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April 29, 2008
Re "Showbiz grizzly kills trainer-stuntman," April 23 This bear killed its trainer for "unknown reasons"? Give me a break. How about these reasons: living in an unnatural, restricted environment; being subjected daily to the will of humans; performing rote and meaningless activities under duress? How many attacks will it take before humans get it -- you can't tame a wild animal, nor should you try. Ronna Siegel Van Nuys
February 2, 1990
Your article on guard dogs (Orange County Life, Jan. 11) failed to bring out one point which is very important to the safety of the average reader. In order to protect consumers from unscrupulous business operators, the California Business & Professions Code (Sect. 7520) requires that all persons who sell or train protection dogs, or Schutzhund dogs (German for protection), be licensed as Protection Dog Operators. Licenses must be publicly displayed and listed in printed advertisements.
November 5, 2011 | Eric Sondheimer
Results from the Breeders' Cup on Saturday at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky. $500,000 Marathon Afleet Again, at odds of 41-1, rallied in the stretch to win the 1 3/4-mile race and return $85.20. Afleet Again had lost 13 consecutive races. Favorite A.U. Miner was pulled up after suffering a broken leg bone. $1-million Juvenile Turf Wrote, a 2-year-old son of two-time Breeders' Cup Turf winner High Chaparral, gave European-based horses their first victory of the weekend, winning the mile race at odds of 11-1 for trainer Aidan O'Brien.
September 25, 1989 | From United Press International
A Soviet weightlifting champion who defected with his trainer through the Turkish Embassy in Athens has arrived in Istanbul, officials said Sunday. Hafiz Sulaimanov, 22, and his trainer and masseur, Vitaly Stabrov, arrived at Istanbul's Ataturk Airport late Saturday. The arrival was kept secret by Turkish officials and security was tight.
September 17, 1988
Wayne Lukas won his sixth Del Mar Debutante in seven years (with Lea Lucinda on Sept. 4). Chris Ello reported that Lukas stalked off after being asked about the poor performance of his other entrant, One of a Klein, who was highly favored by the bettors. Not reported is the questionable practice in which horses with the same trainer are allowed to race uncoupled in the wagering. It is time for the California Horse Racing Board to conform to the standards of other states, such as New York, in which all entrants with a common trainer must be coupled in the wagering.
July 2, 1986 | Associated Press
Jockey Don MacBeth, seriously injured in a racing accident, has filed an $87-million negligence suit, claiming he was never told that a veterinarian had declared his horse unfit for the race before being overruled, his attorney said Tuesday. MacBeth had been grossing $600,000 a year before the April 5 accident at Aqueduct that has left him in a back brace with a fractured spine, said Martin Baron, his attorney.
May 1, 1989
A Rosary service for horse trainer Joe Manzi will be held at 6:30 tonight (Monday) at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Monrovia and a funeral Mass will be said there Tuesday morning at 10. Manzi, 53, died after suffering a heart attack last Thursday.
July 17, 1995 | BILL CHRISTINE
After five hours' of hearings over the weekend, Hollywood Park stewards will resume their investigation of trainer Bob Hess Jr. on Friday afternoon. Hess' horse, Guide, tested positive for morphine after finishing third on May 6. "There should be a ruling before the end of the meet [a week from today]," steward Tom Ward said Sunday. Hess has denied any wrongdoing.
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