John Cherwa, Los Angeles Times

John Cherwa

Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles, CA, United States

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Recent articles by John:

Another horse dies at Santa Anita; 31 thoroughbreds have died at track since Dec. 26

Zeke, a 4-year-old gelding for trainer Dean Pederson, sustained a pelvic fracture during a training session Monday at Santa Anita and was later euthanized. → Read More

At this Florida camp, believers can ask for healing or a chat with the dead

The 125-year-old Cassadaga Spiritualist Camp is the country’s largest full-time assemblage of mediums, psychics and healers. → Read More

Trainer Jerry Hollendorfer was under scrutiny before most recent horse deaths

A picture is starting to emerge as to some factors that The Stronach Group weighed before banning hall of fame trainer Jerry Hollendorfer from its facilities. → Read More

After Santa Anita horse deaths, uncertainty clouds the Del Mar summer racing season

Uncertainty seems to be the theme as Del Mar opens its 80th summer racing season on Wednesday inheriting enough baggage to fill a small airport. → Read More

Trainer Jerry Hollendorfer not sure his horses can race at Del Mar this season

Despite a Monday meeting, there is no decision on whether Hall of Fame trainer Jerry Hollendorfer will be able to race horses at Del Mar this coming season. → Read More

Racing! Readers say Jerry Hollendorfer got a bad deal

Hello, my name is John Cherwa and welcome back to our horse racing newsletter as we turn this here bag of words mostly over to you. The poll results on Jerry Hollendorfer’s banishment from Santa Anita and other Stronach Group tracks were rather stark and pronounced. Of those of you who feel you knew enough, about three-quarters (74%) believe that Hollendorfer was made a scapegoat by The Stronach… → Read More

Racing! Congratulations to Marley’s Freedom

Hello, my name is John Cherwa and welcome back to our horse racing newsletter as Los Alamitos cancels Thursday’s racing. The horse shortage is once again coming into play as Los Alamitos cancelled its upcoming Thursday racing cards because of a lack of entries. As, you can tell the fields have been very short and with increased pre-race protocols a few horses that might have run have been… → Read More

Shortage of horses forces Los Alamitos to cancel Thursday’s races

A shortage of horses following the deaths of 30 horses at Santa Anita this year has forced Los Alamitos to cancel races three times in three weeks. → Read More

Racing! Really good stakes at Los Al today

Hello, my name is John Cherwa and welcome back to our horse racing newsletter as we wander from subject to subject. No one big topic today, just some odds and ends. The best part of using that phrase is it has nothing to do with race horse safety. It actually has to do with race course safety. Saturday’s Grade 2 $200,000 Great Lady M Stakes at Los Alamitos is a real good race with multiple… → Read More

Racing! Stewards rulings are back

Los Alamitos Race Course Charts Results for Sunday, June 30. Copyright 2019 by Equibase Company. Reproduction prohibited. Los Alamitos Race Course, Los Alamitos, California. 2nd day of a 10-day meet. Clear & Fast FIRST RACE. 5 Furlongs. Purse: $12,000. Claiming. 3 year olds and up. Claiming Price $6,250. Time 21.46 45.08 57.86 Pgm Horse Wt PP St 3/16 3/8 Str Fin Jockey $1 6 Johann's Command… → Read More

Racing! Congrats to Queen Bee to You for winning Bertrando Stakes

Hello, my name is John Cherwa and welcome back to our horse racing newsletter as we hear from the CHRB on some things it believes are worth more discussion. Saturday was not as quiet as you might think it would be. First up is the opening of Los Alamitos’ summer meeting, which seemed from the outside to go off without a hitch racing wise. Here’s how our own Jack Harris captured the sights and… → Read More

Opening of Los Alamitos thoroughbred meeting brings unwanted scrutiny

As thoroughbreds begin 10 days of racing on Saturday, Los Alamitos has become collateral damage in the controversy that has enveloped Santa Anita. → Read More

Breeders’ Cup board agrees to keep this year’s event at Santa Anita

The Breeders’ Cup gave Santa Anita some positive news Thursday when its board agreed to keep the event at the Arcadia track Nov. 1-2. → Read More

New California law gives racing board the ability to act quickly

Gov. Gavin Newsom has signed into law a bill that gives the California Horse Racing Board the ability to swiftly suspend racing. → Read More

Bill allowing horse racing to be suspended approved by California Legislature

The California legislature unanimously approved a bill that would allow the California Horse Racing Board to suspend or move racing days. → Read More

The Sports Report: Dodgers win third straight walk-off game

Howdy, my name is John Cherwa and if you’ve been reading this newsletter for the last two weeks, after today you should feel like you are Indiana Jones surviving the Temple of Doom. The good news is that Houston Mitchell will be back tomorrow. Standing O’s are acceptable at this point. How appropriate that our lead story is another walk-off home run, as this is my walk-off newsletter … if you… → Read More

Racing! Say goodbye to a Santa Anita meet you'll never forget

Hello, my name is John Cherwa, and welcome back to our horse racing newsletter as we offer up some thoughts on what to expect next. I can’t imagine a race meet in the history of the sport, at least in the modern era, being more beset with turmoil, angst and trepidation. But it may also turn out to be the most important race meet in the modern history of the sport. People ask me all the time what… → Read More

Santa Anita’s tragic racing season ends Sunday amid an uncertain future

The numbers that will be associated with the last six months of horse racing at Santa Anita Park are not those of triumph, but tragedy. → Read More

Banned from Santa Anita, trainer Jerry Hollendorfer can still race horses in New York

Hall of Fame trainer Jerry Hollendorfer, banished from Santa Anita and Golden Gate Fields, will be allowed to run his horses in New York. → Read More

Racing! Hollendorfer is kicked out of Santa Anita

Hello, my name is John Cherwa, and welcome back to our horse racing newsletter as we end the Santa Anita meeting with more turmoil. The news doesn’t get much bigger than it did on Saturday morning when the Stronach Group banned Hall of Fame trainer Jerry Hollendorfer from its tracks after a fourth horse in his care died on the training track earlier in the day. “Individuals who do not embrace… → Read More