Wednesday, April 26, 2006


She used herself too much in the beginning….

Compliments of Hollywood Park,
The first day of the Spring Meet:

Heavenly Ransom rallied on the outside on the far turn under jockey Jon Court to win her fourth win in five starts while establishing a stakes record in today's $100,000 Wilshire Handicap as Hollywood Park opened its 67th Spring/Summer Meet.

Court, who rode 2005 Wilshire winner Pickle, guided Heavenly Ransom into contention while four-wide on the turn for home. She gained command early in the stretch and held off Ticker Tape by three-quarters of a length, covering one mile on the Lakeside Turf Course in 1:33.14.

Heavenly Ransom, trained by T. R. (Ray) Bell II for Mr. and Mrs. Vicken Meguerditchian, paid $7.40, $3.20 and $2.80. Ticker Tape, the 2004 American Oaks champion, returned $3.60 and $2.80, while the show payoff on Flip Flop was $3.60. Favorite Beautyandthebeast was fourth in the field of six fillies and mares.

"She's a nice filly," Bell said. "Every time she runs, I open the Form and say, 'Oh God, this is a tough race.' but every time she comes through."

Heavenly Ransom, a 4-year-old daughter of Red Ransom, won for the third straight time, boosting her earnings to $181,720 with the $60,000 winner's check.

"I was a little concerned taking the overland route, but she lived up to it today," Court said. While Court was making his move on the far turn, Flores was awaiting racing room aboard Ticker Tape.

"I think I just had bad luck," he said. "The other horse made an early move, she opened up two lengths on me, and it's hard to catch her."

Victor Espinoza, who rode three winners including Melanyhasthepapers on the opening-day program, had to settle for fourth in the Wilshire aboard Beautyandthebeast.

"She got a little nervous in the gate," he said. "And the fist turn, she got bumped a little and she took off. She used herself too much in the beginning."

Tuesday, April 18, 2006


Wallets in El Segundo...

Per the El Segundo Hearld for the week ending 4-16-06:

• Found wallet report was taken at 2257 hours from Aviation Blvd and El Segundo Blvd. A pink Betty Boop wallet was found.

• Found property report was taken at 1849 hours in the ESPD lobby. Reporting part found a brown wallet in the 400 block of East Imperial Avenue

• Lost property report was taken at 1052 hours from the 100 block of Concord Street. Lost was a wallet.

In El Segundo news unrelated to wallets:

• Vandalism occurred between 1500 hours on 3/28/06 and 0700 hours on 3/29/06, in the 300 block of Center Street. A trombone was damaged.

Monday, April 17, 2006


In LA....

What separates the civilized from the animals is a "bonus room", a "breakfast nook" and proximity to a pillates studio.

Friday, April 14, 2006


Race of the Day...

From the rolling springtime hills outside Versailles in Fayette County, Artrie Schiller, who hasn't run since winning the Breeders' Cup Mile at 5-1 last October 29 at Belmont Park, will compete in the $250,000 Marker's Mark today at Keenland. Garrett Gomez will ride the 5-year old El Prado horse for Timber Bay Farm and Mrs. Thomas Walsh and trainer Jimmy Jerkens in the Grade II at one mile on turf. Artie Schiller won the 2005 Maker's Mark by 2.25 lengths as the 3-2 favorite.

Thursday, April 13, 2006


"Hey, kid, I'll be back from New York in a couple of days, don't screw this one up..."

The record for most victories at a Santa Anita winter-spring meet is six, a milestone shared only by four thoroughbred. This afternoon, Fly To The Wire will aim for his 5th victory of the current stand as he faces eight others in the fifth, a $22,000 started allowance at 1/16th mile. Fly to the Wire, claimed for $20,000 by his current owner, has not lost since the day he was claimed.

In all of Fly to the Wire's victories Kent Desormeaux was aboard. But Desormeauz is now riding in New York, so apprentice Juan Ochoa will be aboard the 6-year old gelding today. Good luck Ochoa.

Tuesday, April 11, 2006


Deadly suicide seems a little redundant...

The toll from a deadly suicide bomb attack on a Sunni Muslim prayer meeting rose on Wednesday to 57 in the southern Pakistani city of Karachi, where officials said they were on high alert for more violence.


The rapture will save the righteous...

The damned will be banished to a gigantic parking lot in Ontario California consisting of Costco, Bed Bath and Beyond and Home Depot.

Monday, April 10, 2006


World population now stands at 6,446,131,400...

but if I leave the house by 6:45, I can still get a decent parking space...

Sunday, April 09, 2006


Marginal fame can do things to a man...

Full bearded and disheveled Blind Date host Roger Lodge was at Santa Anita Racetrack on Saturday, ticket in hand and cigarette dangling while cursing jockey Rafael Bejarano as he made his way from the paddock area. Really ruined it for me.

Friday, April 07, 2006


33 years...

and until last week, never saw the arrow…

Thursday, April 06, 2006


Community College is more than just high school with ashtrays...

The self-help genre continues to saturate the Community College Book market as "The Things We Do to Make Others Feel Bad about Themselves" debuted in bookstores on Friday beating out "Eat Less, Exercise More" "Fried Food Will Give You a Heart Attack or at Least Diabetes," "Drive Fast, Die Slow," and "Smoking is Bad for You" for the top spot.

Monday, April 03, 2006


It really was a second honeymoon...

This time, instead of Cabo in July, we choose Milwaukee in December. Besides that, everything else was the same. Did I mention we brought our daughter Jenni? She's 17 and demands chocolate and cigarettes every three hours. So we brought her grandparents. But besides that, completely like our honeymoon...

Saturday, April 01, 2006


What Andy Rooney would say about sugar...

I ran out sugar the other day. So I went to the grocery store. Has anyone checked out what's in sugar these days? Well I did. I have a package right here just in case you've missed it. Number one ingredient: Sugar...

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