Jay Hovdey

Quick Access
Format: 2014-10-22
Sun May 1
2011

Long Hall

5:22PM
Jay Hovdey
The Hall of Fame credentials of jockeys Calvin Borel, John Velazquez and Garrett Gomez could be burnished next Saturday if one of them comes through and wins the 137th running of the Kentucky Derby. Velazquez rides Uncle Mo, a cryptic star whose popularity seems to ebb and flow with the tides. Gomez landed the potentially lucrative Coolmore account with Master of Hounds. And Borel's on Twice the Appeal, a horse he's never ridden before who last appeared at Sunland Park. Anyone else smell Deja Bird?
Sat Apr 9
2011
Jay Hovdey
The news that John Velazquez was "fined" $10,000 by the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission this week for the events surrounding the dreary performance of Life at Ten in the 2010 running of the Breeders' Cup Ladies Classic was enough to set a sane man's teeth on edge. How many ways can you spell "scapegoat"?
Sun Mar 6
2011
Jay Hovdey
Let's get the smiley faces out of the way first. Both Game on Dude and Setsuko turned in noteworthy performances in the Santa Anita Handicap on the afternoon of March 5. It was a shame one of them had to lose. Setsuko gets high marks for overcoming lost ground around all turns, keeping his feet when he was bumped by favored Twirling Candy, and then gutting it out to the wire.
Mon Feb 21
2011
Jay Hovdey
First of all, my profound apologies for dropping off the blog grid these last few weeks. No excuses, except for the fact that I was stunned into an uncharacteristic silence by overwhelming events. I'm better now. But really, how could "Secretariat" be so completely ignored by the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences? Sure, it was no "Seabiscuit," but to be shut out for nominations. I mean, "Tron" got a nomination. Dido got a nomination. Dido! Oscars schmoscars.
Mon Jan 17
2011
Jay Hovdey
In a perfectly honest world -- as in the brutally frank Ricky Gervais version of hosting the vapid Golden Globes (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tueD59x8JUo) -- the Eclipse Awards Dinner would acknowledge its sport as bloody, fractured, awash in medication, and stubbornly neglectful when it comes to the welfare of its customers and stars. But it won't.