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Facing intense scrutiny from President Trump and his Republican allies, Hunter Biden said Sunday that he will step down from the board of directors of a Chinese-backed private equity firm at the end of the month as part of a pledge not to work on behalf of any foreign-owned companies should his father win the presidency.

Biden, the 49-year-old son of Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden, revealed his plan in an internet post written by his attorney, George Mesires, who outlined a defense of the younger Biden’s work in Ukraine and China, which has emerged as one of Trump’s chief lines of attack against Joe Biden despite no proof of impropriety.

“Hunter makes the following commitment: Under a Biden administration, Hunter will readily comply with any and all guidelines or standards a President Biden may issue to address purported conflicts of interest, or the appearance of such conflicts, including any restrictions related to overseas business interests. In any event, Hunter will agree not to serve on boards of, or work on behalf of, foreign-owned companies,” Mesires wrote.

He continued: “He will continue to keep his father personally uninvolved in his business affairs, while availing himself as necessary and appropriate to the Office of the White House counsel to help inform his application of the Biden administration’s guidelines or standards to his business decision-making.”

Joe Biden, speaking to reporters after a union forum in suburban Des Moines, said his son did not discuss that decision with him before posting the statement.

“No one has asserted my son did a single thing wrong,” the former vice president added, pounding his finger into the podium, “except a lying president.”

He promised to bar his family members from occupying any office within the White House and said they won’t “sit in meetings as if they are a Cabinet member.” That was a jab at Trump, who taps daughter Ivanka and her husband, Jared Kushner, as advisors. Joe Biden did not say if his pledge meant that Jill Biden, his wife, would not get the office traditionally assigned to first ladies, should he win.

He further vowed that no one in his family will have “any business relationship with anyone that relates to a foreign corporation or foreign country.”

Hunter Biden’s work overseas sits at the center of the House impeachment inquiry into Trump, who has admitted to asking foreign powers to investigate the younger Biden’s business dealings abroad.

The White House released a rough transcript of a call in which Trump asks Ukraine’s new president, Volodymyr Zelensky, to investigate Biden’s family and Ukraine’s role in the 2016 election that put Trump in office. Trump has also encouraged China to dig into Hunter Biden’s work in that country, asserting without evidence that he earned $1.5 billion from a “sweetheart” business deal there.

The president’s personal attorney, Rudolph W. Giuliani, is also under increasing scrutiny for his efforts to dig into Hunter Biden’s business background. Late last week, two businessmen involved in Giuliani’s efforts to investigate Hunter Biden’s dealings in Ukraine were charged with federal campaign finance violations.

Still, Republicans reacted to news of Hunter Biden’s decision to step away from the Chinese-backed BHR Equity Investment Fund Management Co. with deep skepticism.

“I think this is just another way to save a flailing campaign that’s going down,” Georgia Rep. Doug Collins, the top Republican on the House Judiciary Committee, said on Fox News’ “Sunday Morning Futures.” “He knows he’s in trouble and this is just another way to try and detract attention.”

On the same show, White House counselor Kellyanne Conway said Hunter Biden “should have done this quite a while ago.”

Mesires noted repeatedly that there is no evidence of wrongdoing against Hunter Biden, despite intensifying attacks from Trump before the 2020 election.

“Despite extensive scrutiny, at no time has any law enforcement agency, either domestic or foreign, alleged that Hunter engaged in wrongdoing at any point during his five-year term,” Mesires said in his Sunday post of Biden’s experience in Ukraine.

The attorney wrote that Hunter Biden worked as an unpaid board member for BHR Equity Investment Fund Management Co. “based on his interest in seeking ways to bring Chinese capital to international markets.”

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“To date, Hunter has not received any compensation for being on BHR’s board of directors,” Mesires said. “He has not received any return on his investment; there have been no distributions to BHR shareholders since Hunter obtained his equity interest.”

One of Biden’s Democratic presidential rivals praised the move, noting that Trump’s children are openly trading on his name in business deals around the world while Trump occupies the Oval Office.

“I think it demonstrates the difference in standards relative to the White House,” said Pete Buttigieg, the mayor of South Bend, Ind.

“I mean, here you have Hunter Biden stepping down from a position in order to make sure, even though there’s been no accusation of wrongdoing — doing something just to make sure there’s not even the appearance of a conflict of interests, while, in the White House, the president of the United States is a walking conflict of interest,” he said.


Ten years ago, Mitrice Richardson was released from the Los Angeles County sheriff’s Malibu/Lost Hills Station just after midnight, left to find her way home through a remote area, alone and on foot, with no money or phone.

When her body was located 11 months later, questions were raised about why the Sheriff’s Department let her go at an hour when there were few transportation options available and after she showed signs of a mental health crisis; she had been arrested after failing to pay her bill at a Malibu restaurant and exhibiting what was described as “strange behavior.”

Richardson’s case was one of the first late-night jail releases to draw scrutiny in California. But it wasn’t until another young black woman, Jessica St. Louis, died after leaving an Alameda County jail nine years later that California legislators sought to change a practice critics say is unfair and dangerous.

On Saturday, Gov. Gavin Newsom vetoed legislation to change the rules. Senate Bill 42 would have required county jails to allow those being released to stay until daylight hours if they chose, and to provide a safe place to wait for a ride and for the released inmate to charge a mobile phone while waiting after business hours.

Newsom cited the provision allowing inmates to wait until morning to leave as a costly mandate on local governments that would have to be reimbursed by the state. He wrote in his veto message that, although late-night jail releases were “simply an unsafe practice, resulting in many tragic and preventable outcomes over the years,” they should be addressed with a more “tailored” approach that “does not put the state treasury on the hook for local jail operations costs.”

State Sen. Nancy Skinner (D-Berkeley), the bill’s author, said the understood the budget concerns but “the reality here is lives are at stake.”

“This notion that there is a more targeted way to do it that would cost less, no one has recommended yet,” she said. “There are not very many people released from jail that are going to opt to stay in the safe place until business hours. There just won’t be that many, but if it saves even one life, that’s good enough.”

Skinner took up the issue after learning about St. Louis’ death, which occurred a few hours after she was released in July 2018.

St. Louis, 26, left Alameda County‘s Santa Rita Jail in Dublin, a suburb east of the San Francisco Bay, around 1:30 a.m. without money or her cellphone. She had served 11 days for a probation violation, according to Sheriff’s Sgt. Ray Kelly. Her body was discovered the next morning at the nearest transit station, which would have required a walk through an isolated area. A coroner later determined that St. Louis died of a drug overdose involving fentanyl, though, as with the Richardson case, her family is unsatisfied with the investigation.

A coalition of women, some of whom were previously incarcerated, created and wrote articles for a website about St. Louis’ case and received feedback from others who had been released under similar circumstances.

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“We started to hear from women, ‘Oh, I have been on that walk before,’” said Krea Gomez, a member of the Sister Warriors Freedom Coalition, the group behind the website “We were hearing from men and women about how messed up it is to have to take that 1.9-mile walk from Santa Rita to the BART station … While this death was an isolated incident, the impact from the walk could potentially have dangerous consequences for many people.”

The group invited Skinner to join them for a nighttime march from the jail to the transit station. The walk was “basically on remote and deserted streets,” Skinner said.

“It was chilling to me,” she said. “I just thought, no, this is not right.”

SB 42 would have applied to anyone released from jail but was written with women and the transgender community in mind, Gomez said. Skinner said that because county jails are often in outlying areas, women can be especially at risk from sex traffickers and others who target them after their release.

“There are predatory individuals who hang out in remote areas at night near jails,” Skinner said. “It doesn‘t take much imagination that anybody hanging out near a jail in a remote location in the middle of the night does not have good intentions.”

Assemblywoman Sydney Kamlager-Dove (D-Los Angeles), a co-author of the bill, said Richardson came to mind when she signed on to support the measure. “I also thought of the many instances in Los Angeles where inmates are released and unceremoniously discarded onto our streets,” she said prior to Newsom’s veto. “Our indifference towards the incarcerated and formerly incarcerated costs us too much. Humanity is not that costly of an investment.”

The Richardson case has never been closed.

Late-night releases can also present a danger to communities. On New Year’s Eve 2014, Gary Lee Bullock was released from jail late at night in the Humboldt County city of Eureka, about 60 miles from where he had been arrested, with no transportation readily available.

Bullock wandered to a nearby church where, in the early morning hours, he killed a Catholic priest and took his car, according to media reports. Bullock was convicted on charges including first-degree murder and torture, and sentenced to two life terms. A Humboldt County grand jury found it was one of three deaths within a one-year period in the county that involved people who were released from jail in the late night or early morning hours.

The issue of late-night jail releases has also gained national attention in recent years. Philadelphia city jails have drawn scrutiny after a media investigation found prisoners were released late at night, often without their personal possessions. A jail in Maine also changed its policies last month to end the practice.

Skinner’s bill was approved by the Legislature despite opposition from the California State Sheriffs’ Assn., which voiced concerns similar to those in Newsom’s veto message.

“While county jails are responsible for the care of inmates while in physical custody, the reach and responsibility of public entities can only extend so far,” the association wrote in a letter opposing the bill. “Such a mandate creates space and cost challenges.”

Amika Mota, policy director for the Sister Warriors Freedom Coalition, said her group was disappointed by Newsom’s veto but added the governor’s staff promised to meet with the activists in the coming days.

Skinner said she was unsure if she will bring the legislation back next year. She pointed out that counties are currently free to address the problem themselves, without a new state law, and said she hopes more local sheriffs will do so.

“The sheriffs have the power to do the right thing,” Skinner said.


Give Richard M. Nixon credit: When he set out to sabotage his opponents in a U.S. presidential campaign, at least he hired Americans for the job.

President Trump outsourced his dirty tricks overseas, asking Ukraine to help destroy former Vice President Joe Biden.

It has landed Trump in a Watergate-size world of trouble.

The 37th president’s path to his ignoble resignation may be the best guide we have to the possible future of the 45th — although that doesn’t mean the two scandals will end the same way.

Still, the similarities are undeniable. In both cases, a president was accused of abusing his power in an attempt to hobble one of his Democratic opponents. The initial allegations led to others, including charges of illegal campaign contributions to the president’s reelection efforts.

On Thursday, 17 federal prosecutors from the Watergate case published an open letter charging that Trump is guilty of the same offenses that brought Nixon down: abuse of power, obstruction of justice and contempt of Congress.

“The same three articles of impeachment could be specified against Trump, as he has demonstrated serious and persistent abuses of power that in our view satisfy the constitutional standard of high crimes and misdemeanors,” they wrote in the Washington Post.

Nixon tried to tamper with the 1972 election when he was seeking a second term. First he sent undercover agents to sabotage the campaign of Sen. Edmund S. Muskie of Maine, the Democrats’ early front-runner.

Then Nixon’s ham-fisted “plumbers” broke into a Democratic Party office in Washington’s Watergate complex to plant listening devices, only to be thwarted by a security guard. A two-year-long whodunit revealed numerous other crimes. Nixon quit after Senate Republicans warned him he’d be ousted from office in an impeachment trial.

Senate Republicans still support Trump — but his Ukraine imbroglio has moved at warp speed compared to Watergate. The House’s impeachment inquiry only began on Sept. 24.

Both presidents tried to shield themselves by holding onto public support — but both lost ground as evidence of their misconduct piled up.

In Nixon’s case, public sentiment changed slowly. Support for his impeachment didn’t reach 50% until June 1974, two years after the Watergate burglary.

Trump’s polls hit that mark less than a month after the White House released a rough transcript of a call that showed Trump had pressed Ukraine’s president for a “favor,” an investigation of his political enemies. Last week, a Fox News Poll found that 51% of the public already favors Trump’s removal from office.

Much of that sentiment is partisan. Some 85% of Democrats favored removing Trump from the White House, according to the poll, while 82% of Republicans said he shouldn’t be impeached at all.

But the president’s GOP base may not be as solid as it looks. A Washington Post-Schar School Poll found that 28% of Republicans support House Democrats’ decision to open an impeachment inquiry, and almost one in five Republicans said they favor removing Trump from office.

If those numbers grow, the president is in serious trouble.

What changed public opinion in Watergate was a slow parade of horrors: revelations of presidential misconduct, more tales of political sabotage, illegal campaign cash, witness tampering and presidential denials that turned out to be false.

A similar pattern is beginning to appear in the Trump White House.

Two associates of the president’s lawyer, Rudolph W. Giuliani, were arrested last week on charges of funneling illegal foreign contributions into a pro-Trump Super PAC. And Trump’s record of denying almost every charge against him, only to admit some of them later, is lavish.

Both presidents tried to block investigations by refusing to give Congress documents and testimony. In both cases, cracks in the wall quickly appeared. Despite a White House decree that no Trump administration officials will cooperate with the impeachment inquiry, several current or former officials have testified behind closed doors, with more to come.

There are obvious differences between the two cases — and they may be as important as the similarities.

The two political parties are far more polarized and disciplined now than in Nixon’s day. In 1974, moderate Republicans and conservative Democrats formed what they called a “fragile coalition” to support Nixon’s impeachment, which gave the House effort a bipartisan sheen. One of the leaders was Rep. William S. Cohen (R-Maine), who later served as secretary of Defense under President Clinton.

No such bipartisan coalition exists today, because almost no moderate Republicans or conservative Democrats are left. Impeaching Trump is a partisan cause so far.

In that respect, it resembles the House Republicans’ impeachment of Clinton in 1998, which led to a trial in the Senate and the acquittal of the president. The impeachment effort never attracted Democratic support.

Watergate teaches one more lesson: Impeachments are unpredictable.

Nixon was determined to defy his enemies, but his own words proved his undoing. Secretly recorded Oval Office tapes showed he had personally directed a coverup; once members of Congress saw the transcripts, he was out the door in three days. Trump’s words — and Oval Office transcripts — may come back to haunt him too.

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Congress is returning from a two-week recess on Tuesday, but some lawmakers barely left Washington.

Three House committees investigating impeachment worked through the break, issuing multiple subpoenas and holding depositions with State Department officials relevant to the inquiry . Democrats are investigating President Trump’s dealings with Ukraine and exploring whether he abused his office by seeking dirt from a foreign country on former Vice President Joe Biden, a leading Democratic contender for the 2020 White House nomination and Trump’s political rival.

That work will intensify when Congress gets back. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., has said she wants the committees to work “expeditiously” as Democrats gather evidence and prepare to make a final decision on whether to vote to impeach the president.

The impeachment probe was sparked by a whistleblower who revealed that Trump asked Ukraine’s new president, Volodymyr Zelenskiy, on a July telephone call to investigate Biden’s family and Ukraine’s role of in the 2016 election that put Trump in office. The calls to investigate Joe Biden and son Hunter have come without evidence of wrongdoing by either Biden, in either country.

Trump has defended his conduct as “perfect” and said he will refuse to comply with the inquiry.

Flurry of subpoenas and depositions

Despite Trump’s assertions that he won’t cooperate, some members of his administration are participating anyway.

Staff and lawmakers from the House Intelligence Committee, the House Oversight and Reform Committee and the House Foreign Affairs Committee have called in several State Department witnesses.

They have already heard from two: Kurt Volker, a former envoy to Ukraine, and Marie Yovanovitch, a former ambassador to Ukraine. Fiona Hill, a former White House adviser who focused on Russia, is expected to appear in private on Monday, with plans for Gordon Sondland , the U.S. ambassador to the European Union, to follow on Thursday. Sondland didn’t show up for a scheduled deposition last week after the State Department directed him not to come, but his lawyer said he would comply with a subpoena issued by the committees afterward.

Democrats want to ask Sondland about text messages provided by Volker that show the two of them acting as intermediaries as Trump urged Ukraine to start the investigations.

The committees are also seeking closed-door depositions with George Kent, the deputy assistant secretary of state in the European and Eurasian Bureau, and Ulrich Brechbuhl, a State Department counselor.

The panels have subpoenaed or requested documents from the White House, the Defense Department, the White House Office of Management and Budget, Vice President Mike Pence, Energy Secretary Rick Perry, Trump personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani and two Giuliani associates. The deadlines for most of those requests are this coming week.

The whistleblower

The chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., suggested Sunday that the committee may not need to hear from the whistleblower after weeks of negotiations to obtain the person’s testimony. The talks have centered on how to protect the whistleblower, who is publicly unknown, and prevent retaliation, given that Trump has said he wants to know the person’s identity. Congressional aides have even suggested somehow disguising the whistleblower so that person’s identity wouldn’t be revealed.

Schiff said “it may not be necessary” to take steps that could risk disclosing the person’s identity to find out more about the July telephone call. The White House released a rough transcript of the call last month.

“Given that we already have the call record, we don’t need the whistleblower, who wasn’t on the call, to tell us what took place during the call,” Schiff said on CBS’ “Face the Nation. “We have the best evidence of that.”

Democrats stick to their strategy

Pelosi has been unflappable while Republicans have criticized her for declining to hold a vote to authorize the impeachment inquiry. The Constitution doesn’t require one, but the House held such votes during the impeachment investigations of Presidents Richard Nixon and Bill Clinton.

In a conference call with the Democratic caucus on Friday, the issue didn’t even come up, according to a person familiar with that private call who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss it.

Still, some Democrats have suggested that a vote couldn’t hurt.

“My own opinion is that we ought to just take this off the table because it’s such a nonissue, and there’s no doubt in my mind that of course if Nancy Pelosi does that, she will have the votes and that will pass,” said Democratic Rep. Jim Himes of Connecticut, a member of the intelligence Committee. “But it’s not required,” he said Sunday on ABC’s “This Week.”

Court battles

Democrats had a victory on Friday when a federal appeals court ruled that Trump’s financial records must be turned over to the House.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit said lawmakers should get the documents they have subpoenaed from the accounting firm Mazars USA, which has provided services to the president. Trump went to court to prevent Mazars from turning over the material.

The House Oversight and Reform Committee subpoenaed records from Mazars in April. They include documents from 2011 to 2018 that the House wants for investigation into the president’s reporting of his finances and potential conflicts of interest.

The committee chairman, Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., said on the Friday call with Pelosi that Democrats expect the Trump administration will do everything in its power to slow down the legal process. He predicted the case will go to the Supreme Court.

It’s unclear whether Democrats will fight any of their impeachment battles in court. That might not be necessary because witnesses have begun to comply with subpoenas despite Trump’s orders.

Republicans protest

Republicans have little recourse in the impeachment inquiry, but they have focused their ire on Democrats and defended the president. They are expected to step up those efforts in the coming weeks.

Trump and Republicans on the investigating committees have said the White House should have more rights in the inquiry; for example, the ability for his lawyers to be present for interviews and to cross-examine witnesses.

“This process is a joke, and the consequences are huge,” Rep. Lee Zeldin, R-N.Y., said Friday.

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Paul Stastny scored twice on the power play, Max Pacioretty added a power-play goal and the Vegas Golden Knights beat the Kings 5-2 on Sunday night.

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Reilly Smith and Mark Stone also scored, and Marc-Andre Fleury made 36 saves as the Golden Knights swept their first set of back-to-back games.

Vegas was 3 for 3 on the power play after starting the season 3 for 17 with the man-advantage.

Jonathan Quick allowed five goals on 36 shots for the Kings. Quick has allowed 19 goals on 92 shots in his three appearances this season. He has allowed at least five goals in five of his last seven starts.

Stastny redirected Pacioretty’s pass between Quick’s legs to put the Golden Knights up 3-1 at 14:51 of the second period. He made it 4-1 with a one-timer on a feed from Jonathan Marchessault 2:09 later. It was Stastny’s second career game with two power-play goals, and he finished with four points.

Dustin Brown pulled the Kings within 4-2 at 4:24 of the third period, but Stone pushed the lead back to three goals by scoring 17 seconds later.

Vegas went in front 1-0 at 5:42 of the first period on Smith’s fourth goal of the season. Smith scored on a wrist shot from the left circle, with William Karlsson providing his sixth assist through five games.

Pacioretty scored on the power play at 6:59 to make it 2-0, scoring from the right dot after being given too much space by the Kings. But Los Angeles cut the deficit to 2-1 on Austin Wagner’s first goal of the season 50 seconds later.

Pittsburgh Steelers running back James Conner jogged the last handful of yards in the second quarter Sunday night with nothing between him and a sea of black jerseys and gold towels in the north end zone stands.

Behind him, Chargers defenders pulled up too. They weren’t close enough to reach him.

The one Charger who could have, Jatavis Brown, was flat on the Dignity Health Sports Park grass. Moments before, he had Conner right in front of him, a key third-down stop within his grasp.

Instead, he whiffed.

That missed tackle didn’t cost the Chargers the game. They already were down two scores and the offense never put any real pressure on Pittsburgh in the Chargers’ 24-17 loss. But Brown’s error was emblematic of an issue the Chargers didn’t get right all night.

In the first quarter when the game was still close, Conner caught a short pass in the flat on third down. Cornerback Michael Davis had him squared up, lunged and missed. Conner gained the first down and, one player later, rushed 12 yards for a score.

And later, Brown missed one on a third-and-five near midfield that would’ve led to a punt. Instead, Pittsburgh went on to take a 21-0 lead.

“Those are backbreakers,” Davis said.

Conner was a problem for the Chargers’ passing game, particularly on third down. Five of his Pittsburgh-leading seven catches came on third down. Three of those led to first downs with another turning into an easy touchdown.

No other Steeler caught more than two passes or gained more than 14 yards.

Henry returns

The Chargers’ offense had a rough night, and if tight end Hunter Henry hadn’t returned after missing the last four games with an injured knee it could have been worse.

Henry, who suffered a tibia plateau fracture in his left knee during the season opener, made an immediate impact, catching a 19-yard seam pass on the Chargers’ first play.

He was by far the Chargers’ most dangerous player, finishing with eight catches for 100 yards and two touchdowns — all career highs.


Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers is hit by Pittsburgh Steelers outside linebacker T.J. Watt as he releases a pass to running back Austin Ekeler to keep a fourth-quarter scoring drive alive Sunday. 

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Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers tries to catch his breath on the sideline after taking a hard hit during the game’s opening drive against the Pittsburgh Steelers. 

(Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times)


Pittsburgh Steelers running back James Conner sprints past Chargers outside linebacker Jatavis Brown for a second-quarter touchdown. 

(Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times)


Chargers fan Kat Daly is dwarfed by Steelers at Dignity Health Sports Park. 

(Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times)


Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers, left, tangles with Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback Mike Hilton after throwing an interception in the final seconds of Sunday’s game. 

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Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers is hit as he tries to complete a pass during Sunday’s loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers. 

(Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times)


Chargers running back Melvin Gordon is upended while carrying the ball during the second quarter against the Pittsburgh Steelers. 

(Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times)


Pittsburgh Steelers running back Benny Snell darts through a hole for a long run during the first half against the Chargers. 

(Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times)


Pittsburgh Steelers defensive end Tyson Alualu, right, bats down a pass by Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers during Sunday’s game. 

(Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times)


Pittsburgh Steelers running back James Conner drags Chargers outside linebacker Thomas Davis into the end zone for a first-quarter touchdown. 

(Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times)


Pittsburgh Steelers running back James Conner stiff arms Chargers middle linebacker Denzel Perryman during the second half Sunday. 

(Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times)


Chargers running back Austin Ekeler struggles to break free of Pittsburgh Steelers defenders during Sunday’s game. 

(Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times)


Chargers tight end Hunter Henry scores a fourth-quarter touchdown in front of Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback Artie Burns during the fourth quarter Sunday. 

(Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times)

Henry said he didn’t expect to play as much as he did, but came out of the game feeling pretty good physically. His teammates hope Henry’s presence in the passing game can make things easier on everyone else.

“Hunter did his thing tonight,” running back Melvin Gordon said. “The good thing about that is everybody’s seen it, including our next opponent, so maybe they’ll back up a little bit and it open some things for the run game.”

Henry missed almost all of 2018 with an ACL injury and was expected to be a key part of the Chargers’ offense this year before getting hurt in Week 1.


As expected, defensive end Melvin Ingram didn’t play because of a hamstring injury. … Jason Moore, who the team promoted from its practice squad Saturday, had his first career catches, grabbing two passes for 43 yards. … Wide receiver Mike Williams limped off the field late in the fourth quarter, barely making it to the sidelines before getting attention. Williams returned for the Chargers’ final drive. … Starting offensive tackle Trent Scott limped off the field following the Chargers’ last play with what appeared to be an ankle injury.

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Carlos Correa hit a leadoff home run in the 11th inning and the Houston Astros won a battle of the bullpens, beating the New York Yankees 3-2 Sunday night to tie the AL Championship Series at one game apiece.

The slumping Correa, who earlier hit an RBI double and made a sensational play at shortstop, connected for an opposite-field shot to right off J.A. Happ.

Correa watched the ball sail, then held up one finger as he rounded the bases. As he approached home plate, he tossed his helmet as if shooting a basketball at the crowd of teammates waiting for him.

Game 3 is Tuesday afternoon at Yankee Stadium. Gerrit Cole, who is 18-0 in his last 24 starts and led the majors in strikeouts, starts for the Astros against Luis Severino.

“The game of baseball, it’s a beautiful game,” Correa said.

The Yankees tied a League Championship Series record by using nine pitchers. The eight relievers had permitted only one run and two hits with 11 strikeouts before Correa homered, ending a game that took 4 hours, 49 minutes and ended just before midnight.

Houston’s five relievers combined for 4 1/3 innings of one-hit shutout ball after taking over for Justin Verlander. Going into this best-of-seven series, the Yankees were considered the better team in the bullpen — the Astros amply held their own in this one.

”Our bullpen was nasty, gave us a chance to win the game,” Correa said.

Gary Sanchez struck out looking to end the Yankees 11th with runners on first and second. The pitch appeared outside — it came right after he swung and missed with two strikes, but was ruled a foul ball.

New York lost for the first time this postseason after four wins.

“It was a struggle tonight,” Yankees manager Aaron Boone said. ”They’re tough to score runs off, especially on a night when Verlander is out there.”

Aaron Judge put the Yankees on top 2-1 with a two-run shot off Verlander in the fourth. It was his first homer this postseason and the eighth in his playoff career.

George Springer tied it in the fifth with his franchise-record 12th career postseason home run. The 2017 World Series MVP connected on the first pitch after reliever Adam Ottavino entered.

Correa was sidelined for a while late this year because of back trouble. The All-Star began the day in a 3-for-22 skid this postseason.

Along with his bat, he made the key play in the field to keep it tied at 2 in the sixth. With runners at first and second, and on the move on a full-count pitch with two outs, Brett Gardner hit a hard grounder that bounced off second baseman Jose Altuve for a single.

The ball bounded away and Correa quickly retrieved it and threw a strike to catcher Robinson Chirinos, who tagged out the sliding DJ LeMahieu.

Verlander pumped his fist and screamed “let’s go!” as he came off the field and Correa shook his finger with a look that said: ”not on my watch.”

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Cameras then panned to Verlander’s supermodel wife, Kate Upton, who jumped and cheered from a luxury suite.

“I just tried creeping over and as soon as the ball hit him, I scooped it and he sent him, so I had to gun him down,” Correa said.

Correa ended an 0-for-14 slump with an RBI double in the second off James Paxton, who lasted just 2 1/3 innings.

Hours later, Correa ended it with his drive off Happ.

”I’ve been successful before going the other way against him,” Correa said. “I was looking for something down the middle that I could drive the other way. He threw a perfect pitch to do it.”

In a game decided by bullpens, it was quite a relief for Correa.

”Not playing a couple of weeks before the playoffs and then not producing for or my team offensively, obviously it’s tough, getting hurt and everything,” he said. “But it’s all worth it for moments like this, moments like this where you give your team a chance to win every day, it’s worth it, man.”

”It’s been a tough road this year but I’m finally here and I was able to contribute tonight,” he said.

Verlander entered the game 4-0 in six career postseason starts against the Yankees. He allowed five hits and struck out seven in 6 2/3 innings to bounce back from a tough start in Game 4 of the ALDS where he took the loss while pitching on short rest.

Racing! Happy Indigenous Peoples' Day

October 14, 2019 | News | No Comments

Hello, my name is John Cherwa and welcome back to our horse racing newsletter as we explore if these special Monday cards are worth it.

Here we have an added newsletter this week, which will be Tuesday, to look back at the special Columbus/Indigenous Peoples’ Day card at Santa Anita.

It got me thinking if these Monday cards, at the expense of a Thursday card, are really worth it for the track. So, I looked at the numbers for the last five years.

The answer is a resounding yes. Now, there are mitigating factors, such as promotions on the Monday card that include cheaper beer and hot dogs. I know it should be about the racing, but sometimes it’s about cheap beer.

I remember before the digital age, when print newspapers were more a part of everyone’s daily routine, the biggest circulation driver was never great journalism, but some kind of classified ad promotion like Wingo! Go figure.

Anyway, the difference between a Monday holiday card vs. a normal Thursday card is pretty astounding. (In case you forgot there is no Thursday card this week.)

So, let’s look at on-track attendance and all-sources handle.


Monday (10/08) attendance: 5,546

Thursday (10/18) attendance: 3,441

Increase (Monday over Thursday): 61.2%

Monday handle: 7,283,335

Thursday handle: 4,917,872

Increase: 48.1%


Monday (10/09) attendance: 4,927

Thursday (10/19) attendance: 3,131

Increase: 57.4%

Monday handle: 7,491,133

Thursday handle: 4,590,016

Increase: 63.2%


Monday (10/10) attendance: 6,129

Thursday (10/28) attendance: 3,118

Increase: 96%

Monday handle: 6,865,201

Thursday handle: 4,464,836

Increase: 53.7%


Monday (10/12) attendance: 5,475

Thursday (10/22) attendance: 3,231

Increase: 69.4%

Monday handle: 6,761,420

Thursday handle: 6,733,487

Increase: 0.4% (Have no idea what happened this year.)


Monday (10/13) attendance: 3,486

Thursday (10/23) attendance: 2,473

Increase: 41%

Monday handle: 7,724,291

Thursday handle: 4,750,117

Increase: 62.6%

So, there’s your answer. Yes, the tracks would be happy if every Monday were a holiday and we would never see Thursday racing again. (Except at Del Mar in the summer.)

Santa Anita review

When last we saw Leucothea, she had unseated her jockey and was running toward reporters and photographers stationed in the winner’s circle. But that was during the Chandelier Stakes on opening day of the fall meeting. On Sunday, in the $75,000 Anoakia Stakes for 2-year-old fillies going six furlongs, she went to the lead and then dominated winning by 8 ½ lengths.

She paid $6.20, $3.00 and $2.40 for trainer Peter Miller and jockey Abel Cedillo. Shedaresthedevil was second and Éclair finished third.

Here’s what the winning connections had to say.

Ruben Alvarado (assistant to trainer Miller): “We weren’t worried about her leaving the gate today (referring to her last start) The next day, she seemed fine and she walked for a few days after that and everything was good. It was great to get Abel back on her [Sunday], he knows her very well.”

Abel Cedillo (winning jockey): “When this filly broke her maiden, she made the lead very easy. She doesn’t like you to take any hold of her, you just have to leave her alone and she does her job.”

Santa Anita preview

Monday’s card is eight races starting at 12:30 p.m. There are two allowance/optional claimers and three races on the turf. Overall, though, it’s a Thursday card on a holiday Monday. The field sizes aren’t great, but will be OK if there aren’t a lot of scratches.

We’ll call the seventh race the feature. It’s an allowance/OC over 5 ½ furlongs on the turf for fillies and mares. The purse is $53,000. You know, if you couldn’t see the conditions you would know it’s the feature because it only has five horses. The best race doesn’t always have the smallest fields but it sure seems that way.

OK, the favorite, at 9-5, is Storming Lady for trainer Alfredo Marquez and jockey Victor Espinoza. She has won three-of-seven races this year and earlier had won three in a row including one at this level.

Two of the five horses are second favorites at 2-1, both trained by Doug O’Neill. Smoovie has Abel Cedillo as her jockey. She’s won tree of eight this year, including an allowance last out. One of her other wins was an allowance. Travieza will have Rafael Bejarano in the saddle. She is winless in four tries this year. Last year she won the Unzip Me Stakes.

Here are the field sizes, in order: 6, 6, 6, 6, 8, 7, 5, 8.

Ciaran Thornton’s SA pick of the day

RACE FIVE: No. 4 Asaro (12-1)

Asaro last raced Aug. 7 at Del Mar at this distance and lost by a nose but was placed first in a DQ. First start since then this is a value I cannot believe we are getting. Regular works since then, so they may have been waiting for the perfect spot. Race is protected Monday with some sharp workouts that add to the appeal. Trainer Karen Headley is 17% off the bench. Jamming Eddie who was DQ to second in the race returned to win validating the race. 12-1 oh my!

Sunday’s result: Bootie under a great ride by Abel Cedillo sat second into the turn, took the lead but was swallowed up on the line to run third. Cedillo read the race perfect but was a smidge unlucky as were we.

Ciaran Thornton is the handicapper for, which offers daily full card picks, longshots of the day, best bets of the day.

Big races review

A look at graded stakes or races worth $100,000 on Sunday and late Saturday.

Late Saturday

Delta Downs (8): $100,000 Gold Cup Stakes, La-breds 3 and up, 1 mile. Winner: Trevilion ($9.60)


Belmont (7): $100,000 Point of Entry Stakes, 3 and up, 1 ½ miles on turf. Winner: Red Knight ($7.20)

Woodbine (11): $100,000 Ruling Angel Stakes, fillies 3-years-old, 6 ½ furlongs. Winner: Gamble’s Candy ($24.40)

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Now, here’s the stars of the show, Sunday’s results and Monday’s entries.

Santa Anita Charts Results for Sunday, October 13.

Copyright 2019 by Equibase Company. Reproduction prohibited. Santa Anita, Santa Anita Park, Arcadia, California. 11th day of a 23-day meet. Clear & Fast


5½ Furlongs. Purse: $50,000. Maiden Special Weight. 2 year olds. Time 22.27 45.76 58.14 1:04.60

Pgm Horse Wt PP St ¼ 3/8 Str Fin Jockey $1

5 High Velocity 115 5 1 2–3 2–2½ 2–4 1–2 Diaz, Jr. 0.70
1 Prince Magician 122 1 2 1–1 1–1½ 1–hd 2–2¼ Flores 16.40
2 Jeffnjohn’sthundr 122 2 5 3–hd 3–½ 3–½ 3–½ Fuentes 12.50
3 Malibu Star 122 3 3 4–hd 4–3 4–9 4–13 Roman 2.60
4 Call Me Daddy 122 4 4 5 5 5 5 Cedillo 3.70

5 HIGH VELOCITY 3.40 2.40 2.10

$1 EXACTA (5-1)  $11.40
10-CENT SUPERFECTA (5-1-2-3)  $9.09
50-CENT TRIFECTA (5-1-2)  $29.00

Winner–High Velocity B.c.2 by Quality Road out of Ketel Twist, by Dixie Union. Bred by Dell Ridge Farm, LLC (KY). Trainer: Bob Baffert. Owner: West, Gary and Mary. Mutuel Pool $105,752 Exacta Pool $42,651 Superfecta Pool $16,934 Trifecta Pool $29,514. Scratched–Twirling Derby.

HIGH VELOCITY had speed outside then stalked off the rail, bid alongside the runner-up under some urging in midstretch, gained the advantage a sixteenth out and edged away late under steady handling. PRINCE MAGICIAN had speed inside then set the pace a bit off the rail leaving the backstretch and inside on the turn and into the stretch, fought back along the fence in midstretch, could not match the winner in the final sixteenth but bested the others. JEFFNJOHN’STHUNDR broke slowly, chased along the inside then a bit off the rail on the turn, came out some in the stretch and held third. MALIBU STAR a step slow to begin, chased between horses then outside a rival on the turn, came out into the stretch and was edged for the show. CALL ME DADDY also broke a bit slowly, chased outside a rival then three deep leaving the backstretch, leaned in and bumped a rival to briefly lose his action into the turn, dropped back off the rail and gave way.


5½ Furlongs Turf. Purse: $50,000. Maiden Special Weight. 3 year olds and up. Time 22.44 45.00 56.29 1:02.29

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Pgm Horse Wt PP St ¼ 3/8 Str Fin Jockey $1

1 Big Runnuer 125 1 9 1–hd 1–1½ 1–4 1–4 Fuentes 8.40
4 Shandling 122 4 8 10 9–½ 4–hd 2–½ Franco 2.90
9 Stable Genius 117 9 1 2–1½ 2–1 2–1½ 3–1¾ Velez 9.80
5 Lincoln City 122 5 5 9–1 8–hd 8–2 4–1¾ T Baze 9.10
10 Awesome Score 122 10 4 3–1 3–1 3–1 5–½ Mn Garcia 26.50
3 Deuce 125 3 3 5–hd 6–1 5–hd 6–hd Roman 9.90
2 Joeys Ace 122 2 10 4–½ 4–½ 6–1 7–1½ Cedillo 8.10
8 Lord Adare 122 8 6 6–hd 5–hd 7–hd 8–¾ Desormeaux 6.40
6 Goldie’s Hills 125 6 7 7–hd 7–1 9–½ 9–½ Payeras 21.10
7 Inquisiteur 122 7 2 8–2½ 10 10 10 Prat 3.50

1 BIG RUNNUER 18.80 9.60 7.00
4 SHANDLING 4.80 3.60

$2 DAILY DOUBLE (5-1)  $31.40
$1 EXACTA (1-4)  $40.60
10-CENT SUPERFECTA (1-4-9-5)  $343.76
50-CENT TRIFECTA (1-4-9)  $262.15
$1 X-5 SUPER HIGH FIVE (1-4-9-5-10)   Carryover $33,495

Winner–Big Runnuer B.c.4 by Stormy Atlantic out of Elusive Luci, by Elusive Quality. Bred by Mercedes Stables LLC (KY). Trainer: Victor L. Garcia. Owner: Juan J. Garcia. Mutuel Pool $183,897 Daily Double Pool $39,152 Exacta Pool $115,546 Superfecta Pool $51,636 Trifecta Pool $72,629 X-5 Super High Five Pool $8,793. Scratched–Tromador.

BIG RUNNUER broke a bit slowly and was bumped early, went up inside to duel for the lead, inched away on the turn, drew off under urging in the stretch and good handling late.nd. SHANDLING a step slow to begin, was shuffled back between horses early, angled in off the pace, split horses on the turn, came three wide into the stretch and edged a rival late for second. STABLE GENIUS had speed off the rail early, dueled between horses then outside the winner into the turn, stalked just off the rail on the turn and into the stretch, drifted inward in the final furlong and was edged late for the place. LINCOLN CITY was shuffled back a bit between foes midway on the backstretch, angled in and saved ground off the pace, came out for room in midstretch and deep stretch and bested the others. AWESOME SCORE had speed outside early, pressed the pace three deep then stalked off the rail, came three wide into the stretch and weakened. DEUCE chased between horses, split rivals in midstretch and lacked the needed rally. JOEYS ACE broke a bit slowly and bobbled in the opening strides then bumped a rival, saved ground stalking the pace, cut the corner into the stretch and could not offer the necessary response. LORD ADARE sent along to stalk the pace five wide then four wide, continued three deep on the turn and four wide into the stretch and did not rally. GOLDIE’S HILLS chased three wide between horses then off the rail on the turn, came four wide into the stretch and lacked a rally. INQUISITEUR stalked four wide between foes, then three deep into the turn, dropped back and angled in on the bend and weakened.


1 Mile. Purse: $50,000. Maiden Special Weight. 2 year olds. Time 23.05 47.44 1:12.52 1:25.33 1:37.94

Pgm Horse Wt PP St ¼ ½ ¾ Str Fin Jockey $1

3 Honor A. P. 122 3 1 1–½ 1–½ 1–1 1–1 1–5¼ Smith 0.50
7 Tizamagician 122 7 3 3–½ 3–1 2–2 2–4 2–10¼ Espinoza 8.60
9 Eddy Forever 122 9 9 7–2½ 7–3 3–1½ 3–3 3–1¼ Van Dyke 8.40
5 Eel Point 115 5 4 6–hd 5–hd 6–hd 4–1½ 4–¾ Diaz, Jr. 9.60
6 Special Day 122 6 8 9 8–hd 8–2½ 6–½ 5–¾ Franco 22.20
8 Defense Wins 122 8 7 5–1 6–½ 7–2½ 5–1½ 6–6¾ Cedillo 5.30
2 Palace Prince 122 2 6 8–hd 9 9 9 7–3¼ Talamo 55.20
1 Octopus 117 1 2 4–hd 4–hd 4–hd 7–2 8–2¼ Velez 44.70
4 Royal Thunder 122 4 5 2–1 2–hd 5–hd 8–1 9 Fuentes 86.10

3 HONOR A. P. 3.00 2.60 2.10
7 TIZAMAGICIAN 4.80 3.80

$2 DAILY DOUBLE (1-3)  $42.20
$1 EXACTA (3-7)  $9.80
10-CENT SUPERFECTA (3-7-9-5)  $17.27
50-CENT SUPER HIGH FIVE (3-7-9-5-6)  $309.80 Carryover $36,256
50-CENT TRIFECTA (3-7-9)  $20.05

Winner–Honor A. P. Dbb.r.2 by Honor Code out of Hollywood Story, by Wild Rush. Bred by George Krikorian (KY). Trainer: John A. Shirreffs. Owner: C R K Stable LLC. Mutuel Pool $251,927 Daily Double Pool $26,794 Exacta Pool $127,461 Superfecta Pool $74,012 Super High Five Pool $14,471 Trifecta Pool $90,376. Scratched–Include the Tax.

50-Cent Pick Three (5-1-3) paid $17.10. Pick Three Pool $57,617.

HONOR A. P. had speed inside to set a pressured pace, inched away on the second turn and drew clear in the final furlong under a couple backhanded taps of the whip and steady handling then a hold late. TIZAMAGICIAN stalked between horses then bid three deep on the backstretch and second turn, continued to loom behind the winner off the rail to midstretch, then was no match but clearly best of the others. EDDY FOREVER five wide into the first turn, stalked four wide, angled in a bit into the stretch and bested the others. EEL POINT stalked between horses, came three wide into the stretch and weakened. SPECIAL DAY three deep into the first turn, settled off the rail then outside a rival, continued off the inside on the second turn, came out into the stretch and lacked a further response. DEFENSE WINS four wide into the first turn, stalked three deep between foes, went four wide leaving the second turn and into the stretch and weakened. PALACE PRINCE settled a bit off the rail then inside, came out on the second turn and three wide into the stretch and was not a threat. OCTOPUS saved ground stalking the pace and weakened in the drive. ROYAL THUNDER pressed the pace outside the winner then between foes leaving the backstretch, dropped back between horses leaving the second turn and had little left for the stretch.


1 Mile Turf. Purse: $51,000. Allowance Optional Claiming. Fillies and Mares. 3 year olds and up. Claiming Price $16,000. Time 23.08 46.98 1:10.99 1:22.99 1:35.03

Pgm Horse Wt PP St ¼ ½ ¾ Str Fin Jockey $1

7 Absolutely Perfect 125 7 4 2–1 2–½ 2–1 1–1½ 1–2¾ Prat 0.70
4 Magnificent Q T 123 4 3 4–1½ 3–hd 3–hd 4–½ 2–hd Espinoza 5.00
6 Rose Dunn 120 6 1 1–½ 1–1 1–hd 2–½ 3–nk Bejarano 8.20
2 Lucky Ms Jones 125 2 7 7 7 7 6–1 4–hd Franco 11.70
3 Whoa Nessie 125 3 2 3–½ 4–hd 4–hd 3–1 5–½ Cedillo 14.10
5 Nothing But Heat 125 5 5 5–1 5–½ 5–1½ 5–1½ 6–2¼ Blanc 5.90
1 Brahms Command 120 1 6 6–3 6–4½ 6–1 7 7 Van Dyke 15.20

7 ABSOLUTELY PERFECT 3.40 2.40 2.10
4 MAGNIFICENT Q T 3.80 3.40
6 ROSE DUNN 3.80

$2 DAILY DOUBLE (3-7)  $4.60
$1 EXACTA (7-4)  $7.70
10-CENT SUPERFECTA (7-4-6-2)  $18.38
50-CENT SUPER HIGH FIVE (7-4-6-2-3)  $146.15 Carryover $38,105
50-CENT TRIFECTA (7-4-6)  $18.70

Winner–Absolutely Perfect B.f.4 by Vronsky out of In Perfect Style, by Perfect Mandate. Bred by Old English Rancho (CA). Trainer: Dan Blacker. Owner: The Ellwood Johnston Trust and Taste of Victory Stables. Mutuel Pool $206,309 Daily Double Pool $26,362 Exacta Pool $102,585 Superfecta Pool $57,916 Super High Five Pool $9,693 Trifecta Pool $87,765. Scratched–none.

50-Cent Pick Three (1-3-7) paid $18.55. Pick Three Pool $34,225.

ABSOLUTELY PERFECT angled in and prompted the pace outside a rival, stalked off the rail then between foes on the backstretch, re-bid alongside the pacesetter on the second turn to gain the lead into the stretch, inched clear under urging and proved best. MAGNIFICENT Q T stalked outside a rival then between foes into and on the second turn and into the stretch and edged rivals for the place between foes on the line. ROSE DUNN angled in on the early lead and dueled inside, inched away on the backstretch, fought back on the second turn and into the stretch and held third. LUCKY MS JONES broke a bit slowly and was squeezed back, settled inside, came out on the second turn and four wide into the stretch and was edged for the show. WHOA NESSIE pulled along the inside stalking the pace, continued to tug while saved ground on the backstretch, remained inside on the second turn, came out a bit for room in the stretch and was edged for a minor share between foes late. NOTHING BUT HEAT stalked three wide to the stretch and could not summon the necessary late kick. BRAHMS COMMAND broke out onto a rival, chased a bit off the rail to the stretch and did not rally.


1 Mile. Purse: $17,000. Claiming. Fillies and Mares. 3 year olds and up. Claiming Price $10,000. Time 24.07 48.66 1:13.55 1:26.45 1:40.10

Pgm Horse Wt PP St ¼ ½ ¾ Str Fin Jockey $1

5 Princess Dorian 123 5 4 4–1 3–1 2–1½ 1–½ 1–1½ Cedillo 1.00
7 Brookes All Mine 123 7 1 2–½ 2–1 1–hd 2–3 2–4¼ Bejarano 5.90
2 Love of Art 120 2 2 3–hd 4–½ 4–½ 3–2 3–2¼ Velez 4.10
1 Majestic Diva 116 1 5 5–2 5–1½ 5–2 5–1 4–2¼ Diaz, Jr. 3.70
3 Bragging Rights 123 3 6 6–hd 6–hd 6–1 6–2½ 5–3¼ Franco 18.50
4 Buttie 125 4 3 1–1 1–½ 3–1 4–½ 6–4¼ Fuentes 11.80
6 Reinahermosa 123 6 7 7 7 7 7 7 Pena 53.50

5 PRINCESS DORIAN 4.00 2.80 2.40
7 BROOKES ALL MINE 4.60 3.20
2 LOVE OF ART (IRE) 3.00

$2 DAILY DOUBLE (7-5)  $12.00
$1 EXACTA (5-7)  $11.50
10-CENT SUPERFECTA (5-7-2-1)  $6.90
50-CENT SUPER HIGH FIVE (5-7-2-1-3)  $89.15 Carryover $39,946
50-CENT TRIFECTA (5-7-2)  $17.15

Winner–Princess Dorian Dbb.m.5 by Idiot Proof out of Dislitleliteomine, by Singletary. Bred by Elliston Black (CA). Trainer: Andrew Lerner. Owner: ERJ Racing LLC and Lerner Racing. Mutuel Pool $190,929 Daily Double Pool $20,651 Exacta Pool $104,201 Superfecta Pool $54,693 Super High Five Pool $9,644 Trifecta Pool $72,728. Claimed–Love of Art (IRE) by Richard Barton. Trainer: Rene Amescua. Scratched–none.

50-Cent Pick Three (3-7-5) paid $4.00. Pick Three Pool $53,173. 50-Cent Pick Four (1-3/10-7-5) 2131 tickets with 4 correct paid $53.00. Pick Four Pool $148,056. 50-Cent Pick Five (5/6-1-3/10-7-5) 3724 tickets with 5 correct paid $103.45. Pick Five Pool $448,094.

PRINCESS DORIAN three wide early, stalked outside a rival, bid three deep on the second turn then outside the runner-up leaving that turn, took the lead in upper stretch and pulled clear in the final sixteenth under left handed urging while drifting in late. BROOKES ALL MINE stalked outside a rival then bid outside the pacesetter on the backstretch, battled between horses then gained the advantage on the second turn, battled back off the rail leaving that turn and in the stretch, also drifted in late and bested the rest. LOVE OF ART (IRE) saved ground stalking the pace, came out leaving the second turn and between foes into the stretch and gained the show. MAJESTIC DIVA pulled her way along inside then a bit off the rail and steadied slightly leaving the first turn, stalked just off the fence then outside a rival on the second turn and three wide into the stretch and lacked a response in the drive. BRAGGING RIGHTS saved ground chasing the pace, came out some in the stretch and weakened. BUTTIE had speed between horses then angled in, set the pace inside, dueled along the rail on the backstretch and second turn, fell back some leaving that turn and also weakened. REINAHERMOSA chased outside a rival, came out in the stretch and had little left for the drive and was eased late.


5½ Furlongs Turf. Purse: $50,000. Maiden Special Weight. Fillies and Mares. 3 year olds and up. Time 22.29 45.15 57.13 1:03.45

Pgm Horse Wt PP St ¼ 3/8 Str Fin Jockey $1

6 Grinningeartoear 122 6 6 3–1½ 2–½ 2–2½ 1–½ Bejarano 1.40
5 Hot Magistrate 115 5 3 1–½ 1–1 1–1 2–3¼ Diaz, Jr. 12.60
3 Love Not War 122 3 9 4–hd 4–2½ 3–½ 3–½ Gryder 30.40
7 Remember to Smile 122 7 5 6–hd 5–hd 6–4 4–½ Fuentes 6.90
1 Spanish Channel 122 1 10 8–1 7–1 5–½ 5–1 Desormeaux 9.30
2 Stick Up 122 2 4 2–hd 3–1 4–2 6–6¼ Mn Garcia 13.00
10 Apache Pass 122 10 7 7–½ 8–2 7–1 7–nk Cedillo 3.30
8 Goddess Aphrodite 117 8 2 9–hd 10 8–1½ 8–4¼ Velez 13.30
4 Mystica 122 4 8 10 9–hd 10 9–¾ Pereira 149.90
9 Starmore 122 9 1 5–2 6–½ 9–1 10 Franco 15.60

6 GRINNINGEARTOEAR 4.80 3.20 2.80
5 HOT MAGISTRATE 9.80 6.80

$2 DAILY DOUBLE (5-6)  $14.80
$1 EXACTA (6-5)  $19.70
10-CENT SUPERFECTA (6-5-3-7)  $132.80
50-CENT SUPER HIGH FIVE (6-5-3-7-1)  $4,212.95 Carryover $44,159
50-CENT TRIFECTA (6-5-3)  $121.75

Winner–Grinningeartoear Ch.f.3 by Smiling Tiger out of Finish Rich in Nyc, by Gotham City. Bred by Martin Bach (CA). Trainer: Brian J. Koriner. Owner: Blinkers On Racing Stable, Bennett, Boyan, Cahee, Georgetti, Harris, Allen, Preszler, Rahemtulla, Ro. Mutuel Pool $341,901 Daily Double Pool $18,966 Exacta Pool $207,912 Superfecta Pool $121,885 Super High Five Pool $22,082 Trifecta Pool $154,936. Scratched–none.

50-Cent Pick Three (7-5-6) paid $6.85. Pick Three Pool $31,223.

GRINNINGEARTOEAR had speed between horses then pressed the pace three deep, stalked outside a rival on the turn, re-bid alongside the runner-up in the stretch under urging, gained the advantage in deep stretch and gamely prevailed. HOT MAGISTRATE broke in and bumped a rival had good early speed then dueled between horses, inched away and angled in on the turn, fought back inside in the stretch and continued gamely to the end. LOVE NOT WAR stalked a bit off the rail, went around a rival into the stretch and held third. REMEMBER TO SMILE chased between horses then off the rail on the turn, drifted four wide into the stretch and was edged for the show. SPANISH CHANNEL a bit slow to being, saved ground chasing the pace, came out into the stretch and put in a late bid at a minor award. STICK UP went up inside to duel for the lead, stalked along the fence on the turn and weakened in the drive. APACHE PASS stalked four wide then three deep into the turn, angled in a bit off the rail leaving the turn and weakened. GODDESS APHRODITE settled between foes then chased three deep, angled in outside a rival on the turn and lacked a rally. MYSTICA bumped at the start, chased between horses then a bit off the rail on the backstretch, angled to the inside on the turn and weakened. STARMORE stalked outside on the backstretch and turn, fell back leaving the turn, came three wide into the stretch and had little left for the drive.


6 Furlongs. Purse: $75,000. ‘Anoakia Stakes’. Fillies. 2 year olds. Time 21.87 44.81 57.37 1:10.81

Pgm Horse Wt PP St ¼ ½ Str Fin Jockey $1

4 Leucothea 120 4 1 1–1 1–4 1–7 1–8½ Cedillo 2.10
1 Shedaresthedevil 122 1 6 4–hd 4–2½ 3–1½ 2–2¾ Prat 1.10
6 Eclair 122 6 2 6 5–hd 5–3½ 3–2¼ Roman 7.60
3 Buyer’s Remorse 120 3 4 3–1½ 2–½ 2–hd 4–½ Mn Garcia 14.20
2 Pure Xena 122 2 5 2–½ 3–1 4–1½ 5–5¾ Gryder 3.90
5 Bella Renella 122 5 3 5–hd 6 6 6 Velez 47.90

4 LEUCOTHEA 6.20 3.00 2.40
6 ECLAIR 3.00

$2 DAILY DOUBLE (6-4)  $17.60
$1 EXACTA (4-1)  $7.20
10-CENT SUPERFECTA (4-1-6-3)  $6.37
50-CENT TRIFECTA (4-1-6)  $12.15

Winner–Leucothea Ch.f.2 by Midshipman out of Any for Love (ARG), by Southern Halo. Bred by Woods Edge Farm, LLC (KY). Trainer: Peter Miller. Owner: Altamira Racing Stable, SoCal Seven Racing and McGoldrick, Brian. Mutuel Pool $270,044 Daily Double Pool $38,248 Exacta Pool $115,542 Superfecta Pool $60,523 Trifecta Pool $79,495. Scratched–none.

50-Cent Pick Three (5-6-4) paid $9.15. Pick Three Pool $28,090.

LEUCOTHEA had speed outside a rival then inched away on the backstretch, set the pace a bit off the rail, widened on the turn and drew off under some urging then a hold late while drifting in some. SHEDARESTHEDEVIL bobbled at the start, stalked inside then came off the rail on the turn and outside a rival into the stretch and was clearly second best. ECLAIR chased three deep, angled to the inside on the turn, swung out into the stretch and gained the show. BUYER’S REMORSE bumped with a rival nearing the five eighths pole, stalked outside that one to the stretch, drifted to the inside in the drive and weakened. PURE XENA bumped with a rival nearing the five eighths pole, pressed then stalked the pace inside, came out in midstretch and also weakened. BELLA RENELLA chased between horses, fell back some off the rail on the turn, came out into the stretch and gave way.


1 Mile Turf. Purse: $31,000. Starter Allowance. 3 year olds and up. Claiming Price $50,000. Time 22.22 45.16 1:09.29 1:21.52 1:33.56

Pgm Horse Wt PP St ¼ ½ ¾ Str Fin Jockey $1

1 River God 115 1 2 4–1 4–½ 3–½ 2–1½ 1–hd Velez 10.30
6 Tartini 123 6 5 6–hd 6–hd 6–1 3–hd 2–hd Prat 4.00
8 Hootie 123 8 3 2–1 2–1½ 1–hd 1–hd 3–1¼ Cedillo 4.50
7 Storm the Bastille 120 7 6 5–1½ 5–1 4–1 4–½ 4–¾ Pereira 51.20
9 Volubile 122 9 10 9–3 9–3 8–1½ 6–2 5–2½ Blanc 33.50
5 Good Bye Putin 122 5 11 11 10–hd 9–1 9–1½ 6–1¼ Espinoza 8.80
2 South West Bay 120 2 1 1–½ 1–½ 2–1 5–1 7–2¼ Bejarano 2.60
11 Kichiro 120 11 4 3–½ 3–1 5–hd 8–hd 8–1 T Baze 24.90
10 Reedley 120 10 8 7–hd 8–1 7–hd 7–hd 9–1 Mn Garcia 10.30
4 Mongolian Hero 122 4 7 8–1½ 7–hd 10–2 10–3½ 10–½ Espinoza 38.00
3 Unbroken Star 125 3 9 10–½ 11 11 11 11 Talamo 6.20

1 RIVER GOD 22.60 10.60 6.00
6 TARTINI 5.40 3.20
8 HOOTIE 4.00

$2 DAILY DOUBLE (4-1)  $84.20
$1 EXACTA (1-6)  $49.30
10-CENT SUPERFECTA (1-6-8-7)  $342.29
$1 SUPER HIGH FIVE (1-6-8-7-9)   Carryover $74,909
50-CENT TRIFECTA (1-6-8)  $106.40

Winner–River God B.g.3 by J P’s Gusto out of Siren, by War Chant. Bred by Brent Fernung & Crystal Fernung (FL). Trainer: Vladimir Cerin. Owner: Wilson, Holly and David. Mutuel Pool $451,438 Daily Double Pool $121,849 Exacta Pool $252,545 Superfecta Pool $152,343 Super High Five Pool $40,292 Trifecta Pool $200,354. Scratched–Montana Moon.

50-Cent Pick Three (6-4-1) paid $46.05. Pick Three Pool $223,526. 50-Cent Pick Four (5-6-4-1) 2429 tickets with 4 correct paid $126.65. Pick Four Pool $403,044. 50-Cent Pick Five (7-5-6-4-1) 822 tickets with 5 correct paid $287.00. Pick Five Pool $309,049. 20-Cent Pick Six Jackpot (3/10-7-5-6-4-1) 215 tickets with 6 correct paid $341.48. Pick Six Jackpot Pool $137,533. Pick Six Jackpot Carryover $168,407.

RIVER GOD saved ground stalking the pace, bid along the rail into the stretch to gain a slim advantage past midstretch and held on gamely under urging. TARTINI chased between horses then inside on the second turn, came out into the stretch and surged late three deep on the line. HOOTIE pressed the pace outside a rival, put a head in front leaving the second turn, battled outside the winner under a left handed crack of the whip then had the rider lose the whip a furlong out, fought back alongside that rival through the final furlong and continued gamely between foes late. STORM THE BASTILLE (FR) angled in and tugged outside a rival stalking the pace, went between horses on the second turn and three wide into the stretch and finished willingly. VOLUBILE hopped in a bit of a slow start, angled in and settled a bit off the rail, came out three deep on the second turn and four wide into the stretch and also finished with interest. GOOD BYE PUTIN broke a bit slowly, settled outside a rival then off the rail on the second turn, came out four wide into the stretch and bested the others. SOUTH WEST BAY (GB) had good early speed and set a pressured pace inside, fought back leaving the second turn, came out a bit into the stretch and weakened. KICHIRO tugged his way along three deep then stalked three wide to the stretch and also weakened. REEDLEY chased three deep then outside a rival on the second turn and also weakened. MONGOLIAN HERO saved ground chasing the pace throughout and lacked a rally. UNBROKEN STAR a bit slow into stride, saved ground off the pace, came out leaving the second turn and into the stretch and also lacked a response in the drive.

Attendance Handle
On-Track 5,930 $872,930
Inter-Track N/A $1,596,653
Out of State N/A $5,446,720
TOTAL 5,930 $7,916,303

Santa Anita Entries for Monday, October 14.

Santa Anita, Santa Anita Park, Arcadia, California. 12th day of a 23-day meet.


6½ Furlongs. Purse: $17,000. Maiden Claiming. Fillies and Mares. 3 year olds and up. Claiming Price $20,000.

PP Horse Jockey Wt Trainer M-L Claim $
1 Thought I’dmissyou Tyler Baze 122 J. Eric Kruljac 8-1 20,000
2 Writing in the Sky Brayan Pena 122 Jorge Gutierrez 12-1 20,000
3 Morning Cynn Martin Garcia 122 Doug F. O’Neill 9-5 20,000
4 Bellazano Abel Cedillo 122 Shelbe Ruis 2-1 20,000
5 Chirp Jorge Velez 117 Leonard Powell 5-1 20,000
6 Gotta Be Lucky J.C. Diaz, Jr. 115 Carla Gaines 3-1 20,000


5½ Furlongs. Purse: $21,000. Maiden Claiming. 2 year olds. Claiming Price $30,000.

PP Horse Jockey Wt Trainer M-L Claim $
1 Tappin Honor Aaron Gryder 122 Jeff Mullins 5-2 30,000
2 Dream Palace Abel Cedillo 122 Jack Carava 3-1 30,000
3 Champagne’s On Ice Brayan Pena 122 Jonathan Wong 8-5 30,000
4 Isla’s Toy Jorge Velez 117 Charles S. Treece 20-1 30,000
5 Way Cool Edgar Payeras 122 Mike Harrington 8-1 30,000
6 Pivo Evin Roman 122 Doug F. O’Neill 7-2 30,000


5½ Furlongs Turf. Purse: $36,000. Claiming. 3 year olds and up. Claiming Price $40,000.

PP Horse Jockey Wt Trainer M-L Claim $
1 More Honor Abel Cedillo 123 Mark Glatt 5-1 40,000
2 Restless Rambler Jorge Velez 118 Peter Miller 9-5 40,000
3 Caray Tiago Pereira 123 Gary Stute 5-1 40,000
4 Saratoga Morning Martin Garcia 123 Doug F. O’Neill 12-1 40,000
5 Awesome Heights Edwin Maldonado 125 Genaro Vallejo 8-5 40,000
6 Erotic Tyler Baze 123 Jack Carava 5-1 40,000


6 Furlongs. Purse: $50,000. Maiden Special Weight. Fillies and Mares. 3 year olds and up.

PP Horse Jockey Wt Trainer M-L Claim $
1 Road Rager Aaron Gryder 122 Brian J. Koriner 9-5
2 Mucho Macho Woman Joseph Talamo 122 Ronald W. Ellis 4-1
3 Gold Arrow Flavien Prat 125 Neil D. Drysdale 8-5
4 Saving Sophie Drayden Van Dyke 122 Ronald W. Ellis 12-1
5 Tizwellwithmysoul Abel Cedillo 122 Jonathan Wong 8-1
6 Visual Magic Rafael Bejarano 122 Carla Gaines 5-1


1 Mile Turf. Purse: $51,000. Allowance Optional Claiming. 3 year olds and up. Claiming Price $16,000. State bred.

PP Horse Jockey Wt Trainer M-L Claim $
1 Cono Mike Smith 122 Michael W. McCarthy 3-1
2 Perfect Wager Tyler Baze 122 Jeff Mullins 8-1
3 Zipper Mischief Agapito Delgadillo 122 Blake R. Heap 5-2
4 Asaro Edwin Maldonado 122 Karen Headley 12-1
5 Three Ay Em Rafael Bejarano 120 Doug F. O’Neill 3-1
6 Brimstoned Brice Blanc 124 Thomas Ray Bell, II 6-1 16,000
7 Jamming Eddy Drayden Van Dyke 122 Peter Miller 8-1
8 Roaring Rule Aaron Gryder 122 Ronald W. Ellis 12-1 16,000


6 Furlongs. Purse: $31,000. Starter Allowance. 3 year olds and up.

PP Horse Jockey Wt Trainer M-L Claim $
1 Railman Jorge Velez 115 Peter Eurton 6-1
2 Cunning Munnings Joseph Talamo 122 Mark Glatt 8-1
3 Baby Gronk Tiago Pereira 125 William Spawr 2-1
4 High Five J.C. Diaz, Jr. 115 Vladimir Cerin 6-1
5 Platinum Nights Abel Cedillo 120 Peter Eurton 4-1
6 Truck Salesman Evin Roman 122 Doug F. O’Neill 5-2
7 Mayan Warrior Ruben Fuentes 120 Steve Knapp 12-1


5½ Furlongs Turf. Purse: $53,000. Allowance Optional Claiming. Fillies and Mares. 3 year olds and up. Claiming Price $62,500.

PP Horse Jockey Wt Trainer M-L Claim $
1 Storming Lady Victor Espinoza 123 Alfredo Marquez 9-5
2 Stylishly Drayden Van Dyke 123 Simon Callaghan 6-1
3 Littlefirefighter Flavien Prat 123 Richard E. Mandella 8-1
4 Smoovie Abel Cedillo 125 Doug F. O’Neill 2-1 62,500
5 Travieza Rafael Bejarano 123 Doug F. O’Neill 2-1


7 Furlongs. Purse: $15,000. Claiming. 3 year olds and up. Claiming Price $12,500.

PP Horse Jockey Wt Trainer M-L Claim $
1 Dieci J.C. Diaz, Jr. 115 David E. Hofmans 12-1 12,500
2 Surfside Sunset Tiago Pereira 125 Dean Greenman 3-1 12,500
3 Big Barrel Jorge Velez 120 Leonard Powell 5-2 12,500
4 Buck Duane Ruben Fuentes 125 Steve Knapp 2-1 12,500
5 R B Eye Evin Roman 122 Vann Belvoir 8-1 12,500
6 Topgallant Edwin Maldonado 125 Reed Saldana 6-1 12,500
7 Imagineiamfastest Abel Cedillo 125 Jack Carava 15-1 12,500
8 Chieftain’s Lad Martin Garcia 125 Candelario Villamar 20-1 12,500


Victims of childhood sexual abuse will have more time to report allegations and file a lawsuit under a California law signed Sunday by Gov. Gavin Newsom.

The legislation was introduced following widespread allegations of abuse of minors by Catholic priests as well as the 2018 conviction of Larry Nassar, a former U.S. Olympic gymnastics team doctor, for molesting young athletes.

“The idea that someone who is assaulted as a child can actually run out of time to report that abuse is outrageous,” said Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego), the bill’s author. “More and more, we’re hearing about people who were victims years ago but were not ready to come forward to tell their story until now.”

Currently, survivors must file a lawsuit within eight years of reaching adulthood or within three years of the date a survivor who has reached adulthood “discovers or reasonably should have discovered” they suffered damages, whichever comes later.

Gonzalez’s Assembly Bill 218 extends the statute of limitations for reporting childhood sexual assault from the time a victim is age 26 to age 40, and increases the period for delayed reasonable discovery from three to five years.

The bill also provides a window of three years for the revival of past claims that might have expired due to the statute of limitations. In addition, damages can be trebled in cases in which a child becomes a victim of sexual assault as the result of an effort to cover up past assaults, Gonzalez said.

We shouldn’t be telling victims their time is up when in reality we need them to come forward to protect the community from future abuse,” Gonzalez added.

The measure had support from gymnastic athletes who were victims of Nassar, who was sentenced to 40 to 125 years in prison after more than 260 women and girls came forward with assault allegations against the doctor that dated to the early 1990s.

The bill was opposed by the California Civil Liberties Advocacy, which argued in a letter to lawmakers that the proposal will “negatively impact civil defendants because the availability and reliability of evidence diminishes over time.”

The group also maintained that “extending the statute of limitations in civil suits is more in the interests of the plaintiffs’ lawyer industry than that of the abuse survivors, in which the negative effects will be felt in the decades to come.”

However, the Victim Policy Institute wrote: “The current law lets too many abusers avoid accountability for their actions. The only good thing to come out of recent scandals was an environment that encouraged well-known women — actors or Olympians — who were victims of childhood sexual assault to come forward.”

Newsom also signed a bill that temporarily lifts the statute of limitations on lawsuits for damages over sex abuse allegations against former USC campus gynecologist George Tyndall, who has pleaded not guilty to charges he sexually abused 16 former patients at the campus clinic dating to 2009.

Although nearly 400 women have made allegations against Tyndall covering his 27-year career at the university, the statute of limitations for damages arising from a sexual assault that occurred when the victim was an adult is 10 years from the date of the last actionable conduct or three years from the discovery of the resulting injury, whichever is later.

The new law allows lawsuits to be filed, starting Jan. 1, alleging improper sexual contact or communications by a physician at a student health center between Jan. 1, 1988, and Jan. 1, 2017.

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Gov. Gavin Newsom vetoed a bill Sunday that would have brought new oversight of California’s dog blood industry that supplies veterinary hospitals with lifesaving products for pets in the state, saying the proposal approved by lawmakers “does not go far enough.”

Instead, Newsom said he wants legislators to send him a bill that would phase out the use of “closed colonies,” in which dogs are “kept in cages for months and years to harvest their blood for sale.”

“The legislation should provide for the safe and humane treatment of donor animals, the welfare of the recipients and adequate oversight and enforcement of this program,” the governor wrote in his veto message.

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Under Senate Bill 202 by state Sen. Scott Wilk (R-Santa Clarita), California would have joined the rest of the country in allowing dog owners to volunteer their pets to donate blood while continuing to allow closed colonies to operate. With the veto, the state will continue to require that veterinarians purchase blood products solely from companies that house donor animals for the purpose of drawing their blood every 10 to 14 days.

SB 202 also would have rolled back sweeping public records exemptions that have allowed private animal blood companies in the state to operate colonies of caged donor dogs under a cloak of secrecy. SB 202 would have made public annual inspection reports by the California Department of Food and Agriculture, information that has been shielded from disclosure since the state first began examining the facilities in 2002.

Wilk said the state must allow for additional sources of dog blood amid a national shortage and that the bill would have made “a real difference” for pets in need. The need for dog blood has been rising across the country as more pet owners opt to treat injuries and diseases that require blood transfusions.

Some animal welfare groups were unhappy with SB 202 and instead wanted legislation allowing voluntary pet donations while phasing out the use of dogs housed as blood suppliers, but a bill to do so died amid opposition from the California Veterinary Medical Assn. The veterinary group argued that eliminating the use of company-owned donor dogs could create a massive blood shortage that would put the injured and sick animals they care for at risk.

Newsom’s veto message made clear he believes the animal blood donor system should change and that housing dogs for the purpose of drawing their blood is not the answer. Instead of making an incremental change, he asked for a new bill.

“Until you have a dog who is a family member in crisis, you don’t understand how ridiculous the system is in California,” said Kassy Perry, a longtime communications professional in the state Capitol who began advocating for SB 202 last week after her daughter’s dog nearly died when the veterinarian could not get the necessary blood products for him. “Why would you not allow for voluntary donations now and go after closed colonies next if you chose?”

The operators of the two animal blood banks in California — Hemopet and Animal Blood Bank Resources International — say housing colonies of donor dogs ensures a regular supply of safe blood for veterinarians. Greyhounds make up the bulk of blood donors at the facilities because of their generally docile temperament and their “universal” blood type, which can be used to treat any breed.

The owner of Hemopet said her Garden Grove facility has more than 200 greyhounds that were former racing dogs in other states. Animal Blood Bank Resources International, based in Dixon, does not disclose where its donor dogs are kept or how many animals it has. That information would be available on the state’s inspection reports that would be made public under SB 202.