January 12, 2000 |
They aren't torn in two like a losing parimutuel ticket. They aren't tossed in the wastebasket like yesterday's tout sheet. Nobody sends them to a faraway field when they're too old to run. In the disposable world that is horse racing, they are the only ones who hang around long after their final race is over. They are the retired jockeys. You only think they've disappeared. "When you're done riding, it seems like you get put in the back seat," Ray York said. "Everybody loves a winner.
April 26, 2004 |
When Native Dancer, the 7-10 favorite, lost by a head to Dark Star at Churchill Downs in 1953, Kentucky Derby savants could almost be heard in unison: A gray horse will never win the Derby. They theorized that if "the Gray Ghost of Sagamore" couldn't win, no gray could. Native Dancer, undefeated, had 11 victories entering the Derby, most of them cakewalks. The Derby would be his only loss in a 22-race career, and even today many historians rank Native Dancer's loss as the race's biggest upset.
December 26, 2002 |
There are 15 races at Santa Anita older than the Malibu Stakes, but since the 50-year-old Malibu was re-positioned to the day after Christmas in 1984, it has acquired the patina of some of the older fixtures. An opening day at Santa Anita without the Malibu would be like a Dec. 26 without standing in the exchange line.
January 9, 2000 |
Those who preferred Swept Overboard over Forest Camp in the $107,200 San Miguel Stakes Saturday at Santa Anita were happy about the outcome. How Swept Overboard won for the second time in three starts was the surprising part of the Grade III sprint. Expected to be in front from the outset, the gray son of End Sweep and 19-10 second choice in the field of six 3-year-olds broke slowly, seemingly hurting his chances of beating Del Mar Futurity winner and 7-10 favorite Forest Camp.
September 8, 1995 |
Corey Nakatani, battling Chris McCarron and Alex Solis for the jockey title here, has changed his post-Del Mar plans. Originally scheduled to go to Belmont Park after the Del Mar meeting ends Wednesday, to ride until Oct. 4, when the Oak Tree meeting begins at Santa Anita, Nakatani will now go to Europe to ride for Juddmonte Farms for a couple of weeks.
September 11, 1995 |
Chris McCarron won the Fantastic Girl with Track Gal on opening day almost seven weeks ago, and the stakes victories have kept right on coming. The leading stakes-winning rider in Del Mar history made it 97 for his career and 11 for this meeting, guiding Alphabet Soup to a three-quarters-of-a-length victory over Lykatill Hil in the $200,000 added Del Mar Budweiser Breeders' Cup Handicap on Sunday.