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February 15, 2006 | Bob Mieszerski
Laffit Pincay, the world's winningest rider with 9,530 victories, has settled a lawsuit with Santa Anita regarding the spill that ended his career nearly three years ago. In the suit, Pincay alleged that Santa Anita was negligent in treating injuries he suffered in a race March 1, 2003.
October 20, 2005 | Bill Christine
Pat Valenzuela has been asked to appear before Santa Anita stewards today because he was late notifying track authorities that he wasn't riding Wednesday. Valenzuela, who missed five mounts, called the stewards after substitute riders had already been used in some of the races. John Herbuveaux, one of the stewards, said Valenzuela called to say there had been a mix-up between him and his agent, Ron Ebanks, about who was supposed to call the stewards.
September 28, 2005 | Bill Christine, Times Staff Writer
Bucking competition for horses from as far away as New York and as close as Bay Meadows, the Oak Tree Racing Assn. opens a 31-day meet at Santa Anita today. Oak Tree has traditionally provided a spawning ground for Breeders' Cup races later on in the fall, but this year the Goodwood Handicap, the meet's most prestigious dirt race, has been diluted by local trainers who have elected to run their horses out of town.
April 24, 2005 | Bill Christine
Jack McDaniel has left as president of Santa Anita, the fourth top executive to depart since Frank Stronach's Magna Entertainment bought the track in 1998. In a statement from the Canadian-based Magna, no reason was given for McDaniel's departure, but he is believed to have had difficulties with Ron Charles, who was named executive director of Magna Entertainment California in November. Shortly after Charles arrived, and only a few days before the start of Santa Anita's meet Dec.
March 20, 2005 | Bill Christine, Times Staff Writer
Those familiar figures at Churchill Downs -- owners Bob and Beverly Lewis and trainer Wayne Lukas -- may be around for an encore at the Kentucky Derby on May 7. Their calling card this time would be Consolidator, who ran the fastest San Felipe ever at Santa Anita on Saturday, winning the Derby prep by a stakes-record 6 1/2 lengths. "They say we might be back," Lukas said, "but in my mind, we've never been away. We won the thing not that long ago."
March 18, 2005 | Bob Mieszerski, Times Staff Writer
There are three significant Kentucky Derby preps Saturday, but the $250,000 San Felipe Stakes at Santa Anita is the most wide open. Eight 3-year-olds were entered in the Grade II at 1 1/16 miles, and cases can be made for half a dozen of the participants. Wilko, the upset winner of the Breeders' Cup Juvenile at 28-1 Oct.
March 10, 2005 | J. Michael Kennedy, Times Staff Writer
A sprinkle of spectators is in the Santa Anita Park grandstand as the horses make their way to the racetrack. Already, the animals have been on display at the saddling barn, while jockeys in their colorful silks linger in a clump until it is time to mount up. A small crowd gathers for a closer look at the horses before returning to the grandstand or the tonier Turf Club to place their bets. Even as they do, grooms lead horses from the barns in preparation for the next race.
March 3, 2005 | Bill Christine, Times Staff Writer
It's testimony to the undefeated Declan's Moon that he shared top billing Wednesday when post positions were drawn for the 68th Santa Anita Handicap. A day ahead of time, Santa Anita officials drew for Saturday's Santa Catalina Stakes, which at $200,000 is dwarfed by the $1-million Big 'Cap later on the card. The 1 1/16 -mile Santa Catalina will mark the first start this year for Declan's Moon, who won all four of his starts in 2004 and received the Eclipse Award for best 2-year-old male.
February 24, 2005 | Bill Christine
A horse trained by Adam Kitchingman exceeded the permitted level of sodium bicarbonate when he ran at Santa Anita on Feb. 16, according to an industry committee that has been monitoring the use of the so-called milkshakes at the track. The horse, first-time starter Always The Best, ran fifth at 7-1 odds in the $80,000 maiden race. For a 30-day period, Kitchingman's horses will be subjected to a detention barn 24 hours before they run.
January 22, 2005 | Bill Christine, Times Staff Writer
Chris McCarron, the Hall of Fame jockey who was Santa Anita's general manager and now works there in another executive capacity, will leave the track soon to move to Lexington, Ky., he said Friday. McCarron said that he planned to start a jockeys' school in Kentucky. "There's been no downside to my two years" in the front office, McCarron said. "In fact, they've gone by like a blur.
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