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May 9, 1988 | MIKE DOWNEY
Hollywood Park is having its 50th anniversary, so here they are, Rex Ellsworth and Meschach (Mesh) Tenney, owner and trainer, friend and friend, side by side, neck and neck, right where they belonged, right where they happened to be half a century before. They were here together in 1938 with, among others, a nice little homebred called Arigotal. This was not so long before the day when the movie mogul, Louie B.
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May 9, 1988 | MIKE DOWNEY
Hollywood Park is having its 50th anniversary, so here they are, Rex Ellsworth and Meschach (Mesh) Tenney, owner and trainer, friend and friend, side by side, neck and neck, right where they belonged, right where they happened to be half a century before. They were here together in 1938 with, among others, a nice little homebred called Arigotal. This was not so long before the day when the movie mogul, Louie B.
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October 13, 2003 | Bill Christine, Times Staff Writer
Bill Shoemaker, the Hall of Fame jockey who rode more than 8,800 winners, including four Kentucky Derby champions, in a career spanning five decades, died Sunday at his home in San Marino. He was 72. Shoemaker, rendered a quadriplegic in a 1991 automobile accident, "died in his sleep of natural causes," said Paddy Gallagher, a trainer at Santa Anita Park who once worked as an assistant to the racing great.
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May 10, 1985
Dennis Diaz, who stunned the Establishment by entering Spend A Buck in the Jersey Derby, probably would get a kick out of a 1963 column by Jim Murray on the Preakness. An excerpt: "If the Triple Crown of horse racing--the Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Belmont--were sisters, the Preakness would be the one with buck teeth and glasses. No one would notice her at a party and her dance card would contain more blank spaces than her bridgework.
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November 8, 1993 | BILL CHRISTINE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Meshach (Mesh) Tenney, a Hall of Fame trainer who won the 1955 Kentucky Derby with Swaps after sleeping in the California colt's stall at Churchill Downs for 10 nights before the race, died Saturday in Provo, Utah. Tenney, 86, suffered a stroke earlier this year and moved from his home in Safford, Ariz., to live with his daughter, Janis, in Provo.
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April 4, 2004 | Bill Christine, Times Staff Writer
Down on the track, where 11 minutes seemed to turn into hours, Jose Valdivia Jr. stood at the finish line, not far from where Castledale's head had made the difference in the $750,000 Santa Anita Derby. Ridden by Valdivia, Castledale had finished first after 1 1/8 miles, but there was a slam-bang three-horse finish, and upstairs, on the sixth floor, the three Santa Anita stewards were trying to sort out a possible disqualification. "What are they waiting for?" Valdivia said.
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October 7, 1985 | BILL CHRISTINE, Times Staff Writer
In the winner's circle, David Whelan invited everybody to have a drink after Tsunami Slew won the $125,750 Carleton F. Burke Handicap Sunday at Santa Anita. "Me, I'm going to have two drinks," Whelan said after sweating out a stewards' review of a foul claim by jockey Chris McCarron, who finished second aboard Yashgan, two lengths behind Tsunami Slew, in the 1-mile turf race. For the second straight day in a stakes race, the stewards disallowed a jockey's objection.
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November 3, 1990 | BILL CHRISTINE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Ray Bell does not say that if he had been able to buy Nasrullah 40 years ago, California's horse breeding would be where Kentucky's is now. But Bell does say that the wide gap between California and Kentucky, the citadel of international breeding, might be a lot narrower. It is unfair comparing Kentucky breeding to any state's, because this is an industry in which Kentucky is the big leagues--and then there is everyplace else.
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July 21, 1988 | Bill Christine
Of the two California-based horses running in the Matchmaker last week at Atlantic City, N.J., Lizzy Hare was thought to be the filly with the better chance. Trevor Denman, for one, liked Lizzy Hare's chances. Denman, the Santa Anita and Del Mar race announcer who does a two-week guest appearance at Atlantic City in the summer, remembered calling Lizzy Hare's win in last year's Del Mar Oaks.
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February 1, 1990 | JAY HOVDEY, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Picking Bill Shoemaker's 10 most memorable rides is kind of like listing the 10 best touchdown drives engineered by Joe Montana. They are all variations on the same successful theme. Ask a fan in the stands and the answer might be, "Shoe won me a $500 exacta at Del Mar in '78." Crusty race track veterans recall the way Shoemaker patiently handled Rex Ellsworth's roguish maidens in the 1950s.
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April 17, 1993 | BILL CHRISTINE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
If heavily favored Dalhart wins today's $500,000 Arkansas Derby, Mike Smith will have to make a quick decision that any jockey would like to have, but one that any rider would have trouble making. A victory by Dalhart at Oaklawn Park would make him and owner John Ed Anthony's other standout 3-year-old, Prairie Bayou, the co-favorites in the Kentucky Derby on May 1. Smith is a versatile rider, but he can still ride only one of them.
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