Monday, December 29, 2014

Adamov In Arizona

Erotic bullfight writer D.P. Adamov will be in Tucson and Phoenix sometime in April on a western loop, signing copies of The Long Day Of Revenge . Details soon.

 The book may be ordered via http://www.pinkflamingo.com

Anniversary Cartel For Plaza Mexico


Friday, December 26, 2014

Payo Triumphs In Christmas Corrida

Payo emerged as the triunfador of the annual Christmas corrida held in Zacatecas, Mexico this year, winning a total of three ears and leaving on shoulders.

Zotoluco, troubled by his recent hand injury, had difficulties with the steel. He was applauded.

Armillita did not have a good afternoon.

The rejoneador Zenedjas, won a  vuelta.

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Ricardo Castro

Ricardo Castro was born in Torreon, Mexico in 1941. After a vibrant career as a novillero, that included triumphant showings in Juarez and other plazas in the north, he took the doctorate in his home town in 1967 at the hands of Alfredo Leal. The ritual was confirmed in Plaza Mexico shortly after.

Throughout the 1970s, Castro was a popular torero, especially in Nogales, Tijuana and Juarez on the border. One of his most spectacular showings came in Tijuana in 1970, where eh cut two ears and left on shoulders.

Castro also gave a great showing in Nogales in 1972, alongside Arturo Ruiz Loredo. Loredo cut top awards with 3 ears that day, while Castro took vueltas, losing at least one tail to faulty sword work.

 Castro's worst injury was not a goring, but a blow received in Plaza Mexico during a corrida alongside Lomelin and Paquirri. Kneeling porta gayola to receive his second animal, he was knocked unconscious when the animal gave a wild jump over him and kicked him in the head.

In 1984, Castro added something new to his credit when he appeared in a set of bloodless bullfights in Phoenix Arizona alongside Adan Lozada, Benjamin Morales and Carlos Torres.

Sadly, Castro died a few years back, without the attention truly given to him that he deserved for a long career in front of the bulls.


Feria De Leon

Cartels are announced for the Feria De Leon.

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

El Glison In Ecuador

Mexican matador and controversial veteran torero,. El Glison, returns to Ecuador for a festival in January.

Monday, December 22, 2014

Adamov Book Signing

Erotic novelist, D.P. Adamov is tentatively set for a rare book signing during the Valentine's Day weekend in Dover, Ohio at Breadhead Bakery.  Details have yet to be confirmed in specific terms such as times,  for this writer who does not give interviews and makes few public appearances.

For those not in the area, The Long Day Of  Revenge bullfight novel reviewed earlier here and the upcoming Storyteller, which also has a bullfight tale within, are available or int he second case will be soon  at http://www.pinkflamingo.com

The Sidney Franklin Collection in NYC

If one is in New York City, try to arrange a visit to the Jewish Historical Society of America at 15 W. 16th St. The Sidney Franklin collection is available for viewing.  A worthwhile look at a matador who was gay, American and Jewish. In Spanish and Latino culture it is a wonder he got anywhere at all.

 

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Marcos Ortega

Mexican aficionados from the late 1970s into the 1980s will remember Marcos Ortega. Footage of him in action survives, though he has been long retired.

 Ortega began a career as a sensational novillero, though his alternativa and confirmation in Mexico City were not spectacular. Nonetheless, he strove on as a matador de toros for many seasons, receiving many contracts in plazas large and small.

Ortega was especially popular in the border towns. He registered a number of triumphs in Juarez, Tijuana and Mexicali. He also took part in a corrida in San Luis Potosi, in a portable ring in the 1980s, alongside Pana. The event was triumphant, but the bid to restore bullfighting to this town on a lasting basis failed.

One of Ortega's finest border town afternoons from a technical standpoint came in Juarez in may of 1980, alongside Eloy Cavazos and Mariano Ramos. Ortega cut no ears due to failed sword work that afternoon, yet everything else was deemed the performance of a life time. His capote work, faenas and especially his banderillas placements were wonderful and had he killed well, he might have cut a tail off both animals. The lack of awards received does not nullify the greatness of the rest of his showing that day.

Some modern aficionados watching old clips of his bullfights, have claimed to see a resemblance in the face between him and evangelist Joel Osteen. Well, maybe.

Friday, December 19, 2014

Colombian Temporada Under Way

In spite of the efforts of anti taurinos in certain cities, the 2014-2015 Colombian temporada is underway once again. Look for an influx of Spanish toreros flocking to the area and to Mexico above now that the 2014 season in Spain has come to a close.

Aside from  the imports, several South American toreros are making cartel for themselves, including Nicolas De San Juan, Bolivar, Guerrita Chico, Moreno Munoz, Santiago Sanchez Mejias, Rafael Orellana, Gustavo Zuniga and more.

The Indultado Book

El Indultado, the book by Manolo  Urena,  continues to sell well within Mexico and with some distribution to  the USA.

The story is gripping. Former Mexican matador, Manolo Urena, tells of his struggles within the bullfighting world and the political problems within, his recovery from a goring in the side of the face that took off part of his ear in one of the most uncanny accidents ever and his shift to flamenco signer following his years spent with the bulls.

The book contains many great photographs that may be entirely appreciated by those who do not read Spanish,  but follow the bullfights.

A worthwhile read, as noted in other blogs here.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Manolo Urena In Los Angeles

Retired matador, Manolo Urena, is visiting Los Angeles this week as part of a promotion of his recent book and that of bullfighting as a cultural phenomenon.

Urena is distinct as the only matador to actually lose an ear to a bull. Early in his career, when appearing in Guatemala, he was toppled with the horn slicing by the side of his head. A goring in the left ear removed a portion of the same.

In spite of the nightmarish wound, Urena returned to the bulls and fought for several years, registering triumphs in Mexico City, Nogales, Juarez, Guadalajara and other plazas. He eventually retired to the safer profession of flamenco singer.


BloodLess Bullfights In California 2014

For three decades, bloodless bullfights have taken place in Northern California in Escalon, Tracy, Turlock, Tulare, Artesia, Thornton, Gustine and other towns. The 2014 temporada saw a lot of action in this set of uncanny corridas in which the bulls were not killed.

In keeping with Portuguese cultural interests, most of the performers were rejoneadores fighting off horseback. Sario Cabral, Joey Correia, Tiago Pamplona and Tiego Carreiras were some of them.

Information on the upcoming 2015 temporada may be found at http://www.californiataurina.com

Correia, a Californian of Portuguese-American heritage, should be seen once again in several bullfights. A former forcado turned horseman, he has become a mainstay in these bloodless bullfights.

Rumors have it several matadors on foot will also be taking part next season, brought in from Mexico.

Past seasons have seen appearances by many top toreros on foot and horseback, including Pablo Hermoso de Mendoza, Fernando Ochoa, David Renk, Manalo Moreno, Antonio Portugal, Geno, Jorge Pereira, Ricardo Chibanga, Gustavo Zenkl, Dennis Borba, Armando Soares, Manuel Pinto and Gustavo Garza.


New Pasodoble For Zotoluco

A new pasodoble in homage to Zotoluco was played for the first time in Plaza Mexico recently.

Merida Taurina

Yucatan ahs always been a remote part of Mexico. The indigenous population, the jungles, the heat and the earthquakes have made it a unique place to be sure.  Yucatan ahs also been a curse to some toreros as over the years there have been various fatalities, not always due to the nature of the goring itself, but to the lack of good medical treatment. Some small plazas do not even have infirmaries.

There are also a number of toreros who fight   exclusively in Yucatan. Such would be the case of El Tio, an aging, rotund little novillero who died from a goring in the lung a while ago.

Merida is working hard to restore whatever bad reputation Yucatan has gotten over the years, with a number of corridas featuring top toreros belong brought in. In a recent venture, Diego Silveti made the paseo.

More corridas are being planned for 2015. Merida is becoming a hot bed for bullfighting in the area. The aficionados are forming clubs and taking the taurine atmosphere very seriously. More major toreros are expected to perform upcoming.

Look for big things in Merida.

Monday, December 15, 2014

Bloody Nogales

Three times in the old Nogales bullring, more than one torero ended up being taken out on the same cartel. Clearly, the ring could be bad luck for toreros.

The first time occurred in 1958 when Benjamin Lopez Esqueda was gored by a  Romeral bull while performing gaoneras in a quite. Seconds afterward, Luis Briones, depicted below, took the bull away from him and received a massive goring in the lower back that came close to killing him. Both men spent considerable time in the hospital before being brought back to Nogales for as "revenge fight" with Romeral bulls.



The second such incident took place in 1963, when Tomas Abaroa and El Callao were both gored, while a picador took a horn in the foot and photographer Blair Grant was likewise gored when the bull jumped the fence and caught him off guard. The third matador on the cartel, Pablo Lozano, was almost gored as well, but escaped with having his pants ripped open by the bull.

The third time took place in 1987, when Jose Maria Gonzalez "Joselito" received a serious blow to the chest in a novillada and had to be rushed to the hospital, while Silviano Tanori, who made the rescue, slipped seconds afterward and broke his arm when he fell.

With the ignorant ban on bullfighting in Sonora, the Nogales ring now sits silent. For how long is anyone's guess.

Javier Benjumea

A few decades ago, the now deceased matador de toros, Pedrin Benjumea, was a respected matador de toros, known for extreme valor and for spectacular adornos such as taking the horn tip in his teeth a la Dominguin. In modern times the tradition continues in the form of one of his sons, Javier.

Born in Madrid, Javier Benjumea put out an exceptional career as novillero, making appearances in many of the important plazas, as well as the pueblos. This provoked the interest of the aficion, as well as the writers and empresarios, while under the guidance of former matador, Angel Teruel.

Benjumea took the alternative in Ecija in 2oo9 at the hands of Sebastian Cortes and Julio "Cordobes"

He continues to bring dignity and recognition to the Benjumea name. 

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Moreno Munoz

Moreno Munoz out of Bogota, Colombia continues to be a rising torero in the tradition of  Pepe Cacares, Puno and Joselito De Colombia, who were past stars from this region. Having already established himself in Spain, in spite of a serious goring here a few seasons ago, he is fast on the way to becoming a start of international renown.

In his native land and other South American countries, he has likewise established a name for himself and is recognized as one of the true hopefuls to become a figure in bullfighting.

It will be interesting to see what this South American season, now underway, brings for him.

Friday, December 12, 2014

Feliz Navidad

Christmas greetings. Feliz Navidad 2014.


Hilda Tenorio In DF

Hilda Tenorio, the popular matadora de toros, returns to Plaza Mexico December 28.

More Colors Of Death

Colors of trajes worn on days of fatal gorings.

Luis Farfan dark red & black
Carpio purple & gold
Morenito De Valencia black & gold
Varelito gooseberry & gold
Zorro purple & gold
Jose Falcon dark blue & gold
Saleri green & silver
Pepete pink & gold
Huevatero gooseberry & gold
Pepe Caceres pink & silver
Antonio De Castillo yellow & silver
Ernesto Pastor white & gold
Corchaito blue & gold
Ricardo Lopez white & gold
Gavira purple & gold
Carratala green & gold
Llusio green & silver
Manolo Cortes green & gold


Atarfeno blue & silver






Fernando Dos Santos In Nogales New Release Date

A new release date for Fernando Dos Santos In Nogales is set for December  22.  Coming from Lulu.

The book will feature the corrida with Lomelin in 1969 where Dos Santos took his goring in the neck, his 1970 corridas with El Silverio and Solórzano, his 1971 corridas with Solórzano again and his 1972 endeavors.

Pizarro In DF

Federico Pizarro, the veteran Mexican matador, returns to the Plaza Mexico in the capital this Sunday.


Thursday, December 11, 2014

A Big Tijuana Season for 2015?

After a couple of lackluster years and cutbacks in number of corridas, there is gossip in the wind that the 2015 Tijuana bullfight season may be scene  to something big.

Aside from the regulars who have been seen on a regular basis such as  as  the past few seasons, such as Pepe Hillo,  Amaya, Zotoluco  and the like, there is talk for Spaniards to return.

Among those mentioned would be El Juli, the Spanish ace of aces. A former boy wonder and now a veteran torero, Juli reportedly loves the Tijuana ring and crowd.

Another name mentioned is Pablo Hermoso De Mendoza, the masterful ace of rejoneadores.  Several seasons ago, in a  corrida alongside Rafael Ortega and Zapata, Mendoza cut ears and tail in one of the finest demonstrations of rejoneo ever seen in this city.

Friday, December 5, 2014

Triumph For Antonio Prates

Another Mexican triumph for the young Portuguese rejoneador, Antonio Prates, in Acambay, Mexico this past weekend, in which he cut ears and left on the shoulders of the crowd.

Prates has put together a remarkable string of triumphs since making his Mexican presentation several months ago.

A Photo That Needs No Caption


Thursday, December 4, 2014

Jose Manuel Tirado

Seldom do picadores get their due in bullfighting. despised by the tourists and underappreciated by the bulk of the aficion, they perform a needed task. If one dies in the ring via a fall or a goring, he is at least listed on the black chronicle of fatalities forever, which to an extent assures his remembrance. Chofer, Veneno, Jose Bruno, Pica, Tigre and so on remain some of these unfortunates.  There are others who lived and made a name for themselves, such as Sixto Vazquez, Tarzan, Venus Pacheco, Tin Tan, Jesus Gomez  and Pimpi, but again they are few and far between.

Jose Manuel Tirado of Sevilla is a picador who is gaining respect among the multitudes by plying his trade. He has also earned a spot here. He has been seen in recent years in all the major festivals and a regular at San Isidro in Madrid, as well as the annual April feria in Sevilla. 

Away from the ring, he remains a modest man of diverse interests and likes to play Zoo World on his Facebook account.

Too often, the picador is ignored or unjustly jeered in the ring. On occasion, one stands out as exemplary in his work. Tirado is one such person.

Death Of Corralito

Retired matador, Fernando Corral "Corralito" has passed away in the United States. His body is being transferred now to Mexico for burial.

Corralito was more known for a tragedy outside the bullring than in it, when all of his earnings and property were destroyed in a tragic house fire years ago.

Not only did he recover from the tragic loss of property and memories, but penned a book about the subject and his up and down career in front of the bulls.

QEPD, torero.   

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Fernando Dos Santos In Nogales Nears Release

The new book from Lulu Publishing, Fernando Dos Santos in Nogales by Dale Pierce, is expected to be available for orders in book and ebook form by Christmas. Watch for details soon.

The book covers the campaign of the Portuguese torero, Fernando Dos Santos in Nogales, which was his stronghold during a lengthy Mexican run. 

In this border bullring, he had 7 spectacular corridas between 1969 and 1972, winning a total of 12 ears, 2 tails and a hoof, the Golden ear trophy and also took a near fatal goring in the neck.

Though Dos Santos is the focal point, other toreros making appearances in the text include Pepe Luis Vazquez, Antonio Lomelin, Mauro Liceaga, Jesus Solórzano, Joel Tellez and more.  

Details to follow.

Zotoluco Out Of Action

Mexican matador, Zotoluco, will be out of action due to a broken hand and miss various corridas, including one upcoming alongside Payo in Merida.

D.P. Adamov Heads West

Having tired of the Michigan winter, erotic writer D.P. Adamov, author of the recent erotic bullfight novel, The Long Day Of Revenge, has announced plans to give up on the Midwest and head westward.  Prior to leaving, a second book titled Storyteller, with a bullfight story within, will also be released.

Adamov plans to focus on an annual erotic book and film fest held in Portland, Oregon every year, plus do possible book signing sessions in Tijuana, Mexicali and at bloodless bullfights in the north of California.

The Long Day Of Revenge deals with a rising Mexican matador and his confrontation with a bull named Gaditano, which results in one of the most dramatic bullfights ever written about in bullfighting novels, coming in behind only the climatic corridas in The Brave Bulls by Tom Lea and Matador by Conrad.

If one is not offended by erotica, the book offers a great bullfight tale.

Both The Long Day Of Revenge & the upcoming Storyteller may be ordered from http://www.pinkflamingo.com



Zotoluco In Mexico City

On November 30, Zotoluco, Mexico's ageing veteran star, appeared in an encerrona in Plaza Mexico, adding his name to the list alongside Manolo Capetillo, Manolo Martinez and a rare number of others who accomplished this feat. Acting as lone matador, he faced and killed six bulls himself.

The corrida was a triumph for the torero, dressed in a new black & gold traje for the occasion. He left the ring with two ears to his credit.





Friday, November 28, 2014

Armillita Confirms Alternativa.

The newest member of the Armillita clan confirmed his alternativa in Plaza Mexico on November 23. At the same time, he confirmed the family tradition lives on.

Miguel Angel Perea cut ears.

Payo complied.

The new Armillita cut an ear in his presentation as a full matador de toros in this plaza, showing he has inherited the traits of his father, grandfather and uncles.


 

Mexico City Corrida

On November 9, an interesting corrida was held in Mexico City.

Arturo Macias, a long time Mexican favorite, complied. This time, however, he left the vast Plaza Mexico without a triumph.

Arturo Saldivar, also complied. .

The Spaniard, Talavante, emerged as triunfador with two ears.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Julian Maestro's Daughter

The daughter of prominent Spanish matador de toros and now one of the country's top banderilleros, Julian Maestro, Natalia, is making a career for herself early, but in a different profession than her father.

Rather than a career in the bullring as a torera, she is making a name for herself as an actress and model.

Triumph For Veteran Toreros

Last weekend in Cadereyta, the veteran matadors Enrique Garza and Zotoluco both emerged triumphant in what has been deemed an outstanding corrida, as well as perhaps one of the best seen in several years in this ring.

Both toreros left the sand with an ear apiece, making the bullfight a success.

The corrida was billed as a celebration of the 25th anniversary of Garza's alternativa.

Zotoluco lost a possible two ears off his first bull due to problems with the sword, but returned for a magnificent faena that won him an ear from his second.

The situation was reversed for Garza, who cut an ear after a surprising showing to his first and would have cut more from his second had he not had a slow kill.

Arturo Macias, the third sword, complied



Sunday, November 23, 2014

Five Star Tours To Tijuana

For Californians interested in  a  hassle free way to go to corridas in Tijuana during next year's temporada, consider Five Star Tours. Email alfonso@fivestartours.com for information.

The company also organizes winery tours and more.


Wednesday, November 19, 2014

A Second D.P. Adamov Book Coming With Bulls Within

A second book by the ultra-weird yet dynamic fetish writer, D.P. Adamov, will emerge again from http://www.pinkflamingo.com. This will be released in December.

Storyteller, an assortment of sexual tales not for the reserved, will be the next creation Adamov offers his/her (no one is sure about the mysterious individual) writings. In this, a series of uncanny horror stories with strong sexual overtones will be presented and this time, another bullfighting theme in the form of The El Toreo.

The tale involves a fictional female bullfighter returning to San Luis Rio Colorado across from Yuma, Arizona, where the El Toreo is being torn down. Here, reality stops, for in truth the real San Luis Bullring was active before the time setting of  the story, from the 1950s through the early 1970s and was condemned long ago. In this segment, however, history re-invents itself and the San Luis bullring remains a focal point into modern times. Nonetheless, it makes for an entertaining story.

In the El Toreo section, a female bullfighter, long retired, comes to the old bullring not just to relive her past, but to commit suicide by jumping from the top of said ring. She is stopped at the last minuet by the ghost of a matador lover, who died in that plaza from a goring beforehand.

Dramatic and sensual fare to be sure, but again not historically accurate. While the San Luis arena did see some grand corridas in the 1950s, no one was ever fatally gored or even severely gored there.  Adamov seems to be using Sonora for the basis of his/her stories with a fixed agenda and vendetta against the green party that ushered in an unpopular ban on bullfighting a few years back in Sonora. The author seems to be using Nogales, San Luis, Agua Prieta and the like for a number of tales in hope of both reviving an interest in the area and getting people off their asses to force an overturning oft his ban.

The earlier and controversial The Long Day Of Revenge by the same author and also released by Pink Flamingo, places a focus on Nogales and Agua  Prieta.  The bullfighting content is far more direct in this novel, where in Storyteller, the bullfight shows up in this lone story, amid a number of other horror based takes.

D.P. Adamov does have a blog at http://www.inkyass.blog.com but refuses to give interviews, does very few public appearances and has yet to be photographed.

More information on this book will come as details emerge.




Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Tijuana Season Concludes

The Tijuana season left a lot to be desired overall this year as compared to seasons gone by, but concluded with a masterful festival this month and an interesting international cast for a special feria.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Padilla In Mexico

Juan José Padilla, the fenomeno who captured the world after losing an eye some seasons ago when gore din the face while placing banderillas, but making the parade since then with a patch over his eye like a pirate, is  in Mexico again.

Padilla is signed for various Mexico City appearances as well as other major plazas in the interior. There is also talk of a possible Tijuana or Mexicali showing on the border.


Friday, November 7, 2014

Silveti At The Rincon Ganaderia

Diego Silveti has been invited to train at the ranch fo retired and famed Colombian matador, Cesar Rincon, in preparation for the South American season.


D.P. Adamov Blog

Fetish author D.P. Adamov now has a blog with lengthy material on the ultra murky  bullfight novel, The Long Day Of Revenge now at http://www.inkyass.blog.com

Information here on book signings, new releases and more.


Paco Pavon

Paco     Pavon remains one of many tragic tales in bullfighting. The son of a ganadero who had ample time training on the ranch, but only a few actual novilladas, appeared in  a full corrida  de toros in Mexico City with huge bulls of Penuelas, as a sobresaliente. This 1958 event was one where Pavon  had hoped to showcase himself when the opportunity arose, but things    did not work as planned.The billed matadores de toros on the cartel were Luis Procuna  and Calesero.

One of the matadores on the card motioned for Pavon to enter the ring to make   quite. Bent on triumph or disaster, the young torero found the latter instead.

The young man's ambition aws there, but his ability to  face such a large animal was not. He flipped the capote over his head for a farol, but on the second try the animal just jerked its head, hooking into him and throwing him through the air like a paper airplane.

  Pavon seemed to be walkie in the air as he came down to the sand and landed in a heap, with his  white and silver traje de luces already covered with blood and a huge wound in his abdomen.

Though horribly gored, Pavon managed to fight off death for several days in the hospital before his body could take no more and he passed away.

The sounds of trumpets faded and the dreams of glory passed away as surely as the novillero himself. Pavon  entered the ring looking for eternal fame and found it only it the form of his name being added to the black chronicle of those killed in their profession.

Decades have passed since this tragic incident and sadly Paco Pavon     remains scarcely remembered for other than his foolhardy bravery which extracted the ultimate price.







Thursday, November 6, 2014

Castella In Mexico City

In a recent Mexico City corrida, the French sensation Sebastian Castella emerged as triunfador and cut two ears.

Guillermo Capetillo has made a comeback to the ring, though he is in his fifties. One cannot help but wish this man well, though one also has to wonder how wise his decision has been, being he had been around since 1978 or so as a matador de toros.  His performances still offered moments of brilliance, though obvious it is 2014 and not 1984. He was applauded.

Diego Silveti continued to show  moments of great promise in this Mexico City showing, as he has done in past endeavors in this plaza. Many believe he will one day surpass his famous father in greatness. Today, however, was not the day.

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Victor Miranda

The capable banderillero, Victor Miranda died in Mexico from natural causes some months ago, without much fanfare. While his death was reported in the Mexican papers in some places and online, it was fairly ignored by the mainstream.

Miranda could well have  been one of the shortest toreros in modern times, being around five feet high. In spite of this, he was quite long on valor.

He was especially popular in the 1970s and 1980s.

D.E.P.






 


Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Meet Dale Pierce & D. P. Adamov Nov. 1

Meer bullfight writer Dale Pierce and new erotic writer D.P. Adamov,who created the recent Long Day Of Revenge bullfight novel both on November 1 at the New Towne Mall in New Philadelphia, Ohio, all day, as part of a major author fest.



Death Of Manzanares

Veteran matador Jose Maria Manzanares and father of the contemporary torero oft he same name, was found dead of unreleased causes in bed on his ranch in  Spain, this day. He was 61.

Manzanares peaked in the 1980s and was considered one  of the top toreros of his decade, with great showings in Madrid, Sevilla and elsewhere.

Though always a draw in Spain, he was also popular in Mexico and South America.

QEPD

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Death Of Pepe Luis Vazquez

Mexican matador, Pepe Luis Vazquez, not to be confused with the Spanish matador of the same name, has passed away.

  Vazquez was active from the 1940s into the 1970s and was especially known for his skill with the sword. he was excellent in all other phases of the fight as well and placed his own banderillas when inspired to do so.

Vazquez was a mainstay in Mexican rings and an integral part of Mexican bullfighting. Though always popular within the interior, some of his greatest days came in the border towns of Juarez, Tijuana, Nogales and Reynosa.

 One of the worst gorings Vazquez ever received was a large leg wound in Tijuana, though he insisted on killing the offending animal, with blood splattering every which way from his cornada, before entering the infirmary. There, it was found the goring was much more serious than originally anticipated and the matador missed several contracts.

 Late in his career, Vazquez was also gored badly in Reynosa as he placed the banderillas.

 In English, the long out of print Matadors Of Mexico devotes a chapter to him with many photos as does Matadores Latinos, dealing with his performances in Juarez.

One of Vazquez's last Mexico City showings came in the early 1970s, when he and Joaquin Bernado confirmed the alternativa of El Queretano. Though he cut no ears, he was applauded throughout he day for his capote work and faenas.

During his long career, Vazquez competed with the best of Mexican toreros, including Jaime Rangel, Luis Procuna, Calesero, Rafael Rodriguez and Manuel Capetillo.

Early in his career, Vazquez was on Mexico City when fellow novillero , Felix Guzman, took a goring in the leg.

 "You are hurt," Vazquez told him. "Let me kill his bull. Go to the infirmary."

  "I will kill it, " Guzman announced. He then finished his faena, sworded and took a vuelta before reaching the doctors and learning too late just how bad the wound was. He died a short while later.

  "I had a strange feeling that as I watched him take that final lap around the ring, I was saying goodbye," Vazquez would later state. "I had a very bad feeling and it was right." The incident always haunted him.

 Rest in peace, Pepe Luis Vazquez. You now go to join Guzman, Procuna, Calesero and your other friends in the history books.



Sunday, October 12, 2014

Edgar Palacios

One of  the most artistic and perhaps under-rated of matadores de toros would be the Mexican torero, Edgar Palacios from Mexico City.

Since his professional debut in  1989, this bullfighter has graced many arenas large and small in the pursuit of his dangerous art form.

Palacios took the alternativa in San Pedro in 1999  at the hands of Lomeli and Ochoa.

In the decade that has followed,  he has proven himself to be a talented and colorful performer.


Sunday, October 5, 2014

South America

The South American temporada    has started in Colombia, Peru, Venezuela and Ecuador.


Friday, October 3, 2014

Remembering David

It is  easy for me to remember the birthday of the late David Silveti as he and I were born on the same day and month, October 3, but different years.

David,w ho is no longer with us. David....of the great triumphs. David...of the disasters. The end is sad, but the memories of great afternoons lives.


Sunday, September 7, 2014

Feria Del Novillero In Tampico

An interesting competition of Mexico's most promising novilleros will take place in Tampico next week. Cartel below.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Diego Silveti Returns To Mexico

Following a festival in Torremolinos this Thursday, Diego Silveti returns to Mexico with contracts already set for Zacatecas and other plazas.

Silveti turned in a successful Spanish season this year which included impressive showings in Madrid and other major Iberian plazas. H also scored several triumphs in France..

Wednesday, September 3, 2014