| Nov 2, 2012
| 10:40 PM
Quite the ladies' man, this Mike Smith.
He may be bald, he may be just a little guy, and he may be just three years shy of that symbolic male decline age of 50. But put him in the saddle of a filly or mare in a big-money horse race and it is instant...
| Nov 3, 2012
| 11:07 PM
Game On Dude didn't quite have enough game. Mucho Macho Man had insufficient macho.
And so Saturday's Breeders' Cup Classic, a Hollywood show taking place before 55,123 well-dressed and well-entertained people at a horse track long established in star-...
| Nov 7, 2012
| 11:08 AM
A pair of otherworldly photos from Superstorm Sandy will be forever etched in my memory of the historic hurricane.
The first photo showed up in much of the mainstream media coverage and became a symbol of the storm: A seemingly intact roller coaster...
| Sep 5, 2012
Edward Vincent was a year away from making history in 1983 as Inglewood's first black mayor when he heard a woman screaming on a city street that her purse had been snatched and decided "to practice what I've been preaching."
At the time, he was a city...
| Jun 20, 2012
| 9:55 PM
LeRoy Neiman, a wildly successful American artist who was famous for his colorful portraits of athletes in motion and who became an artistic fixture at such major sporting events as the Olympics and the Super Bowl, has died. He was 91.
Neiman, who was...
| Jul 7, 2012
| 9:30 PM
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...
| Sep 25, 2012
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...
| Aug 19, 2012
Maybe you've always suspected that there was more to San Diego's North County than beach towns, rolling hills, expat giraffes and a walled kingdom of brightly colored plastic. But frankly, they had me at beach towns.
I always figured the rest —...
| Feb 27, 2013
| 9:55 PM
This is a column about two big deals in Southern California horse racing, the Santa Anita Handicap and Bobby Frankel.
One will be run Saturday and the other is no longer with us. Neither will ever be forgettable. If it seems odd to talk about a live...
| Mar 2, 2013
| 8:28 PM
A Ferrari made the rest of the field look like go-karts Saturday in the Santa Anita Handicap.
As the 6-5 favorite, Game On Dude was expected to be impressive, but he went well beyond that. He was dazzling, awe-inspiring. For the crowd of 26,901 at the...
| Feb 19, 2013
| 5:05 PM
In the 1950s, special-effects pioneer Petro Vlahos laid the groundwork that made a modern movie genre possible — the blockbuster.
He did it by vastly improving a composite-image process commonly known as the "blue-screen effect" for the 1959 epic...