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‘A Good Listener Never Fails’: Assistant Mora Celebrates 42 Years In Horse Racing

With fifteen dollars in his pocket and not much else, 18-year-old Leandro Mora spoke no English and possessed few marketable skills when he arrived at the Santa Anita barn of trainer Gary Jones in March, 1977. Jones, who would eventually earn induction into racing’s Hall of Fame, gave Mora his first shot at attaining the […]

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Maiden Filly Breaks Down In Training At Santa Anita; 22nd Fatality At The Meet

Three-year-old filly Princess Lili B broke down during a half-mile workout at Santa Anita Thursday, becoming the 22nd horse to die in racing or training since the meet began Dec. 26. Princess Lili B was in training for her third career start, after finishing ninth in her debut Dec. 29 in a $50,000 maiden claiming […]

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Old Trainers Never Die, They Just ‘Smile’ On

Smiling Tigress lit up the tote board with a $54.60 mutuel after winning Saturday’s eighth race at Santa Anita by a half length under Tyler Baze for trainer David Bernstein. It was a feel good story all around. The three-year-old California-bred daughter of the Smiling Tiger was coming off four straight races in which she […]

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Longtime California Racing Official Wheeler Dead At 69

Racing mourned the passing of long-time California racing official Richard (Dick) Wheeler, who died at his Monrovia home Saturday at the age of 69. Wheeler worked in several capacities throughout the Golden State for nearly four decades, including Santa Anita and defunct Fairplex Park, where he was Racing Secretary. Wheeler retired 18 months ago. “He […]

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