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IRS Adopts Pari-mutuel Regulations

By BloodHorse Staff WASHINGTON, D.C. (Sept. 25, 2017) — The U.S. Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service announced Sept. 25 that they will formally adopt modernized regulations regarding the withholding and reporting of pari-mutuel proceeds. The new rules were posted Monday afternoon as a Public Inspection Document. They are scheduled to be officially published in Wednesday’s edition of the Federal Register and will go into full effect no later than Nov. 14, giving racing associations, totalisator companies, and advance deposit wagering operators up to 45 days to implement these important changes; however, some may elect to start as soon as Thursday. “These landmark U.S. Treasury regulations will have an enormously positive impact on horseplayers, the racing industry, and the federal government,” said NTRA president and CEO Alex Waldrop. “I am extremely proud of the NTRA’s legislative team for spearheading this effort, which will prove to be among the most meaningful regulatory advances made by our industry in decades. The results of this much-needed measure will be horseplayers keeping more... ...

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Race Dates Meeting Canceled

From CHRB CYPRESS, Calif. (Sept. 24, 2017) — The Race Dates Committee meeting scheduled for September 27 at Los Alamitos Race Course has been canceled.  The full Board will consider 2018 racing calendar proposals for Southern and Northern California and the allocation of race dates at the regular meeting September 28. ...

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Santa Anita Opens on Friday

From Santa Anita Publicity ARCADIA, Calif. (Sept. 11, 2017)–With its Autumn Meet opener on Friday, Sept. 29, Santa Anita Park is poised to open its gates for a dynamic 19-day run through Oct. 29 as the track will offer horsemen and the betting public a newly refurbished turf course and world class main track along with a multitude of dining and entertainment options.  With the two-day Breeders’ Cup looming Nov. 3 & 4 at Del Mar, Santa Anita’s opening weekend racing will be dominated by five Grade I Breeders’ Cup “Win & You’re In” Challenge races on Saturday, Sept. 30. Under the guidance of Track Superintendent Dennis Moore, Santa Anita’s sandy loam main track is in pristine condition as it underwent routine maintenance over the summer, with soil removed, applied and track gradients addressed and verified. Santa Anita’s highly acclaimed Bandera Bermuda turf course, newly installed in June and July of last year, has been reinvigorated through a variety of measures, with a large area, from the quarter pole to... ...

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California Stallions Get First Winners

CYPRESS, Calif. (Sept. 23, 2017) – California stallions Uh Oh Bango and Gig Harbor were represented by their first winners on Saturday. Uh Oh Baby, a colt by Uh Oh Bango, won Saturday’s first race at Los Alamitos, a maiden special weight for California-bred 2-year-olds. He is out of the Five Star Day mare Eight Daughters, was bred by NP Thoroughbreds, is owned by PH Thoroughbred Racing and is trained by Craig Dollase. The colt ran the 5 ½ furlongs in 1:04.18 and won by 1 ¾ lengths as the 3-2 favorite. Perfect for Me, a filly by Gig Harbor, won Saturday’s seventh race at Oak Tree at Pleasanton, a maiden special weight for 2-year-old fillies. She is out of the Royal Academy mare Noe Valley, was bred by Christy Wiebe & Dennis Patterson, is owned by Patterson and trained by Steven Specht. She ran the 5 ½ furlongs in 1:06.35 and won by one length at odds of 5-1. ...

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CHRB to Meet at Los Alamitos

CYPRESS, Calif. (Sept. 23, 2017) — The California Horse Racing Board will conduct its regular monthly meeting Thursday, September 28, at Los Alamitos Race Course beginning at 9:30 a.m. The CHRB Race Dates Committee will meet Wednesday at Los Alamitos beginning at 12:30 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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CHRB Cancels Committee Meeting

From CHRB CYPRESS, Calif. (Sept. 23, 2017) — The Legislative, Legal and Regulations Committee meeting scheduled for September 27 at Los Alamitos Race Course has been canceled and may be rescheduled for a yet-to-be-determined date.   ...

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B Squared Enters Oklahoma Derby

OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. (Sept. 21, 2017) – B Squared is the lone California-bred entered in Sunday’s $400,000 Grade III Oklahoma Derby for 3-year-olds at Remington Park. B Squared 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 two wins in seven starts, earnings of $183,650 and is coming off an eighth in the Aug. 5 West Virginia Derby. ...

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TOC Northern California Meeting Oct. 21

From TOC ALBANY, Calif. (Sept. 21, 2017) — Thoroughbred Owners of California (TOC) invites all members to the Northern California Annual Meeting on Saturday, October 21, at Golden Gate Fields. The general business meeting will allow directors an opportunity to bring the membership up to date on important issues and will include a question-and-answer session. The business meeting will begin at 10:00 a.m. and will be followed by a buffet lunch. The Handicapping Contest will begin at 1:00 p.m. Reservations for both events are required and can be made by calling (626) 574-6620 or by following the links below: To register for the Northern Annual Meeting, click http://www.toconline.com/events/northern-california-annual-meeting-2/. To register for the Northern Handicapping Contest, click http://www.toconline.com/events/northern-california-toc-owners-challenge-handicapping-contest/. ...

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Cal-bred Trio in Barretts Juvenile

CYPRESS, Calif. (Sept. 21, 2017) – Multiple stakes-placed Smokem and fellow California-breds Southern Warlord and Time for Cioppino are entered in Saturday’s $100,000 Barretts Juvenile Stakes for 2-year-olds at Los Alamitos. Southern Warlord is by Shackleford, out of the Walter Willy mare Miss Nicolie, was bred by owners Regan Wright & Don Gibb, and is trained by Scott Rollins. He has one win in three starts, earnings of $20,145 and is coming off a Sept. 14 maiden win. Time for Cioppino is by Time to Get Even, out of the Forest Wildcat mare Clawpuccino, was bred by Terry Lovingier, is owned by Lovingier or Sherlock and is trained by Gary Sherlock. He is a maiden making his sixth start with earnings of $23,025. Smokem is by Union Rags, out of the Smoke Glacken mare One Smokin’ Lady, was bred by Terry Lovingier, is owned by Bade Beng Racing, Flores or Lovingier and is trained by Gary Sherlock. He has one win in three starts, earnings of $74,000 and is coming... ...

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Ann Arbor Eddie Enters Gallant Bob

BENSALEM, Pa. (Sept. 19, 2017) – Ann Arbor Eddie is the lone California-bred entered in Saturday’s $300,000 Grade III Gallant Bob Stakes for 3-year-olds at Parx Racing 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. The California Cup Derby winner has four wins in nine starts, earnings of $326,414 and is coming off an eighth in the Aug. 26 H. Allen Jerkins. ...

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Oak Tree at Pleasanton Opens Thursday

By DRF.com PLEASANTON, Calif. (Sept. 18, 2017) — Earlier this year, the Oak Tree at Pleasanton meeting became the lone racing fair to show an increase in handle over last year. The fall Pleasanton meet begins a seven-day run Thursday at the Alameda County Fairgrounds, and track officials hope to match their early summer success. Unlike during the summer meet, there will be no fair running to draw in fans. But the fairgrounds has scheduled special events on each of the seven days of racing during the fall meet. The Pleasanton meet runs Thursday-Sunday this week and Friday-Sunday next week. First post is 1:45 p.m. Pacific every day but the two Fridays, which have a 2:15 p.m. first post. The grandstand opens at 11 a.m. each day, and daily racing seminars will be offered at noon every day but the two Fridays, when the seminars will begin at 12:30 p.m. Admission will be free every day, and parking is free on Thursday and both Fridays. Although he has only 100... ...

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Penny Chenery Passes at 95

From The Jockey Club LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Sept. 17, 2017) — Helen “Penny” Chenery, owner of 1973 Triple Crown winner Secretariat, who became a well-loved figure in her own right as a champion of Thoroughbreds and women in business and sports, died on Saturday, Sept.16, in her Colorado home following complications from a stroke. She was 95. Penny’s children announced her death through Leonard Lusky, her longtime friend and business partner. Following Secretariat’s retirement from racing, Penny became an ambassador for Thoroughbred racing and remained so even after the champion’s death in 1989. She served as the first female president of the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association (TOBA) and president of the Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation. She became one of the first women admitted to The Jockey Club, helped found the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation (TRF) and created the Secretariat Vox Populi Award annually honoring racing’s most popular horse, as well as the Secretariat Foundation, which assists and supports various charities within the racing community. Penny received the 2006 Eclipse Award of... ...

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Coastal Skimming is Filling Races

ALBANY, Calif. (Sept. 17, 2017) – California broodmare Coastal Skimming had plenty to root for on Friday, when three of her Cal-bred offspring raced in the state, two of them winning. Seaside Song won the fourth race at Golden Gate, a maiden claimer. The 2-year-old filly by California stallion Thorn Song, an Idaho-bred, was bred and owned by Mr. and Mrs. Larry Williams and trained by Jack Steiner. She ran a mile in 1:41.90 and won by five lengths as the 2-1 favorite. Swiss Skimmer won the third race at Los Alamitos, a claiming contest. The 5-year-old mare was bred by Mr. and Mrs. Larry Williams, is owned by Firsthome Thoroughbreds and Mark and Madison Rose and was trained by Adam Kitchingman. She ran the mile in 1:37.71 and won by four lengths at odds of 5-2. Bennett Mtn. Gal finished eighth in the sixth race at Golden Gate, a maiden special weight race. The 3-year-old filly is by McCann’s Mojave, was bred and owned by Mr. and Mrs. Larry... ...

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Ismelucky Wins Barretts Debutante

From Los Alamitos Publicity CYPRESS, Calif. (Sept. 16, 2017) — Favored California-bred Ismelucky won Saturday’s $100,000 Barretts Debutante at Los Alamitos.  Overcoming trouble at the start and traffic trouble along the way, Ismelucky, a 2-year-old Lucky Pulpit filly out of the Tribal Rule mare Ismene, rallied along the rail to overtake 14-1 shot Shaken Memories near the wire. Bred by Stephen Ferraro and owned by trainer Jeff Bonde and Jerome Russell, Ismelucky completed the 6 ½ furlongs in 1:17.84. The win was her second in three starts and increased her earnings to $108,420. The Debutante was the first race for Ismelucky since she defeated maidens by 2 ½ lengths May 18 at Santa Anita. “We backed off on her after she won because I thought she was a nice filly and she had some tightness in her hind end,’’ said Bonde. “We cranked her up again to get her ready for this race.’’ Bonde was pleased with how Ismelucky had trained leading into Saturday, but was apprehensive when she drew... ...

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Cal-bred Pair in Rolling Green

ALBANY, Calif. (Sept. 15, 2017) – California-bred stakes winners G. G. Ryder and Northern California Yearling Sale graduate Camino Del Paraiso are entered in Sunday’s $50,000 Rolling Green Stakes 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 Todaro and is trained by Jerry Hollendorfer. He has 13 wins in 38 starts, earnings of $627,895 and is coming off a third in the Aug. 12 Joseph T. Grace. He was second in this race in 2015. Camino Del Paraiso is by Suances, out of the Successful Appeal mare Loni’s Appeal, was bred by Red Baron’s Barn, is owned by Glen Road Racing, Jauregui or Moniz and is trained by O.J. Jauregui. The $5,000 Northern California Yearling Sale purchase has three wins in 14 starts, earnings of $127,449 and is coming off a second in the Aug. 12 Joseph T. Grace. ...

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Wise Gal Wins Selima Stakes

LAUREL, Md. (Sept. 16, 2017) – Unbeaten Wise Gal, a Kentucky-bred daughter of California stallion Einstein, won Saturday’s $100,000 Selima Stakes for 2-year-old fillies at Laurel Park. Wise Gal, out of the Not For Love mare Spirited Game, ran the six furlongs in 1:09.43 and won by 4 ¼ lengths at odds of 2-1 in a field of eight. Wise Gal has won both career starts with earnings of $82,800. ...

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Ball Bearing Gets First Winner

ALBANY, Calif. (Sept. 17, 2017) – California stallion Ball Bearing was represented by his first winner on Sunday when Let’s Play Ball won the fourth race at Golden Gate. Let’s Play Ball is out of the In Excess mare Puritan Baker, was bred by David Farr and Billie Farr, is owned by Billie Farr and trained by Michael Lenzini. The 2-year-old colt ran the five furlongs in 1:05.73 and won 1 ¼ lengths at odds of 2-1 in the field of five. ...

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Barretts Fall Sale on Oct. 17

POMONA, Calif. (Sept. 15, 2017) – The Barretts Fall Sale of Yearlings and Horses of Racing Age will be held Tuesday, Oct. 17, at 11 a.m. at the Finish Line Sports Grill in Pomona. Among the sires of the 213 yearlings already cataloged are Animal Kingdom, Bluegrass Cat, Boisterous, Can the Man, Creative Cause, Declaration of War, First Sumarai, Ghostzapper, Goldencents, Lucky Pulpit, Macho Uno, Magician, Midnight Lute, Midshipman, Mineshaft, Mucho Macho Man, Munnings, Noble Mission, Overanalyze, Revolutionary, Shackleford, Shanghai Bobby, Smiling Tiger, Square Eddie, Tapizar, The Factor, Trappe Shot, Twirling Candy, Unusual Heat, Violence and Vronsky. Among the covering stallions of 35 broodmares already cataloged are Acclamation, Afleet Alex, Alternation, Artie Schiller, Commissioner, Competitive Edge, Creative Cause, Grazen, Run Away and Hide, Smiling Tiger, Stay Thirsty, Upstart and Wicked Strong. Also include weanlings by Boisterous, Smiling Tiger, Square Eddie and Unusual Heat. ...

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Cal-bred Uncle Mo Colt Brings $390,000

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 14, 2017) – Meeny Miney Mo, a California-bred colt by Uncle Mo, sold for $390,000 at Thursday’s session of the Keeneland September Yearling Sale. Meeny Miney Mo is out of the Distorted Humor mare Abou, was bred by Gene Tenbrink, was consigned by Taylor Made Sales, agent, and purchased by Mr. and Mrs. J.S. Moss. ...

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Barretts Releases 2018 Sales Calendar

January Mixed Sale To be held in Pomona, California Sale Date: Wednesday, January 17, 2018 Early Bird Entry Deadline: Monday, November 6, 2017 Entry Deadline: Friday, November 17, 2017 Supplemental Entries Close: January 3, 2018   Spring Two-Year-Olds in Training Sale To be held in Del Mar, California Sale Date: Wednesday, April 4, 2018 Training Preview: Monday, April 2, 2018 Early Bird Entry Deadline: Friday, January 12, 2018 Entry Deadline: Friday, January 26, 2018 Supplemental Entries Close: Wednesday, March 21, 2018   The Paddock Sale of Race Ready Horses To be held in Del Mar, California Training Preview: Monday, July 23, 2018 Sale Date: Wednesday, July 25, 2018   August Select Yearling Sale To be held in Del Mar, California Sale Date: Tuesday, August 28, 2018 Nominations Close: April 13, 2018   Fall Sale of Yearlings and Horses of All Ages To be held in Pomona, California Sale Date: Tuesday, October 16, 2018 Early Entries Close: August 24 , 2018 Entries Close: August 31, 2018 Supplemental Entries Close: October 2,... ...

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Cal-bred Twirling Candy Colt Gets $110,000

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 13, 2017) – A California-bred colt by Twirling Candy sold for $110,000 at Wednesday’s session of the Keeneland September Yearling Sale. The colt is out of the Songandaprayer mare Talkin and Singing, was bred by Fox Hill Farms, consigned by Taylor Made Sales, agent, for Fox Hill Farms, and was purchased by Robert Baker and William Mack, and is from the family of Breeders’ Cup Turf winner Better Talk Now. ...

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Five Cal-breds in Barretts Debutante

CYPRESS, Calif. (Sept. 13, 2017) – Five California-breds are among entries for Saturday’s $100,000 Barretts Debutante for 2-year-old fillies at Los Alamitos. 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 one win in two starts, earnings of $52,920 and is making her first start since a May 18 maiden win. Funny Bean is by Square Eddie, out of the Sharp Humor mare Funny Belle, was bred by Dennis Miller, is owned by Robert & Luanne Bean and is trained by Robert Bean. She is a maiden making her second start with earnings of $5,400. Helen’s Tiger is by Smiling Tiger, out of the Indian Charlie mare Ann’s Intuition, was bred by Rozamund Barclay, is owned by Nice Guys Stable or Oringer and is trained by Doug O’Neill. She is a maiden making her fourth start with earnings of $11,700. Expendy is by The Pamplemousse, out of the... ...

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Florida Tracks Survive Hurricane

By Bloodhorse.com HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. (Sept. 11, 2017) — It didn’t match the wind speeds generated by Hurricane Irma, but Florida horsemen released a collective sigh of relief Sept. 11, as initial reports suggested the industry had dodged a bullet. While some communications were hampered by phone and power outages, representatives of horsemen’s groups, tracks, and training centers from South Florida to Ocala Monday morning said there were no initial reports of human or equine injuries because of the storm. Barns, track surfaces, and frontside facilities all held up well at tracks and training centers. Some barns at Gulfstream Park saw shingle damage, but the facility and track surfaces were in good enough shape that the track plans to resume training Sept. 12, simulcasting Sept. 13, and racing Sept. 16. Roof damage to barns was reported at Tampa Bay Downs, which currently is not racing; and the Palm Meadows training center had tree damage. Barns at Gulfstream Park West also held up well, sustaining minor gutter damage. There were also... ...

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Jay Hovdey on Skye Diamonds

By Jay Hovdey, DRF.com Most of us, finding ourselves awake at 3 a.m., wallow in Fitzgerald’s brooding idea that “in a real dark night of the soul it is always three o’clock in the morning, day after day.” Then we turn over and struggle back to sleep. Except for Bill Spawr. For Spawr, a trainer for more than 40 of his 77 years, by 3 a.m. he is well into a bright new working day, already prowling his stable, peering into the stalls of sleepy headed Thoroughbreds, deciding who gets to do what and when. Until this month. As of Monday, Spawr was halfway through a 30-day suspension levied by the California Horse Racing Board for a 56-picogram overage of the legal therapeutic medication clenbuterol found in the post-race urine sample of the 4-year-old filly Skye Diamonds after her second place finish to the classy Vale Dori in the Adoration Stakes at Santa Anita last May 7. (A picogram is one-trillionth of a gram, which prompts a whole different discussion... ...

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Patriots Rule Back in John Bullit

SHAKOPEE, Minn. (Sept. 10, 2017) – Multiple stakes winner Patriots Rule is the lone California-bred entered in Friday’s $50,000 John Bullit Stakes at Canterbury Park. Patriots Rule is by Tribal Rule, out of the Seattle Bound mare Candy Factory, was bred by Dahlberg Farms, is owned by Charles Garvey and trained by Robertino Diodoro. He has eight wins in 31 starts, earnings of $496,773 and is coming off a win in the Aug. 26 Brooks Fields Stakes. ...

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Soi Phet Defends E.B. Johnston Title

CYPRESS, Calif. (Sept. 9, 2017) – Soi Phet successfully defended his title in the $75,000 E.B. Johnston Stakes for California-breds at Los Alamitos. Soi Phet, bred by ARCHA Racing, won his fourth stakes at Los Alamitos for the Benowitz Family Trust, Mathilde Powell and Paul Viskovich. Trained by Leonard Powell, the 9-year-old Tizbud gelding is out of the Siberian Summer mare Summer Jersey. He has won 13 of 55 and banked $876,170, capturing a pair of local stakes – the Bertrando and Los Alamitos Mile – in 2014 prior to his half-length score in last year’s Johnston. “This horse means nearly everything to me,” said Powell. “It’s going to be sad when he’s not with me anymore. He loves the long stretch here. He’s a bit of a grinder and he keeps on coming and the stretch here helps him.’’ Soi Phet ran the mile in 1:35.71 and won by one-half length over He Will with El Huerfano third. Even-money favorite Gold Rush Dancer, coming off a win in the... ...

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Allaboutdreams Gets First Winner

CYPRESS, Calif. (Sept. 8, 2017) – California stallion Allaboutdreams was represented by his first winner on Thursday when Trickonomics won the first race at Los Alamitos. The 3-year-old gelding is out of the Abaginone mare Trickey Diva, was bred by Charlie Robin, is owned by Lan Ding and Robin and trained by Jeff Bonde. He ran the 5 ½ furlongs in 1:04.10 and won by three-quarters of a length at odds of 2-1 in the field of seven. ...

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Gulfstream Park Partially Evacuated

By Thoroughbred Daily News HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. (Sept. 8, 2017) — With Hurricane Irma bearing down on the Florida coast, Gulfstream officials have ordered the evacuation of the barns they felt were most vulnerable to damage from the storm. According to Bill Badgett Jr., a member of the upper management team at the track, about 750 horses have already left the track. Trainers were given the option of either sending them to Ocala or to Palm Meadows. The barns that were evacuated were the ones closest to the backstretch entrance on Hallandale Beach Boulevard. Not only are they the oldest barns on the Gulfstream backstretch but they are in a lower-lying area than other barns are more prone to flooding. “The good thing was there was so much notice in advance, we are able to jump on this thing before it got too bad,” Badgett said. “We started preparations a couple of days ago and we’ve gotten the horses out. On top of everything else, we’ve been dealing with a... ...

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Gold Rush Dancer Back with Cal-breds

From Los Alamitos Publicity CYPRESS, Calif. (Sept. 6, 2017) – Gold Rush Dancer, a dominant winner of the Grade III Longacres Mile last month at Emerald Downs, will seek his first victory at Los Alamitos in the $75,000 E.B. Johnston Stakes for California-breds on Saturday. The one-mile Johnston, won a year ago by Ambitious Brew, is part of a stakes doubleheader on the third day of the Los Angeles County Fair meet. Seven 3-year-old fillies will get together in the $75,000 Beverly J. Lewis at six furlongs. The Lewis is the eighth of nine races while the Johnston will go as the third.  Post time Saturday is 2 p.m. Owned by breeder John Parker and trained by Vann Belvoir, Gold Rush Dancer won the Longacres Mile by 4 ¾ lengths under apprentice jockey Evin Roman, ending a six-race losing streak for the 4-year-old Private Gold colt. Out of the In Excess mare Dances On Water, Gold Rush Dancer is 6-for-18 with earnings of $510,613. He was third behind Ambitious Brew... ...

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B.C. Derby Lures More Power to Him

VANCOUVER, B.C. (Sept. 6, 2017) – More Power to Him is entered in Saturday’s $150,000 Grade III British Columbia Derby for 3-year-olds at Hastings. More Power to Him is by Slew’s Tiznow, out of the Beau Genius mare Pundit, was bred by owner Brett Mason and is trained by Kay Cooper. He has three wins in 13 starts, earnings of $179,403 and is coming off a third in the July 30 Emerald Downs Derby. ...

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Freedom Journey Seeks Beverly J. Lewis

CYPRESS, Calif. (Sept. 6, 2017) – Freedom Journey is the lone California-bred entered in Saturday’s $75,000 Beverly J. Lewis Stakes for 3-year-old fillies at Los Alamitos. Freedom Journey is by Good Journey, out of the Matty G mare Hay Whatsamaddau, was bred by Kirk Bell, is owned by BG Stables or Palma and is trained by Hector Palma. She has two wins in four starts, earnings of $72,345 and is coming off a seventh in an Aug. 20 optional claimer. ...

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Neveradoubt Enters S.W. Randall Plate

VANCOUVER, B.C. (Sept. 6, 2017) – Neveradoubt is the lone California-bred entered in Saturday’s $50,000 S.W. Randall Plate Handicap at Hastings. Neveradoubt is by Decarchy, out of the Southern Halo mare Southern Oasis, was bred by Janis Whitman, is owned by Mark and Patti Lesage and Alex Shamtanis and is trained by Barbara Heads. He has five wins in 19 starts, earnings of $241,233 and is coming off a second in the Aug. 7 Pacific Customs Brokers Classic. ...

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Big Surf Has Five Winners

From Ranch Hills Farm SAN DIEGO, Calif. (Sept. 6, 2017) — Big Surf offspring finished the 2017 summer race season winning five races since May at distances from 5 furlongs on the dirt, to 1 mile 70 yards on dirt and all-weather tracks. Over the Labor day weekend, Baku Dance won at the mile by 1 3/4 lengths.  Other Big Surf summer mile winners also include:  Strox, a three time winner at 1 1/16 mile on the dirt, 1 mile 70 yards on the dirt, and a 4 length winner at a mile on an all-weather track; and, Mansoor, a winner at 1 mile 70 yards on a good dirt track.  On August 30, 2017, Aypara (AZE) sprinted to a 2 length win at 5 furlongs in the dirt.  Big Surf is a Cal Bred stallion standing in Southern California. ...

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Cal-bred Pair in Premier Cup

HOBBS, N.M. (Sept. 4, 2017) – California-breds Real Heat and Surf N Ski are entered in Monday’s $50,000 Premier Cup and Zia Park. Real Heat is by Unusual Heat, out of the Ole mare Chi Chi Nette, was bred by Madeline Auerbach and Barry Abrams, is owned by A and A Equine and is trained by Justin Evans. He has six wins in 43 starts, earnings of $239,289 and is coming off a second in an Aug. 26 optional claimer. Surf N Ski is by Unbridled Native, out of the Manila mare Oceans N Mountains, was bred by Old English Rancho, patsy and Sal Berumen, is owned by Eli Diamont and is trained by Dick Cappellucci. He has 14 wins in 34 starts, earnings of $249,580 and is making his first start since an Apr. 9 allowance win. ...

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CERF’s Up for Miss Sunset

By DRF.com DEL MAR, Calif. (Sept. 4, 2017) — Miss Sunset will be sorry to see Del Mar end. Her love affair with the track continued on Monday’s closing day when she ran her record her to 4 for 4 when beating her elders for the first time in the $99,485 CERF Stakes for older female sprinters. Miss Sunset ($8.40) had won the Fleet Treat Stakes for California-bred 3-year-old fillies earlier in the meet on July 30, and last year she won a pair of races here, including the Generous Portion. In the CERF, she stepped out of both her comfort zones, moving into open company and against older competition. The result was the same, but with a slight tweak. Miss Sunset led from start to finish in the Fleet Treat, but this time she sat behind early pacesetter Rockport Babe, surged to the lead entering the lane, then held safe fellow Cal-bred Bad Ju Ju to win by a 1 3/4 lengths. Classy Tune, the even-money favorite off a... ...

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Los Alamitos Opens on Thursday

From Los Alamitos Publicity CYPRESS, Calif. (Sept. 4, 2017) –The Los Angeles County Fair meet at Los Alamitos will begin Thursday, Sept. 7. The 12-day season will continue through Sunday, Sept. 24 with racing conducted on a Thursday-Sunday basis. Post time will be 2 p.m. The three-week meet will include four stakes worth a combined $350,000, including a pair of races for 2-year-olds at 6 ½ furlongs. Fillies will compete in the $100,000 Barretts Debutante Saturday, Sept. 16, one week before colts & geldings get together in the $100,000 Barretts Juvenile. The races are restricted to horses offered at any Barretts sale. The first Saturday of the meet – Sept. 9 – will feature a stakes doubleheader. Three-year-old fillies will run six furlongs in the $75,000 Beverly J. Lewis Stakes while California breds – 3-year-olds & up – will contest the $75,000 E.B. Johnston Stakes at one mile. Track gates – including the Clubhouse and Vessels Club – will open at 9:30 a.m. General parking is free with grandstand admission... ...

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Miss Sunset Rides the C.E.R.F.

DEL MAR, Calif. (Sept. 3, 2017) – California-bred stakes winners Miss Sunset, Bad Ju Ju and Cuddle Alert are among the entries in Monday’s $75,000 C.E.R.F. Stakes for fillies and mares at Del Mar. Vai is by Tapizar, out of the Doneraile Court mare North Cork, was bred by Richard Barton Enterprises, is owned by Freeman, Freeman or Strauss and is trained by Mark Glatt. She has two wins in three starts, earnings of $82,600 and is making her first start since an eighth in the Nov. 4 Golden State Juvenile Fillies. Miss Sunset is by Into Mischief, out of the Trippi mare Tuscan Sunset, was bred by Premier Thoroughbreds & Alan Klein, is owned by Klein or Lebherz and is trained by Jeff Bonde. She has five wins in nine starts, earnings of $389,430 and is coming off a win in the July 30 Fleet Treat. Bad Ju Ju is by Desert Code, out of the Snow Ridge mare Ju Ju Baby, was bred by Lo Hi Racing Stable... ...

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Cal-bred Pair in Juvenile Fillies Turf

DEL MAR, Calif. (Sept. 3, 2017) – California-breds One Fast Broad and Lemon Crush are entered in Monday’s $100,000 Del Mar Juvenile Fillies Turf for 2-year-old fillies. 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. Lemon Crush is an also-eligible by Richard’s Kid, out of the More Than Ready mare Pat Olcott, was bred by owner and trainer Melody Conlon. ...

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Bodhisattva in Greenwood Cup

BENSALEM, Pa. (Sept. 3, 2017) — Bodhisattva is the lone California-bred entered in Monday’s $200,000 Grade III Greenwood Cup Stakes at Parx. 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 35 starts, earnings of $400,333 and is coming off a fourth in an Aug. 23 optional claiming. ...

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Bonita Wins Wasted Tears Stakes

HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. (Sept. 2, 2017) – Bonita, a Florida-bred daughter of California stallion Bluegrass Cat, rallied from last to win Saturday’s $75,000 Wasted Tears Stakes for fillies and mares at Gulfstream Park. The 4-year-old Bonita ran the 1 1/16 miles on turf in 1:43.24 and won by 1 ½ lengths at odds of 9-2 in the field of seven. ...

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Bookies Luck Pulls Off I’m Smokin Upset

From DMTC Publicity DEL MAR, Calif. (Sept. 1, 2017) — Bookies Luck, overlooked in the betting at 14-1 after finishing eighth in the Graduation Stakes, took command turning for home and cruised to a handy triumph Friday in the featured $100,000 I’m Smokin Stakes for Golden State Series eligible two-year-olds at Del Mar. With Hall of Fame jockey Kent Desormeaux in the saddle, Bookies Luck powered past pace-setting Sir Valentine nearing the stretch and was an easy three and one-quarter length winner in 1:10.62 for the six furlongs. Smokem, 5-2 second choice under apprentice Evin Roman, closed gamely to be second, three and one-quarter lengths ahead of Drizzy. Continental Divide, the 2-1 favorite after his triumph in the Graduation Stakes, was another length back in fourth in the field of seven juveniles. Cono and Get Em Up Scout were withdrawn. Bookies Luck, a son of Lucky Pulpit owned and bred by Mr. and Mrs. Larry D. Williams and trained by Jeff Bonde, returned $30.20, $13 and $5.60 after his notching... ...

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Marckie’s Water in Del Mar Derby

DEL MAR, Calif. (Aug. 31, 2017) – Snow Chief Stakes winner Marckie’s Water is entered in Monday’s $250,000 Grade II Del Mar Derby for 3-year-olds. Marckie’s Water is by Tribal Rule, out of the Stravinsky mare Russian River, was bred by Frank Mermenstein & Tom McCronklin, is owned by Little Red Feather Racing or Tavares and is trained by Richard Baltas. He has two wins in seven starts, earnings of $160,421 and is coming off a fourth in a July 22 optional claimer. ...

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Take the One O One in Juvenile Turf

DEL MAR, Calif. (Aug. 31, 2017) – Northern California Yearling Sale graduate Take the One O One and California-sired Cono are entered in Monday’s $100,000 Del Mar Juvenile Turf for 2-year-olds. Cono is a Kentucky-bred by Lucky Pulpit, out of the Cowboy Cal mare Cashmere, was bred by owners John & Diane Fradkin and is trained by Michael McCarthy. He has one win in four starts, earnings of $49,545 and is coming off a fourth in the Aug. 6 Graduation. Take the One O One is by Acclamation, out of the Jump Start mare North Freeway, was bred by Thomas Bachman, is owned by Jay Em Ess Stables and trained by Brian Koriner. The $47,000 purchase at the Northern California Yearling Sale has one win in two starts, earnings of $45,000 and is coming off an Aug. 6 maiden win. ...

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Spiced Perfection Upsets Generous Portion

From DMTC Publicity DEL MAR, Calif. (Aug. 30, 2017) — Dare to Dream Stable’s Spiced Perfection, unraced since breaking her maiden on opening day, July 19, of Del Mar’s summer season, wore down odds-on favorite Show It N Moe It in the upper stretch and then held off the challenge of Family Girl to score an upset victory in Wednesday’s $100,000 Generous Portion Stakes for Golden State Series eligible two-year-old fillies. Spiced Perfection, a daughter of Smiling Tiger out of the Pleasantly Perfect mare Perfect Feat, was bred by Premier Thoroughbreds and trained by Brian Koriner. She went to the gate at 7-1 and paid $17.20, $5.80 and $3 while earning first money of $57,000. Family Girl returned $4.80 and $2.20, and Show It N Moe It paid $2.10 to show. “We skipped the first stake (CTBA) that most of these horses ran in,” said Koriner. “It seems like the fresher these horses are the better they run. She’s been doing really well since we brought her down here. Every... ...

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Steinmann Wins TOBA Award

From TOBA LEXINGTON, Ky. (Aug. 30, 2017) – Heinz Steinmann was named 2017 California Breeder of the Year by the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association. Spendthrift Farm was named Western Regional Owner of the Year by the association. The winners will receive their awards at the TOBA National Awards Dinner, which will be held on Saturday, September 9 at Calumet Farm in Lexington, Ky. ...

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Murdock Finalist for Industry Award

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Aug. 30, 2017) – Clay Murdock of Rancho San Miguel is a finalist for the second annual North American edition of the Thoroughbred Industry Employee Awards. The finalists for the other awards will be recognized at an awards ceremony luncheon Oct. 13 at Keeneland. The awards are sponsored by Godolphin, in partnership with the National Horsemens’ Benevolent and Protective Association, Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association, and The Jockey Club. For the leadership award in the farm category, the finalists are Murdock, Larry McGinnis (WinStar Farm), and Aidan O’Meara (Hill ‘n’ Dale). For the racing stable category, the finalists are Richard Budge (WinStar), Christophe Lorieul (Christophe Clement), and Hilary Pridham (Michael Stidham). For the dedication to breeding award, the finalists are Francisco “Pancho” Sanchez (Craig Wheeler Thoroughbreds), Ronda Clifton (WinStar), and Lugusta “Gus” Gray (Double Diamond Farm). In the racing category, the finalists are Lena Lorieul (Shug McGaughey), Manuel Osoria-Perez (Chris Stenslie), and Raymond Davenport (Timothy L. Keefe). ...

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$300,000 Cal-bred Tops Barretts Sale

By Bloodhorse.com DEL MAR, Calif. (Aug. 29, 2017) –Three yearlings—all California-breds—sold for six figures each at the Barretts select yearling sale Aug. 29 at Del Mar. A daughter of Bodemeister  brought a record $300,000, while an Unusual Heat filly sold for $200,000. The third six-figure horse was the sale’s top-priced colt, a son of Mucho Macho Man  for $120,000. A total of 53 horses grossed $2,177,000 for an average of $41,075 and a median of $32,000. The average rose 10% over the 2016 average of $37,174. The buy-back rate was 34%, with 27 of the 80 horses through the ring not sold. “I was very pleased all the way through, from when we started our selections through showing,” said Kim Lloyd, general manager of Barretts. “It was busy and we had traffic every day. We had people show up from many different places.” The $300,000 filly was the highest-priced yearling Barretts has ever sold.  “We’re trying to establish a market for high-end Cal-breds,” Lloyd said. “It gives the breeders confidence... ...

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Sam Houston Shelters Displaced Horses

By Bloodhorse.com HOUSTON, Tex. (Aug. 29, 2017) — So far the Texas Thoroughbred industry appears to have escaped the worst of Hurricane Harvey, which battered the Gulf Coast with damaging winds when it made landfall Aug. 25 and has since saturated the Houston area with a record 49 inches of contiguous rain. Sam Houston Race Park, which is located northwest of downtown Houston and adjacent to the Sam Houston Tollway, has not sustained any major damage or flooding, according to Roland Tamez, who is with the track’s security team. The track did not have any racehorses on the grounds when the storm hit because its live racing season ended in May. The barn area is now being used to provide free shelter for horses being evacuated out of flooded areas. Several horses had been sent to the track ahead of the storm because their owners had experienced flooding in the past. “We’ve got over 100 horses in three barns right now,” said Tamez, who added that anyone who needs shelter... ...

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Fredric Maas Appointed to CHRB

From CHRB SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Aug. 29, 2017) — Fredric Maas, 59, of San Diego, has been appointed to the California Horse Racing Board of Directors. Maas has been executive chairman at MRV Systems since 2014. He was founder and chief executive officer at Pacific EcoCompanies LLC from 2009 to 2014, president and chief executive officer at Black Mountain Ranch LLC from 2003 to 2009 and chairman and chief executive officer at Centre City Development Corporation from 2005 to 2010. This position requires Senate confirmation and the compensation is $100 per diem. Maas is a Republican. ...

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I’m Smokin a Graduation Stakes Rematch

DEL MAR, Calif. (Sept. 27, 2017) – Six runners from the Graduation Stakes, including winner Continental Divide, tangle again in Friday’s $100,000 I’m Smokin Stakes for Golden State Series eligible 2-year-olds at Del Mar. Cono is a Kentucky-bred by California stallion Lucky Pulpit, out of the Cowboy Cal mare Cashmere, was bred by owners John and Diane Fradkin and is trained by Michael McCarthy. He has one win in four starts, earnings of $49,545 and is coming off a fourth in the Aug. 6 Graduation. Sir Valentine is by Heat Shield, out of the Popular mare Horsesanddivorces, was bred by Kristin Mulhall, is owned by Tachycardia Stables or Twilight Racing and is trained by Mulhall. He has one win in two starts, earnings of $34,400 and is coming off a fifth in the July 3 Santa Anita Juvenile. Continental Divide is by Animal Kingdom, out of the Dixieland Band mare Bandora, was bred by PT Syndicate #1, is owned by DP Racing and trained by Jim Cassidy. He has one... ...

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Stakes-Winning Pair in Generous Portion

DEL MAR, Calif. (Aug. 27, 2017) – Stakes winners Show It N Moe It and Little Doe are entered in Wednesday’s $100,000 Generous Portion Stakes for Golden State Series eligible 2-year-old fillies at Del Mar. Little Doe is by Kodiak Kowboy, out of the Richly Blended mare Baby Doe, was bred by owners Dr. and Mrs. William Gray and is trained by Felix Rondon. She has two wins in three starts, earnings of $67,990 and is coming off a win in the Aug. 13 Wine Country Debutante. Hold That Smile is by Smiling Tiger, out of the French Legionaire mare Chasseur Dame, was bred by Dale Mahlum, is owned by Ten Broeck Farm and is trained by Simon Callaghan. She has one win in three starts, earnings of $40,800 and is coming off an Aug. 10 maiden claimer. Sharona Sunset is by Sierra Sunset, out of the Lord Carson mare Sharoana, was bred by owners George and Mary Clare Schmitt and is trained by Marcia Stortz. She is a maiden... ...

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Four Fall Cal-bred Stakes at Del Mar

From DMTC.com DEL MAR, Calif (Aug. 26, 2017)-Bolstered by a series of additions around the inaugural running of the Breeders’ Cup at Del Mar, the seaside track will offer a record fall stakes schedule worth $3,375,000 when racing begins on Wednesday, November 1. Included will be four stakes for Golden State Series-eligibles — the $200,000 Golden State Juvenile Fillies Stakes on Breeders’ Cup Friday’s Nov. 3 card, the $200,000 Golden State Juvenile Stakes on Breeders’ Cup Saturday’s Nov. 4 card, the $100,000 Betty Grable  on Sunday, Nov. 12 and the $100,000 Cary Grant on Sunday, Nov. 19. Twenty-two stakes in total will be presented during the 16-day session with seven of them “undercard” races for the two Breeders’ Cup days, Friday, November 3 and Saturday, November 4. Twelve of the 22 main events are graded races with a pair of those Grade I, four presented at Grade II and six at Grade III. The Grade I stakes – the $300,000 Hollywood Derby and the $300,000 Matriarch Stakes — will lead... ...

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Patriots Rule Wins Brooks Fields

SHAKOPEE, Minn. (Aug. 26, 2017) – Multiple stakes winning California-bred Patriots Rule went from last to first to win Saturday’s $50,000 Brooks Fields Stakes at Canterbury Park. Patriots Rule is by Tribal Rule, out of the Seattle Bound mare Candy Factory, was bred by Dahlberg Farms, is owned by Charles Garvey and trained by Robertino Diodoro. He has eight wins in 31 starts, earnings of $496,773 and was coming off a second in a July 27 optional claimer. Patriots Rule ran the mile in 1:36.17 and won by one-half length at odds of 5-1 in the field of six. The race was run on a muddy dirt track after originally scheduled to be run on the turf. ...

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CHRB Meeting Summary

From CHRB DEL MAR, Calif. (Aug. 25, 2017) – The California Horse Racing Board conducted its regular meeting Thursday, August 24, at Del Mar Race Track. Chairman Chuck Winner presided. First Vice Chair George Krikorian, Second Vice Chair Madeline Auerbach and Commissioners Jesse Choper, 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: ·        Chairman Winner began the meeting with a dedication to Brad McKinzie, the longtime executive at Los Alamitos Racecourse and a principal in the Finish Line Insurance Group, who passed away August 6 from cancer at the age of 62. CHRB Executive Director Rick Baedeker, a longtime friend of Mr. McKinzie, said that he will be remembered for solving two of California’s biggest problems: the workers’ compensation insurance crisis in 2004 and, more recently, the stabling shortage caused by the closing of Hollywood Park. “Brad was our voice of reason but, far more important, he was the... ...

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Barretts Yearling Sale on Tuesday

DEL MAR, Calif. (Aug. 25, 2017) – The Barretts select yearling sale, set for Tuesday afternoon, is being conducted during the Del Mar summer race meeting for the third time. The sale was held on a Saturday evening in 2015, and moved to Tuesday last year, giving the event its own position during race week. The 2016 sale showed modest increases in gross and average prices compared to 2015, but a decline in median price. The sale will never be a marathon event – stall restrictions limit the event to about 80 head – but there is hope among sale executives that the quality of yearlings has improved. “Last year, we were a step up not only because of the change in the day but the local breeders have supplied us with exciting prospects,” Barretts general manager Kim Lloyd said. Lloyd said the yearlings in Tuesday’s sale were selected in the spring. “We’ll see how they developed over the summer,” Lloyd said. “We’ve heard good reports. It’s a big difference,... ...

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Twice the Appeal Gets First Winner

DEL MAR, Calif. (Aug. 24, 2017) – California stallion Twice the Appeal was represented by his first winner on Thursday when Twisted Rosie won the sixth race at Del Mar, a $50,000 maiden claimer for fillies and mares. Twisted Rosie is out of the Distinctive Cat mare Hurricane Rose, was bred by Edward Brown, is owned by Edward Brown Jr. and is trained by Jeff Bonde. Twisted Rosie ran the 5 ½ furlongs in 1:05.48 and won by 1 ¾ lengths at odds of 5-2. ...

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Hovdey on Brad McKinzie

By Jay Hovdey, DRF.com CYPRESS, Calif. (Aug. 24, 2017) –It has been a week for memorable gatherings, beginning Monday morning with the total solar eclipse that captivated awestruck observers in a wide swath of the continental United States Thoroughbred racing has its own way of commemorating such an event. Within the last few days, somebody snapped up the name Path of Totality on the Jockey Club registry, reserving it for some unsuspecting foal of the future. Moon Shadow is already in use, although Umbra – Latin for “shadow” – remains available as of this writing, along with Baily’s Beads, the effect caused by light from the eclipsed sun peeking past the irregular edges of the moon’s surface. That morning on Steve Byk’s radio show, after chewing over the results of last Saturday’s Pacific Classic with Bob Baffert, the conversation landed on the recent death of Baffert’s friend Brad McKinzie, whose memorial service was schedule for noon that day. “He was like the fourth Baffert brother,” Baffert said. “And Mom always... ...

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Smiling Tiger Colt Tops WTBOA Sale

By Bloodhorse.com AUBURN, Wash. (Aug. 23, 2017) — A colt by California stallion Smiling Tiger  was sold for $67,000 to top the Washington Thoroughbred Breeders and Owners Association’s summer yearling and mixed sale Aug. 22 in Auburn, Wash., that saw across-the-board declines. WTBOA reported 92 yearlings grossed $1,204,600, down 15.8% from the $1,431,400 total paid for 84 head in 2016, with the average price falling 23.1% to $13,093 from $17,040, and a median price of $7,500 that was half the $15,000 figure a year ago. The sale topper, consigned as Hip 92 by Halvorson Bloodstock Services, was bought by John and Janene Maryanski. Bred in Washington by John Roche, the colt was produced from the stakes-winning Supremo mare Premo Copy, who has produced seven winners, including Washington state champion 3-year-old filly Castinette Dancer and stakes winner Seattles Best Copy. Soft Copy, the colt’s second dam, was purchased by Roche for $4,200 from McMurry Bloodstock Agency at the 1985 WTBOA winter mixed sale and went on to Washington championship honors while winning... ...

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Ann Arbor Eddie Ships for Jerkens

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (Aug. 23, 2017) – Ann Arbor Eddie is the lone California-bred entered in Saturday’s $500,000 Grade I H. Allen Jerkens Stakes for 3-year-olds at Saratoga. 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 eight starts, earnings of $323,080 and is coming off a second in the July 28 Real Good Deal. ...

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Solid Wager, Mr. Hinx in Pat O’Brien

DEL MAR, Calif. (Aug. 23, 2017) – Graded winner Solid Wager and fellow California-bred stakes winner Mr. Hinx are entered in Saturday’s $200,000 Grade II Pat O’Brien Stakes at Del Mar. Solid Wager is by Birdonthewire, out of the Valid Wager mare G Ma, was bred by Madera Thoroughbreds, is owned by Barber, Barber or Stanford Stables and is trained by Peter Miller. He has eight wins in 36 starts, earnings of $537,671 and is coming off a fifth in the July 29 Bing Crosby. 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 eight starts, earnings of $326,548 and is coming off a win in the July 28 Real Good Deal. ...

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Patriots Rule Entered at Canterbury

SHAKOPEE, Minn. (Aug. 23, 2017) – Multiple stakes winner Patriots Rule is the lone California-bred entered in Saturday’s $50,000 Brooks Fields Stakes at Canterbury Park. Patriots Rule is by Tribal Rule, out of the Seattle Bound mare Candy Factory, was bred by Dahlberg Farms, is owned by Charles Garvey and trained by Robertino Diodoro. He has seven wins in 30 starts, earnings of $466,773 and is coming off a second in a July 27 optional claimer. ...

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Golden Gate Reopens Thursday

By DRF.com ALBANY, Calif. (Aug. 22, 2017) — Golden Gate Fields hopes to continue the positive trend from its long winter-spring meeting when racing resumes Thursday for a 16-day summer meeting. The meet runs Thursdays through Sundays and ends Sept. 17. First post is 1:45 p.m. Pacific. General admission is free Sundays. :: Enjoy news and analysis from DRF? Get handicapping analysis, real-time coverage, special reports, and charts. Unlock access with DRF Plus. Despite heavy rains earlier this year, Golden Gate showed a 3.44 percent increase in ontrack wagering and 5.6 percent increase in attendance from the previous season during its 99-day winter-spring meeting, which ran from Dec. 26, 2016 through June 17. “We started off kind of rough,” track vice president Calvin Rainey said. “The rain hindered attendance, but we made some big gains in the spring.” Rainey is hoping the track’s Summer Turf Festival, which runs Sept. 8-17, will attract fans and horses. There is no turf racing in Southern California during that time, and Golden Gate will... ...

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CHRB Meeting Advisory

From CHRB DEL MAR, Calif. (Aug. 22, 2017) — The California Horse Racing Board will conduct its regular monthly meeting Thursday, August 24, at Surfside Race Place (Del Mar Fairgrounds) beginning at 9:30 a.m. The CHRB Medication, Safety and Welfare Committee will meet Wednesday at Surfside beginning at 11 a.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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Soi Phet Seeks Brubaker Repeat

DEL MAR, Calif. (Aug. 20, 2017) – Defending champion Soi Phet and fellow California-bred stakes winner El Huerfano are entered in Wednesday’s $75,000 Harry F. Brubaker Stakes at Del Mar. Soi Phet is by Tizbud, out of the Siberian Summer mare Summer Jersey, was bred by ARCHA Racing, is owned by Benowitz Family Trust, Powell or Viskovich, and is trained by Leonard Powell. He has 12 wins in 53 starts, earnings of $822,056 and is coming off a third in the July 29 California Dreamin’. He won this race last year. El Huerfano is by Tannersmyman, out of the Capsized mare Adriftinthebay, was bred by M.A. Douzos, is owned by Barber or Wachtel Stables and is trained by Peter Miller. He has five wins in 28 starts, earnings of $309,041 and is coming off a fifth in the TVG San Diego Handicap. ...

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Breeders’ Cup Next for Skye Diamonds

By DRF.com DEL MAR, Calif. (Aug. 19, 2017) — California-bred Skye Diamonds, the dominant female sprinter in California this year, will not race again until Nov. 4 at Del Mar in the Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Sprint, a race in which she figures to be a leading candidate. Skye Diamonds won the Grade 2 Great Lady M. Stakes at Los Alamitos in July and the Grade 3 Rancho Bernardo Handicap on Aug. 13 at Del Mar. Trainer Bill Spawr said earlier this week that he would prefer to give Skye Diamonds a lengthy break between starts as opposed to adding a race at Santa Anita in October. “She’ll do well off that,” Spawr said of the break. “If we give her six weeks between races, she’s done well. She’s so professional.” Skye Diamonds, a 4-year-old filly by First Dude, has won 9 of 16 starts and earned $509,150. She has won 6 of 8 starts since being claimed for $40,000 last August, a span that includes the Dream of... ...

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Tribalist Takes Stakes in Comeback

From DMTC Publicity DEL MAR, Calif. (Aug. 18, 2017) — Returning to competition after more than a year on the sidelines, six-year-old California-bred Tribalist overcame traffic trouble to rally late in the stretch and win Friday’s featured $105,070 Green Flash Handicap for older turf sprinters at Del Mar. Tribalist, running only his sixth race in a career interrupted by various physical infirmities, was shuffled back to last early in the five-furlong dash, found room to rally along the rail going to the far turn but then had to check in traffic under jockey Victor Espinoza. Finally locating room in the final furlong, the gelding responded generously to overhaul the gritty 25-1 longshot Gutsy Ruler in the shadow of the wire to win by a head in :56.93 for the distance. Gutsy Ruler, overlooked in the betting despite a triumph in his most recent race, August 6, was a half-length in front of 3-2 favored Richard’s Boy, with Jimmy Bouncer fourth in the field of eleven horses. Tribalist, Bred by Dutko... ...

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Smiling Tiger Filly Tops NorCal Sale

PLEASANTON, Calif. (Aug. 15, 2017) – A filly by leading California first-crop stallion Smiling Tiger brought a sale-topping $70,000 and a Lucky Pulpit colt from the same family sold for $50,000 at Tuesday’s 2017 Northern California Yearling and Horses of Racing Age Sale at the Alameda County Fairgrounds. The high-bid yearling is out of the Cee’s Tizzy mare Mulberry Lane. She was bred and consigned by Harris Farms. The second-highest priced sale was also bred and consigned by Harris Farms. That son of Lucky Pulpit, sire of champion California Chrome, is out of the stakes-winning Talkin Man mare Aspen Gal, who also is the second dam of the sale-topper. Both yearlings were purchased by Del Secco DCS, Inc., of Hayward. The top consignor by gross sales was Harris Farms, with eight horses sold for $149,900. The top buyer was Del Secco DCS, Inc., with the two highest-priced yearlings at a total of $120,000. The percentage of horses with reserves not achieved (RNA) improved to 22 percent this year from 33... ...

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Ashleyluvssugar Seeks Del Mar Repeat

DEL MAR, Calif. (Aug. 16, 2017) – Defending champion Ashleyluvssugar and fellow California-bred He Will are entered in Saturday’s $250,000 Grade II Del Mar Handicap presented by the Japan Racing Association. Ashleyluvssugar is by Game Plan, out of the Urgent Request mare Ashley’s Folly, was bred by owners Alesia, BranJam Stables & Ciaglia Racing and is trained by Peter Eurton. He has 10 wins in 23 starts, earnings of $1,339,004 and is coming off a second in the July 22 Eddie Read. He won this race last year after finishing second in the Eddie Read. He Will is by Cyclotron, out of the Lear Fan mare Could She, was bred by Old English Rancho & Berumen, is owned by Team Green, Randall or Todaro, et al and is trained by Jerry Hollendorfer. He has five wins in 15 starts, earnings of $241,274 and is coming off a second in the July 29 California Dreamin’. ...

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DRF.com on Northern California Sale

By DRF.com PLEASANTON, Calif. (Aug. 11, 2017) — After declines in key categories in 2016, the Northern California sale of yearlings and horses of racing age on Tuesday at Pleasanton has a smaller look. In 2016, there were 240 horses in the catalog. This year, there were 151 as of Wednesday. “We’re hoping this will better meet the demand,” said Doug Burge, the president of the California Thoroughbred Breeders Association. “Last year, we had too many horses for that market.” The smaller book was planned after last year’s sale saw a 32 percent decline in gross from 2015, to $1,028,200, and a 35 percent decline in the average price, to $7,560. The median price was $4,000, down from $7,500 in 2015. The leading horse of the 2016 sale was a City Zip colt who sold for $50,000. A few of the horses offered last year have shown talent this year. Take the One O One, bought for $47,000 at Pleasanton last summer, won a maiden race at Del Mar last... ...

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Gold Rush Dancer Hits Paydirt for Parker

From Emerald Downs Publicity AUBURN, Wash. (Aug. 13, 2017) – Returning to the track where his career began two years ago, California-bred Gold Rush Dancer raced to a dominant 4 ¾-length victory Sunday in the 82nd running of the $200,000 Longacres Mile (G3) at Emerald Downs. Ridden by 19-year-old Evin Roman, Gold Rush Dancer ran one mile in 1:33.85 under 120 lbs and returned $8.40, $4.20 and $3.80. Vann Belvoir is the winning trainer for owner/breeder John Parker of Lake Bay, Wash. A 4-year-old California-bred colt by Private Gold-Dances On Water, Gold Rush Dancer earned $110,000 to push his bankroll to $510,613. His record is 6-3-3 in 18 starts including five stakes wins—three vs. state-breds in California and the Longacres Mile and Gottstein Futurity at Emerald Downs. Mach One Rules, ridden by Isaias Enriquez at high-weight of 123 lbs, rallied from sixth to edge Dedicated to You for second by a head and paid $4.40 and $3.60. Winner of the Budweiser and Mt. Rainier Stakes, Mach One Rules was favored... ...

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Skye Diamonds Sharp in Rancho Bernardo

By Bloodhorse.com DEL MAR, Calif. (Aug. 13, 2017) – California-bred Skye Diamonds has earned $389,100 for owners Tom Acker, Allen Racing, Bloom Racing, and Jon Lindo since she was claimed for $40,000 at Del Mar last August. The latest installment was the $60,000 first-place purse from Sunday’s Grade 3 Rancho Bernardo Handicap for fillies and mares at 6 1/2 furlongs at Del Mar. The prize money from the $100,000 race may not have been hefty, but there can be no doubt Skye Diamonds is rated among the top contenders for the Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Sprint here Nov. 4. Whether she starts again before that race was unclear in the immediate aftermath of the Rancho Bernardo. Instead, winning trainer Bill Spawr was focused on the style of her win, closing between rivals in the final three furlongs to win by 1 1/4 lengths in 1:15.95. Skye Diamonds ($3.60), bred by Dizney Double Diamond, was briefly behind pacesetter Rockport Babe while racing on the inside on the backstretch before winning... ...

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Little Doe Wins Wine Country Debutante

SANTA ROSA, Calif. (Aug. 13, 2017) – California-bred Little Doe won Sunday’s 65,075 Wine Country Debutante Stakes for 2-year-old fillies at the Sonoma County Fair. Little Doe is by Kodiak Cowboy, out of the Richly Blended mare Baby Doe, was bred by owners Dr. and Mrs. William Gray and is trained by Felix Rondan. Little Doe has two wins in three starts, earnings of $67,990 and was coming off a July 8 maiden win. She ran the six furlongs in 1:11.18 and won by one length over Song From Above at odds of 6-1 in the field of six. ...

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Bluegrass Cat’s Bonita Wins Panama City

HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. (Aug. 13, 2017) – Bonita, a Florida-bred daughter of California stallion Bluegrass Cat, won Sunday’s $50,000 Panama City Handicap for fillies and mares at Gulfstream Park. Bonita ran the mile on turf in 1:36.26 and won by three-quarters of a length at odds of 9-1 in the field of eight. She has four wins in 15 starts, earnings of $127,465 and was coming off a sixth in the May 27 Christmas Past Stakes. ...

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Richard’s Boy Back in California

DEL MAR, Calif. (Aug. 14, 2017) – Five-time stakes winner Richard’s Boy returns to his home state and is one of five California-breds among the entries in Friday’s $75,000 Green Flash Handicap at Del Mar. Gutsy Ruler is by Tribal Rule, out of the Najran mare Gutsy Lady, was bred by Roy Tyra, is owned by Hugo Catalan and trained by Javier Sierra. He has five wins in 32 starts, earnings of $297,503 and is coming off an Aug. 6 optional claiming win. Tribalist is by Tribal Rule, out of the Cee’s Tizzy mare Ultimate Summer, was bred by Dutko & Abrams, is owned by Abrams, Dutko or Paran and is trained by Blake Heap. He has three wins in five starts, earnings of $159,100 and is coming off three consecutive wins. Richard’s Boy 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 10 wins in 24 starts,... ...

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Foal Crop Projected by Jockey Club

From The Jockey Club LEXINGTON, Ky. (Aug. 12, 2017) — The Jockey Club is projecting a 2018 North American registered Thoroughbred foal crop of 21,500. The 21,500 foals estimated for 2018 is a 4.4% decrease from the 2017 foal crop projection of 22,500 that was announced in August 2016. “As always, this projection is based on reports of mares bred received to date, and we estimate that approximately 85% of those reports have been received,” said Matt Iuliano, The Jockey Club’s executive vice president and executive director. The foal crop projection, traditionally announced in mid-August, is computed by using Reports of Mares Bred (RMBs) received to date for the 2017 breeding season. RMBs are to be filed by August 1 of each breeding season. Additional foal crop information is available in The Jockey Club’s online fact book at jockeyclub.com/factbook.asp and in the online state fact books. Stallion owners who have not returned their RMBs for the 2017 breeding season are encouraged to do so as soon as possible. Interactive RegistrationTM,... ...

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Majestic Heat Repeats in Solana Beach

From DMTC Publicity DEL MAR, Calif. (Aug. 11, 2017) — For the second straight year, Majestic Heat and jockey Flavien Prat won the $150,000 Solana Beach Stakes, and for the second straight year they won the grass race for Golden State Series eligible fillies and mares by the slimmest of margins, a nose. Sent postward the 3-5 favorite, Majestic Heat was well-rated on the lead by Prat, shook off the stalking How Unusual in mid-stretch but then was pushed to the limit to barely resist the last-ditch challenge of the fast-closing Moonless Sky, piloted by Kent Desormeaux. The stewards conducted an inquiry after How Unusual was forced to take up by jockey Norberto Arroyo, Jr. when Moonless Sky came through an opening in pursuit of Majestic Heat. However, they ruled that the incident did not warrant a change in the placings. Majestic Heat, a five-year-old daughter of Unusual Heat bred by Madeline Auerbach and Barry Abrams, owned by Auerbach, McCauley and Bardy Farm and trained by Hall of Famer Richard... ...

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NorCal Sale Set for Tuesday, Aug. 15

By Bloodhorse.com PLEASANTON, Calif. (Aug. 8, 2017) — Breeders have a wide assortment of stallions to choose from in California, and that translates to similar choices at the California Thoroughbred Breeders Association Northern California yearling and horses of racing age sale. More than 60 stallions, most of them standing in the state, will be featured via their offspring in the 2017 catalog.   Most of the 150 horses are California-bred yearlings, with a few horses of racing age also offered. The sale will be conducted Tuesday, Aug. 15, beginning at noon at the Alameda County Fairgrounds in Pleasanton.   A $500 travel allowance is  being offered to any trainer from out of state, or Southern California, who attends and makes a minimum purchase of $2,500.   Already the 2016 sale has had eight winning graduates, and two of those have siblings in this year’s catalog.   Holy Yodeler, who sold for $18,000 last year and broke his maiden in May, has a half brother by Northern Causeway as part of... ...

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California Chrome’s Sister Gets First Win

By Bloodhorse.com DEL MAR, Calif. (Aug. 10, 2017) – California Chrome still may be the aberration of all aberrations, but he’s no longer the only winner produced by Love the Chase, the famed mare who broke her maiden for an $8,000 tag. In a mile maiden special weight event for California-bred fillies and mares on the Del Mar turf Aug. 10, R Sunday Surprise, one of three full siblings to the two-time Horse of the Year, just edged Halo Ahead by a head at the wire.  R Sunday Surprise, a 3-year-old filly, is by Lucky Pulpit, out of the Not For Love mare Love the Chase, was bred by Perry Martin & Steve Coburn, is owned by Silver State Racing, Godwin, Melton, Morgan and Mirarchi and is trained by Kristin Mulhall. After a break from the rail in the field of 10, the 3-year-old Lucky Pulpit  filly settled well on the inside to track the early pace in fourth under jockey Israel Ocampo. Ocampo bided his time on the rail... ...

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TOBA Announces Election Results

From TOBA SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. — The Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association announced today the re-election of Dr. J. David Richardson as chairman of its Board of Trustees.  Also joining Richardson on the Board of Trustees to serve three-year terms as new members are Robert Devlin, Terry Finley, Bernard McCormack, Charlie O’Connor and Garrett O’Rourke. Re-elected to three-year terms were current trustees Barbara Banke, Mike Caruso, Brant Laue, Michael McMahon and Kenneth McPeek. “I am honored to be re-elected as TOBA chairman,” said Dr. Richardson. “Our board of trustees and the TOBA membership represent an important constituency and we look forward to working with other industry stakeholders to improve the economics and integrity of the sport.” Immediately following its annual members meeting, the TOBA Board of Trustees met to elect officers for the 1,800-member association.  Officers named for 2017-2018 are: Dr. J. David Richardson, chairman, Everett Dobson, vice-chairman, Dan Metzger, president; Michael McMahon, secretary; and Craig Bernick, treasurer. The TOBA Board also approved the reappointment of Craig Bernick to the... ...

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NorCal Sale Graduates in Jess Jackson

SANTA ROSA, Calif. (Aug. 10, 2017) – Northern California Yearling Sale graduates Walk On Water and Holy Yodeler are among five California-breds coming out of the Everett Nevin Stakes for Sunday’s $50,000 Jess Jackson Juvenile Stakes for 2-year-olds at the Sonoma County Fair. Walk On Water is by Tannersmyman, out of the Stormy Atlantic mare Smoke Over Water, was bred by Woodbridge Farm and Jim Eaton, is owned by Steven Miyadi or Ed Spaunhurst and is trained by Miyadi. The $5,500 purchase at the Northern California Yearling Sale has one win in three starts, earnings of $25,960 and is coming off a fifth in the July 8 Everett Nevin. Irish Sky is by Sky Mesa, out of the Broken Vow mare Irish Winnie, was bred by owners Moger or Patrick Neary and is trained by Ed Moger, Jr. He has one win in two starts, earnings of $22,280 and is coming off an eighth in the July 8 Everett Nevin. Jacks Masterpiece is by Smiling Tiger, out of the Candi’s... ...

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Gold Rush Dancer in Longacres Mile

AUBURN, Wash. (Aug. 10, 2017) – Gold Rush Dancer and fellow California-breds Papa Frank and Chief of Staff are entered in Sunday’s $200,000 Grade III Longacres Mile Handicap. 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 five wins in 17 starts, earnings of $400,613 and is coming off a third in the July 8 Bertrando. Papa Frank is by Papa Clem, out of the Cee’s Tizzy mare Tialinga, was bred by Black Diamond Racing, is owned by Mary Tate and Shane Bailey and is trained by Tate. He has four wins in 29 starts, earnings of $66,310 and is coming off a fourth in the July 16 Mr. Ranier. Chief of Staff is by Majestic Warrior, out of the Awesome Again mare Morning Jewel, was bred by Lou Neve, is owned by DeDomenico and Muddy Waters Stable and is trained by Mike Puhich. He has three wins in... ...

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Song From Above Visits Wine Country

SANTA ROSA, Calif. (Aug. 10, 2017) – Stakes winner Song From Above is one of five California-breds among the entries in Sunday’s $50,000 Wine Country Debutante for 2-year-old fillies at the Sonoma County Fair. Little Doe is by Kodiak Cowboy, out of the Richly Blended mare Baby Doe, was bred by owners Dr. and Mrs. William Gray and trained by Felix Rondan. She has one win in two starts, earnings of $27,040 and is coming off a July 8 maiden win. Peppered Jo is by Peppered Cat, out of the Flashy Bull mare Evie Joe, was bred by owners Moger & Alan Eriksen and is trained by Ed Moger, Jr. She won her lone start July 4 and has earnings of $8,400. Shylock Eddie is by Square Eddie, out of the Game Plan mare Willapa, was bred by Donna Jensen, is owned by Eric Jensen and trained by Steve Howard. She won her lone start July 23 with earnings of $10,175. Unbeaten Song From Above is by Lucky Pulpit, out... ...

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Skye Diamonds in Rancho Bernardo

DEL MAR, Calif. (Aug. 10, 2017) – Skye Diamonds is the lone California-bred entered in Sunday’s $100,000 Grade III Rancho Bernardo Stakes for fillies and mares at Del Mar. Skye Diamonds is by First Dude, out of the Johannesburg mare Exonerated, was bred by Dizney Double Diamond, is owned by Allen Racing, Bloom Racing or Acker et al, and is trained by Bill Spawr. She has eight wins in 15 starts, earnings of $449,150 and is coming off a win in the July 8 Great Lady M. ...

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Wild West Ranger Pans for Gold

DENVER, Col. (Aug. 10, 2017) – Wild West Ranger is the lone California-bred entered in Sunday’s $100,000 Gold Rush Futurity for 2-year-olds at Arapahoe Park. Wild West Ranger is by U S Ranger, out of the Wild Again mare Wild Momentum, was bred by Fleming Thoroughbred Farm & Dorothee Kieckhofer, is owned by Furlong Farms and Barro Racing and trained by Russell Vicchrilli. He won his lone start July 15 with earnings of $5,820. ...

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Reginella Enters Emerald Distaff

AUBURN, Wash. (Aug. 10, 2017) – Reginella is the lone California-bred entered in Sunday’s $65,000 Emerald Distaff Handicap for fillies and mares at Emerald Downs. Reginella is by Ministers Wild Cat, out of the Cahill Road mare Ghost Tree, was bred by DiPietro Thoroughbreds, is owned by Luigi or Diana DiPietro and is trained by Blaine Wright. She has two wins in 12 starts, earnings of $79,373 and is coming off a third in the July 23 Washington Oaks. ...

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G. G. Ryder in Joseph T. Grace

SANTA ROSA, Calif. (Aug. 9, 2017) – Multiple graded winning California-bred G. G. Ryder and Northern California Yearling Sale graduate Camino Del Paraiso are entered in Saturday’s $50,000 Joseph T. Grace Handicap at the Sonoma County 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 George Todaro and is trained by Jerry Hollendorfer. He has 13 wins in 37 starts, earnings of $620,095 and is coming off a fourth in the July 29 California Dreamin’. Camino Del Paraiso is by Suances, out of the Successful Appeal mare Loni’s Appeal, was bred by Red Baron’s Barn, is owned by Glen Road Racing, Jauregui or Moniz and is trained by O.J. Juaregui. The $5,000 purchase at the Northern California Yearling Sale has three wins in 13 starts, earnings of $114,449 and is coming off a fifth in a June 25 allowance. Another graduate of the Northern California Yearling Sale entered is Pure Comedy, by... ...

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NorCal Sale Grad Wins at Del Mar

DEL MAR, Calif. (Aug. 6, 2017) – Take the One O One, a graduate of the Northern California Yearling Sale, won a 2-year-old maiden special weight race at Del Mar on Sunday. Take the One O One is by Acclamation, out of the Jump Start mare North Freeway, was bred by Thomas Bachman, was consigned by Fairview and was purchased for $47,000 by Terry Knight. He is owned by jay Em Ess Stable and trained by Brian Koriner. Take the One O One, second in his debut July 13, won his second start by 3 ¼ lengths as the 6-5 favorite in the field of eight, running the six furlongs in 1:11.65. Take the One O One is the eighth winner from the 2016 Northern California Yearling Sale. This year’s sale will be held on Tuesday, August 15, at the Alameda County Fairgrounds, beginning at noon. ...

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Solana Beach Tribute to Unusual Heat

DEL MAR, Calif. (Aug. 6, 2017) – Five of the eight entrants in Friday’s $150,000 Solana Beach Stakes for Golden State Series-eligible fillies and mares at Del Mar are offspring of the late sire, Unusual Heat, including defending champion Majestic Heat. Moonless Sky is by Bold Chieftain, out of the Chief’s Crown mare Curtsy, was bred by Willow Tree Farm, is owned by Pappas Racing and trained by Eddie Truman. She has four wins in nine starts, earnings of $181,150 and is coming off a fourth in a July 19 optional claimer. 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, McCauley or Bardy Farm and is trained by Richard Mandella. She has four wins in 11 starts, earnings of $267,139 and is making her first start since fourth in the Nov. 6 Goldikova. She won this race last year. Qiaona is by Wilko, out of the Skywalker mare Starlet Sky, was bred... ...

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Streaking Summersimage wins Dupret Derby

By DRF.com SANTA ROSA, Calif. (Aug. 6, 2017) – Lightly raced California-bred Summersimage ($8.60) scored a hard-earned victory as he made his turf and two-turn debut in the $66,625 Robert Dupret Derby at the Sonoma County Fair in Santa Rosa on Sunday. The Slew’s Tiznow colt was bumped badly leaving the starting gate, but was able to bounce away from the trouble to take the lead and was never headed in the 1 1/16-mile turf race. Summersimage, a William Hedrick homebred, broke his maiden as a 2-year-old at Santa Rosa but came out of the race body sore and went back to Hedrick’s farm. He did not return to the races until July 4, after being on the sidelines more than 11 months. He responded with an impressive six-length victory that earned him a 90 Beyer rating. “I thought we were in trouble,” trainer Ricardo Perez said of the start of the Dupret. “When he came out of the gate and was getting bumped, I was hoping he didn’t get... ...

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Maiden Continental Divide Graduates

By DRF.com and DMTC Publicity DEL MAR, Calif. (Aug. 6, 2017) — Continental Divide rallied widest of all to win the first race of his career in Saturday’s $101,035 Graduation Stakes for Golden State Series eligible 2-year-old sprinters at Del Mar, a distance well short of what trainer Jim Cassidy hopes will be his ideal trip. The style of the win left Cassidy impressed that a colt by Animal Kingdom, who won both the Kentucky Derby and Dubai World Cup at 1 1-4 miles earlier this decade, could be effective at 5 1-2 furlongs on dirt. “He wants to go farther,” Cassidy said. “For him to go 5 1-2, you try him out of his element and he still wins.” Ridden by Victor Espinoza, Continental Divide ($9.20) was timed in 1:05.27, and finished three-quarters of a length in front of 3-1 Smokem. Drizzy, the 3-1 favorite, closed from last of nine to finish third, 3 1-2 lengths behind the winner. Espinoza said he was confident Continental Divide could handle a... ...

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Los Alamitos Exec McKinzie Passes at 62

By Bloodhorse.com CYPRESS, Calif. (Aug. 6, 2017) — Brad McKinzie, a 30-year executive at Los Alamitos Race Course, a co-founder of the Finish Line Self Insurance Group, and one of the driving forces to bring daytime Southern California Thoroughbred racing back to Los Alamitos, died from renal carcinoma Aug. 6. He was 62. McKinzie served as the vice president and general manager of the Los Alamitos Racing Association since 2014. He oversaw the expansion of the Orange County oval from a five-furlong track to a one-mile oval, as well as the addition of 700 stalls to accommodate Thoroughbreds following the closure of Hollywood Park, and running the track’s Thoroughbred meets. McKinzie started, along with business partner Michael Lyon, the Finish Line Self Insurance Group, which provides worker’s compensation coverage for the jockeys, exercise riders, and grooms for 99% of the California Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse racing industry. McKinzie was also part of the group that built and opened Sammy’s Original in February of 2014, an upscale restaurant in Lake Forest,... ...

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