| Oct 28, 2012
The 28 years of horse racing's traveling carnival, also known as the Breeders' Cup, have been a tale of more than two cities; 10, actually, if you count Los Angeles and New York twice each for their separate participating tracks.
The history of this...
| May 24, 2012
| 5:05 PM
Trainer Doug O’Neill has been suspended by the California Horse Racing Board for 45 days because one of his horses tested positive for high levels of carbon dioxide in 2010.
O’Neill’s punishment won’t start before July 1, allowing...
| Nov 1, 2012
| 7:47 PM
He wasn't exactly Peter Finch in the 1976 movie "Network," telling the world he was "mad as hell and not going to take it anymore!" But thoroughbred trainer Mark Casse wasn't a happy camper Thursday.
Casse, 51, one of Canada's leading trainers, with just...
| 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...
| 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 —...
| Apr 6, 2013
| 8:18 PM
Apparently, trainer Doug O'Neill has taken the name of his most famous horse literally. Saturday, he decided, I'll Have Another.
So, here we go again. If race fans have that feeling of "Groundhog Day," nobody could blame them. The O'Neill Show, a...
| 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...