Jay Hovdey

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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.
Mon Jan 3
2011
Jay Hovdey
It's Jan. 3, three short days and long nights into the New Year, and I have yet to fail in keeping any of the sincere and necessary resolutions that I made at the dawning of Two-Oh-One-One.
Mon Dec 27
2010
Jay Hovdey
That whirring sound coming from the southern tip of New York's Otsego County is Spectacular Bid spinning -- okay, be cute -- twirling in his grave. The ground may be covered with snow, but he's down there, a restless soul, wondering what he ever did to deserve the dissing dealt his memory on Sunday at Santa Anita, when a very nice horse named Twirling Candy and a very nice sprinter named Smiling Tiger BOTH broke Bid's 30-year-old track record for 7 furlongs in the Malibu Stakes.