| Jun 6, 2014
John Harris owns an agricultural empire of beef and pistachios, and a hotel known to most Californians who have ever traveled Interstate 5 through the Central Valley, but on a recent day his attention was fixed on a message spelled out in red Solo cups....
| Jun 7, 2014
| 7:06 PM
ELMONT, N.Y. — In the end, California Chrome could not outrun recent history.
All week, veteran horsemen had pointed to the 11/2-mile oval at Belmont Park, the longest in American thoroughbred racing, and predicted it would be the grueling expanse...
| May 18, 2014
Hopefully the current dispute between licensed cabbies and UberX drivers over the right to pick up passengers at O'Hare and Midway will remain a battle of emails, because Chicago's earlier cab wars inevitably escalated to exchanges of bullets and bombs....
| May 1, 2014
| 12:09 PM
The Kentucky Derby is an American tradition that began in 1875. With horses, bourbon and food its always about a great presenation and finish. Unlike football or basketball, the contest is over in minutes, so the parties are before, during and after the...
| Apr 23, 2014
| 9:13 AM
As chef de cuisine at Perennial Virant, Edward Sura works under the shadow of executive chef Paul Virant. But Sura has been advancing through the Skuna Bay Salmon Chef Challenge, and he's one meal away from winning the whole thing.
What started as an...
| Apr 30, 2014
| 4:53 PM
LOUISVILLE, KY. -- His mother cost a mere $8,000 and his father performed for a modest stud fee of $2,000.
That $10,000 investment — minuscule by elite racing standards — produced California Chrome, who had won $1.135 million even before...
| Apr 26, 2014
| 11:49 PM
When Orb got trapped along the rail and failed to make a charge in last year's Preakness, the racing world's dreams of a new Triple Crown winner faded for a 35th straight year.
The drought looms larger every spring for a sport seeking a superstar to...
| Apr 26, 2014
| 5:49 PM
The morning awaited royalty.
It was 8 a.m., and the Saturday sun had just begun to dry the puddles from Friday's rain and add some sparkle to the infield lakes at Los Alamitos Race Course.
Along the grandstand fence, they gathered, perhaps as many...
| Apr 5, 2014
| 9:45 PM
The world of sports has its unlikely stories. Now it has a topper, a horse named California Chrome. The Kentucky Derby has no idea what's about to hit it.
Saturday's Santa Anita Derby became a backdrop for the improbable. Make that the unbelievable....
| May 1, 2014
| 8:59 AM
These are the times that try men’s souls. Do you visit with some of the top draft picks in your fantasy porn league — say, Teagan Presley, Tera Patrick or Ron Jeremy — at the Exxxotica 2014 convention in Fort Lauderdale? Or do you do...
| Apr 24, 2014
| 9:07 AM
Santa Anita Park plans to hold twilight horse racing on most Fridays, with a first post time of 3 p.m., during its 40-day spring meet that starts Friday.
One exception to the new Friday schedule is May 2, on the eve of the Kentucky Derby, when Santa...