Jay Hovdey

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Wed Sep 22
2010

Half Full

8:44PM
Jay Hovdey
Busy boys, those Breeders' Cup honchos, who unleashed a flurry of newsworthy developments on an unsuspecting sport in recent weeks, some of them striking at the heart of the organization's original core beliefs.
Tue Sep 7
2010

Candy Land

11:57AM
Jay Hovdey
If the congregation would please turn to the Gospel According to the California Horse Racing Board, Book of Rules, Chapter 1699, Verse (c), and read along as follows:
Wed Sep 1
2010
Jay Hovdey
As a credentialed member of the racing media, I was given the opportunity to preview "Secretariat" at one of several showings over the next few days. The Disney movie, starring Diane Lane and John Malkovich, is scheduled to be released on Oct. 8. You would think, if only as a public service to my readers, that I would avail myself of the opportunity, grab a king-size box of Raisinettes, and go watch a free flick about a red racehorse. Then, once consumed and digested, I could tell the world what I thought of someone else's work. Take that.
Tue Aug 31
2010
Jay Hovdey
I was all set to make assistant starter Kyle Lopez the employee of the Del Mar meet for the way he rushed to the stricken Rockstar Ben on the turf course a few weeks ago and kept him from struggling to his feet – one of which no longer worked – while emergency personnel arrived to administer the coup de grace. Had the 3-year-old gelding been allowed to wander, the sight would have been medieval, offering front page grist for those still surprised to find out that horse racing is a blood sport.
Fri Aug 13
2010
Jay Hovdey
Okay, and apologies for the protracted absence. No, I was not lounging on a beach near Seagrove, or Powerhouse Park. Del Mar is hard work, and not for the lazy.