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How Unusual Victory in Red Carpet

From DMTC Publicity DEL MAR, Calif. (Nov. 23, 2017) — Masterfully-ridden by jockey Corey Nakatani, longshot California-bred How Unusual spurted between horses at the top of the stretch to enter contention and outfinished 2-1 favored Responsibleforlove in the final sixteenth to win the featured Grade III $100,000 Red Carpet Handicap on Thanksgiving holiday Thursday at Del Mar. How Unusual, sent to the gate at 9-1 for the mile and three-eighths grass marathon, was outrun in the early stages, but showed an impressive turn of foot when cut loose by Nakatani to score by a half-length in 2:14.92 for the distance. Responsibleforlove, with Joe Talamo in the saddle, was runner-up, a half-length in front of Laseen, with La Manta Gris fourth in the field of 12 older fillies and mares. Galileo’s Song and Lottie were withdrawn from the original field. How Unusual, bred by Madeline Auerbach and Barry Abrams, owned by the partnership of Fetkin, Sill and St. Hilaire and trained by Mike Pender, scored her fifth victory in 19 outings... ...

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Cal-bred Pair in Seabiscuit

DEL MAR, Calif. (Nov. 23, 2017) – California-bred stakes winners He Will and Pee Wee Reese are entered in Sunday’s $200,000 Grade II Seabiscuit Handicap at Del Mar. He Will is by Cyclotron, out of the Lear Fan mare Could She, was bred by Old English Rancho & Berumen, is owned by All Schlaich Stables, Hollendorfer, Team Green or Randall, et al and is trained by Jerry Hollendorfer. He has six wins in 19 starts, earnings of $322,619 and is coming off a win in the Nov. 2 Lure. Pee Wee Reese is by Tribal Rule, out of the Unbridled’s Song mare Bluegrass Belle, was bred by owner Nick Alexander and is trained by Phil D’Amato. He has five wins in nine starts, earnings of $259,990 and is making his first start since a win in the July 4 American. ...

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King Eddie in Cecil B. DeMille

DEL MAR, Calif. (Nov. 23, 2017) – King Eddie is the lone California-bred entered in Sunday’s $100,000 Cecil B. DeMille Stakes for 2-year-olds at Del Mar. King Eddie is by Square Eddie, out of the Stormy Atlantic mare Atlantic Swing, was bred by owner Reddam Racing and is trained by Doug O’Neill. He has one win in four starts, earnings of $31,035 and is coming off an Oct. 26 maiden win. ...

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Ann Arbor Eddie in Hollywood Derby

DEL MAR, Calif. (Nov. 22, 2017) – Ann Arbor Eddie is the lone California-bred entered in Saturday’s $300,000 Grade I Hollywood Derby for 3-year-olds at Del Mar. Ann Arbor Eddie is by Square Eddie, out of the In Excess mare Repo, was bred by owner Reddam Racing and is trained by Doug O’Neill. He has four wins in 11 starts, earnings of $326,759 and is coming off a seventh in the Oct. 28 Twilight Derby. ...

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One Fast Broad Enters Durante

DEL MAR, Calif. (Nov. 22, 2017) – Stakes winner One Fast Broad is the lone California-bred entered in Saturday’s $100,000 Grade III Jimmy Durante Stakes for 2-year-old fillies at Del Mar. One Fast Broad is by Decarchy, out of the Mr. Broad Blade mare Awesome Broad, was bred by Richard Kritzski and AGR Racing, is owned by Ruis Racing and trained by Mick Ruis. She has two wins in four starts, earnings of $172,000 and is coming off a win in the Nov. 3 Golden State Juvenile Fillies. ...

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G. G. Ryder in Fourth Shot at Berkeley

ALBANY, Calif. (Nov. 22, 2017) – Multiple graded winner G. G. Ryder and fellow California-breds Monsajem Accrete, Rye and Northern California Yearling Sale graduate Camino Del Paraiso are entered in Saturday’s $100,000 Grade III Berkeley Handicap at Golden Gate. G. G. Ryder is by Chhaya Dance, out of the Storm Boot mare Stormy Gigi, was bred by Eagle Oak Ranch, is owned by Hollendorfer or George Todaro and is trained by Jerry Hollendorfer. He has 13 wins in 40 starts, earnings of $635,920 and is coming off a seventh in the Oct. 15 Bull Dog. He was second in this race last year, third in 2015 and second in 2014. Monsajem Accrete is by Monsajem, out of the With Approval mare Cichetari Miss, was bred by Warren McGrath, is owned by Greame Chung or Patrick Hui and is trained by Isidro Tamayo. He has six wins in 41 starts, earnings of $85,222 and is coming off a Nov. 4 allowance win. Rye is by English Channel, out of the unusual... ...

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Santa Anita Debuts ‘Ship and Stay’

From Santa Anita Publicity ARCADIA, Calif. (Nov. 21, 2017) — With its traditional Winter Meet opener looming on Tuesday, Dec. 26, Santa Anita Park has announced a first-ever “Ship and Stay” program, that is intended to attract out-of-state horsemen and to incentivize them to keep running in California throughout the new year. Funded solely by Santa Anita and The Stronach Group (TSG), the “Ship and Stay” program is patterned after Del Mar’s successful “Ship and Win” program and provides on-going bonuses to individual trainers and owners who bring horses to Santa Anita from out of state. Bonuses will be paid to the connections who originally brought them to California for their first three starts. These bonuses will be paid even if the horse is claimed. “This is a new day for us here at Santa Anita on several fronts,” said Santa Anita Vice President of Racing, Rick Hammerle. “Field size is a major concern for us and by undertaking this new program, we’re hoping to be able to shore up... ...

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Two Cal-bred Stakes at Los Alamitos Winter

From Los Alamitos Publicity                CYPRESS, Calif. (Nov. 21, 2017) –The 2017 Winter meet at Los Alamitos, which opens Thursday, Nov. 30, will include a pair of $100,000 stakes races for California-breds.                  Both are at one mile and for 2-year-olds bred or sired in California. The $100,000-guaranteed Soviet Problem for fillies will be run Saturday, Dec. 2 while the $100,000 King Glorious for colts & geldings will be contested Saturday, Dec. 16.                   The 12-day season also features a pair of Grade I races for 2-year-olds and the return of the Grade II, $200,000 Bayakoa Stakes highlight. Racing will be conducted on a Thursday-Sunday basis. Post time will be 1 p.m. on weekdays and 12:30 p.m. on weekends.                   The $300,000 Starlet for fillies and the $300,000 Los Alamitos CashCall Futurity will be run Saturday, Dec. 9. Both races are at 1 1/16 miles and being offered at Los Alamitos for the fourth time. The two significant races were run previously at Hollywood Park (1981-2013).                 Abel Tasman, who is... ...

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Stay Thirsty Acquired by Lovacres

By Bloodhorse.com WARNER SPRINGS, Calif. (Nov. 20, 2017) — Multiple grade 1 winner and top-10 second-crop sire Stay Thirsty  has been sold and will relocate to Terry Lovingier’s Lovacres Ranch near Warner Springs, Calif. “Stay Thirsty brings a ton of pedigree and is a big alternative to a lot of stallions out here,” said Lovingier, who bought the stallion outright from Ashford Stud, where the stallion retired to stud in 2013. “He is arguably the best stallion out here in terms of his race record. He provides one more opportunity for California breeders to get a good horse.” Lovingier had put out the word he was looking for a really good stallion because he needed a California breed-back option for some top-shelf mares, including California champions My Fiona and Lost Bus. My Fiona was bred this year to American Pharoah , while Lost Bus is in foal to Will Take Charge . “I reached out for different stallions, but Stay Thirsty is the one who became available and it made sense for both parties,”... ...

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Edwards Going Left Right on Time

From DMTC Publicity DEL MAR, Calif. (Nov. 19, 2017) — Edwards Going Left, the 2-1 betting choice, spoiled Solid Wager’s bid for a third consecutive victory in the $100,000 Cary Grant Stakes for Golden State Series eligibles on Sunday, holding on gamely in the final sixteenth to win the seven-furlong sprint by a half-length. Regular rider Tyler Baze was aboard Edwards Going Left for his sixth victory in nine lifetime races as the three-year-old gelding accomplished the distance in 1:22.98. Solid Wager turned in a game performance under Victor Espinoza, rallying from last place in the ten-horse field to narrowly miss a successful defense of his two-time title. Third was California Diamond, three and one-half lengths behind stablemate Solid Wager from the barn of trainer Peter Miller, with Smokey Image a nose away in fourth. Edwards Going Left is a son of Midnight Lute out of the Broken Vow mare Dypsy, was bred by Red Baron’s Barn & Vaya Con Suerte, is owned by Hronis Racing and trained by John... ...

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Tough Sunday Really is a Tough One

By PaulickReport.com DEL MAR, Calif. (Nov. 19, 2017) — When the 5-year-old Tough Sunday held off a late challenge to win Thursday’s fourth race at Del Mar by a half-length, it was more than just another trip to the winner’s circle for owner/breeder Nick Alexander. The California-bred son of his own stallion Grazen, Tough Sunday was born with symptoms of what is known as dummy foal syndrome; the colt could not see or hear, and he had no nursing instinct. As originally reported by the Pasadena Star-News, Alexander rushed Tough Sunday and his dam Sunday Dress (General Meeting) to the veterinary hospital for treatment, but after a week had gone by the young colt had little improvement to show. Forced to make a costly decision about the colt’s future, Alexander walked past his stall one more time. He noticed that Tough Sunday was tracking movement with his eyes – the colt could see. Affectionately called “Bruiser” by his owner, Tough Sunday did regain his sight but not his hearing – the colt... ...

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Cal-bred Trio in Golden Gate Debutante

ALBANY, Calif. (Nov. 19, 2017) – Stakes winner Little Doe and fellow California-breds Blessed Lady and Amba are entered in Friday’s $50,000 Golden Gate Debutante Stakes for 2-year-old fillies. Blessed Lady is by Lucky Pulpit, out of the Lord Carson mare Lady Evergreen, was bred by owners Mr. and Mrs. Larry Williams and is trained by Steve Specht. She has two wins in three starts, earnings of $42,060 and is coming off a fifth in the Oct. 28 Pike Place Dancer. Amba is by Tribal Rule, out of the Benchmark mare Windover, was bred by Donald and Gloria Smith and is owned by trainer Gloria Haley. She has one win in two starts, earnings of $25,620 and is coming off a second in an Oct. 29 optional claimer. Little Doe is by Kodiak Kowboy, out of the Richly Blended mare Baby Doe, was bred by owners Dr. & Mrs. William Gray and is trained by Felix Rondan. She has two wins in five stats, earnings of $72,215 and is coming... ...

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How Unusual Enters Red Carpet

DEL MAR, Calif. (Nov. 19, 2017) – How Unusual is the lone California-bred entered in Thursday’s $100,000 Grade III Red Carpet Handicap for fillies and mares at Del Mar. How Unusual is by Unusual Heat, out of the Bartok mare Veela, was bred by Madeline Auerbach and Barry Abrams, is owned by Fetkin, Sill or St. Hilaire, et al and is trained by Michael Pender. She has four wins in 18 starts, earnings of $242,367 and is coming off a win in an Oct. 13 optional claimer. ...

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L.A. Times Offers Free Racing Newsletter

By Los Angeles Times LOS ANGELES, Calif. (Nov. 19, 2017) — The Los Angeles Times is now offering a free email newsletter devoted to horse racing, including each day’s entries and charts. Sign up here: http://www.latimes.com/newsletters/la-newsletter-racing-signup-page-htmlstory.html#nws=mcnewsletter   ...

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Solid Wager Seeks Cary Grant Three-peat

From DMTC Publicity DEL MAR, Calif. (Nov. 17, 2017) — Six-year-old Solid Wager will be seeking his third straight victory in the $100,000 Cary Grant Stakes Sunday when he faces nine rivals in the seven-furlong sprint for Golden State Series eligibles. Solid Wager, a gelded son of Birdonthewire owned by Barber, Barber and Stanford Stable from the powerhouse stable of trainer Peter Miller, paid $20 when he won the race two years ago under jockey Joe Talamo and returned $7.60 last fall when ridden by Victor Espinoza, his pilot Sunday. Solid Wager deadheated for first with St. Joe Bay in the Midnight Lute Stakes late last year but is winless in seven subsequent outings. Opposing Solid Wager in a wide-open betting contest will be Love My Bud, Santiago Gonzalez; Prime Issue, Flavien Prat; Green With Eddie, Drayden Van Dyke; Gold Rush Dancer, Corey Nakatani; Jimmy Bouncer, Martin Pedroza; Edwards Going Left, Tyler Baze; California Diamond, Kent Desormeaux; Smokey Image, Gary Stevens, and Tribal Storm, Rafael Bejarano. ...

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Dinerman Hired by Golden Gate

By Bloodhorse.com ALBANY, Calif. (Nov. 17, 2017) — There will be a new voice of racing by the San Francisco Bay Dec. 26, as Golden Gate Fields announced the hiring of Matt Dinerman as track announcer Nov. 17. Dinerman, 25, has served as track announcer for the past three years at Emerald Downs. Employed just four summers ago as a press box steward at Del Mar, Dinerman began calling races into a tape recorder at age 20. “A home run for Golden Gate Fields and California racing,” is how Emerald Downs director of media relations Vince Bruun  described Dinerman’s ascent to the Golden Gate announcer’s booth. “Matt was in the stable area every morning talking to horsemen, getting to know the horses, and putting out good stuff on social media—in addition to being a great young talent.” A paddock and handicapping analyst at Golden Gate since late 2016, Dinerman’s first job in racing was as a summertime hot walker for trainer John Sadler in 2008. “I’m very excited to be working at Golden Gate... ...

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CHRB Meeting Summary

From CHRB DEL MAR, Calif. (Nov. 17, 2017) — The California Horse Racing Board conducted its regular meeting Thursday, November 16, at Del Mar Race Track. Chairman Chuck Winner presided. Vice Chairman Madeline Auerbach and Commissioners Jesse Choper, Fred Maas, Araceli Ruano and Alex Solis also were in attendance. The audio of this entire Board meeting is available on the CHRB Website (www.chrb.ca.gov) under the Webcast link. In brief: The Board shifted one week of fair racing from Santa Rosa to Sacramento after the Sonoma County Fair Board voted to delay by one week the start of its annual fair (i.e. carnival and events). As a result, Cal Expo will offer three weeks of racing in in conjunction with the State Fair beginning July 11, 2018. Santa Rosa will offer two weeks of racing beginning August 1, both weeks in conjunction with their fair. The Board conditionally approved the license application for the Los Angeles Turf Club to conduct a race meet at Santa Anita Park from December 20 (racing scheduled to... ...

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Richard’s Boy Eyes Hong Kong Trip

DEL MAR, Calif. (Nov. 17, 2017) – Rockingham Ranch’s Stormy Liberal and California-bred Richard’s Boy, 1-2 finishers in the recent Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint at Del Mar, could resume the rivalry in the Dec. 10 Group I Hong Kong Sprint at Sha Tin, according to a report in Bloodhorse.com. Stormy Liberal has been accepted for the race and Richard’s Boy, who lost to Stormy Liberal by a head in the Turf Sprint, is awaiting an invitation. Both are trained by Peter Miller. “(There’s) something about this horse that just likes to run,” said Rockingham Ranch racing manager Brian Trump. “So we have asked for an invite and the Hong Kong Jockey Club is waiting on the results of their trial race this weekend to see if Richard will get an invite.” Richard’s Boy is by Idiot Proof, out of the Cee’s Tizzy mare Marissa’s Joy and was bred by Harold and Pamela Tillema. He has nine wins in 27 starts, earnings of $848,440 and has won races at five different... ...

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Golden Gate Won’t Stable During Fairs

By Bloodhorse.com DEL MAR, Calif. (Nov. 16, 2017) — Tim Ritvo is prepared to roll the dice in Northern California. After the California Horse Racing Board meeting Nov. 16 at Del Mar, The Stronach Group’s chief operating officer said, even though it might result in a significant loss to Northern California’s Thoroughbred population, the current plan for the 2018 season is to shut down Golden Gate Fields as an auxiliary stabling facility for about two months of fair racing during the summer. It would be a shift from business as usual in the region, where Golden Gate has remained open as a training facility when the circuit moves to fair stops at Pleasanton, Sacramento, Santa Rosa, and Ferndale. “Yes. We will close, but will continue to negotiate if they want to negotiate with us,” Ritvo said of the move, which would close Golden Gate from mid-June to mid-August and save an estimated $1 million to $1.2 million. “But from hearing (California Authority of Racing Fairs interim executive director Larry Swartzlander), he says he’s... ...

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AHC Urges Support for Visa Relief

From AHC WASHINGTON, D.C. (Nov. 16, 2017) –As Congress continues to negotiate a final spending package for FY2018, the horse industry and its allies have an opportunity to assure that lawmakers include H-2B guest worker visa relief in the final bill.   Federal lawmakers must address this issue prior to the expiration of the FY2017 appropriations measure, which occurs on December 8.  This creates a three week window to contact your elected officials in Washington and tell them you need common-sense, guest worker visa flexibility. Please contact your federal lawmakers today and urge them to support any provision that will provide H-2B visa cap relief within the context of FY2018 appropriations bills.           ...

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Barton Family Shopping to Upgrade

By Bloodhorse.com LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 16, 2017) — The Barton family has two goals as they’ve been shopping for mares at the Keeneland November breeding stock sale. They want mares with the potential to continue raising the profile of their freshman sire and grade 1 winner Champ Pegasus, and they want those mares carrying foals by higher-profile  Kentucky sires that can bolster the ranks of California-breds. Their search this year has been tougher than anticipated. “We came two days earlier this year to start buying,” said Kate Barton, the youngest of Richard and Beth Barton’s six children and the family’s racing manager, on day eight of the 12-day sale. “Yesterday, we only came away with two open mares. It was really hard yesterday. It is still pretty crowded here, and it’s competitive.”   Last year, the Bartons bought 46 mares for an average price of $4,600. The top price they paid was $18,000 for a Ghostzapper daughter named Tart’s Knickers, who was in foal to Airdrie Stud’s Cairo Prince. This... ...

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Zakaroff, P Club in Oakland Stakes

ALBANY, Calif. (Nov. 14, 2017) – California-sired graded stakes winner Zakaroff and California-bred P Club are entered in Saturday’s $50,000 Oakland Stakes at Golden Gate. P Club is by Bushwacker, out of the Not For Love mare Sheila’s Prospect, was bred by Terry Lovingier, is owned by Jerome & Kristina Russell and is trained by Ryan Kenney. He has three wins in 21 starts, earnings of $116,959 and is coming off a fourth in an Oct. 18 optional claimer. Zakaroff is by Slew’s Tiznow, out of the Mr. Greeley mare Grand Advice, was bred by Eagle Ridge Racing, is owned by Antone Metaxas and is trained by Steve Specht. He has two wins in eight starts, earnings of $149,045 and is coming off a fifth in a Sept. 8 optional claimer. ...

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Smiling Tigress in Desi Arnaz Stakes

DEL MAR, Calif. (Nov. 15, 2017) – Smiling Tigress is the lone California-bred entered in Saturday’s $100,000 Desi Arnaz Stakes for 2-year-old fillies at Del Mar. Smiling Tigress is by Smiling Tiger, out of the Hard Spun mare Spun Clear, was bred by Premier Thoroughbreds, is owned by Fasihuddin or Sarwar and is trained by David Bernstein. She has one win in five starts, earnings of $49,585 and is coming off a seventh in the Nov. 3 Golden State Juvenile Fillies. ...

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Denman Elected to Broadcast Hall of Fame

From DMTC Publicity DEL MAR, Calif. (Nov. 14, 2017) — Iconic horse racing announcer Trevor Denman will become one of two members of the Southern California Sports Broadcasters Hall of Fame when he is inducted at the 27th annual SCSB Awards Luncheon on Jan. 22, 2018, at Lakeside Golf Club in Toluca Lake. The other inductee will be longtime Laker TV commentator Stu Lantz. He and Denman will become the 36th and 37th members of the SCSB Hall of Fame. Denman, 65, revolutionized race commentary after coming from South Africa to Southern California in 1983 and working at all three of the area’s major racetracks – Santa Anita, the now-defunct Hollywood Park and Del Mar. He retired from Santa Anita in December 2015 but still calls races at Del Mar. Denman’s approach to calling races involves not only describing the position of the runners but adding in-race commentary. One of his most familiar phrases is “moving like a winner.” His most memorable call – among the thousands he did – came when then-undefeated... ...

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Tommy Town Adds Saburo, War Envoy

From Tommy Town Thoroughbreds SANTA YNEZ, Calif. (Nov. 13, 2017) – Ruis Racing has announced that Saburo and War Envoy will enter stud at Tom and Debi Stull’s Tommy Town Thoroughbreds in Santa Ynez. They will be the first sons of leading sires Medaglia d’Oro and War Front, respectively, to stand in the Golden State. The Medaglia d’Oro son Saburo was purchased by Ruis at last year’s Fasig-Tipton Midlantic Two-Year-Old in Training Sale for $600,000, the second highest-priced colt at the auction. He’s out of the Lemon Drop Kid mare Kid Majic, who hails from the family of Eclipse champion Proud Spell. She’s also the dam of Miss Mischief, a multiple stakes winner of over $500,000. “I purchased Saburo because I loved the way he moved and because I love the family, which is still very active,” said Mick Ruis. “His dam has a Bernardini and some nice Tapits in the pipeline. A little further back is the two-year-old stakes winner Dak Attack, who is undefeated and should be on... ...

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CHRB Meeting Advisory

From CHRB DEL MAR, Calif. (Nov. 13, 2017) — The California Horse Racing Board will conduct its regular monthly meeting Thursday (November 16) at the Del Mar Surfside Race Place (simulcast facility) beginning at 9:30 a.m. The public is encouraged to attend. An audio-only webcast of the Board meeting can be heard through a link on the CHRB website (webcast). The Board meeting agenda and supporting package of materials are available on the website. ...

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Majestic Heat Romps in Betty Grable

From DMTC Publicity DEL MAR, Calif. (Nov. 11, 2017) — Unveiling a new dimension to her ability, Majestic Heat, whose 14 previous races had been run on grass, made the first start of her career on a dirt surface and romped to an impressive triumph in the featured $100,000 Betty Grable Stakes for Golden State Series eligible fillies and mares Sunday. Surging to the lead bending into the stretch under jockey Flavien Prat, Majestic Heat cruised to the wire three and one-quarter lengths on top, with Barbara Beatrice getting up for second, two and one-half lengths ahead of Late ‘n Left. How About Zero, the lukewarm 3-1 favorite, was fourth in the field of eight older fillies and mares. Majestic Heat, a five-year-old daughter of Unusual Heat owned by breeder Madeline Auerbach, McCauley and Bardy Farm and trained by Richard Mandella, had won five turf races and $353,329 prior to Sunday. Among her triumphs were victories in the Solana Beach Stakes during Del Mar’s 2016 and ’17 summer meetings. Time... ...

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Dee Dee Birtie Sells for $285,000

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 9, 2017) – Dee Dee Birtie, a mare by California stallion Bluegrass Cat, sold for $285,000 at Friday’s session of the Keeneland November Breeding Stock Sale. Dee Dee Birtie, a 5-year-old, is out of the multiple stakes-winning De Niro mare De Bertie, who produced stakes winner Uptown Birtie, Whirlie Birtie and Get Ready Birtie, the latter two having alreadyproduced stakes-placed prodigy. Dee Dee Birtie is in foal to More Than Ready, was consigned by Paramount Sales, agent for the complete dispersal of McCauley Farms, and was purchased by Three Chimneys Farm. ...

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Barbara Beatrice Back for Betty Grable

DEL MAR, Calif. (Nov. 9, 2017) – California Distaff winner Barbara Beatrice returns in Sunday’s $100,000 Betty Grable Stakes for Golden State Series eligible fillies and mares at Del Mar. Run for Retts is by Ministers Wild Cat, out of the Jump Start mare Mrs. Began, was bred by owner Tommy Town Thoroughbreds and is trained by Steve Miyadi. She has three wins in 23 starts, earnings of $216,712 and is coming off a fifth in an Oct. 19 optional claimer. Late ‘n Left is by Lucky Pulpit, out of the Grand Slam mare Royal Grand Slam, was bred by Mr. & Mrs. Larry Williams, is owned by Zolotas, Romo-Zolotas or Hamilton and is trained by Anthony Saavedra. She has five wins in 16 starts, earnings of $170,210 and is coming off a second in the Oct. 14 California Distaff. Bad Ju Ju is by Desert Code, out of the Snow Ridge mare Ju Ju Baby, was bred by Lo Hi Racing Stable & Dick Barton, is owned by Rockingham... ...

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NorCal Sale Grad in Golden Nugget

ALBANY, Calif. (Nov. 9, 2017) – California-bred Intimidate and Northern California Yearling Sale graduate Go Bobby Go risk unbeaten records in Saturday’s $50,000 Golden Nugget Stakes for 2-year-olds at Golden Gate. Generally Lucky is by Lucky Pulpit, out of the General Meeting mare Gn. Group Meeting, was bred by owners Mr. and Mrs. Larry Williams and is trained by Steve Specht. He has three wins in seven starts, earnings of $41,853 and is coming off a third in an Oct. 22 optional claimer. Intimidate is by Vronsky, out of the Perfect Mandate mare Perfect Hostess, was bred by Donald Muldoon, is owned by James Eaton, Maria Hess or Muldoon and is trained by Robert Hess Sr. He has won both starts with earnings of $41,340. La Waun is by The Pamplemousse, out of the Kentucky Lucky mare Lucky Leah, was bred by owner Remmah Racing and is trained by Frank Lucarelli. He has one win in three starts, earnings of $22,611 and is coming off a fourth in an Oct.... ...

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Skye Diamonds Aims for Santa Monica

By DRF.com DEL MAR, Calif. (Nov. 9, 2017) – California-bred Skye Diamonds, fourth in the Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Sprint last week, will make her next start in late January in the Santa Monica, a seven-furlong graded stakes race for older female sprinters at Santa Anita, trainer Bill Spawr said Thursday. Santa Anita has yet to release its stakes schedule for the winter meeting, but the Santa Monica usually is run in late January – it was run this year on Jan. 21 – and the timing suits Spawr, who likes to space Skye Diamonds’s races. “It’s seven furlongs, and the timing is good,” Spawr said. “And it’s back at her home base.” Skye Diamonds had a productive 2017 campaign, with five wins in seven starts, including the Grade 2 Great Lady M. at Los Alamitos and Grade 3 Rancho Bernardo at Del Mar. She was beaten 3 1/2 lengths in the Filly and Mare Sprint, whose first three spots were taken by horses 18-1 and higher. “I thought... ...

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Singing Kitty Sells for $750,000

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 9, 2017) – California-bred stakes winner Singing Kitty sold for $750,000 at Wednesday’s session of the Keeneland November Breeding Stock Sale. Singing Kitty is by Ministers Wild Cat, out of the Unbridled’s Song mare Natural Singer R N, was bred by Tommy Town Throughbreds, was consigned by James Keough, agent, and purchased by Spendthrift Farm. She is in foal to Medaglia d’Oro. Singing Kitty had five wins, including the China Doll and Unzip Me stakes, and earnings of $398,478. ...

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One Fast Broad Gets a Break

By DRF.com DEL MAR, Calif. (Nov. 7, 2017) – One Fast Broad will not race until early 2018 after winning the first stakes of her career in the $200,345 Golden State Juvenile Fillies last Friday at Del Mar. Owner and trainer Mick Ruis said One Fast Broad will be pointed to the Santa Anita winter-spring meeting. Bolt d’Oro, the beaten favorite in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile on Saturday, will have the same schedule as One Fast Broad. “We’ll give her 60 days, like Bolt d’Oro,” Ruis said. “We’ll let her grow up and get ready for her 3-year-old campaign. She deserves a little break.” One Fast Broad closed from last in a field of nine to win the seven-furlong Golden State Juvenile Fillies for statebreds by a length over Spiced Perfection. One Fast Broad has won 2 of 4 starts and earned $172,000. By Decarchy, One Fast Broad was second in the Del Mar Juvenile Fillies Turf on Sept. 4 and fourth in the Surfer Girl Stakes at a mile... ...

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Bookies Luck Aims for King Glorious

By DRF.com DEL MAR, Calif. – Bookies Luck will be pointed to a third consecutive stakes win against California-breds in the $100,000 King Glorious Stakes on Dec. 16 at Los Alamitos, trainer Jeff Bonde said Sunday. Bookies Luck is in the midst of an excellent year, having won the I’m Smokin Stakes on Sept. 1 at Del Mar and the Golden State Juvenile at Del Mar last Saturday. In the seven-furlong Golden State Juvenile, Bookies Luck led throughout and held off a late run from an unlucky Smokem to win by a nose as the 8-5 favorite. Smokem raced in traffic on the turn and closed well to just miss. The Golden State Juvenile was the longest race of Bookies Luck’s career. The King Glorious Stakes is run at a mile and could be a test, although Bonde said conditions at Los Alamitos could be in the colt’s favor. “That’s a quick track, too,” Bonde said. “That might help a little bit.” Owned by breeders Larry and Marianne Williams, Bookies... ...

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Bodhisattva Tries Small Stakes Again

LAUREL, Md. (Nov. 7, 2017) – Bodhisattva is the lone California-bred entered in Saturday’s $100,000 Richard W. Small Stakes at Laurel Park. Bodhisattva is by Student Council, out of the Talk Is Money mare Dr. Cheryl P., was bred by Andy Stronach and is owned by trainer Jose Corrales. He has six wins in 36 starts, earnings of $412,333 and is coming off a fourth in the Sept. 4 Greenwood Cup. He was 11th in this race last year. ...

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Brutal Beat for Richard’s Boy in Turf Sprint

By DRF.com DEL MAR, Calif. (Nov. 4, 2017)  – Trainer Peter Miller posted his first Breeders’ Cup victory and did so in memorable fashion Saturday at Del Mar, sending out both the winner, Stormy Liberal, and runner-up, California-bred Richard’s Boy, in the $1 million Turf Sprint. Stormy Liberal, who had won all four of his previous starts this year on the West Coast, had not raced since finishing a tiring eighth behind the record-setting performance of Disco Partner in the Grade 3 Jaipur at Belmont Park on June 10. On Saturday, Stormy Liberal benefitted from a perfect ride by Joel Rosario, who let him settle along the inside within easy striking distance of the leaders during the early stages of the five-furlong Turf Sprint. Stormy Liberal tipped out for clearance once settling into the stretch and ultimately wore down stablemate Richard’s Boy, by a head, in the final strides. Richard’s Boy forced the pace from the outset, gained command between calls nearing midstretch, and just failed to last. Disco Partner,... ...

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Masochistic in Training with Baffert

By PaulickReport.com ARCADIA, Calif. (Nov. 4, 2017) — Multiple graded stakes winner Masochistic has returned to training after getting a well-deserved summer break. The Daily Racing Form reports that the 7-year-old gelding was transferred from trainer Ron Ellis to Bob Baffert. The Hall of Fame trainer told the DRF that Masochistic was currently at Los Alamitos, and would be sent to Santa Anita in the near future. Masochistic has not raced since finishing off the board in the G2 Churchill Downs Stakes May 6. Afterwards, he was given a break and sent to Taylor Made Farm. Masochistic finished second in the 2016 G1 Breeders’ Cup Sprint, but was later disqualified after his bloodwork showed the presence of a banned steroid. Masochistic has won eight of 16 starts and has earnings of $857,550. ...

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Bookies Luck Holds on in GS Juvenile

From DMTC Publicity DEL MAR, Calif. (Nov. 4, 2017) — Under a typically vigorous ride by Hall of Famer Kent Desormeaux, Bookies Luck held on tenaciously in the final strides to nose out the hard-charging Smokem in the $200,000 Golden State Juvenile Stakes Saturday, the second of 12 races on the second day of the Breeders’ Cup Championships at Del Mar. Bookies Luck, the narrow 8-5 favorite over Smokem, who also went to the post at 8-5, scored his third win in six starts in a game performance for breeders and owners Mr. and Mrs. Larry D. Williams and trainer Jeff Bonde. “The outside post helped us a lot,” said Bonde. “This is a really deep track and you’ve got to have something left at the end.  I think Kent (Desormeaux) did a really good job of rationing his speed and it was really close at the end.” Smokem, who was piloted by Evin Roman, finished four and one-half lengths in front of third-place Lucky Romano, with Campaigner fourth in... ...

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One Fast Broad a Golden Filly

From DMTC DEL MAR, Calif. (Nov. 3, 2017) — One Fast Broad, patiently ridden by veteran Corey Nakatani after a slow start, rallied from last place to win the $200,000 Golden State Juvenile Fillies at Del Mar Friday, the first of two days of the 2017 Breeders’ Cup World Championships. One Fast Broad, a daughter of Decarchy bred by owned by Ruis Racing and trained by Mick Ruis, overhauled 2-1 favored Spiced Perfection in the final sixteenth to score by a length in 1:24.78 for the seven furlongs. “Corey (Nakatani) never panicked,” said Ruis. “He waited with her and rode a great race. We knew she could run on dirt. She’s got a brother that won half a million on turf, so we started her there. I’m going to give her about 60 days off now and bring her back as a really good 3-year-old, and I do believe she’ll run on.” Show It N Moe It was third, a length behind the runner-up and almost four lengths in front... ...

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Bloodhorse.com on Skye Diamonds

By Bloodhorse.com DEL MAR, Calif. (Nov. 3, 2017) — The decision was made. The ownership group agreed to put up $40,000 to claim Skye Diamonds. One of the owners, Jon Lindo, had picked out the First Dude  filly as one to claim in August of 2016. As a 3-year-old California-bred, she fit some potentially lucrative conditions, and he liked the way she tried during races. Trainer Bill Spawr agreed, as did the other owners in the group—Jeff Bloom, Tom Acker, and Chuck Allen. But when they saw the chestnut filly in the paddock before the 6 1/2-furlong test at Del Mar, Bloom and Allen lacked enthusiasm. “I said, ‘Wait, this is who we’re claiming?’ ” Bloom remembered. “She didn’t look the part. She just didn’t really look that great. I was standing there with Chuck Allen, and he and I are joking, ‘Maybe we’ll get lucky and there’ll be a shake and we’ll lose the shake.’ “Her coat just wasn’t great. She didn’t pop.” Then they watched Skye Diamonds close... ...

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He Will Win the Lure Stakes

From DMTC Publicity DEL MAR, Calif. (Nov. 2, 2017) — Under a masterfully-timed ride by Hall of Famer Mike Smith, California-bred He Will, a lukewarm 5-2 favorite, rallied from next-to-last turning for home to charge to the lead in the final strides and win the featured $93,580 Lure Stakes Thursday at Del Mar. In a blanket finish with five horses separated by only a length at the wire, He Will prevailed by a neck over Tequila Joe, who nosed out A Red Tie Day for second. Forever Juanito was only a half-length farther back in fourth place, a nose in front of Eckersley in the field of nine older horses. Withdrawn from the race was Dimension. “I didn’t get away from there as quick as I wanted,” Said Smith. “He was moving when they sent them and I was just a little behind. I didn’t want to put him up in the race, so I just took a hold and saved some ground on that first turn.  I said ‘Let... ...

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Cal-breds Boost BC Undercard

From DMTC Publicity DEL MAR, Calif. (Nov. 2, 2017) — Among the rich undercard races on the Breeders’ Cup days of racing Friday and Saturday are two for California-bred juveniles. The fourth race on the Friday program that starts at 11:25 a.m., is the $200,000 Golden State Juvenile Fillies. The second race on the Saturday program, which starts at 10:10 a.m, is the $200,000 Golden State Juvenile. Jeff Bonde and Gary Sherlock, mainstays of Golden State racing for a combined 81 years in the training business, have representatives in both races and the favorites in the Juvenile Fillies and Juvenile respectively. Bonde has the 5-2 morning line favorite, Ismelucky, in a field of nine for the Golden State Juvenile Fillies on Friday. He’ll saddle 7-2 second choice Bookie’s Luck in the Juvenile. Ismelucky, a daughter of Lucky Pulpit, was away for nearly four months after breaking her maiden in her second start on May 18 at Santa Anita. She returned in winning fashion in the Barretts Debutante in September at... ...

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Stake-winning Duo in Golden State Juvenile

DEL MAR, Calif. (Oct. 31, 2017) – Stakes winners Smokem and Bookies Luck are entered in Saturday’s $200,000 Golden State Juvenile Stakes for 2-year-olds at Del Mar. Smokem is by Union Rags, out of the Smoke Glacken mare One Smokin’ Lady, was bred by Terry Lovingier, is owned by Bada Beng Racing, Flores or Lovingier and is trained by Gary Sherlock. He has one win in four starts, earnings of $92,500 and is coming off a second in the Sept. 23 Barretts Juvenile. Night At the Opera is by Indian Evening, out of the Fusaichi Pegasus mare Talented, was bred by owner KMN Racing and is trained by Jerry Hollendorfer. He has one win in two starts, earnings of $33,600 and is coming off a second in the Sept. 30 Oak Tree Juvenile. Campaigner is by Ministers Wild Cat, out of the Good Journey mare Brave Journey, was bred by owner Larry Stein and is trained by Steve Miyadi. He has one win in four starts, earnings of $43,800 and... ...

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Majestic Heat Enters Goldikova

DEL MAR, Calif. (Oct. 31, 2017) – Majestic Heat is the lone California-bred entered in Saturday’s $200,000 Grade II Goldikova Stakes for fillies and mares at Del Mar. Majestic Heat is by Unusual Heat, out of the Ole mare Chi Chi Nette, was bred by Madeline Auerbach and Barry Abrams, is owned by Auerbach, Bardy Farm and Ron McCauley and is trained by Richard Mandella. She has five wins in 13 starts, earnings of $352,984 and is coming off a sixth in the Sept. 30 Rodeo Drive. ...

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Stakes Trio in Golden State Juvenile

DEL MAR, Calif. (Oct. 31, 2017) – Stakes winners Ismelucky, Show It N Moe It and Spiced Perfection are entered in Friday’s $200,000 Golden State Juvenile Fillies Stakes at Del Mar. One Fast Broad is by Decarchy, out of the Mr. Broad Blade mare Awesome Broad, was bred by Richard Kritzski & AGR Racing, is owned by Ruis Racing and is trained by Mick Ruis. She has one win in three starts, earnings of $62,000 and is coming off a fourth in the Oct. 9 Surfer Girl. Mama’s Kid is by Richard’s Kid, out of the Restless Con mare Mama’s Con, was bred by Geri Forrester, is owned by Tricar Stables and trained by Sal Gonzalez. She has two wins in five starts, earnings of $75,850 and is coming off a seventh in an Oct. 8 optional claimer. Ismelucky is by Lucky Pulpit, out of the Tribal Rule mare Ismene, was bred by Stephen Ferraro, is owned by Bonde or Russell and is trained by Jeff Bonde. She has two... ...

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Long Hot Summer in Ken Maddy

DEL MAR, Calif. (Oct. 31, 2017) – Long Hot Summer is the lone California-bred entered in Friday’s $150,000 Grade III Senator Ken Maddy Stakes for fillies and mares at Del Mar. Long Hot Summer is by Street Boss, out of the Stormy Atlantic mare Hotlantic, was bred by Harris Farms and Donald Valpredo, is owned by Fanticola & Scardino and is trained by Phil D’Amato. She has six wins in 18 starts, earnings of $421,539 and is coming off a third in the Oct. 14 California Distaff. ...

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Mr. Hinx Enters Damascus

DEL MAR, Calif. (Oct. 31, 2017) – Mr. Hinx is the lone California-bred entered in Friday’s $100,000 Damascus at Del Mar. Mr. Hinx is by Ministers Wild Cat, out of the Put It Back mare Kitten Exchange, was bred by owner Gary Barber and is trained by Steve Miyadi. He has five wins in 10 starts, earnings of $398,548 and is coming off a second in the Oct. 7 Santa Anita Sprint Championship. ...

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Cal-bred Trio Entered in Breeders’ Cup

DEL MAR, Calif. (Oct. 30, 2017) – California-breds B Squared, Skye Diamonds and Richard’s Boy are entered for the Breeders’ Cup, with their races to be held Saturday at Del Mar. B Squared is entered for the $1.5 million Breeders’ Cup Twinspires Sprint. He is by Square Eddie, out of the Ten Most Wanted mare Silar Rules, was bred by owner Reddam Racing and is trained by Doug O’Neill. He has three wins in nine starts, earnings of $243,753 and is coming off a win in the Oct. 21 California Flag. He has post position 4 and is 30-1 on the morning line. Skye Diamonds is entered for the $1 million Grade I Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint. She is by First Dude, out of the Johannesburg mare Exonerated, was bred by Dizney Double Diamond, is owned by Acker, Allen Racing & Bloom Racing and trained by William Spawr. She has nine wins in 16 starts, earnings of $489,150 and is coming off consecutive graded stakes wins. She has... ...

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Texas Ryano to Stand at Ballena Vista

From Ballena Vista Farm RAMONA, Calif (Oct. 31, 2017)- Warren Williamson’s homebred and multiple stakes winner Texas Ryano has been retired and will stand at Ballena Vista Farm in Ramona, Calif., as the property of a partnership for a $3,500 fee. Texas Ryano is a 6-year-old son of leading sire Curlin that earned $455,045; he took the Hollywood Turf Cup Stakes (Gr. 2) by three and three quarters lengths as well as the King Pellinore Stakes and overall captured five races and hitting the board eleven of  his twenty-two starts. Texas Ryano broke his maiden in his debut in impressive form at three years of age in January of that season, and as a result was named a TDN rising star.  Texas Ryano is out of the graded stakes winner Blending Element ($448,483); who is a multiple stakes producer of five blacktype winners and two additional blacktype placers from nine foals to race, all winners. Blending Element’s nine foals to race have earnings in excess of $2.1 million. As the... ...

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He Will Enters Lure

DEL MAR, Calif. (Oct. 29, 2017) – He Will is the lone California-bred entered in Thursday’s $75,000 Lure Stakes at Del Mar. He Will is by Cyclotron, out of the Lear Fan mare Could She, was bred by Old English Rancho and Berumen, is owned by All Schlaich Stables, Team Green or Randall, et al, and is trained by Jerry Hollendorfer. He has five wins in 18 starts, earnings of $261,899 and is coming off a fourth in the Oct. 7 Obviously Mile. ...

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BC Post-position Draw to be Streamed

From Breeders’ Cup DEL MAR, Calif. (Oct. 29, 2017) — The 2017 Rood & Riddle Post-Position Draw will be streamed live tomorrow, Monday, October 30 from the “Barn at the Beach” pavilion at Powerhouse Park in Del Mar beginning at 3:30 p.m. PT. All 13 Grade 1 races will be drawn and announced via a live stream on BreedersCup.com, the Breeders’ Cup Official Mobile App, Facebook Live, Periscope and YouTube Live. The live stream will be hosted by Nick Luck and Laffit Pincay III of NBC Sports. San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer and Del Mar Mayor Terry Sinnott will be among the speakers at the draw. The 34th Breeders’ Cup World Championships, consisting of 13 Grade 1 races with purses and awards totaling more than $28 million, will be held at the Del Mar racetrack on Friday, November 3 and Saturday, November 4. The Breeders’ Cup World Championships races will be drawn in the following order: Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf Las Vegas Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf 14... ...

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CHRB Meeting Summary

From CHRB ARCADIA, Calif. (Oct. 29, 2017) – The California Horse Racing Board conducted its regular meeting Thursday, October 26, at Santa Anita Park. Chairman Chuck Winner presided. Vice Chairman Madeline Auerbach and Commissioners Fred Maas and Alex Solis also were in attendance. The audio of this entire Board meeting is available on the CHRB Website (www.chrb.ca.gov) under the Webcast link. In brief: ·        The Board approved for 45-day public notice a proposed regulatory amendment to prohibit horses from running within five days of receiving an intra-articular injection (glucocorticosteroid/cortisone). The Board also approved for notice a proposed rule to require the veterinarian administering the injection to create a record and to require the trainer to maintain that record for the purpose of assisting the pre-race veterinary examination. Vice Chairman Auerbach, who chairs the Medication and Track Safety Committee, said these changes are in the best interest of horses and their riders. ·        The Board allocated 2018 racing dates for standardbred and quarter horse meets and the Northern California thoroughbred and... ...

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CHRB Approves Race Dates

By Bloodhorse.com ARCADIA, Calif. (Oct. 27, 2017) — The California Horse Racing Board approved 2018 race dates for the Northern California circuit Oct. 26 that were recommended by its own Race Dates Committee a day prior, but right before the discussion ended on the topic at Santa Anita Park, Thoroughbred Owners of California president and chief executive officer Greg Avioli brought up a still pressing issue in the region. “I want the record to note that we’ve left a pretty big hole for 2018 (in) regards to stabling,” Avioli said. “And it’s not something that’s far off.” Although the dates for the 2018 racing season are set for Northern California, Avioli said The Stronach Group’s Golden Gate Fields and the California Authority of Racing Fairs “are nowhere close to a deal right now for off-site stabling for the fairs.” BALAN: CHRB Committee Recommends Changes to NorCal Race Dates After the CHRB’s monthly meeting Thursday, The Stronach Group’s Scott Daruty said CARF has not asked Golden Gate to serve as an... ...

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Spin Me a Kiss Enters Autumn Miss

ARCADIA, Calif. (Oct. 27, 2017) – Spin Me a Kiss is the lone California-bred entered in Sunday’s $100,000 Grade III Autumn Miss Stakes for 3-year-old fillies at Santa Anita. Spin Me a Kiss is by Hard Spun, out of the Awesome Gambler mare River Kiss, was bred by Terry Lovingier, is owned by Francie Nilforushan and is trained by Phil D’Amato. She has three wins in seven starts, earnings of $152,125 and is coming off a third in the Sept. 30 Unzip Me. ...

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Curt and Lila Lanning

From California Thoroughbred They met at a bowling alley, playing in different leagues. Years later, Curt and Lila Lanning are still chasing sport together, but via a different avenue. The couple breeds their own Thoroughbreds and have recently enjoyed another stakes victory with Tribal Storm. Their success is a far cry from Curt Lanning’s humble beginnings in the sport. “Curt has always liked horses, and he would go to the track with his brothers,” Lila explained. “He bought a horse with a fellow from Illinois, but unfortunately that horse broke down, which turned him off for a while.” When Curt decided to try again, he and Lila dealt with what she calls the “chicken and the egg” scenario. “He wanted to buy a young horse, but you have to have a horse on the track to obtain an owner’s license,” she said. “But to get a horse on the track, you have to have an owner’s license.” The situation was sorted out, and Curt began stocking up on yearlings. “Then... ...

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CalRacingCares.com Launches

From TOC ARCADIA, Calif. (Oct. 26, 2017) – The California Marketing Committee (CMC) launched a new communications program today, Cal Racing Cares (CalRacingCares.com), to increase public awareness of the industry’s comprehensive equine health and safety initiatives.   Cal Racing Cares includes a website, video and digital content that detail extensive equine safety and welfare measures, thoroughbred aftercare, training and veterinary policies along with other ongoing care and safety measures.   “Thoroughbreds in training in California receive a tremendous amount of care and handling every day. There is a strong industry-wide commitment in our state to continuously improve equine health, safety and aftercare.While most industry participants understand all the things that we do to care for these amazing athletes, the CMC and the tracks, fairs and horsemen that we represent felt like we needed to provide a platform where fans and the general public could learn more,” said Greg Avioli,Chairman of the CMC and President of the Thoroughbred Owners of California. “We have created Cal Racing Cares to be a place... ...

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Ann Arbor Eddie in Twilight

ARCADIA, Calif. (Oct. 25, 2017) – Ann Arbor Eddie is the lone California-bred entered in Saturday’s $200,000 Grade II Twilight Derby. Ann Arbor Eddie is by Square Eddie, out of the In Excess mare Repo, was bred by owner Reddam Racing and is trained by Doug O’Neill. He has four wins in 10 starts, earnings of $326,414 and is coming off a sixth in the Sept. 23 Gallant Bob. ...

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Cal-bred Duo in Comma to the Top

ARCADIA, Calif. (Oct. 25, 2017) – California-bred stakes winners El Huerfano and Avanti Bello are entered in Saturday’s $70,000 Comma to the Top Stakes at Santa Anita. El Huerfano is by Tannersmyman, out of the Capsized mare Adriftinthebay, was bred by M.A. Douzas, is owned by Barber or Wachtel Stable and is trained by Peter Miller. He has five wins in 29 starts, earnings of $318,791 and is coming off a third in the Sept. 9 E.B. Johnston. Avanti Bello is by Include, out of the Mizzen Mast mare Masterful Lass, was bred by Lou Neve, is owned by Suarez, Keh or Richardson and is trained by Doug O’Neill. He has seven wins in 28 starts, earnings of $491,399 and is coming off a Sept. 24 optional claiming win. ...

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Cal-bred Trio in Pike Place Dancer

ALBANY, Calif. (Oct. 25, 2017) – Wine Country Debutante Stakes winner Little Doe and fellow California-breds Blessed Lady and Our Bold Princess are entered in Saturday’s $75,000 Pike Place Dancer Stakes for 2-year-old fillies at Golden Gate. Blessed Lady is by Lucky Pulpit, out of the Lord Carson mare Lady Evergreen, was bred by owners Mr. and Mrs. Larry McWilliams and is trained by Steven Specht. She has won both starts with earnings of $40,560 and is coming off a Sept. 9 allowance win. Our Bold Princess is by Bold Chieftain, out of the Souvenir Copy mare Grasp, was bred by Dwaine Hall and Eduardo Rich, is owned by Anderson, Bellusa, Gannon, Hall, Jackson et al and is trained by Rich. She is a maiden making her third start with earnings of $12,960. Little Doe is by Kodiak Kowboy, out of the Richly Blended mare Baby Doe, was bred by owners Dr. & Mrs. William Gray and is trained by Felix Rondan. She has two wins in four starts, earnings... ...

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Dreaming Ez Enters at Century Downs

CALGARY, Alberta (Oct. 25, 2017) – Dreaming Ez is the lone California-bred entered in Saturday’s $60,000 Freedom of the City Stakes for 2-year-old fillies at Century Downs. Dreaming Ez is by Ez Dreamer, out of the Popular mare Plus Ultra, was bred by on Jon Moore, is owned by trainer Don Schnell. She is a maiden making her second start with earnings of $2,487. ...

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Cal-bred Trio Pre-entered in BC

DEL MAR, Calif. (Oct. 25, 2017) – California-breds Richard’s Boy, Skye Diamonds and B Squared were pre-entered on Wednesday for the Breeders’ Cup, to be held Friday and Saturday Nov. 3 and 4 at Del Mar. Richard’s Boy was pre-entered for the $1 million Grade I Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint. He is by Idiot Proof, out of the Cee’s Tizzy mare Marissa’s Joy, was bred by Harold and Pamela Tillema, is owned by Rockingham Ranch and trained by Peter Miller. He has nine wins in 26 starts, earnings of $678,440 and is coming off a second in the Oct. 21 California Flag. Skye Diamonds was pre-entered for the $1 million Grade I Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint. She is by First Dude, out of the Johannesburg mare Exonerated, was bred by Dizney Double Diamond, is owned by Acker, Allen Racing & Bloom Racing and trained by William Spawr. She has nine wins in 16 starts, earnings of $489,150 and is coming off consecutive graded stakes wins. B Squared was... ...

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Heaven’s Glory to Stand at Milky Way

From Milky Way Farm TEMECULA, Calif. (Oct. 25, 2017) — Heaven’s Glory, a son of leading sire Tapit, will stand the 2018 breeding season at Linda Madsen’s Milky Way Farm in Temecula for a $2,500 fee. Bred in Japan, Heaven’s Glory is out of the Danehill mare Peeping Fawn, a European champion. Peeping Fawn won the Darley Irish Oaks (G1), Darley Yorkshire Oaks (G1), Audi Pretty Polly Stakes (G1), and Blue Square Nassau Stakes (G1). A training injury precluded Heaven’s Glory from racing. Peeping Fawn’s foals include 2017 English stakes winner September. The family goes back to Blush With Pride, Heaven’s Glory’s third dam and winner of the Kentucky Oaks (G1). Blush With Pride is a half sister to Irish champion Malinowski, and she produced grade 2 stakes winner Better Than Honour, the dam of two Belmont Stakes (G1) winners: champion 3-year-old filly Rags to Riches and Jazil ...

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Jockey Club Releases Mares Bred Report

From The Jockey Club The Jockey Club today released Report of Mares Bred (RMB) statistics for the 2017 breeding season. Based on RMBs received through October 17, 2017, The Jockey Club reports that 1,342 stallions covered 31,863 mares in North America during 2017.   Based upon historical reporting trends, The Jockey Club estimates an additional 2,000 to 3,000 mares will be reported as bred during the 2017 breeding season.   The number of stallions declined 5.7% from the 1,423 reported at this time in 2016, and the number of mares bred decreased 5.6% from the 33,746 reported last year. The number of stallions covering 125 or more mares decreased from 64 in 2016 to 60 in 2017.   Further book size analysis shows a 3.3% decrease in the number of mares bred to stallions with a book size of 125 or more in 2017 when compared to 2016 as reported at this time last year; a 13.0% decrease in mares bred to stallions with a book size between 100 and... ...

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Richard’s Kid to Rancho San Miguel

SAN MIGUEL, Calif. (Oct. 23, 2017) — Millionaire and multiple G1 winner, Richard’s Kid (Lemon Drop Kid–Tough Broad, by Broad Brush) has relocated to Rancho San Miguel where he will stand for $2,500 in 2018. Richard’s Kid won multiple G1 races, including the prestigious Pacific Classic Stakes at Del Mar in back to back years (2009 and 2010) while earning $2,482,259. Retiring sound after 47 starts and twelve wins he had his first winner when Mama’s Kid won a juvenile maiden special at Del Mar this past July. That filly now has won two races and earned $75,850. Rancho San Miguel farm manager Clay Murdock believes that by injecting Richard’s Kid traits of soundness and longevity he is a stallion that would improve the California-breds. For more information, contact Clay Murdock at Rancho San Miguel 805-467-3847 email: info@ranchosanmiguel.net or Tom Hudson at 805-886-2804 email: Tom-hudson@hotmail.com ...

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Breeders’ Cup Betting Menu

From DMTC Publicity DEL MAR, Calif. (Oct. 25, 2017) — The Breeders’ Cup announced today the official order of races, and guaranteed multi-race wagering pools for the 2017 Breeders’ Cup World Championships on Friday, November 3 and Saturday, November 4 at the Del Mar racetrack in Del Mar, Calif. There will be a total of 10 races (four Breeders’ Cup races) on the Championship Friday program and 12 races on Championship Saturday (nine Breeders’ Cup races). Championship Friday begins at 11:25 a.m. PT with five undercard races. Championship Saturday first post is 10:10 a.m. PT, and begins with three undercard races. The race order for the undercard races on Friday and Saturday will also be announced on Monday, October 30. Championships Race Order (All Times Pacific) The first Championships race on Breeders’ Cup Friday will be the $1 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf (2:25 p.m.) followed by the $1 million Las Vegas Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile (3:05 p.m.); the $1 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf (3:50 p.m.); and the... ...

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CHRB Meeting Advisory

From CHRB ARCADIA, Calif. (Oct. 23, 2017) — The California Horse Racing Board will conduct its regular monthly meeting Thursday, October 26, at Santa Anita Park beginning at 9:30 a.m. The CHRB Race Dates Committee will meet Wednesday, October 25, at Santa Anita beginning at 10:30 p.m. The public is encouraged to attend both meetings. An audio-only webcast of the Board meeting can be heard through a link on the CHRB website (webcast). The Board meeting agenda and supporting package of materials as well as the committee agenda and package also are available on the website. ...

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Beverly Lewis Passes at 90

By BloodHorse.com NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. (Oct. 23, 2017) — Beverly Lewis, who with her husband, Bob, campaigned four classic winners from 1995-2000, died Oct. 20 at the age of 90 after a lengthy illness. After her husband Bob Lewis died in February 2006, Beverly Lewis, along with their son Jeff Lewis, retained a continuing ownership interest in Thoroughbred racing and breeding. In recent years Beverly Lewis served on the board of the Edwin J. Gregson Foundation, which works to assist backstretch employees and their families. After the Lewises won their first Kentucky Derby (G1) in 1997 with Silver Charm, winning trainer Bob Baffert noted, “No one deserves it more than they do. It couldn’t happen to two more beautiful people.” Bob Lewis noted that his wife readily adopted his passion for racing. The couple spent their honeymoon at Caliente and Del Mar. They purchased their first horses in 1990. As they reached racing’s heights, their love of the sport radiated at the nation’s biggest races and for all to see... ...

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Miss Sunset Wins Keeneland’s Raven Run

By DRF.com LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 21, 2017) — A pair of California girls did battle in Saturday’s Grade 2, $250,000 Raven Run Stakes at Keeneland, with Miss Sunset scoring a half-length victory over a game Chalon. Miss Sunset ($8.80) had been trouncing her fellow California-breds as of late, coming in off a 5 1/2-length victory in the Fleet Treat Stakes and a 1 3/4-length score in the C.E.R.F. Stakes, both at Del Mar. Owners Alan Klein and Phil Lebhen opted to scratch her out of last week’s California Distaff and ship her in for this spot. “My owners [still] own the mare, so they thought it was in their interests to try to get this horse graded placed,” trainer Jeff Bonde said. Chalon, stakes-placed in California for trainer Peter Miler and Rockingham Ranch, was making her second start at this Keeneland meet, wheeling back after finishing a creditable second to Finley’sluckycharm in the Grade 2 Thoroughbred Club of America Stakes on Oct. 7. On Saturday, Chalon and Paco Lopez led... ...

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B Squared Rallies in California Flag

From Santa Anita Publicity ARCADIA, Calif. (Oct. 21, 2017)–Beaten a combined 39 ½ lengths in his last two starts in Oklahoma and West Virginia, Reddam Racing’s homebred B Squared tried a new game Saturday at Santa Anita as he rolled from off the pace to take the $100,000 California Flag Handicap for Golden State Series eligibles under Mario Gutierrez. Trained by Doug O’Neill, the 3-year-old California-bred colt by Square Eddie got 6 ½ furlongs down the hillside turf course in 1:11.38. Although he was shortening up out of six consecutive routes, most recently the Grade III Oklahoma Derby on Sept. 24 and the Grade III West Virginia Derby Aug. 5, B Squared was attentive to the early pace while under restraint, was a menacing third a quarter mile from home as he wheeled three-wide at the dirt crossing and won in convincing fashion over a well-meant Richard’s Boy. “I don’t think we could imagine a better race than that,” said Gutierrez. “He broke nice and sharp and after that, I... ...

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Glen Ellen Equines Saved from Fire

By Bloodhorse.com SONOMA, Calif. (Oct. 19, 2017) — The Glen Ellen Vocational Academy along with its 34 retired horses, came through the stubborn Sonoma County fire that threatened them for more than a week mostly unscathed, the relieved owner of the facility reported the morning of Oct. 19.   “The horses are all fine except for a few scrapes,” said Pam Berg, speaking Thursday over a faulty cell phone connection.   Berg was forced to evacuate her home along with everyone else in her Glen Ellen neighborhood by officials due to the fast-advancing Nuns fire during the early-morning hours Oct. 9. But after getting through the fire line to check on the condition of her horses Oct. 12, she had decided to remain at the 8 1/2-acre facility to ride out the threat.   “I was worried that if I left, they wouldn’t let me back in,” said the 73-year-old GEVA founder and caretaker. Her neighborhood was without electrical power and Berg was unable to provide updates during the week.... ...

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Danzing Candy to Rancho San Miguel

From Rancho San Miguel SAN MIGUEL, Calif. (Oct. 19, 2017) — Danzing Candy will be standing at Tom and Nancy Clark’s Rancho San Miguel for the 2018 season at a fee of $5,000 LFSN, as property of a syndicate. The deal was brokered between Brett Lindenbaum and Checkmate Thoroughbreds.  Multiple Grade II winner of three graded races Danzing Candy, a son of Twirling Candy, earned $700,930 with his six wins from eleven starts and is the leading earner of his sire. The four-year-old horse is out of Talkin and Singing (Songandaprayer); this is the female family of $4 million earner Better Talk Now and millionaire Medaglia Beat. Bred by Halo Farms, the colt raced for the partnership of Jim and Dianne Bashor and Halo Farms.  Clay Murdock farm manager, “Danzing Candy was a highly successful sophomore runner on the Derby Trail and followed that season with  multiple grade two wins as a four-year-old. His four-year-old campaign saw him go wire-to-wire in the Grade 2 Lone Star Park Handicap as well... ...

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Turf Sprinters Vie in California Flag

ARCADIA, Calif. (Oct. 18, 2017) – Graded winner Gold Rush Dancer and turf sprint specialist Richard’s Boy are entered in Saturday’s $100,000 California Flag Stakes for Golden State Series eligible at Santa Anita. California Diamond is by Harbor the Gold, out of the Slewdledo mare Carrie’s a Jewel, was bred by Stormy Hull, is owned by Rockingham Ranch and trained by Peter Miller. He has five wins in 12 starts, earnings of $469,625 and is coming off an eighth in the Sept. 29 Eddie D. Gold Rush Dancer is by Private Gold, out of the In Excess mare Dances On Water, was bred by owner John Parker and is trained by Vann Belvoir. He has six wins in 19 starts, earnings of $512,113 and is coming off a sixth in the Sept. 9 E.B. Johnston. Dr. Troutman is by Vronsky, out of the Cindago mare Black Valentine, was bred by owner Kretz Racing and is trained by George Papaprodromou. He has one win in 12 starts, earnings of $80,070 and... ...

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Miss Sunset Ships to Keeneland

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 18, 2017) – Miss Sunset is the lone California-bred entered in Saturday’s $250,000 Grade II Lexus Raven Run Stakes for 3-year-old fillies at Keeneland. Miss Sunset is by Into Mischief, out of the Trippi mare Tuscan Sunset, was bred by Premier Thoroughbrecds & Alan Klein, is owned by Klein and Philip Lebherz and trained by Jeff Bonde. She has six wins in 10 starts, earnings of $450,390 and is coming off a consecutive stakes wins at Del Mar. This is her graded stakes debut. ...

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Mr. Big to Stand at Harris Farms

From Harris Farms COALINGA, Calif. (Oct. 18, 2017) — Mr. Big, sire of Grade 3 Transylvania Stakes winner Big Score, will move to John Harris’ Farm for the 2018 breeding season.  Owned and campaigned by George Krikorian, the son of Dynaformer is out of the stakes winning G2 placed Fappiano mare, Fashion Delight. Mr. Big’s first two dams are both stakes winners and stakes producers. From only 16 foals of racing age, Mr. Big has sired eight winners with combined earnings of $1,228,097 for average earnings per starter of $122,810.  Five of his runners are six digit earners. He is represented by G3 Transylvania Stakes and Zuma Beach S. winner Big Score ($436,300) and Torrey Pines S. G3 runner-up, Big Book. John Harris said “I am delighted to stand this very nice stallion at Harris Farms.  He has sired several top horses already, and his best crops will run in the next few years. I have always liked to see Turn To on a stallion page, as well as Roberto... ...

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Smiling Tiger Filly Tops Barretts

By Bloodhorse.com POMONA, Calif. (Oct. 17, 2017) — Stormy Hull once hoped he would one day sell a horse for $50,000. At the Oct. 17 Barretts October fall mixed sale in Pomona, Calif., Hull topped the sale with a $220,000 yearling filly he hauled to Southern California from Washington state himself. “It’s beyond my dreams—it’s surreal,” Hull said. The filly, named Smiling Diamonds, has plenty of pedigree. Consigned as Hip 94 from Hull and Ginger Samples’ Critter Creek Farm, she is out of Hull’s stakes-placed Slewdledo mare Carrie’s a Jewel, who is already the dam of California Diamond, champion California-bred 2-year-old male of 2016. The sale topper is by Smiling Tiger, California’s leading first-crop sire. Steve Gasparrelli, who already has promising Smiling Tiger runners in his arsenal, bought the sale topper. Advised by his trainer, Mike Puype, Gasparrelli bought the filly in the name of his Slugo Racing. Gasparrelli bought last year’s sale topper, a $190,000 son of Smiling Tiger—Erica’s Smile, by Williamstown. “I like Smiling Tiger a lot, and... ...

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Breeders’ Cup Undercard Noms Due

DEL MAR, Calif. (Oct. 17, 2017) — Nominations for Breeders’ Cup Undercard Stakes Close Oct. 19th. Don’t miss out! Nominate today!!     Eight open stakes races and two Cal-bred restricted stakes close Thursday!   Contact the Del Mar racing office: (858) 792-4230        CLOSES / RUNS RACE / CONDITIONS PURSE / DISTANCE Thu. Oct. 19th Wed. Nov. 1st Let It Ride Stakes  Three-year-olds, N/W S/S of $60,000 at 1 M o/o since April 1 $75,000 Added One Mile (Turf) Thu. Oct. 19th Thu. Nov. 2nd Lure Stakes  Three-year-olds & up, N/W S/S of $60,000 at 1 M o/o since July 1 $75,000 Added One Mile (Turf) Thu. Oct. 19th Fri. Nov. 3rd SENATOR KEN MADDY STAKES (GR III) Fillies & Mares, Three-year-olds & up $150,000 Guaranteed 5 Furlongs (Turf) Thu. Oct. 19th Fri. Nov. 3rd THE MARATHON STAKES (GR II) Three-year-olds & up $200,000 Guaranteed 1 3/4 Miles Thu. Oct. 19th Fri. Nov. 3rd DAMASCUS STAKES Three-year-olds & up $200,000 Guaranteed 7 Furlongs Thu. Oct. 19th Fri. Nov. 3rd GOLDEN... ...

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D’Amato’s Barbara Beatrice Triumphs

From Santa Anita Publicity ARCADIA, Calif. (Oct. 14, 2017)–In a race reduced to six runners with three program scratches, late running Barbara Beatrice uncorked a big turn of foot to register her first-ever stakes win in taking Saturday’s $100,000 California Distaff Handicap by three quarters of a length under Tiago Pereira. Trained, bred and owned in-part by Phil D’Amato, the 5-year-old California-bred daughter of Grazen got 6 ½ furlongs down Santa Anita’s hillside turf course in 1:12.56. With morning line favorite Miss Sunset opting to run on dirt next weekend at Keeneland, it appeared on paper that today’s Distaff would be devoid of early speed, however longshot Late ‘n Left sped to the early lead and held sway until collared in final 50 yards by Barbara Beatrice. “I took ahold of her out of the gate and she rated very kind with me today,” said Pereira, who also registered his second win of the afternoon. “At the half mile pole, Kent Desormeaux (aboard 3-2 favorite Moonless Sky) started to move,... ...

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Skye Diamonds has Fasig-Tipton Date

By Bloodhorse.com LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 12, 2017) — Taylor Made Sales Agency will consign multiple graded stakes winner Skye Diamonds at the upcoming Fasig-Tipton sale Nov. 6 in Lexington, Ky., on behalf of owners Bloom Racing, Allen Racing, Tom Acker, and Jon Lindo. Under the care of trainer Bill Spawr, Skye Diamonds has developed into one of the top female sprinters on the West Coast. She is a winner of five of six starts this year including the Great Lady M Stakes (G2) at Los Alamitos, the Rancho Bernardo (G3) at Del Mar, and the Dream of Summer Stakes at Santa Anita Park.  Her defeat of Eclipse champion Finest City and grade 1 winner Constellation in the Great Lady M came in a swift 1:14.79 for 6 1/2 furlongs, just .31 off the track record. Now with earnings of $489,150, she will make her next in the Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Sprint (G1) at Del Mar. “We have had a tremendous run with Skye Diamonds since acquiring her in August of last year,” said Jeff Bloom, a 35-year industry veteran... ...

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Show It N Moe It in Speakeasy

ARCADIA, Calif. (Oct. 12, 2017) – California-bred stakes winner Show It N Moe It is entered in Sunday’s $70,000 Speakeasy Stakes for 2-year-olds at Santa Anita. Shoe It N Moe It is by Grace Upon Grace, out of the Ide mare Robotica, was bred by Terry Lovingier, is owned by London, Lovingier or Zondlo and is trained by Gary Sherlock. Shoe It N Moe It has two wins in five starts, earnings of $121,920 and is coming off a third in the Aug. 30 Generous Portion. ...

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G. G. Ryder Seeks Another Bull Dog

FRESNO, Calif. (Oct. 12, 2017) – Multiple graded winner G. G. Ryder and fellow California-bred Pass Due Payment are entered in Sunday’s $50,000 Bull Dog Stakes at the Fresno Fair. G. G. Ryder is by Chhaya Dance, out of the Storm Boot mare Stormy Gigi, was bred by Eagle Oak Ranch, is owned by Hollendorfer or Todaro and is trained by Jerry Hollendorfer. He has13 wins in 39 starts, earnings of $635,695 and is coming off a third in the Sept. 17 Rolling Green. He won this race in 2015 and was second last year. Pass Due Payment is by Slew’s Tiznow, out of the Skywalker mare She Does, was bred by owner Andres Hernandez and is trained by Ricardo Perez. He has two wins in eight starts, earnings of $48,150 and is coming off a third in an Oct. 5 claimer. ...

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TOC Updates Breeders’ Cup Procedures

From TOC DEL MAR, Calif. (Oct. 12, 2017) — We have had several inquiries from our members about the availability of tickets and parking for the Breeders’ Cup at Del Mar. In an effort to provide you with the most current information, we obtained the following from Breeders’ Cup, which we hope will be helpful in planning for the event days. There will be NO walkup tickets sales at Del Mar on Breeders’ Cup Days, Nov. 3-4 nor can you drive to Del Mar without first obtaining a parking pass prior to the event. However, owners who are participating in the undercard races on Friday and Saturday are advised to contact Sandy King (858-792-4230) in the Del Mar Racing Department to inquire about seating and parking.  For all others, the CHRB license will not provide admittance to the racetrack for either Friday or Saturday. You must have pre-purchased a seat or have a horse participating.  Due to great demand, on-site parking at the racetrack is extremely limited and already sold out for... ...

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Miss Sunset Seeks Another Stakes

ARCADIA, Calif. (Oct. 11, 2017) – Miss Sunset, with stakes wins in three of her last four starts, is entered in Sunday’s $100,000 California Distaff for Golden State Series eligible fillies and mares at Santa Anita. Bad Ju Ju is by Desert Code, out of the Snow Ridge mare Ju Ju Baby, was bred by Lo Hi Racing Stable, is owned by Rockingham Ranch and trained by Peter Miller. She has seven wins in 21 starts, earnings of $348,063 and is coming off a fourth in the Oct. 8 L.A. Woman. Late ‘n Left is by Lucky Pulpit, out of the Grand Slam mare Royal Grand Slam, was bred by Mr. & Mrs. Larry Williams, is owned by Zolotas, Romo-Zolotas or Hamilton and is trained by Anthony Saavedra. She has five wins in 15 starts, earnings of $150,210 and is coming off a second in a Sept. 16 optional claimer. Barbara Beatrice is by Grazen, out of the Decarchy mare Showtime Apollo, was bred by Phil D’Amato, is owned by... ...

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Fire Threatens Equine Retirement Facility

By Jack Shinar, Bloodhorse.com   SONOMA, Calif. (Oct. 10, 2017) — The Glen Ellen Vocational Academy, Northern California’s oldest Thoroughbred retirement and rehabilitation facility, is perilously  threatened by the one of the large fires raging this week in the Sonoma County region.   GEVA owner Pam Berg said she and her neighbors were forced to immediately evacuate by officials in the early morning hours of Oct. 9 as the Nuns Fire, as it is being called, burned rapidly thanks to powerful winds and dry conditions on the surrounding ridge. She and her volunteers were forced to leave behind the 34 horses currently on the 8 1/2-acre property, situated in the rural hills near Jack London State Park. Most of the animals are retired Thoroughbreds off the track.   “I was awakened by a neighbor’s phone call at about 1 a.m.,” said Berg Oct. 10. “I went outside and it looked like the entire ridge was in flames. It was terrifying.”   Since then, most of the roads in the Glen... ...

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NorCal Sale Grad Wins at Fresno

FRESNO, Calif. (Oct. 10, 2017) – Go Bobby Go, a graduate of the Northern California Yearling Sale, won a maiden special weight race for 2-year-olds in his racing debut at the Fresno Fair on Sunday. Go Bobby Go is by Stormin Fever, out of the Siberian Summer mare Shalmarie, was bred by Shirley Ann Ragle, is owned by Robert Jones and trained by Faith Taylor. Go Bobby Go sold for $6,000 at last year’s Northern California Yearling Sale. He ran the 5 1/2 furlongs in 1:06.40 and won by one-half length at odds of 2-1. ...

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Tribal Storm Wins Harris Farms Stakes

By DRF.com FRESNO, Calif. (Oct. 7, 2017) — Tribal Storm ($29.40) was content to sit far off the pace before unleashing a strong stretch run to win the $100,675 Harris Farms Stakes for Golden State Series eligible on Saturday at the Big Fresno Fair. The 3-year-old Papa Clem ridgling, bred and owned by longtime California breeders Curt and Lila Lanning, had only favored Solid Wager beaten down the backstretch of the six-furlong stakes for Cal-breds. Prime Issue set a legitimate pace with fractions of 22.86 and 45.33, while Irving Orozco didn’t push Tribal Storm, who was coming off an Aug. 27 sprint victory against older. Tribal Storm was still seventh in the field of nine at the quarter pole, but he was beginning to make his move. Jimmy Bouncer, defending winner of the Harris Farms, stuck his head in front of Prime Issue at the eighth pole, but Tribal Storm seemed to have momentum on his side. He dug in and continued to make up ground, beating Jimmy Bouncer by... ...

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Cal-bred Stakes at Los Al Winter Meet

CYPRESS, Calif. (Oct. 6, 2017) – The Los Alamitos Winter Meet stakes schedule includes the $100,000 Soviet Problem for fillies and mares on Saturday, Dec. 2, and the $100,000 King Glorious for 2-year-olds on Saturday, Dec. 16, both races for Golden State Series eligibles. Four stakes at the meet are for 2-year-olds – including a pair of Grade I races. The 12-day season will begin Thursday, Nov. 30 and continue through Sunday, Dec. 17. The $300,000-guaranteed Los Alamitos CashCall Futurity and the $300,000-guaranteed Starlet – for fillies – will be renewed on Saturday, Dec. 9. Won a year ago by the Bob Baffert-trained Mastery, the Futurity – like the Starlet – will be contested at 1 1/16 miles. Among the nominees to the Futurity are Del Mar Juvenile Turf winner Encumbered, multiple stakes winner Run Away and St Patrick’s Day, a full brother to 2015 Triple Crown winner American Pharoah. Nominees for the Starlet, which was won a year ago by the Simon Callaghan-trained Abel Tasman, include Del Mar Debutante... ...

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White Horse Awards set for Del Mar

From Race Track Chaplaincy LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 5, 2017) – A hero is a person who is admired for courage, outstanding achievements, or noble qualities.  There are heroes all around the horse racing industry and the Race Track Chaplaincy of America (RTCA) recognizes some of these selfless servants through its White Horse Awards.  Established in 2003, the White Horse Awards recognizes individuals within the horse racing industry for their acts of selflessness and bravery. This year’s White Horse Awards ceremony will be held on Thursday, November 2, at 11 a.m. PST, at Del Mar Racetrack in Del Mar, California in conjunction with the Breeders’ Cup World Championships week.  Hall of Fame jockey Pat Day will be the featured guest speaker.  The honorees are as follows: White Horse Award – Angie Cheak:  Co-founder and Executive Director of the Equine Sanctuary Center of Kentucky (ESCofKY), Angie is a strong presence in equine neglect and abuse cases throughout Central Kentucky. The most notable case to-date was Angie’s work in caring for, re-training, and... ...

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Stronach Shifts Breeding Focus to California

By PaulickReport.com Frank Stronach said the decision to put his family’s Adena Springs farm in Paris, Ky., on the market is based on a desire to improve racing in the states where he owns major racetracks. Though he mentioned California, Florida and Maryland, his primary focus seems to be in California, where he owns Santa Anita Park in Arcadia and Golden Gate Fields in Albany. His announcement will not affect the 2018 breeding season at Adena Springs, he said. “I want to sit down with the racing community – the owners, breeders and racing commission – to see what we can do to improve racing in California,” Stronach told the Paulick Report. “We have small fields because we haven’t got enough horses. We’ve got to see if we can do something about that. What can we do to have more California-breds and make the quality better? We need better stallions and a program to increase the number of California-breds. “I want to bounce some ideas off the racing commission, the breeders... ...

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Tom Bachman

Read the full story in our magazine online: Five years ago Tom Bachman saw an opportunity to focus his business and chased that dream. He went from a 300-acre facility to 60 and continues to raise crops of pinot noir grapes. Once he reduced the size of his horse operation, Bachman began to enjoy a more pointed breeding enterprise, with success coming quickly in the form of a $300,000 Barretts select yearling sale-topper. “I’ve been doing this a long time, but she’s probably the best I’ve come forward with,” Bachman said, which is a testament to the dark bay filly by Bodemeister—North Freeway, by Jump Start. Bachman has already bred the likes of graded stakes-placed stakes winner Unusual Way, California Cup Sprint Handicap winner Red, multiple stakes winner Both Ways, and stakes-placed Wavy Lass. Both Unusual Way and Wavy Lass are out of the multiple stakes-placed Great Above mare Way Up. “I had retired that mare,” Bachman said of 24-year-old Way Up. “But I pulled her out of retirement because... ...

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NorCal Sale Grad in Zuma Beach

ARCADIA, Calif. (Oct. 6, 2017) – Northern California Yearling Sale graduate Brave Helios is the lone California-bred entered in Monday’s $100,000 Zuma Beach Stakes for 2-year-olds at Santa Anita. Brave Helios is by Artie Schiller, out of the Premiership mare Snobby Princess, was bred by Thomas Bachman, is owned by Siegel or Sondheimer and is trained by Jedd Josephson. He has one win in three starts, earnings of $31,096 and is coming off a Sept. 17 maiden win. ...

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One Fast Broad in Surfer Girl

ARCADIA, Calif. (Oct. 6, 2017) – One Fast Broad is the lone California-bred entered in Monday’s $100,000 Surfer Girl Stakes for 2-year-old fillies at Santa Anita. One Fast Broad is by Decarchy, out of the Mr. Broad Blade mare Awesome Broad, was bred by Richard Kritzki and AGR Racing, is owned by Ruis Racing and trained by Mick Ruis. She has one win in two starts, earnings of $56,000 and is coming off a second in the Sept. 4 Del Mar Juvenile Fillies Turf. ...

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He Will Enters Obviously

ARCADIA, Calif. (Oct. 4, 2017) – He Will is the lone California-bred entered in Saturday’s $75,000 Obviously Stakes at Santa Anita. He Will is by Cyclotron, out of the Lear Fan mare Could She, was bred by Old English Rancho & Berumen, is owned by Al Schlaich Stables, Team Green or Randall, et al and is trained by Jerry Hollendorfer. He has five wins in 17 starts, earnings of $255,869 and is coming off a second in the Sept. 9 E.B. Johnston Stakes. ...

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