| Dec 25, 2014
| 4:21 PM
Since he was 15 years old, trainer Ron Ellis said he has always known where he'd be spending the day after Christmas — opening day at Santa Anita.
"It's been an X on the calendar," the 54-year-old said.
In 1980, before a crowd of 66,599, Ellis...
| Dec 24, 2014
| 5:20 AM
The 12 Days of Christmas are almost in the books.
Just in time for the 12 Months of Chatter, a dozen snippets from a memorable, sometimes-wacky year in sports for 2014:
January: Putting the sea in Seahawk
Among the most popular attractions at the...
| Dec 12, 2014
| 11:16 AM
The University of Kentucky basketball team is so loaded with talent that its coach, John Calipari, says he doesn't have substitutes — he has reinforcements.
Trainer Todd Pletcher's barn is racing's version of that.
Pletcher was considering...
| Dec 16, 2014
| 8:26 AM
Speed, smarts, and the heart of a champion: using genomic analysis, scientists have identified DNA changes that helped turn ancient horses such as those in prehistoric cave art into today's Secretariats and Black Beautys, researchers reported Monday....
| Dec 15, 2014
| 5:21 PM
After "much prayer and reflection," Don Tollefson now says he's innocent.
The longtime Philadelphia TV sportscaster on Monday withdrew his guilty plea on charges he stole more than $300,000 from people through various sports-related charity schemes....
| Nov 28, 2014
| 7:19 PM
A 91/4-length victory in the 13/4-mile Las Vegas Marathon at Santa Anita on the first day of last month's Breeders' Cup races suggests Cary Street isn't going to have an energy crisis when he hits the homestretch in Saturday's 11/4-mile Hawthorne Gold...
| Nov 28, 2014
| 4:30 PM
There are just six horses entered Saturday in the $300,000 Hollywood Derby at Del Mar, but the presence of Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes winner California Chrome means the horse racing world will be watching closely.
Trainer Art Sherman is...
| Nov 26, 2014
| 7:38 AM
The annual Horseshoe Hoedown was a big success, raising $95,000 for Equine-Assisted Therapies of South Florida.
The event, staged at the Vegso Family Arena in Tradewinds Park in Coconut Creek, drew more than 300 people and featured a country music band,...
| Dec 1, 2014
| 5:05 AM
SACRAMENTO Strolling through the park-like 2-acre grounds of the gorgeous Carmichael home, a visitor walked past rose gardens, magnolia trees, towering elms, tall wisteria, recently pruned hydrangeas, leafy vines climbing up trellises and covering a...
| Nov 29, 2014
| 7:59 PM
California Chrome made it a rare November to remember in horse racing Saturday. It takes a real star to do that.
Running on a surface on which he had never raced before, at a made-for-summer seaside track that never before ran a race this late in the...
| Sep 28, 2014
| 6:34 PM
The riding tactics employed by jockey Victor Espinoza on Saturday during the $300,000 Awesome Again Stakes at Santa Anita resulted in the stewards announcing on Sunday a seven-day suspension.
Espinoza was the jockey aboard Sky Kingdom, who drifted...