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Deron Pearson

Read the full story in our magazine online: BY EMILY SHIELDS Deron Pearson, CEO of the IT company Nexus IS, has enjoyed a parade of success since he first started buying horses two decades ago. Stakes winners such as Ticker Tape, Prize Exhibit, and Ocho Ocho Ocho made a name for Pearson across the country. But when Continental Divide took the $101,035 Graduation Stakes at Del Mar, the bay colt brought Pearson his first-ever California-bred stakes win. Winning a stakes race at Del Mar was only fitting, as Pearson first found an interest in the sport by visiting the seaside oval with his grandfather. “I started buying small interests in horses about 20 years ago,” said Pearson, “and built up my stable over time as money allowed.” Pearson developed a working partnership with trainer James Cassidy, who helped Pearson buy a string of horses from England. “Jim was doing that already, so that was our angle at the beginning,” Pearson said. ….. Read the full story here.   ...

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Bill Spawr

Read the full story in our magazine online: BY EMILY SHIELDS Trainer Bill Spawr had plenty of confdence in Skye Diamonds before the $200,000 Great Lady M. Stakes (G2), at least until he looked at the feld. Te four rivals in the July 8 contest included Eclipse champion and Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint (G1) winner Finest City, grade 1 winner Constellation, and dual grade 2 winner Pretty N Cool. “She was training so well; I thought she could win,” Spawr said. “But when I saw the competition, I knew she would have to be at her very best to beat those kinds of fillies. I still can’t believe she won so well and so fast.” Skye Diamonds raced in midpack early, rolled four wide into the stretch, and cruised past David Flores on Constellation to win by 21⁄2 lengths, stopping the clock in 1:14.79 for the 61⁄2-furlong distance. Te next day, Flores told Spawr, “I was loaded with a fresh horse and I couldn’t believe that your filly... ...

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2017 Index to Supplemental Entries

McCarthy Bloodstock, Agent 151 She’sashocker by First Dude out of Rate Shock (view update) Woodbridge Farm, Agent for Hat Ranch West LLC A Complete Dispersal 150 Early Jersey by Acclamation out of Mini Skirt, 150 Cat PP,  (view update)   ...

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2017 Index to Photographs and Videos

Photographs Woodbridge Farm, Agent 5 Bay Filly by Peppered Cat out of Ess Sa Ba (photograph here) 15 Chestnut Filly by Sundarban out of Generals Promise  (photograph here) 18 Dark Bay or Brown Filly by Sundarban out of Gone Western  (photograph here) 20 Bay Colt by Slew’s Tiznow out of Granny Got Game  (photograph here) 29 Legally Gray by Grazen out of Isit Still Legal  (photograph here) 59 Redhotnreadytowed by Broken Vow out of Red Barris  (photograph here) 133 Chestnut Colt by Sundarban out of Confectionary  (photograph here) 135 Dark Bay or Brown Colt by Broken Vow out of Courtroom Kiss  (photograph here) 134 Chestnut Filly by Peppered Cat out of Corazon de Leo (photograph here) Woodbridge Farm, Agent for Hat Ranch West LLC A Complete Dispersal 46 Dark Bay or Brown Colt by Cyclotron out of Mini Skirt  (photograph here) Harris Farms, Agent 9 Chestnut Filly by Clubhouse Ride out of Fall Fashion (photograph here) 17 Bay Filly by Tizbud out of Go Ruby Go (photograph here) 47 Bay Filly by Smiling Tiger out of Mulberry Lane (photograph... ...

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2017 Northern California Sale Index to Sires

Acclamation: Filly, 60, 150 Affirmative: Colt, 69. Allaboutdreams: Filly, 21. Artie Schiller: Filly, 114. Atticus: Colt, 50, 121. Filly, 8, 36, 53, 66, 118, 136. Awesome Gambler: Colt, 4, 42, 61, 75, 84, 92. Filly, 23, 104. Big Brown: Filly, 30. Blazonry: Colt, 44, 109. Bluegrass Cat: Colt, 79. Brave Cat: Colt, 54, 78, 97, 132. Filly, 31, 91. Broken Vow: Colt, 135. Filly, 59. Capital Account: Colt, 43. Filly, 32. Champ Pegasus: Colt, 25, 64, 72, 95, 111, 128, 129. Filly, 6, 7, 10, 16, 33, 40, 55, 76, 83, 116, 119, 120. Clubhouse Ride: Filly, 9, 11. Coil: Colt, 100, 123, 148. Filly, 85, 107. Comic Strip: Colt, 1. Congrats My Lov: Colt, 34, 35. Cyclotron: Colt, 46. Daddy Nose Best: Filly, 56. Desert Code: Colt, 67. Filly, 51, 138. Eddington: Filly, 71. Empire Way: Filly, 63, 106. Flame Thrower: Filly, 52. Forest Command: Gelding, 145. Fort Larned: Colt, 24. Gig Harbor: Filly, 90. Grace Upon Grace: Filly, 86. Grazen: Colt, 29. Haynesfield: Filly, 57. Heatseeker (IRE): Filly, 39. Jeranimo:... ...

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2017 Northern California Sale Index to Dams

Alasharchy: 108. Amanda’s Honor: 109. Amybdancing: 110. And She Was: 111. Ankha: 112. Anuska: 113. Ashley’s Glory: 114. Aspen Gal: 115. Attigirl Meadow: 116. Awesome Liberty: 149. Ayoumilove: 117. Bee Eff Eff: 118. Belated Bid: 119. Blue Bilberry: 120. Blunderstone: 121. Bold Kiss: 122. Bonita Star (GB): 123. Can Do It Again: 124. Cashmere Miss: 125. Category Ten: 126. Cause Were Smart: 127. Cee’s a Dream: 128. Chabuka: 129. Chalet Chanteuse: 130. China Princess: 131. Cinderella Liberty: 132. Confectionary: 133. Corazon de Leo: 134. Courtroom Kiss: 135. Coyote Kate: 136. Cozzekiki: 137. Deb’s Royal Flush: 138. Domasco Cat: 139. Don’t Despair: 140. Dos Tattoos: 141. Double Velvet: 142. Eclisse (FR): 1. Edamame: 2. Elusive Thought: 3. Enumclaw Girl: 4. Ess Sa Ba: 5. Essence of Bubbles: 6. Exciting Justice: 7. Expense: 8. Fall Fashion: 9. Farallon: 10. Fever’s Bet: 11. Five o’Clock Toddy: 12. Flashy Prize: 13. For My Angel: 14. Generals Promise: 15. Ghostly Fever: 16. Go Ruby Go: 17. Golden Peach: 143. Gone Western: 18. Grand Dance: 19.... ...

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2017 Northern California Sale Index to Consignors

Cal Poly Corporation 74 Bay Filly by The Pamplemousse out of Shou Win (View update) 80 Chestnut Filly by Northern Causeway out of Singinginthestreet (View update) 147 Bay Gelding by Kafwain out of Shou Win (View update) Easterbrook Livestock Management, Agent 6 Chestnut Filly by Champ Pegasus out of Essence of Bubbles (View update) 8 Dark Bay or Brown Filly by Atticus out of Expense (View update) 10 Dark Bay or Brown Filly by Champ Pegasus out of Farallon (View update) 16 Gray or Roan Filly by Champ Pegasus out of Ghostly Fever (View update) 30 Bay Filly by Big Brown out of Jeannie’s Genie (View update) 36 Dark Bay or Brown Filly by Atticus out of Lemon Drop Shop (View update) 40 Dark Bay or Brown Filly by Champ Pegasus out of Loon Lost (View update) 44 Bay Colt by Blazonry out of Meadowshark (View update) 49 Dark Bay or Brown Colt by Marino Marini out of Nite Moon (View update) 52 Black Filly by Flame Thrower out of Outrageous Oyster (View update) 53 Chestnut Filly by Atticus out of Parfait... ...

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2017 Northern California Yearling Sale

2017 Northern California Yearling Sale Sale to be conducted on Tuesday,  August 15 at Alameda County Fairgrounds in Pleasanton, beginning at noon. The catalog for the Northern California Yearling and Horses of Racing Age Sale hard copies will be mailed around July 20th. Travel Allowance A $500 travel allowance with a minimum purchase of $2,500 is being offered to out of state trainers and trainers from Southern California who attend the upcoming 2017 Northern California Yearling and Horses of Racing Age Sale. Click HERE to see the ad See the catalog online here index to consignors index to sires index to dams index to photographs and videos supplemental entries  OUTS: 13, 14, 16, 30, 39, 44, 45, 70, 74, 75, 80, 81, 96, 99, 104, 109, 114, 122, 123, 143, 146, 148, 149 Sales Result in pdf format — NEW   ...

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Sean Feld, Feld of Dreams

Read the full story in our magazine online: By Emily Shields Sean Feld is on a mission to shake up the Thoroughbred breeding industry, and the 30-year-old pioneer is well on his way via his Climax Stallions. The syndicate group puts a modern twist on an old system, with new stallions in California a part of the venture. Feld was born in Pasadena and spent the majority of his childhood at Santa Anita. His father, Bob, and uncle, Jude, were both working on the track. Jude was a trainer, and Bob advised on such purchases as Breeders’ Cup Distaff (G1) winner Adoration and Hollywood Futurity (G1) hero Siphonic. The younger Feld won’t even admit to his age when he started walking hots at the track – “I was probably not legally allowed to yet” – but a career in racing was always in the cards for him…. READ FULL STORY  ...

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Joe Turner

See the full story featured in our printed magazine online Joe Turner was just doing his job as an iron contractor when the people of Old English Rancho called for an estimate. They needed new security gates for the farm, and after giving a prediction of $32,000 for the work, Turner joked that he would trade labor and parts for a racehorse. “I was thinking only part of it, maybe $5,000,” he recalled. “They were serious. My friends said, ‘Don’t you know how much it costs to feed one of those?’ ” For a year Turner deliberated without returning to the farm to see about his new horse or worry about collecting the money. He eventually discussed the circumstance with farm owner Buddy Johnston, who pointed out that the horse, Some Hitter, a California- bred by Dimaggio, was about to race again. Turner went to see his construction trade run. Some Hitter won that race and was claimed away. Johnston thought that was pretty lucky for Turner, and convinced him... ...

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Archives 2017

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Myles McMahon

See the full story featured in our printed magazine online First stakes winners are special, no matter what the circumstances. When a homebred gets the job done, it means even more. Not only did Myles McMahon win the $60,075 Golden Gate Debutante Stakes Nov. 25 with homebred Isa Firecracker, but he put together the breeding after thorough research. It is paying of with winners that his entire family enjoys. “This is not only my first stakes winner, it’s my trainer’s first stakes winner too,” said McMahon. Jamey Tomas trains Mc-Mahon’s horses in Northern California, a partnership that has evolved into a friendship as well. “I was looking for a trainer who would take a guy like me who had never owned a horse and would be somewhat local,” said McMahon. “Jamey lived in Sacramento, about three miles away from me at the time.” …….. FULL STORY ...

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Dr. Dorothee Kieckhefer

See the full story featured in our printed magazine online Dr. Dorothée Kieckhefer has had a life split in two distinct acts. She grew up in Germany, holds a Ph.D. in criminal law, and worked as an international business journalist for many years. Now living on a cattle ranch in Arizona and breeding Thoroughbreds, she is widely removed from that version of her life. “I grew up around horses, riding mainly dressage,” Kieckhefer said, “and later was introduced to Quarter Horses and Appaloosas as well, then both a rarity in Germany. I read in an American Quarter Horse Association magazine about the Racetrack Industry Program at the University of Arizona that focuses primarily on second-degree students interested in a career in the horse industry.” In 2005 Kieckhefer graduated as the outstanding senior of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. “They got the ‘senior’ part right, as I was 45 years old at that time,” she joked. “The ‘outstanding’ I’m not so sure.” In 2006 Kieckhefer started her own Thoroughbred... ...

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‘Chrome Win Would Complete Perfect Year

By DRF.com ARCADIA, Calif. (Nov. 2, 2016) — Before the year started, those associated with California Chrome mapped out an itinerary for 2016, and thus far, they’ve hit every planned stop, with nary a misstep. Victory in the San Pasqual. A pair of wins in Dubai, including the World Cup. Two wins at Del Mar, including the Pacific Classic. And, most recently, a victory in the Awesome Again. The $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic on Saturday at Santa Anita was the year-end goal, and California Chrome comes into it in the best form of his career. He was dominant in both the Pacific Classic and Awesome Again, Grade 1 races that have set him up for a big payday. There is a $1 million bonus for winning those two races plus the Breeders’ Cup Classic, on top of the more than $3 million in first-prize money from the Classic itself. “His last two races have been big,” said trainer Art Sherman. “Let me have one more like that in the... ...

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Only You Babe in Cal-bred Stakes

ARCADIA, Calif. (Oct. 31, 2016) – Multiple stakes winner Only You Babe and fellow California-bred stakes winner You’re Late are entered in Friday’s $200,000 Golden State Juvenile Fillies Stakes for Golden State Series eligible 2-year-old fillies at Santa Anita. Cash Prize is by Pure Prize, out of the Benchmark mare Cottonwood Babe, was bred by owners Dr. William and Jill Gray and trained by Brian Koriner. She has one win in two starts, earnings of $30,180 and is coming off a fourth in an Oct. 6 optional claimer. How About Zero is by Square Eddie, out of the In Excess mare Too Much Excess, was bred by owner Reddam Racing and trained by Doug O’Neill. She is a maiden making her third start with earnings of $38,900. Isa Firecracker is by Heatseeker, out of the Tannersmyman mare Caroline Elena, was bred by owner Myles McMahon and trained by Jamey Thomas. She has one win in two starts, earnings of $30,880 and is coming off a second in an Oct. 6... ...

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Gold Rush Dancer in Twilight Derby

ARCADIA, Calif. (Oct. 31, 2016) – Multiple stakes winner Gold Rush Dancer is the lone California-bred entered in Friday’s $200,000 Twilight Derby for 3-year-olds at Santa Anita. 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 13 starts, earnings of $380,268 and is coming off a 12th in the Sept. 4 Del Mar Derby. ...

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California Diamond Seeks Fourth Stakes

ARCADIA, Calif. (Oct. 31, 2016) – Triple stakes winner California Diamond is the likely favorite in Saturday’s $200,000 Golden State Juvenile Stakes for Golden State Series eligible 2-year-old colts and geldings at Santa Anita. Caiifornia Clone is by Lucky Pulpit, out of the Tale of the Cat mare Unchanged Melody, was bred by owner Oakcrest Stable and trained by Michael McCarthy. He has one win in three starts, earnings of $51,000 and is coming off an Oct. 9 maiden win. California Diamond is by Harbor the Gold, out of the Slewdledo mare Carrie’s a Jewel, was bred by Stormy Hull, is owned by Rockingham Ranch and trained by Peter Miller. He has four wins in six starts, earnings of $267,780 and is coming off a win in the Oct. 16 Speakeasy. Closing Time is by Slew’s Tiznow, out of the Deputy Commander mare Quick Commander, was bred by Joseph LaCombe Stables, is owned by Red Stables or Bone or Corbett, et all and is trained by Jeff Mullins. He has... ...

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Ashleyluvssugar, Ralis in BC Turf

ARCADIA, Calif. (Oct. 31, 2016) — California-breds Grade I winners Ashleyluvssugar and Ralis are entered in Saturday’s $4 million Grade I Breeders’ Cup Turf. Ashleyluvssugar is by Game Plan, out of the Urgent Request mare Ashley’s Folly, was bred by owners Alesia, BranJam Stables and Ciaglia Racing and is trained by Peter Eurton. He has eight wins in 17 starts, earnings of $847,504 and is coming off a win in the Oct. 2 John Henry Turf Championship. He drew the 5-hole in the field of 13. Ralis drew in as an also-eligible and got the rail. He is by Square Eddie, out of the Ten Most Wanted mare Silar Rules, was bred by owner Reddam Racing and is trained by Doug O’Neill. He has two wins in 15 starts, earnings of $424,428 and is coming off a sixth in the Oct. 2 John Henry Turf Championship. ...

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What a View Enters BC Mile

ARCADIA, Calif. (Oct. 31, 2016) — California-bred What a View drew the rail in a field of 14 entered in Saturday’s $2 million Grade I Breeders’ Cup Mile at Santa Anita. He is by Vronsky, out of the Manila mare Oceans N Mountains, was bred by Old English Rancho, Patsy Berumen and Sal Berumen, is owned by Finish Line Racing, the Ellwood Johnston Trust, et al and is trained by Kenny Black. He has six wins in 13 starts, earnings of $595,481 and is coming off an eighth in the Oct. 8 Shadwell Turf Mile. ...

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Masochistic Enters BC Sprint

By DRF.com ARCADIA, Calif. (Oct. 31, 2016) — California-bred Masochistic drew the 7-hole in a field of nine for Saturday’s $1.5 million Grade I TwinSpires Breeders’ Cup Sprint at Santa Anita. He is by Sought After, out of the Unusual Heat mare Trotinette, was bred by Francoise Dupuis & Louise Julian, is owned by Los Pollos Hermanos Racing and Jay Em Ess Stable and is trained by Ron Ellis. He has eight wins in 13 starts, earnings of $772,550 and is coming off a win in the Aug. 27 Pat O’Brien. He was 14th in this race last year. Ellis held his breath when the name of the horse was being announced in post 1. “I got a little scared when the letter M came out of his mouth for the rail hole,” said Ellis, who’ll send out the speedy Masochistic as one of the favorites in the Sprint. “I didn’t want to be drawn inside the other speed.” Fortunately for Ellis, it was Mind Your Biscuits who drew the... ...

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Ambitious Brew Enters BC Turf Sprint

ARCADIA, Calif. (Oct. 31, 2016) — California-bred Ambitious Brew drew the 10-hole in a field of 14 for Saturday’s $1 million Grade I Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint at Santa Anita. He is by Tizbud, out of the Forest Wildcat mare Kathwen, was bred by owner Pamela Ziebarth and is trained by Martin Jones. He has seven wins in 20 starts, earnings of $499,225 and is coming off a win in the Sept. 30 Eddie D. Stakes. He was seventh in the Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint in 2014. ...

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Ryans Charm in BC Filly & Mare Turf

ARCADIA, Calif. (Oct. 31, 2016) — Ryans Charm, a Kentucky-bred by California stallion Heatseeker that has raced exclusively in Peru, is entered in Saturday’s $2 million Grade I Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf at Santa Anita. Ryans Charm drew the 9-hole in a field of 12. She is out of the Lemon Drop Kid mare Lemon Fresh Tide, has 15 wins in 24 starts, earnings of $163,392 and won the June 26 Group I Clasico Pamplona for the second consecutive year. ...

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Big Score Enters BC Juvenile Turf

ARCADIA, Calif. (Oct. 31, 2016) — Big Score, a Kentucky-bred by California stallion Mr. Big, drew the 6-hole in a field of 14 entered in Friday’s $1 million Grade I Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf at Santa Anita. He is a Kentucky-bred by California stallion Mr. Big, out of the Unusual Heat mare Not Unusual. He has two wins in three starts with earnings of $117,800 and is coming off a win in the Oct. 10 Zuma Beach. ...

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Soi Phet in Big Bear Stakes Again

                ARCADIA, Calif. (Oct. 31, 2016) – Multiple stakes winner Soi Phet is the leading earner among five California-breds entered in Thursday’s $80,000 Big Bear Stakes at Santa Anita.                 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 trained by Leonard Powell. He has 11 wins in 49 starts, earnings of $756,471 and is coming off a fifth in the Oct. 1 Awesome Again. He was fourth in this race last year, fifth in 2014 and fourth in 2013.                 El Huerfano is by Tannersmyman, out of the Capsized mare Adriftinthebay, was bred by M.A. Douzos, is owned by Barber or Wachtel Stable and is trained by Peter Miller. He has four wins in 19 starts, earnings of $170,457 and is coming off a ninth in the Oct. 2 John Henry turf Championship.                 Plain Wrap is by Papa Clem, out of the Unusual Heat mare Nostalgie, was bred by... ...

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‘Chrome Ships to Santa Anita

By Bloodhorse.com ARCADIA, Calif. (Oct. 30, 2016) — California Chrome   stuck his nose out the window of the Bob Hubbard horse van and breathed familiar air. Arriving back at Santa Anita Park Oct. 30, around 11:45 a.m. local time after a smooth ride from trainer Art Sherman’s home base at Los Alamitos Race Course, the world’s greatest racehorse soon powered down the ramp with loyal groom Raul Rodriguez on the shank, ready for his Nov. 5 engagement as the Breeders’ Cup Classic (gr. I) favorite. After a toss of his head and Rodriguez’s steady hand on the shank for a short stroll, California Chrome was safely installed in Barn 126.  “There was no traffic. We just zipped right over here,” said assistant trainer Alan Sherman. “Hopefully we’re going to see him zip right into the winner’s circle.” California Chrome galloped at Los Al before his late-morning journey, having put in his final pre-race breeze Oct. 27, and will train at a time to be determined Oct. 31 at Santa Anita.... ...

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Masochistic in ‘Relaxed’ Final Work

By Bloodhorse.com ARCADIA, Calif. (Oct. 29, 2016) — California-bred Masochistic worked five furlongs from the gate in 1:00 flat with jockey Mike Smith aboard in a relaxed manner that had all of his connections pleased with the Oct. 29 move at Santa Anita Park. The 6-year-old gelding is prepping for the six-furlong TwinSpires Breeders’ Cup Sprint (gr. I). “That’s as easy as he could go,” said co-owner Samantha Siegel. “Mike did a masterful job getting him to relax. That’s as relaxed as I’ve ever seen him.” Trainer Ron Ellis stood on the shank with Masochistic in the gap waiting for the end of the morning’s final renovation period. Masochistic, accompanied by a pony, then went out shortly after the tractors finished, while Ellis joined Siegel in the grandstand to watch the work. “Mike got him to really relax well,” Ellis said of Masochistic, who showed a penchant to run off in the mornings as a younger horse. “He’s gotten to know him pretty good and has worked him a couple... ...

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Lo Duca Hosts Team ‘Chrome Evening

ARCADIA, Calif. (Oct. 28, 2016) — Thoroughbred Charities of America announced that TVG analyst and former Major League Baseball player Paul Lo Duca will host “An Evening with Team California Chrome” on Wednesday, Nov. 2 from 7-9 p.m. at Matt Denny’s Ale House in Arcadia, Calif. The evening will feature a behind the scenes conversation with Frank Taylor, Perry Martin, Art Sherman, and Victor Espinoza about the history-making career of North American all-time leading earner California Chrome. All proceeds will benefit Thoroughbred Charities of America. “I look forward to hosting this event and recounting the remarkable career of California Chrome with the team,” said Lo Duca. Limited tickets are available for $100 per person at www.tca.org/tcc.html or by calling 859-276-4989. Hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar will be offered. ...

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NorCal Sale Grad Enters Pike Place Dancer

ALBANY, Calif. (Oct. 27, 2016) – Northern California Yearling Sale graduate Sweet Rafaela and fellow California-bred Buy Me a Drink are entered in Saturday’s $75,000 Pike Place Dancer Stakes for 2-year-old fillies at Golden Gate. Sweet Rafaela is by Thorn Song, out of the Tale of the Cat mare Telling Stories, was bred by G.W. Thomas, is owned by G C C I and trained by Cliff DeLima. The $14,000 Northern California Yearling Sale purchase won her lone start Sept. 24 with earnings of $22,500. Unbeaten Buy Me a Drink is by Atticus, out of the Hennessy mare Kiss of Fire, was bred by owner Richard Barton and trained by Jedd Josephson. She has two wins in two starts, earnings of $17,190 and is coming off a win in a Sept. 25 starter’s allowance. ...

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Patriots Rule in Lure Stakes

ARCADIA, Calif. (Oct. 27, 2016) – Multiple stakes winner Patriots Rule and fellow California-bred Touching Rainbows are entered in Sunday’s $70,000 Lure Stakes at Santa Anita. 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 six wins in 22 starts, earnings of $422,075 and is coming off a sixth in the Oct. 8 City of Hope. Touching Rainbows is an also-eligible by Aragorn, out of the Gold Case mare Violin Case, was bred by Esembee, is owned by KM Racing and trained by Ricky Agarie. He has two wins in five starts, earnings of $34,050 and is coming off a Sept. 30 claiming win. ...

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‘Chrome Has Final Tuneup for Classic

By Bloodhorse.com CYPRESS, Calif. (Oct. 27, 2016) –After California Chrome  ’s final serious workout in preparation for the Nov. 5 Breeders’ Cup Classic (gr. I), trainer Art Sherman expressed confidence his standout chestnut not only is doing well, but that he has an advantage on the competition. “If he’s not fit for a mile and a quarter now, he’ll never be,” Sherman said of the 2014 Horse of the Year, who covered six furlongs in 1:12 1/5 at his Los Alamitos Race Course home base Oct. 27. “Coming back in five weeks, some of these horses haven’t raced in two, three months. Going a mile and a quarter, let me tell you something, it takes a lot out of a horse. A mile and a quarter first time out of the box is tough.” California Chrome heads toward the $6 million Classic off a score in Santa Anita Park’s nine-furlong Awesome Again Stakes (gr. I) Oct. 1. Los Alamitos clocker Russ Hudak timed the son of Lucky Pulpit   in fractions of :24 2/5,... ...

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Marguerite Eliasson

See the full story featured in our printed magazine online             When Marguerite Eliasson greets visitors or clients outside the hacienda-style farm office and foaling barn of E.A. Ranches, the immediate feeling of class and competence is palpable. The 1,000-acre breeding, boarding, and training facility in the fertile hills above Ramona is a breathtakingly beautiful island of peace and tranquility. Every detail is centered around lightning-fast Thoroughbreds, the passion of the late Ernest Auerbach. Shortly after the real estate developer founded E.A. Ranches in the late 1970s, he handed the reins over to Eliasson, whose 35-plus years of hard work, loyalty to the family, and unshakable belief in the stallions of the ranch are now culminating in a very special feat: Tis year not one but two offspring of E.A. Ranches’ stallions are scheduled to participate in the Breeders’ Cup. Ashleyluvssugar, a 5-year old gelding by the late Game Plan (by Danzig), will contest the $4 million Longines Breeders’ Cup Turf (gr. IT). THe multiple... ...

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‘Chrome in Powerful Drill

By Bloodhorse.com CYPRESS, Calif. (Oct. 22, 2016) — When trainer Art Sherman puts blinkers on California Chrome   it sends a clear signal to the chestnut champion—it’s time to get serious. The 2014 Horse of the Year responded Oct. 22 at his Los Alamitos Race Course base. Blinkers on—mission accomplished. California Chrome started slow early in his five-furlong drill under regular exercise rider Dihigi Gladney, but kicked into another gear in the long Los Alamitos stretch and hit the wire in 1:00 2/5, athough both Sherman and assistant trainer Alan Sherman both had the work a bit faster at :59 4/5. According to Los Alamitos clocker Russ Hudak, the Breeders’ Cup Classic (gr. I) favorite covered the first quarter in :25 1/5, ran a half-mile in :48 3/5, and galloped out to six furlongs in 1:13 flat. The Shermans timed his final furlong to the wire in :11 flat. “That was some last eighth of a mile—he flew the last eighth,” Art Sherman said. “It’s the last quarter of a mile—that’s... ...

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CHRB Meeting Summary

From CHRB ARCADIA, Calif. (Oct. 21, 2016)  – The California Horse Racing Board conducted its regular meeting Thursday, October 20, at Santa Anita Park. Chairman Chuck Winner presided. Commissioners Steve Beneto, George Krikorian 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: ·        In discussing 2017 race dates allocations for Northern California, all attempts to negotiate an agreed-upon solution failed and all motions failed to garner the required four votes for adoption. Therefore, the matter was moved to the November agenda. Chairman Winner implored the stakeholders to try once again to reach an accord. ·        The Board approved the license application for the Los Alamitos Quarter Horse Racing Association to conduct a race meet commencing December 30, 2016, through December 17, 2017. ·        The Board approved for 45-day public notice proposed amendments to regulations that would allow racing secretaries, racing associations and fairs to write medication-based race conditions, subject to CHRB final... ...

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NorCal Race Dates Unresolved

By Bloodhorse.com ARCADIA, Calif. (Oct. 20, 2016) –Members of the California Horse Racing Board made a commitment to decide the highly contentious Northern California 2017 racing dates dispute at its regular October meeting, but at the conclusion of a nearly 2 1/2-hour discussion Oct. 20 at Santa Anita Park, the regulatory agency could not reach a resolution. The CHRB commissioners in attendance voted 3-1 to approve a dates proposal for the region, but because only four of seven member seats were filled, the three votes did not meet the required four needed to pass the measure. CHRB chairman Chuck Winner and fellow members George Krikorian and Steve Beneto voted to approve the proposal, while Alex Solis provided the only “no” vote. Commissioners Madeline Auerbach and Jesse Choper were not in attendance and the seat previously held by Richard Rosenberg is vacant. The proposal would have assigned Golden Gate Fields dates from Dec. 26-June 20, the Alameda County Fair at Pleasanton from June 21-July 11, the State Fair at Cal Expo... ...

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Boozer Seeking California Flag

ARCADIA, Calif. (Oct. 19, 2016) – Multiple stakes winner Boozer is the highest career earner among those entered in Saturday’s $100,000 California Flag Handicap for Golden State Series eligibles at Santa Anita. 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 six wins in 15 starts, earnings of $368,060 and is coming off a second in the Sept. 30 Eddie D. McHeat is by Unusual Heat, out of the half a Year mare Style of the Year, was bred by owner Madeline Auerbach and is trained by Craig Lewis. He has three wins in 12 starts, earnings of $137,835 and is coming off a 10th in the Sept. 30 Eddie D. Boozer is by Unusual Heat, out of the Cape Canaveral mare Kitty and Boo, was bred by Abrams, Loverso, Perez, Huston Racing and Auerbach, is owned by Al & Sandee Kirkwood and trained by Mark... ...

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Coniah Enters Raven Run

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 19, 2016) – Coniah is the lone California-bred entered in Saturday’s $250,000 Grade II Lexus Raven Run Stakes for 3-year-old fillies at Keeneland. Coniah is by Harlington, out of the Lord At War mare Pretti Woman, was bred by owners James and Tammy McKenney and is trained by Kieran McLauglin. She has three wins in 12 starts, earnings of $119,020 and is coming off a Sept. 29 optional claiming win. ...

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Cheekaboo Entered at Keeneland

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 19, 2016) – Grade II winner Cheekaboo is the lone California-bred entered in Friday’s $150,000 Grade III Pin Oak Valley View Stakes at Keeneland. Cheekaboo is by Unusual heat, out of the Souvenir Copy mare Sandy Cheeks, was bred by Madeline Auerbach, Richard Rosenberg & Barry Abrams, is owned by Sharon Alesia, Mike Burs and Ciaglia Racing and is trained by Peter Eurton. She has three wins in 11 starts, earnings of $298,381 and is coming off a fifth in the Oct. 1 Unzip Me. ...

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All About Laughs in Northlands

EDMONTON, Alberta (Oct. 19, 2016) — All About Laughs is the lone California entered in Saturday’s $50,000 Freedom of the City Stakes for 2-year-old fillies at Northlands Park. All About Laughs is by It’s No Joke, out of the Kissin Kris mare Crystal Kris, was bred by Mat Monaco, is owned by Lori Brickman and trained by Rodney Cone. She is a maiden making her sixth start with earnings of $4,778. ...

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Smiling Tiger Yearling Tops Barretts

By Bloodhorse.com POMONA, Calif. (Oct. 19, 2016) — A yearling from the first crop of California stallion Smiling Tiger, a multiple grade I-winning sprinter and millionaire, topped the Barretts October mixed sale at $190,000. Held at Barretts’ former home at Fairplex Park in Pomona, Calif., the sale included a broodmare for $105,000 as well as a $95,000 yearling filly. Overall sale figures were nearly identical to last year, when the sale was held at Del Mar. A total of 174 horses grossed $2,484,000 and averaged $14,276, compared with the 2015 figures of 175 horses grossing $2,534,500 and averaging $14,483. “This shows stability and that it doesn’t matter where you sell them, it’s what you sell that counts,” said Kim Lloyd, general manager of Barretts. The yearlings averaged $15,705, down 8.8% from the $17,218 average in 2015. A total of 82 of the 217 yearlings through the ring did not sell, for a buy-back rate of 37.8%. The yearling median was $8,500 in 2016 and $10,000 in 2015. “I was very pleased... ...

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Enola Gray Sizzles in California Distaff

From Santa Anita Publicity ARCADIA, Calif. (Oct. 15, 2016)–The lone three year old in a field of five fillies and mares, Enola Gray tried turf for the first time and avenged her only career loss with a gutty one length win under Tyler Baze in Saturday’s $100,000 California Distaff Handicap for Golden State Series eligible fillies and mares at Santa Anita. Owned and bred by Nick Alexander and trained by Phil D’Amato, the grey daughter of Grazen got 6 ½ furlongs down the hillside turf course in 1:11.57. Second as the 1-5 favorite against open company in the six furlong Beverly J. Lewis Stakes at Los Alamitos Sept. 11, Enola Gray broke from post position three today and was immediately engaged on the front end by Desert Steel, who broke from the rail under Rafael Bejarano. “I didn’t necessarily think that filly would go like she did, but it didn’t alter the way my filly ran,” said Baze. “I just wanted to give her a chance to spread her wings... ...

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‘Chrome in Another Fine Work

By Bloodhorse.com ARCADIA, Calif. (Oct. 15, 2016) –As most of the barns at Los Alamitos Race Course only started to rustle with activity during the early morning Oct. 15, California Chrome   stood like a sentinel at the top of the longest stretch run in North America. Ears pricked and unmoving, the chestnut son of Lucky Pulpit   patiently waited for the required outrider to make its way onto the track so he could go about his business for his first timed workout in preparation for the $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic (gr. I). “He’ll stand there all morning if you let him,” trainer Art Sherman said, looking through his binoculars from his elevated perch at Los Al’s trackside grill, Schwanie’s at the Gap. As the outrider emerged from the darkness and ambled toward the track, the 2014 Horse of the Year got his cue from exercise rider Dihigi Gladney and backtracked into the backstretch, before stopping on a dime again to take in his surroundings. As he made his way to... ...

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Photographer Bill Machon Passes

By Terry Miller, Arcadia Weekly I just received some very sad news that my good friend and horse photography mentor, Bill Machon passed away.  He truly was a fixture at Santa Anita and always had advice, a bloody good joke or two and knew everyone.  More importantly they knew and loved him. Bill was, for all intents and purposes the Ambassador of Racing Photojournalists, especially at Santa Anita and Hollywood Park tracks. Recently, April 2, the Press Photographers’ Association of Greater Los Angeles bestowed the Lifetime Achievement Award upon the eminent photographer Bill Mochon during its annual awards luncheon in Alhambra. A virtual fixture at Santa Anita Race Track in Arcadia, Mochon for years had been mentoring young and green photographers and helping us all understand horse racing photography’s dos and don’ts – i.e. like the first time I met Bill in the late 1990s he advised me it was perhaps not good protocol to stand in front of the automatic camera at the finish line … true story. Talk... ...

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CHRB Meeting Advisory

From CHRB ARCADIA, Calif. (Oct. 15, 2016) — The California Horse Racing Board will conduct its regular monthly meeting Thursday, October 20, at Santa Anta Park beginning at 9:30 a.m. The public is encouraged to attend. An audio-only webcast of the Board meeting can be heard through a link on the CHRB website (webcast). The Board agenda and supporting package of materials are available on the CHRB website. ...

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TOC Northern Meeting on Oct. 22

From TOC ALBANY, Calif. (Oct. 14, 2016) — Join TOC Staff and Directors at Golden Gate Fields for our Northern Annual Meeting. The event will include the general business meeting and a question-and-answer session, followed by a buffet luncheon and the Northern California TOC Owners’ Challenge Handicapping Contest (sponsored by XpressBet).     When:     Saturday, October 22, 2016 Where:    Golden Gate Fields, Bayview Lounge – Turf Club Time:      10:00 a.m.   You must be an Owner to RSVP, and if you want to attend both events, then you must RSVP separately.   ...

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California Diamond in Speakeasy

ARCADIA, Calif. (Oct. 14, 2016) – California Diamond is the lone California-bred entered in Sunday’s $70,000 Speakeasy Stakes for 2-year-olds at Santa Anita. California Diamond is by Harbor the Gold, out of the Slewdledo mare Carrie’s a Jewel, was bred by Stormy Hull, is owned by Rockingham Ranch and trained by Peter Miller. He has three wins in five starts, earnings of $212,100 and is coming off a win in the Sept. 18 Barretts Juvenile Stakes. ...

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Enola Gray, Home Journey Duel

ARCADIA, Calif. (Oct. 12, 2016) – Multiple stakes winner Enola Gray and graded winner Home Journey are part of a compact field entered in Saturday’s $100,000 California Distaff Handicap for Golden State Series eligible fillies and mares at Santa Anita. Desert Steel is by Desert Code, out of the Cozzene mare Lujien Lujien, was bred by Harris Farms, is owned by Eclipse Thoroughbreds or Bamford or House and is trained by Simon Callaghan. She has four wins in 13 starts, earnings of $225,779 and is coming off a fifth in a Sept. 2 optional claimer. Long Hot Summer is by Street Boss, out of the Stormy Atlantic mare Hotlantic, was bred by Harris Farms & Valpredo, is owned by Fanticola & Scardino and is trained by Phil D’Amato. She has five wins in 12 starts, earnings of $341,875 and is coming off a win in a Sept. 2 optional claimer. Enola Gray is by Grazen, out of the More Than Ready mare Unsung Heroine, was bred by owner Nick Alexander... ...

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G.G. Ryder Seeks Bull Dog Repeat

FRESNO, Calif. (Oct. 14, 2016) – Defending champion G.G. Ryder and fellow California-breds Touched by Autism and He’s a Pepper are entered in Sunday’s $50,000 Bull Dog Handicap at Fresno. Touched  by Autism is by Sierra Sunset, out of the Beau Genius mare Beau’s Gem, was bred by George and Mary Clare Schmitt, is owned by Johnny Toboada and is trained by Marcia Stortz. He has three wins in 11 starts, earnings of $122,994 and is coming off a third in a Sept. 24 optional claimer. G.G. Ryder is by Chhaya Dance, out of the Storm Boot mare Stormy Gigi, was bred by Eagle Oak Ranch, is owned by Jerry Hollendorfer or George Todaro and is trained by Hollendorfer. The multiple grade winner has 11 wins in 29 starts, earnings of $458,627 and is coming off a fifth in a Sept. 10 allowance. He won this race last year. He’s a Pepper is by Peppered Cat, out of the Crowning Storm mare Crown This Lady, was bred by owner and... ...

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All About Laughs at Northlands

EDMONTON, Alberta (Oct. 13, 2016) – All About Laughs is the lone California-bred entered in Saturday’s $50,000 Freedom of the City Stakes for 2-year-old fillies at Northlands Park. All About Laughs is by It’s No Joke, out of the Kissin Kris mare Crystal Kris, was bred by Mat Monaco, is owned by Lori Brickman and trained by Rodney Cone. She is a maiden making her sixth start with earnings of $4,778. ...

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Unusual Heat Pensioned

From Unusual Heat Syndicate COALINGA, Calif. (Oct. 10, 2016) – Unusual Heat, the All Time Leading Sire in California Progeny Earnings has been pensioned from stud at 26. “It is with great emotion that we have to announce the retirement of Unusual Heat”, said Harris Auerbach, managing partner of M. Auerbach, LLC. “He’s been remarkable and even in his final season at stud in 2016 managed to get 25 of 30 bred mares in foal. It’s been an amazing run and I’m happy that “Heat” can now just relax and enjoy the rest of his days just being a horse.” Doug Burge, longtime President of the California Thoroughbred Breeders’ Association remarked “He’s been the perennial leading sire in California for over a decade and his influence on CA breeding and racing through his sons and daughters will be prevalent for years to come.” Bred by John T. Jones in Kentucky, Unusual Heat is the son of Nureyev and Danish Champion mare Rossard. In 1991, he became the highest priced horse... ...

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Marino’s Wild Cat Returns to Harris Farms

FRESNO, Calif. (Oct. 6, 2016) – Marino’s Wild Cat, winner of the race two years ago, attempts to duplicate that result in Saturday’s $100,000 Harris Farms Stakes for Golden State Series eligibles at the Fresno Fair. Jimmy Bouncer is by Square Eddie, out of the General Meeting mare Meetmeinthewoods, was bred by owner Reddam Racing and is trained by Doug O’Neill. He has four wins in eight starts, earnings of $219,950 and is coming off a second in an Aug. 31 optional claimer. Algenon is a Kentucky-bred by California stallion Aragorn, out of the Swiss Yodeler mare Alpine Yodel, was bred by owner Rozamund Barclay and is trained by Len Kasmerski. He has three wins in 11 starts, earnings of $100,112 and is coming off a sixth in a Sept. 3 optional claimer. Overcomer is by Old Topper, out of the Unbridled mare Fasahah, was bred by Tommy Town Thoroughbreds, is owned by Horseplayers Racing club, Joe Regan or Saratoga West and is trained by Jeff Metz. He has four... ...

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Harlington’s Rose in L.A. Woman

ARCADIA, Calif. (Oct. 6, 2016) – Graded stakes winner Harlington’s Rose is the lone California-bred entered in Sunday’s $100,000 Grade III L.A. Woman Stakes for fillies and mares at Santa Anita. Harlington’s Rose is by Harlington, out of the Orientate mare A Rose for You, was bred by Y-Lo Racing Stables, is owned by Halasz, Johnson or Newhart, et al and is trained by Steve Knapp. She has four wins in 31 starts, earnings of $417,368 and is coming off a second in the July 4 Spring Fever. ...

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Barretts October Supplements Online

From Barretts POMONA, Calif. (Oct. 6, 2016) — The catalog supplement for the Barretts Fall Sale, which consists of 9 yearlings, 4 two-year-olds, 5 horses of racing age and 2 broodmare/broodmare prospects, is now on-line.  The Fall Sale now consists of 312 head and will be held on Tuesday October 18 starting at 11:00 a.m. in the Finish Line Sports Grill (FLSG) pavilion located on the grounds of the Fairplex Park in Pomona, California.   The entire catalog supplement, along with links to the catalog pages, is included at the bottom of this email.   The entire supplemental catalog in PDF format can be found here.  Hard copies of the supplemental catalog will be found both in the Santa Anita racing office in Arcadia and on the sales grounds at Fairplex Park in Pomona next week.  They will also show up in the Ipad version shortly.   The supplemental yearlings, which are sired by CREATIVE CAUSE, ESKENDEREYA, LUCKY PULPIT, MACLEAN’S MUSIC, MIZZEN MAST, RICHARD’S KID, THE FACTOR (2) and TIZNOW, will be... ...

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What a View Enters Shadwell Mile

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 5, 2016) – What a View is the lone California-bred entered in Saturday’s $1 million Shadwell Turf Mile Stakes at Keeneland. 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, the Elwood Johnston Trust and Taste of Victory Stables and is trained by Kenny Black. He has six wins in 12 starts, earnings of $592,148 and is coming off a graded wins in the Frank E Kilroe and Thunder Road. ...

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Patriots Rule in City of Hope Mile

ARCADIA, Calif. (Oct. 5, 2016) – Patriots Rule is the lone California-bred entered in Saturday’s $200,000 Grade II City of Hope Mile Stakes at Santa Anita. 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 six wins in 21 starts, earnings of $421,730 and is coming off a win in the July. 24 California Dreamin’. ...

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President Signs Continuing Resolution

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Friday, September 30, 2016) – President Obama signed a continuing resolution (CR) this week to fund the federal government through December 9. The CR is an extension of last year’s omnibus appropriations bill that expires today, September 30. The H-2B visa returning worker exemption was not renewed in the CR. This provision is important to horse trainers who use these visas to hire grooms, exercise riders and other stable hands at the racetrack when they are unable to find qualified American workers. Last year’s omnibus appropriations bill included a provision that exempted certain qualified workers from the H-2B visa cap of 66,000. Relief from the cap is important for H-2B visa employers because demand for H-2B visas often exceeds supply. Despite the absence of the returning worker exemption, the CR does include these H-2B provisions: Those paying H-2B wages are required to base wages on the job category and experience level required and not on an artificially inflated media wage; Seasonal employment is defined as 10 months of... ...

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Mike and Patty Harrington

See the full story featured in our printed magazine online By Emily Shields, pyoondensed version: Mike and Patty Harrington Patty Harrington swore that she wouldn’t sell California- bred Milton Freewater unless the money could make a significant difference in the lives of her and husband, Mike. When offers did start coming for the juvenile colt, bred, raised, and trained by Patty to win his debut, she stalled, waiting for a number that she had tucked away in her mind. Milton Freewater surpassed that number when he sold for $250,000 at the 2016 Barretts May 2-year-old sale to bloodstock agent Dennis O’Neill on behalf of owners Danny Kramer and Head of Plains Racing (Sol Kumin). The son of Creative Cause may have left the Harrington family, but his story is just one page in a continually unfolding tale written by the happily married couple, who have been jointly impacting the sport for decades. Patty recently overheard a man refer to Mike as “the stallion maker,” and the moniker rang true. Mike conditioned... ...

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John Henry Next for Ashleyluvssugar

ARCADIA, Calif. (Sept. 29, 2016) – Grade I winner Ashleyluvssugar and fellow California-breds El Huerfano and Ralis are entered in Sunday’s $200,000 Grade II John Henry Turf Championship at Santa Anita. El Huerfano (also entered in Saturday’s Awesome Again) is by Tannersmyman, out of the Capsized mare Adriftinthebay, was bred by M.A. Douzos, is owned by Barber or Wachtel Stable and is trained by Peter Miller. He has four wins in 18 starts, earnings of $170,112 and is coming off a fourth in the Aug. 20 Del Mar Handicap. Ralis 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 14 starts, earnings of $424,083 and is coming off a second in the Sept. 4 Del Mar Derby. Ashleyluvssugar is by Game Plan, out of the urgent Request mare Ashley’s Folly, was bred by owners Estate of Alesia, BranJam Stables & Ciaglia Racing and is trained by Peter Eurton. He... ...

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Stable Video Surveillance Enhanced

From CHRB ARCADIA, Calif. (Sept. 29, 2016)—Santa Anita Park has developed and installed a state-of-the-art video surveillance system that enables close monitoring of the track’s entire stable area on a 24 hour a day, seven day a week basis.  The new surveillance project, the most comprehensive system at any North American race track, is now fully operational in conjunction with opening day of Santa Anita’s 2016 Autumn Meet.        With over 1,900 stalls in Santa Anita’s stable area, well over 1,000 HD video cameras have been installed in order to closely monitor human and equine traffic in and out of individual stalls and barns.  The control center utilizes the best technology available with the capability to zoom in each of the HD cameras by a power of 25 in order to display and record in complete detail.  The video footage from each camera is stored and available for detailed subsequent review to ensure full transparency in the barn area.         “Our commitment at The Stronach Group and Santa Anita is... ...

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Cheekaboo Entered in Unzip Me

ARCADIA, Calif. (Sept. 28, 2016) – Grade II winner Cheekaboo and fellow California-bred Nine Point Nine are entered in Saturday’s $70,000 Unzip Me Stakes for 3-year-old fillies in Santa Anita. Nine Point Nine is by Tribal Rule, out of the Cahill Road mare Cielo Dulce, was bred by Stormy Hull and Ginger Samples, is owned by Holly & David Wilson and is trained by Vladimir Cerin. She has four wins in 16 starts, earnings of $156,300 and is coming off a fourth in the Aug. 28 Torrey Pines. Cheekaboo is by Unusual Heat, out of the Souvenir Copy mare Sandy Cheeks, was bred by Madeline Auerbach, Richard Rosenberg & Barry Abrams, is owned by Alesia, Burns or Ciaglia Racing and is trained by Peter Eurton. She has three wins in 10 starts, earnings of $296,441 and is coming off an eighth in the Aug. 20 Del Mar Oaks. ...

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Mirahmadi Hired by Golden Gate

By Bloodhorse.com ALBANY, Calif. (Sept. 28, 2016) –Veteran race caller Frank Mirahmadi will be the full-time track announcer at Golden Gate Fields when fall racing begins Oct. 20. Mirahmadi brings more than 20 years of professional experience to the bayside oval. The Los Angeles native will head to the Northern California track after calling the races at Monmouth Park, which ended its season Sept 25. Mirahmadi’s first day at Golden Gate will be on his 49th birthday. “Golden Gate Fields is one of the most beautiful racing venues in the country, and I’m excited to come back and announce the races there,” Mirahmadi said. “I can’t wait to celebrate my birthday doing a job that I love at a place as special as Golden Gate Fields.” Mirahmadi’s career began when he called his first race at Hollywood Park in 1992. His first full-time announcing job was at Hialeah Park in South Florida, where he called from 1996 until the historic track ended Thoroughbred racing in 2001. His career has taken him... ...

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Rail for ‘Chrome in Awesome Again

By Bloodhorse.com ARCADIA, Calif. (Sept. 28, 2016) — Art Sherman was a swirling mixture of exasperation and confidence when he learned of California Chrome  ‘s draw for the $300,000 Awesome Again Stakes (gr. I) Oct. 1 at Santa Anita Park. On one hand, the trainer could not be more sanguine about his chestnut superstar, coming off arguably the most impressive win of his career in the TVG Pacific Classic (gr. I). On the other hand, he’s tired of drawing the rail, where the 2014 Horse of the Year will be for the 1 1/8-mile test and last prep for the Breeders’ Cup Classic (gr. I). The inside post in a 1 1/4-mile race like the Pacific Classic is a bit different than in a 1 1/8-mile event, especially with the presence of Dortmund just to his outside in post 2. The massive son of Big Brown   gave California Chrome his toughest test of his current five-race win streak when he finished just a half-length back in the 1 1/16-mile San Diego... ...

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Cal-bred Pair in Rodeo Drive

ARCADIA, Calif. (Sept. 28, 2016) – California-breds Tiz a Kiss and Majestic Heat are entered in Saturday’s $300,000 Grade I Rodeo Drive Stakes for fillies and mares at Santa Anita. Tiz a Kiss is by Cee’s Tizzy, out of the Seattle Bound mare Candy Factory, was bred by Dahlberg Farms, is owned by Cicero Farms and trained by Richard Baltas. She has four wins in 20 starts, earnings of $314,751 and is coming off a win in a Sept. 1 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, Ron McCauley or Bardy Farms and is trained by Richard Mandella. She has four wins in nine starts, earnings of $254,794 and is coming off a win in the Aug. 14 Solana Beach. ...

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Only You Babe in Oak Tree Juvenile

PLEASANTON, Calif. (Sept. 28, 2016) – Multiple stakes winner Only You Babe is the likely favorite for Saturday’s $50,000 Oak Tree Juvenile Stakes for 2-year-olds at Oak Tree at Pleasanton Carville is by Globalize, out of the General Meeting mare Vote Getter, was bred by owner KMN Racing and Ellen Jackson and is trained by Jerry Hollendorfer. He has one win in five starts, earnings of $19,641 and is coming off a Sept. 2 maiden claiming win. Northern California Yearling Sale graduate Shadya’s Prince is by The Pamplemousse, out of the Unusual Heat mare Hottodi, was bred by George and Mary Clare Schmitt, is owned by Scott Herbertson and trained by Jonathon Wong. The $10,000 Northern California Yearling Sale purchase has one win in three starts, earnings of $9,625 and is coming off a fourth in the Aug. 14 Cavonnier Juvenile. Mystical Image is by Southern Image, out of the Game Plan mare Mystical Game, was bred by owners Curt and Lila Lanning and is trained by Ed Moger Jr.... ...

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CHRB Meeting Summary

CYPRESS, Calif. (Sept. 24, 2016) – The California Horse Racing Board conducted its regular meeting Thursday, September 22, at Los Alamitos Race Course. Chairman Chuck Winner presided. Commissioners Madeline Auerbach, Steve Beneto, Jesse Choper, 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: Executive Director Rick Baedeker reported that he, Chairman Winner, and other staff have been meeting with separate groups of jockeys, trainers, owners, veterinarians, and racetrack managements to discuss possible causes for equine fatalities and steps the industry and Board might take to further protect horses and riders. Chairman Winner described those meetings as being both candid and productive. Baedeker said he would report regularly on all safety initiatives taken or proposed. Chairman Winner reported that the term of Commissioner Richard Rosenberg has expired, so he will no longer be serving on the Board. The Chairman praised Rosenberg for his seven years of service and indicated that a more formal... ...

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Moon River Crosses Line in Style

LAUREL, Md. (Sept. 24, 2016) – Moon River, a Virginia-bred son of California stallion Bluegrass Cat, won Saturday’s $60,000 Punch Line Stakes at Laurel Park. Moon River ran the 5 ½ furlongs on turf in 1:02.03 and won by 1 ½ lengths at odds of 3-1 He has two wins in 15 starts and earnings of $117,970. ...

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Purses Boosted at Oak Tree-Pleasanton

Oak Tree at Pleasanton Fall Enhanced Cal-Bred Races Saturday, September 24 – 2 YO Fillies, Maiden Allowance (Cal-bred), 5 1/2 furlongs, Purse: $37,500 Sunday, September 25 – 2 YO, Maiden Allowance (Cal-bred), 5 1/2 furlongs, Purse: $37,500 Friday, September 30 – 2YO Fillies, Maiden Claiming $32,000 (Cal-breds), One Mile 70 yards, Purse: $28,500. Saturday, October 1 – 2YO, Maiden Claiming $32,000 (Cal-breds), One Mile 70 yards, Purse: $28,500. Questions?  Contact Racing Secretary Tom Doutrich at (415) 271-4613.  ...

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‘Chrome in Another Sharp Drill

By Bloodhorse.com CYPRESS, Calif. (Sept. 17, 2016) — The world’s best racehorse did his thing Sept. 17 at Los Alamitos Race Course, working six furlongs in 1:13 1/5. Los Al clockers caught California Chrome   in splits of :25 3/5, :49 2/5, and 1:01 1/5 en route to his final time under regular exercise rider Dihigi Gladney. Powering down the lane with relish, he finished up in the same impressive fashion he has shown trainer Art Sherman throughout his 5-year-old campaign. The California-bred 2014 Horse of the Year—who at this point in his undefeated 2016 season is well on his way to a second top Eclipse Award—remains on course for a run in the Oct. 1 Awesome Again (gr. I) at Santa Anita Park. “What impressed me was the last quarter of a mile; I got him in the last eighth of a mile in :11 and change, and that’s where the money is,” Sherman said. “He galloped out in :27. I’ll get one more work in him next Saturday going seven-eighths, and he’ll probably... ...

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Barretts October Catalog Online

 From Barretts POMONA, Calif. (Sept. 17, 2016) — The catalog for the Barretts October Yearling and Horses of All Ages Sale is now on-line and will mailed soon.  This auction of 292 head will be held on Tuesday Oct. 18, starting at 11 a.m. in the Finish Line Sport Grill pavilion located on the grounds of the Fairplex Park in Pomona, California. The yearlings will be stabled inside the original Barretts barns adjacent to the FLSG Pavilion. The interactive, sortable and searchable, on-line catalog can be viewed now here.   The October Sale catalog is also available for your Ipad.  Click here for details.   The main catalog includes 227 yearlings by such stallions as Acclamation, Alternation, Animal Kingdom, Big Brown, Cape Blanco, Champ Pegasus, Coil, Concord Point, Creative Cause, Data Link, Discreet Cat, Discreetly Mine, Eddington, Empire Way, English Channel,  Gemologist, Good Journey, Hold Me Back, Kodiak Kowboy, Lucky Pulpit, Macleans’s Music, Midnight Lute, Northern Afleet, Overanalyze, Richard’s Kid, Run Away and Hide, Shackleford, Silent Name, Smiling Tiger, Square... ...

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Fenton Appointed to TOC Board

By Bloodhorse.com ARCADIA, Calif. (Sept. 16, 2016) — The board of directors of the Thoroughbred Owners of California voted to appoint Gary Fenton to fill a vacancy on the board created by the recent resignation of Billy Morey. Fenton, who began his career as an entertainment attorney, is currently the managing partner of Little Red Feather Racing, one of California’s leading owners. Little Red Feather partnership group has syndicated more than 150 horses and brought hundreds of new owners into the sport. In 2016, it launched the industry’s first ever Equity Crowdfunding campaign in an effort to give the avid fan/prospective owner a chance to invest in horse ownership for the first time. Fenton lives in Los Angeles with his wife, Katie, and two sons. “We are pleased to welcome Gary as a board member,” said TOC president Greg Avioli. “His involvement and experience in the racing business will provide a unique perspective to the board.” ...

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California Diamond in Barretts Juvenile

CYPRESS, Calif. (Sept. 15, 2016) – Stakes winner California Diamond and fellow California-bred Dutt Bart are entered in Sunday’s $100,000 Barretts Juvenile for 2-year-olds at Los Alamitos. Dutt Bart is by Empire Way, out of the Essence of Dubai mare Applaud Dubai, was bred by Terry Lovingier, is owned by Chou, Lovingier or Deweese and is trained by Mike Harrington. He has one win in three starts, earnings of $45,325 and is coming off a second in an Aug. 19 optional claimer. California Diamond is by Harbor the Gold, out of the Slewdledo mare Carrie’s a Jewel, was bred by Stormy Hull, is owned by Rockingham Ranch and is trained by Peter Miller. He has two wins in four starts, earnings of $156,100 and is coming off a second in the Sept. 2 I’m Smokin. He won the Santa Anita Juvenile Stakes in July. ...

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Santa Anita’s Turf Course Debuts

By Bloodhorse.com ARCADIA, Calif. (Sept. 15, 2016) — Santa Anita Park’s all-new turf course got its first “close-up” in advance of its autumn meet opener Sept. 30 when trainer John Sadler and jockey Mike Smith teamed with Hronis Racing’s 3-year-old Curlin Rules to work four furlongs in 48 4/5 Sept. 15.   Curlin Rules entered the turf course near the finish line just before 10 a.m. and was kept well off the inside rail as he broke free from the pony heading down the turf course backstretch.   “This is just like Augusta (National Golf Club, home of the Masters),” joked Smith as he came off the course. “This colt seemed to really like it. It’s like a brand new putting green and it’s only going to get better. We’ve got two more weeks (before opening day) and that’s going to help even more.” Comprised of a Bandera-Bermuda Turf mixture, the new course was installed this past June and will be ready for racing on opening day, day one of... ...

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‘Chrome Back Atop Rankings

By Bloodhorse.com LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 15, 2016) –Off his dominating victory in the $1 million TVG Pacific Classic Stakes (gr. I) Aug. 20 at Del Mar, California Chrome   has moved back to the top of the Longines World’s Best Racehorse Rankings for 2016. In the rankings that consider races through August, California Chrome received a rating of 133, four points ahead of the duo of second-rated Travers Stakes (gr. I) winner Arrogate and A Shin Hikari. California Chrome, the 2014 Horse of the Year in the U.S., has delivered another splendid season. The California-bred son of Lucky Pulpit   has won all five of his starts highlighted by a score in the Dubai World Cup Sponsored by Emirates Airline (UAE-I). A new major player to the Longines World’s Best Racehorse Rankings is Arrogate (129). In his first start in graded stakes company, the 3-year-old colt made history when he won the Travers by 13 1/2 lengths and broke a track record that had stood for 37 years. Plans call for Arrogate to train up to the... ...

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Nite Delite in Turf Amazon

BETHSALEM, Pa. (Sept. 4, 2016) – Nite Delite is the lone California-bred entered in Monday’s $200,000 Turf Amazon Stakes for fillies and mares at Parx Racing. 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 and is trained by Linda Rice. She has four wins in 15 starts, earnings of $188,540 and is coming off a second in the Aug. 14 Blue Sparkler. ...

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Bodhisattva Entered in Greenwood Cup

BETHSALEM, Pa. (Sept. 4, 2016) – Multiple stakes winner Bodhisattva is the lone California-bred entered in Monday’s $200,000 Grade III Greenwood Cup Stakes at Parx Racing. 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 five wins in 21 starts, earnings of $239,283 and is coming off a seventh in the Aug. 6 West Virginia Governor’s Stakes. ...

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DRF.com on NorCal Yearling Sale

By DRF.com PLEASANTON, Calif. (Aug. 12, 2016) — Three years ago, the Northern California sale of yearlings and horses of racing age had a catalog of 117 horses. At Tuesday’s event at the Alameda county fairgrounds in Pleasanton, the sale will be more than double that size. There are 238 horses in the catalog, with a few supplemental hips expected. With a larger catalog comes higher expectations. Gross sales are expected to increase on Tuesday, according to Doug Burge, president of the California Thoroughbred Breeders Association, which conducts the sale. “The last few years, the sale has really taken off,” Burge said. “It wasn’t that long ago we cataloged 100 horses. We’ve cataloged 240 horses this year. This is all we can handle given the stabling situation at the Alameda County fairgrounds. “The sale is getting tremendous support, not just from people in the north but breeders and farms in the central and south as well. The last couple of years, it’s been strong and well attended.” In 2015, the... ...

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Majestic Heat Wins Solana Beach

From DMTC DEL MAR, Calif. (Aug. 14, 2016) — Majestic Heat, the 3-2 betting choice piloted by Del Mar’s leading rider this summer, Flavien Prat, held on gallantly in the final strides to nose out the onrushing longshot, Tiz a Kiss, and win the featured $150,000 Solana Beach Handicap for Golden State Series eligibles Sunday at Del Mar. Majestic Heat opened a clear lead in midstretch but then was fully extended to hold off the 14-1 Tiz a Kiss, who was handled by Kent Desormeaux. Singing Kitty, 9-5 second choice in the field of ten California-bred older fillies and mares, was third, two and one-quarter lengths farther back, with Mangita, the early pacemaker, fading to fourth. Minster’sadventure was withdrawn from the original line-up. “Excellent trip for me,” said Prat. “She’s got a high cruising speed and she was right where I wanted her to be. At the end, I thought I’d won it, but I wasn’t sure. It turned out well. The competition here at this meet (among riders) is... ...

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Only You Babe Wins Debutante

By DRF.com SANTA ROSA, Calif. (Aug. 14, 2016) — Only You Babe ($5.80) rallied from last place to score her third straight victory and second stakes triumph as she won the $62,125 Wine Country Debutante at the Santa Rosa Fair Grounds in Santa Rosa on Sunday. The 2-year-old Thorn Song filly ran down pacesetting Unbroken Code to score a half-length victory in 1:12.69 in the six-furlong stakes for 2-year-old fillies. She had also defeated Unbroken Code in a photo in the Juan Gonzalez at Oak Tree Pleasanton after losing a photo to her in a maiden race. The Larry and Marianne Williams’ Cal-bred is a half sister to Can Can Babe, who ran second in this race in 2014. Only You Babe earned $41,000 for the win and has now earned$115,600 in her five-race career, which includes three wins and two seconds. Only You Babe broke last, but did not get off badly.  Jockey Frank Alvarado did not ask for anything until beginning to move up on the turn. “I... ...

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‘Chrome Tunes Up for Pacific Classic

By DRF.com CYPRESS, Calif. (Aug. 14, 2016) — California Chrome worked five furlongs in 1:00.20 before dawn at Los Alamitos on Sunday, his final major exercise before the $1 million Pacific Classic at Del Mar on Aug. 20. Ridden by exercise rider Dihigi Gladney, California Chrome worked alone and without substantial urging. According to Los Alamitos clockers, California Chrome worked the opening quarter-mile in 24.80 seconds, went three furlongs in 36.80, and a half-mile in 48.40 seconds. Trainer Art Sherman timed California Chrome in 1:00.40. Sunday’s workout was California Chrome’s second since a win in the Grade 2 San Diego Handicap on July 23. California Chrome will be favored in the Pacific Classic, which is run at 1 1-4 miles. California Chrome is scheduled to be shipped to Del Mar on Monday to continue preparation for Saturday’s race. ...

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NorCal Sale Grad Wins Jess Jackson

By DRF.com SANTA ROSA, Calif. (Aug. 13, 2016) — Northern California Yearling Sale graduate My Friend Emma ($6) made amends for a disappointing effort in last month’s Oak Tree Sprint with a record-setting performance in the $63,550 Jess Jackson Owners’ Handicap, finishing in 55.75 seconds at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds on Saturday. His time in the five-furlong turf sprint shattered Ain’t No Other’s course record of 56.47 seconds set in winning the 2013 Jess Jackson. Juan Hernandez, who rode Ain’t No Other, was also aboard My Friend Emma. The 4-year-old Tannersmyman gelding, bred by Jim Eaton, broke sharply, opening an immediate lead. Although he ran so well that it is hard to imagine anyone beating him, his cause was helped when speedy 9-10 favorite Cartoonist did not break, spotting his rival several lengths early. My Friend Emma, who won a five-furlong turf race here after being eased following a poor break in the Oak Tree Sprint at Pleasanton, was unchallenged throughout, with fractions of 22.62 seconds and 44.97 before running... ...

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Jockey Club Projects 2017 Foal Crop

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Aug. 13, 2016) — The Jockey Club is projecting a 2017 North American registered Thoroughbred foal crop of 22,500. The projection for the 2016 foal crop was also 22,500. The 22,500 foals estimated for 2017 and for 2016 is a 2.3% increase from the 22,000 projected for both the 2015 and 2014 foal crops. “As always, this projection is based on reports of mares bred received to date, and we estimate that approximately 80% 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 2016 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 2016 breeding season are encouraged to do... ...

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Acclamation Has First Winner

DEL MAR, Calif. (Aug. 12, 2016) – California stallion and two-time Horse of the Year Acclamation was represented by his first winner on Friday when Accountability won the eighth race, a maiden special weight for California-breds, at Del Mar. Accountability is a colt out of the Bold Badgett mare Roberta’s Mango, was bred by Old English Rancho, is owned by Craig Martin and Paul Newhart and trained by Rafael Becerra. Accountability ran the 5 ½ furlongs in 1:05.48 and won by one-half length at odds of 7-1 in the field of nine. ...

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Dressed to a T in CTT and TOC

DEL MAR, Calif. (Aug. 15, 2016) – Dressed to a T is the lone California-bred entered in Friday’s $75,000 CTT and TOC Handicap for fillies and mares at Del Mar. Dressed to a T is by Square Eddie, out of the Kendor mare Clerical Error, was bred by owner Reddam Racing and is trained by Ben Cecil. She has three wins in eight starts, earnings of $147,978 and is coming off a win in a July 28 optional claimer. ...

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Lost Bus in Rancho Bernardo

DEL MAR, Calif. (Aug. 14, 2016) – California-breds Lost Bus and Coniah are entered in Wednesday’s $100,000 Grade III Rancho Bernardo Handicap for fillies and mares at Del Mar. Lost Bus is by Bring the Heat, out of the Stravinsky mare Frysland, was bred by John Haagsma & Wesley Ward, is owned by Terry Lovingier and trained by Gary Sherlock.  She has five wins in 15 starts, earnings of $410,818 and is coming off a win in the July 4 Spring Fever. Coniah is by Harlington, out of the Lord At War mare Pretti Woman, was bred by owners James and Tammy McKinney and is trained by Bill Morey. She has two wins in nine starts, earnings of $57,820 and is coming off a second in the July 23 California Governor’s Cup Handicap. ...

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NorCal Sale Grad in Debutante

SANTA ROSA, Calif. (Aug. 11, 2016) – Northern California Yearling Sale graduate Shari and fellow California-breds Only You Babe and Little Hawk are entered in Sunday’s $50,000 Wine Country Debutante for 2-year-old fillies at Santa Rosa. Only You Babe is by Thorn Song, out of the Johannesburg mare Book’em Babe, was bred by owners Mr. and Mrs. Larry Williams and is trained by Steve Specht. She has two wins in four starts, earnings of $74,600 and is coming off a win in the July 2 Juan Gonzalez Memorial. Shari is by Lucky Pulpit, out of the Tabasco Cat mare Shahalie Lake, was bred by Ed Moger Jr. and Patrick Neary, is owned by Robert Jones and trained by Faith Taylor. The $20,000 Northern California Yearling Sale purchase has one win in two starts, earnings of $23,556 and is coming off a July 1 maiden win. Little Hawk is by Marino Marini, out of the Salt Lake mare Bodacious Bertha, was bred by Matk Tatch, is owned by Alameda, Gonzalez, Kitchen... ...

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Rinse and Repeat in Best Pal

DEL MAR, Calif. (Aug. 11, 2016) – Rinse and Repeat is the lone California-bred entered in Saturday’s $200,000 Grade II Best Pal Stakes for 2-year-olds at Del Mar. Rinse and Repeat is by Square Eddie, out of the Gilded Time mare Electric Daze, was bred by owner Reddam Racing and is trained by Doug O’Neill. He has one win in three starts, earnings of $56,520 and is coming off a July 16 maiden win. ...

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Alert Bay Ships for Longacres

AUBURN, Wash. (Aug. 11, 2016) – Millionaire Alert Bay is the lone California-bred entered in Sunday’s $200,000 Grade III Longacres Mile Handicap at Emerald Downs. Alert Bay is by City Zip, out of the Dushyantor mare Hickory, was bred by Thomas Bell and Ross McLeod, is owned by Peter Redekop and trained by Blaine Wright. He has 12 wins in 28 starts, earnings of $1,127,815 and is coming off a fourth in the July 24 California Dreamin’. He was third in this race last year. ...

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Curly Girl in Emerald Distaff

AUBURN, Wash. (Aug. 11, 2016) – Curly Girl is the lone California-bred entered in Sunday’s $65,000 Emerald Distaff Handicap for fillies and mares at Emerald Downs. Curly Girl is by Tannersmyman, out of the Scatmandu mare Adarlyn Cat, was bred by Joseph Morey Jr. Revocable Trust, is owned by K & W Stable and is trained by Larry Ross. She has five wins in 22 starts, earnings of $107,041 and is coming off a fourth in the July 17 Boeing Stakes. ...

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Solid Field in Solana Beach

DEL MAR, Calif. (Aug. 11, 2016) – Barbara Beatrice and Majestic Heat are the two entrants coming off wins  going into Sunday’s $150,000 Solana Beach Stakes for Golden State Series eligible fillies and mares at Del Mar. Mangita is by Cyclotron, out of the Eastern Echo mare Moana Loa, was bred by owners Bruce Headley, Irwin Molasky and Andrew Molasky and is trained by Headley. She has four wins in 17 starts, earnings of $226,229 and is coming off a fourth in a July 17 optional claimer. She was third in this race last year. Charming Starlet is by Roi Charmant, out of the Skywalker mare Starlet Sky, was bred by B&B Zietz Stables, is owned by Curt and Lila Lanning and trained by Ed Moger Jr. She has five wins in 26 starts, earnings of $195,771 and is coming off a ninth in a July 17 optional claimer. Singing Kitty is by Ministers Wild Cat, out of the Unbridled’s Song mare Natural Singer R N, was bred by Tommy... ...

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Free N Clear Wins at Saratoga

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (Aug. 11, 2016) – Free N Clear, a New York-bred daughter of California stallion Bluegrass Cat, won Thursday’s $100,000 New York Stallion Series Stakes at Saratoga. Free N Clear is a 3-year-old out of the Wheaton mare Mama I’m Home. She has three wins in nine starts, earnings of $146,930 and ran the mile on turf in 1:36.94, winning by one-half length at odds of 8-1 in a field of seven. ...

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Ranger Rod Entered in Manzano

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (Aug. 10, 2016) – Ranger Rod is the lone California-bred entered in Saturday’s $50,000 Manzano Stakes for 2-year-olds at Albuquerque. Ranger Rod is by Chattahoochie War, out of the Malibu Moon mare Night Teller, was bred by owner Gallegos del Norte Racing and is trained by Jose Rodriguez. He is a maiden making his second start with earnings of $1,500. ...

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NorCal Sale Grad in Jess Jackson

SANTA ROSA, Calif. (Aug. 11, 2016) – Northern California Yearling Sale graduate My Friend Emma and fellow California-breds Johnny Reb and Cartoonist are entered in Saturday’s $50,000 Jess Jackson Owners’ Handicap at Santa Rosa. Johnny Reb is by One Man Army, out of the Unusual Heat mare Unusual Babe, was bred by Crystal Valley Farms, is owned by Irminger, Stephenson or Walker and is trained by Michael Lenzini. He has nine wins in 25 starts, earnings of $93,907 and is coming off a July 29 optional claiming win. My Friend Emma is by Tannersmyman, out of the Artax mare Ma Ka Bet, was bred by Jim Eaton, is owned by Rosa Camacho or Gerardo Robles and is trained by Monty Meier. The $1,000 purchase at the Northern California Yearling Sale has four wins in 11 starts, earnings of $112,571 and is coming off a July 30 optional claiming win. Cartoonist is by Comic Strip, out of the Devil On Ice mare Ivy Lane, was bred by Dr. and Mrs. William... ...

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Grace Draws Cal-bred Quartet

SANTA ROSA, Calif. (Aug. 4, 2016) – California-breds He’s a Pepper, Eagle Screams, Tamarando and Unusually Green are entered in Sunday’s $50,000 Joseph T. Grace Handicap at Santa Rosa. He’s a Pepper is by Peppered Cat, out of the Crowning Storm mare Crown This Lady, was bred by owner and trainer Alex Paszkiecz. He has two wins in 15 starts, earnings of $63,420 and is coming off a third in the June 25 Oak Tree Handicap. Eagle Screams is by Redattore, out of the Free House mare Dreamy Jeanie, was bred by Don Eidson, is owned by Scott Herbertson or Deborah Kriletich and is trained by Jonathon Wong. He has 10 wins in 48 starts, earnings of $387,760 and is coming off a seventh in the June 25 Oak Tree Handicap. He was second in this race last year. Tamarando is by Bertrando, out of the Dehere mare Tamarack Bay, was bred by owners Mr. and Mrs. Larry Williams and is trained by Jeff Bonde. He has four wins in... ...

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Cal-bred Trio in Dupret Derby

SANTA ROSA, Calif. (Aug. 4, 2016) – California-breds Call Saul, Tentwelvefourteen and Awe are entered in Saturday’s $50,000 Robert Dupret Derby for 3-year-olds at Santa Rosa. Call Saul is by Comic Strip, out of the Roar mare Ms. Booty, was bred by Dr. & Mrs. William Gray, is owned by Gallegos, Greenman, Hickman-McBrayer & Tahajian and is trained by Dean Greenman. He has two wins in 10 starts, earnings of $53,831 and is coming off a consecutive wins. Tentwelvefourteen is by Tannersmyman, out of the Synastry mare Sassy Synner, was bred by M.A. Douzos & G. Matos, is owned by Sandra Matos or Daniel Rubendall and is trained by G. Matos. He has one win in six starts, earnings of $39,069 and is coming off a July 21 maiden win. Awe is by Bold Chieftain, out of the Cari Hill Hajii mare Dancing Spray, was bred by Duane Offield, is owned by Linda Espinosa and Offield and is trained by Offield. He has one win in nine starts, earnings of... ...

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Camano Comet Enters Shinpoch

AUBURN, Wash. (Aug. 4, 2016) – Camano Comet is the lone California-bred entered in Sunday’s $50,000 Barbara Shinpoch Stakes for 2-year-old fillies at Emerald Downs. Camano Comet is by Council Member, out of the Somersham mare Crème, was bred by Nina and Ron Hagen, is owned by How We Roll and is trained by Steve Bullock. She has one win in three starts, earnings of $16,513 and is coming off a third in the July 17 Angie C. Stakes. ...

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TOC Annual Meeting Aug. 6

From TOC DEL MAR, Calif. (July 29, 2016) — Don’t miss the Southern California Annual Meeting at Del Mar next Saturday, August 6! The meeting will begin at 8:30 a.m. in the Veranda Cafe and includes a complimentary buffet breakfast.   Learn about the latest issues affecting owners, meet TOC directors and staff, and mingle with other owners. There will also be an opportunity to have your questions answered by the board of directors.   Space is limited, so reservations are recommended and can be made online here or by calling (858) 794-1018. ...

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Francoise Dupuis

See the full story featured in our printed magazine online By Emily Shields, condensed version: Francoise Dupuis The globe-trotting Francoise Dupuis, co-breeder of California-bred Masochistic, was born in Madagascar, spent time in Brazil, moved to France, tackled the East Coast of the United States, and eventually settled in her current home of California. On her worldly journey, one thing remained consistent: her irrefutable love of horses. Dupuis did most of her growing up in Maisons-Laftte, France, where she rode horses after school and on the weekends. A friend suggested she try the “fun” of galloping racehorses, and Dupuis fell in love, both with the sport and with her future husband, Jean- Pierre Dupuis. Te couple moved to America, with Francoise starting as a hot-walker while her husband rode over jumps in Camden, S.C. Francoise was meant to be a student studying American law after already studying the subject in France, but battles over her green card meant that she was forced to travel back and forth between America and France... ...

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Central Heat Risks Win Streak

SANTA ROSA, Calif. (July 28, 2016) – Defending champ Central Heat risks a seven-race win streak in Sunday’s $50,000 Luther Burbank Handicap for fillies and mares at Santa Rosa. Lucy in Diamonds is by Rock Hard Ten, out of the Relaunch mare Spritz, was bred by Al Graziani & Joe Russell, is owned by Graziani, Park or Russell and is trained by Jerry Hollendorfer. She has three wins in 16 starts, earnings of $96,676 and is coming off a third in a June 12 optional claimer. Mon Petite is by Papa Clem, out of the Jeune Homme mare Avranches, was bred by Barry Abrams, Madeline Auerbach and Marie Goda, is owned by G C C I and is trained by Cliff DeLima. She has five wins in 33 starts, earnings of $178,482 and is coming off a fourth in a June 11 claimer. Qiaona is by Wilko, out of the Skywalker mare Starlet Sky, was bred by B & B Zietz Stables, is owned by Curt & Lila Lanning and... ...

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Cal-bred Pair in Wine Country

SANTA ROSA, Calif. (July 28, 2016) – California-breds She’s My Cookie and Breakaway Dixie are entered in Saturday’s $50,000 Wine Country Stakes for 3-year-old fillies at Santa Rosa. She’s My Cookie is by Olmodovar, out of the West by West mare Spirited, was bred by Milt Policzer & Diane Becker, is owned by John Wall Sr. or Patty Wall and is trained by William Delia. She has one win in six starts, earnings of $8,295 and is coming off a fifth in a May 28 starter’s allowance. Breakaway Dixie is by Marino Marini, out of the Siberian Summer mare Grey Lassie, was bred by owners Randy Randazzo and Paul Conley and is trained by Ed Moger Jr. She has two wins in nine starts, earnings of $58,796 and is coming off a fourth in the June 18 Pleasanton Oaks. ...

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