Most of my life was spent working around or on racetracks from the west coast to the east. I continue to post a horse racing column on www.pricehorsecentral.com
. Due to the fact I watch many races on video tape I am able to pass along valuable tidbits around various races for other handicappers.It's not at the same frenzied, methodical tempo of race reviewing I did when publishing Quarter Horse Report or marketing my 900-line "best bets" 900-line. Far from that sort of thing. I just like making a small wager once in awhile.
Over a long period of time I worked as publicity and advertising director at racetracks. Trainer Ray Priddy, one of the top two-year-old trainers of his time, gave me grass roots exposure to life on the backstretch at Santa Anita Park. I also worked for trainers R.D. Moon and Allen Drumheller, Jr.and Hall of Famer M.E. "Buster" Millerick.
My background includes managing a thoroughbred farm, jockey agenting, working as a hot walker on the track and doing handicapping seminars. I once managed a breeding farm not far from famed Santa Anita Park, owned by the late Ray Priddy who was considered one of the top trainers of two-year-olds. . I tried my hand at clocking at major SoCal racetracks but never was at the skilled level of such great clockers as John Wilson and Gary Young. The best jockey I ever worked for as an agent was Jesus Bazan. For many years I produced and guested on thousands of radio and television shows.
At the Pasadena Independent Star News I gained respect and a reputation for investigative reporting on illegal drug use. When I broke into the turf writing ranks in the Santa Anita pressbox I was fortunate to be surrounded by big named handicappers Bob Hebert(L.A. Mirror), George Main(L.A. Herald), Mike Mitchell(L.A. Herald) and Ernie Mason who had a syndicate of newspapers. Hyram Schneider, the tall man who wrote for the L.A. Herald, took me under his wing.
When I broke in as a handicapper for the newspaper we did not have access to printed past performances. We were given "index numbers" and had to look up each horse's last race. That time consuming process was simplified many years ago. Today's handicappers have it oh so much more easy as they can look at the pp's(past performances) of every horse in a matter of minutes via the electronic medium.
Turf writing greats like Kent Cochran of the Daily Racing Form and Prof Gordon Jones of the L.A. Herald Examiner was covering the circuit. Named Employee Of the Year in 1970 at Saratoga Raceway I worked around a myriad of Hall of Famers in the thoroughbred,harness and quarter horse racing world.
It was at famed Los Alamitos Race Course where my partner Eddie Burgart and I launched the innovative Quarter Horse Report. We were the first publication to report on qualifying drills. My byline has appeared in many publications.
While living in Las Vegas Ralph Siraco and I launched the long running Raceday Las Vegas radio show. That long running show is still on the air.
Late in 2010 I moved to Louisiana from Las Vegas where I lived and worked for 11 years. I have five grand children, three in Louisiana, one in Colorado and one in California. My oldest surviving daughter Irish is married to retired Navy Seal officer Dean Oden. They reside in Slidell, La., and were survivors of the tragic Katrina storm. Their oldest daughter Nikki graduated from LSU with a degree in history and now a high school teacher in Slidell, Louisiana..
My oldest daugher Victoria Eves lost her life to alcohol and over the counter drug abuse on Feb., 18, 2007. She was 48. I guess it's one of the compelling reasons I have continued to be such a critic of enabling sports such as the NFL and the world of professional baseball.
My son Sean was a skilled auto mechanic who has rebuilt hundreds of vehicles in California. Unfortunately an auto accident and 25 surgeries later we lost Sean a month shy of his 45th birthday. We also lost our oldest daughter Victoria on February 18, 2007 when she passed away at 49.
My father Howard Watson Eves was was pioneer of the Independent Garage Owners of America. After moving from Cedar Rapids, Iowa as a young man he operated an automobile repair shop in Pasadena for many years.
Horse racing continues to be an interest as I remain pro-active on the internet in regard to PED abuse in all of sport. In May of 2015 I wrote an extensive investigative report on the epidemic-level abuse of cobalt chloride in horse racing, in particular in Australia. This was spurred by my long association with Racing Victoria's chief veterinarian DVM Brian Stewart.