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January 7, 1989 | BILL CHRISTINE, Times Staff Writer
Rick Mettee's parents have never been to the front side of a race track. That's unusual, because in Baltimore, they live practically next door to the Timonium track and their 30-year-old son has been working at tracks since he left high school. "They may have seen a race, while standing in a barn area, but as well as I can remember, they've never watched a race from the stands," Mettee said. "They have watched some races on television."
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August 5, 1989 | JAY HOVDEY, Special to The Times
Rick Mettee has an impossible act to follow. The only other time the 31-year-old trainer had anything to do with the San Diego Handicap at Del Mar, he was involved with Bates Motel, who made a shambles of the 1983 running of the 1 1/16-mile event. Today, Mettee will try to return to the winner's circle after the $132,450 San Diego Handicap with Hot Operator, a 4-year-old bay colt who has yet to win a stake.
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August 5, 1989 | JAY HOVDEY, Special to The Times
Rick Mettee has an impossible act to follow. The only other time the 31-year-old trainer had anything to do with the San Diego Handicap at Del Mar, he was involved with Bates Motel, who made a shambles of the 1983 running of the 1 1/16-mile event. Today, Mettee will try to return to the winner's circle after the $132,450 San Diego Handicap with Hot Operator, a 4-year-old bay colt who has yet to win a stake.
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January 7, 1989 | BILL CHRISTINE, Times Staff Writer
Rick Mettee's parents have never been to the front side of a race track. That's unusual, because in Baltimore, they live practically next door to the Timonium track and their 30-year-old son has been working at tracks since he left high school. "They may have seen a race, while standing in a barn area, but as well as I can remember, they've never watched a race from the stands," Mettee said. "They have watched some races on television."
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July 5, 1987 | BILL CHRISTINE, Times Staff Writer
Some days, it just doesn't pay to get out of the starting gate. Trainer Charlie Whittingham's horses have been getting out of the gate this holiday weekend at Hollywood Park, but just barely and not promptly. Friday, in the $160,500 Silver Screen Handicap, Temperate Sil, the 3-5 favorite, broke badly and finished fifth in a six-horse field.
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March 17, 1990
Irish-bred Kanatiyr celebrated St. Patrick's Day one day early by winning Friday's $37,000 feature race on the Santa Anita turf course in his U.S. debut. Kanatiyr had raced in France last year as a 3-year-old before being bought by Clover Racing Stable and turned over to trainer Rick Mettee. Unraced since September, the son of Chief Singer had been brought up to his first race on American turf with outstanding workouts and was sent away as the 3-2 favorite. He returned $5.
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March 9, 1990 | From Times Wire Services
Multiple stakes winner Annoconnor will probably make her final start before retirement to the broodmare ranks in the $150,000-added Grade I Santa Ana Handicap at 1 1/8 miles on the Santa Anita turf Sunday. "I just breezed her three-eighths this morning," said trainer Rick Mettee Thursday from Hollywood Park. The 6-year-old daughter of Nureyev was being moved to Santa Anita today. Annoconnor has won 11 of 28 starts and earned $907,920.
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July 4, 1995 | BOB MIESZERSKI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Cigar, perhaps the finest horse to race in this decade, made many handicappers--including this one--look foolish with his dominance Sunday in the 56th Hollywood Gold Cup and it seems inconceivable that any horse in training could beat him. Thunder Gulch, the Kentucky Derby and Belmont Stakes winner, and Timber Country, the Preakness winner, would have to improve a great deal to challenge him.
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December 31, 1990 | BOB MIESZERSKI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Although Chris McCarron has been Southern California's hottest rider recently, Alex Solis is holding his own. Wrapping up the best year of his career, the 26-year-old Panamanian has won two of the first four stakes offered at Santa Anita. Four days after he brought Pleasant Tap from far back to win the Malibu, Solis directed Brought To Mind to an easy victory in the $110,000 La Brea Stakes Sunday.
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July 14, 1997 | BOB MIESZERSKI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Trainer Wally Dollase won't be happy to see Hollywood Park's spring-summer meeting end a week from today. When favored Helmsman won the $69,400 Fastness Handicap, it gave Dollase his 14th win of the 60-day-old season and seven of those victories have come in stakes races.
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July 5, 1987 | BILL CHRISTINE, Times Staff Writer
Some days, it just doesn't pay to get out of the starting gate. Trainer Charlie Whittingham's horses have been getting out of the gate this holiday weekend at Hollywood Park, but just barely and not promptly. Friday, in the $160,500 Silver Screen Handicap, Temperate Sil, the 3-5 favorite, broke badly and finished fifth in a six-horse field.
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December 24, 1990 | BOB MIESZERSKI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Considering Satis' record, it was a bit surprising the 2-year-old, French-bred colt wasn't given more respect at the mutuel windows before Sunday's $112,800 Hoist The Flag Stakes at Hollywood Park. Granted, he had been competing at some of France's lesser tracks, but he had won four times on turf, equaling the total of the 11 other members of the field. Still, Satis was only the fifth choice at nearly 12-1 and paid $25.60 in winning the Grade III race before 18,101.
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September 12, 1988 | BILL CHRISTINE, Times Staff Writer
When Annoconnor won the Vanity Invitational Handicap 7 weeks ago at Hollywood Park, there were few believers because at 42-1 she was the longest price on the board. Similarly, the cognoscenti in a Del Mar crowd of 20,448 shied away from the 4-year-old filly Sunday in the $224,000 Ramona Handicap, even though there were at least two indicators that she'd run well.
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