| Oct 21, 2013
| 9:17 PM
Bill Sharman is 87 years old. Saturday afternoon, he had a mild stroke. These things hit us like lightning bolts of reality.
Los Angeles has more than its share of sports legends. We are blessed. We thought John Wooden would live forever. We were wrong....
| Oct 31, 2013
| 5:51 PM
Joel Rosario fits on the back of a racehorse as perfectly as a carrot fits in a snowman's face.
He is Nicklaus with a five-iron in his hand, Crenshaw with a putter. If this were hockey, he'd be the Great One.
He is fast becoming that in horse racing....
| Oct 29, 2013
| 2:15 PM
Most thoroughbreds leave their barns to go to the races. Paynter got off his deathbed.
Were he to somehow win Saturday's Breeders' Cup Classic at Santa Anita — a longshot outcome — it would be a story that deserved all the adjectives that...
| Oct 30, 2013
| 4:38 PM
It is the 2013 Breeders' Cup this weekend at Santa Anita. That means, if you believe in trends, Richard Mandella will drive to the races in a Brinks truck.
Mandella is 63, a Hall of Fame trainer as active as ever in the high-stakes world of thoroughbred...
| Sep 29, 2013
| 12:47 PM
ARLINGTON, Texas — Mike Trout essentially conceded the American League most valuable player award to Detroit Tigers slugger Miguel Cabrera on Sunday, acknowledging that the Angels’ failure to make the playoffs will relegate him to a second-...
| Sep 20, 2013
| 5:57 PM
It is an overcast morning Friday, and a tiny woman sits on a bale of hay outside a distant barn at Santa Anita. In the stall behind her is a giant race horse.
Her name is Kathy Ritvo, his is Mucho Macho Man.
She weighs barely 100 pounds. He stands...
| Aug 24, 2013
| 5:11 PM
A stumble and a jockey spill on the other side of the country Friday has scrambled the landscape for Sunday's $1-million Grade I Pacific Classic at Del Mar.
When jockey Joel Rosario's ride in the seventh race at Saratoga, Casual Elegance, lost her...
| Jun 18, 2013
| 11:16 AM
The thornless blackberries in Mary Steffens' backyard in Echo Park are going on three years, and one of the plants is finally setting fruit -- big, purple-black globes of nearly seedless, sweet-tart juiciness.
Steffens got the plants from a friend at...
| May 18, 2013
| 9:42 PM
BALTIMORE — Chances are, the horse racing public will get it wrong again.
When Oxbow went wire-to-wire in Saturday's Preakness, again ruining a chance for a Triple Crown, it is likely to prompt hand-wringing among those who see it as the...
| May 23, 2013
| 5:55 PM
Santa Anita came away the big winner Thursday when the California Horse Racing Board tentatively approved racing dates for 2014 and 2015 in response to the pending closure of Betfair Hollywood Park on Dec. 22.
Santa Anita will expand its usual fall...
| Jun 7, 2013
| 4:53 PM
The comeback of Gary Stevens was never intended for a real Triple Crown race aboard a horse named Oxbow.
No preconceived game plan put him in the winner's circle at the Preakness last month, much less on his way to Saturday's Belmont Stakes.