September 23, 2010 |
Informally sketched but deeply felt, Bradley Beesley's documentary "Sweethearts of the Prison Rodeo" mingles with the spirited cowgirl inmates who compete in Oklahoma's annual state penitentiary rodeo, a 70-year tradition of Wild West-style showbiz that began to allow females to participate only in 2006. Although there's a queasy tinge of gladiatorial bloodlust in seeing society's punished put themselves in hooves' and horns' way for spectator sport, the tears in one woman's eyes as she describes leaving the correctional facility for an afternoon of outdoor training speak wonders.
HOME & GARDEN
June 5, 2010 |
From the TV glory days of "Mr. Ed," we know that horses have a lot to say if given a chance — not a surprise considering they were hard-working, come-rain-or-shine mass transit for millenniums before being run out of Dodge by Henry Ford. And don't forget the insults — horse glue, horse meat, horse trading, horse play and horse you-know-what. The sardonic Ed once remarked to Wilbur, "Some way to treat your friends who helped conquer the West." Ed's descendents revere one Angeleno for his unfailing devotion to the hoof.
June 10, 1989
If an award for comeback athlete of the year existed, my vote would go to jockey Patrick Valenzuela. It was only last year that he went to the edge with a cocaine addiction that forced him out of Santa Anita to the circuits of New Mexico. But, when given another chance, he redeemed himself at the Oak Tree meeting, winning the jockey title. If he wins the Belmont today aboard Sunday Silence, that will give him the Triple Crown. Not many jockeys ever win the Triple Crown, including Bill Shoemaker.
February 1, 2012 |
Motorcycles represent a lot of things: freedom, power, fearlessness. With Harley-Davidson's new Softail Slim, unveiled Wednesday, "exposure" would also be appropriate. The Milwaukee manufacturer has stripped its classic Softail to its skivvies with a retro bobber that highlights the brute force of the machine. Starting at $15,499, the new-for-2012 Softail Slim represents a sort of Harley-style spring cleaning, for which every bit of bling was removed to showcase the bike's essentials.
January 23, 2013 |
A Ducati assembly line worker told me five years ago that every second motorcycle made at the company's Bologna, Italy, factory is a Monster. A major U.S. Ducati retailer told me recently, “Monster is Ducati.” Since beginning production of the naked sport bike in 1992, it has shipped more than 250,000 of the little Monsters , the company recently announced. But until two weeks ago I'd never even sat on one. An hour after I did, I was a convert. I rode a route that started around Laurel Canyon and Mulholland, wandered through Topanga Canyon and the Malibu mountains, and circled back via the freeway.
June 3, 1990 |
Favored Takin On The Cash broke on the lead and was never really challenged in winning the $233,000 Kindergarten Stakes for 2-year-olds at Los Alamitos Saturday night. With Danny Cardoza in the saddle for his third career Kindergarten victory, the Dash For Cash colt won by one length and was timed in 17.65 seconds for 350 yards. Takin On The Cash has won three of his five career starts and earned $185,000.