Hollywood Park: Tale of a Champion to keep going long
Then, like an RPG, it hits you. Moe, Eddie, and Dixie are soldiers. Most likely they’re in the Middle East. Their vehicle has just been blown up by an IED. Dixie’s dead, Eddie’s dying, Moe tries to comfort him by recounting (or else imagining) the football game that began the story. Nichols’s conflation of a high school football game with warfare is inspired.
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His win in Saturday’s $200,250 Charles Whittingham Memorial Handicap over 1 1/4 miles on turf at Betfair Hollywood Park confirmed trainer Kristin Mulhall’s opinion that longer races should be the focus for Tale of a Champion for the rest of 2013. “He just wants to go a distance,” Mulhall said Sunday. “When you gallop him, he’ll run off for two miles, and you still can’t pull him up. He’ll work in 1:01, and he’ll gallop-out a mile in 1:40 with you trying to pull him up. He’s got a lot of blood in him.” Owned by Rustin and Juliana Kretz, Tale of a Champion won his first graded stakes in the Grade 2 Whittingham. Ridden by Joe Talamo, Tale of a Champion (10-1) was third for the first mile, took the lead in early stretch, and won by a length over 6-5 favorite All Squared Away in the field of six.
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Hollywood Teams Up With Grover Norquist
Because the association is a 501(c)(6) — a nonprofit trade group that is allowed to engage in some political activity — it’s required to list other nonprofits to which it gave grants on its annual 990 tax form. As in previous years, the MPAA gave money to partisan groups on both sides of the aisle — the Republican State Leadership Committee received $75,000 and the Democratic Governors Association got $150,000. But what stands out on the most recent filing, which covers the calender year 2011 and was filed late in 2012, is a $100,000 grant to Americans for Tax Reform . Led by conservative activist Grover Norquist, ATR is best known for enforcing Republican anti-tax discipline.
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