October 4, 2006 |
Either of the females trainer Ron McAnally plans to run in the $60,000 Swingtime today at Santa Anita could win the one-mile race on grass. Dream's, a 5-year-old Chilean-bred mare, and Charm The Giant, a 4-year-old daughter of Giant's Causeway, have won 14 of the 28 races they have run. Owned and bred by McAnally's wife Debbie, Charm The Giant has been worse than third only once in her eight races. She also has been effective at the Swingtime distance, having won three of five.
August 22, 2003 |
No trainer has won more races by the seaside than Ron McAnally. A member of the sport's Hall of Fame since 1990, McAnally, who turned 71 on July 11, has more than 400 victories at Del Mar, among them multiple wins in the Del Mar Futurity, Eddie Read Handicap, Del Mar Oaks and Clement L. Hirsch -- formerly the Chula Vista -- Handicap. However, the track's biggest prize, the $1-million Pacific Classic, has eluded him.
August 24, 2002 |
The late Charlie Whittingham, a hall-of-fame trainer, would routinely start three horses in stakes races, and even ran 1-2-3 on several occasions. "I like it when I've got them surrounded," Whittingham would quip. But Ron McAnally, who was inducted into the racing shrine in 1990 and has been training for about 45 years, can't recall ever tripling up on the opposition.
April 26, 2002 |
John Mabee had a lot of horses. Some said that he had just as many trainers. Mabee, who died Wednesday night near Del Mar, the racetrack he loved and nourished, waded into racing by buying a couple of cheap yearlings in 1957, did a crash study of the breeding side of the business several years later and by the 1970s no one connected with his burgeoning racing and breeding operation doubted who was in charge. Short on stature, Mabee was a show-up guy who ruled with a big stick. In the insurance game, Mabee was a CEO who was known to sign every claim check, and in racing every one of his horses bore the owner's fingerprints.
August 18, 2000 |
Nineteen years ago, the noses of John Henry and The Bart hit the finish line almost simultaneously in the first Arlington Million, and nobody--including jockeys Bill Shoemaker and Eddie Delahoussaye and the NBC crew, which erroneously declared The Bart the winner--knew which horse had won. "Will you take a dead heat, Sam?" somebody shouted to Sam Rubin, the owner of John Henry, who watched the heart-pumping finish from the box seats. "No," Rubin quickly replied. "I want to win it or lose it."
October 25, 1999 |
Maybe it's a good thing that Silver Ending ran fifth instead of winning the Kentucky Derby in 1990. It might have taken an ambulance to get Debbie McAnally, one of his owners, to the winner's circle. Prevailing in Sunday's $111,800 Harold C. Ramser Sr. Handicap at Santa Anita with Olympic Charmer was difficult enough for a hyperventilating McAnally. Standing in the winner's circle with trainer and husband Ron McAnally, Debbie McAnally finally said: "I better find a place to sit down.