March 1, 1999 |
Richard Mulhall stood on the iron steps leading up to the box-seat area at Santa Anita, a cellular phone in his right hand. On the other end was the boss, Ahmed Salman, the Saudi Arabian prince, who was home in Riyadh. The horses had crossed the finish line in the San Rafael Stakes' blanket finish, but the official results of the photo had not yet been posted on the tote board. "I think we got it," Mulhall was saying calmly to the prince.
February 27, 1999 |
Ten horses, among them Prime Timber, the second-place finisher in the Hollywood Futurity, will run at Santa Anita on Sunday in the $200,000 San Rafael Stakes, one of two important preps for the Santa Anita Derby. Prime Timber, one of several Kentucky Derby hopefuls in trainer Bob Baffert's barn, hasn't run since Dec. 12, when he finished half a length behind Tactical Cat in the Hollywood Futurity. Tactical Cat was injured in the race and won't run in the Triple Crown races.
March 2, 1998 |
The trainer's wife might be on crutches, something to do with painful toe injuries on both feet, but there's nothing wrong with her husband or his sound-of-foot 3-year-old.
February 28, 1998 |
The 1990s have shown that a horse doesn't need to win his final prep race to win the Kentucky Derby. But with few exceptions, a horse doesn't win a Derby without having won as a 3-year-old, and that means the pressure is on the next several weeks at Santa Anita. The Southern California road to Churchill Downs on May 2 picks up steam Sunday with the $200,000 San Rafael Stakes at a mile, and later come the 1 1/16-mile San Felipe on March 14 and the 1 1/8-mile Santa Anita Derby on April 4.
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February 2, 1997 |
First came child care, then came elder care. Now, companies are doggedly exploring one of the last frontiers of the work-family balance: pet care. Dogs snooze happily beneath desks at some companies, their owners freed from worries about what's being chewed at home. A Virginia firm picks up the kennel tab for workers sent out of town unexpectedly. A California company pays up to $100 in annual veterinary bills.
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September 21, 1995
FAR AWAY: If there's a protest vigil on a tony Pasadena street, and the protestee--Gov. Pete Wilson--is tucked so far inside a mansion that he can't hear it, does it make a noise? After a Tuesday evening rally in support of affirmative action on the Pasadena City Hall steps, about 10 activists, including the Rev. Jesse Jackson and Mayor Bill Paparian, drove to the gate of a San Rafael home where the governor was reported to be having a fund-raiser.
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October 23, 1994 |
Imagine living in an apartment where you can't wear cologne or perfume, where the managers must approve which cleansers you can use. And you're asked to keep windows closed when you cook. Sound a bit tyrannical? Actually, for people with Multiple Chemical Sensitivity-Environmental Illness, it sounds like paradise. "The way I live, all the windows are taped up, curtains closed, because of all the toxics that are right outside my door.
October 21, 1994 |
George Lucas' high-tech film wizards have brought dinosaurs to life in "Jurassic Park" and enabled Tom Hanks to shake hands with John F. Kennedy in "Forrest Gump." But the force hasn't exactly been with the "Star Wars" creator in his efforts to work a different sort of miracle in growth-averse Marin County--that of vastly expanding his movie-making empire. Lucas has proposed spending $81 million to build state-of-the-art facilities on hilly ranchland adjoining his Skywalker Ranch here.
March 7, 1994 |
In recent years, horsemen connected with Kentucky Derby winners--owners Paul Mellon, Cal Partee and Frances Genter, and trainers Mack Miller and Charlie Whittingham--have been on the other side of 70, and in 1988 owner Gene Klein won his only Derby with Winning Colors two years before he died. Trainer Wayne Lukas, who scored his only Derby victory with Winning Colors, said he thought about this last year after Sea Hero gave Mellon, 85, and Miller, 71, their first Derby winner.