January 27, 2011 |
For the last four years, Father Gary Thomas has served at the Sacred Heart parish in Saratoga, Calif., a bucolic suburb of San Jose. But the 53-year-old Roman Catholic priest does a lot more than say Mass and listen to confessions ? he is also one of about 14 Vatican-certified exorcists working in the U.S. and the real-life counterpart to the character played by newcomer Colin O'Donoghue in the new thriller "The Rite," which opens Friday. Thomas became certified to practice exorcisms after completing 40 hours of study at the Vatican's Athenaeum Pontificium Regina Apostolorum in Rome.
September 6, 2009 |
Star filly Rachel Alexandra made history at Saratoga Race Course by becoming the first female to win the prestigious Woodward Stakes on Saturday, holding off Macho Again by a head at Saratoga Springs, N.Y. The 3-year-old ran an electrifying race against the older boys for her ninth consecutive win and all but clinched horse-of-the-year honors. Rachel Alexandra dueled early with 2008 Belmont Stakes winner Da'Tara before taking the lead along the backstretch. She set a blistering early pace on the way to running 1 1/8 miles in 1:48.
July 22, 2009 |
The 70th race meeting at Del Mar begins today, and the prevailing image when it comes to this track is of large crowds embracing sunny days and gentle breezes. But a storm is brewing here, bad things happening days before the actual racing was set to start. Sunday morning, a maiden claimer named Mad for Plaid, trained by Peter Miller and owned by Steve Kenly, broke down in training and created an ugly scene that brought angry reaction all around.
August 26, 2007 |
My first night in Saratoga, the Hobo Pool lived up to its reputation as a communal public bath. Two sunburned young men flaunting tattoos and burly arms -- roughnecks working natural gas rigs -- stood waist deep in the sulfurous waters. Skinny backpackers just down from the national forest washed off the trail dust before changing into street clothes. Tourists mingled with ranch hands.
July 25, 2007 |
One week after Del Mar began its Polytrack era, horse racing's best summer meet will commence today in upstate New York. Saratoga, which towers over its California counterpart in terms of quality, kicks off its six-week season with a 10-race program. Clearly, everybody came ready to play because a total of 125 horses were entered, including nine in the day's main event, the $100,000 Schuylerville.
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August 18, 2006
Aug. 18, 1932: The Saratoga was engaged in afternoon target maneuvers in the waters between Seal Beach and Huntington Beach when "the sandy bottom seemed suddenly to rise and clutch her keel in its vise-like grip," The Times reported. Suddenly run aground, the aircraft carrier "swung immediately parallel to the beach, port side to the shore and with her prow headed south," the newspaper said. It took three tugs and more than 3 1/2 hours to pull the Saratoga back into safe waters.