John Cherwa, Los Angeles Times

John Cherwa

Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles, CA, United States

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Recent articles by John:

Hot Rod Charlie sprints to triumph in the $1-million Pennsylvania Derby

Hot Rod Charlie, the odds-on favorite and a 3-year-old colt trained in Southern California, galloped to victory at the Pennsylvania Derby on Saturday. → Read More

NASCAR announces 2022 schedule, with early season race in Fontana

NASCAR will return to Fontana as part of a 2022 schedule that starts with an event at L.A. Coliseum on Feb. 6 and ends in Phoenix on Nov. 6. → Read More

NASCAR Clash is coming to the Coliseum in 2022

NASCAR will begin its 2022 season at the Coliseum with the Clash, an exhibition race featuring some of the sport's top drivers on quarter-mile track. → Read More

Churchill Downs goes after suspended trainer Bob Baffert with new policy

Churchill Downs announced that any points earned in the leadup to the Kentucky Derby by horses associated with a suspended trainer would not be counted — a move that seemingly targets Hall of Famer Bob Baffert. → Read More

Santa Anita to reopen downhill turf course for first time since 2019

Racing will be returning to Santa Anita’s signature downhill turf course for sprint races on Oct. 1 after a 2½-year moratorium. → Read More

Racehorse escapes Ellis Park, runs onto highway; barn burns to the ground a day later

Bold and Bossy, an Ellis Park horse, escaped from the barn Saturday; Sunday morning, the barn burned to the ground. There were no serious injuries. → Read More

Horse racing newsletter: Los Alamitos is back in the daytime

This is the final horse racing newsletter. → Read More

Horse racing newsletter: And now the end is near

Here are 10 things I think need to be fixed in racing. → Read More

Horse racing newsletter: Essential Quality wins Belmont Stakes

Saturday’s Belmont Stakes was really a good race, and while Essential Quality was the clear winner, a lot of credit has to be given to Hot Rod Charlie’s performance running second. → Read More

Brad Cox-trained Essential Quality rallies to win Belmont Stakes

Essential Quality beat out Hot Rod Charlie to win the Belmont Stakes by 1¼ lengths Saturday, giving trainer Brad Cox his first Triple Crown race win. → Read More

Jose Ortiz to replace brother as jockey of Known Agenda for Belmont Stakes

After Irad Ortiz Jr. was injured, his brother Jose will replace him as the jockey for Known Agenda in the Belmont Stakes. → Read More

What time does the 2021 Belmont Stakes start? What TV channel is it on?

None of the horses in the Belmont Stakes will be contending for the Triple Crown, but some of the Kentucky Derby and Preakness favorites will be running. → Read More

Horse racing newsletter: It’s Belmont Stakes day

Will one of the three Santa Anita-based horses win the last leg of the Triple Crown? → Read More

Rock Your World, Essential Quality hope for Belmont Stakes success

Rock Your World and Essential Quality face off in the Belmont Stakes, a race featuring no undefeated horses. → Read More

Horse racing newsletter: Churchill Downs suspends Baffert for two years

Here's a deeper perspective on the Bob Baffert suspension by Churchill Downs. → Read More

Del Mar announcer Trevor Denman to make return

Famed Del Mar announcer Trevor Denman took last season off due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but he's set to return to the racetrack. → Read More

What Bob Baffert's suspension means to California tracks

What does trainer Bob Baffert’s two-year suspension from Churchill Downs for Medina Spirit's positive drug test mean for Del Mar and Santa Anita? → Read More

Churchill Downs suspends Bob Baffert after Medina Spirit fails second drug test

After second failed drug test, Kentucky Derby winner Medina Spirit could be disqualified and forfeit his purse money. Trainer Bob Baffert is suspended. → Read More

Horse racing newsletter: Big day at Santa Anita

This is the last major card of Santa Anita’s marathon winter/spring season with three Grade 1s on the nine-race card. → Read More

Horse racing newsletter: Santa Anita’s Belmont trifecta

Let’s check in with the three Southern California horses set to run in the Belmont Stakes. → Read More