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January 7, 2007 | Peter Schneider
I've been a staff writer on a number of comedy and drama television shows. I'm also an equine veterinarian who used to work at the racetracks in Southern California. When it would come up in conversation with a show runner or network producer, I'd get: "Jeez, racehorses! You know we should talk, 'cause I got a horse story I'd like to tell." When I was pitching my own horse script, I discovered that television had its own idea of what horse doctoring--actually, any type of doctoring--is about.
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April 14, 2013 | By Irene Lechowitzky
Pleasanton, Calif., is - no surprise here - a pleasant small city east of San Francisco Bay that was off the beaten track for much of the 20th century and avoided the redevelopment that destroyed the cores of many older cities. Its downtown - filled with tree-lined streets, vintage architecture, restaurants and boutiques - evokes a small town in New England. My good friend Laura, who used to live there, was my guide on our trip. The tab: We spent about $450, including $220 for two nights at the Sheraton and $230 for food and drinks.
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SPORTS
October 31, 2012 | Bill Dwyre
Make no bones about it. The location of Seabiscuit's burial is an issue. Friday and Saturday, as many as 100,000 horse racing fans will gather at Santa Anita to watch the Breeders' Cup. Some may wander to the paddock, where a bronze statue commemorates Seabiscuit and his legendary 1940 victory in the Santa Anita Handicap. Seabiscuit was an oft-injured thoroughbred whose gritty races caught the attention of an American public needing domestic heroes during the Great Depression and at wartime.
SPORTS
October 31, 2012 | Bill Dwyre
Make no bones about it. The location of Seabiscuit's burial is an issue. Friday and Saturday, as many as 100,000 horse racing fans will gather at Santa Anita to watch the Breeders' Cup. Some may wander to the paddock, where a bronze statue commemorates Seabiscuit and his legendary 1940 victory in the Santa Anita Handicap. Seabiscuit was an oft-injured thoroughbred whose gritty races caught the attention of an American public needing domestic heroes during the Great Depression and at wartime.
NEWS
December 18, 2003 | Susan King
Seabiscuit Tobey Maguire, Jeff Bridges Universal, $27 Seabiscuit -- The Lost Documentary Hart Sharp, $15 Writer-director Gary Ross' classy adaptation of Laura Hillenbrand's bestseller revolves around the "underdog" thoroughbred of the late 1930s and the three troubled men who find themselves because of the champion.
SPORTS
December 27, 2003
Two footnotes to Bill Christine's excellent analysis of the controversy over the 1940 Santa Anita Handicap: Could Kayak II have won that race if owner Charles Howard hadn't declared to win with Seabiscuit? 1) In an article in The Times on Feb. 7, 1939, before Seabiscuit had been scratched from that year's running, Times turf writer Oscar Otis revealed that trainer Tom Smith would "declare to win" with Seabiscuit, even though he planned to enter Kayak II as well. A win would put Seabiscuit ahead of Sun Beau's money winning record, increasing his value at stud.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 3, 2003 | Anna Nicholas
Hall of Fame jockey Gary Stevens has won almost 5,000 horse races in a career that includes eight Triple Crown wins (three Kentucky Derbies). He's also been dubbed one of People magazine's "50 Most Beautiful People" -- and most recently, he's managed to more than hold his own on screen with some of Hollywood's biggest names. On his first acting job. In everything this mountain of a 5-foot-3 man does, he says you're only as good as your last race, your last movie -- his is "Seabiscuit" -- or (by extension)
ENTERTAINMENT
November 28, 2010 | By Jane Ciabattari, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Unbroken A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption Laura Hillenbrand Random House: 480 pp., $27 As I read Laura Hillenbrand's stirring and triumphant account of the harrowing experiences of American Olympic runner and World War II POW Louis Zamperini, I thought of the double load that the research and writing of "Unbroken" had put on its author. Hillenbrand is herself a steely example of triumph over more than 23 years of debilitating illness.
NEWS
April 5, 2006
Racehorse: In Sports' 125th anniversary section Thursday, an article on Seabiscuit said a film about the horse was released in 2004. "Seabiscuit" was released in 2003.
SPORTS
August 9, 2003
Jerry Baruch's take on opening weekend box office numbers for "Seabiscuit" [Viewpoint, Aug. 2] missed by a mile. If he had given the figures more than a cursory look, he'd see that "Seabiscuit" opened at the fewest theaters and produced the highest dollar intake per theater. The film was definitely on the boards, but I can't say the same thing for Mr. Baruch's handicapping. Helen Lotos Corona del Mar
SPORTS
June 20, 2011 | Bill Dwyre
Poor old Noor should be allowed to rest in peace. He earned that with a thoroughbred racing season in 1950 that track old-timers remember fondly. Endangering Noor's after-life resting place is that great American symbol of progress and ingenuity, the real estate development. Noor currently rests in Grass Valley, in the old gold mining country near Nevada City, Calif. His resting place is the former site of Loma Rica Ranch, which is on the drawing boards for eventual bulldozers, leading to cement and condominiums.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 28, 2010 | By Jane Ciabattari, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Unbroken A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption Laura Hillenbrand Random House: 480 pp., $27 As I read Laura Hillenbrand's stirring and triumphant account of the harrowing experiences of American Olympic runner and World War II POW Louis Zamperini, I thought of the double load that the research and writing of "Unbroken" had put on its author. Hillenbrand is herself a steely example of triumph over more than 23 years of debilitating illness.
MAGAZINE
January 7, 2007 | Peter Schneider
I've been a staff writer on a number of comedy and drama television shows. I'm also an equine veterinarian who used to work at the racetracks in Southern California. When it would come up in conversation with a show runner or network producer, I'd get: "Jeez, racehorses! You know we should talk, 'cause I got a horse story I'd like to tell." When I was pitching my own horse script, I discovered that television had its own idea of what horse doctoring--actually, any type of doctoring--is about.
SPORTS
November 7, 2006
Wait, that's not Tobey Maguire, that's just one of many children dressed up as horses and jockeys taking part in a parade through the city streets before the Melbourne Cup horse race in Australia on Monday.
REAL ESTATE
July 16, 2006 | Barbara Levin, Special to The Times
Beginnings The community was founded in 1885 by Jacob Taylor, whom the local historical society describes as "a dynamic visionary who pictured Del Mar as a seaside resort for the rich and famous." The centerpiece of Taylor's vision was his Casa del Mar hotel-resort -- which burned to the ground five years after it was built, prompting him to leave Del Mar and never return.
NEWS
April 5, 2006
Racehorse: In Sports' 125th anniversary section Thursday, an article on Seabiscuit said a film about the horse was released in 2004. "Seabiscuit" was released in 2003.
NEWS
August 14, 2003
Someone just forwarded Paul Brownfield's "Seabiscuit: the Acceptance Speech" (Aug. 7) to me, and I haven't stopped laughing yet. It's hilarious. Thanks, Paul, for doing such great work. Laura Hillenbrand Washington, D.C. Laura Hillenbrand is the author of "Seabiscuit: An American Legend," upon which the current movie is based. Enjoyed Paul Brownfield's article on Fighting Furrari's acceptance speech. Truly, he (they) was one of the best things in the film! I'm a nonvoting member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, but when it comes to the British Academy of Film and Television Arts, I, too, shall nominate him for best oater.
SPORTS
August 2, 2003
I see where "Seabiscuit," the movie, finished out of the money in fifth place on its opening weekend. If the racing mavens were banking that the movie would boost interest in the sport, they backed the wrong horse. As a Californian, I remember there were only 50 days allocated to Santa Anita and Hollywood Park, with about 60 days between racing meets, and there was no Oak Tree. The thoroughbreds were freshened up and were much more sound when they returned to competition. There were only eight races per day, from Tuesday through Saturday, and the fields were usually full, 12 to a race.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 19, 2004 | Robert Hollis, Times Staff Writer
Mendocino County environmentalists and historical preservationists are nearing completion of a complex deal that would permanently protect more than 4,600 acres of the historic Ridgewood Ranch, final resting place of the famed racehorse Seabiscuit. Nestled in an oak- and redwood-studded valley about eight miles south of Willits, the ranch became a beacon in the 1940s for thousands of Seabiscuit fans who made the pilgrimage 130 miles north from San Francisco to see the legendary horse.
REAL ESTATE
July 11, 2004 | Ruth Ryon, Times Staff Writer
The former home of War Emblem, who won the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness in 2002, is behind the gates of Bradbury Estates, near the Santa Anita Race Track. Thoroughbreds Spain and Point Given also lived at this estate of the late Prince Ahmed bin Salman of Saudi Arabia. With War Emblem, Bin Salman became the first Arab to own a Kentucky Derby winner. He described the horse as being his best investment since oil.
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