DRF.com Blogs: Jay Hovdey http://www.drf.com/blogs/195/feed en Lonely Street http://www.drf.com/blogs/lonely-street Can't touch this. Sat, 01 Feb 2014 01:13:42 +0000 Jay Hovdey 315357 at http://www.drf.com <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-carryover"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-blog-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Jay Hovdey </div> </div> </div> <p>Among the goodies heaped upon Laffit Pincay Jr. when he broke Bill Shoemaker's record for the most winners in December of 1999 was the renaming of a real City of Inglewood street in his honor. It runs along the north border of the former Hollywood Park near what used to be the stable entrance. Soon this will be the only reminder that anything was ever there at all.</p> <p><span class="inline-photo"></span></p> Point Taken http://www.drf.com/blogs/point-taken As Eclipse Award voting gets underway, there is a deserving champion waiting in the wings. Wed, 18 Dec 2013 06:53:53 +0000 Jay Hovdey 312367 at http://www.drf.com <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-carryover"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-blog-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Jay Hovdey </div> </div> </div> <p>There are lots of reasons to vote for Eclipse Awards. Some of them even make sense.</p><p><a href="http://www.drf.com/blogs/point-taken" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Fighting Chance http://www.drf.com/blogs/fighting-chance This message is brought to you by the people stepping up for Michael D'Angelo. Tue, 12 Nov 2013 23:05:39 +0000 Jay Hovdey 310049 at http://www.drf.com <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-carryover"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-blog-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Jay Hovdey </div> </div> </div> <p>It’s never easy asking for help, pride being the demon that it is. But now and again it doesn’t hurt to test the waters of charity in the community that you love, which is why Laura D’Angelo is letting people in Thoroughbred racing know about her husband, the former trainer Michael D’Angelo, and his struggle with the spread of cancer first diagnosed last January.</p><p><a href="http://www.drf.com/blogs/fighting-chance" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Goodbye Larry http://www.drf.com/blogs/goodbye-larry Larry Barrera's death was hardly a surprise, but still hard to swallow. Fri, 08 Nov 2013 02:51:21 +0000 Jay Hovdey 309727 at http://www.drf.com <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-carryover"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-blog-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Jay Hovdey </div> </div> </div> <p><span class="inline-photo"></span></p> <p>The two tough old trucks hauling dangerously unstable dynamite in the great William Friedkin movie “Sorcerer” are named Sorcerer and Lazaro. Sorcerer is the one that explodes when a tire blows on a mountain road. Lazaro is the one that survives, after going through all kinds of hell, although it does finally run out of gas.</p><p><a href="http://www.drf.com/blogs/goodbye-larry" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Mucho Macho Men http://www.drf.com/blogs/mucho-macho-men Horses and riders put on a Breeders' Cup show that might as well have been grand opera. Tue, 05 Nov 2013 18:38:01 +0000 Jay Hovdey 309517 at http://www.drf.com <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-carryover"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-blog-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Jay Hovdey </div> </div> </div> <p>Gary Stevens popped the top off a cold bottle of Heineken with the butt end of a Bic lighter and handed it to a visitor. He could afford to feel generous after winning the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic aboard Mucho Macho Man just 24 hours after taking the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Distaff with Beholder.</p> <p>“I’ve had 153 text messages and seems like almost as many phone calls,” Stevens said. “Stay here. Drink this. I’m gonna go take a shower.”</p><p><a href="http://www.drf.com/blogs/mucho-macho-men" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Triumph Over Common Sense http://www.drf.com/blogs/triumph-over-common-sense Here we go again, with celebrity caller Conan O'Brien in the announcer's booth. Tue, 22 Oct 2013 03:45:44 +0000 Jay Hovdey 307966 at http://www.drf.com <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-carryover"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-blog-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Jay Hovdey </div> </div> </div> <p>This is funny. Not ha-ha funny, like “Blazing Saddles” campfire scene funny. But sad funny, without real harmful consequences, and stupidly embarrassing to no good end. It started on Sunday, innocently enough, like this:</p><p><a href="http://www.drf.com/blogs/triumph-over-common-sense" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Lawrence of Arcadia http://www.drf.com/blogs/lawrence-arcadia The Breeders' Cup has spent the last several years expanding, diluting and otherwise changing its product. Now, get ready for a whole new breed. Thu, 19 Sep 2013 17:50:05 +0000 Jay Hovdey 305048 at http://www.drf.com <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-carryover"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-blog-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Jay Hovdey </div> </div> </div> <p>Oooh, a mystery. How we do love us a mystery. Item No.4 on the agenda for the Thursday, Sept. 19, meeting of the California Horse Racing Board was a request from Santa Anita Park management to amend its license application for the upcoming autumn meet “to permit the conduct of a non-Thoroughbred race on the Breeders’ Cup undercard on Friday, Nov. 1, 2013.”</p><p><a href="http://www.drf.com/blogs/lawrence-arcadia" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Disassociated Press http://www.drf.com/blogs/disassociated-press If a picture is worth a thousand words, can they all be misleading? Try this one on for size. Mon, 15 Jul 2013 00:21:46 +0000 Jay Hovdey 298127 at http://www.drf.com <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-carryover"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-blog-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Jay Hovdey </div> </div> </div> <p>A pox on the Associated Press. A painful, festering pox on the Associated Press and on their enablers, The Times-Picayune of New Orleans, for the photograph chosen to illustrate the on-line verson of this story on The Times-Picayune site -- <a href="http://www.nola.com/crime/index.ssf/2013/07/lake_charles_drug_sting_leads.html">http://www.nola.com/crime/index.ssf/2013/07/lake_charles_drug_sting_leads.html</a> -- about cyrstal meth busts in the Lake Charles region of Southwest Louisiana that involved several people connected in some way to “horse racing.”</p><p><a href="http://www.drf.com/blogs/disassociated-press" target="_blank">read more</a></p> In Vain http://www.drf.com/blogs/vain Those offended by the chairman's tone should pay more attention to what was accomplished. Thu, 30 May 2013 02:18:18 +0000 Jay Hovdey 293753 at http://www.drf.com <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-carryover"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-blog-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Jay Hovdey </div> </div> </div> <p><span class="inline-photo"></span></p> <p><strong><em>The horror…the horror</em></strong></p> <p>Kurt Vonnegut, a wise and funny man, wrote in his 1990 novel “Hocus Pocus” that “profanity and obscenity entitle people who don't want unpleasant information to close their ears and eyes to you.”</p><p><a href="http://www.drf.com/blogs/vain" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Feel the Beat http://www.drf.com/blogs/feel-beat Gary Stevens and Oxbow gave the Preakness field the high hat. Tue, 21 May 2013 00:04:15 +0000 Jay Hovdey 292967 at http://www.drf.com <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-carryover"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-blog-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Jay Hovdey </div> </div> </div> <p><span class="inline-photo"></span></p><p><a href="http://www.drf.com/blogs/feel-beat" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Sleepers http://www.drf.com/blogs/sleepers If wishing made it so, Orb already would be in the Preakness winner's circle. Fri, 17 May 2013 20:53:18 +0000 Jay Hovdey 292597 at http://www.drf.com <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-carryover"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-blog-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Jay Hovdey </div> </div> </div> <p>Most followers of the Triple Crown season have been under the impression that Orb’s terse, unlyrical name is inspired by that of his sire, Malibu Moon, which does paint a pretty picture. But not so, and who knew that Dinny Phipps and Stu Janney were big fans of Woody Allen’s earlier work? <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KAKWKfVcd04">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KAKWKfVcd04</a></p> <p>Count your blessings. They could have named him “Orgasmatron.”</p><p><a href="http://www.drf.com/blogs/sleepers" target="_blank">read more</a></p> The Derby Demystified http://www.drf.com/blogs/derby-demystified The Kentucky Derby has become bigger than the sum of its most important parts. Thu, 02 May 2013 20:59:15 +0000 Jay Hovdey 291216 at http://www.drf.com <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-carryover"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-blog-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Jay Hovdey </div> </div> </div> <p><span class="inline-photo"></span></p><p><a href="http://www.drf.com/blogs/derby-demystified" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Oh Henry http://www.drf.com/blogs/oh-henry Brough Scott's biography of Henry Cecil is a tale for the ages. Wed, 24 Apr 2013 01:34:36 +0000 Jay Hovdey 290170 at http://www.drf.com <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-carryover"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-blog-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Jay Hovdey </div> </div> </div> <p>In "Henry Cecil - Trainer of Genius," biographer Brough Scott describes his subject as having "blacksmith's hands and an artist's face," then goes on:</p> <p>"He is both a complex and a simple man. He can be dauntingly direct one minute and winningly vulnerable the next. But in the early years of the new century the winning ways seemed to have deserted him as a series of sometimes self-induced blows left him a cancer-ridden ember of his glory days."</p><p><a href="http://www.drf.com/blogs/oh-henry" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Private Eyes http://www.drf.com/blogs/private-eyes A little extra security never hurts, but the message is sometimes mixed. Sat, 06 Apr 2013 01:45:49 +0000 Jay Hovdey 288533 at http://www.drf.com <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-carryover"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-blog-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Jay Hovdey </div> </div> </div> <p>The headline in the New York Times read, "Horses Running at Santa Anita Are Under Surveillance," which is interpreted by most readers as, "Trainers Running Horses at Santa Anita Are Under Suspicion," a reasonable interpretation given the general understanding of what it means to be under surveillance. Suspected terrorists are under surveillance. Suspected drug lords are under surveillance. All teenage boys should be under surveillance.</p><p><a href="http://www.drf.com/blogs/private-eyes" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Moonrise Kingdom http://www.drf.com/blogs/moonrise-kingdom Take heart America -- you still can win the Dubai World Cup with the right horse. And what a horse. Sun, 31 Mar 2013 05:42:24 +0000 Jay Hovdey 287999 at http://www.drf.com <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-carryover"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-blog-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Jay Hovdey </div> </div> </div> <p>For those who were confused by the mixed message sent when the strains of the Australian national anthem could be heard on Saturday in the warm desert night, played in tribute to Animal Kingdom's victory in the $10 million Dubai World Cup, be comforted that you were not alone. Still, it's a catchy tune, and here are the words so when they play it again you can sing along:</p><p><a href="http://www.drf.com/blogs/moonrise-kingdom" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Ramon Come Home http://www.drf.com/blogs/ramon-come-home The Eclipse Awards program was haunted not only by technical glitches and awkward stabs at humor, but by the spectre of leading man Ramon Dominguez lying in a New York hospital. Sun, 20 Jan 2013 18:14:39 +0000 Jay Hovdey 282055 at http://www.drf.com <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-carryover"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-blog-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Jay Hovdey </div> </div> </div> <p>That huge hole in the Eclipse Awards program on Saturday night at Gulfstream Park belonged to Ramon Dominguez, and nothing anyone could say could make the emotional anguish of his absence go away. Yes, it was good that program host Jeannine Edwards topped the show with an update on his condition.<p><a href="http://www.drf.com/blogs/ramon-come-home" target="_blank">read more</a></p> By Any Other Name http://www.drf.com/blogs/any-other-name The colt's name is Violence. Get used to it. Thu, 20 Dec 2012 20:55:07 +0000 Jay Hovdey 279672 at http://www.drf.com <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-carryover"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-blog-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Jay Hovdey </div> </div> </div> <p>Call it the cringe factor, and thank goodness it still exists, for without it there would be no saving the species.</p><p><a href="http://www.drf.com/blogs/any-other-name" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Day 2 and Beyond http://www.drf.com/blogs/day-2-and-beyond Get used to the Breeders' Cup at Santa Anita and Wise Dan at the top of the heap. Tue, 06 Nov 2012 04:26:26 +0000 Jay Hovdey 267431 at http://www.drf.com <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-carryover"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-blog-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Jay Hovdey </div> </div> </div> <p>Frank Stronach leaned on the railing at the mouth of the Santa Anita saddling enclosure last Saturday afternoon, admiring the horses preparing to run in the $3 million Breeders' Cup Turf. Stronach is usually a difficult read, but you could tell he was enjoying the view, when suddenly a senior security official began herding the gathered throng out of the enclosure, worried that the Japanese horse Trailblazer would throw another fit.</p> <p>"Sir, would you move back please." This was directed at Stronach. "Sir, please move back."</p><p><a href="http://www.drf.com/blogs/day-2-and-beyond" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Breeders' Cup Day 1 http://www.drf.com/blogs/breeders-cup-day-1 Smith got his record, Gryder got his win, Castellano conducted a clinic on BC Day 1 Sat, 03 Nov 2012 17:31:19 +0000 Jay Hovdey 267197 at http://www.drf.com <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-carryover"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-blog-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Jay Hovdey </div> </div> </div> <p>After a year's worth of anticipation and a week of intense finishing touch, Day 1 of a Breeders' Cup always comes down to horses and jockeys. Friday at Santa Anita was no different.</p><p><a href="http://www.drf.com/blogs/breeders-cup-day-1" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Pick 'em http://www.drf.com/blogs/pick-em The Hall of Fame voting rules force voters into gaming the system. Tue, 27 Mar 2012 20:35:35 +0000 Jay Hovdey 247351 at http://www.drf.com <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-blog-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Jay Hovdey </div> </div> </div> <p>It's been a tough couple of weeks for anyone who has been an abiding fan of horse racing most their lives, and I'm not just talking about grief over a TV show getting cancelled. Ramon Dominguez, Paco Lopez and Victor Espinoza, three of the game's stalwart performers, were injured recently in action. Racehorse breakdowns have made headline news -- and rightfully so -- but now they have grandstanding politicians along for the ride.<p><a href="http://www.drf.com/blogs/pick-em" target="_blank">read more</a></p>