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I like the guy, and that's before I hear about Armando Gonzalez and talk to Armando's brother, Ralph. I've known horse trainer Doug O'Neill for years, not so well that he tips me off before I'll Have Another wins the Kentucky Derby and then the...
Tags: Cancer, Sports, Equestrian, Triple Crown, Kentucky Derby
Southern California horse racing has chosen a fitting way to open up a crucial meeting. It named a race for Eddie Delahoussaye. Santa Anita will be back in business Friday, for a meeting highlighted by the first of two straight Breeders' Cups. Around...
Hall of Fame jockey Gary Stevens, out of racing since his retirement in November 2005, will begin what he hopes to be a comeback Sunday in the sixth race at Santa Anita. Stevens, 49, will ride Jebrica in a $50,000 claiming race. "My passion is still...
Saturday at Santa Anita was a great day for Bob Baffert, for Baffert fans, and for fans of soap opera drama. Baffert, a long-proven masterful trainer of thoroughbreds, won three of the five Grade I races, each worth $250,000, that qualified the winner...
Tags: Sports, Equestrian, Travel, Churchill Downs, Triple Crown
An athlete plays 15 or 20 years, retires and there is great fanfare upon his departure. Maybe tears, maybe gifts given, maybe his number hung in honor. Los Angeles' very own Jack Disney calls it a day and he's just gone. Disney is good people. There...
Tags: Los Angeles Dodgers, Sports, Vin Scully, T.J. Simers, Gene Autry
Most runners don't move from the United States to Croatia and become Olympic marathoners. But Lisa Stublic did. Stublic grew up in Waterbury, ran for Crosby High School and has dual citizenship in Croatia and the U.S. She will be the first female...
The oft-troubled sport of thoroughbred horse racing may have a solution for its well-documented woes right in its midst. All it needs to do is clone Bob Baffert. Baffert, the white-haired trainer with the fast one-liners and faster horses, ruled the...
Tags: Bill Dwyre, Joe Torre, Sports, Equestrian, Triple Crown
Santa Anita once ran a promotional campaign that should never have been abandoned. It teased and tickled and remains a message of pride for Southern California horse racing fans. "What do you open the day after Christmas?" The sport that spends much...
The first step of Jenny Barringer Simpson's athletic career began as a third-grader competing in a mile race around a soccer field. She finished second to a girl named Brittany Baxter. Brittany went to become a cheerleader at Oviedo High School. Jenny...
LONDON — Doug Logan's legacy from a brief and controversial two-year tenure as chief executive of USA Track and Field is a number. Thirty. It is the number attached to a project designed with the goal of winning 30 track and field medals at the...
Revered around the world but never a major star, worshipped by critics and connoisseurs but perpetually strapped for cash, the towering Chicago tenor saxophonist Von Freeman practically went out of his way to avoid commercial success. When trumpeter Miles...
Tags: Culture, Sports, Ahmad Jamal, Charlie Parker, John Coltrane
He will climb atop of one of the team haulers Saturday night as he always does, finding solitude in the roar of 43 engines churning along Daytona's super-speedway. The moonlit skies will cast an iconic silhouette of a tall, slim man wearing sunglasses, a...
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