The venerable Southern California trainer Bruce Headley and Scott Hazelton, host and reporter for Television Games Network (TVG), were the guests on the fourth installment of “Riders Up!” with Frank Lyons and John Gaver on Sunday, June 25. If you missed the 7:00 A.M. Eastern broadcast, you can listen to the replay HERE.
Headley, 83, essentially grew up at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, California and is best known as the co-owner and trainer of Kona Gold, winner of the Breeder’s Cup Sprint (G1) in 2000. He also trained the stakes winners Street Boss, Got Koko, Softshoe Sure Shot, and Bertrando. Headley, who took out his trainer’s license in 1959, recalled the influences of legendary jockey Bill Shoemaker and gave us some highlights of his eclectic art collection.
Hazleton graciously took time out of his busy schedule to check in from England to give us a hands-on recap of the recently concluded Royal Ascot Meet, which he covered live for TVG. He is the son of Richard Hazelton, the all-time leading trainer at Arlington International Racecourse who saddled over 4,000 winners and won 18 training titles at Sportsman’s Park in Chicago, Illinois.
“Riders Up!” with Frank Lyons and John Gaver airs Sunday mornings from 7:00 to 8:00 A.M. Eastern and is available for live streaming on the ESPN Sports Radio 1300 app (for iOS or Android) or by visiting the WLXG ESPN Sports Radio 1300 website.
Frank and I hope to give you fresh insights and perspectives into the many personalities that make up the world of Thoroughbred horse racing. Check us out on Sunday mornings from 7:00 to 8:00 A.M. in Lexington, Kentucky, on 1300 AM, WLXG ESPN Sports Radio, or worldwide by visiting the WLXG ESPN Sports Radio 1300 website.
Header image: “Walking Ring, Greentree Stable, Saratoga,” oil on panel by Vaughn Flannery (American, 1898 – 1955)