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May 11, 2013 | By Eric Sondheimer
California's leading jockey, Rafael Bejarano, achieved a milestone Saturday at Betfair Hollywood Park, riding to his 3,000th career victory in the first race aboard Ondine, a 3-year-old filly trained by Bob Baffert. Bejarano, 30, a native of Peru, has become the go-to rider on the Southern California horse racing circuit. "I'm really happy for this moment," he said. "A week ago somebody told me I only needed seven or eight to get to 3,000, so I was starting to get excited and preparing for it. "Nobody can get to 3,000 that easy, and I'm really honored to be here.
March 5, 2014 | By Mike Bresnahan and Broderick Turner
It's a stunning reversal of fortune if you pause and ponder. The Clippers are fighting for home-court advantage in a first-round playoff series next month. The Lakers are merely playing for lottery position in the June draft. Strange, strange days in L.A. as the two teams prepare to meet Thursday night. The Lakers couldn't stop the New Orleans Pelicans from ripping through them for 132 points Tuesday in a loss that prevented them from matching a season-high three-game winning streak.
June 17, 2012 | By Eric Sondheimer
Joel Rosario, one of the top jockeys in Southern California thoroughbred horse racing since 2009, is moving to New York, his agent, Ron Ebanks, said Sunday. Rosario will begin riding in New York on June 27. Rosario and Rafael Bejarano have dominated the jockey standings at Santa Anita, Hollywood Park and Del Mar. Ebanks said he and Rosario, 27, have been contemplating a move to the East Coast for a year. A broken collarbone suffered by jockey John Velazquez caused the decision to be expedited.
March 5, 2014 | Bill Dwyre
Jockey Aaron Gryder's life is not just a story. It's an odyssey. When he climbs aboard Blingo on Saturday in the Grade I Santa Anita Handicap, the most prestigious race for older thoroughbreds west of the Mississippi, he will be an afterthought. Gryder doesn't mind that. He understands. This Big Cap, after all, has three of the best horses in the world. All three could have easily skipped this one and headed for Dubai and the March 29 Dubai World Cup, with a $10-million purse that makes it the richest in the world.
May 11, 2012 | By Betsy Sharkey
"The Cup," the true-life story of jockey Damien Oliver's miracle win atAustralia's2002 Melbourne Cup just a week after the death of his brother, is a tale of heart-wrenching tragedy and uplifting triumph that never quite hits its stride. This modestly rendered biopic directed by Simon Wincer, who co-wrote the script with Eric O'Keefe, gets too bogged down in the details to ever fully capture the pathos and pain that marked Damien's remarkable journey. It gives even shorter shrift to the comeback tale of the horse he rode, Media Puzzle, almost put down after a broken pelvis that should have been career ending.
June 2, 2012 | Bill Dwyre
Not to be lost in the amazing story of an amazing horse and jockey is the story of Ivan Puhich. He is 85 and no longer "terrible," although tales of his youth that include fists through car windows and other guys ending up in garbage dumpsters hint that the nickname once fit. Trainer Gary Stute says Puhich is an insufferable San Francisco 49ers fan, who once argued with a friend for five hours after a game about a missed block and didn't...
May 15, 1989 | From Times wire services
A jockey was killed when he fell from a quarter horse at Bandera Downs race track. Timothy Ray Stroud, 25, of Mansfield was pronounced dead on arrival at a San Antonio hospital a short time after the accident during a race Sunday afternoon. Stroud was flipped from his mount when four horses crowded against the rail within 200 yards of the starting gate. Stroud, who was wearing his jockey's helmet, struck the rail with his neck as he fell and landed face up on a grass-and-gravel surface three or four feet off the track.
June 26, 1989 | From Times wire services
A 38-year-old jockey died today at Mary Lanning Hospital from injuries he suffered during weekend quarter horse racing at Queen City Downs. Stanley Wolfe, who was aboard Ucountican in the 660-yard eighth race Sunday, was injured when he was thrown into the inside rail. The rider and horse were in the No. 1 post position, said Adams County Fairgrounds Manager Jim Kresbach. He declined to comment further on the accident.
May 1, 1990 | Associated Press
A jockey, suspended by Louisiana for allegedly cheating to win a fog-shrouded race, pleaded innocent in state district court Monday to a misdemeanor charge of attempted theft. A trial date of June 12 was set for Sylvester J. Carmouche Jr., 30, of Carencro. The charge to which he pleaded innocent is punishable by up to six months' imprisonment and a $500 fine. The Louisiana State Racing Commission earlier this month suspended Carmouche from racing for 10 years as the result of a Jan.
February 12, 2013 | Bill Dwyre
It was late in the day Saturday at Santa Anita, when grandpa Gary Stevens decided to show the young'uns a thing or two about horse racing. The starting gate was almost full for the ninth race, the $150,000 Grade II featured San Marcos Stakes. Eleven other riders were in place, waiting. Most of them were young enough to be Stevens' sons. Stevens was aboard the race's third choice, Slim Shadey, a 5-year-old gelding with three victories in 23 starts. Slim Shadey is a nice horse but not to be mistaken for Secretariat.
February 25, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
 Jockeys are some of the most courageous athletes around. But they're about to be tested. A group of jockeys riding at Santa Anita will take on middle school students from Arcadia Holy Angels in a charity basketball game on Thursday night at 7:15 p.m. at Pasadena La Salle High. Proceeds benefit the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund and the Eye on Jacob Foundation. Doors open at 6:15 p.m. Tickets are $5 if you purchase two and fans will receive one general admission ticket to Santa Anita.
February 20, 2014 | Eric Sondheimer
There are five weeks left in the high school basketball season before teams compete for a state title March 28-29 in Sacramento, and here are the story lines to follow as the City Section and Southern Section playoff contenders move into high gear: The Stanley Johnson coronation: Miami has King James and Santa Ana is about to get King Stanley, as in Stanley Johnson, the Santa Ana Mater Dei All-American trying to lead the Monarchs to a fourth...
January 24, 2014 | By Nita Lelyveld
If you have memories of a place that stretch over a lifetime - from when you were a kid there to when you brought your kids and then their kids - it's hard to go back and see it empty and unloved, the flowers unwatered and dead, dust coating the floors and the benches. It all happened so quickly at Hollywood Park, where thoroughbreds last thundered down the track just a month ago. Now, with that day's racing slips still scattered about the stands, everything that can be removed is being sold off: the ticket booths, the Jumbotron, the jockeys' impossibly small, narrow bunk beds.
November 9, 2013 | By Ben Bolch
Six months before they stare longingly at a hopper of miniature balls and hope for the best, a quartet of NBA teams are already finding things bouncing their way. Philadelphia, Phoenix, Orlando and Charlotte have packed what was expected to be a season's worth of highlights into the first two weeks. Widely regarded as contenders only for the services of presumed top draft pick Andrew Wiggins, the suddenly fearsome foursome is showing that patience can be overrated. The 76ers and Suns may have identified their point guards of the future in Michael Carter-Williams and Eric Bledsoe.
November 4, 2013 | Eric Sondheimer
Horses and jockeys were on the move Sunday returning to their home bases after the two-day Breeders' Cup races at Santa Anita, but Hall of Fame jockey John Velazquez remained at Huntington Memorial Hospital in Pasadena after having his spleen removed following a spill Saturday during the Juvenile Fillies. He was listed in serious but stable condition in the critical care unit. Agent Angel Cordero Jr. told the Daily Racing Form that Velazquez is expected to be hospitalized four to five days and won't ride again in 2013.
November 2, 2013 | By John Cherwa
Jockey John Velazquez underwent emergency surgery Saturday afternoon to remove his spleen as the result of a spill he took in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies race. Velazquez was riding Secret Compass in the fourth race when the horse broke a front leg and went down. Velazquez was thrown forward to the ground. The horse was euthanized on the track because her injury was not repairable. Velazquez was taken to Huntington Memorial Hospital in Pasadena and was set to be released when doctors discovered internal bleeding.
January 22, 2011 | T.J. Simers
You don't want to read it; I don't want to write it. It is horse racing, and already some folks are moving on to Page 3. If not the byline, the photo and headline might've been enough. It's a story about a jockey, but one unfamiliar to most in Southern California, to make it even less enticing. One who is living in San Pablo, wherever that is. He's a cousin of jockey Alex Solis, and he rode at Hollywood Park and Del Mar. So there's that. But he's here on a working visa from Panama and doesn't speak much English.
July 18, 2009 | Times Wire Reports
Scientists are figuring out why a jockey's posture speeds up the horse. In more than 100 years of recorded race times, the biggest improvements in speed (5% to 7% in the U.S. and Britain) came around the turn of the 20th century, when jockeys changed their posture, a Royal Veterinary College team reported Friday in the journal Science. They found that the crouch lets jockeys isolate their bodies from the horse's movement -- the horse is moving up and down a lot more than its rider -- saving it some energy.
November 2, 2013 | Bill Dwyre
The best story won Saturday's $5-million Breeders' Cup horse race. They call this one the Classic, and this time, it really was. But more for who won, than how or why. About 5:55 p.m. at Santa Anita, with just a hint of sunlight still reflecting off the San Gabriel Mountains and a near-delirious throng of celebrants gathering in the winner's circle, a small woman with somebody else's heart marched toward a small man who is 50 years old, sitting...
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