November 2, 2013 |
The best story won Saturday's $5-million Breeders' Cup horse race. They call this one the Classic, and this time, it really was. But more for who won, than how or why. About 5:55 p.m. at Santa Anita, with just a hint of sunlight still reflecting off the San Gabriel Mountains and a near-delirious throng of celebrants gathering in the winner's circle, a small woman with somebody else's heart marched toward a small man who is 50 years old, sitting...
October 30, 2013 |
It is the 2013 Breeders' Cup this weekend at Santa Anita. That means, if you believe in trends, Richard Mandella will drive to the races in a Brinks truck. Mandella is 63, a Hall of Fame trainer as active as ever in the high-stakes world of thoroughbred racing. He will saddle two horses in this weekend's $25-million showcase of the sport. The two entries also mean something: He will not take a shot at the previous Breeders' Cup record-holder, who won four races in 2003. That record-holder was Richard Mandella.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 24, 2013 |
The Los Angeles City Council took action Wednesday to ban bullhooks used by elephant trainers in traveling circuses, becoming the first U.S. metropolis to outlaw a tool that critics say inflicts pain. Voting unanimously, the council asked the city attorney's office to prepare an ordinance outlawing the use of the bullhook, a sharp-tipped tool used to train and keep elephants under control. Baseball bats, ax handles, pitchforks and other implements used on the pachyderms would also be banned.
October 21, 2013 |
That great pioneering effort by the Dodgers to have the first female head trainer had a disappointingly short run. Sue Falsone will not return to the Dodgers next season, her exit apparently her own decision. Falsone was named the team's head athletic trainer in November 2011 to great fanfare. It brought her enough attention that other professional options opened up to her, though it's doubtful she could have been thrilled the Dodgers forced Stan Conte, their vice president of medical services, back on the field this season.
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October 13, 2013 |
Santa Monica will regulate the use of its public parks for fitness classes and charge fees to trainers after complaints from some residents that their space has become overrun by athletic enthusiasts. In a 5-1 vote last week, the City Council set restrictions on which parks can be used for training, when they can be used, how many students can participate in a class and what kind of equipment is allowed. The council also established permit fees and an additional flat fee to be paid by trainers, which varies based on the size of their classes.
September 20, 2013 |
It is an overcast morning Friday, and a tiny woman sits on a bale of hay outside a distant barn at Santa Anita. In the stall behind her is a giant race horse. Her name is Kathy Ritvo, his is Mucho Macho Man. She weighs barely 100 pounds. He stands more than 17 hands and weighs close to 1,200 pounds. They are the Mutt and Jeff of thoroughbred racing. She is the trainer, he the breadwinner. Each has a story of survival, but hers is more compelling. Plus, she tells hers better.