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Review Category : Announcement

Hermann New Golden Gate Announcer

ByBloodhorse.com ALBANY, Calif. (May 2, 2016) — Angela Hermann has been named the Golden Gate Fields track announcer for the remainder of the 2016 winter/spring meet. She will be the first full-time female track announcer in the United States. Hermann has been the guest analyst at Golden Gate on weekends throughout the recently concluded Turf Festival. As part of her visit to the Bay Area track, she called a few races under the watchful eye of Michael Wrona, who will begin his new duties at Santa Anita Park May 5. Hermann previously worked as the racing analyst and substitute announcer at Canterbury Park. BLOOD-HORSE STAFF: Wrona Named Santa Anita Park Announcer “We are excited to introduce Angela to our Golden Gate fans,” said Joe Morris, senior vice president of West Coast operations for The Stronach Group. “As you would expect, there were a number of very experienced and very well qualified announcers interested in the Golden Gate position, but we felt the time was right to bring our fans a... ...

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Coil Gets First Winner

ALBANY, Calif. (May 1, 2016) – California stallion Coil was represented by his first winner when the 2-year-old filly Recoiling, his first foal to race, won Sunday’s third race at Golden Gate, a maiden special weight,  at first asking. Recoiling is out of the Pentelicus mare Chanceofalifetime, was bred by Martin Bach, is owned by Bach, Lynn Gitomer and Daniel Weiner and is trained by William Morey. Recoiling ran the 4 ½ furlongs in 52.29 and won by 1 ¾ lengths at odds of 2-1 in a field of eight. Coil, a son of Point Given, stands at Magali Farms. ...

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Triple for Unusual Heat

ALBANY, Calif.  (May 1, 2016) – California stallion Unusual Heat was represented by three winners on the nine-race card at Golden Gate. Unusual Storm, out of the Stormy Atlantic mare Storm Queen, won the first race, a $12,500 claimer. She was bred by Gordon Bithell. Lily Kai, out of the Northern Afleet mare Amadamprez, won the fourth race, a Cal-bred allowance. She was bred by owner Donald Dizney. Cheekaboo, out of the Souvenir Copy mare Sandy Cheeks, won the eighth race, the $100,000 Campanile Stakes. She was bred by Madeline Auerbach, Richard Rosenberg and Barry Abrams. ...

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Sid Huntley Passes at 79

From CTFMA      Sid Huntley passed away at age 79 on January 23 in Weatherford, Texas. Sid was a former president of the CTFMA and was a fine individual.  He was born in Colfax, Washington, but  spent the majority of his life in California. His parents started racing Quarter Horses in 1950 and went on to win the All American Futurity three times. Their initial win was in 1959 with Galobar, in 1961 they won with Pokey Bar and in 1963 they won again with Goetta. The All American Futurity is the world’s richest horse race for two year olds. In 1964 Goetta was named the World Champion Quarter Horse. Their ranch stood several great stallions including Depth Charge, Feast, and the great Sugar Bars. Sid was a member of the Rancho Vistadores.  He loved roping, dutch oven cooking and leather tooling. He especially loved spending time with his family.  He leaves his wife Charlton, eight children and seven grandchildren. Sid was a kind man and will be missed by all... ...

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Donn Luby Passes at 71

By Bloodhorse.com ARCADIA, Calif. (Apr. 29, 2016) — Former trainer and Santa Anita Park stall manager Donn Luby died in his sleep April 26 from complications of cancer at the Life Care Center in Bridgeton, Mo. He was 71. An avid golfer, Luby, who frequently had a tobacco pipe in-hand, was a well-respected horseman and friend to many in Southern California’s large racing community. “He was a good guy,” trainer Jerry Fanning said. “He was a good stall man. He trained—did everything.” An assistant to Gary Jones in the late 1970s, Luby took over the training of Eleven Stitches in the spring of 1981 and sent him out to victory with Sandy Hawley aboard in the Hollywood Gold Cup (gr. I) that summer. Seven years later, he would go on to train Flying Julia, who won the Santa Margarita Handicap (gr. I) under Frank Olivares in 1988. “He was one wonderful person and a fair stall man,” said Santa Anita assistant starter Huey Barnes. “In that job, you have to... ...

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Empire Way has First Winner

By Bloodhorse.com CYPRESS, Calif. (Apr. 29, 2016) — California stallion Empire Way   got his first winner April 29 when his son Dutt Bart, out of Applaud Dubai, by Essence of Dubai, won a  4 1/2-furlong maiden special weight at Los Alamitos Race Course in his first start by 2 1/4 lengths. The final time was :52.07. A grade II-placed full brother to three-time champion Royal Delta, Empire Way stands at Lovacres Ranch in California for $5,000. Dutt Bart was bred by Lovacres Ranch owner Terry Lovingier and is co-owned by Lovingier and Albert Chou. The colt had been offered by Lovacres at the 2015 Barretts October yearling and horses of racing age sale where he was sold for $50,000 to agent Mike Harrington, who is Dutt Bart’s trainer. The colt is the first foal bred by Lovingier out of winner Applaud Dubai and is the mare’s second winner out of three foals of racing age. Applaud Dubai was a winner at 2 but found only modest success at the track. Her dam, Miss... ...

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Barretts May Catalog Online

From Barretts DEL MAR, Calif. (Apr. 28, 2016) — The catalog for the 27th Annual Barretts May Sale of Two-Year-Olds in Training and Horses of Racing Age is now on-line and will be mailed soon.  This auction of 138 head will be held on Friday May 27 beginning at 1:00 p.m. on the grounds of the Del Mar Racetrack in Del Mar, California.   The interactive on-line catalog can be viewed now here.   The May Sale catalog is also available for your Ipad.  Click here for details.   The official training preview is scheduled to be held on Wednesday, May 25 on the Del Mar Racetrack beginning at 10:00 a.m.   The preview will be streamed live here.  Video clip for each preview will be posted shortly after each horse previews here.   Among the many top stallions represented in the sales catalog are Acclamation, Afleet Alex, Archarcharch, Bodemeister, Broken Vow, Candy Ride, City Zip, Creative Cause, Discreet Cat, Drosselmeyer, Empire Way, Exchange Rate, First Dude, First Samurai, Friesan Fire,... ...

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Racehorse Summit Set for June 28

From The Jockey Club LEXINGTON, Ky. (Apr. 28, 2016) –The seventh Welfare and Safety of the Racehorse Summit will feature a mix of updates on previous summit topics such as racing surfaces, rider safety, and equine injuries and new topics including nutrition, biosecurity, and respiratory health. The summit, organized and underwritten by Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation and The Jockey Club, will be hosted by Keeneland Association on June 28 and will be open to the public. It will also be streamed live on the Jockey Club website and the Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation’s website. Those interested in attending the summit can register for free here. The event will again be emceed by Donna Barton Brothers, former jockey and current NBC racing analyst. Brothers is on the advisory board for the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance and is the author of the horse racing guide “Inside Track.” Other new topics include an update from the American Association of Equine Practitioners racing committee, a progress report on biomarker research, and discussions regarding compounded medications, nutraceuticals, lameness,... ...

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Del Mar, Stronach Offer $1M Bonus

From DMTC DEL MAR, Calif. (Apr. 28, 2016) — Del Mar and The Stronach Group have announced an offer of a $1-million bonus to a horse who sweeps this year’s TVG Pacific Classic, the Xpressbet Awesome Again Stakes and the Breeders’ Cup Classic. The three Grade I races, all open to 3-year-olds and up, are scheduled to be run on Saturday, August 20 (TVG Pacific Classic at Del Mar), Saturday, October 1 (Xpressbet Awesome Again Stakes at Santa Anita Park) and Saturday, November 5 (Breeders’ Cup Classic at Santa Anita Park). The $1,000,000 TVG Pacific Classic and the $5,000,000 Breeders’ Cup Classic are both run at a mile and one quarter. The $300,000 Xpressbet Awesome Again is contested at a mile and one eighth. “A big part of our business is to bring our fans the stars of the game,” said Del Mar’s executive vice president for racing Tom Robbins. “A bonus like this is an extra added incentive for the best horses to come to Southern California and aim... ...

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Informed Gets First Stakes Winner

PHOENIX, Ariz. (Apr. 23, 2016) – Arizona-bred Scrap Iron, from the first crop of California stallion Informed, became his sire’s first stakes winner with his victory in Saturday’s $50,076 Gene Fleming Breeders’ Derby at Turf Paradise. His time for the 1 1/16 miles on the main track was 1:44.98. The 3-year-old gelding, bred by owner Roger P. Downes and trained by Kevin Eikleberry, is the second foal from the Atticus mare Pagan Baby. Informed, a graded stakes winner of $521.349 by Tiznow, stands at Ridgeley Farm near Hemet, Calif., for $2,500 live foal. ...

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CHRB Meeting Summary

From CHRB ALBANY, Calif. (Apr. 25, 2016) — The California Horse Racing Board conducted its regular meeting Thursday, April 21, at Golden Gate Fields. Chairman Chuck Winner presided. Vice Chair Richard Rosenberg and Commissioners Madeline Auerbach, Steve Beneto, and Jesse Choper also were in attendance. The audio of this entire Board meeting is available on the CHRB Website (www.chrb.ca.gov) under the Webcast link. In brief: ·        The Board approved a joint request by the California Authority of Racing Fairs (CARF) and San Joaquin County Fair to reallocate two weeks of race dates (September 21 through October 4, 2016) to the Alameda County Fairgrounds in Pleasanton after San Joaquin officials indicated they did not wish to run those dates in Stockton as previously allocated. ·        The Board approved for public notice various regulations and amendments requiring that all horses be microchipped by January 1, 2018, in order to race in California. ·        The Board approved a request by management and horsemen at Los Alamitos to immediately suspend authorization for the use... ...

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OwnerView Taking Conference Registrations

From OwnerView ARCADIA, Calif. (Apr. 21, 2016) –Today OwnerView officially opened registration for the third edition of the Thoroughbred Owner Conference being held at Santa Anita Park, October 31 – November 3, 2016, the same week as the Breeders’ Cup World Championships. The upcoming conference promises to entertain attendees, to inform them about important issues related to Thoroughbred ownership, and to provide multiple opportunities for guests to network and socialize with industry leaders, speakers and other owners. The business panels, topics and speakers have been finalized, and this next conference is shaping up to be another great event for owners on every level. Some of the speakers invited are top industry trainers, jockeys and owners, including Bob Baffert, Richard Mandella, Art Sherman, Gary Stevens, Mike Smith, Laffit Pincay, Dean Reeves, Barbara Banke, and John Amerman. As an added bonus, on behalf of the Breeders’ Cup, you will receive one Grandstand Reserved seating ticket as part of your Thoroughbred Owner Conference registration for both Breeders’ Cup World Championships racing days on November... ...

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Margie Lambert Passes

LOS ANGELES, Calif. (Mar. 31, 2016) — Marjorie (Margie) Lambert owner of Ren-Mar Thoroughbreds, Inc., died March 23 at her home in Los Angeles. A Celebration of the Life of Lambert will be held on Monday April 4, at 2:30 p.m., at Forest Lawn Hollywood Hills. Reception to follow. In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that donations in memory of Marjorie D. Lambert be sent to United Pegasus Foundation in Tehachapi or The Sweet Water Ranch in Chatsworth. ...

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Del Mar Announces Stakes Schedule

From DMTC Publicity DEL MAR, Calif. (Mar. 30, 2016) — Del Mar will present 43 stakes events during its 39-day season worth a total of $7.55 million, highlighted by the seaside course’s ‘piece de resistance’ – the $1-million TVG Pacific Classic, scheduled for Saturday, August 20. The track’s 77th summer gathering alongside the blue Pacific will take place from Friday, July 15 through Labor Day Monday, September 5. The shore oval’s 33 major, or “advertised,” stakes again will carry purses ranging from $100,000 to $1,000,000, while its 10 “overnight” stakes each will be worth $75,000. Further, the racing headquarters “where the turf meets the surf” will provide its horsemen with projected purses of more than $525,000 a day, the richest incentives of their kind in California and among the most lucrative of any race meet in America. Del Mar will present 21 graded stakes in all – six of them (including the TVG Pacific Classic) Grade I, 11 valued at Grade II and four at Grade III. The Classic, run at... ...

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NTRA Annual Report Available

From NTRA WASHINGTON, D.C. (Mar. 30, 2016) — Click here to view the 2015 NTRA Legislative Action Campaign Annual Report Features of the report include: ·        Federal legislative summary ·        List of 2015 contributors to the Legislative Action Campaign ·        Videos explaining NTRA legislative fundraising and advocacy ·        Membership benefit information for contributors The NTRA thanks all individuals, farms, racing stables/partnerships, bloodstock services, sales companies and industry organizations who contributed to one or more of the NTRA’s legislative fundraising programs.  This support allows the NTRA’s federal legislative team to represent the horse racing and breeding industry in Washington, D.C. and is crucial to the team’s success there. ...

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The Factor Colt Tops Barretts

By Bloodhorse.com DEL MAR, Calif. (Mar. 30, 2016) — A son of first-crop sire The Factor   who previewed with a furlong work in :09 4/5, brought $460,000 to top the Barretts select 2-year-old sale at Del Mar March 30. A daughter of Smart Strike was the highest-priced filly at $450,000. The sale topper is headed to Japan, while the Smart Strike filly will remain in California. Dr. Riki Takahashi, who has been successful buying future stakes winners out of the Barretts March sale, purchased the colt by The Factor, while trainer Bob Baffert bought the Smart Strike filly. The sale averaged $124,558 for 43 sold, down 8.8% over 2015, when 45 averaged $136,622. This year Barretts held the sale at Del Mar in late March, whereas the corresponding sale last year was held at Fairplex in Pomona in late February. With 62 withdrawals, the sale grossed $5,356,000 in 2016, compared to $6,148,000 in 2015. “We were a little stronger on the top this year, and the higher-end horses did well,”... ...

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CHRB Meeting Summary

From CHRB SACRAMENTO, CA – The California Horse Racing Board conducted its regular meeting Thursday, March 24, at Cal Expo. Vice Chairman Richard Rosenberg presided. Commissioners Madeline Auerbach, Steve Beneto, and Jesse Choper also were in attendance. The audio of this entire Board meeting is available on the CHRB Website (www.chrb.ca.gov) under the Webcast link. In brief: The Board approved the Sahara Dunes Casino (Lake Elsinore Hotel) to accept wagers on horse racing. Ten other minisatellites already are operating within California private businesses, such as card cards, sports bars, and restaurants, so this will be the 11th. Wagering also is offered at 29 other racetracks and simulcast facilities throughout the state. The Board approved for public notice a proposed regulatory amendment to both encourage the proper use of the whip and reduce its use in harness racing by, for example, prohibiting drivers from using the whip more than three times in succession without giving the horse a chance to respond. A similar rule governing use of the riding crop already... ...

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TOC Announces 2015 Awards

From TOC             ARCADIA, Calif. (Mar. 25, 2016) — The Thoroughbred Owners of California (TOC) has announced the winners of its 2015 statistical awards for leading California owners. Reddam Racing LLC was leading owner in purse money won in California as well as leading owner by number of wins; Watson, Pegram and Weitman led all owners by number of California stakes wins; and Kings River Ranch was leading owner by number of California starts. David and Mark Greco, Patrick Grohl and Brent Malmstrom were selected as Rookies of the Year.   Reddam Racing runners earned a total of $2,922,316 in California last year, with 49 wins from 251 starts. Top earners were Nyquist, winner of the Del Mar Futurity and the FrontRunner and Best Pal stakes, Mrazek, winner of the Graduation Stakes, and Found Money, winner of the King Glorious and Santa Anita Juvenile Stakes.   The partnership of Karl Watson, Michael Pegram and Paul Weitman won a total of 10 California stakes races in California last year. Their leading... ...

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Los Al Derby to be Run in September

By Bloodhorse.com CYPRESS, Calif. (Mar. 24, 2016) — Los Alamitos Race Course intends on running the next edition of the Los Alamitos Derby (gr. II) during its September meet, a track official said during a California Horse Racing Board meeting March 24 at the California Exposition and State Fair in Sacramento. Los Alamitos for 2016 lost its July meet—which featured the Los Alamitos Derby the last two years—but gained spring dates through negotiations with Santa Anita Park and Del Mar, so the Orange County track had to move one of its signature races either to its upcoming April-May meet, or meets later in the year, in September or December. BALAN: CHRB Approves 2016 California Race Dates With the Santa Anita Derby (gr. I) running April 9, Brad McKinzie, Los Alamitos general manager of Thoroughbred racing, said September would be the best fit. “In cooperation with the Thoroughbred Owners of California, they have requested that we continue to run the Los Alamitos Derby,” McKinzie said. “Obviously, the Los Alamitos Derby doesn’t... ...

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Wrona Named Santa Anita Announcer

By Bloodhorse.com ARCADIA, Calif. (Mar. 24, 2016) — Golden Gate Fields announcer Michael Wrona has won the contest to take Trevor Denman’s position as Santa Anita Park‘s permanent race caller. The 49-year-old native of Australia was handed the job after a worldwide search in which three others—Frank Mirahmadi and international announcers Craig Evans and David Fitzgerald—auditioned for the job at Santa Anita. The announcement was made March 24. “It was an exceptionally close decision, but Michael just raised his game here at Santa Anita,” said Joe Morris, senior vice president of West Coast Operations for The Stronach Group. “We are honored to welcome him to the historic fabric of ‘The Great Race Place.’ He has earned the right to make that booth his own.” Wrona will continue calling Santa Anita’s races through the end of the winter/spring season April 10. He begins his full-time position May 5 when Santa Anita opens its spring/summer meet. Wrona’s replacement at Golden Gate will be named in the next few weeks. ...

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Jeff Lukas Passes at 58

By Bloodhorse.com ATOKA, Okla. (Mar. 24, 2016) — Tough, dedicated, and determined are how friends remember Jeff Lukas, who died this week at age 58. Also being remembered is the brilliant training career cut short by the aftermath of severe brain injuries Lukas suffered in December 1993, when he collided with Tabasco Cat, loose and in full stride through the Santa Anita Park barn area. “I started off with Jeff as an exercise rider, at the bottom, and I mean he was tough,” said trainer Dallas Stewart, who rose through the Lukas Racing Stable organization to become an assistant under Hall of Famer D. Wayne Lukas, Jeff’s father. “He was focused and a really great horseman.” When Stewart started with the Lukas stable, he worked with Winning Colors, the 1988 Kentucky Derby (gr. I) winner Jeff Lukas is credited with developing. “To be the kind of trainer he was, you just have to have it in you—it can’t be taught. He had it,” Stewart said. “And after the accident, he... ...

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Barretts Supplements 10 2-Year-Olds

From Barretts DEL MAR, Calif. (Mar. 22, 2016) — Ten quality two-year-olds have been supplemented to the 2016 Barretts March Select Sale of Two-Year-Olds in Training to be held on the grounds of the Del Mar racetrack.   These supplemental horses will be sold directly after the end of the main catalog on Wednesday, March 30.  A complete list of the catalog supplement is shown at the bottom of this e-mail.  The entire supplement in PDF can be found at http://www.barretts.com/sales/Catalogs/catmar2016/documents/B116_Supplements.pdf   Hard copies of the supplemental catalog will be found both in the Santa Anita racing office in Arcadia and on the sales grounds located on the Del Mar racetrack in Del Mar, California later this week.  They will show up in the Ipad version by tomorrow.   The entire sale catalog can be viewed at http://www.barretts.com/sales/Catalogs/catmar2016/catalogTABLE.asp   The official training preview is scheduled to be held on next Monday, March 28 on the Del Mar racetrack beginning at 10:00 a.m.   The preview will be streamed live at http://www.barretts.com/sales/ViewSale/index.asp   Video clips... ...

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CHRB Meetings Advisory

From CHRB SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Mar. 21, 2016) — The California Horse Racing Board will conduct its regular monthly meeting Thursday, March 24, at the California Exposition and State Fair in Sacramento beginning at 10:00 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 meeting agenda and supporting package of materials also are available on the CHRB website. ...

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Daddy Nose Best Has First Foals

HEMET, Calif. (Mar. 17, 2016) — California stallion Daddy Nose Best has sired his first foals, both colts. BG Stables is the breeder of the colts, one out of the mare Rachel Jones, delivered Feb. 7, the other out of the mare Huera Bonita, delivered Feb. 16. Daddy Nose Best stands at BG Thoroughbred Farm. ...

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Clubhouse Ride’s First Foals Arrive

By Bloodhorse.com COALINGA, Calif. (Mar. 15, 2016) — The first reported foals for California stallion Clubhouse Ride are two fillies each born the week of March 7. A bay filly out of the Stormin’ Fever mare Fever’s Bet was bred and is owned by Michael Frazee and Neale Jensen, and a bay filly out of the Decarchy   mare Oscillator was bred and is owned by Rick Seidner of Six S Racing Stable. An 8-year-old son of Candy Ride  —Seeking Results, by Seeking the Gold, Clubhouse Ride stands at Harris Farms near Coalinga, Calif. as the property of Six S Racing Stable and Craig Lewis. His 2016 fee is $2,500. Clubhouse Ride won back-to-back editions of the Californian Stakes (gr. II) in 2013 and 2014 and finished second in the 2013 Santa Anita Handicap (gr. I) and 2014 Gold Cup at Santa Anita (gr. I). He retired with a 5-9-10 record from 43 career starts and $1,341,131 in earnings. ...

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Barbara Kelly Passes

Barbara Kelly, owner and breeder of the California stallion Fullbridled and a longtime member of the California Thoroughbred Breeders Association, passed away Friday. Funeral services will be Saturday at noon at Forest Lawn in the Hollywood Hills. Fullbridled, a 15-year-old son of Unbridled’s Song, stands at Daehling Ranch. ...

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Greg Baugh Hired by Barretts

From Barretts DEL MAR, Calif. (Mar. 13, 2016) — Barretts Sales has announced that Greg Baugh has been hired to the newly created position of Director of Business Development. The Del Mar resident also serves as Del Mar Thoroughbred Club’s customer service manager during its race meets. Baugh, 50, will be in charge of Barretts auction operations at Del Mar as well as overseeing its outreach program in the sizeable San Diego equine community. He additionally will ensure that the needs of auction consignors and purchasers are properly met at the group’s six local venues. “Greg brings to this position a solid history of success in operations, customer service and sales,” said Kim Lloyd, Barretts general manager. “His knowledge and relationships within the Thoroughbred racing industry will be important resources for generating new business for Barretts as well as expanding the Barretts at Del Mar brand.” Baugh has worked with Barretts’ staff members over the past year as they have made the transition from presenting their sales at Fairplex Park... ...

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Golden Gate to Broadcast in HD

By Bloodhorse.com ALBANY, Calif. (Mar. 10, 2016) — Golden Gate Fields will begin to broadcast its races using high-definition cameras and video March 17, The Stronach Group announced March 10. The new high-definition Golden Gate signal also will feature three new cameras—one on the starting gate, a camera near the walking ring for paddock coverage, and a scenic camera. The track will implement a new high-definition graphics package, similar in format to the one currently in use at Santa Anita Park. More cameras will be added in the future., the track said in a release. On-track patrons will be able to watch Golden Gate’s races on 500 new high-definition televisions that have been installed on the Turf Club tables, in the Top of the Stretch betting carrels, and throughout the Golden Gate facility. “Taking the Golden Gate broadcast signal HD is another example of The Stronach Group’s continuing commitment to long-term racing in California,” said Joe Morris, senior vice president of West Coast operations for the company. “Golden Gate, with... ...

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CHRB Meeting Advisory

From CHRB ARCADIA, Calif. (Mar. 10, 2016) — The Medication and Track Safety Committee will conduct a public meeting March 16 in the Baldwin Terrace Room at Santa Anita Park beginning at 10 a.m. The agenda and package of materials, which are for discussion only, focus on horse welfare and expanded out-of-competition testing, including a ban on anabolic steroids. The horse welfare items would mandate the transfer of records pertaining to joint injections for claimed horses, require trainers to maintain records of veterinary treatments, and insure that all treatments are justified by a medical condition and based on advice from a veterinarian.  ...

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TOC Open Forum Apr. 23

From TOC CYPRESS, Calif. (Mar. 9, 2016) — All horsemen are invited to an open forum at Los Alamitos Saturday, April 23, 11 a.m. in the Post & Paddock Room. Meet TOC staff and directors for a discussion of current events and a chance to have your questions answered. For more information or to register for this event, click http://www.toconline.com/events/open-forum-at-los-alamitos-2/. Registration opens March 23. ...

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Ernie Myers Passes at Age 86

From DMTC Publicity DEL MAR, Calif. (Mar. 8, 2016) — Ernie Myers, a San Diego media star whose two great passions in life were radio and horse racing, died Tuesday morning of the effects of Parkinson’s disease at his home in La Mesa. He was 86. Myers, who at one point was the top radio DJ in San Diego over a career that spanned nearly four decades, died in the company of his longtime friend Onyx Novelle Jones. She said he had been fighting Parkinson’s for the past four years and had just recently entered into a hospice care arrangement. He grew up in Glendale and aspired to be an actor as a teenager, landing parts in several movies. Subsequently he did a four-year tour in the Army, then turned to the radio business. The affable and smooth-toned Myers was a “DJ” from the 1950s through the 1980s. He started playing big band music, then transitioned to “rock” and subsequently talk radio and was the leading radio personality in San... ...

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NTRA Recognizes Legislative Supporters

From NTRA WASHINGTON, D.C. (Mar. 2, 2016) — The NTRA’s federal legislative team relies on the NTRA Legislative Action Campaign’s ¼% Check-off Program and the Foal Program for funding of its effort to advocate for Thoroughbred racing and breeding in Washington, D.C. In 2015, the Campaign realized a double-digit percentage increase over 2014 from nearly 900 industry members worldwide. Thank you to all who contributed in 2015. The NTRA also recognizes the following industry partners for their support: Keeneland, Fasig-Tipton, Ocala Breeders’ Sales Company, Barretts, Washington Thoroughbred Breeders and Owners Association and Breeders’ Sales Company of Louisiana. Other organizations supporting the Campaign include (in alphabetical order): The Blood-Horse, California Thoroughbred Breeders and Owners Association (CTBA), Daily Racing Form (DRF), Del Mar Thoroughbred Club, Florida Thoroughbred Breeders’ and Owners’ Association (FTBOA), New York Thoroughbred Breeders, Inc. (NYTB), Santa Anita Park, Texas Horsemen’s News, The Saratoga Special, Thoroughbred Daily News (TDN), Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders’ Association (TOBA) and Thoroughbred Owners of California (TOC). Learn more about how you can join your peers... ...

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Haimish Hy to Stand at E.A. Ranches

From E. A. Ranches RAMONA, Calif. (Feb. 29, 2016) — Forty Niner grandson and Grade 1 stakes winner Haimish Hy (by Ecton Park), will stand his first season at stud in California at E.A. Ranches in Ramona. The Art Sherman-trainee won the 2010 Grade 1 Hollywood Derby and placed in the Grade 2 San Luis Obispo Stakes, the Grade 2 Jim Murray Handicap, and the Grade 3 El Camino Real Derby for total earnings of $360,988. During a campaign that was conducted exclusively in California and spanned four years, Haimish Hy competed in 13 stakes, of them graded, and was on the board in 10n of his 19 career starts. Retired to present owner George Krikorian’s private farm in Kentucky, the now 9-year old dark bay or brown horse returns to the state of his impressive racing career to embark on his stallion career. His first foals will arrive in 2017.Haimish Hy will take up stud duty at E.A. Ranches to continue a sire line that also produced millionaire and... ...

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Unusual Heat Progeny Surpass $50 Million

From Unusual Heat Syndicate ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 29, 2016) – Perennial California leading sire Unusual Heat has passed the $50 million mark in cumulative progeny earnings, becoming the first sire in the history of California breeding to achieve this while standing his entire career in the Golden State. Unusual Heat has sired 18 crops, and his 16th crop of 2 year olds will hit racetracks in 2016. As of today he boasts $50,158,241 in earnings. It was only fitting that the race putting Unusual Heat over the milestone was the stirring stretch drive victory by his son Boozer in the Sensational Star Stakes (Listed-Restricted) at Santa Anita Park down the hill on February 27. Unusual Heat is the all-time leading sire in California in total progeny earnings, California-bred earnings and career progeny turf earnings. He set the all-time single season California record for progeny earnings in 2008 with over $5.8 million and was again the California earnings champion for 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013, achieving the milestone of being... ...

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Barretts March Catalog Online

From Barretts DEL MAR, Calif. (Feb. 26, 2016) — The catalog for the 27th Annual Barretts March Sale of Selected Two-Year-Olds in Training is on-line and will be mailed soon.  This auction of 121 two-year-olds will be held on Wednesday, March 30 in the Surfside RacePlace located on the grounds of Del Mar Racetrack in Del Mar, California beginning at 2:00 p.m.   The catalog can be viewed now at http://www.barretts.com/sales/Catalogs/catmarch2015/catalog.asp   The March Sale catalog is also now available for your ipad.  Click here for details.   The official training preview is scheduled to be held on MONDAY, March 28 on the Del Mar racetrack beginning at 10:00 a.m.   The preview will be streamed live at http://www.barretts.com/sales/ViewSale/index.asp   Video clips for each preview can be viewed on-line by the following morning the preview at http://www.barretts.com/sales/TrainingPreviews/index.asp   Since its inception, the Barretts March Sale has been the leading producer of top quality race horses west of Kentucky.  Among the many Grade One winners are Awesome Gem, Brocco, Brother Derek, Dubai Escapade, Henny... ...

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CHRB Meeting Summary

From CHRB ARCADIA, CA – The California Horse Racing Board conducted its regular meeting Thursday, February 25, at Santa Anita Park. Chairman Chuck Winner presided. Vice Chair Richard Rosenberg and Commissioners Madeline Auerbach, Steve Beneto, Jesse Choper, 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: * A representative of the Thoroughbred Racing and Protective Bureau (TRPB) reported industry progress in updating odds postings more rapidly, so that significant odds changes late in the running of the race have been greatly reduced. Efforts are continuing to further speed up final pool reports from all locations after the start of the race. * The TRPB also reported that 90 percent of wagering locations now are providing Santa Anita with sufficient data for the track to post the details of noteworthy winning Pick 6 tickets as they occur – nearing the level of transparency that the CHRB has been advocating for many... ...

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Arabian Race at Santa Anita Approved

By Bloodhorse.com ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 25, 2016) — The California Horse Racing Board Feb. 25 approved a proposal from Santa Anita Park to offer gambling on an Arabian race in April, with pending legislation on the topic expected to pass soon in Sacramento. Santa Anita representative Scott Daruty said a group from Abu Dhabi is willing to contribute $175,000 to a potential April 2 race, with $100,000 going to the purse and $75,000 going to the Permanently Disabled Jockeys’ Fund. The pending legislation, AB 558, would allow Santa Anita to conduct six Arabian races a year with wagering, as long as it doesn’t conflict with the Northern California fair circuit, which also puts on races for the breed, and gets approval from the CHRB and the Thoroughbred owners of California. But there were still concerns expressed on the board and by industry stakeholders about how Santa Anita should go about carding the Arabian race during its Thoroughbred meeting. “I don’t have a problem with this, per se. What I would have... ...

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Espinoza Wins George Woolf Award

By Bloodhorse.com ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 24, 2016) — As America’s first Triple Crown-winning jockey in 37 years, Victor Espinoza helped Thoroughbred racing project a positive image far beyond the confines of the industry throughout 2015. Accordingly, Espinoza, a 43-year-old native of Mexico City, has been selected by a vote of jockeys nationwide as the winner of Santa Anita Park‘s highly coveted 2016 George Woolf Memorial Jockey Award. “It’s quite an honor for any rider to be selected by his peers as the winner of such a prestigious award,” said Terry Meyocks, national manager of the Jockeys’ Guild. “And I would like to congratulate Victor on this great achievement.” In addition to numerous national television appearances through the 2015 Triple Crown and last fall’s Breeders’ Cup World Championships, Espinoza also remained tireless in his efforts on behalf of cancer-stricken youth, donating a percentage of his winnings to support pediatric cancer research at City of Hope, in Duarte, Calif. In addition to winning the Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes and Belmont Stakes (all... ...

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Santa Anita to Overhaul Turf Course

By Bloodhorse.com ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 23, 2016) —Santa Anita Park plans a complete overhaul of its turf course and officials will meet Feb. 25 to decide details and timing of the plan. The Stronach Group senior vice president of West Coast operations Joe Morris said Feb. 23 that track executives will discuss details of the plan, including timing. Morris said the course has not been completely redone in 20 years. Santa Anita will host this year’s Breeders’ Cup World Championships Nov. 4-5. Should the track opt to completely renovate the turf course before Breeders’ Cup, the longest gap of time without live racing is July 11 to Sept. 29. With heavy rains associated with El Nino hitting Santa Anita this year, races have been taken off the course several racing days at the current meet. Beyond the races taken off the main turf course, additional races using the hillside turf course also have been moved to the main track. ...

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Alpha Bettor, Mast Track to California

By Bloodhorse.com ELK GROVE, Calif. (Feb. 16, 2016) — Canadian champion Alpha Bettor and grade I winner Mast Track have joined the stallion ranks at Daehling Ranch in Elk Grove, Calif., Adena Springs announced Feb. 16. Adena Springs’ homebred Alpha Bettor, Canada’s champion older horse of 2013, retires to stud with a 12-5-3 record from 40 career starts and earnings of $838,275. By Alphabet Soup—Scatter Buy, by Relaunch, he was a winner every year he raced from ages 2 to 8. Over the course of his championship season, Alpha Bettor won the Eclipse Stakes (Can-II), Autumn Stakes (Can-II), and the Seagram Cup (Can-III), a race in which he was victorious in the previous season, all on Woodbine‘s all-weather track. In his final start this year, Alpha Bettor rallied determinedly to capture the Portland Meadows Mile Handicap in just his second effort on dirt. Mast Track, a 12-year-old son of Mizzen Mast  —Nawal, by Homme de Loi, entered stud in 2011. His top offspring include multiple stakes-placed Shez a Masterpiece, an earner... ...

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Typhoon Slew Has First Foal

From Rancho San Miguel SAN MIGUEL, Calif. (Feb. 16, 2016) — Joseph LaCombe Stables, Inc.’s Typhoon Slew had his first foal drop on February 6, a gray colt out of Babes Bridge It. Typhoon Slew is a graded stakes-placed winner by Stormy Atlantic and is a half-brother to Slew’s Tiznow, the 2015 leading freshman sire in California. “The new Typhoon Slew colt is very forward acting and has that terrific balanced appearance and scope of his sire,” said Clay Murdock, farm manager. Babes Bridge It is by Maria’s Mon and she earned over $103,000 in her racing career; her first foal was a $62,000 Barretts yearling by Slew’s Tiznow. Her newborn colt was bred by Eagle Ridge Racing LLC. Typhoon Slew will stand his second year at stud for the fee of $1,000 live foal. For additional information contact Rancho San Miguel farm manager Clay Murdock at (805) 467-3847. ...

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Big Surf Shares Available

From EAS Equine Alliance TEMECULA, Calif. (Feb. 16, 2016) — EAS Equine Alliance announces the release of 2016 breeding season shares for the royally bred Storm Cat son Big Surf. Already an international sire of winners, Big Surf’s 2017 foals will be eligible for California-bred incentives and the Breeders Cup. Available for the first time to Cal-bred breeders, this regally bred, winning son of Storm Cat brings a top black-type, champion, racing female line to California. Big Surf’s dam Surfside was a champion 3-year-0ld filly, and 4-time Grade 1 winner of $1,852,987. His grand dam Flanders was a champion 2-year-old filly, three-time Grade 1 winner and Breeders Cup Juvenile Fillies winner of $805,000. A limited number of breeding season shares are available for approved mares, which include: stakes winners and producers, proven crosses and high nick ratings. All shares come with live foal guarantees. Big Surf stands at Special T Thoroughbreds in Temecula, California. For viewing information call Special T at (951) 303-0313. To purchase shares or discuss other breeding... ...

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Los Alamitos Stakes Schedule Released

By Bloodhorse.com CYPRESS, Calif. (Feb. 12, 2016) — Five stakes—two of them graded—worth $625,000 highlight the inaugural spring Thoroughbred meet at Los Alamitos Race Course. The 12-day meet will begin April 14 and continue through May 1 on a Thursday-through-Sunday schedule. At 6 1/2 furlongs, the $200,000 Great Lady M. Stakes (gr. II) is the richest event on the schedule. For fillies and mares, the Great Lady M. will be run April 23. A longtime fixture at now-closed Hollywood Park, the race had been run during Los Alamitos’ summer Thoroughbred meet in July the previous two years. Los Alamitos ran in the summer during each of its first two years putting on afternoon Thoroughbred races, but will run the spring dates instead in 2016. BALAN: CHRB Approves 2016 California Race Dates The $100,000 Los Angeles Stakes (gr. III)—run previously at Hollywood Park and Santa Anita Park (2014-2015)—is the other graded race on the schedule. For 3-year-olds and up at 5 1/2 furlongs—a sixteenth of a mile shorter than in the past—the... ...

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He Be Fire N Ice’s First Foals Arrive

From Ridgeley Farm HEMET, Calif. (Feb. 12, 2016) – He Be Fire N Ice, a stakes winner and multiple Grade II-placed son of dominant California sire Unusual Heat, sired his first foal on February 4 at Ridgeley Farm. The big roan colt born out of multiple stakes winner and Grade III-placed Smoke Glacken mare Dimple Punch was bred by Cicero Farms. Dimple Pinch’s 2014 Uncle Mo colt sold for $170,000 at the Keeneland September Sale last year. He Be Fire N Ice’s first filly foal arrived on Super Bowl Sunday, out of Quiet Optimism, a Deputy Minister mare with five prior winners, also owned by Cicero Farms. He Be Fire N Ice burst upon the national scene in the summer of 2013 when the handsome gray won three straight races in electrifying come-from-behind style culminating in a victory in the California Dreamin’ Stakes at Del Mar. In his next two starts, He Be Fire N Ice made his usual thrilling stretch runs but lost by a head in both the... ...

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Barretts Sets Sale Calendar

DEL MAR, Calif. (Feb. 11, 2016) — The Barretts sales calendar will again feature an August selected yearling sale at Del Mar and a Fall yearling sale in October. Last year’s select sale was held after the races at Del Mar’s Surfside RacePlace ITW, but this year’s sale will be conducted during daylight hours on Tuesday, August 30th. Barretts general manager Kim Lloyd: “Despite the fact that we had an all-time California yearling record median sales price in our inaugural August sale last year, it made for too long of a day for both buyers and consignors. The move to a dark day of racing will benefit everyone involved in this sale.” Due to stabling concerns in Southern California resulting from the Breeders’ Cup, the October Yearling Sale will be held at the Los Angeles Fairgrounds in Pomona on Monday, October 17th. Yearlings will be stabled in the Barretts barns. Nominations for the Select Yearling Sale close April 1, 2016. ...

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Balance the Books, Big Surf to Special T

From Special T Thoroughbreds TEMECULA, Calif. (Feb. 9, 2016) — EAS Equine Alliance welcomes to California multiple graded stakes winner Balance the Books, the son of champion and Belmont Stakes winner Lemon Drop Kid, and winning Storm Cat son Big Surf, whose dam is the Champion 3-year-old filly and four-time Grade I winner Surfside, and grand dam is the champion 2-year-old filly and three-time Grade I and Breeder Cup Juvenile Fillies winner Flanders. The stallions will stand at Rick Taylor’s Special T Thoroughbreds in Temecula. For viewing information call Special T at (951) 303-0313. To discuss breeding options contact Crystal Conway at (845) 332-8292 or (760) 239-0004. ...

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Indian Gods has First Foal

From Brazeau Thoroughbreds HEMET, Calif. (Feb. 5, 2016) — Brazeau Thoroughbred Farms stallion Indian Gods was represented by his first foal, a filly out of Silent Deposition, a winning daughter of Breeders Cup Turf Champion Silic (FR). ...

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CHRB Annual Report Available

From CHRB SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Feb. 3, 2016) — The California Horse Racing Board’s Annual Report for fiscal year 2014-15 and racing year 2015 is available on the CHRB Website. The CHRB no longer publishes a print edition. ...

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Sleep Apnea Tools Might Help Foals

By Paulick Report For many foals born on farms too remote to easily access an equine hospital with ventilators and round-the-clock care, the inability to catch their breath can spell big trouble. The Horse reports that a group of Australian veterinarians have recently modified a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machine to help foals breathe better. This machine could allow veterinarians to provide respiratory support in the field, without sending the neonatal foal to a hospital. At the 2015 American Association of Equine Practitioners Convention, Rosemary McKean, BVetBio/BVSc (Hons. 1), explained the system’s design, which utilizes a human sleep apnea machine attached to an equine anesthesia mask. The machine uses mild air pressure to keep the airways open, which can help prevent airway collapse, decrease the effort needed to take a breath, increase oxygenation and reduce lung inflammation. The Horse reports that the CPAP research team determined that: The system was effective and had no adverse effects on the foals’ heart rates, blood pressure, or other measurements Treatment improved foals’ oxygen extraction... ...

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Northern Causeway has First Foal

From Rancho San Miguel SAN MIGUEL, Calif. (Jan. 28, 2016)-Graded stakes winner Northern Causeway, standing at Rancho San Miguel, sired his first foal on Jan. 28, a filly out of the stakes-placed Swiss Bliss. Mike Harrington bred the filly, whose multiple winning dam won $122,210. Farm manager Clay Murdock said, “I see lots of Giant’s Causeway expressed in her with that beautiful face and body.” Northern Causeway, owned by Rozamund Barclay, is a graded stakes winner of $265,367 by sire-of-sires Giant’s Causeway, out of Getaway Girl (Silver Deputy). This is the immediate family of successful sires Ghostzapper and City Zip. Northern Causeway covered 35 mares in 2015 and will once again stand for a $2,500 live foal fee payable October 1 of the year bred with no booking fee. For additional information contact Rancho San Miguel farm manager Clay Murdock at (805) 467-3847. ...

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Lakerville has First Foal

COALINGA, Calif. (Feb. 1, 2016) — California stallion Lakerville had his first foal when a filly out of the Smokester mare Craven Cottage was delivered Jan. 25 at Harris Farms, bred by Barry Abrams. ...

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Richill Farms to Stand Stimulus Plan

From Richill Farms HIGHLAND, Calif. (Jan. 29, 2016) – Stimulus Plan will stand the 2016 breeding season at Richard and Hilary Trower’s Richill Farms for pirvate treaty. Stimulus Plan is a multiple graded stakes placed winner of almost $300,000, by Jump Start and out of Dutchess Alexandra by Judge Smells. Richard Trower said, “If you are looking for stimulating horsepower on both sides of a pedigree then Stimulus Plan is the horse for you. His sire, Jump Start, has average earnings per starter of $78,128 and progeny earnings in excess of $4 million for six of the past seven years. Jump Start is from the very sought after A.P. Indy – Storm Cat cross. Stimulus Plan’s dam, Duchess Alexandra, is from the bloodlines of the great race mare and Racing Hall of Fame inductee Searching through the 1993 Broodmare of the . year Admiring.” Jump Start is the sire of Grade 1 winners Livingstone in Argentina, millionaire Pants on Fire (third-place finisher of the Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile-G1), 3-year-old graded... ...

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Workers Comp Program Modified

From TOC ARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 22, 2016) — 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 five years, the CTBL has been dealing with the issue of skyrocketing workers’ compensation rates. The cost of the 2016 program for Thoroughbreds is estimated to be $12,670,322. As a result, the program has been revamped, and the changes will go into effect at Santa Anita Park and Golden Gate Fields beginning February 1. The problem is by no means specific to California, as workers comp insurance costs have skyrocketed for horsemen across the nation. The outcome is that owners will now have $95 automatically deducted from their paymaster account every time they start a horse. Up until January 2013 owners paid a per-start fee (which was $105... ...

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High Cotton Filly Tops Barretts

By Bloodhorse.com DEL MAR, Calif. (Jan. 27, 2016) — A 2-year-old Florida-bred daughter of High Cotton   topped the Barretts January mixed sale, selling for $55,000. The sale, held at Del Mar Jan. 20, had an average of $8,239, down 2.9% from the 2015 average of $8,487. Elena Crim’s H & E Ranch consigned the High Cotton filly, and Kristina and Jerome Russell of Lincoln, Neb. purchased her. The filly is out of the stakes-placed Crafty Prospector mare Think Fast, who has also produced Canadian stakes winner Ciaran’s Prize. The Russells were the sale’s leading buyers, with six horses purchased for a total $134,000. They also went to $35,000 for a 2-year-old son of War Chant from the consignment of Mary Knight, the leading seller. The top-priced 2-year-old colt of the sale, he is out of the Bernardini   mare Primp. Knight also sold the second-highest-priced horse, a 2-year-old Kentucky-bred daughter of Eskendereya. Ted Aroney’s Halo Farms paid $45,000 for the filly, who is out of the stakes-placed Old Trieste mare Sandra’s... ...

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Siegel Named to TOC Board

From TOC ARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 16, 2016) — The board of directors of the Thoroughbred Owners of California (TOC) voted to appoint Samantha Siegel to fill a vacancy on the board created by the recent resignation of George Todaro.  Siegel, who races as JayEmEss Stable, is an active owner and breeder whose family has been involved in California Thoroughbred racing for more than five decades. Her late father, Mace, was a founding member of the Thoroughbred Owners of California. JayEmEss has campaigned many graded stakes winners, including multiple Grade I winners Urbane, I Ain’t Bluffing, and Include Me Out, Grade I Hollywood Gold Cup winner Rail Trip, 2004 champion juvenile colt Declan’s Moon, multiple Grade 2 winner Arson Squad, and homebred Grade I winner By the Moon. Siegel is also passionate about horse retirement and serves on the board of CARMA and as Treasurer of that organization. She resides in Beverly Hills. “We are very pleased to welcome Samantha and feel that, with her involvement and experience as an owner... ...

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Lava Man Joins Walk of Champions

From Santa Anita Publicity ARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 14, 2016) — California-bred Lava Man and the sensational Zenyatta are among the honorees being inducted in the Arcadia Historical Society’s Thoroughbred Racing Walk of Champions at a gala on Tuesday evening, May 24. The event will be held from 5:30 to 9:00 p.m. at the historic core of the Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden, site of Lucky Baldwin’s landmark Queen Anne Cottage and matching Carriage Barn and birthplace of racing in Southern California. The theme will be “Salute in Red and Black,” honoring Baldwin’s racing colors. Champion jockey Chris McCarron, training stars Gary Jones, Ron McAnally, Mike Mitchell, and Mel Stute, and breeder/owner Buddy Johnston’s Old English Rancho also will be honored. Victor Espinoza, the only active jockey to have won racing’s Triple Crown, and who just piloted California-bred California Chrome’s comeback win at Santa Anita Saturday, will receive special recognition for his achievements in the sport and community service. Proceeds from the celebration will fund the placement of 24″... ...

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CHRB Meeting Canceled

From CHRB ARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 11, 2016) — Notice is hereby given that the regular meeting of the California Horse Racing Board scheduled for Thursday, January 21, 2016, in the Baldwin Terrace Room at the Santa Anita Park Race Track, 285 West Huntington Drive, Arcadia, California has been canceled. The next regular meeting of the Board is scheduled for February 25, 2016 at Santa Anita Park Race Track. Additional information regarding this meeting may be obtained from the CHRB Administrative Office, 1010 Hurley Way, Suite 300, Sacramento, CA 95825; telephone (916) 263-6000; fax (916) 263-6042. This notice is located on the CHRB website at www.chrb.ca.gov. *Information for requesting disability related accommodation for persons with a disability who require aid or services in order to participate in a CHRB public meeting, should contact Jacqueline Wagner. ...

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Beneto Reappointed to CHRB

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Jan. 9, 2016) — Steve Beneto, 78, of Carmichael, has been reappointed by Gov. Brown to the California Horse Racing Board of Directors, where he has served since 2012. Beneto has been president at Beneto Inc. since 1979. He was a member of the California Exposition and State Fair Board of Directors from 2000 to 2004 and from 2005 to 2011, where he served as chair from 2001 to 2002. Beneto is a member of the Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame Board of Directors and a founding member and chair of the University of California, Davis Medical Investigation of Neurodevelopmental Disorders Institute. He was a member of the Shriners Hospitals for Children Board of Directors from 2008 to 2010, inducted into the California State Fair Rodeo Hall of Fame in 2011 and awarded the California State Fair Golden Bear Award in 2004. This position requires Senate confirmation and the compensation is $100 per diem. Beneto is a Republican. ...

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Tedesco Switches Del Mar Role

From DMTC Publicity DEL MAR, Calif. (Jan. 7, 2016) — Rich Tedesco, one of the nation’s top track maintenance men with an extensive job history stretching back more than 50 years, has stepped down from his day-to-day role as Del Mar’s track superintendent and now will serve as a consultant for the shore oval. Steven Wood, Tedesco’s track foreman during his Del Mar tour, will assume the role of track superintendent. Tedesco, 78, has been Del Mar’s head maintenance man for the past six years. Over the course of his professional career, the California native has headed up the track crews at all of Southern California’s major racetracks — Santa Anita, Hollywood Park, Los Alamitos and Del Mar. “Rich has been solid for us since he came on board in 2010,” said Del Mar Thoroughbred Club’s president Joe Harper. “He helped oversee our Polytrack years, then was instrumental in guiding us through our return to dirt. We are delighted he’s agreed to stay on in an advisory role and we... ...

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Dick Wheeler Passes at 69

By Bloodhorse.com MONROVIA, Calif. (Jan. 3, 2016) — Longtime California racing official Dick Wheeler died Jan. 2 at his Monrovia, Calif., home. He was 69. Wheeler worked in several capacities throughout the Golden State for nearly four decades, including at Santa Anita Park and Fairplex Park, where he was racing secretary. Wheeler retired 18 months ago. “He was kind to everybody. Everybody loved him,” said Santa Anita clerk of scales Kevin Colosi, a longtime friend and associate. “He had been sick for a while and stopped eating. He just shut down.” Wheeler requested that there be no services, Colosi said. Added trainer David Bernstein, who knew Wheeler since their teens: “We had a lot of fun. We were young—18, 19 years old—and he and one of my clients, Bob Brown, used to meet in Santa Anita’s infield every Saturday. Brown also passed away. Now I’m the last of the Mohicans.” ...

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Retroactive Benefits for Horse Owners

From NTRA             WASHINGTON, D.C. (Dec. 22, 2015) — Legislation passed by Congress and signed by the president last week includes investment incentives and tax provisions that impact owners and breeders. This legislation provides multi-year benefits made retroactive to January 1, 2015, and includes: * Three-year depreciation for racehorses * 50 percent bonus depreciation for new depreciable property * $500,000 Sec. 179 expense allowance for new or used depreciable property Click here to download a flyer that includes details. The NTRA suggests that owners and breeders consult their tax advisor for additional information. ...

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Wild in the Saddle Retired

From Brazeau Thoroughbred Farms HEMET, Calif. (Dec. 22, 2015) — Wild in the Saddle, a multiple stakes-winning California-bred daughter of Breeders’ Cup Champion Silic (FR), has been officially retired and will be going to Kentucky to be bred to Archarcharch. Her fairytale racing career and triple comeback gave her owners, trainers, and all her connections the thrill of a lifetime. Retiring 100% sound and looking like a million, Wild in the Saddle is enjoying being let-down at Brazeau Thoroughbred Farms before she heads off Spendthrift Farm. ...

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CHRB Meeting Summary

LOS ALAMITOS, CA – The California Horse Racing Board conducted its regular meeting Thursday, December 17, at Los Alamitos Race Course. Chairman Chuck Winner presided. Vice Chair Richard Rosenberg and Commissioners Madeline Auerbach, Steve Beneto, Jesse Choper, 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: ·        The Board approved a license for the Los Angeles Turf Club to conduct a race meet at Santa Anita Park beginning December 26 through July 10 after industry representatives indicated they had finalized a vanning and stabling agreement for 2016 providing stabling arrangements in Southern California similar to 2015. ·        The Board approved a license for the Pacific Racing Association (PRA) to conduct a race meet at Golden Gate Fields beginning December 26 through June 12 after industry representatives outlined various scenarios for vanning and stabling in Northern California that hinge largely on proposed legislation. ·        The Board led a discussion of various... ...

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President Enacts Racing-Friendly Bill

From NTRA             WASHINGTON, D.C. (Dec. 18, 2015) – President Obama this afternoon signed into lawH.R. 2029, which includes the Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes (PATH) Act of 2015 and the related omnibus appropriations bill, both of which carry provisions backed by the National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) that will benefit horseracing for years to come. The new legislation includes three-year tax depreciation for racehorses, “bonus depreciation” of 50 percent, the “Section 179 expense allowance” for major purchases, and relief for H-2B visa employers such as horse trainers. For more information please refer to the following releases from earlier today when the bills were passed by Congress: Congress Passes Three-Year Tax Depreciation for Racehorses, Other Incentives http://www.ntra.com/en/news-media/press-releases/2015/12/18/congress-passes-three-year-tax-depreciation-for-racehorses-other-incentives/#sthash.oQsU9Uxc.dpuf Congress Passes H-2B Visa Improvements Backed by NTRA http://www.ntra.com/en/news-media/press-releases/2015/12/18/congress-passes-h-2b-visa-improvements-backed-by-ntra/#sthash.TjPd5uP9.dpuf ...

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Legislators Meet California Chrome

CYPRESS, Calif. (Dec. 10, 2015) — California legislators enjoyed a day at Los Alamitos. They first visited champion and 2014 Horse of the Year California Chrome on the backstretch and then took in the afternoon’s races. Legislators present were Adam Gray and Eric Linder, the chair and vice chair of the Assembly Governmental Organization Committee; fellow assembly members Autumn Burke, Patrick O’Donnell, and Mike Gipson;, along with Tina McKinnor, Burke’s chief of staff. Hosting the legislators were Terry Lovingier of the California Thoroughbred Breeders Association, Greg Avioli of the Thoroughbred Owners of California, Brad McKinzie of Los Alamitos, and CTBA lobbyist Robyn Black. http://ctba.com/legislature/legislators-meet-california-chrome/ ...

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NorCal Stabling Consolidation Eyed

By Bloodhorse.com CYPRESS, Calif. (Dec. 17, 2015) — Licenses for meets that begin Dec. 26 at Santa Anita Park and Golden Gate Fields were approved Dec. 17 by the California Horse Racing Board, but not before another lengthy discussion of ongoing issues regarding stabling and vanning among tracks and training facilities. Both tracks are owned and operated by The Stronach Group, which was represented at the meeting by Scott Daruty, president of the company’s Monarch Content Management, and Joe Morris, senior vice president of West Coast operations. They both outlined the parameters of a deal on stabling and vanning but noted future arrangements hinge on legislative action. Under an agreement signed by The Stronach Group and the California Association of Racing Fairs, Pleasanton will remain open for stabling and training during the Golden Gate meet, which runs through June 12, 2016. Golden Gate will then remain open for stabling and training while the Northern California fairs are in operation. Daruty said The Stronach Group and CARF continue to work with the... ...

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Legislation Provides H-2B Visa Relief

From NTRA LEXINGTON, Ky. (Dec. 17, 2015) – Provisions backed by the National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) that offer relief for H-2B visa employers such as horse trainers are included in the comprehensive budget and tax legislation agreed to late Tuesday by a bipartisan group of House and Senate negotiators. Congress is expected to pass the legislation before the year’s end. Of particular interest to trainers and others in the Thoroughbred industry who rely on H-2B workers are these beneficial provisions:   H-2B returning workers are exempt from the annual 66,000 H-2B cap; Those paying H-2B wages are allowed the use of private wage surveys, which are not allowed under current H-2B rules; Seasonal employment is clearly defined as 10 months of employment, as opposed to nine months in the current H-2B rules;    The Department of Labor (DOL) is prevented from implementing the provisions of current H-2B rules related to corresponding employment and the 3/4 guarantee requiring a set number of work hours; and  DOL is prohibited from implementing a... ...

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Barretts January Catalog Online

From Barretts DEL MAR, Calif. (Dec. 9, 2015) — The catalog for Barretts January Mixed Sale is now on-line and will be mailed soon.  This auction of 197 head will be held on Wednesday, January 20 starting at 11:00 a.m. on the grounds of the Del Mar Racetrack in Del Mar, California.   The catalog can be viewed here.   The catalog is also available on the ipad using The Jockey Club’s free Ipad ap.  Click here for more information.   Cataloged horse’s Daily Racing Form past performances are here. This sale will feature 18 head, including 11 short yearlings, from The Estate of Ellwood Johnston & Berumen dispersal.  Havens Bloodstock will the selling agent for this consignment.   Among the sires of the 54  yearlings and 63 two-year-olds in the catalog are such stallions asAcclamation, Awesome Gambler, Broken Vow, Champ Pegasus, City Zip, Coil, Discreetly Mine, Dublin, Empire Way, Eskendereya, First Samurai, Good Journey, Jersey Town, Hat Trick, High Cotton, Line of David, Lucky Pulpit, Kafwain, Marino Marini, Mineshaft, Ministers Wild... ...

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Slender Among Pedersen Winners

From ROAP LEXINGTON, Ky. (Dec. 8, 2015) — The Racing Officials Accreditation Program (ROAP) announced today five winners of the 2015 Pete Pedersen Award, which is presented annually to stewards who have made important contributions to the Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse racing industries. The award is named in honor of the longtime outstanding steward and noted journalist Pete Pedersen, who died in August 2012. The recipients were recognized at the Awards Luncheon at the University of Arizona Race Track Industry Program’s Global Symposium on Racing and Gaming in Tucson, Ariz. “This is our second year of recognizing horse racing stewards for their dedication and contributions to our great sport,” said ROAP Chairman Hugh Gallagher. “This lady and these four gentlemen have excelled as career racing officials by bringing integrity, consistency and a commitment to a level playing field for all horsemen and women.  Their passion and professional performance are great examples for stewards throughout the country.” The five winners are:   George Slender George Slender is a ROAP-accredited steward with... ...

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Registration Deadline Dec. 31

From The Jockey Club LEXINGTON, Ky. (Dec. 1, 2015) — The Jockey Club reminds owners of unregistered yearlings and 2-year-olds that the requirements for registration must be completed by December 31, 2015, to avoid additional late registration fees. The late registration fee increases from $550 to $800 after December 31 of the yearling year and from $800 to $2,025 after December 31 of the 2-year-old year. Interactive RegistrationTM (IR) is the most efficient means to complete the Application for Foal Registration and other registration requirements. IR enables customers to check the status of their applications and, through the Registration Center, view and resolve outstanding conditions of registration. ...

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Del Mar Meet Closes

From DMTC DEL MAR, Calif. (Nov. 30, 2015) — Del Mar raced to a handy conclusion to its 20-day fall race meet – its second “Bing Crosby Season”– Sunday afternoon, buoyed by a high-class racing product, positive results on its racing surfaces and a strong feeling that the fledgling racing session has found a home on both the local and national scene. Total handle for the five-week stand when compared to last fall’s four-week, 15-day numbers showed notable gains in most categories. The total handle for the meet was $195,737,812, a boost of 26.4% over 2014’s final number of $154,914,430. The leader in the handle department was the track’s ADW betting, which jumped up 36.1% for a total of $56,629,676 (as opposed to 2014’s $42,348,298). Average daily handle for the 20 days was $9,786,891. The 15-day average in 2014 was $10,327,629. The track’s overall attendance was 123,608 for a daily average of 6,180. The total in 2014 was 135,829 for an average of 9,055. The track’s attendance was negatively impacted... ...

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CHRB Meeting Summary

From CHRB DEL MAR, Calif. (Nov. 21, 2015) — The California Horse Racing Board conducted its regular meeting Thursday, November 19, at Del Mar Racetrack. Chairman Chuck Winner presided. Vice Chair Richard Rosenberg and Commissioners Madeline Auerbach, Jesse Choper, 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: The Board conditionally approved a license for the Los Angeles Turf Club (LATC) to conduct a race meet at Santa Anita Park beginning December 26 through July 10. LATC must provide a vanning and stabling agreement as well as agreements with the Thoroughbred Owners of California (TOC) and California Thoroughbred Trainers (CTT) in compliance with statutes. The conditional license will expire if the required documents are not received in the CHRB Sacramento office by Tuesday, December 1. The Board conditionally approved a license for the Pacific Racing Association (PRA) to conduct a race meet at Golden Gate Fields beginning December 26 through June 12.... ...

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AHC Action Alert

From American Horse Council Congress will need to take action on all fiscal year 2016 appropriations bills before current funding expires December 11, 2015. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Department of Labor (DOL) appropriations bills, include important and helpful language that will make the H-2B program easier for employers to use. However, there is no guarantee this language will be included in the 2016 appropriations package or “Omnibus bill” that is being negotiated now and action is need immediately. The H-2B program is used by members of the horse industry, principally horse trainers and owners who cannot find American workers to fill semi-skilled jobs as grooms, exercise riders, and stable attendants at racetracks, horse shows, fairs and in similar non-agricultural activities. If you, your business or members of your organization rely on H-2B workers, please contact your Senators to express support for the H-2B appropriations language that is included in the DOL and DHS appropriations bills. Urge them to sign the H-2B letter being circulated by Senators Tillis... ...

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Breeders’ Cup Reveals 2017 Logo

From Breeders’ Cup LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 1, 2015) — The Breeders’ Cup revealed the stunning new logo for the 2017 Breeders’ Cup World Championships, which will be held at Del Mar Thoroughbred Club in Del Mar, California for the first time on Friday, November 3 and Saturday, November 4, 2017. The new logo pays homage to Del Mar’s distinctive character and its rich 80-year history, and also illustrates the Breeders’ Cup’s emergence as one of the world’s preeminent Thoroughbred racing, lifestyle and entertainment experiences. To instill a sense of place into the 2017 Breeders’ Cup World Championships logo, the widely-recognized blue and yellow diamonds from Del Mar play a leading role in the design. The diamonds are most noticeably seen over the starting gates and are repeated throughout the seaside venue. The banner on the top of the design also references the banner seen on the Del Mar logo, creating symmetry and a unique and authentic touch. The iconic purple and signature brand logo for Breeders’ Cup complete the design.... ...

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TVG Rebrands HRTV as TVG2

From TVG LOS ANGELES, Calif. (Oct. 29, 2015) — TVG, America’s horseracing television network, today announced that HRTV, which it acquired in February 2015, is being rebranded as TVG2 effective Oct. 28. Correspondingly, HRTV.com will be renamed TVG2.com. The move allows TVG to better leverage its television production infrastructure to provide improved horseracing television products to consumers and television distributors alike. Already since the merger of TVG and HRTV, dramatic improvements in televised horseracing have occurred: The output of both networks is in high definition utilizing TVG’s state-of-the-art television studios in Los Angeles; TVG and TVG2 (HRTV) are on-track to televise over 40,000 live races in the first year after the merger, compared to less than 30,000 unique live races prior to the transaction. TVG has developed and implemented a system with premium track operators that allows for cooperative post time coordination across the country and real-time track to track alerts of late post time changes, significantly improving the viewer experience. TVG simulcasts TVG programming on TVG2 (HRTV) during hours... ...

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Cal-bred Sells for $140,000

DEL MAR, Calif. (Oct. 27, 2015) – A California-bred colt by Good Journey sold for $140,000 to top Tuesday’s Barretts Fall Sale of Yearlings and Horses of Racing Age at Del Mar. The colt, consigned by Mary Knight, is out of the stakes-placed Southern Halo mare Southern Oasis and is a half-brother to Snow Chief Stakes winner Neveradoubt. D.P. Racing purchased the colt, who was bred by Janis Whitman. A California-foaled Stormin Fever filly sold for $100,000 to Greg Gilchrist, agent. She is out of the Cahill Road mare Cielo Duce and is a half-sister to the stakes winner Sweet Saga. The filly, consigned by Critter Creek Farm, agent, was bred by Stormy B. Hull & Ginger Samples. ...

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CHRB Meeting Summary

From CHRB ARCADIA, Calif. (Oct. 23, 2015) — The California Horse Racing Board conducted its regular meeting Thursday, October 22, at Santa Anita Park. Chairman Chuck Winner presided. Vice Chairman Richard Rosenberg and Commissioners Madeline Auerbach, Steve Beneto, Jesse Choper, 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: • The Board approved for 45-day public notice proposed amendments to regulations for medication violation penalties, including a provision prohibiting licensees suspended for more than 30 days from transferring horses to employees. • The Board approved for 45-day public notice a proposed regulation requiring a postmortem examination review process to determine the circumstances of each equine fatality for education and research purposes. • The Board heard a report from the Pari-Mutuel, ADW, and Simulcast Committee on the previous day’s discussion of the possible impact of Fantasy Sports and Fantasy Horse Racing on the horse racing industry. • The Pari-Mutuel Committee also... ...

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Govenor Charlie to Lovacres

WARNER SPRINGS, Calif. (Oct. 22, 2015) — Govenor Charlie, a graded stakes-winning son of Midnight Lute, will stand the 2016 breeding season at Lovacres Ranch for a $3,000 fee. Govenor Charlie is a 5-year-old out of the unraced Storm Cat mare Silverbulletway, daughter of Hall of Famer Silverbulletday. On the track, Govenor Charlie won the Grade III Sunland Derby by five lengths in what at the time was a track-record 1:47.54 for 1 1/8 miles. He also finished second in the Grade II Strube Stakes and earned $506,294 in purses. “He is a great horse with a great pedigree,” said his trainer, Bob Baffert, who also trained the dam. ...

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California Registers Breeding Gains

From The Jockey Club LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 22, 2015) – California registered gains in 2015 for stallions standing and mares bred, according to figures compiled by The Jockey Club. The number of stallions standing in 2015 was 150, compared to 143 in 2014, a 4.9 percent increase. The number of mares bred in 2015 was 2,568, compared to 2,472 in 2014, a 3.88 percent increase. Of the top five states that breed thoroughbreds, California was one of only two states that showed increases in both stallions standing and mares bred. ...

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McHargue Named Chief Steward

From CHRB SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Oct. 22, 2015) — Darrel McHargue, the Eclipse Award-winning jockey who began a new career as a racing official in 1988, was appointed Thursday by the California Horse Racing Board (CHRB) to the newly created position of Chief Steward, whose primary responsibility will be the daily supervision of all CHRB stewards. “We want to be as consistent as possible in the interpretation of CHRB rules throughout the state,” said CHRB Executive Director Rick Baedeker. “As Chief Steward, Darrel will work with our stewards every day to achieve this goal.” McHargue, a California steward since 1990, will meet regularly with stewards at all California racetracks to review films and discuss and evaluate decisions, rulings, and other actions. He will attend seasonal and ad hoc meetings with jockeys, trainers, and other stakeholders. He will also assist in adjudicatory proceedings as appropriate and oversee day-to-day activities of all stewards in the state, including safety stewards. “The work of the Chief Steward is not only intended to better ensure fairness,... ...

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Ballena Vista Releases Stallion Roster

From Ballena Vista Farm RAMONA, Calif. (Oct. 16, 2015) — Ballena Vista Farm has released its stallion roster and fees for 2016, with a pre-season special fee for Bluegrass Cat. Along with the 2015 leading California sire Bluegrass Cat, the California farm will stand three other stallions ranging in fee from $1,500 to $3,500. “Ballena Vista Farm offers breeders both proven leading sires and outstanding prospects priced at value to the breeder,” farm manager Manuel Ochoa said. “We are excited to offer this complete roster and welcome breeders to statistically and physically examine our stallions. We feel they will be impressed.” “Dixie Chatter, at his new 2016 fee and having a Santa Anita $100,000 stakes winner on October 12th, gives the West Coast breeder a proven stallion both in the marketplace and on the racetrack for a very reasonable fee. “Our stakes winning Calimonco will have his first crop to the races in 2016 and based on his yearlings that passed through the sales ring; we expect some precocious runners.... ...

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Circumference to Stand at Milky Way

TEMECULA, Calif. (Oct. 8, 2015) – Circumference, a 3-year-old son of Galileo and half-brother to millionaire and sire Circular Quay, will stand the 2016 breeding season at Milky Way Farm in Temecula for a $3,000 fee, live foal. Trained by Andre Fabre for owner Michael Tabor, Circumference raced exclusively in France before he was injured. He is out of the Grade I-winning mare Circle of Life and is also a half-brother to the multiple stakes-placed The Roundhouse. Circumference is the first son of Galileo to stand in California. ...

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Feed Recall Issued

By Paulick Report Western Milling of Goshen, Calif., issued a voluntary recall for their Western Blend Horse Feed because of possible monensin contamination. Last week, three horses died and dozens became ill at Black Fence Farm in Fresno County. It’s believed that the horses became ill from the feed they consumed. The FDA has not yet confirmed this suspicion. The recall affects LOT 5251, manufactured on September 8, 2015. The feed was distributed to stores in California and Arizona in September. There are 1,100 bags being recalled, and all but 67 bags have already been reclaimed by Western Milling. The FDA states that clinical signs of ionophore poisoning in horses can vary depending on the amount ingested, but symptoms can include poor appetite, weakness, rapid heart rate, labored breathing, depression, colic, sweating, recumbency, and sudden death. The first clinical symptoms of exposure to an ionophore like monensin are often noted between 12 and 72 hours after the horse has ingested contaminated feed; if the horse recovers, permanent cardiac damage is... ...

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Barretts October Catalog Online

From Barretts DEL MAR, Calif. (Sept. 25, 2015) — The catalog for Barretts October Sale is now on-line and will be mailed soon.  This auction of 270 head will be held on Tuesday, October 27 starting at 11:00 a.m. on the grounds of the Del Mar Racetrack in Del Mar, California.   The catalog can be viewed now here. There are 210 yearlings cataloged in this sale by such stallions spanning the alphabet as: Acclamation, Artie Schiller, Bullet Train, Coil, Creative Cause, Decarchy, Desert Code, Dixie Chatter, Dominus, Empire Way, Eskendereya, First Defence, Friesan Fire, Good Journey, Hansen, Harbor the Gold, Hold Me Back, Into Mischief, Kafwain, Lucky Pulpit, Marino Marini, Midnight Lute, Ministers Wild Cat, Notional, Old Topper, Paddy O’Prado, Pioneerof the Nile, Regal Ransom, Roi Charmant, Slew’s Tiznow, Square Eddie, Stormin Fever, Street Boss, Surf Cat, Tapizar, Thorn Song, Tizbud, Tizway, Tiz Wonderful, Tribal Rule, Unusual Heat, U S Ranger, Vronsky, War Chant, Warriors Reward and Wildcat Heir. This sale will also feature 53 head from The Complete Dispersal of The Estate of Ellwood Johnston & Berumen.  Havens Bloodstock will the selling agent for this consignment which contains 15 yearlings, 9 two-year-olds, 11 horses of racing age and 18... ...

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CHRB Meeting Summary

From CHRB                 LOS ALAMITOS, Calif. (Sept. 17, 2015)– The California Horse Racing Board conducted its regular meeting Wednesday, September 16, at Los Alamitos Race Course. Chairman Chuck Winner presided. Vice Chair Richard Rosenberg and 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: The Board approved for 45-day public notice a proposed regulation requiring third-party administration of the authorized bleeder medication furosemide, or Lasix, on race day. The regulation will require racing associations and horsemen’s groups to agree on a third-party furosemide administration program subject to Board approval. Such third-party Lasix administration conforms to the National Uniform Medication Program. Santa Anita Park executive Scott Daruty reported that 600 high-definition surveillance cameras will be wired into the stable area to record all those who enter and exit every stall beginning in November. Other cameras focusing on high-traffic areas are being installed prior to the September 26 opening... ...

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Santa Anita Promotes Low Takeout

From Santa Anita Publicity ARCADIA, Calif. (Sept. 16, 2015)–Santa Anita Park’s 19-day Autumn Meet, which opens with five Grade I, Breeders’ Cup Challenge “Win & You’re In” prep stakes on Saturday, Sept. 26, will again offer fans a comprehensive pari-mutuel betting menu that features the nation’s lowest win, place and show takeout of only 15.43 percent as well as the 50 cent Pick 5, which covers the first five races each day. First post time each day will be at 1 p.m., with the exception of opening day, which will kick off at 12:30 p.m. in order to facilitate a blockbuster 11-race program. (Admission gates will open at 10:30 a.m. on opening day and at 11 a.m. on all other racing days). Santa Anita’s 2015 Autumn Meet Wagering Menu will offer the following: –The 50 cent Player’s Pick 5. Comprised of races one through five, the Pick Five features a low takeout of 14 percent. If no one correctly selects all five winners, 100 percent of the net pool is... ...

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Smart Bid to Stand at Milky Way

TEMECULA, Calif. (Sept. 17, 2015) – Millionaire Smart Bid, a multiple graded winning son of sire of sires Smart Strike, has been relocated to stand the 2016 breeding season at Milky Way Farm for a fee of $3,500. Smart Bid, the property of George Strawbridge Jr.’s Augustin Stables, is out of the graded stakes-winning Danzig mare Recording. He won the Grade II Mervin H. Muniz Jr. Memorial Handicap, the Grade III Fair Grounds Handicap and earned $1,008,309. Smart Bid also was runner-up in the Grade I Gulfstream Park Turf Handicap and Woodford Reserve Turf Classic. Smart Bid won races on dirt, synthetic and turf, and at distances from seven furlongs to 1 ½ miles. For more information, contact Linda Madsen at Milky Way Farm, 909-241-6600 or email milkywaycattle@aol.com. ...

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Alexander, Coburn, Martin Honored

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 16, 2015) — Nick Alexander was named California Breeder of the Year and Steve Coburn and Perry Martin were named the National Small Breeders of the Year by the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association, which presented the awards at its annual banquet at Hill ‘n Dale Farms. Coburn and Martin bred last year’s double classic-winning Horse of the Year, California Chrome. Alexander, a long-time member of the California Thoroughbred Breeders Association, bred and owns the stakes winning Grazen Sky, who was sired by Alexander runner Grazen. ...

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Morris Returning to Stronach Group

From Paulick Report ARCADIA, Calif. (Sept. 14, 2015) — The Stronach Group announced on Monday that Joe Morris has accepted the position of Senior Vice President of West Coast Operations for the Stronach Group, effective Nov. 9, 2015.  Morris will step down as President of the Thoroughbred Owners of California (TOC) at that time. As Senior Vice President of West Coast Operations, Morris will oversee operations at Santa Anita Park, Golden Gate Fields and San Luis Rey Training Center, and will report directly to Keith Brackpool, Chairman of West Coast Operations.  In addition to his experience as President of the TOC since 2013, Morris previously served as General Manager of Golden Gate Fields and Vice President of Operations and Sales for the Stronach Group from 2011 to 2013. “We are so very pleased to welcome Joe Morris back to the Stronach Group,” said Brackpool.  “Joe is an invaluable member of the California racing industry, and as we both further develop our facilities and our racing experience here in California, we... ...

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Extender Bill Has Horse Incentives

From NTRA WASHINGTON, D.C. (Sept. 10, 2015) — The NTRA reminds yearling buyers of its progress toward a renewal of certain investment incentives that either expired or were reduced for 2015. The U.S. Senate Finance Committee completed its work in July on a tax extenders bill that contains tax provisions to help families, individuals and small businesses, including specific incentives supported by the NTRA that encourage investment in the horse industry. Led by three-year tax depreciation for all racehorses, the bill also reinstates 50 percent bonus depreciation and the $500,000 Sec. 179 expense allowance for all small businesses, including those in the horse racing industry. If passed, the two-year tax extenders bill would be retroactive to January 1, 2015, and continue through 2016. “A multi-year extension of these incentives will create horse industry jobs and support horse owners who need time and certainty to thoughtfully plan their investment strategies,” said NTRA President and CEO Alex Waldrop in July. “Three-year depreciation for all racehorses has been a primary focus of the... ...

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Eddington Colt Sells for $100,000

TORONTO, Canada (Sept. 8, 2015) — A yearling by California stallion Eddington sold for $100,000 at Tuesday’s CTHS Premier Yearling Sale. The colt, out of Empress Indeed, was a $4,500 pinhook from the 2015 Keeneland January Sale. He was bred in Ontario by Marcy Quayle, consigned by Richard Hogan, agent, and purchased by Roger Attfield, agent. ...

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CTFMA to Hold Day at Races

From CTFMA CYPRESS, Calif. (Sept. 6, 2015) — Come join us for a fun day at the all new Los Alamitos Race track on Sept. 19.  We plan to meet at the Vessels club for an afternoon of great food, great Thoroughbred racing, gambling and fun! This all day event is $50 per person and includes Vessels Club entrance fee, program, your seat, and your meal. This is a great opportunity to meet other racing fans, owners and handicappers. Remember there is a dress code in the Vessels Club. Please send your checks payable to CTFMA to P.O. Box 876 Fallbrook, CA 92088 by Sept. 15 to hold your reservation. ...

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Barretts Announces 2016 Sale Schedule

From Barretts DEL MAR, Calif. (Sept. 3, 2015) — Next year, Barretts will conduct six sales at the Del Mar Fairgrounds, and 2016 will mark the first year that all Barretts sales will be held at the Del Mar location. A notable change from the 2015 sales calendar is the Wednesday, March 30 sale date for the Select Two-Year-Olds in Training Sale. “Last year’s February date proved difficult for consignors, and with the completion of the Del Mar track resurfacing from synthetic to dirt, we are now be able to take advantage of the later date opening in March.” said Barretts general manager Kim Lloyd. “There will be two weeks in between the three premier 2-year-old sales conducted in Florida and California, making the logistics more workable for sellers and buyers.” “We’re very encouraged by the positive feedback generated by the new Del Mar location, particularly at the May Sale. The sale session at the Surfside Race Place opened to a packed pavilion, and concluded with a 38.5% increase in... ...

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CHRB Meeting Date Changed

From CHRB CYPRESS, Calif. (Sept. 1, 2015) — The California Horse Racing Board monthly meeting scheduled for Thursday, September 24, has been rescheduled for Wednesday, September 16. The meeting location remains at Los Alamitos Race Course. The starting time for the meeting and the agenda will be posted on the CHRB website no later than 10 days prior to the meeting. ...

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Sought After Passes at 15

ELK GROVE, Calif. (Aug. 31, 2015) — California stallion Sought After, sire of Grade I winner Masochistic and multiple stakes winner Control Seeker, was euthanized after developing severe laminitis in both front legs. He was 15. The unraced son of Seeking the Gold, who stood at Daehling Ranch, had 10 crops with progeny earnings of more than $2.6 million. Masochistic is his leading earner with winnings of $583,850, including wins in the Grade I Triple Bend and the Grade II Kona Gold Stakes, as well as a second in the Grade I Bing Crosby. ...

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Del Mar Releases Fall Stakes Lineup

From DMTC Publicity                 DEL MAR, Calif. (Aug. 26, 2015) — Three new stakes races will be presented during Del Mar’s second fall racing season, which begins on October 29 and continues through to November 29. The additional races – each with a value of $200,000 – mean that the stakes roster for the 20-day session will swell to $2,700,000.   The races – the Golden State Juvenile Fillies, the Golden State Juvenile and the Goldikova Stakes – are, in effect, being “borrowed” from Santa Anita for one season and allow Del Mar to offer 17 stakes during its five-week stand. The Los Angeles-area track has a shorter fall season this year and timing issues were not going to permit it to present the three named stakes. With encouragement from the California Horse Racing Board and the Thoroughbred Owners of California, Del Mar took on the races for 2015 to ensure that they’d continue to be offered to Southern California horsemen.   In 2014, when Del Mar presented 15 days of... ...

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CHRB Meeting Summary

From CHRB DEL MAR, Calif. (Aug. 22, 2015) – The California Horse Racing Board conducted its regular meeting Thursday, August 20, at Del Mar Racetrack. Chairman Chuck Winner presided. Vice Chair Richard Rosenberg and Commissioners Madeline Auerbach, Steve Beneto, Jesse Choper, 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 theWebcast link. In brief:  The Board approved the 2016 racing calendars for all thoroughbred meets and fairs. These allocated dates include dark days between race meets. Actual racing dates within those timeframes will be determined when each meet is licensed. The Northern California racing calendar will begin December 26, 2015, at Golden Gate Fields through June 14, followed by dates at Pleasanton run by the Oak Tree Racing Association (June 15 through July 5), Cal Expo (July 6 through July 26), Santa Rosa (July 27 through August 16), Ferndale (August 17 through August 30) running concurrently with Golden Gate (August 17 through September 20), Stockton (September... ...

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Barretts Changes Sale Date

From Barretts DEL MAR, Calif. (Aug. 21, 2015) — The date for the Barretts 2015 Fall Sale of Yearlings and Horses of Racing Age, to be held at the Del Mar Racetrack, has been changed to Tuesday, October 27, from Wednesday, October 28. Early Bird entries will close next Friday, August 28. The entry deadline is September 4. Breeding Stock will also be accepted into this sale this year. ...

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Tom Robbins Elected to Jockey Club

By Bloodhorse.com LEXINGTON, Ky. (Aug. 17, 2015) — The Jockey Club announced Aug. 17 the election of four new members: W. B. Rogers Beasley, John Magnier, Rosendo (Ro) Parra, and Thomas S. Robbins. Beasley has served as Keeneland director of racing since 2001 and was the track’s sales director for 19 years prior to his current post. He serves on the boards of the Kentucky Equine Drug Research Council, the Kentucky Horse Park, the Racing Medication and Testing Consortium, and the Racing Officials Accreditation Program and previously served on the American Graded Stakes Committee and the Thoroughbred Club of America board of directors. Magnier presides over Coolmore Stud, which has branches in Ireland, Kentucky (Ashford Stud), and the Hunter Valley (Coolmore Australia). His family has been associated with a long list of champion horses and major stallions since the 1850s, originally in Co. Cork, Ireland, where stallions still stand as part of Coolmore today. Magnier has co-owned or -bred four of the last five Epsom Derby (Eng.- I) winners. Parra, owner of Millennium... ...

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Los Alamitos Releases Schedule

From Los Alamitos Publicity CYPRESS, Calif. (Aug. 16, 2015) — A newly-created Starter Showdown Series – with purses totaling $175,000 – and five other stakes races worth a combined $450,000 will be offered during the upcoming Los Angeles County Fair at Los Alamitos meet. The 10-day season will begin Thursday, Sept. 10 and continue through Friday, Sept. 25. Racing will be conducted on a Thursday-Sunday basis the first two weeks, then conclude with two days (Sept. 24-25) before the Southern California scene shifts to Santa Anita Saturday, Sept. 26. The Starter Showdown Series, which will debut on closing day, consists of five races – varying in distance from 5 ½ furlongs to one mile – for horses eligible for $8,000, $16,000 and $25,000 starter allowance contests.A six-furlong race, the $45,000 Seal Beach Stakes is the richest in the Series. The other stakes are the $30,000 Buena Park (5 ½ furlongs), the $30,000 Westminster (5 ½ furlongs, fillies and mares), the $35,000 Rossmoor (One Mile) and the $35,000 Long Beach (One... ...

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