Independent from Long Beach, California on January 23, 1975 · Page 34
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cites circumstances Ellsworth ranch Ed; Cubrda, investigator for the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, walks through section of Ellsworth thorough- bre'd ranch in Chino. Horse on ground in is dying and probably won't live, Cubrda said. -«·«, Combined News Services BENTON, La. - Rex Ellsworth's thoroughbred racing empire appeared to fall apart Wednesday as California officials con- t e m p l a t e d c r i m i n a l charges against the former Arizona cowboy for alleged c r u e l t y to animals. - . . .Five horses reportedly starved to death at the Ellsworth r a n c h n e a r Chino, .Calif., and the Los Angeles Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals has impounded 128 other horses. In 1955, E l l s w o r t h owned Kentucky Derby winner Swaps,and was acclaimed a top hand in the breeding field. Ellsworth blamed ''adv e r s e financial c i r c u m stances" when contacted by telephone at his son's ranch near Shreveport on the Louisiana-Texas border. "He's badly hurt when people say he's a millionaire horse breeder who has all sorts of money stashed away and who isn't taking care of .his animals," said a member of Ellsworth's family. "That isn't the case at a l l . Everyone's advised him to sell his horses, but he just can't bring himself to do it." The spokesman said Ellsworth had suffered losses of between $2.5 million and ?3 million in the Kentucky T r a i n i n g Cen- ter, a breeding farm in Lexington, Ky., of which he was co-owner. The center was auctioned off a year ago. "With feed costs increasing and adverse financial circumstances, we haven't been able to feed the horses as we normally do so we decided to move the horses to better feed l a n d , " Ellsworth said. ."At the beginning of last summer, all of our wells in Chino went dry and the grass lost most of its v a l u e . The m a r e s began losing weight at that time." ' He also said he owned about 700 head of cattle, "and you know the cattle business these days--you can't give them away." Ellsworth said he has been moving his estimated 800 horses from California to two ranches in Arizona and to his son's ranch in Benton for the last nine months but that there have been numerous delays including tests required in Arizona which held up shipments by two weeks. But he denied his horses s_tarved to death. "Horses are dying all the time out on t h a t ranch," he said. "We've got 40 or 50 old mares with problems that should h a v e been destroyed years ago." In Los Angeles, B r i a n Sweeny, general manger of the California Thor- o u g h b r e d Breeders Association, of which Ellsworth is a director, said, "I'm devastated that a man like Ellsworth' could allow something like this to happen--it's absolutely inexcusable." "We're appalled," said Leonard Foote, c h i e f investigator for the Calif o r n i a Horse R a c i n g Board, "but we have no official jurisdiction since Ellsworth did not take out a license to r a c e this year." In C h i n o , G a r l a n d Gross, a humane officer with the SPCA, said his agency was feeding 124 horses. "We started on a l f a l f a f e e d i n g l a s t (Continued on C-2, Col. 1) : . ' JOHN DIXON, Sports Editor Thursday, Jan. 23, 1975 Section C, Page C-l HANK HOLLINGWORTH Alvaro Pineda will be missed Alvaro Pineda, whose life was snuffed instantly Saturday in a "billion to one" starting gate accident at Santa Anita, was a little different from his fellow jockeys. · He had more skill than some and more daring than others, but he was set apart in that his career was one of wine and roses--and the wine : almost killed all the roses. When tragedy struck, Alvaro had returned himself from the brink of nowhere to become what had been expected of him in the beginning: One of the very best riders in the land. - " Our first confrontation with Pineda was one summer at Hollywood Park where he was doing most of the riding for popular trainer Charlie Comiskey. The trainer had Alvaro marked down as "can't miss" and Pineda was proving Comiskey absolutely correct with his flashy style and daring. 1 "That boy can put a horse through the eye of a needle," remarked Comiskey during those early days in the mid-sixties. "You knew he could ride the instant you saw him on'a horse," said Bill Shoemaker. "I would have to believe that he was riding at his very best this season." ^PINEDA'S RISE to the top was climaxed in the late 1960s when he won such hundred grand races as theiGold Cup and Juvenile at Hollywood Park and the. San Juan Capistrano twice at Santa Anita. He gained national attention in 1967 when he ranked isecond nationally to Jorge Velasquez. In 1968 he again ranked second nationally, this time to Angel Cordero. In 1969 Alvaro won the riding championships at both Santa Anita and Hollywood Park. But then his career began a downward spin. There was a separation with his wife, Donna, and a little too much drinking with false friends. A lot of people go through such periods in a lifetime. In Pineda's case, adulation, success and more money than he had ever known existed when he was in Guanajuato, Mex., put him on the wrong track. MOST OF THOSE who travel such a road never return, but keep on going into nothingness. Pineda had too much moral quality not to see the signs. He recognized his problems and overcame them. Just as suddenly as he made a wrong turn, Pineda reversed his life. It wasn't enough just to say "I've been a bad boy." Not on the race track. There you have to prove yourself all over again. Pineda did. He began by going out early every morning and working horses for everybody he could. His efforts did not go unnoticed. More and more trainers were now willing to take a chance on him in the afternoon and that's all he needed. Alvaro took it from there and last year gradually won his way back to the top, ranking second again in races won at Santa Anita, Hollywood Park and Del Mar. Reconciled with his wife, Donna, and two young children, Matthew and Charlene, things were rosy once again for Alvaro Pineda. ' ', LAST FEBRUARY Pineda was honored with the George Wool! Award, honoring the rider whose career in thoroughbred racing has reflected credit upon both himself and his profession. Alvaro now was indeed back at the very top. Alvaro was 28 when he posed proudly last February with the small replica of the George Woolf statue and that made him only a few months old when Woolf had his fatal accident on the clubhouse turn at Santa Anita in 1946. · It is ironic that of all the riders to have won the Woolf Award since it was created in 1950 that Pineda is the only one to have left us. His agent, George Hollander, who has been around the race tracks for 40 years, said he never heard of a rider being killed at the gate and figured that the odds on such a tragedy were a "billion to one". Ironically, Pineda had ridden the 3-year-old colt, Austin Mittler, who reared in the starting gate and crushed Alvaro's head against a steel bar, in his previous race 18 days earlier and the colt showed no signs whatsoever of being fractious. pWHAT CAUSES SUCH unexpected incidents is never known, but the entire jockey colony is aware · they can happen any time. '· "All riders arc aware of the dangers," said Ralph NcVcs, who rode 25,330 races !n his career and had his (Continued on C-2, Col. 1) Poly, Wilson open with wins Hares hold off Co nip ton Compton High sank 56 per cent of its field goal a t t e m p t s Wednesday afternoon against Poly and still came out second best in a Moore League opener for the respective schools. The Jackrabbits, rallying from a sluggish start, d e f e a t e d the host Tar- babes, 67-64, to improve their over-all record to 132. Compton got a lot closer t h a n Poly c o a c h R o n Palmer would have liked at the finish, outscoring the Hares 8-1 the final 1:24 to get as close as it did. Six of the'points came h i - j u s t 32 seconds as Derek Davis stole the ball at 0:45; Pervis Miller took a rebound a w a y f r o m Michael Wiley to score; and, Marvin Herndon followed up his own miss at the 13-second m a r k to d r a w the Tarbabes to within two points, 66-64. But Johnny Nash converted one of two free throws at 0:06 and No. 2 Poly, playing for only the second time in the last 18 days, escaped with the victory. Both teams shot superbly as a young Compton team certainly proved it will be a factor in defending the Moore League title it won last year. Poly finished at 60 per cent (30-of-50) as reserves P e r c y Jackson, A l v i n White and Roderic Joiner came off the bench to sink all eight of their shots. Sparked by Miller, a 6-5 sophomore center, and g u a r d Tyrone D a v i s , Compton sccored the first (Continued on C-2, Col. 6) Hugging the basketball Millikan High's Dan Huntsinger plays keep-away from Jerry Anderson of Wilson - during Moore League opener Wednesday night at Wilson. Keeping an eye on the play are John White, left, of Millikan and Bruins Joe Stinson (21) and Neil Arnold (10). --Staff photo by TOM SHAW 1YFL, police begin probe s JBL 4---^ of woman's drug story *^j * Combined News Services The National Football League acknowledged Wednesday that an investigation is being made into allegations t h a t a drug ring supplied narcotics to NFL players, but the league refused to discuss it. "We have been aware of the investigation since 49ers open loop play vs. Pacific By JIM McCORMACK Staff Writer Long Beach State opens Long Beach amassed a 52- of its Pacific its inception," a league spokesman s a i d . "We have cooperated fully." P o l i c e o f f i c i a l s a n d spokesmen for a number of NFL teams also have refused to comment on the report made public Tuesday in which a 19- year-old St. Louis woman is alleged to have given St. Louis police a detailed statement concerning her activities as a courier for an apparent drug ring. Lt. Col. John Doherty, chief of detectives for the St. Louis Police Department, would say only 'that Roxie Ann Rice had been a r r e s t e d ' Jan. 4 on charges of defrauding an innkeeper and of fraudulently using a credit card. defense Coast Athletic Association basketball crown tonight, meeting the University of Pacific in the Long Beach Arena. The contest commences at 8. The 49er j u n i o r varsity engages the Biola JV in a 5:45 preliminary. Tonight has been designated "Ladies' Night" by LBSU officials. All ladies will receive a complimentary reserved seat ticket. · The 49ers enter tonight's encounter with an 11-4 record, the best non- league standard a m o n g PCAA teams, but for the first time in the conference's history the Long B e a c h troops are not c l e a r - c u t f a v o r i t e s to emerge as champions 10 games from now. · The Pacific Coast Athletic Association enters its sixth basketball year tonight. In the first five, 4 league record, including a 28-0 mark at home. But.this year, courtside experts rank Long Beach as no better than a co- favorite w i t h San Jose State (12-6) and San Diego State (6-8). San Jose State comes to Long B e a c h Saturday night, but 49er c o a c h Dwight Jones isn't overlooking S t a n Morrison's Pacific club. "San Jose and Pacific have played very well this year," says Jones. "San Jose's record indicates that, Pacific's doesn't, but we consider Pacific to be a very fine club. " E a r l y in the year Pacific w a s n ' t playing with consistency, so it was difficult to gauge what kind of club Stan had, but recently it has been playing very well (Continued on C-2, Col. 4) SPORTS i:s:y5 C -A.J_E KTrXA-R H O R S E R A C I N G - Thoroughbreds, Santa Anita, 12:30 p . m . : Quarter h o r s e s , Los Alamitos. 7:-i5p.m. . WRESTLING- Poly at Wilson, 3:15 p.m; Bakersficld at Long Beach City College, 7:30 p.m. COLLEGE BASKETBAI.L- Long Beach State vs. Pacific, Long Beach Arena, 8 p.m.; UCLA vs. Santa Barbara, Pauley Pavilion, 8 p.m. HOCKEY- Kings vs. Toronto, Forum, 8 p.m. BOXING- Victor Abraham, vs. Centavito Hernandez, light-, weights, Olympic Auditorium, 8 p.m i 8FOK.TS ON RADIO AND TV- TELEVISION Boxing from the Olympie, KCOP(13), 9p.m. UCLA vs. UC Santa Barbara (tape), KTU (5), II p.m. RADIO Long Beach State vs. Pacific, KFOX (1280), 8p.m. Kings vs. Toronto. KRLA, 8 p.m. "Anything other than that I cannot v e r i f y or substantiate," Doherty said. The 39-page intra-departmental memo leaked ta the press Tuesday quoted Miss Rice as saying t h a t she had b e e n recruited to transport briefcases containing what she believed to be narcotics to many NFL cities. She told officers that she posed as a Ghanian Adiza Juzang, as she be- c a m e f a m i l i a r w i t h players and took orders and delivered narcotics. A spokesman for the Kansas City Chiefs, one of the teams mentioned in the report, said the team would not comment on the matter. Miss Rice said she had obtained press passes in Kansas C i t y and other cities in order to go onto the playing f i e l d to be- c o m e better acquainted with the players. Representatives of the St. Louis Cardinals, San D i e g o C h a r g e r s a n d Washington Redskins had the same basic response to questions about the report. They said they had referred the matter to the league security division and would not comment further. A spokesman for the Redskins said the story was "unbelievable, fantastic." Bob McCarthy, assistant agent in charge of the FBI's St. Louis office said about the report: "It's strictly a drug case. We don't have anything to do with it." "Sure, I recall her," said ^ess Peters, public relations man for the Kansas City Chiefs. "She was quite a large lady with an African-type turban on her head." "I remember meeting her in the tunnel prior to g o i n g o n t o the field," Peters said. "To get there she would have had to have credentials." (Continued on C-2, Col. 3) Arnold ignites Bruins By KEN PIVERNETZ Staff Writer Another performance like Wednesday night and Wilson High coach Butch Taylor won't have to keep plugging Neil Arnold as one of the best players in the CIF. Arnold more than proved that to a standing- room-only crowd at Wilson, scoring 39 points in a remarkable display of shooting to lead the Bruins to a 74-62 Moore League opener over Millikan. The 6-2 senior didn't miss a shot from the field in 10 attempts and was 19- of-20 at the free throw line. In 16 games, Arnold has now converted 85-of-90 free throws and had a string of 42 in a row snapped when he suffered his only miss 17 seconds before the game was over. "He has never looked any better than he did tonight," agreed Taylor, emotionally drained after the foul-marred contest. In all, 55 fouls were called which resulted in four players fouling put and another five finishing the game with four apiece. The Bruins, shooting free throws at an 80 per cent clip prior to the game, didn't hurt their average against Millikan, converting 36-of-39. Although winning by 12 points, fourth-ranked Wlson never did blow out the Rams. Millikan, after starting the game in a 2-1-2 zone before returning to a man defense, had trouble over- Continued on C-2, Col. 8) Johnson stirs the Bruin magic By GARY RAUSCH Staff Writer It happens about once Barbara, e a c h U C L A g a m e . Marques J o h n s o n has come to expect it and so' h a v e P a u l e y Pavilion crowds. Sometimes it's as simple as a dazzling power d r i v e across the k e y . Other times it might be m o r e involved--a muscular rebound off the defensive backboard, a quick outlet pass and a race downcourt to accept a return pass for an easy layin. "I know it's going to come sometime during the game and I guess the crowd does too, ; says Marques of his magic moves. "I've always had good body control and I've been driving to the basket all my. life." Johnson and the rest of the UCLA Bruins will pursue their 13th win of the season in Pauley tonight at 8 against UC Santa T h e r e was a time three months ago when Marques wondered' if he'd be part of John Wooden's 1974-75 club. He was hospitalized in early October with hepatitis, spent some agonizing days in the UCLA Medical Center and didn't begin p r a c t i c i n g u n t i l m i d November. "Nobody is really sure how it happened. There are a lot of theories," Marques explains. "Mine is that it started while I was visiting my sister and brother-in-law in Santa Barbara. "We ate dinner at a smorgasbord restaurant and a few hours later the severe abdominal pains and diarrhea hit me." The pains subsided but the diarrhea lasted four days as his weight slipped from 215 to 195 pounds. Tests pinpointed the (Continued on C-2, Col. 3)

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