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Del Mar Modifies Main Track

From DMTC Publicity DEL MAR, Calif. (Mar. 30, 2017) — Under the direction of its new director of track maintenance, Dennis Moore, Del Mar has begun a process designed to modify its main track with an end result of having it replicate the banking and grading of its sister track to the north, Santa Anita Park. Crews began their work on the track on Wednesday (March 29) and the stripping and grading activity is expected to take several weeks. The plan is to adjust the seaside oval’s main track banking to 5% (from 4%) on the turns and 2 1/2% (from 2%) in the straightaways — as is the case currently with Santa Anita – well in advance of the opening of Del Mar’s 78th summer season on Wednesday, July 19. “Our priority, of course, is safety,” said Joe Harper, Del Mar Thoroughbred Club’s president and CEO. “One of the key elements in safety is consistency and this adjustment will give our horses and horsemen that consistency when it comes... ...

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NorCal Grad Filly Sells for $360,000

DEL MAR, Calif. (Mar. 30, 2017) – A Northern California Yearling Sale graduate by Lucky Pulpit brought $360,000 at Wednesday’s Barretts March Select Sale of 2-Year-Olds in training at Del Mar. Californiabyanose, a filly out of the Mr. Greeley mare Nine to Five Lady, was bred by Cole Ranch, consigned by Havens Bloodstock Agency and purchased by Dennis O’Neill for Amr Zedan. She was the fastest previewer in the sale. Another purchase of interest to California breeders was a Kentucky-bred colt by California stallion Haynesfield for $130,000. ...

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Cal-bred Pair in Santana Mile

ARCADIA, Calif. (Mar. 29, 2017) – California-bred multiple stakes winners Magic Mark and Avanti Bello are entered in Saturday’s $75,000 Santana Mile Stakes at Santa Anita. Magic Mark is by Benchmark, out of the Deputy Governor mare Jewel Magic, was bred by owners Dorine and John Lanza and is trained by Ron Ellis. He has six wins in 20 starts, earnings of $359,969 and is coming off a fifth in the Feb. 26 Tiznow Stakes. Avanti Bello is by Include, out of the Mizzen Mast mare Masterful Lass, was bred by Lou Neve, is owned by Suarez or Keh or Richardson, et al and is trained by Doug O’Neill. He has six wins in 23 starts, earnings of $413,416 and is coming off a win in the Feb. 26 Tiznow Stakes. ...

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Cal-bred Filly Sizzles in Preview

By Bloodhorse.com DEL MAR, Calif. (Mar. 28, 2017) — A California-bred filly by Lucky Pulpit   and a colt by Justin Phillip   recorded the fastest times back to back at the Barretts under tack preview at Del Mar March 27. The filly worked a furlong in :09 4/5, followed by the colt who worked a quarter-mile in :20 3/5, in preparation for the Barretts select 2-year-old sale March 29. “We had a wonderful breeze show,” said Kim Lloyd, general manager of Barretts. “I was very pleased with the turnout and very pleased with the performance of the horses.” Bred by The Cole Ranch in California, the filly who breezed in :09 4/5 is the only horse in the catalog by the late Lucky Pulpit, sire of two-time Horse of the Year California Chrome  . Andy Havens’ Havens Bloodstock Agency consigned the youngster as Hip 6.  Now named Californiabyanose, the filly is out of the Mr. Greeley mare Nine to Five Lady, from the family of Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1) winner Concern. Californiabyanose sold for... ...

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Walt Trobee Passes at 89

CITRUS HEIGHTS, Calif. (Mar. 27, 2017) — Longtime Foothill Farms manager and Thoroughbred owner Walt Trobee passed away on Sunday at Mercy San Juan Hospital. He was 89. The family has announced that there will be no services. ...

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Herpes Positive at San Luis Rey Downs

By DRF.com ARCADIA, Calif. (Mar. 27, 2017) – A horse based at San Luis Rey Downs with trainer Adam Kitchingman was recently found to have the equine herpesvirus, and racing officials are not allowing Kitchingman’s horses to ship into Santa Anita. The horse who tested positive and whom the trainer declined to identify was placed in isolation, according to Rick Arthur, California’s equine medical director. He said the horse was found to have the non-neurological strain of herpes, a milder strain, and he was optimistic there would be no additional cases at San Luis Rey Downs, a training center in northern San Diego County. “There is no evidence of any other horses being affected,” he said. “Everyone at San Luis Rey Downs is aware of the situation.” Arthur said Kitchingman’s horses may be allowed to ship this week if the situation improves. As a result of the herpes positive, the Kitchingman-trained Chief Hosa was scratched from an optional claimer at Santa Anita on Friday, and Red Lightning was withdrawn from... ...

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Skye Diamonds Wins Dream of Summer

From Santa Anita Publicity ARCADIA, Calif. (March 26, 2017)–Patiently handled by Tiago Pereira, streaking Skye Diamonds, claimed for $40,000 this past August, ran down Roo’s Valentine to take Sunday’s $100,000 Dream of Summer Stakes for Golden State Series eligible fillies and mares by 1 ¼ lengths at Santa Anita.  Trained by Bill Spawr, the 4-year-old California-bred daughter of First Dude got a flat mile in 1:37.34. A close second to Roo’s Valentine going to the far turn, Pereira sat motionless as “Roo,” who was ridden by Martin Pedroza, opened up by nearly three lengths leaving the three furlong pole, only to be collared a furlong from home. “I had a lot of horse left that last part,” said Pereira, who has ridden Skye Diamonds in her last six starts.  “I pushed and I smooched, but she had plenty left.  I waited a little bit today.  The one time I moved early with her, she got tired.  Today I waited, she made a move and the last part was easy.” With... ...

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Bluegrass Flag Wins Cicada

OZONE PARK, N.Y. (Mar. 26, 2017) – Odds-on favorite Bluegrass Flag, a New York-bred daughter of California stallion Bluegrass Cat, ran off with Saturday’s $90,000 Cicada Stakes for 3-year-old fillies at Aqueduct. Bluegrass Flag ran the six furlongs in 1:11.99 and won by six lengths at odds of 3-10 in the field of three. Bluegrass Flag has two wins in four starts, earnings of $113,220 and was coming off a second in the Franklin Square Stakes. ...

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Barbara and Ron Perry

By California Thoroughbred Barbara Ranck-Perry can still recall when, as a kid showing horses in Montana, she asked her father for a Dutch warmblood to school over jumps. “He grabbed one of his racehorses and said, ‘Here, this one can’t run. Take him and teach him how to jump.’ ” That was the genesis of a racing and breeding operation that Barbara and her husband, Ron Perry, have today, anchored by the California stallion He Be Fire N Ice. Like many other children growing up in rural Montana, Barbara and her three sisters always had horses. “Our idea of getting together with friends was to jump on a horse and ride a half-mile to the neighbor’s house,” she recalled. “My mom would drag us all over the state, as well as Idaho and Washington for horse shows. I think their plan from day one was how to keep the girls out of trouble. The answer was horses.” While racehorses were beloved to Barbara’s father, Red, what he instilled in her... ...

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Golden Gate Turf Extravaganza Apr. 30

ALBANY, Calif. (Feb. 17, 2017) – Be a part of the California-bred Turf Extravaganza Day celebration at Golden Gate Fields on Sunday, April 30. The feature events will be the $100,000 Campanile Stakes for Golden State Series eligible 3-year-old fillies and the $100,000 Silky Sullivan Stakes for Golden State Series eligible 3-year-olds. Both will be raced at one mile on turf. California Thoroughbred Breeders Association members will be welcome at a hospitality area on the Players Patio. The CTBA member track pass will serve as complimentary admission to the hospitality area, where an appetizer buffet will be provided with a private cash bar. Members of the CTBA Board of Directors will be present for a meet-and-greet. The Cal-bred Turf Extravaganza Day will be held on closing day of Golden Gate’s Turf Festival. ...

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Barretts Preview Monday, Mar. 27

From Barretts DEL MAR, Calif. (Mar. 24, 2017) — The official training preview for the 28th Annual Barretts Selected Two-Year-Old in Training Sale is scheduled to be held Monday, Mar. 27 on the Del Mar racetrack beginning at 10:00 a.m. PDT.   The new and improved live HD stream of the preview can be watched here.  Replays of the individual workouts will be shown on the live stream during the track renovation breaks held during the official training preview. Video clips for each preview will be posted live during the preview on the Barretts Sales YouTube Channel and can be viewed either there or on-line by the following morning of the preview here.  Subscribe to Barretts Sales YouTube Channel to get notification when new videos are posted on-line. This auction will be held on Wednesday, March 29 in the Surfside Race Place located on the grounds of Del Mar Racetrack in Del Mar, California beginning at 2:00 p.m. PDT.   The entire catalog can be viewed here.  The live auction will be... ...

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CTBA Represented at Ag Day

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Mar. 23, 2017) — California Thoroughbred Breeders Association again sponsored a booth at Ag Day March 22 at the California Capitol to educate legislators about the importance of the Thoroughbred industry to the state’s agricultural economy. CTBA Board Member George Schmitt and farm owner Joe Daehling kindly provided a mare and foal for a meet and greet with legislators: Pie Yammy, a 12-year-old daughter of Roar owned by Schmitt and his wife, Clare, along with the mare’s Brave Cat filly, who was born at Daehling Ranch Feb. 14. Schmitt, Daehling, Julia Oldfield (Daehling’s daughter), and CTBA Event Coordinator Christy Chapman represented the CTBA at the booth.   ...

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A Repeat Would Be Sheer Pleasure

ARCADIA, Calif. (Mar. 23, 2017) – Multiple stakes winner Sheer Pleasure tries for a repeat in Sunday’s $100,000 Dream of Summer Stakes for fillies and mares at Santa Anita. Northern California Yearling Sales graduate Top Notch is by Old Topper, out of the Royal Anthem mare El Sierra Tahoe, was bred by owners George or Mary Clare Schmitt and is trained by Jeff Bonde. The $50,000 purchase at the Northern California Yearling Sale has two wins in 12 starts, earnings of $97,692 and is coming off a Feb. 24 optional claiming win. 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 Stable or Acker and is trained by Bill Spawr. She has six wins in 12 starts, earnings of $249,150 and is coming off consecutive optional claiming wins. Time for Ebby is by Time to Get Even, out of the Touch Gold mare Ebbets Field, was bred by Terry Lovingier, is owned by Beckerle,... ...

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TOC Open Forum April 22

From TOC ARCADIA, Calif. (mar. 23, 2017) — All horsemen are invited to an open forum at Santa Anita on Saturday, April 22nd at 10:00 a.m. in the Baldwin Conference Room. Meet TOC staff and directors for a discussion of current events and a chance to have your questions answered. Mark your calendars now for this special event. To register, please click here, or call us at (626) 574-6620. ...

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Trainer Doug Utley Passes at 79

By Paulickreport.com PLEASANTON, Calif. (Mar. 22, 2017) — When jockey R.M. “Bobby” Gonzalez moved his tack to Northern California in the late 1970s, one of the trainers who took notice of his ability to break horses quickly out of the starting gate was Doug Utley. “He gave me first call after I started beating him in a lot of races because I would get out of the gate fast and his horses couldn’t catch me,” Gonzalez said. “I became a speed rider and he loved speed horses. We made a good team.” Over the next 30 years, until a spill ended Gonzalez’s riding career in 2009, the two men were a force to be reckoned with in Northern California. They remained close friends in the ensuing years, and when Utley was suffering through the last stages of cancer he called the rider to tell him his end was near and that he planned to return to his native Utah. “I stopped by his place in Pleasanton about 10 days ago,” Gonzalez... ...

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Ashleyluvssugar Eyes Second San Luis Rey

ARCADIA, Calif. (Mar. 22, 2017) – Millionaire Ashleyluvssugar is the lone California-bred entered in Saturday’s $200,000 Grade II San Luis Rey Stakes at Santa Anita. 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 nine wins in 20 starts, earnings of $1,145,004 and is coming off a win in the Jan. 28 California Cup Turf Classic, presented by City National Bank. He won this race in 2015. ...

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Cal-bred Pair in Harry Hanson

SUNLAND PARK, N.M. (Mar. 22, 2017) – California-breds Warrens Puppy Love and Minister’sadventure are entered in Saturday’s $100,000 Harry Hanson Handicap for fillies and mares at Sunland Park. Warrens Puppy Love is by Mongol Warrior, out of the Mecke mare Brrneedfur, was bred by Benjamin Warren, is owned by Donna Eaton and trained by Nancy Summers. She has six wins in 23 starts, earnings of $169,338 and is coming off a fourth in the Feb. 12 El Diario Handicap. She was fourth in this race last year. Minister’sadventure is by Ministers Wild Cat, out of the Include mare Adventurous Spirit, was bred by owner Tommy Town Thoroughbreds and is trained by Henry Dominguez. She has four wins in 20 starts, earnings of $212,755 and is coming off a second in a Mar. 4 optional claimer. ...

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Real Heat Entered in Bill Thomas

SUNLAND PARK, N.M. (Mar. 22, 2017) – Real Heat is the lone California-bred entered in Saturday’s $100,000 Bill Thomas Memorial Stakes at Sunland Park. Real Heat is by Unusual Heat, out of the Ole mare Chi Chi Nette, was bred by Madeline Auerbach & Barry Abrams, is owned by Gino Roncelli and is trained by Justin Evans. He has five wins in 37 starts, earnings of $203,741 and is coming off a second in a Feb. 25 optional claimer. ...

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Tamarando to Stand at Harris Farms

From Harris Farms COALINGA, Calif. (Mar. 22, 2017) — Del Mar Futurity-G1 winner and California-bred Champion Tamarando retires from racing with earnings of $722,652 and will enter stud this year at Harris Farms for $2,500 live foal. Bred and raced by Mr. and Mrs. Larry D. Williams, Tamarando won at distances from 5 1/2 furlongs to 1 1/8 miles in his first 10 starts at 2 and 3, winning the Del Mar Futurity-G1 on Polytrack in his stakes debut, the El Camino Real Derby-G3 on Tapeta, the Real Quiet Stakes on Cushion Track, and placing in the FrontRunner Stakes-G1 on dirt and CashCall Futurity-G1. He received 118 pounds on the 2013 Experimental Free Handicap, the highest weight assigned to a California-bred juvenile. The youngest of 15 graded stakes winners sired by leading California sire Bertando, Tamarando is out of the Dehere G2-placed winner Tamarack Bay and is a half-brother stakes winners Luckarack ($612,607) and U’narack ($194,080), in addition to stakes-placed winners Tamarack Smarty ($284,296), Pulmarack Smarty ($235,574) and Ward ‘n... ...

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Del Mar Announces Stakes Schedule

From DMTC DEL MAR, Calif. (Mar. 22, 2017) –The summer of 2017 will see Del Mar offer 41 stakes races worth $7.3 million for its horsemen during a 36-day season that will be the 78th for the iconic track founded in 1937 by Bing Crosby and a crew of his Hollywood pals. Racing alongside the blue Pacific will begin on Wednesday, July 19 and move forward to Labor Day, September 4 with its richest and most prestigious afternoon coming on Saturday, August 19 when the $1,000,000 TVG Pacific Classic will be presented for the 27th time as the highlight of a stakes-filled card.  The robust Del Mar stakes program is expected to take on extra significance this year with the 34th edition of the Breeders’ Cup headed to the seaside track for the first time as part of its fall session.  Horsemen from around the country are expected to take advantage of the summer races as likely “preps” for their runners who are being pointed for any of the 13 championship events... ...

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Barretts Adds 2-Year-Old Pair

DEL MAR, Calif. (Mar. 21, 2017) — Two high quality two-year-olds have been added to the 28th Annual Barretts Select Two-Year-Old in Training Sale. Tapit has been the leading sire for each of the last 3 years and currently commands the highest stud fee of any stallion in North America.  Ciaran Dunne’s Wavertree Stables has an extremely well-bred son of Tapit who is the first foal of the Grade 1 winner Lady of Fifty.  Named Fiftyshadesoftapit, this colt sells as Hip 135. Stay Thirsty, a multiple Grade 1 winning son of major sire Bernardini, is currently the second leading second crop sire in North America in 2017.  Clovis Crane’s Crane Thoroughbred Services has a filly who is the second foal of the young War Front mare Social Amber.  Named Osteria, this filly sells as Hip 104.  This auction will be held on Wednesday, March 29 in the Surfside Raceplace located on the grounds of Del Mar Racetrack in Del Mar, California beginning at 2:00 p.m. PDT.   The entire catalog can... ...

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CHRB Meetings Advisory

From CHRB ALBANY, Calif. (Mar. 21, 2017) — The Racing, Breeding and Stabling Initiatives Committee will meet Thursday, March 23, at Golden Gate Fields beginning at 10 a.m. The public is encouraged to attend. The agenda and supporting package of materials are available on the CHRB Website. ...

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Richard’s Boy Entered in Dubai

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (Mar. 20, 2017) – Richard’s Boy is the lone California-bred entered in Saturday’s $1 million Group I Al Quoz Sprint at about six furlongs on turf at Meydan Racecourse. 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. The California Cup Sprint Stakes winner has eight wins in 20 starts, earnings of $556,080 and is coming off a second in the Feb. 25 Sensational Star. ...

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Enola Gray Romps in Irish O’Brien

From Santa Anita Publicity ARCADIA, Calif. (March 18, 2017)–In what may have been her best performance to date, Nick Alexander’s homebred Enola Gray rocketed clear of her competition three sixteenths of a mile from home as she went on to win Saturday’s $100,000 Irish O’Brien Stakes for Golden State Series eligible fillies and mares by a comfortable four lengths under Tyler Baze.  Trained by Phil D’Amato, she got 6 ½ furlongs while in-hand in 1:11.91. Breaking from the inside in a field of seven California-bred or sired older fillies and mares, she was at once on terms with speedy longshot Emmy and I while well within herself heading to the half mile pole. “This may have been her best race,” said Alexander.  “There was a lot more speed in there today than in the last few races…I think Tyler knows that what he does best is to just barely put any pressure on the reins.  He’s pretty much loose reining her now.  She can go so fast early and not... ...

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Fast and Foxy Wins Camilla Urso

From Golden Gate Fields ALBANY, Calif. (Mar. 18, 2017) — California-bred Fast and Foxy, trained by Holly Evans and ridden by Catalino Martinez, broke clean and set the pace on the rail to take the victory in the $50,000 Camilla Urso stakes. Turkish Tabby, saved ground in the stretch, but wasn’t able to get there in time, taking second. Code Warrior ridden by Anne Sanguinetti, was forced four wide, but also rallied in the stretch to finish third. Today’s race was for fillies and mares four years old and upward and was completed in a time of 1:09.20. Fast and Foxy, the betting favorite, paid $4.40 for today’s efforts. Fast and Foxy is by Thisnearlywasmine, out of the Falstaff mare Zorra Roja, was bred by Daehling Ranch, is owned by Joe Daehling and Holly Evans and is trained by Evans. She has 15 wins in 40 starts and earnings of $437,328. Trainer Holly Evans: “I was just hoping she would hold on. She’s easy to handle she does what you... ...

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California Chrome to Shuttle to Chile

By Bloodhorse.com NICHOLASVILLE, Ky. (Mar. 16, 2016) — Two-time Horse of the Year California Chrome   will shuttle to Oussama Aboughazale’s Haras Sumaya near Santiago, Chile, for the next three seasons, according to announcements March 16 from Taylor Made Farm and Haras Sumaya. “California Chrome has generated a lot of interest from the Southern Hemisphere, so we agreed to explore the option of shuttling,” said Duncan Taylor, president and chief executive officer of Taylor Made. “We are very happy to partner with Sumaya Stud, and feel extremely comfortable that it’s a great situation for California Chrome. This was a decision that was not taken lightly. “Ben (Taylor) and I flew down to see several potential farms and did an extensive amount of due diligence, evaluating whether or not there was a situation that met a very high set of standards established by our entire advisory team and our shareholders. Ultimately, the health and safety of California Chrome, quality of facilities, experience of staff, and reputation of the farm were all paramount.”... ...

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Smoove It Seeks O’Brien Repeat

ARCADIA, Calif. (Mar. 15, 2017) – Defending champ Smoove It leads a deep field entered in Saturday’s $100,000 Irish O’Brien Stakes for Golden State Series eligible fillies and mares at Santa Anita.                 Chaulk O Lattey is by Silic, out of the Bertrando mare Business Model, was bred by Nadine Anderson, is owned by Brazeau Thoroughbreds, Little Red Feather Racing or Anderson and is trained by Richard Baltas. She has four wins in 12 starts, earnings of $238,523 and is coming off a seventh in a Mar. 4 optional claimer.                 Roo’s Valentine is by Vronsky, out of the Cindago mare Black Valentine, was bred by owner Kretz Racing and is trained by Kristin Mulhall. She has four wins in 13 starts, earnings of $255,555 and is coming off a win in a Feb. 10 optional claimer.                 Enola Gray is by Grazen, out of the More Than Ready mare Unsung Heroine, was bred by owner Nick Alexander and is trained by Phil D’Amato. She has five wins in eight... ...

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Fast and Foxy in Camilla Urso

                ALBANY, Calif. (Mar. 15, 2017) – Stakes winner Fast and Foxy makes her fourth attempt to win the $50,000 Camilla Urso Stakes for fillies and mares at Golden Gate on Saturday.                 Precious Time is by Grazen, out of the Tribal Rule mare Rule the Storm, was bred by Nick Alexander, is owned by McLean Racing Stables and trained by Aggie Ordonez. She has six wins in 14 starts, earnings of $118,607 and is coming off a Feb. 24 claiming win.                 Fast and Foxy is by Thisnearlywasmine, out of the Falstaff mare Zorra Roja, was bred by Daehling Ranch, is owned by Joseph Daehling or Holly Evans and trained by Evans. She has 14 wins in 39 starts, earnings of $397,928 and is coming off a back-to-back allowance wins. She was third in this race last year, fifth in 2015 and seventh in 2014.                 Coniah is by Harlington, out of the Lord At War mare Pretti Woman, was bred by owners James & Tammy McKenney and is... ...

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Bodhisattva Enters Harrison Johnson

By DRF.com LAUREL, Md. (Mar. 15, 2017) — In Buddhism, a bodhisattva is a person who compassionately refrains from entering nirvana in order to save others. It also is the title of a Steely Dan song from the 1970s. Confusing? Well, so is Bodhisattva, the horse. Jose Corrales has trained Bodhisattva for three years but is still trying to get a handle on him. “He is a complicated horse,” Corrales said. “He can fool you.” The California-bred has run some amazing races. He also has turned in some clunkers. On Saturday, he will be one of the top choices in the $75,000 Harrison Johnson Memorial at Laurel Park. Another California-bred entered is I Came to Party, by Bold Chieftain, bred by Ellen Jackson, Kevin Nish and Kim Nish, owned by Ronald Clark and trained by G Brooks. If you are watching the race on TV, don’t expect to see Bodhisattva until the far turn of the 1 1/8-mile race. He comes from the clouds. “I think I know what he needs... ...

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John Van de Kamp Passes at 81

From TOC ARCADIA, Calif. (Mar. 15, 2017) — John Van de Kamp, who was TOC President and General Counsel from 1996 through 2004, died March 14 at his home in Pasadena following a brief illness. He was 81. Van de Kamp was born in Pasadena into a prominent family known for its popular baked goods and windmill-themed bakeries. He graduated from Stanford Law School in his early 20s and served a short stint in the military before being appointed an assistant U.S. attorney. He was a towering political figure who made his mark as the top prosecutor in Los Angeles County and then California, serving as California’s Attorney General in the 1980s. Most recently he served as counsel in Mayer Brown LLP’s Los Angeles office.  As the second TOC president, he helped define the position of a new entity in the industry’s decision-making process. Through his strong leadership and dedication, he gave the horse owner a greater voice in the California thoroughbred industry. “I learned early in my tenure that... ...

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CHRB Meeting Date Changed

From CHRB ALBANY, Calif. (Mar. 14, 2017) — The date for the California Horse Racing Board meeting originally scheduled for Thursday, March 23, has been changed to April 6. The location for the meeting remains at Golden Gate Fields. The meeting of the Racing, Breeding and Stabling Initiatives Committee will still take place on March 23 at Golden Gate Fields beginning at 10 a.m. ...

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More Cal Bread Has Bodemeister Foal

From Argentum Racing HIGHLAND, Calif, (Mar. 9, 2017) — Dominic DeBellis and Dr Thomas Liu, co-owners of the Broodmare of the Year nominee More Cal Bread announced the birth of their new colt by Bodemiester. “This colt made us sweat when he was late, but, wow, was he worth the wait.” DeBellis said. “We are impressed with his conformation and beautiful white blaze. We’ll name him Bode’s Blaze so he can blaze us on our path to the Kentucky Derby.” This is a comeback story: More Cal Bread, mother of racing great Warren’s Veneda (G1 million-dollar winner) brushed fate with the slaughterhouse. More Cal Bread was rescued in time for a nomination for Broodmare of the Year. On news of the nomination, DeBellis knew the mare deserved a champion stud. He called Jay Goodwin, a partner at Select Sales in Kentucky, for a mating strategy. Goodwin suggested Bodemiester in the summer of 2015. Insight on the stud also led Select Sales to derby contender American Anthem, a son of Bodemiester... ...

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CHRB Meetings Advisory

From CHRB ALBANY, Calif. (Mar. 10, 2017) — Please note that the March 23 meeting of the California Horse Racing Board will be held at Golden Gate Fields, not at Santa Anita Park as was originally indicated when the annual meeting schedule was first posted. That schedule was updated on the CHRB Website in early February to show this change of location. The April 27 meeting that originally was scheduled for Golden Gate Fields also has been changed and will be held at Santa Anita Park. ...

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Masochistic Returns in Triple Bend

ARCADIA, Calif. (Mar. 8, 2017) – California-bred defending champion Masochistic makes his first start since the Breeders’ Cup Sprint in Saturday’s $400,000 Grade I Triple Bend Stakes at Santa Anita. Masochistic is by Sought After, out of the Unusual Heat mare Trotinette, was bred by Francoise Dupuis & Louis Julian, is owned by Los Pollos Hermanos Racing or Jay Em Ess Stable and is trained by Ron Ellis. He has eight wins in 14 starts, earnings of $772,550 and is making his first start since being disqualified from a second-place finish in the Nov. 5 Breeders’ Cup Sprint. ...

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What a View Seeks Kilroe Repeat

ARCADIA, Calif. (Mar. 8, 2017) – Defending champion What a View is the lone California-bred entered in Saturday’s $400,000 Grade I Frank E. Kilroe Mile at Santa Anita. What a View is by Vronsky, out of the Manila mare Oceans N Mountains, was bred by Old English Rancho, Patsy Berumen & Sal Berumen, is owned by Finish Line Racing, Ellwood Johnston Trust or T.O.V. Stables and is trained by Kenny Black. He has six wins in 17 starts, earnings of $683,326 and is coming off a second in the Feb. 11 Arcadia Stakes. ...

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Ann Arbor Eddie in Derby Prep Test

ARCADIA, Calif. (Mar. 8, 2017) – Ann Arbor Eddie is the lone California-bred entered in Saturday’s $400,000 Grade II San Felipe Stakes for 3-year-olds at Santa Anita. 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 three wins in five starts, earnings of $250,700 and is coming off a fourth in the Feb. 18 El Camino Real Derby. ...

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Sircat Sally Remains Unbeaten

ARCADIA, Calif. (Mar. 11, 2017) – Sircat Sally remained unbeaten by winning Saturday’s $94,515 China Doll Stakes for 3-year-old fillies at Santa Anita. Sircat Sally is by Surf Cat, out of the In Excess mare Sister Sally, was bred by owner Joe Turner and is trained by Jerry Hollendorfer. She is 4-for-4 with earnings of $258,860 and was coming off a win in the Jan. 28 California Cup Oaks.   ...

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Nite Delite Enters Captiva Island

HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. (Mar. 8, 2017) – Nite Delite is the lone California-bred entered in Saturday’s $75,000 Captiva Island Stakes for fillies and mares at Gulfstream Park. Nite Delite is by War Chant, out of the Mountain Cat mare One Tough Cat, was bred by Angel Crest Farm, is owned by F. Jack Liebau, Sr. and is trained by Linda Rice. She has five wins in 19 starts, earnings of $247,940 and is coming off a fourth in the Jan. 28 Ladies’ Turf Sprint Stakes. ...

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Kathballu Wins Spring Fever Stakes

By ArkansasOnline.com HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (Mar. 5, 2017) — Kathballu ($12.20), a Kentucky-bred daughter of California stallion Bluegrass Cat, held off fast-closing Natural Wonder to win Saturday’s $125,000 Spring Fever Stakes by three-quarters of a length at Oaklwan Park. Fantastic Style, the 4-5 favorite, didn’t get a clean start in the 5½-furlong race, but led through early fractions of :22.33 and :45.67 for the first half mile. Kathballu stalked closely in second and stuck her head in front as the field entered the stretch, hitting the wire in 1:04.24 over a fast track. Marquee Miss finished third and was followed by D R C’s Pretty Sky, Fantastic Style and Super Saks. Durango and Her Love for Pappy completed the order of finish. Kathballu improved her record to 7-3-3 from 24 starts and has now earned $409,349. “She was all heart,” said jockey Channing Hill. “Not the ideal trip, as I was inside and had to press on the entire way. I thought (Fantastic Style) would be a little faster and... ...

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NTRA Monitors Immigration Reform

From NTRA WASHINGTON, D.C. (Mar. 2, 2017) — Because of Thoroughbred racing and breeding’s reliance on foreign nationals to fill agricultural and non-agricultural jobs under temporary visa programs, many in the Thoroughbred industry have serious concerns about recent reports and efforts by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to give U.S. officials broad authority to target so-called “removable aliens” for deportation. In President Trump’s speech to a joint session of Congress on Tuesday evening and in interviews earlier in the day, he indicated a willingness to consider comprehensive immigration reform. While it is too early to tell what this means, in the past, NTRA has strongly supported comprehensive immigration reform as the best way to address our industry’s unique concerns. Consequently, the NTRA Legislative team will be working on Capitol Hill to secure a seat at the table to make sure that if there is serious engagement on immigration reform, our industry is represented and protected. We will keep you apprised as this very fluid situation develops. ...

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Services for ‘Bay’ Schiffer on Tuesday

ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 28, 2017) — Funeral services for Mary “Bay” Schiffer, will be held Tuesday, March 7, at 2 p.m. at St. Luke’s Church in Buffalo, Wy. Donations in Mrs. Schiffer’s memory may be made to the Bread of Life Pantry in care of the Harness Funeral Home. Online condolences may be made at www.harnessfuneralhome.com. Bay Schiffer, matriarch of the family-run The Hat Ranch West in Temecula, passed away on Tuesday, according to her son, California Thoroughbred Breeders Association former president Dan Schiffer. She was 102. Bay Schiffer, with her husband, Ken, who also was a CTBA president, moved from Wyoming to California in 1967 and established The Hat Ranch West on 23,000 acres, specializing in breaking yearlings. Among their top horses were Commissary, who won the 1970 Vanity Handicap and 1969 Del Mar Oaks; California-bred multiple stakes winner Double Discount, who held the Santa Anita course record for 1 ¼ miles on turf; and multiple stakes winner Gum, winner of the inaugural California Cup Mile. Ken Schiffer died... ...

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Del Mar Breeders’ Cup Ticket Info

By Bloodhorse.com DEL MAR, Calif. (Feb. 28, 2017) –The Breeders’ Cup released detailed ticketing information Feb. 28 for the 2017 Breeders’ Cup World Championships, taking place at Del Mar Nov. 3-4. The 2017 Breeders’ Cup will mark the first time  the World Championships will be held at Del Mar, located just north of San Diego. Beginning March 6 at Noon EST / 9 a.m. PST, fans will be able to purchase tickets online at www.BreedersCup.com/Tickets or by calling the ticketing office at 877-849-4287. A special ticket pre-sale will be conducted in the days prior to the March 6 on-sale date. Fans are encouraged to sign up now at dmtc.com/season/breeders-cup for pre-sale access as demand for tickets to the 2017 World Championships is expected to be high and reserved seating is likely to sell out quickly. Similar to when the two-day event was held at Keeneland in 2015, Breeders’ Cup and Del Mar will also cap the number of attendees at 37,500 per day. Detailed information on seating options can be viewed... ...

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Avanti Bello Repeats in Tiznow

From Santa Anita Publicity ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 26, 2017)–Avanti Bello took a steep drop in class and got back to his preferred distance in taking Sunday’s $100,000 Tiznow Stakes for Golden State Series eligibles by 1 ¾ lengths under Flavien Prat.   Trained by Doug O’Neill, the 5-year-old horse by Include got a flat mile in 1:35.95. Breaking from the far outside in a field of seven older horses bred or sired in California, Avanti Bello, who was distanced here in the Grade II, 1 1/16 miles San Antonio Stakes on Feb. 4, broke alertly and was well within himself while procuring second position behind pacesetter Acceptance, who he tracked to the top of the lane, from where he took command. “The first part of the race, we didn’t go that fast which is good for (Avanti Bello),” said Prat.  “He doesn’t have a lot of speed the first part, but he needs to be right there at the end.  With not a lot of speed, I didn’t have to rush... ...

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Ambitious Brew Wins Sensational Star

From Santa Anita Publicity ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 25, 2017)–With California-bred or sired horses engaged, Saturday’s $100,000 Sensational Star Stakes for Golden State Series eligibles came down to an inch–with 2014 winner Ambitious Brew just getting up to win by a nose under Mike Smith over Richard’s Boy and Victor Espinoza.  A Pamela Ziebarth homebred 7-year-old gelding by Tizbud, he’s trained by Marty Jones and got the 6 ½ furlongs down Santa Anita’s hillside turf course in 1:12.05. Ridden by Mike Smith, Ambitious Brew, idle since well beaten down the hill in the Grade I Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint on Nov. 5, sat a close second to Richard’s boy the entire trip and gradually wore him down right on the money. “The field was short but tough,” said Smith.  “I really wasn’t looking around too much, it was just about getting comfortable.  Marty had him ready to go today.  I thought I had it at the wire.  Victor’s horse is game though.  When I stayed close, his horse really responded…I didn’t... ...

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CHRB Meeting Summary

From CHRB ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 24, 2017) – The California Horse Racing Board conducted its regular meeting Thursday, February 23, at Santa Anita Park. 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: Acting on a recommendation from the Medication, Safety and Welfare Committee, the Board approved for public notice significant proposed regulatory amendments to improve the out-of-competition testing program as part of an aggressive enforcement program that will have the added benefit of protecting horses and riders. The proposals reflect the recommendations of the Racing Medication of the Racing Medication and Testing Consortium and the Model Rules adopted by the Association of Racing Commissioners International. The complete texts of these amendments can be found on the CHRB Website within the package for the Board meeting, agenda item 11. The Board adopted... ...

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Barretts March Catalog Online

From Barretts DEL MAR, Calif. (Feb. 24, 2017) — The catalog for the 28th Annual Barretts March Sale of Selected Two-Year-Olds in Training is now on-line and will be mailed soon. This auction of 129 two-year-olds will be held on Wednesday, March 29 in the Surfside Raceplace located on the grounds of Del Mar Racetrack in Del Mar, California beginning at 2:00 p.m. PDT. The catalog can be viewed here now. The March Sale catalog should also be available soon for iPad. Click here for details. The official training preview is scheduled to be held on Monday, March 27 on the Del Mar racetrack beginning at 10:00 a.m. PDT. The preview will be streamed live here. Video clips for each preview can be viewed on-line by the following morning of the preview here. Since its inception, the Barretts March Sale has long been the leading producer of top quality race horses west of Kentucky. Among the many Grade One winners are Awesome Gem, Brocco, Brother Derek, Danon Legend (JPN), Dubai... ...

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CHRB Amends Medication Rules

By Bloodhorse.com ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 23, 2017) — The California Horse Racing Board during its regularly scheduled monthly meeting Feb. 23 at Santa Anita Park unanimously approved a measure to allow races to be run with medication-based eligibility conditions. After a ruling in March by the Los Angeles County Superior Court—which forced the CHRB to set aside its approval of Los Alamitos Race Course’s “house rules” banning the use of Clenbuterol, Albuterol, Zilpaterol, and Ractopamine for Quarter Horses races—the CHRB took an emergency action in the spring of 2016 to allow Los Alamitos to continue that practice. The vote Thursday made that temporary, emergency action permanent. The Superior Court found that Los Alamitos’ “house rules” at the time had conflicts with CHRB rules, which forced the change in the CHRB rule. ANGST: Court Rules Against Los Alamitos Drug Rules Under the approved new amendment, racing secretaries in California can establish medication-based eligibility conditions as long as the conditions are “agreed to in advance in writing by the acknowledged horsmen’s organization.... ...

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Avanti Bello Seeks Tiznow Repeat

ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 23, 2017) – Defending champion Avanti Bello is one of six stakes winners entered in Sunday’s $100,000 Tiznow Stakes for Golden State Series eligible at Santa Anita. Indygo Holiday is by Indygo Shiner, out of the More Than Ready mare Pat Olcott, was bred by Melody Conlon, is owned by Bussjaeger or Jacobs and is trained by Sean McCarthy. He has two wins in 12 starts, earnings of $78,126 and is coming off a second in a Feb. 11 optional claimer. Magic Mark is by Benchmark, out of the Deputy Governor mare Jewel Magic, was bred by owners Dorine & John Lanza and is trained by Ron Ellis. The multiple stakes winner had six wins in 19 starts, earnings of $357,969 and is coming off a fifth in the Nov. 20 Cary Grant. He was eighth in this race two years ago. 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... ...

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Sensational Field for Sensational Star

ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 22, 2017) – Nothing but stakes winners, including multiple graded winner and defending champion Bettys Bambino, are entered in Saturday’s $100,000 Sensational Star Stakes for Golden State Series eligible at Santa Anita. Bettys Bambino is by Unusual Heat, out of the High Brite mare Brite Betty, was bred by owners Alesia, Bran Jam Stable or Ciaglia Racing and is trained by Peter Eurton. He has seven wins in 11 starts, earnings of $378,036 and is coming off a win in the Dec. 26 San Simeon Stakes. 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 is trained by Peter Miller. He has eight wins in 19 starts, earnings of $536,080 and is coming off a win in the Jan. 28 Donald Valpredo California Cup Sprint. He was second in this race last year. Acceptance is by Vronsky, out of the Perfect Mandate mare Allswellthatnswell, was bred by Old English... ...

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Carlson Entered in Mine That Bird

SUNLAND PARK, N.M. (Feb. 20, 2017) – Carlson is the lone California-bred entered in Sunday’s $100,000 Mine That Bird Stakes for 3-year-olds at Sunland Park. Carlson is by Ez Dreamer, out of the Southern Halo mare Open View, was bred by Triple AAA Ranch, is owned by Rachel Marzak and is trained by Justin Evans. He has one win in four starts, earnings of $19,650 and is coming off a Jan. 31 maiden win. ...

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Cuddle Alert Takes Spring Fever

From Poplar Meadows ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 19, 2017) – The California-based stallion Bedford Falls was represented by his first black-type stakes winner on Sunday when his second-crop daughter Cuddle Alert upset Santa Anita Park’s $100,000 Spring Fever Handicap for Golden State Series eligible fillies and mares by a hard-fought head. After breaking from the rail at odds of 8-1 under veteran jockey Agapito Delgadillo, Cuddle Alert stalked the pace in fourth early, moved three-wide entering the stretch and relentlessly took aim upon front-runner Late ‘n Left, ultimately stopping the clock as a photo-finish winner in 1:09.86 for six furlongs. Her win also marked the first career stakes victory for trainer Melissa Saldana, who conditions Cuddle Alert for owners Reed Saldana and Leopoldo (“Polo”) Urbina. Cuddle Alert was produced by the winning Gilded Time mare Tee Dee, and bred in California by Carol Lingenfelter. The 6-year-old mare was sold privately as a 3-year-old by Bedford Falls Promotions Manager Lisa Groothedde, and has earned $229,000 to date with six wins and eight... ...

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Zakaroff Upset Winner of El Camino Real

By Bloodhorse.com ALBANY, Calif. (Feb. 18, 2017) –The odds were against Antone Metaxas’ Zakaroff during the $200,000 El Camino Real Derby (G3), and it wasn’t just because of his number on the infield tote board at Golden Gate Fields. Watch Video Off at 48-1, the Kentucky-bred son of California stallion Slew’s Tiznow   appeared to be full of run in the final turn of the 1 1/8-mile test on Golden Gate’s synthetic main track, but had nowhere to go. Traveling on the rail in sixth heading into the final turn, Zakaroff faced a wall of three horses just ahead of him, and had no way out with two horses boxing him in to his outside. But as the field turned for home, the complexion of the race changed entirely. The bunched-up group scattered and jockey Kyle Frey deftly found a path into the clear on the outside in the stretch, and the duo wore down favored Ann Arbor Eddie to win by a half-length. “Normally you might be (concerned about being... ...

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Bodhisattva Upsets Campbell at 22-1

By DRF.com LAUREL, Md. (Feb. 18, 2017) — The biggest win of Bodhisattva’s 28-race career came when he flashed high speed to win the $100,000 Federico Tesio Stakes at Pimlico as a 3-year-old in 2015. Generally, however, he’s a deep closer who needs to avoid traffic and make one big run. Saturday at Laurel Park, as a 22-1 longshot, Bodhisattva got both a clean trip and a big closing kick to upset odds-on favorite Page McKenney in the $75,000 John B. Campbell Handicap. In snapping a seven-race losing streak since his last win in the Carl Hanford Memorial at Delaware Park last July, Bodhisattva ($47.80), ridden by Carlos Quinones, followed up a good performance as the runner-up to Page McKenney, beaten 1 3/4 lengths, in last month’s Native Dancer at Laurel. “I was surprised he was 22-1,” said owner–trainer Jose Corrales.” He was just second to this horse last time. I finally got a jockey willing to listen to me. He rode a good race.” Corrales explained that Bodhisattva, a... ...

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CHRB Meetings Advisory

From CHRB ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 18, 2017) — The California Horse Racing Board will conduct a regular monthly meeting Thursday, February 23, at Santa Anita Park beginning at 9:30 a.m. An audio-only webcast of the Board meeting can be heard through a link on the CHRB website (webcast). The Medication, Safety and Welfare Committee will meet Wednesday at the same location beginning at 11 a.m. The public is encouraged to attend these meetings. The Board agenda and supporting package of materials are available on the CHRB website, as are those for the Medication Committee (agenda and package). ...

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Chief of Staff in Razorback

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (Feb. 17, 2017) – Chief of Staff is the lone California-bred entered in $500,000 Grade III Razorback Handicap at Oaklawn Park. Chief of Staff is by Majestic Warrior, out of the Awesome Again mare Morning Jewel, was bred by Lou Neve, is owned by Mark Dedomenico & Muddy Waters Stables and is trained by Jack Van Berg. He has three wins in 18 starts, earnings of $220,274 and is coming off a third in a Feb. 4 optional claimer. ...

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Elwood J Enters Baffle

ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 17, 2017) – Elwood J is the lone California-bred entered in Monday’s $75,000 Baffle Stakes for 3-year-olds at Santa Anita. The race will be run as the first on the card with a noon post. Elwood J is by Vronsky, out of the In Excess mare Preservingthepeace, was bred by Old English Rancho, Patsy Berumen & Sal Berumen, is owned by Joe Turner and trained by Jerry Hollendorfer. He has two wins in five starts, earnings of $83,940 and is coming off a Jan. 20 optional claiming win. ...

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More Power to Him on the Rise

By DRF.com ALBANY, Calif. (Feb. 16, 2017) — Things are going good at Golden Gate Fields for trainer Faith Taylor. Last Saturday, Shari finished third for Taylor in the California Oaks at Golden Gate, earning coveted black type. On Sunday, she brought the undefeated stakes winner Llobo back to her Golden Gate Fields barn from her farm in nearby Clayton, Calif. Taylor’s meet might get a lot better Saturday, when she sends More Power to Him in the Grade 3, $200,000 El Camino Real Derby. More Power to Him finished second in the California Derby at Golden Gate to the Doug O’Neill-trained So Conflated. More Power to Him won’t have to face So Conflated again Saturday, but will have to deal with another O’Neill trainee, California Cup Derby winner Ann Arbor Eddie. More Power to Him, a California-bred by Slew’s Tiznow, was bred and is owned by horseshoer Brett Mason, the son of trainer Lloyd Mason. A late May foal, More Power to Him was fourth and seventh sprinting last... ...

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Sunday Rules Returns for Spring Fever

ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 16, 2017) – Stakes winners Sunday Rules and Kiss at Midnight return from length layoffs in Sunday’s $100,000 Spring Fever Handicap for Golden State Series eligible fillies and mares at Santa Anita. Cuddle Alert is by Bedford Falls, out of the Gilded Time mare Tee Dee, was bred by Carol Lingenfelter, is owned by Saldana or Urbina and is trained by Melissa Saldana. She has five wins in 20 starts, earnings of $169,000 and is coming off a fourth in the Jan. 28 Sunshine Millions Filly & Mare Turf Sprint. Smoove It is by Square Eddie, out of the Distorted Humor mare Smoove, was bred by owner Reddam Racing and is trained by Doug O’Neill. He has five wins in 27 starts, earnings of $371,265 and is coming off a second in the Jan. 28 Sunshine Millions Filly & Mare Turf Sprint. Late ‘n Left is by Lucky Pulpit, out of the Grand Slam mare Royal Grand Slam, was bred by Mr. & Mrs. Larry Williams, is... ...

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Santa Anita Cancels Racing for Friday

By Santa Anita Publicity ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 16, 2017)–With more than five inches of rain, local flooding and high winds predicted for the San Gabriel Mountain foothills, Santa Anita Park officials have announced that Friday’s eight-race card has been cancelled. The National Weather Service has predicted Friday’s storm will hit pre-dawn and that it could be the strongest in recent years, with the prospect of local flooding throughout the day and wind gusts of up to 60 miles per hour–this coming on the heels of more than 20 inches of rain for this season. Additionally, due to the prospect of unsafe road conditions, Santa Anita will also be closed for simulcast wagering on Friday. Santa Anita will be open as planned for live racing over the three-day Presidents’ Day weekend as the projected storm moves eastward overnight Friday and into Saturday. First post time for live racing on Saturday, Sunday and Monday is at 12:30 p.m.  Admission gates will open on all three days at 10:30 a.m. For track condition... ...

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Ann Arbor Eddie in El Camino Real

By Bloodhorse.com ALBANY, Calif. (Feb. 15, 2017) — Trainer Doug O’Neill and Reddam Racing will look to sweep the two winter derbies at Golden Gate Fields and repeat in the $200,000 El Camino Real Derby (G3) Feb. 18. Four weeks after So Conflated took the California Derby at Golden Gate for Reddam and O’Neill, Ann Arbor Eddie will take over for the connections to run in the only Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (G1) points race in Northern California. Fellow California-breds More Power to Him and Tribal Storm are also entered. 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 Faith Taylor. He has two wins in six starts, earnings of $72,593 and is coming off a second in the Jan. 21 California Derby. Tribal Storm is by Papa Elm, out of the Tribal Rule mare Tribal Feathers, was bred by owners Curt and Lila Lanning and is trained by Ed Moger. He... ...

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Bodhisattva Enters John B. Campbell

LAUREL, Md. (Feb. 15, 2017) – Bodhisattva is the lone California-bred entered in Saturday’s $75,000 John B. Campbell Stakes at Laurel Park. Bodhissatva 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 five wins in 27 starts, earnings of $278,633 and is coming off a second in the Jan. 21 Native Dancer. ...

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Lucky Pulpit Dies of Heart Attack

By Bloodhorse.com COALINGA, Calif. (Feb. 12, 2017) —Lucky Pulpit  , the sire of two-time Horse of the Year California Chrome  , died Feb. 13 of an apparent heart attack while covering the first mare of the breeding season, according to Harris Farms, where he’s stood his entire career. “He was the picture of health all day,” said Dave McGlothlin, farm manager at Harris Farms. “He had a perfectly normal day. He and the teaser were talking smack to one another like they always did. We’re all stunned.” Both McGlothlin and stallion manager Raul Rosa were in the breeding shed with Lucky Pulpit when he collapsed coming off the mare. The 16-year-old son of Pulpit—Lady Soph, by Cozzene, was bred and raced by Larry and Marianne Williams. He won the Smile Stakes on the turf at Arlington International Race Course and placed in two graded stakes before retiring with $209,928 in earnings. Lucky Pulpit entered stud at Harris Farms near Coalingua, Calif., for a $2,500 fee. He stood this year for $7,500. He currently sits... ...

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Adam Gray Receives Maddy Award

ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 13, 2017) – California State Assemblyman Adam Gray has been honored as recipient of the prestigious Sen. Kenneth L. Maddy Award, presented by the California Thoroughbred Breeders Association at its annual awards banquet. “Adam has been a great supporter of racing and agriculture in the state and CTBA is honored to present him with such a prestigious award,” said Doug Burge, president of CTBA. Gray, a Democrat representing the 21st District that includes his native Merced, is only the second legislator to receive the award, which is named for the late California senator who was a great friend of the California Thoroughbred industry and a force behind a bill that brought licensing relief to tracks. The only other recipient of the award was Sen. Andy Vidak in 2014. “It is an honor to receive the Senator Kenneth L. Maddy Award,” Gray said. “California horse racing and the breeding of quality California-bred Thoroughbreds is synonymous with Senator Maddy. “California is at the forefront of producing top-quality Thoroughbred racehorses,... ...

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Miss Sunset Rebounds With Sweet Life Win

By DRF.com ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 12, 2017) — California-bred Miss Sunset lost her unbeaten record when she trailed home last of six in an optional claimer in the mud at Santa Anita on Jan. 13. The race has largely been forgotten. Miss Sunset ($14.40) rebounded on Sunday to win her stakes debut on turf in the $91,935 Sweet Life Stakes for 3-year-old fillies on the hillside course. Ridden by Edwin Maldonado, Miss Sunset led throughout and won by a half-length over Miss Sugars, the 2-1 favorite. For Maldonado, the Sweet Life was his fourth win of the winter-spring meeting. He was out of action for nearly four months after sustaining rib injuries in a spill during morning training at Del Mar on Labor Day weekend. Maldonado returned to riding in late December. The Sweet Life was his first stakes win since California Diamond in the Santa Anita Juvenile here last July. In the Sweet Life, Miss Sunset led narrowly over Hot in the City on the hillside, after a quarter-mile... ...

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Stormy Hull Wins McMahon Award

From Barretts POMONA, Calif. (Feb. 11, 2017) — Stormy Hull of Sequim, Washington is the recipient of the inaugural McMahon Award given to the breeder of the leading money-winning California-bred two-year-old stakes winner sold at public auction.   Hull, who operates Critter Creek Farm along with Ginger Samples, bred California Diamond, recently named the California-bred Champion Two-Year-Old colt of 2016.  With earnings of $417,780 last year, he easily outdistanced all rivals. California Diamond was purchased from the Critter Creek Farm consignment at the 2015 WTBOA Summer Yearling Sale by John Brocklebank, agent for Dickman Legacy Ranch.  After receiving his early preparation in Utah, he won his 2-year-old debut, a 5-furlong Maiden Special Weight at Santa Anita on June 17 for Brocklebank, and returned 22 days later to set a new stakes record while winning the listed Santa Anita Juvenile. The sale topper at the Barretts’ Paddock Sale at Del Mar two weeks later, he continued a juvenile campaign for leading California owner Rockingham Ranch and trainer Peter Miller not seen in... ...

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CTBA’s Rosemary Stringer Passes

ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 9, 2017) – Rosemary Stringer, longtime staff member of the California Thoroughbred Breeders Association, passed away last week. She was 87. Stringer, reared in the San Gabriel Valley, worked for the CTBA from 1981 until her retirement in 2012. She began in the registration department, worked as a receptionist and then became membership manager. Stringer is survived by two children, Tate Stringer and Hillary Ward. A celebration of her life will be held at Santa Anita’s Clocker’s Corner on Saturday, Feb. 25 at 11 a.m.  ...

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Trainer Jerry Weaver Passes at 81

By DRF.com ALBANY, Calif. (Feb. 9, 2017) — Trainer Jerry Weaver, 81, suffered a fatal heart attack in his tack room at Golden Gate Fields on Tuesday, according to a track executive. Weaver, who began training in 1991, saddled 142 winners from 1,488 starters. His runners hit the board 481 times. Funeral arrangements were pending. ...

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CHRB Issues Annual Report

From CHRB SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Feb. 9, 2017) — The CHRB 2015-16 annual report is now posted on the CHRB Website at http://www.chrb.ca.gov/annual_reports/2016_annual_report.pdf. ...

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Horse of the Year? It’s ‘Chrome, Again

PASADENA, Calif. (Feb. 8, 2017) – California Chrome was named the California-bred Horse of the Year for 2016 at the California Thoroughbred Breeders Association’s Annual Meeting and Awards Dinner held Wednesday night at the Langham Huntington in Pasadena. Ashleyluvssugar and Masochistic were the other finalists for Horse of the Year, an award California Chrome also won in 2014. The other champions presented at the dinner: Champion Sire of California Conceived Foals by Earnings – Lucky Pulpit, property of Mr. and Mrs. Larry D. Williams. Champion Sire of California Conceived Foals by Turf Earnings – Unusual Heat, property of The Unusual Heat Syndicate. Champion Sire of California Conceived Two-Year-Olds by Earnings – Square Eddie, property of Reddam Racing LLC. Champion Freshman Sire of California Conceived Foals by Earnings – Empire Way, property of Heinz Steinmann. Champion Sire of California Conceived Foals by Number of Winners – Lucky Pulpit, property of Mr. and Mrs. Larry D. Williams. Champion Breeders of California Foaled Thoroughbreds by Earnings – Perry Martin & Steve Coburn. Trainer... ...

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Arcadia Stakes Lures What a View

ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 8, 2017) – What a View is the lone California-bred entered in Saturday’s $200,000 Grade II Arcadia Stakes at Santa Anita. What a View is by Vronsky, out of the Manila mare Oceans N Mountains, was bred by Old English Rancho, Patsy & Sal Berumen, is owned by Finish Line Racing, Ellwood Johnston Trust or T.O.V. Stables and is trained by Kenny Black. He has six wins in 16 starts, earnings of $643,326 and is coming off a second in the Jan. 28 California Cup Turf Classic, presented by City National Bank. ...

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Sheer Pleasure Enters Santa Maria

ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 8, 2017) – Sheer Pleasure is the lone California-bred entered in Saturday’s $200,000 Grade II Santa Maria Stakes for fillies and mares at Santa Anita. Sheer Pleasure is by Birdonthewire, out of the Blare of Trumpets mare Kathryns Birthday, was bred by Madera Thoroughbreds, is owned by Little Red Feather Racing or RM Racing and is trained by Phil D’Amato. She has four wins in 14 starts, earnings of $427,375 and is coming off a third in the Jan. 21 Santa Monica. ...

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Cal-bred Trio in California Oaks

ALBANY, Calif. (Feb. 8, 2017) – Northern California Yearling Sale graduate Shari and fellow California-breds Peaked and Sheeza Sassy Girl are entered in Saturday’s $50,000 California Oaks for 3-year-old fillies at Golden Gate Peaked is by Comic Strip, out of the Roman Dancer mare Honoree Lady, was bred by owners Dr. & Mrs. William Gray and is trained by Greg James. She has one win in six starts, earnings of $33,990 and is coming off a second in a Jan. 16 optional claimer. Northern California Yearling Sale graduate Shari is by Lucky Pulpit, out of the Tobasco Cat mare Shahalie Lake, was bred by Ed Moger and Patrick Neary, is owned by Robert Jones and trained by Faith Taylor. The $20,000 Northern California Yearling Sale purchase has two wins in six starts, earnings of $50,278 and is coming off a fifth in Jan. 16 optional claimer. Sheeza Sassy Girl is by The Pamplemousse, out of the Slewdledo mare Gizmo Girl, was bred by Jared Chappell, is owned by John &... ...

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Miss Sunset in Sweet Life

ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 9, 2017) – Miss Sunset is the lone California-bred entered in Sunday’s $75,000 Sweet Life Stakes for 3-year-old fillies at Santa Anita. 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 two wins in three starts, earnings of $123,645 and is coming off a sixth in a Jan. 13 optional claimer. ...

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Stormy Hull

By Emily Shields Stormy Hull has never known life without horses. The affable man is the second youngest of seven siblings, and virtually all of his youthful memories stem from the back of an equine. It should come as no surprise that the years of toiling with horses have finally resulted in a thoroughbred gem brighter than Hull had ever dreamed: multiple stakes winner California Diamond. “My horse-crazy sister wanted to go riding, but she had to babysit me,” Hull recalled. “It was either take me or stay home, so she would put me on the horse in front of her until I got big enough to sit behind. I had more miles on horseback by age 5 than most people have in their lifetime.” A horseback newspaper route is just one example of how Hull hardly ever let his feet touch the floor. “We grew up learning to ride Shetlands bareback,” he said. “I didn’t sit in a saddle until I was around 11. I remember when I was... ...

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Jeranimo Moves to Harris Farms

From Harris Farms COALINGA, Calif. (Feb. 7, 2017) – Harris Farms is pleased to announce the addition of Jeranimo to our 2017 stallion roster. The 11-year-old son of Congaree, out of Jera, by Jeblar won eight graded stakes over a six-year racing career and earned $1,525,364. Included in his stakes victories were the G1 Eddie Read stakes and G1 Shoemaker Mile. In addition, he captured the G2 San Gabriel Stakes three times, the last coming as an 8-year-old. Jeranimo displayed explosive speed winning the Shoemaker Mile and his late-running style was impressive in the Eddie Read. Jeranimo is owned by the Jeranimo Partnership and will stand for $2,500 live foal, stand to nurse for the 2017 breeding season. For additional information or contracts contact Dave McGlothlin at davem@harrisfarms.com or 559-884-2859. ...

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Alpine Luck in Phoenix Gold Cup

PHOENIX, Ariz. (Feb. 7, 2017) – Stakes winner Alpine Luck is the lone California-bred entered in Saturday’s $75,000 Phoenix Gold Cup Handicap at Turf Paradise. Alpine Luck is by Lucky J. H., out of the Swiss Yodeler mare I Can Yodele, was bred by Heinz Steinmann, is owned by Rosette Racing and trained by Robertino Diodoro. He has six wins in 44 starts, earnings of $265,945 and is coming off a seventh in a Jan. 7 allowance. ...

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Rousing Sermon First Foal a Colt

From Rancho San Miguel SAN MIGUEL, Calif. (Feb. 6, 2017) — Multiple stakes winner Rousing Sermon sired his first foal when Coastal Skimming delivered a colt on January 30.  The Coastal Skimming foal was bred by Mr. & Mrs. Larry D. Williams. Coastal Skimming is a multiple winner of over $122,000 and is the dam of Swiss Skimmer, a winner of nearly $160,000 in earnings, and Sea Preacher, a winner of almost $100,000 in earnings.  Rousing Sermon is by Lucky Pulpit and is out of Rousing. He is the leading earning son of Lucky Pulpit at stud in California. Rousing Sermon is also the leading juvenile earning son of his sire, with over $274,000 earned as a juvenile, while winning the California Cup Juvenile Stakes and finishing second in both the CashCall Futurity G1 and the Real Quiet Stakes. Overall, he earned $821,572 during his 36-race campaign.  Rousing Sermon will stand his second season at Rancho San Miguel for $2,000 live foal. ...

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Warrens Puppy Love Seeks Repeat

SUNLAND PARK, N.M. (Feb. 5, 2017) – Defending champion Warrens Puppy Love and fellow California-breds Minister’sadventure and Artic Crush are entered in Sunday’s $75,000 El Diario Handicap for fillies and mares at Sunland Park. Warrens Puppy Love is by Mongol Warrior, out of the Mecke mare Brrneedfur, was bred by Benjamin Warren, is owned by Donna Eaton and trained by Nancy Summers. She has six wins in 22 starts, earnings of $166,338 and is coming off a third in the Oct. 3 Chaves County. She won this race last year. Minister’sadventure is by Ministers Wild Cat, out of the Include mare Adventurous Spirit, was bred by owner Tommy Town Thoroughbreds and is trained by Henry Dominguez. She has four wins in 18 starts, earnings of $205,847 and is coming off a fourth in a Jan. 28 optional claimer. Artic Crush is by Aragorn, out of the Lemon Drop Kid mare Polar Kid, was bred by Tommy Town Thoroughbreds, is owned by Gerardo Acosta and is trained by Jose Ramirez, Sr.... ...

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Surf N Ski in Budweiser Handicap

SUNLAND PARK, N.M. (Feb. 5, 2017) – Stakes winner Surf N Ski is the lone California-bred entered in Sunday’s $75,000 Budweiser Handicap at Sunland Park. Surf N Ski is by Unbridled Native, out of the Manila mare Oceans N Mountains, was bred by Old English Rancho, Patsy & Sal Berumen, is owned by Eli Diamant and trained by D Cappellucci. He has 12 wins in 31 starts, earnings of $209,772 and is coming off a Jan. 14 claiming win. ...

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Richard’s Boy Awaits Dubai Invitation

From Rockingham Ranch ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb., 4 2017) – Peter Miller is hopeful to take California-bred Richard’s Boy to the Dubai World Cup at Meydan Racecourse. With the wind at his back, Miller has continued to keep his barn hot. Miller finished 2016 as the leading trainer at the Del Mar meet with 16 wins in 46 starts giving him a winning percentage of 35% and finishing in the money an impressive 59%. He goes into this weekend as leading trainer of the Santa Anita meet with 13 wins in 48 starts and a winning percentage of 27% and finishing in the money 66% of the time. Last weekend Miller won the Cal Cup Sprint with Richard’s Boy, a son of Idiot Proof. Miller has nominated Richard’s Boy for both the Al Quoz Sprint – GI at 1200m on the turf and the Dubai Golden Shaheen – G1 at 1200m on the dirt at the Dubai Word Cup. “He has shown a ton of versatility, being able to win on... ...

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Ralis Retired to Stud Duty

By Bloodhorse.com ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 4, 2017) — California-bred Grade 1 winner Ralis has been retired from racing because of a tendon injury and will participate in the 2017 breeding season, trainer Doug O’Neill said Feb. 4. O’Neill said he was unsure where Reddam Racing’s homebred 4-year-old son of Square Eddie   will stand. As a 2-year-old, the California-bred shipped to Saratoga Race Course to win the 2015 Hopeful Stakes (G1) and never returned to the winner’s circle. He did run well in multiple tries on turf, however, including a second-place run in the 2016 Del Mar Derby (G2T). MITCHELL: Ralis Rallies to Hopeful Stakes Upset “It was unfortunate that he didn’t win as a 3-year-old, but after winning a grade 1 as a 2-year-old on dirt, he turned out to be a really nice turf horse,” O’Neill said. “He had a couple races, if maybe we had a little more luck, he could have won, but he’s had a great career and should be a useful stud.” Ralis won two races... ...

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Curlin to Mischief’s First Foal a Filly

From Rancho San Miguel SAN MIGUEL, Calif. (Feb. 3, 2017) – California stallion Curlin to Mischief sired his first foal when Billiondollarbaby dropped a filly on Feb. 2. Rancho San Miguel farm manager Clay Murdock said, “The first foal, for both Curlin to Mischief and the dam, stands up and over a good bit of ground. Her presence is noted by her beautiful eye and classic head. The bone, the body and her confirmation is what we had expected from this sire line.” Billiondollarbaby is by Giacomo out of Sovereign Cross. Her Curlin to Mischief 2017 filly was bred by Crown Racing Stables, LTD. Curlin to Mischief is by Curlin and out of Leslie’s Lady; she is the dam of multiple champion filly/mare Beholder and the Eclipse-Award siring Into Mischief. Curlin to Mischief will stand for $3,500 live foal. ...

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NBC to Air TVG Pacific Classic Aug. 19

From DMTC Publicity DEL MAR, Calif. (Feb. 2, 2017) — The 27th running of the $1,000,000 TVG Pacific Classic will be held on Saturday, August 19 at Del Mar and be broadcast live by the NBC Sports Network, it has been announced. The Grade I mile and one-quarter for 3-year-olds and up, captured last year in spectacular fashion by subsequent Horse of the Year California Chrome, will be the centerpiece of the seaside track’s 78th summer season, which runs from July 19 to September 4. It will air from 5 to 6 p.m. (Pacific). The TVG Pacific Classic is the west’s only million dollar race for older horses. It is again part of the Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series and will guarantee its winner a free spot in the starting gate for the $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic at Del Mar on Saturday, November 4. “The TVG Pacific Classic has grown in stature year by year,” said DMTC executive vice president and chief operating officer Josh Rubinstein. “And with the Breeders’ Cup... ...

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Armando Lage Passes at 59

By Bloodhorse.com RICHMOND, Calif. (Feb. 2, 2017) — Trainer Armando Lage died of a heart attack Dec. 31 at his home in Richmond, Calif., according to his long-time friend, fellow trainer O.J. Jauregui. Lage was 59. A Bay Area fixture in recent years, Lage won 1,259 races from 9,083 starters and earned more than $20 million in purses. “He was a good trainer and a better person,” said trainer Steve Miyadi. “He was strong mentally and physically, (and) a great father and a stand-up guy who told it the way it was, which so few do.” Lage is survived by his wife, Iga, two daughters, and several grandchildren. ...

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Cal-bred Pair in San Antonio

ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 1, 2017) – California-breds Avanti Bello and El Huerfano are entered in Saturday’s $300,000 Grade II San Antonio Stakes at Santa Anita. Avanti Bello is by Include, out of the Mizzen Mast mare Masterful Lass, was bred by Lou Neve, is owned by Suarez or Keh or Richardson, et al, and is trained by Doug O’Neill. He has five wins in 21 starts, earnings of $353,071 and is coming off a third in a Jan. 6 optional claimer. El Huerfano is by Tannersmyman, out of the Capsized mare Adriftinthebay, was bred by M.A. Douzos, is owned by Wachtel Stable and Gary Barber and is trained by Peter Miller. He has four wins in 22 starts, earnings of $202,521 and is coming off a second in a Jan. 6 optional claimer. ...

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‘Chrome’s X-rays Come Back Clean

By Bloodhorse.com NICHOLSVILLE, Ky. (Jan. 30, 2017) –Two-time Horse of the Year California Chrome   is settling in at Taylor Made Farm near Nicholasville, Ky., after arriving Jan. 29. X-rays following his final race are all clear. After finishing ninth in the Pegasus World Cup Invitational (G1) Jan. 28 at Gulfstream Park, trainer Art Sherman said there was a small amount of swelling in California Chrome’s right knee, which the trainer didn’t think was too serious. To be cautious, Taylor Made conducted X-rays of the knee and found no injury, according to Taylor Made’s Duncan Taylor. In fact, as it has after every California Chrome race, Taylor Made conducted a full set of X-rays and the champion is all clear. “They thought that when he jogged he may have been a little off in the right front, and they thought there might have been a little heat in his right knee,” Duncan Taylor said Jan. 30. “We’ve been X-raying him after every race, so we went ahead and did a full set of... ...

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‘Chrome Flies to Kentucky

By DRF.com HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. (Jan. 29, 2017) — On Sunday morning, shortly before California Chrome was to fly to Kentucky and take up residence at Taylor Made Farm, farm co-owner Frank Taylor said California Chrome had “some heat and some filling” in the knee. “He’s sound to walk, but he’s off at the jog,” Taylor said. California Chrome was perfectly fine to travel to Kentucky, but Taylor said he would be X-rayed on arrival at Taylor Made, and that the X-rays would be read by the noted veterinarian Dr. Larry Bramlage. Barring something unforeseen, Taylor said California Chrome would be able to be bred to mares, and in fact he was scheduled to be in the company of some test mares on Wednesday as he is quickly taught his new duties; the breeding season commences in mid-February. “Normally we get them right after the Breeders’ Cup, have a bigger window,” Taylor said. “He’s not going to have to put much weight on his front legs for awhile. It would... ...

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Workers’ Comp Fee Increases

From TOC ARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 29, 2017) — The California Thoroughbred Business League (CTBL), a group comprised of racing associations, horsemen’s organizations and fairs, is responsible for overseeing funds that are to be utilized for providing workers’ compensation insurance relief to horsemen. Working with Finish Line Self Insurance Group (FLSIG), which has handled workers’ compensation for the Thoroughbred horsemen for the past six years, the CTBL has been dealing with the issue of steadily increasing statewide workers’ compensation rates. The cost of the 2017 program for Thoroughbreds is estimated to be $13,767,652 – a 3.64% increase over 2016.   As a result, it has become necessary to increase the per-start fee from $95 to $100 to cover the owners’ portion of funding for the program. The per-start fee will continue to be automatically deducted from the owner’s paymaster account every time they start a horse. This change will go into effect at Santa Anita Park and Golden Gate Fields beginning February 1.   Owners having questions concerning the FLSIG Workers’... ...

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CHRB Meeting Summary

From CHRB ARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 27, 2017) – The California Horse Racing Board conducted its regular meeting Thursday, January 26, at Santa Anita Park. Chairman Chuck Winner presided. Commissioners Madeline Auerbach, Jesse Choper, George Krikorian, 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 opened the meeting by first announcing that Commissioner Steve Beneto had resigned from his position on the Board in order to devote more time to his own business interests. The Chairman described him as “a terrific member of the Board, who will be missed by the Board and by racing in general.” ·        Chairman Winner next introduced newly appointed Commissioner Araceli Ruano. He said her “background, her resume, is really special…and I think the other Board members, the staff, and everyone involved in racing will be delighted that Commissioner Ruano is now on our Board.” ·        Executive Director Rick Baedeker announced there had... ...

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