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December 5, 1986
Freddie Brown, a trainer of many boxing champions including Rocky Marciano, Roberto Duran and Larry Holmes, died in New York after a brief illness. He was 79.
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
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.
August 29, 2002 | BOB MIESZERSKI
Since being claimed for $2,500 almost five months ago by owner-trainer Zvi Kriple, Bobbin Lee has been almost perfect. The 6-year-old Ole mare has won twice and was beaten by a nose in her only loss on May 12. A California-bred, Bobbin Lee will try for her 13th lifetime victory in the sixth, a 4 1/2-furlong contest for thoroughbreds that drew seven other fillies and mares. The race is also the fourth leg of a pick six that has a modest carryover of nearly $8,800.
May 3, 1985 | BILL CHRISTINE, Times Staff Writer
The phone rang in Cam Gambolati's room at the Executive Inn West near Churchill Downs. Gambolati is the 35-year-old trainer of Spend A Buck, a 6-to-1 shot to win Saturday's Kentucky Derby. "Cammie?" the voice at the other end of the line said. Only close friends usually call Gambolati that. Yet the caller was a radio reporter from New York whom the trainer didn't know. She wanted to do a telephone interview with Gambolati the next day at 9 or 10 a.m.
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