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.
September 25, 2012 |
Southern California horse racing has chosen a fitting way to open up a crucial meeting. It named a race for Eddie Delahoussaye. Santa Anita will be back in business Friday, for a meeting highlighted by the first of two straight Breeders' Cups. Around here, the best way for the sport to separate itself from the muck that has stalled recent growth is to put on two more dazzling Breeders' Cups, as it did in 2008 and '09. There is no Zenyatta to carry the show this time, but putting a spotlight on Eddie D. on opening day is a smart and worthy gesture.
September 4, 2012 |
Jockey Eswan Flores was pulled from his mounts at Del Mar more than a week ago after a random drug test came back positive for cocaine, Keith Brackpool, chairman of the California Horse Racing Board, confirmed on Tuesday in a statement. Flores is challenging the validity of the test, according to Doug Christensen, his manager. “He absolutely has not taken cocaine,” Christensen said. “I believe the test was corrupted.” Christensen said Flores took a second test two days later that came back negative for cocaine.
August 27, 2012 |
DEL MAR — On a day the ground was shaking 137 miles away with a swarm of earthquakes near Brawley, the most powerful aftershock was felt down the stretch at Del Mar when Dullahan, a 3-year-old colt based on the East Coast, ran down 6-5 favorite Game On Dude to win the Grade I, $1-million TVG Pacific Classic by half a length. It produced a memorable homecoming for jockey Joel Rosario, Southern California's leading rider who left for New York at the end of June and came back on Sunday to ride the Polytrack-loving Dullahan, who set a track record by finishing the 1 1/4 miles in 1 minute 59.54 seconds.
August 26, 2012 |
Apprentice jockey Eswan Flores has been removed from his mounts indefinitely under orders of the California Horse Racing Board, spokesman Mike Marten said Sunday. Flores was taken off his mounts on Saturday at Del Mar and was scheduled to ride in six of 11 races on Sunday. Marten said "no comment" as to the reason for the CHRB decision. Flores' agent, Joe Griffin, said Sunday Fores had "a couple of personal problems" he's working out. "He thinks everything is going to be fine," Griffin said.
August 25, 2012 |
The richest race of the Del Mar meeting is set for Sunday, when the Grade I, $1-million TVG Pacific Classic takes place at 1 1/4 miles, and the horse to beat is the Bob Baffert-trained Game On Dude. The winner of the 2011 Santa Anita Handicap and the 2012 Hollywood Gold Cup, Game On Dude has been California's top handicap horse. An injury to last year's Pacific Classic winner, Acclamation, leaves Game On Dude, with jockey Chantal Sutherland, as the controlling speed entry in the race.