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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.
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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.
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October 1, 1992 | BILL CHRISTINE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A federal court jury in Los Angeles awarded Laffit Pincay and Chris McCarron about $4.5 million in compensatory and punitive damages Wednesday in the jockeys' lawsuit against their former business managers. After deliberating for a day and a half, the jury awarded Pincay $2.9 million, $2.25 million of which was punitive damages. McCarron's award of $1.5 million included $1.27 million in punitive damages.
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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.
SPORTS
June 26, 2006 | Eric Sondheimer, Times Staff Writer
Jockeys were unseated in three consecutive races Sunday at Hollywood Park, overshadowing a triumph by Genre in the $159,200 Cinema Breeders' Cup Handicap for 3-year-olds, a Grade III stakes race on the turf. The "wild day," as jockey Martin Pedroza described it after his winning ride on Genre, started in the fifth race with David Flores being thrown after his horse, Bruisen Susan, clipped heels at the top of the stretch of the 5 1/2 -furlong race on the turf.
SPORTS
March 18, 1990 | BILL CHRISTINE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A jockey looking for his first Kentucky Derby victory couldn't have had more encouragement than the rider astride the winner of the Florida Derby and the second-place finisher in the Swale Stakes at Gulfstream Park Saturday. After he had won the $500,000 Florida Derby with Unbridled and finished second to Housebuster with Summer Squall in the $57,250 Swale, Pat Day stood at his locker and flashed his best I-knew-it-all-the-time look. "This is St. Pat's day, isn't it?" Day said.
SPORTS
August 3, 1988
Jockey Pat Valenzuela suffered a broken bone in his lower right leg Tuesday after his mount reared in the starting gate before a race at the Hawthorne race track in suburban Chicago. Doctors said that Valenzuela suffered a hairline fracture to his right shin bone. Valenzuela, 25, was fitted with a walking cast from just below the knee to the ankle and there is a good chance that he will resume riding in three weeks.
SPORTS
December 18, 1992
As a boy in Hot Springs, Ark., when he would mosey a few blocks over to Scully Drive to shoot baskets in eighth-grade classmate Roger Clinton's driveway, it certainly never occurred to Gene Short that his friend's big brother Bill would grow up to become President of the United States. And yet. . . . "Even then, Bill had that easy smile of a born politician," Short is saying.
SPORTS
February 29, 2012 | Chris Erskine
Blame cognitive dissonance or my lifelong fascination with Napoleon (an underrated tenor), but I suddenly find myself at this charity basketball game featuring Santa Anita jockeys against a team of junior high kids, a track tradition that has stayed under the radar for almost half a century, the tallest player being 5 feet 7 or so. If you ask me, anyone taller than 5-7 has no business on a basketball court anyway. Tall people have really ruined this game. Thankfully, this is one of those David vs. David contests (Goliath has the night off)
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December 22, 1991 | BILL CHRISTINE
Many Hollywood Park jockeys have told racing officials that they will not name themselves on horses scheduled to run at Santa Anita on Jan. 1 if the Jockeys' Guild hasn't signed a contract for accident insurance by then. The guild, which represents about 95% of the country's jockeys, has been negotiating for months with the Thoroughbred Racing Assns., which have been paying for the insurance for about 20 years.
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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.
SPORTS
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...
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
SPORTS
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.
SPORTS
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.
SPORTS
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.
OPINION
July 24, 2004
Re "Fed Up With the Hunger," July 21: We do not want to encourage our jockeys to heave and sweat, nor do we want to have weak jockeys riding racehorses. We also do not want to risk further injury to our horses by raising the weights. They are not growing larger to accommodate larger jockeys. The only solution is to limit the size of the jockey. Grant licenses to those whose bodies fit certain measurement guidelines of height, bone and muscle mass, so they can make the weight without endangering the health or safety of all riders and horses.
SPORTS
June 4, 1990 | From Associated Press
Scratches and complaints at Longacres Racetrack have ebbed dramatically, three days after several jockeys withdrew from riding for one day to protest what they said were dangerous conditions at the rain-soaked track. The protesting jockeys Thursday included some of the premier riders at Longacres: Vicky Aragon, Gary Boulanger, Frank Gonsalves, James Corral and Tim Camargo. Frustrated trainers also scratched 21 horses from Thursday's nine races after a thunderstorm drenched the track.
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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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