April 24, 1987
Fairplex Park, located at the Los Angeles County Fairgrounds in Pomona, opens 13 weeks of harness racing tonight at 7:30, which will be first post time throughout the 67-night run. There will be 10 races each night Tuesdays through Thursdays, and 11 races on Friday and Saturday nights.
October 4, 2003
The great mare Azeri throws in a stinker after winning 11 consecutive races and her owner, Michael Paulson, castigates Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith and indirectly criticizes trainer Laura de Seroux on her choice of races. Obviously the class exhibited by the late Allen Paulson was not passed on to his son, as in 1996 when Cigar's remarkable streak came to an end at Del Mar, the late Mr. Paulson did not complain about Cigar's jockey (Hall of Famer Jerry Bailey) misjudging the pace and getting Cigar "cooked."
March 9, 1986 |
The total prize money for the Championship Auto Racing Teams Indy-car series in 1986 could reach as much as $15.5 million, according to figures released by CART. The Indianapolis 500, which is sanctioned by the rival U.S. Auto Club but counts in the CART championship, is expected to jump from a total payout in 1985 of $2.4 million to around $4 million. The other 16 races on the circuit will total $8.75 million in purse money, with the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach, the Michigan 500 and the U.
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April 4, 1987 |
Orange Coast College's nationally ranked rowing team has a new racing shell made possible by $12,000 in alumni donations. The new, eight-man shell was accepted last month by the college's current crew team and David A. Grant, college director of marine activities. The shell was christened the Connie Johnson, as a tribute to the college's 1971-81 boathouse rigger. Johnson has retired because of health problems, but he is still a frequent visitor to the boathouse on Coast Highway in Newport Beach.
May 14, 1989
Until the rise of the doctrine of white superiority, Cleopatra VII (69-30 BC) was generally pictured as "coloured." Shakespeare, in "Antony and Cleopatra," calls her "tawny." (In his day mulattoes were called "Tawny-Moors.") In Act I, Scene 5, Cleopatra calls herself black: "Think on me, that am with Phoebus' amorous pinches black." C. W. King, in "Antique Gems and Rings," 1872, says, "As late as the 16th Century, Cleopatra was regarded as a Negro woman." Plutarch describes her as "a brown-skin girl with crinkly hair and voluptuous figure."
January 18, 1986 |
John Veitch, like Wayne Lukas, is another trainer who is disturbed by the Eclipse Awards voting for 1985. Lukas thought his 3-year-old filly, Lady's Secret, deserved the divisional championship, instead of Mom's Command. Veitch, who trains Proud Truth, was surprised that Spend a Buck won the 3-year-old colt title and thought that if his horse couldn't have won, even Chief's Crown would have been more deserving than Spend a Buck.
March 15, 1987 |
Laffit Pincay, riding maiden and claiming horses Saturday as though they were running in the Kentucky Derby, became the first jockey to win seven races in one day at Santa Anita. After sitting out the first race, Pincay won the next six, tying a Santa Anita record for successive wins that had been set by Bill Shoemaker in 1962.
February 16, 1985 |
The heated battle that took place between Hollywood Park and Santa Anita for the first Breeders' Cup races will be renewed this year, when both tracks bid for the 1986 series. With the announcement earlier this week that the '86 Breeders' Cup is scheduled for Southern California, both Hollywood Park and Oak Tree, which runs its meeting at Santa Anita in the fall, said that they would apply for the date.
October 27, 1992 |
David Wilkinson rode Thunder Regent once, when the 5-year-old gelding was a young horse. "He was still a maiden," half-owner Wilkinson said. "So was I. One stayed a maiden, and the other one didn't." Thunder Regent has won nine races in 24 starts and on Saturday will be one of the longshots trying to win the $1-million Breeders' Cup Mile at Gulfstream Park. The Mile, one of the two Breeders' Cup races run on grass, is a good spot for dreaming.
February 2, 1985
It's $133,000 late for Sam Rubin, but Ole Bob Bowers is now one of the nominated stallions for the Breeders' Cup races. Ole Bob Bowers is the sire of John Henry, the 10-year-old gelding who has earned a record $6.5 million in purses, most of it for Rubin since the New York bicycle importer bought the horse for $25,000 in 1978. Because Ole Bob Bowers' owners, Charles and Theora Crommer of Osseo, Mich.