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June 25, 2011 |
When Mark Gerard was studying to be a veterinarian at Cornell University, he helped make ends meet during the summers by working as an exercise rider at Belmont Park on Long Island in New York. One of the horsemen he worked for was the Hall of Fame trainer Sunny Jim Fitzsimmons. Across the street from Belmont was Esposito's, a rickety bar that was like a second home for many racetrackers. Esposito's also served a cheap breakfast, for a buck and a half, and Gerard could be found there many mornings, wolfing it down.
February 9, 2011 |
I won at Santa Anita the other day. Ditched my Racing Form, which only fills my head with too much biography ? bloodlines, sperm counts ? and did what I always do: prowled the paddock area in search of smart investments and a jockey on a roll. To my mind, horses ridden by hot jockeys always perform 25% better, so I locate a steed on the verge of contending, circle his number in my program, then realize the horse is making clicking sounds, as if his dentures are coming loose. Click.
February 5, 2011 |
It was the same old story in horse racing Saturday at Santa Anita. Females ruled. Women stole most of the show. Especially a two-legged one. The result of the main race of the day, the $250,000 Las Virgenes for 3-year-old fillies, rang familiar. The winner was owned by Jerry and Ann Moss, is named after a record album from the 1980s, was found and recommended by David Ingordo and beat the favorite with a courageous stretch run. No, Zenyatta has not been taken off the farm in Kentucky to race again.
January 23, 2011
Still not ready to let Simon Cowell go? Talk about "Oprah Presents Master Class: Simon Cowell. " It's been less than a week, guys! But if you're not impressed with the new "American Idol" lineup, don't fret. Get your fix of the snarky Brit when he shares his stories and lessons. Let's hope Steven Tyler and J-Lo are watching. (Sunday) Sashay and chante ? and talk about "RuPaul's Drag Race. " The time has come for you to lip-sync for your life! The (man) ladies are back on LOGOTV.
January 23, 2011 |
Secretariat Walt Disney, $29.99; Blu-ray, $39.99 Galloping in the hoofprints of the horse-racing hit "Seabiscuit," the sappier "Secretariat" tells the story of the 1973 Triple Crown winner, with Diane Lane playing the scrappy housewife who takes charge of her ailing father's Virginia horse farm and beats the odds to raise a champion. The underdog-makes-good arc is stirring, but screenwriter Mike Rich and director Randall Wallace change too many historical details, while giving the early '70s a burnished look more like a movie set in the '40s.
October 25, 2010 |
Head goes here "Secretariat" has hardly slowed down since it opened in theaters two weeks ago, but it's far from the only movie to enjoy strong second, third or even sixth laps around the box office track recently. Most films see ticket sales fall about 50% on their second weekend in theaters and end up grossing a little less than three times their opening take. However, Disney's horce racing drama has dropped only 25% and 26% on its second and third weekend in theaters since its weak $12.5 debut.