February 12, 2013 |
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 9, 2013
The rider was the bigger story than the horse Saturday at Santa Anita. Veteran Gary Stevens, a Hall of Fame jockey making the second comeback of his career, bolted from the gate to the lead aboard Slim Shadey in the featured $150,000 Grade II San Marcos Stakes. And stayed right there. It was only Slim Shadey's fourth victory in 24 starts and Stevens said that trainer Simon Callaghan had the 5-year-old perfectly prepared. It was the first stakes victory for Stevens, 49, since he announced his comeback Jan. 3 and got on his first horse Jan. 6. He had won two other races, but not a major race.
January 26, 2013 |
Teddy's Promise won the $250,000 Santa Monica Stakes by three lengths at Santa Anita on Saturday, a year after finishing fifth in the Grade II race. Ridden by Victor Espinoza, Teddy's Promise ran seven furlongs in 1 minute 22.64 seconds on a dirt surface listed as wet-fast after earlier rain. The 5-year-old mare paid $5, $3.40 and $2.40 as the 3-2 favorite in the field of seven. Sugarinthemorning returned $7 and $4.20, while Kindle was another half-length back in third and paid $3.40 to show.
January 12, 2013 |
Lance Armstrong said he will answer questions "directly, honestly and candidly" during an interview with Oprah Winfrey next week. He will also apologize and make a limited confession to using performance-enhancing drugs, according to a person with knowledge of the situation. Armstrong has spent more than a decade denying that he doped to win the Tour de France seven times. Without saying whether he would confess or apologize during the taping, Armstrong told the Associated Press in a text message early Saturday, "I told her [Winfrey]
January 6, 2013 |
Hall of Fame jockey Gary Stevens finished third in the first race of his comeback after a seven-year retirement at Santa Anita. He was aboard Jebrica in the sixth race Sunday, a $45,000 claiming race at a mile on the turf. They were running second late in the race before finishing a nose behind second-place Deacon Speakin'. "I thought, 'Man, this is going to be a storybook comeback.' It wasn't meant to be, but it was close enough," he said. "That's the first time I've knuckled down on one in seven years, and it felt good.
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 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....