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June 9, 2007 | Bob Mieszerski, Times Staff Writer
Back on his home turf, Lava Man will try to keep his California winning streak going in the $300,000 Charles Whittingham Memorial Handicap today at Hollywood Park. A winner of his last nine starts in the state where he was born, the 6-year-old Slew City Slew gelding will have seven opponents when he seeks his second consecutive win in the Whittingham, a Grade I at 1 1/4 miles on turf.
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October 8, 2007 | Larry Stewart, Times Staff Writer
Lava Man may have reached the bottom of the mountain. It has been a phenomenal run for the 6-year-old, but after finishing sixth and last in the Grade I Oak Tree Mile Sunday at the Oak Tree meet at Santa Anita, Lava Man's future is in doubt. It was the second consecutive disappointing finish for horse racing's leading active money-winner with earnings of more than $5.2 million. Lava Man also finished sixth in Del Mar's Pacific Classic Aug. 19.
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October 8, 2007 | Larry Stewart, Times Staff Writer
Lava Man may have reached the bottom of the mountain. It has been a phenomenal run for the 6-year-old, but after finishing sixth and last in the Grade I Oak Tree Mile Sunday at the Oak Tree meet at Santa Anita, Lava Man's future is in doubt. It was the second consecutive disappointing finish for horse racing's leading active money-winner with earnings of more than $5.2 million. Lava Man also finished sixth in Del Mar's Pacific Classic Aug. 19.
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August 20, 2007 | Bill Dwyre
DEL MAR -- Turns out, Lava Man was a great story who finished sixth. In Sunday's $1 million Pacific Classic, he was only seven lengths shy of needing to get ready for his close-up. A victory by the big, dark-brown horse from the barn of trainer Doug O'Neill would have marked the greatest triple-double in sports since Magic Johnson.
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June 10, 2006 | Bob Mieszerski, Times Staff Writer
Nearing the halfway point of 2006, there are two leading candidates for horse of the year. One is Barbaro. The 3-year-old Dyanformer colt won all six of his starts, including a tour de force in the Kentucky Derby, before having his career cut short because of a serious injury suffered in the opening yards of the Preakness. The other is Lava Man.
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July 1, 2007 | Bob Mieszerski, Times Staff Writer
Only one of the hundred-plus people who were part of the winner's circle celebration after Lava Man's latest victory in the $750,000 Hollywood Gold Cup had mixed emotions about the outcome Saturday. A part of Jerry Lambert, the regular rider for Native Diver, wanted that legendary thoroughbred to continue to stand alone as the only horse to win Hollywood Park's signature race three years running as he did from 1965-67.
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July 1, 2007 | Bill Dwyre
A sport that struggles mightily these days to find reasons for us to pay attention found a great one at Hollywood Park on Saturday. His name is Lava Man, and the 17th victory of his career, in the 68th running of the Grade I Hollywood Gold Cup, made history. It was Lava Man's third straight victory in this legendary race.
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August 21, 2005 | Bill Christine, Times Staff Writer
A year ago, when Lava Man was a mid-level claimer here, it was not a unanimous decision that led trainer Doug O'Neill to make the $50,000 claim. O'Neill himself wasn't excited about putting in the claim. Neither was his brother, Dennis O'Neill. "But Steve was adamant that we take the horse," Doug O'Neill said. "So we did."
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June 30, 2007 | Bob Mieszerski, Times Staff Writer
If Lava Man wins a record-equaling third consecutive Hollywood Gold Cup today at Hollywood Park, one person will be conspicuously absent from the winner's circle photo. Trainer Doug O'Neill, who claimed the California-bred gelding for $50,000 for owners Steve, Tracy and Dave Kenly and Jason Wood nearly three years ago, won't be in Inglewood. O'Neill, his wife Linette and mother Dixie are in the midst of a one-week vacation in Ireland, celebrating Dixie's 70th birthday.
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August 20, 2007 | Bill Dwyre
DEL MAR -- Turns out, Lava Man was a great story who finished sixth. In Sunday's $1 million Pacific Classic, he was only seven lengths shy of needing to get ready for his close-up. A victory by the big, dark-brown horse from the barn of trainer Doug O'Neill would have marked the greatest triple-double in sports since Magic Johnson.
SPORTS
July 1, 2007 | Bob Mieszerski, Times Staff Writer
Only one of the hundred-plus people who were part of the winner's circle celebration after Lava Man's latest victory in the $750,000 Hollywood Gold Cup had mixed emotions about the outcome Saturday. A part of Jerry Lambert, the regular rider for Native Diver, wanted that legendary thoroughbred to continue to stand alone as the only horse to win Hollywood Park's signature race three years running as he did from 1965-67.
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July 1, 2007 | Bill Dwyre
A sport that struggles mightily these days to find reasons for us to pay attention found a great one at Hollywood Park on Saturday. His name is Lava Man, and the 17th victory of his career, in the 68th running of the Grade I Hollywood Gold Cup, made history. It was Lava Man's third straight victory in this legendary race.
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June 30, 2007 | Bob Mieszerski, Times Staff Writer
If Lava Man wins a record-equaling third consecutive Hollywood Gold Cup today at Hollywood Park, one person will be conspicuously absent from the winner's circle photo. Trainer Doug O'Neill, who claimed the California-bred gelding for $50,000 for owners Steve, Tracy and Dave Kenly and Jason Wood nearly three years ago, won't be in Inglewood. O'Neill, his wife Linette and mother Dixie are in the midst of a one-week vacation in Ireland, celebrating Dixie's 70th birthday.
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June 9, 2007 | Bob Mieszerski, Times Staff Writer
Back on his home turf, Lava Man will try to keep his California winning streak going in the $300,000 Charles Whittingham Memorial Handicap today at Hollywood Park. A winner of his last nine starts in the state where he was born, the 6-year-old Slew City Slew gelding will have seven opponents when he seeks his second consecutive win in the Whittingham, a Grade I at 1 1/4 miles on turf.
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June 10, 2006 | Bob Mieszerski, Times Staff Writer
Nearing the halfway point of 2006, there are two leading candidates for horse of the year. One is Barbaro. The 3-year-old Dyanformer colt won all six of his starts, including a tour de force in the Kentucky Derby, before having his career cut short because of a serious injury suffered in the opening yards of the Preakness. The other is Lava Man.
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August 21, 2005 | Bill Christine, Times Staff Writer
A year ago, when Lava Man was a mid-level claimer here, it was not a unanimous decision that led trainer Doug O'Neill to make the $50,000 claim. O'Neill himself wasn't excited about putting in the claim. Neither was his brother, Dennis O'Neill. "But Steve was adamant that we take the horse," Doug O'Neill said. "So we did."
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August 21, 2006 | Robyn Norwood, Times Staff Writer
Two years after Lava Man was claimed at Del Mar for 50 grand, he returned and pulled off his grandest feat yet, winning the $1-million Pacific Classic with a flourish Sunday to become the first horse to sweep the Santa Anita Handicap, the Hollywood Gold Cup and the Pacific Classic in the same year.
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