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March 10, 2009 | BILL DWYRE
Other than having a bullet go in and out of his brain, having regular breakfast meetings with a billionaire and writing a book while claiming to not know sentence from syntax, Tom Knust is just your normal guy. He is 61, has recently been named racing secretary at Fairplex and has a life story they ought to put on TV. If "Survivor" is taken, they could call it "American Idol."
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May 1, 2013 | Bill Dwyre
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - As the Kentucky Derby approaches, consider Dennis O'Neill and Tom Knust as Twin Spires for racehorse Goldencents. The backstretch barns at Churchill Downs were celebrity central Wednesday morning, led by the current biggest celebrity in town, Rick Pitino. He coached Louisville's basketball team to the NCAA title a month ago and now has a shot at an all-time strange daily double - NCAA and Kentucky Derby titles. Pitino owns 5% of Goldencents, an investment of $3,100 made last summer at Del Mar when he heard about the horse and asked in on the action.
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May 1, 2013 | Bill Dwyre
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - As the Kentucky Derby approaches, consider Dennis O'Neill and Tom Knust as Twin Spires for racehorse Goldencents. The backstretch barns at Churchill Downs were celebrity central Wednesday morning, led by the current biggest celebrity in town, Rick Pitino. He coached Louisville's basketball team to the NCAA title a month ago and now has a shot at an all-time strange daily double - NCAA and Kentucky Derby titles. Pitino owns 5% of Goldencents, an investment of $3,100 made last summer at Del Mar when he heard about the horse and asked in on the action.
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April 12, 2012
Four months after announcing his retirement from racing, jockey Patrick Valenzuela will return for the start of the Hollywood Park meeting on April 26, according to his agent, Tom Knust. "He was having a lot of personal problems before," Knust said. "His mind is good now. He feels he misses racing and feels he has three, four good years left. " Valenzuela, 49, has 4,233 career victories and rode Sunday Silence to victory in the 1989 Kentucky Derby. Knust said he expects Valenzuela to start exercising horses beginning next week.
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April 12, 2012
Four months after announcing his retirement from racing, jockey Patrick Valenzuela will return for the start of the Hollywood Park meeting on April 26, according to his agent, Tom Knust. "He was having a lot of personal problems before," Knust said. "His mind is good now. He feels he misses racing and feels he has three, four good years left. " Valenzuela, 49, has 4,233 career victories and rode Sunday Silence to victory in the 1989 Kentucky Derby. Knust said he expects Valenzuela to start exercising horses beginning next week.
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July 18, 2001 | BILL CHRISTINE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
For years, the cacophony at entry-taking time in the Del Mar racing office would be arrested by racing secretary Tom Knust's cry: "OK, all you jocks agents out of here." Now, on Del Mar's 62nd opening day, Knust finds himself on the other side of the counter in the same office. "It's going to feel strange," Knust said. "When I hear Tom Robbins shouting the same thing, I'll be included."
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September 7, 2006 | Robyn Norwood
Jockey Patrick Valenzuela, recently released from a Pasadena facility that treats patients with mental health and substance abuse problems, met with Del Mar stewards Wednesday and agreed to submit to a hair follicle test as he seeks to return to his mounts in the Oak Tree meet at Santa Anita later this month. "He's ready to go ride," said Tom Knust, Valenzuela's agent. "The big key is the hair follicle. They want to make sure he hasn't been using drugs."
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May 31, 2001 | BOB MIESZERSKI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Given his dominance of the jockey standings at Churchill Downs, Pat Day is nearly certain to make history today in Louisville, Ky. The runaway leader at the track's spring-summer meet with 45 victories and winning at a 34% clip, Day is one win away from becoming the third rider to win 8,000 races. Trying to join Laffit Pincay Jr. and Bill Shoemaker in the exclusive club, Day has seven mounts on Churchill Downs' 10-race card and none is higher than 9-2 on the morning line.
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March 19, 2007 | Bob Mieszerski, Times Staff Writer
Ending a lengthy losing streak, 10-1 shot Jack's Wild rallied strongly in the final quarter of a mile to win the $100,000 Crystal Water Handicap on Sunday at Santa Anita. A loser of 15 in a row since winning at Fairplex Park in September 2005, the 5-year-old Lil Tyler gelding was up to beat 11-1 outsider Scottsbluff and seven others in the ungraded race restricted to California breds.
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September 25, 2006 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
After nearly five hours of punishing, draining tennis, the United States was left with an unmistakable fact: It is out of the Davis Cup again, and the days of relying on Pete Sampras and Andre Agassi are long gone. The latest loss came in the semifinals Sunday when Andy Roddick lost, 17-15, to Russia's Dmitry Tursunov in a fifth-set marathon at Russia. "You feel like you let your teammates down and your country down," Roddick said.
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March 10, 2009 | BILL DWYRE
Other than having a bullet go in and out of his brain, having regular breakfast meetings with a billionaire and writing a book while claiming to not know sentence from syntax, Tom Knust is just your normal guy. He is 61, has recently been named racing secretary at Fairplex and has a life story they ought to put on TV. If "Survivor" is taken, they could call it "American Idol."
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July 18, 2001 | BILL CHRISTINE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
For years, the cacophony at entry-taking time in the Del Mar racing office would be arrested by racing secretary Tom Knust's cry: "OK, all you jocks agents out of here." Now, on Del Mar's 62nd opening day, Knust finds himself on the other side of the counter in the same office. "It's going to feel strange," Knust said. "When I hear Tom Robbins shouting the same thing, I'll be included."
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