| Jun 10, 2013
| 5:30 AM
Southern California horse racing will get some good news Monday at a time of gloom over the upcoming closure of Hollywood Park. The Breeders' Cup will announce it will return to Santa Anita for an unprecedented third straight year in 2014.
| 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...
| Jan 17, 2013
| 5:15 PM
There was a stirring of excitement in the paddock at Santa Anita on Thursday before the seventh race, an allowance optional claiming race for fillies and mares 4-year-olds and up. Call it the Zenyatta effect.
Zenyatta's half-sister, Eblouissante, was...
| May 25, 2013
| 4:30 PM
Obviously is one of the top milers in American horse racing, and the 5-year-old gelding showed off his talent on Saturday at Betfair Hollywood Park, winning the $150,000 American Handicap at a mile on the turf course.
Under jockey Joe Talamo,...
| May 18, 2013
| 5:00 AM
BALTIMORE — Horse racing's Preakness is a place of history and a bubble of hope.
If you come here with a Kentucky Derby victory under your belt, as trainer Shug McGaughey and Orb have, you have little time to appreciate that history. You are...
| Jan 4, 2013
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...
| 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...
| Dec 25, 2012
| 6:44 PM
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...
| May 17, 2013
BALTIMORE — It is difficult to be at the Preakness this year without feeling a tinge of jealousy. That is especially true if you are just a few days removed from a visit to the current dungeon of California racing, a.k.a. Hollywood Park.
| May 10, 2013
Everyone knew the day was coming and now it's a reality. After 75 years of horse racing, Betfair Hollywood Park will end its operations following the final race of its autumn meeting Dec. 22.
The words "sad day" were repeated often Thursday afternoon at...