Jay Hovdey

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Mon Jun 14
2010
Jay Hovdey
Last Friday night at Dodger Stadium, Ozzy Osbourne led a ballpark full of unsuspecting fans in a one-minute scream to raise money for the Think Cure! Weekend for cancer research. They called it "Scream for a Cure," which of course had nothing to do with Osbourne's upcoming album, "Scream," but the fans did get themselves into the Guinness Book of World Records for "loudest and longest scream" while raising $50,000 in the process. I know what you're thinking: "They let Ozzy Osbourne do another album?" The scream let loose from a densely packed 12,000 or so folks at Hollywood Park Sunday afternoon could have been a contender. It didn't last as long, but it was aimed in a single direction, and when it hit its peak it was one of those paint-peeling screams that shakes the building
Mon Jun 7
2010
Jay Hovdey
I usually try to watch the Belmont Stakes with Bill Mott. This is normally neutral ground, since Mott's involvement in the 3-year-old classics is rare. At one point I asked him if there had been a restraining order placed on his participation in the Kentucky Derby, Preakness or Belmont Stakes. He grinned and said it was self-imposed, but I wasn't fooled. Once in awhile -- along with guys like Allen Jerkens, Ron McAnally and Richard Mandella -- Mott would suffer a bout of the Whittingham Syndrome, hailed among the finest trainers in the history of the sport, though lacking that one classic victory to seal the deal forever. I missed the Belmont in person this year, but if I'd been there, I like to think that I might have had a good view. I sat with Mott at the 1997 Belmont Stakes when Silver Charm put away Free House and ha
Fri Jun 4
2010
Jay Hovdey
For way too long, the field for the Belmont Stakes has sallied forth to a song originally written for a dark, depressing and overwrought Martin Scorcese version of a big budget musical. "New York, New York," written by John Kander and Fred Ebb, was covered by Frank Sinatra in 1980 and soon after appropriated by just about every New York event that required some kind of public display of affection for the Big Apple. Call it a loyalty oath in 4/4 time. I never quibbled, because I never had a right, coming to town only once in awhile from California. It was enough just to be at Belmont Park, where more East Coast racing history has been made than all the Pimlicos, Gulfstreams and Churchill Downses put together. Anyway, back home, Randy Newman was doing "I Love L.A," over and over and over and over. So we had that going
Tue Jun 1
2010
Jay Hovdey
The Hall of Fame of any sport is nothing less than a vital organ, which is why it is important to make certain the manner in which Hall of Famers are selected is sound.
Sun May 30
2010
Jay Hovdey
The Hall of Fame of any sport is nothing less than a vital organ, which is why it is important to make certain the manner in which Hall of Famers are selected is sound. For this year's version in thoroughbred racing, there was energetic sentiment among the movers and shakers of the Hall of Fame process that a number of very good mares were being overlooked because of the rule that only one could enter per year. The same could have been said for trainers, jockeys and male horses -- at least that's what I thought --but it was the mares who carried the most weight, and the voting format was changed. As a result, it was possible this year that Azeri, Open Mind, Safely Kept and Sky Beauty all could have entered the Hall of Fame. That would have been quite a chorus line, high-kicking into the Saratoga shrine, but it didn't happen