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Jockey Rafael Bejarano will ride with a protective face mask when he returns from injury Aug. 28.

Jockey Rafael Bejarano will ride with a protective face mask when he returns from injury Aug. 28. Bejarano broke his jaw, cheek and nose when his mount Mi Rey went down on Del Mar's Opening Day.


Jockey Rafael Bejarano was in good spirits before Del Mar's 2nd race on opening day. In the 3rd, he was seriously injured when thrown from Mi Rey


Mi Rey's trainer Doug O'Neill solemnly walks away from van after viewing the gelding's injury.

Pick Six pro Jimmy “The Hat” says —


Flickr photo by Yausser

Kentucky Derby website now buzzing, just ask Fred Willard

homeAs I write this, there are 95 days, five hours and five minutes until the bell rings and the gates spring open for Kentucky Derby 135.

The way I know this is that I was just on the newly-updated website Not much goes on at this site after the previous year’s Derby ends. But a few weeks ago, it was update and upgraded with news and replays of Derby preps, ticket information, lots of opinions, and video of celebrities on the Kentucky Derby red carpet.

I didn’t even know the Kentucky Derby had a red carpet. But this site has a feature called “Buzz from the Red Carpet” where they interview the likes of  Dr. J, Taylor Dayne and Hugh Hefner with The Girls Next Door.

However, the interview with Fred Willard puts new meaning on the word “Buzz” in “Buzz from the Red Carpet.” Check it out by clicking under “Red Carpet Videos and Interviews” on

The Derby site has four handicappers who put up lists of top 3-year-olds pointing for the big race. Some of the common names seen in the top tens of these selectors include Midshipman, Old Fashioned, Vineyard Haven, Pioneerof the Nile and Beethoven

Of course, Churchill Downs officials around Derby time love to talk about all of the upscale folks who come to Louisville for the festivities, like the Queen of England and successful actors and athletes.

But the moon has a dark side and so does Derby Day. Let’s just say that the acceptable modes of behavior are quite different on the infield than they are on Millionaires Row.

During his red carpet interview, World Wrestling Entertainment promoter Vince McMahon was asked how Derby Day compares to one of his wrestling events, he joked, “It is much like WWE because you have beautiful people and you have animals.”

What McMahon may have been referring to is illustrated in the videos below.

The greatest two minutes in sports draws celebrities from around the world to Millionaires Row…

“Jockeys” TV show to premier on Animal Planet Feb. 6


Jazzin Razz nose better than You Wood in 9th


Entry is free

Online horseplayers get a free shot at a piece of a $5,000 jackpot starting Saturday on the Santa Anita Park website. 

ShowVivor 2009 rewards the contestant who can stay alive the longest by picking one horse a day to hit the board until the Santa Anita meet ends April 19. The grand prize is $3,000 plus round-trip airline tickets to Las Vegas where winners will spend two nights in a premier room at the Las Vegas Hilton. The second place finisher earns $1,500 and third prize is $500. 

Entries are free, but must be in before 12:15 p.m. PST on Saturday. Visit for all of the details.

…baseball spring training starts next month as we’re reminded by Alyssa Milano wearing Red Sox gear


No Santa Anita maiden sprints Sunday, so I guess Elisha Cuthbert’s picture will have to do


Swiiissshhh, Larry scores third recent debuter for Lewis


Larry The Legend sired Nine to Dine, who won Friday's third race for trainer Craig Lewis. The trainer, who also owns Larry The Legend, has won with 3 of 11 debuting horses sired by him dating back to January 2007. The horse was named not for Larry Bird, but for Lewis' brother Larry who managed the Long Beach Little League team that won back-to-back world championships in 1992-93

Larry The Legend sired Nine to Dine, who won Friday's third race for trainer Craig Lewis. The trainer named the sire not for Larry Bird, but for his brother Larry who managed Long Beach to back-to-back Little League World Series titles in 1992-93

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