Legendary baseball Hall of Fame manager Tommy Lasorda will be on hand
Saturday to present the trophy for the Grade II San Pasqual Stakes.
Lasorda, who will soon be in Arizona to work with the Dodgers’ top
youngsters, is a longtime horse racing fan.
“Tommy loves racing,” said Steve Brener, who has known Lasorda
for nearly 40 years and currently is part of the public relations team
for the Blue Crew. “He’s excited about spending the day Saturday at
Santa Anita and then he’ll be heading over to Phoenix for organizational
meetings and to work with some of the Dodgers’ top young talent. He’s
amazing. He’s still got tremendous energy and his love for the Dodgers,
their fans, and the game of baseball is as strong today as it was when
he first took over as manager back in 1976.”
Legendary retired Hall of Fame jockey Laffit Pincay, Jr. will
present the trophy for Saturday’s Grade III Sham Stakes, an important
steppingstone to the Grade I Santa Anita Derby. Pincay rode Sham to
second-place finishes behind Secretariat in both the Kentucky Derby and
Preakness Stakes in 1973.
“Laffit loves baseball and Tommy’s looking forward seeing him,”
said Brener. “They’ve got a lot in common--they’re both great
competitors--and it’s going to be a lot of fun.”
Saturday’s Sham has been carded as the third race. Approximate
post time is 1:30 p.m. The San Pasqual is Saturday’s seventh race, with
approximate post time 3:35 p.m.
Hall of Famers up!!