January 4, 2013 |
Hall of Fame jockey Gary Stevens, out of racing since his retirement in November 2005, will begin what he hopes to be a comeback Sunday in the sixth race at Santa Anita. Stevens, 49, will ride Jebrica in a $50,000 claiming race. "My passion is still there," Stevens said Thursday. "I should say, my passion has come back. " Knee problems forced Stevens into retirement, but he said that after a recent workout program his knees are "125% better than they were the last 10 years of my riding.
December 16, 2012 |
The final day of the 24-day Betfair Hollywood Park autumn meeting Sunday produced a 60-1 shocker in the $200,000 King Glorious Stakes. Weewinnin, under jockey Jose Valdivia Jr., pulled off the upset in the seven-furlong race for Cal-bred 2-year-olds. Weewinnin, trained by Brian Koriner, returned $122.00, $54.20 and $20.40. Fighting Hussar finished second and Monument third. The riding title was won for the first time by 30-year-old jockey Edwin Maldonado, who finished one victory ahead of Rafael Bejarano.
December 1, 2012 |
Game On Dude won the $242,500 Native Diver Stakes by 11/4 lengths at Betfair Hollywood Park, rebounding from a poor performance in the Breeders' Cup Classic last month. Ridden for the first time by Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith , Game On Dude ran 11/8 miles on Cushion Track in 1:52.27 and paid $2.60, $2.20 and $2.10 as the 3-10 favorite. He became the shortest priced winner in the race's history, paying less than the $2.80 of Twilight Agenda in 1991. Nonios returned $3.20 and $2.40, while defending champion Kettle Corn was another 4 1/4 lengths back in third and paid $3 to show.
November 27, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - Congress returned to a lame-duck session with no signs of quick compromise to ease the nation's budget deadlock, and the White House rolled out a strategy Monday to marshal popular support for raising taxes on the wealthiest tier of income earners. Closed-door talks by senior aides produced no clear progress despite President Obama's private phone call over the weekend to House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) in an effort to forge a deficit reduction deal in the five weeks before current tax rates expire, which would lead to tax increases for most Americans.
November 26, 2012 |
Jockey Javier Castellano had a wild day at Betfair Hollywood Park on Sunday. In the Grade I, $250,000 Matriarch, he was riding the 17-10 favorite, Dayatthspa. The horse appeared to panic in close quarters turning into the backstretch of the mile turf race, leaped up on her hind legs and tried to jump over the rail. Castellano was hit in the mouth while steadying her and was applying an ice bag to his face afterward. She finished fifth. The winner was 35-1 Better Lucky, the biggest longshot winner in the history of the Matriarch, defeating Tiz Flirtatious by a length.
November 16, 2012 |
TAMPA, Fla. - When Tampa radio personality Bubba the Love Sponge said he would "deep-fat fry a Koran" in response to deadly protests against U.S. troops for the accidental burning of the Muslim holy book in Afghanistan, Jill Kelley was on it. "I just got off the phone with Gen. Allen and Adm. Harward," the Tampa socialite emailed the mayor of Tampa in March, referring to Gen. John R. Allen, commander of NATO forces in Afghanistan, and Vice Adm....
November 4, 2012 |
Horse racing is in need of a new star, and she emerged Saturday, wearing a bright yellow one on the front of her silks. Rosie Napravnik, a red-haired 24-year-old from New Jersey, is poised to make a strong challenge as the Kentucky Derby's first winning female jockey after directing Shanghai Bobby to a stirring Breeders' Cup Juvenile victory at Santa Anita. She is the second winning female jockey in Breeders' Cup history. Julie Krone rode Halfbridled to a 2003 Juvenile Fillies victory.
November 2, 2012 |
Quite the ladies' man, this Mike Smith. He may be bald, he may be just a little guy, and he may be just three years shy of that symbolic male decline age of 50. But put him in the saddle of a filly or mare in a big-money horse race and it is instant mutual love. Friday at Santa Anita, in a $2-million Ladies' Classic Breeders' Cup race that was expected to be the best and most closely contested of all the 15 races in this two-day, $25.5-million thoroughbred extravaganza, Smith guided his current girlfriend, Royal Delta, to a convincing length-and-a-half victory.
October 30, 2012 |
Santa Anita's Great Race Place, with lots of workers and media on hand Monday, was abuzz. Down the street a couple of blocks, having lunch and itching to get to this weekend's Breeders' Cup, jockey Mike Smith was aglow. "Boy, I'm mounted well," he said. They will run six Breeders' Cup races Friday and nine more Saturday, with a total purse of $25.5 million. Like the money, story lines will be in abundance. Smith is best positioned to be a main character. It isn't just that he will ride in eight races, or that any of several rides could produce a treasured jockey record.
October 21, 2012 |
Chantal Sutherland , who became the first female jockey to win the Santa Anita Handicap last year aboard Game On Dude, has decided to retire from racing, her talent manager, Angie Stevens, said Sunday. Her final two mounts will take place Sunday at Woodbine in Toronto. "She wants a break and to explore other options," Stevens said. Sutherland, 36, also became the first female jockey to win the Hollywood Gold Cup this year, on board Game On Dude. Earlier this month she received a five-day suspension from Woodbine stewards for allegedly failing a Breathalyzer test.