesday in Kentucky. "It got unbearable working for [McIngvale and his family]," said Moyer, 31. "All they wanted was a puppet to train these horses, and that's not me. When they started slandering Nick Zito and [some leading Kentucky veterinarians] in public, that was the last straw."
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November 17, 2006 | From the Associated Press
West Virginia turned to standouts Pat White and Steve Slaton to rally Thursday night for a 45-27 Big East Conference victory over Pittsburgh at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh. The Mountaineers (9-1 overall, 4-1 in the conference) beat their rival for the fourth time in five seasons, though not quite as easily as last season's 45-13 romp in Morgantown in which White and Slaton combined for 399 of their team's 451 yards rushing.
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August 16, 2004 | BOB MIESZERSKI
Bull Market, who has raced only seven times but in three states, will add New York to his resume in today's seventh at Saratoga. Owned by Jim McIngvale and trained by Bob Baffert, the 4-year-old Holy Bull colt has won in California and Kentucky and finished fourth in his only appearance in Illinois. He finished behind stablemates Vindication and Kafwain in the 2002 Breeders' Cup Juvenile.
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June 20, 2004 | BOB MIESZERSKI
Horses who began their career at Calder Race Course in Florida have done well after shipping to California. King Robyn, Imperialism and Twice As Bad are three examples of thoroughbreds who won stakes races after coming west after being purchased privately and given to new trainers. Actxecutive, a 2-year-old son of Noactor, will try to do the same as he debuts for owner Jim McIngvale and trainer Bob Baffert in today's $75,000 Haggin Stakes at Hollywood Park.
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September 5, 2004 | BOB MIESZERSKI
For most of his career, Supah Blitz has been content to settle for minor prizes. In 29 starts, the 4-year-old Mecke colt has won four times but has finished second or third 16 times. Twelve times he has completed the exacta. Now that he has changed barns, Supah Blitz might be able to get his first win of 2004. Purchased privately by a partnership last month, Supah Blitz will make his first start for trainer Doug O'Neill in today's $250,000 Del Mar Breeders' Cup Handicap.
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July 8, 2006 | Bob Mieszerski, Times Staff Writer
The other major stakes race on the card today at Hollywood Park has an even smaller field than the featured Hollywood Gold Cup. Only four 3-year-olds were entered in the $350,000 Swaps Breeders' Cup Stakes, including the first three finishers in the Affirmed Handicap on June 17. Affirmed winner Point Determined, A.P. Warrior, beaten by a nose, and third-place Arson Squad will race in the Grade II at 1 1/8 miles.
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March 8, 2004 | Bob Mieszerski, Times Staff Writer
It took him some time, but Wimbledon's performances are starting to measure up to the hype. The 3-year-old Wild Rush colt, who lost as the favorite in his first four starts for owner Jim McIngvale and trainer Bob Baffert, made it two victories in a row on Sunday and became a graded stakes winner for the first time. Giving jockey Javier Santiago his biggest win since he came to the U.S.
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September 29, 2000 | BILL CHRISTINE
Jim McIngvale, the free-wheeling furniture salesman, was willing to put up $300,000 to sponsor a race at his hometown track, Sam Houston Race Park, but there was one stipulation: All of the jockeys had to be women. At first blush, Bob Bork, general manager of the Texas track, thought McIngvale's brainstorm might fly. But the more horsemen Bork canvassed, the less he liked the idea. "We've agreed to disagree," McIngvale said Thursday, after the $550,000 Texan Juvenile, scheduled for Dec.
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