Veteran Southern California trainer Leonard Dorfman, whose stakes winners included 16-time winner Joni U. Bar, died Feb. 15 at the home of his daughter in Round Rock Texas, at age 92.
Noble Threewitt, whose iconic training career began prior to Santa Anita Park's opening on Christmas Day, 1934, will officially retire as a trainer on his 96th birthday Feb. 24.
Consistent sprinter McCann's Mojave, a winner of five of eight career starts, can make amends for his recent fifth-place stakes finish in Sunday's $150,000 Palos Verdes Handicap (gr. II) at Santa Anita Park.
Sky Jack is ready for his Cal Cup close-up again. The California-bred gelding is being prepared for another go-round in the $250,000 California Cup Classic on Nov. 8, his first start since winning the Longacres Mile (gr. III) at Emerald Downs on Aug. 25.
McCann's Mojave could have a bright future after the promising sophomore colt ran his unbeaten record to three, prevailing by a head in a $66,080 allowance race at one mile on the dirt at Santa Anita Wednesday.
Santa Anita will honor the legendary trainer Noble Threewitt for his 92nd birthday in a special winners' circle ceremony on Saturday. One of the celebrants will be fellow trainer Leonard Dorfman, a friend and peer of Threewitt's for 55 years. Dorfman turns 81 on June 23. The duo often is seen together. They are racing's "Sunshine Boys."
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