| 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...
| 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...
| May 11, 2013
With its announcement Thursday, Hollywood Park did little to refute the theory that horse racing is a sport in need of hospice.
They raced at the Inglewood track Friday, but it wasn't business as usual. Nor will it be the rest of this meeting and the...
| May 2, 2013
| 5:25 PM
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — With nary a thought to Hamlet, trainer Bob Baffert is currently suffering the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune.
In his current situation, and in a world where oft-misinformed social media stirs the rumor pot to a boil,...
| Nov 1, 2012
California Flag is the senior citizen of racehorses this weekend at Santa Anita. The 8-year-old gelding will try to become the oldest horse to win a Breeders' Cup race.
"He's getting whiter and whiter," trainer Brian Koriner said Wednesday morning of the...
| 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...
| Oct 30, 2012
Santa Anita's Great Race Place, with lots of workers and media on hand Monday, was abuzz. Down the street a couple of blocks, having lunch and itching to get to this weekend's Breeders' Cup, jockey Mike Smith was aglow.
"Boy, I'm mounted well," he said....
| Oct 30, 2012
With the temperature in the mid-80s on Monday and not a single cloud visible at Santa Anita, the draw was held for this weekend's Breeders' Cup, even though 14 horses entered in the world championships are still stuck in New York and Kentucky waiting...
| Oct 29, 2012
| 8:52 PM
Bob Baffert is flat on his back and hears those around him saying he has the "widow maker," like he doesn't already know his chest is killing him.
He's in Dubai this past March. He's 59 and figures he's doomed.
"It was like, 'oh man, this is it.' I'm...
| Oct 30, 2012
| 10:01 PM
When it comes to winning Breeders' Cup races, trainer Bill Mott has been one of the best. He has won eight, including last year's $5-million Classic with Drosselmeyer.
On Saturday, he'll have Flat Out, Ron The Greek and To Honor And Serve set to go in...