| Sep 30, 2013
| 6:30 AM
Professional motorcycle racer Shelina Moreda has always liked moving fast. She was just a toddler when she rode ATVs. She fell in love with dirt bikes at the age of 12. Her mother and father -- who raced cars and dirt bikes himself -- were supportive when...
| 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...
| Jul 10, 2013
| 5:48 PM
With a close finish in the Penn Mile standing as the most recent memory of the last time the trio of Rydilluc, Charming Kitten and Jack Milton met on a race track, a rematch Saturday in the $500,000 Virginia Derby at Colonial Downs could represent an...
| Jul 12, 2013
| 3:42 PM
NEW KENT — It didn't take Gary Contessa long to fall for Rydilluc. In horse racing terms, it was the closest representation you'll find of love-at-first-sight.
Contessa has been a New York-based horse trainer for more than three decades. He has...
| Jul 16, 2013
| 9:30 AM
Childs Walker took a look at the mysterious process used to pick the location of the Major League All-Star Game for Tuesday's paper.
It's clear why the Orioles -- and those working in tourism and sports marketing in the city -- covet the chance to...
| Jul 17, 2013
Opening day at Del Mar is set for Wednesday, and it's the one day of the year when Southern California horse racing fans forget about any troubles surrounding the sport.
Fans come out en masse (attendance on opening day was 47,339 last year), colorful...
| 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...
| 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.
| Jul 5, 2013
| 8:44 PM
All things considered, Craig Lewis should be spending his days alongside a jury box, not a racing rail. He should be doing battle with Mark Geragos, not Bob Baffert.
Lewis is much happier in boots and jeans than coat and tie. As a student at Cal, he did...
| Oct 14, 2013
| 9:46 PM
Jessica Campbell got an early start with road trips. "We grew up making trips to our family vacation house in Cherry Grove, S.C., just outside Myrtle Beach," says the Nashville-based singer-songwriter. "I loved it! Knowing that it was a house my grandpa...
| Sep 30, 2013
| 6:30 AM
"A writer is someone on whom nothing is lost." -- Henry James
My good friend Ralph Graves departed this earth recently and I made mention of it. But then I found a divine photograph of the two of us whooping it up, back in 2001, over the days when we...