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June 15, 1990 | From Reuters
Cash-laden Japanese are going to horse races in growing numbers, boosting profits to record levels, says a government report issued Thursday. Combined profits at 34 regional race tracks across Japan reached a record annual high of $5.5 billion in fiscal 1989 ending March 1990, according to a spokesman for the Agriculture Ministry. The figure represented an 18% increase over the previous year's profits, the official said.
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December 22, 2012 | By Jim Peltz
The numbers dwindle each year for Santa Anita Park. So how can the horse racing track draw more new customers? As Santa Anita opens its winter-spring meeting Wednesday, it remains a breathtaking venue in Arcadia set against the San Gabriel Mountains. But attendance and on-track wagering at Santa Anita have declined for more than 20 years, as they have at many tracks. The main reasons: competition since the mid-1980s from state lotteries, Indian casinos and off-track betting, that is, people at other facilities and online making "simulcast" or "satellite" bets on Santa Anita's races.
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December 29, 1989 | From Times Wire Services
Union workers at Pimlico and Laurel race tracks voted today to accept the five-year contract they had rejected a week ago, averting a strike Monday. The contract replaces one that expires at midnight Sunday and covers about 660 pari-mutuel clerks, guards, parkers, admissions personnel, jockeys' room valets and the starting gate crew.
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August 12, 2011 | By Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
"Senna" is a documentary with the pace of a thriller, a story of motors and machines that is beyond compelling because of the intensely human story it tells. Brazil's Ayrton Senna was the boy genius of Formula One racing, winner of three world championships before dying in a crash in 1994 at age 34, a driver current and former Formula One racers recently voted the greatest who ever lived. But if all Senna could do was race, this wouldn't be much of a story. Though he could drive like the devil, Senna was a spiritual person who believed deeply and profoundly in a higher power.
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August 22, 1985 | ADAM Z. HORVATH, Times Staff Writer
Negotiations between U.S. immigration officials and Del Mar Race Track trainers broke down late Wednesday, and authorities vowed that they will conduct a raid within days to arrest hundreds of illegal aliens who work on "the backside" at the track. Meanwhile, the illegal aliens were apparently continuing to abandon the track, where they both live and work--an exodus that threatens to disrupt the track's schedule as trainers scramble to find legal replacements for the grooms and hot-walkers.
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May 30, 1996 | BILL BILLITER
City officials have notified the county that they oppose a proposal to make part of the El Toro Marine Corps Air Station into a horse race track after the base closes. Cypress is the home of Los Alamitos Race Track, which is a major tax source for the city. In a May 8 letter to the county, city officials said they oppose "planning for a similar facility [at the Marine base] unless studies show that the county can support two such facilities."
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December 17, 1992 | TOM MCQUEENEY, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Excalibur Holding Corp. said Wednesday that it has completed its planned purchase of a Thoroughbred race track and gambling resort in West Virginia. Excalibur, an investment company based in Irvine, said it bought Mountaineer Park on Dec. 4, exchanging $90,909 and 551,514 shares of Excalibur's common stock for all the outstanding stock of Mountaineer Park Inc. As part of the transaction, Excalibur said, it paid $3.
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May 10, 1992 | JAY HOVDEY, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
California race tracks and the union representing more than 2,000 pari-mutuel clerks have reached a tentative contract agreement that could have the experienced personnel back punching tickets by Wednesday. Leaders of the Service Employees International Union, Local 280, have called a ratification meeting for Monday morning at the Hyatt Airport Hotel near Hollywood Park.
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May 24, 1986 | ARMANDO ACUNA, Times Staff Writer
A temporary worker program designed to help Southern California's major race tracks is in jeopardy because of Friday's pre-dawn raid on a thoroughbred horse training center here that resulted in the arrest of 119 illegal aliens, a top immigration official has warned. Harold Ezell, regional commissioner of the U.S.
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September 9, 1986 | JENIFER WARREN, Times Staff Writer
U.S. immigration officials Monday proclaimed efforts to crack down on the employment of illegal aliens at the race track here a success. Despite the upbeat tone of a race track press conference, however, trainers' representatives said that many horsemen still feel bitter that the Immigration and Naturalization Service has spotlighted their industry in an increasingly high-profile campaign against illegal immigration.
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August 9, 2010 | By Bill Dwyre
Because of renewed safety fears involving the synthetic surface at Santa Anita Race Track, the upcoming Oak Tree meeting could be moved to Hollywood Park. Santa Anita has been the home for Oak Tree since 1969, and this year's meet is scheduled to open Sept. 29. But last Friday, in a meeting involving Southern California trainers and owners, fears were raised that a recent aeration procedure on the track had punctured the mesh, or membrane, that is designed to hold base material such as rocks well below the surface.
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November 6, 2009 | Mark Sachs
Joe Talamo is only 19, but he's already riding high in horse-racing circles. You may have caught him in the Animal Planet reality series "Jockeys," and you can see him live and in person today and Saturday at Santa Anita in the Breeders' Cup. Pretty heady stuff, but the Monrovia resident is taking it all in stride. "The preparation for a big event like the Breeders' isn't really any different for me," he said, "although obviously, the prestige factor is there. But the mind-set is to treat it like any other race.
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September 30, 2009 | Jim Peltz
Auto Club Speedway proposed a multimillion-dollar revamp of the Fontana track to foster closer racing and boost crowds at its two annual NASCAR Sprint Cup races, but the track's owner has taken no action on the plan, The Times has learned. The plan called for raising the banking of the track's four turns to 23 degrees from the current 14 degrees and narrowing its width in certain sections, all to bring the cars closer together and promote more passing, according to motor racing sources familiar with the proposal who agreed to speak on the condition that they not be identified.
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September 29, 2009 | BILL DWYRE
Like sniffles in August, the Fairplex racing season has come and gone quickly. Today was the last day of its 18-day, 15-session season. Few paid much attention, even those in racing. The purses were small and the horses were unheralded. The A-list jockeys took their families on vacation or headed for the golf course. This newspaper ignored it. The perception remained that it is, after all, little more than an appendage to the month-long L.A. County Fair in Pomona. But on the eve of Wednesday's prestigious Oak Tree opener at Santa Anita, which ends with a second consecutive Breeders' Cup extravaganza in early November, there are murmurs in Southern California horse racing that could make Fairplex the 500-pound gorilla in the room.
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August 12, 2009 | CHRIS ERSKINE
Looking for trouble on a Saturday night, we end up at that speedway in Irwindale, set amid power lines and gravel pits, the sunset as peachy as a beach drink. Sure enough, this is God's country (assuming God's a pipe fitter and keeps his wallet hooked to a chain.) I know what you're thinking: "You went where ?" But it is August and there is only so much baseball a boy can take, even if he loves baseball. The Dodgers seem to be playing every minute of every day. To make matters worse, they are working a lot of overtime.
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February 1, 2009 | Claire Noland
Eddie Logan, who ran a shoeshine stand at Santa Anita Park from the day the horse racing track opened in 1934 until a few weeks ago, died Saturday. He was 98. Logan, who in his younger years was a boxer as well as a baseball player in the Negro Leagues, died at his home in Monrovia after suffering a seizure and stroke in early January, the racetrack announced. Called "the foot man" by his many loyal customers, Logan was a fixture at the Arcadia track for 74 years.
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January 26, 1986 | MARINA MILLIGAN, Times Staff Writer
It took three weeks, but Michael Covallubias of El Sereno said the time he invested in a free horse-handling class at Santa Anita race track paid off the minute he landed a job as a hot-walker for trainer Gary Lewis. "It's great and a lot of fun," Covallubias said. "I had my own horses in my backyard, but these horses are a lot different. They're really peppery and like to run from you."
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September 7, 1987 | PATRICK McDONNELL, Times Staff Writer
In the dusty, insular world known as the backstretch, a place where millionaires mingle with stable boys and horses are treated like princes while workmen live in crude dormitories, they're still talking about the infamous immigration raids of two years ago. "It was like a war back here," said Melvin Stute, a well-known trainer at Del Mar. "It was something I thought I'd never see in America." "It was the dumbest thing I ever saw," a farrier said. "Someone could have gotten killed."
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February 27, 2008 | David Reyes
The public is invited to share ideas for tackling traffic congestion as part of a major transportation study that targeting South Orange County. Three meetings will be held to help develop a long-term transportation plan, which is the first comprehensive examination of freeways, toll roads, arterial streets, train and bus service in the area in two decades. "Hearing from South County residents who contend with this traffic on a daily basis is critical to ensuring the success of this study," said Supervisor Pat Bates, who is on the Orange County Transportation Authority board.
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February 9, 2008 | Bill Dwyre
For the moment, the Great Race Place isn't great. Santa Anita is having the winter of its discontent. Traditionally, the thoroughbred horse race meeting that begins the day after Christmas, at the track at the foot of the scenic snow-topped San Gabriel Mountains, has the most expensive horses in the country and the best jockeys to ride them in an annual showcase for the sport. A sport, it must be pointed out, that badly needs one. This year, tradition has taken a back seat to chaos.
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