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April 23, 1996 | BILL CHRISTINE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
On an early summer day in 1985, trainer Phil Marino was at the home of a jockey in Vinton, La. In front of him was a line of cocaine, part of a drug-and-vodka habit that was costing more than $2,000 a week. Someone in the room mentioned that he had heard that John Henry, the horse that Marino once trained, was being retired. "I pushed it [the cocaine] away," Marino said recently. "I didn't use the next day, either, and I've been sober ever since."
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February 22, 2006 | Bob Mieszerski, Times Staff Writer
Sam Rubin, who with his wife, Dorothy, owned two-time horse of the year John Henry, died of undisclosed causes Feb. 13 in Palm Beach, Fla. He was 91. Rubin, a New York bicycle importer who made it big when cycling became the recreational rage in the 1960s, had been a lifelong horseplayer and owned a few insignificant racehorses when he bought an undistinguished John Henry for $25,000 in 1978. When John Henry was inducted into racing's Hall of Fame in 1990, Rubin recalled his initial naivete.
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March 5, 1995 | BILL CHRISTINE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Even veteran horsemen are surprised when told that Affirmed and John Henry both were foaled in 1975, only 15 days apart. Even Ron McAnally, who trained John Henry when he was winning seven Eclipse Awards between 1980 and 1985, had to be reminded. "It does come back to me now," McAnally said. "After John Henry was retired, I remember talking to Laz Barrera (Affirmed's late trainer), who was a good friend.
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June 7, 2003 | Randy Harvey
If Funny Cide wins the Belmont Stakes today, earning a $5-million bonus from Visa for sweeping the Triple Crown races, he will surpass John Henry as the richest gelding of all time. But I've got news for Funny Cide. I knew John Henry, and you, sir, are no John Henry. Of course, neither was John Henry John Henry as a 3-year-old. He was an ugly critter with a disposition to match.
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March 2, 2001 | BOB MIESZERSKI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Besides being thoroughbred superstars, Ack Ack, Affirmed, Alysheba, Round Table, Seabiscuit and Spectacular Bid share a common success. All six won the Santa Anita Handicap, which will be run Saturday for the 64th time. On the honor roll, which includes such other distinguished horses as Best Pal, Greinton, Cougar II, Lucky Debonair and Noor, only one name is seen twice.
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March 2, 1993 | BILL CHRISTINE
Like all horses, John Henry's official birthday falls on Jan. 1. His actual foaling date was March 9, 1975. In another week, he will be 18. "He's in good shape," said Cathy Roby, one of the gelding's grooms at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Ky. Other famous retirees at the public park are Forego, the gelding who was horse of the year three times; Rambling Willie, a harness horse; the quarter horse Sgt. Pepper Feature, and Imperator, a champion saddlebred. Forego, 23, is the oldest.
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March 2, 1993 | BILL CHRISTINE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Jimmy Jones, the legendary trainer, once said that the Santa Anita Handicap was the toughest race to win in the United States. He spoke from experience. Before finally winning the Big 'Cap with Mark-Ye-Well in 1953, Jones started six horses--including Hall of Famers Armed, Citation, Two Lea and Bewitched--and never did better than second. Many trainers would say that the Kentucky Derby is the toughest race to win, partly because a horseman gets only one shot with each horse.
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June 7, 2003 | Randy Harvey
If Funny Cide wins the Belmont Stakes today, earning a $5-million bonus from Visa for sweeping the Triple Crown races, he will surpass John Henry as the richest gelding of all time. But I've got news for Funny Cide. I knew John Henry, and you, sir, are no John Henry. Of course, neither was John Henry John Henry as a 3-year-old. He was an ugly critter with a disposition to match.
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April 18, 1990 | BILL CHRISTINE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
John Henry, the old gelding who was twice elected horse of the year, and Ron McAnally, the trainer who deftly nursed him from race to race, have been voted into racing's Hall of Fame in their first year of eligibility. The result of voting by 100 turf reporters was announced Tuesday.
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February 9, 1985 | BILL CHRISTINE, Times Staff Writer
John Henry, a castoff who has kept running until his career earnings have reached a record $6.5 million, is thoroughbred racing's Horse of the Year for 1984 and the oldest horse ever to win the honor. The announcement was made Friday night at the Eclipse Awards dinner at the Century Plaza Hotel. In voting by the Daily Racing Form, turf writers and racing secretaries, John Henry edged out Slew o' Gold, who finished second in the balloting for the second straight year.
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March 2, 2001 | BOB MIESZERSKI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Besides being thoroughbred superstars, Ack Ack, Affirmed, Alysheba, Round Table, Seabiscuit and Spectacular Bid share a common success. All six won the Santa Anita Handicap, which will be run Saturday for the 64th time. On the honor roll, which includes such other distinguished horses as Best Pal, Greinton, Cougar II, Lucky Debonair and Noor, only one name is seen twice.
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April 23, 1996 | BILL CHRISTINE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
On an early summer day in 1985, trainer Phil Marino was at the home of a jockey in Vinton, La. In front of him was a line of cocaine, part of a drug-and-vodka habit that was costing more than $2,000 a week. Someone in the room mentioned that he had heard that John Henry, the horse that Marino once trained, was being retired. "I pushed it [the cocaine] away," Marino said recently. "I didn't use the next day, either, and I've been sober ever since."
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March 5, 1995 | BILL CHRISTINE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Even veteran horsemen are surprised when told that Affirmed and John Henry both were foaled in 1975, only 15 days apart. Even Ron McAnally, who trained John Henry when he was winning seven Eclipse Awards between 1980 and 1985, had to be reminded. "It does come back to me now," McAnally said. "After John Henry was retired, I remember talking to Laz Barrera (Affirmed's late trainer), who was a good friend.
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March 2, 1993 | BILL CHRISTINE
Like all horses, John Henry's official birthday falls on Jan. 1. His actual foaling date was March 9, 1975. In another week, he will be 18. "He's in good shape," said Cathy Roby, one of the gelding's grooms at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Ky. Other famous retirees at the public park are Forego, the gelding who was horse of the year three times; Rambling Willie, a harness horse; the quarter horse Sgt. Pepper Feature, and Imperator, a champion saddlebred. Forego, 23, is the oldest.
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March 2, 1993 | BILL CHRISTINE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Jimmy Jones, the legendary trainer, once said that the Santa Anita Handicap was the toughest race to win in the United States. He spoke from experience. Before finally winning the Big 'Cap with Mark-Ye-Well in 1953, Jones started six horses--including Hall of Famers Armed, Citation, Two Lea and Bewitched--and never did better than second. Many trainers would say that the Kentucky Derby is the toughest race to win, partly because a horseman gets only one shot with each horse.
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April 18, 1990 | BILL CHRISTINE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
John Henry, the old gelding who was twice elected horse of the year, and Ron McAnally, the trainer who deftly nursed him from race to race, have been voted into racing's Hall of Fame in their first year of eligibility. The result of voting by 100 turf reporters was announced Tuesday.
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February 22, 2006 | Bob Mieszerski, Times Staff Writer
Sam Rubin, who with his wife, Dorothy, owned two-time horse of the year John Henry, died of undisclosed causes Feb. 13 in Palm Beach, Fla. He was 91. Rubin, a New York bicycle importer who made it big when cycling became the recreational rage in the 1960s, had been a lifelong horseplayer and owned a few insignificant racehorses when he bought an undistinguished John Henry for $25,000 in 1978. When John Henry was inducted into racing's Hall of Fame in 1990, Rubin recalled his initial naivete.
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February 10, 1985 | BILL CHRISTINE, Times Staff Writer
John Henry, a castoff who has kept running until his career earnings have reached a record $6.5 million, is thoroughbred racing's Horse of the Year for 1984 and the oldest horse ever to win the honor. The announcement was made late Friday night at the Eclipse Awards dinner at the Century Plaza Hotel. In voting by the Daily Racing Form, turf writers and racing secretaries, John Henry edged out Slew o' Gold, who finished second in the balloting for the second straight year.
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