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June 23, 2000 | BILL CHRISTINE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Tailor Fit was only an ad inside a magazine before he became a cover boy. Now he has made the trip from Texas to Los Alamitos again, this time by plane instead of a dusty horse van. That's what winning a world championship--quarter horse racing's version of horse of the year--will do for a 5-year-old gelding.
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December 14, 2000 | BOB MIESZERSKI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Steve Van Bebber, the top quarter horse trainer in the country this year, was found dead Tuesday afternoon of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound. The world champion trainer in 1999 and the conditioner of world champion Tailor Fit, winner of last year's Champion of Champions at Los Alamitos, Van Bebber, 50, was found in a motel room in Brenham, Texas. According to Det.
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December 14, 2000 | BOB MIESZERSKI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Steve Van Bebber, the top quarter horse trainer in the country this year, was found dead Tuesday afternoon of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound. The world champion trainer in 1999 and the conditioner of world champion Tailor Fit, winner of last year's Champion of Champions at Los Alamitos, Van Bebber, 50, was found in a motel room in Brenham, Texas. According to Det.
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June 23, 2000 | BILL CHRISTINE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Tailor Fit was only an ad inside a magazine before he became a cover boy. Now he has made the trip from Texas to Los Alamitos again, this time by plane instead of a dusty horse van. That's what winning a world championship--quarter horse racing's version of horse of the year--will do for a 5-year-old gelding.
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December 14, 2000 | BOB MIESZERSKI
Steve Van Bebber, the top quarter horse trainer in the country this year, was found dead in Brenham, Texas, on Tuesday afternoon of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound. He was 50.
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November 13, 1993 | STEVE ANDERSEN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
History is on Develop A Plan's side in tonight's $93,400 Breeders Juvenile Classic at Los Alamitos, one of eight stakes on the Quarter Horse Breeders Classics program. Develop A Plan, a 2-year-old gelding, won the Firecracker Futurity at Delta Downs in Vinton, La., earlier this year. In 1990, Royal Bushwhacker used the Firecracker as a prep for the 1990 Juvenile. The 10-horse Juvenile field features six stakes winners and four horses who have placed in stakes.
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December 14, 2001 | BILL CHRISTINE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Twelve days before last Christmas, Steve VanBebber left Sam Houston Race Park to drive the 90 miles or so to his Texas horse farm. Janet VanBebber, his wife and assistant trainer, had just traveled from New Orleans and remained in Houston to supervise their stock. VanBebber didn't reach the farm. He checked into a motel in nearby Brenham and killed himself with a handgun.
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December 7, 2000 | BOB MIESZERSKI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Funeral services for jockey Chris Antley, who was found dead late Saturday night at his Pasadena home, will be held Saturday at the First Baptist Church in Elloree, S.C. According to a spokesperson at Fogle-Hunger Piller Funeral Home, burial will follow immediately afterward.
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January 16, 2003 | Bill Christine, Times Staff Writer
A pair of 4-year-old geldings, Whosleavingwho and Streakin Sin Tacha, finished in a tie for world champion, leaving quarter horse racing with co-winners of the sport's highest honor for the first time in 51 years. Whosleavingwho beat Streakin Sin Tacha, the sixth-place finisher, by two lengths in December's Champion of Champions at Los Alamitos, but in a runoff vote, announced Wednesday, the rivals were even with 42 votes apiece. In preliminary voting by the American Quarter Horse Assn.
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January 17, 2002 | BILL CHRISTINE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Polling 62 of the 87 votes, Tailor Fit has been named world champion quarter horse for 2001, becoming the eighth multiple winner of the award and only the third horse to win the title in non-consecutive years. Tailor Fit was voted world champion in 1999, then won only two of five starts in 2000 as the undefeated A Ransom won the title. A Ransom finished second in the 2001 polling with 21 votes. Four horses--Hawkinson, Pivotal Decision, Stoli and Tres Seis--received one vote apiece.
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June 16, 2000 | PAUL McLEOD
Local horsemen have long claimed that California produces some of the finest racing stock in the world. Now they have a night of their own to showcase their product. The $1 million California Breeders Champion Night on June 24 at Los Alamitos Race Course will feature 12 races for Cal-bred stock. The event is being warmly received by those who say it is long overdue. "We have some of the top stallions in California," trainer Paul Jones said. "We've never had a night like this.
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January 19, 2001 | BILL CHRISTINE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The detente between Frank Stronach and the National Thoroughbred Racing Assn. means that the Breeders' Cup is heading back to Santa Anita. Sherwood Chillingworth, executive vice president of the Oak Tree Racing Assn., which as a Santa Anita tenant hosted Breeders' Cups in 1986 and 1993, said that no contract has been signed for racing's big year-end day in 2002, but other sources indicated that the Breeders' Cup and Oak Tree are close to a deal.
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