June 24, 2011 |
Former Southern California football player Lonnie White says he took $14,000 in illegal payments during his 4-year career in the 1980s, mostly by selling game tickets allotted to scholarship players. White made the admission Wednesday in a first-person story for The Daily , an online publication. He was a sports writer at the Los Angeles Times from 1987 to 2008. White was a receiver and special-teams player at USC, where he played under John Robinson and Ted Tollner from 1982-86.
April 2, 2009 |
Horse racing fans may hear the bugler's "Call to the Post" under the lights for the first time at Churchill Downs. The home of the Kentucky Derby is hoping to bring in temporary lights to experiment with 3 nights of racing for the upcoming spring meet. Churchill is seeking approval from the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission, which meets next Tuesday. Track spokesman John Asher said yesterday that Churchill wants to "test the waters" with nighttime racing June 19 and June 26 - both Fridays - and Thursday, July 2. First post would be 6 p.m., and the 11 races each night would continue until about 11 p.m., he said.
March 3, 2009 |
Nearly a year after the first fatal injury at America's most famous horse race, Churchill Downs announced yesterday it is beefing up safety requirements ahead of this year's Kentucky Derby. The company is enacting more than 20 changes, ranging from enhanced drug testing to limits on whips and racing ages, in time for the start of the spring meet at its signature track in Louisville, Ky. Other Churchill-owned tracks, including Arlington Park in Arlington Heights, Ill.; Calder Race Course in Miami Gardens, Fla.; and Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots in New Orleans, will follow by next year.
January 16, 2008
On Jan. 29, it will have been a year since 2006 Kentucky Derby winner Barbaro was euthanized after being so badly injured in the Preakness. Since Barbaro died, the colt's owners, Roy and Gretchen Jackson, have mulled where they would like to place Barbaro's ashes. Gretchen said yesterday they are getting close to a decision, but are not ready to reveal which way they might be leaning. Churchill Downs, where the colt was so dazzling in the Derby, is one logical destination, especially if the Jacksons want the public to have access to the site.
May 6, 2007
Notes LOUISVILLE, Ky. - The saddle Edgar Prado rode when he took Barbaro to victory in the Kentucky Derby now belongs to the colt's owners. "Well, it's Edgar's saddle; he just used it on Barbaro," co-owner Gretchen Jackson said after a book signing Saturday at Churchill Downs. "We just love the idea that it's going to be back with us. " The saddle was sold for $220,000 on Friday, and the money will go to benefit the Permanently Disabled Jockeys' Fund. Gretchen Jackson and her husband, Roy, claimed the saddle after some backroom negotiations with Dwight Manley, national manager of the Jockeys' Guild.
May 2, 2007 |
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Rick Porter, owner of Kentucky Derby contender Hard Spun, shook his head yesterday morning as he stood just outside Hard Spun's stall at Barn 41 at Churchill Downs. What did Monday's blazing workout take out of his 3-year-old colt? Not much that Porter could see. "He wants to go to the track bad," the car dealer from Wilmington said, laughing. "I mean, he ate everything last night, licked the tub. He's raising hell. This morning, he was running around back here, he didn't even want to graze.
May 1, 2007 |
Yesterday morning, Pennsylvania-bred Hard Spun recorded one of the fastest Derby Week workouts in memory, rolling 5 furlongs in 57.53 seconds at Churchill Downs with regular rider Mario Pino on board. Hard Spun worked in company with stablemate Wildcat Bettie B., a Grade I stakes-winning filly. Hard Spun won that "race" by 10 lengths. "He wasn't supposed to beat her that far," Hard Spun's trainer Larry Jones said. "She isn't chump change, you know. But Mario was happy with the way he did it, so that means I'm happy.
May 4, 2005 |
The bidding at Churchill Downs kept going up - "thirty-two, thirty-two . . . thirty-three thousand. Thirty-three, thirty-three? Thirty-five!" - and by the time it was done yesterday morning, $37,000 more had been raised for Alex's Lemonade Stand. That was about three times the amount Liz Scott of Wynnewood said she had been expecting to raise yesterday. Alex's Lemonade Stand is the official charity of Kentucky Derby contender Afleet Alex, and Liz Scott will be at the racetrack with two of her children, manning the stand Friday and Saturday.
April 27, 2005 |
Possible Kentucky Derby favorite Afleet Alex worked five furlongs in 59 seconds yesterday at Churchill Downs in preparation for the May 7 Run for the Roses. The Delaware Park-based colt's fractions were 12 2/5 seconds, 24, 35 2/5, and 46 3/5, with a six-furlong gallop-out in 1 minute, 12 2/5 seconds. It was the fastest workout of the 29 horses going that distance and 1 2/5 seconds better than the second-fastest work. "Everything was exactly what we wanted," trainer Tim Ritchey told Bloodhorse.
April 27, 2003 |
Area tracks will be able to simulcast Saturday's Kentucky Derby after Churchill Downs Inc. and the 17 tracks that make up the Mid-Atlantic Cooperative L.L.C. reached an agreement on the price of simulcasting. The resolution came late Friday night after the Mid-Atlantic tracks, including Philadelphia Park and Delaware Park, had stopped taking simulcast signals from Churchill Downs and two of its parent company's other tracks, Hollywood in California and Calder in Florida. "We're very happy with the resolution," said Bill Fasy, Delaware Park's chief operating officer.