| Jan 25, 2014
| 8:25 PM
Hall of Fame jockey Kent Desormeaux made a memorable return to Southern California horse racing Saturday, winning two of the five stakes races as part of the Sunshine Millions California Cup program at Santa Anita.
Desormeaux, 43, who has been riding in...
| Feb 7, 2014
| 2:40 PM
Saturday was supposed to be one of the big days of Gulfstream's winter season. Four stakes, two of them Grade 1, were on the agenda. However, the Donn Handicap and Gulfstream Turf Cup were moved to Sunday to help launch the Jockey Club Tour on Fox....
| Jan 18, 2014
| 8:10 PM
For the second consecutive year, Wise Dan stole the show at the Eclipse Awards on Saturday night.
The 7-year-old gelding, owned by Northbrook's Mort Fink, was awarded the biggest prize, American Horse of the Year, as well as champion older male and...
| Dec 9, 2013
| 6:04 PM
Horse racing has problems, which is like saying rain makes the grass wet. It is a sport in which the toothache never goes away.
Conversely, it has its moments, its shots of adrenaline.
On a glorious November day at Santa Anita, a huge horse trained by...
| Dec 22, 2013
| 6:44 PM
The bugler in his green coat and top hat tried to sound upbeat as he blew the traditional "Call to Post," but he might just as well have been playing a dirge.
Down by the rail, Todd Matzner listened with a cigar stub clamped between his teeth.
| Jan 15, 2014
| 6:30 PM
Thirteen individuals have signed on for the Oscarcast production team, including many veterans of last year's show, and one first-timer for the production.
Hamish Hamilton (in photo) will direct, after helming the 82nd Oscars in March 2010. Among his...
| Oct 23, 2013
| 8:53 AM
There were 172 horses pre-entered on Wednesday for the Breeders' Cup World Championships scheduled for Nov. 1-2 at Santa Anita Park, including 24 from overseas.
The 30th running of horse racing's world championships has purses totaling more than $27...
| Sep 27, 2013
| 8:38 PM
The significance of opening day at Santa Anita on Friday had mostly to do with the Arcadia race track's attempt to enter the brave new world of sports entertainment.
For years, thoroughbred racing has been acquiring the label of "a dying sport." That...
| Oct 26, 2013
| 11:01 AM
With one week to go before the Breeders' Cup World Championships, tragedy struck Santa Anita race track on Saturday morning.
Points Offthebench, a winner of four consecutive races that was being prepared for the Nov. 2 Breeders' Cup Sprint, suffered a...
| Oct 29, 2013
| 12:15 AM
There are a lot of Hall of Famers involved with Game On Dude, installed on Monday as the 8-5 morning-line favorite and set to run from post position No. 9 in Saturday's $5-million Breeders' Cup Classic at Santa Anita.
There's Hall of Fame trainer Bob...
| Nov 20, 2013
| 5:32 PM
There is a leftover tidbit to this year's World Series Game 3, when umpire Jim Joyce called obstruction at third base to end the game and send the Boston Red Sox to defeat.
When Joyce's father died in 2009, among the things buried with him was a Red Sox...
| Sep 30, 2013
| 8:26 PM
SACRAMENTO — Gov. Jerry Brown signed a measure Monday expanding protections for student athletes who are believed to have sustained a concussion in school sports and activities.
Since 2012, public school districts have been required to immediately...