Review Category : Announcement

Barretts Announces 2017 Calendar

From Barretts  DEL MAR, Calif. (Dec. 7, 2016) — All 2017 Barretts Sales will be held at Del Mar, except the 2017 January Mixed Sale and 2017 Fall Sale of Yearlings and Horses of all Ages, which will be held at Fairplex Park in Pomona. January Mixed Sale, to be held in Pomona, Tuesday, January 17, 2017 Supplemental Entries Close: January 3, 2017   Select Two-Year-Olds in Training Sale, Wednesday, March 29, 2017 Training Preview: Monday, March 27, 2017   May Sale of Two-Year-Olds in Training, Wednesday, May 17, 2017 Training Preview: Monday, May 15, 2017 Entries Close: April 7, 2017 Supplemental Entries Close: May 3, 2017   The Paddock Sale of Race Ready Horses, Sunday, July 29, 2017 Training Preview: Friday, July 27, 2017   August Select Yearling Sale, Tuesday, August 29, 2017 Nominations Close: April 14, 2017   Fall Sale of Yearlings and Horses of Racing Age, to be held in Pomona, Tuesday, October 17, 2017 Early Entries Close: August 25, 2017 Entries Close: September 1, 2017 ...

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Global Stallions App Available

By Bloodhorse.com BloodHorse and Weatherbys announced today they have jointly developed a free Global Stallions app that is now available for Apple and Android phones and tablets. The app provides continually updated graphs, charts, and statistics pertaining to stallions standing in North America and Europe and timely worldwide racing information about their offspring. Featuring more than 700 stallions from the BloodHorse Stallion Register and the Weatherbys Stallion Book, the app provides customizable views and the ability to select currency measurements, distance measurements, and “favorite” stallions. “This app should be exceptionally useful for Thoroughbred breeders all over the world, and we enjoyed working with the Weatherbys team to develop it,” said John K. Keitt Jr., publisher and editorial director of BloodHorse. “It is not just a digital version of a printed stallion register; it has many interactive, real-time features that are not possible in a printed format.” “Weatherbys is delighted to have jointly developed an app that we believe will quickly become one of the most useful sources of information for... ...

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UC Davis to Hold Horsepacking Courses

From UC Davis DAVIS, Calif. (Dec. 3, 2016) —This summer, join UC Davis Extension on two exciting outdoor adventures that take participants into the California wilderness on horseback— Mustangs: A Living Legacy and Mountain Horsemanship: Veterinary Care and Horsepacking in the Wilderness. Past participants have acclaimed these courses an outstanding adventure. Mustangs: A Living Legacy Track wild horses and relive the Old West in the seldom-visited Pizona area of Inyo National Forest. From a central meadow camp, riders track mustangs in their natural pinyon forest habitat and learn the social behavior of the horses and their current struggle. This program is a special opportunity that combines a rustic outdoor adventure and a unique educational experience in exploring the biology, ecology and behavior of a proud and beautiful animal— the North American wild horse. •    June 10–13: Sat.–Tues., 7 a.m.–3 p.m. •    Bishop, Calif. •    $900. Includes horse, saddle, meals and instruction. Enroll in section 164AGC800. Mountain Horsemanship: Veterinary Care and Horsepacking in the Wilderness This deluxe seven-day... ...

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Avioli Named to Horse PAC Board

From NTRA LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 29, 2016) – Greg Avioli, CEO of the Thoroughbred Owners of California, has been named to the Board of Directors of Horse PAC® , the National Thoroughbred Racing Association’s federal political action committee. The appointment was made at Tuesday’s meeting of the Horse PAC® board in Lexington. Avioli, a past president of Horse PAC®, is a longtime racing executive, attorney and legislative expert. He has served as CEO of the Stronach Group, President and CEO of the Breeders’ Cup and Chief Operating Officer of the NTRA. “Greg Avioli was instrumental in the creation of Horse PAC® and we are pleased to have him join the Board,” said Horse PAC® President Peggy Hendershot. “His extensive knowledge of the federal legislative system and network of industry contacts make him an ideal addition.” The TOC is a non-profit corporation that serves as the California Horse Racing Board’s recognized representative of Thoroughbred owners in the California horse racing industry. Horse PAC® was activated in 2002 to support Federal elected... ...

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Winning Cause to Stand at Milky Way

TEMECULA, Calif. (Nov. 20, 2016) – Multiple graded winner Winning Cause has been retired and will stand the 2017 breeding season at Milky Way Farm in Temecula for a $2,000 fee. Winning Cause, a 6-year-old son of Giant’s Causeway, won a trio of Grade III stakes – the 2013 Coolmore Lexington, the 2014 Cliff Hanger and the 2015 Red Bank for trainer Todd Pletcher. Out of the Kingmambo mare Raffishing, Winning Cause banked $645,743 in 27 starts. ...

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CHRB Meeting Summary

From CHRB DEL MAR, Calif. (Nov. 18, 2016) — The California Horse Racing Board conducted its regular meeting Thursday, November 17, at the Del Mar Surfside Race Place. Chairman Chuck Winner presided. Commissioners Madeline Auerbach, Steve Beneto, Jesse Choper and George Krikorian 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 2017 race dates allocations for the Northern California thoroughbred and fairs circuit as follows: Golden Gate Fields, December 21, 2016, through June 20; Pleasanton, June 21 through July 11; Cal Expo, July 12 through August 1; Santa Rosa, August 2 through August 22; Ferndale, August 23 through September 5; Golden Gate, August 23 through September 19; Pleasanton, September 20 through October 3; Fresno, October 4 through October 17; and Golden Gate, October 18 through December 19. The individual associations and fairs will designate in each of their license applications the actual starting and ending dates of their meets within these... ...

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Misremembered to BG Thoroughbreds

By Bloodhorse.com HEMET, Calif. (Nov. 17, 2016) — Grade 1 winner and track record setter Misremembered has been relocated to BG Thoroughbreds to stand the 2017 in Hemet. The son of Candy Ride (ARG) will stand for $2,500.   Trained out of the Baffert Stables, Misremembered won six races and earned more than $1.3 million. He won the G1 Santa Anita Handicap and posted victories in the G2 Swaps Stakes and G2 Indiana Derby, where he ran the 8+1/2 furlongs in track record time of 1:40 4/5. He also won the Santana Mile at Santa Anita by an easy three lengths stopping the clock for the mile at 1:33 2/5. He was ranked as #1 Handicap Horse in North America upon his retirement according to Daily Racing Form.   Misremembered has 2 crops of racing age and has already produced a graded stakes winner, two stakes winners and three stakes placers. His progeny are 55% winners/starters. “We are very excited to have Misremembered join us for the 2017 breeding season”... ...

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CHRB Settles NorCal Dates

By Bloodhorse.com DEL MAR, Calif. (Nov. 17, 2016) –A nearly sixth-month dispute over Northern California’s 2017 racing schedule was resolved Nov. 17 during a California Horse Racing Board meeting  at Del Mar. CHRB members, at the regularly scheduled monthly meeting, approved a schedule recommended by the regulatory agency’s Race Dates Committee Nov. 16. With the board’s stamp of approval Thursday, Golden Gate Fields will run until June 20, followed by Pleasanton (June 21-July 11), Cal Expo (July 12-Aug. 1), Santa Rosa (Aug. 2-22), Ferndale (Aug. 23-Sept. 5, overlapped with Golden Gate), Golden Gate (Aug. 23-Sept. 19), Pleasanton (taken from Stockton, Sept. 20-Oct. 3), and Fresno (Oct. 4-17). Because Sonoma County school districts still have not set their schedules for 2017 and the fair at Santa Rosa has no intention of running races during the school year, officials from the Sonoma County Fair have not committed to running all three weeks allotted in the approved plan. If Sonoma decides to run two weeks instead of three, Ferndale would move up to... ...

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Haynesfield to Rancho San Miguel

From Rancho San Miguel SAN MIGUEL, Calif. (Nov. 9, 2016) – Grade I winning millionaire Haynesfield has been acquired by Climax Stallions, a new venture of Bob and Sean Feld, and will be relocated to Rancho San Miguel for the 2017 breeding season. “We are very excited to offer Haynesfield, a leading son of Speightstown, to California breeders. Speightstown is quickly becoming a sire of sires allowing Haynesfield and the Speightstown line a chance to really thrive on the West Coast,” said Sean Feld. Haynesfield was a wire-to-wire winner of a six-furlong maiden special as a 2-year-old at Belmont and a stakes winner as a juvenile; overall he won 10 races from 19 starts. Haynesfield is out of a Grade II-placed stakes winner Nothing Special, by Tejabo, Haynesfield captured the 2010 Jockey Club Gold Cup Stakes (Gr. I) and seven other stakes and earned more than $1.3 million. Racing for the ownership of Turtle Bird Stable’s Haynesfield, was honored as New York-bred Horse of the Year twice. “Haynesfield gave us... ...

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Jeranimo to Stand at Harris Farms

COALINGA, Calif. (Nov. 7, 2016) – Jeranimo, a 10-year-old son of Congaree, our of Jera, by Jeblar, will stand the 2017 breeding season at John Harris’ Harris Farms in Coalinga. Jeranimo was campaigned by Robert LaPenta and B.J. Wright and trained by Michael Pender. Jeranimo won the Shoemaker Mile Stakes (Gr. IT), Eddie Read Stakes (Gr. IT) and the San Gabriel Stakes (Gr. IIT) a record three times. His lifetime record is 11 wins, including eight stakes, six times second (three stakes) and five times third (four stakes) with earnings of $1,525,364. John Harris commented, “I am delighted to add this nice stallion to our stallion roster. He combines several attributes that I admire – won both short and long on both synthetic and turf, very durable, has a pedigree that has many great horses, won several graded stakes and had miler form. Plus he is good looking and has a nice disposition.” Mike Pender, who trained Jeranimo, stated: “He was bold and the alpha male of the shed row,... ...

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‘Chrome Retains NTRA Poll Lead

By DRF.com LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 7, 2016) — California Chrome retained a tenuous hold on his spot at the top of the weekly NTRA Top 10 Thoroughbred poll two days after suffering his first defeat of the year to Arrogate in Saturday’s Breeders’ Cup Classic at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, Calif. California Chrome, who has led the voting every week so far this year, topped the pool with 442 total points while receiving 30 first-place votes. Arrogate, who was fifth in the polling prior to the Breeders’ Cup, received 16 first-place votes and trails California Chrome by 24 points in the poll, with 418. By and large, the 46 voters in the poll also vote in the Eclipse Awards balloting, making the poll an imperfect but important harbinger for the Horse of the Year vote. Beholder, winner of Friday’s Breeders’ Cup Distaff, moved up five spots, from eighth to third, while the previously undefeated filly she nosed out in that race, Songbird, dropped from third to fourth. Filling out... ...

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BC Records Fall at Santa Anita

By Bloodhorse.com ARCADIA, Calif. (Nov. 6, 2016) –A crowd of 72,811 at Santa Anita Park Nov. 5 set a record for the highest single-day attendance for a Breeders’ Cup World Championships since the event switched to a two-day format. Saturday’s attendance at Santa Anita was the highest for any Breeders’ Cup day since 72,730 were on hand at Churchill Downs in 2010 to see Zenyatta in the final race of her career. The two-day attendance for 2016 was 118,484, the highest in Breeders’ Cup history. Common-pool wagering on Saturday’s 12-race Breeders’ Cup card was $109,055,897, a 3.2% increase over the $105,625,491 wagered in 2015. Common-pool wagering for the two days was $159,991,803, an increase of 6.25% over the $150,574,656 total in 2015. Saturday’s on-track handle was $13,515,269, an increase of 3.5% over last year’s on-track handle at Keeneland. The on-track handle at Santa Anita for the two days was $20,694,235. “The Breeders’ Cup exists to showcase the very best of Thoroughbred racing and we witnessed that over the last two... ...

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CHRB Meeting Summary

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

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NorCal Race Dates Unresolved

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

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Smiling Tiger Yearling Tops Barretts

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

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Photographer Bill Machon Passes

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

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Super Tuesday Passes

From Harris Farms COALINGA, Calif. (Oct. 3, 2016) — Harris Farms is saddened to report that its stakes winning broodmare, Super Tuesday, died on October 1, 2016 as a result of complications of colic. Super Tuesday (Political Ambition-Vaderette, by Skywalker) won five races including the Work The Crowd at Golden Gate Fields, and the California Sires at Hollywood Park.  She was by Political Ambition-Vaderette, by Skywalker and produced four winners from five foals to race including Quick Meeting ($152,872), Maybe Tuesday ($169,302) and Doris Johnson ($47,253). Her current 2-year old, Primary Target by Thorn Song is in training at Santa Anita. She was owned and bred by Harris Farms and Sheila Williams, and was trained by Dean Pederson.  For further information, contact John Harris at johnharris@harrisfarms.com or Dave McGlothlin at davemcglothlin@harrisfarms.com. ...

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Stable Video Surveillance Enhanced

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

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Mirahmadi Hired by Golden Gate

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

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NBC to Air Pegasus World Cup

By Bloodhorse.com             HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. (Sept. 26, 2016) — NBC Sports Group has reached an agreement with The Stronach Group for exclusive United States media rights to the inaugural running of the $12 million Pegasus World Cup Invitational (gr. I). What would become the world’s richest Thoroughbred race will be contested Jan. 28, 2017, at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale Beach, Fla. The network will air a live 90-minute telecast with all coverage to be streamed live on NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app, which is the NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices, tablets, and connected TVs. NBC Sports Group executives said The Pegasus World Cup Invitational will complement the network’s exclusive, long-term media agreements for all the Triple Crown races, the Breeders’ Cup World Championships, and the newly-acquired Royal Ascot meet. “We are excited to work with The Stronach Group to present such a unique and lucrative race as we continue to present the best horse racing in the world,” said Jon Miller, president of programming for NBC Sports... ...

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CHRB Meeting Summary

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

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CHRB Delays NorCal Dates Decision

By DRF.com CYPRESS, Calif. (Sept. 22, 2016) — The California Horse Racing Board postponed the allocation of 2017 racing dates for Golden Gate Fields and the Northern California fair circuit after relevant parties failed to reach a resolution at the racing board’s dates committee meeting on Wednesday. At Thursday’s meeting of the entire racing board, chairman Chuck Winner said dates may be allocated in October at the next racing board meeting. Further discussions between racing board and Northern California track officials are expected in coming weeks. “We were not able to reach an agreement,” Winner said. “I’m sorry to say that, but I want to commend the folks that spent time trying to reach an accord. They weren’t able to do it.” Much of the focus on racing dates for the circuit in recent months has been on specific dates for the county fairs and Golden Gate Fields from late June through September. The racing board currently has six members, one fewer than normal. The term of vice chairman Richard... ...

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CHRB Approves Pick Six Enhancement

From DMTC Publicity DEL MAR, Calif. (Sept. 22, 2016) –An enhancement to the Pick Six wager that is expected to offer large payoffs and re-energize what has been California’s most popular exotic bet will have its debut with the opening of the annual Del Mar Fall race meeting. The Pick Six now will offer a “Single Ticket Jackpot” element added to it which allows for a solo winner to score a potentially hefty jackpot. That enhancement was approved by the California Horse Racing Board at its monthly meeting today and will debut at the 15-day seaside session starting on Friday, November 11. The Pick Six, first introduced in California in 1980, grew into a highly attractive wager for a full range of horse players – from the $2 bettor all the way up to large betting syndicates. Five-, six- and sometimes even seven-figure returns have been a major part of the lure of the bet, which costs $2 and requires the picking of six straight winners. A Pick Six carryover... ...

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Forney Named TOC Executive Director

From TOC             ARCADIA, Calif. (Sept. 15, 2016) — The Thoroughbred Owners of California (TOC) announced today the promotion of Mary Forney to the position of Executive Director, effective immediately.   Forney has been with TOC since 2004 as Director of Operations. She has worked in the California horse racing industry for more than 30 years including 13 years at Santa Anita, most recently as Simulcast Coordinator, and nine years at the California Thoroughbred Breeders’ Association. She holds a BA in Sociology with an emphasis in Law and Society from Cal State Los Angeles. She was named Outstanding Woman in Thoroughbred Horse Racing in 2006 by the California Legislature.   TOC President and CEO, Greg Avioli, said, “Since I joined TOC last year, I have come to depend on Mary as an integral part of the TOC management team. Her extensive knowledge and experience in the business as well as her positive relationships with our members and industry partners are valuable assets for the TOC, and we are pleased to... ...

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Purses Boosted at Oak Tree-Pleasanton

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

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Barretts October Catalog Online

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

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Fenton Appointed to TOC Board

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

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Industry Needs H-2B Exemption

From American Horse Council WASHINGTON, D.C. (Sept. 13, 2016) — Congress is currently drafting a short-term spending bill, or continuing resolution (CR), to keep the government funded for the next couple of months. It is very important to the horse industry that this CR retains the H-2B returning worker exemption from last year. 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. Last year, in order to ensure the horse industry and other seasonal small businesses continued to have access to needed H-2B workers, Congress reinstated the H-2B returning worker exemption that was in place from 2005 through 2007.  This provision of law exempted from the 66,000 cap on H-2B visas, workers who had complied with past visa requirements and worked in the program during one of the preceding three years. If you, your business or members... ...

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Harris Ranch Seminar Postponed

COALINGA, Calif. (Sept. 12, 2016) – This year’s Harris Ranch Seminar, originally scheduled for October 7, has been postponed until 2017. Details on rescheduling the event will be posted on ctba.com when they become available.   ...

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Cal-breds Dominate Barretts Sale

By DRF.com DEL MAR, Calif. (Sept. 1, 2016) — A filly by the first-crop stallion Smiling Tiger was purchased for $130,000, making her the most expensive horse of Tuesday’s Barretts select yearling sale at Del Mar. Gross sales and average price were essentially the same compared to 2015, and median price declined. Overall, 46 horses sold for $1,710,000, an average of $37,174, according to results provided by Barretts. The gross increased $81,000 from 2015, while the average increased $151. The median price was $27,500 compared to $32,500 in 2015. The number sold increased by 2 from last year. :: DRF BREEDING LIVE: Real-time coverage of breeding and sales “We felt holding steady would be a win,” said Barretts general manager Kim Lloyd. The sale was dominated by California-breds. There were nine horses withdrawn, and 23 listed as not sold, or 34 percent of the horses that went through the ring. The number of horses bought back was exactly the same as in the 2015 sale, which Lloyd said was discouraging.... ...

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Del Mar’s Fall Stakes Schedule

From DMTC                 DEL MAR, Calif. (Sept. 1, 2016) — Fourteen stakes races worth just over $2 million will be offered during Del Mar’s third consecutive fall racing season that kicks off at the shore oval on Friday, November 11, which is Veterans Day.   The stakes roster, highlighted by a pair of Grade I events on the closing weekend of December 3 and 4, mirrors for the most part the previous two falls, all of which have been dubbed the “Bing Crosby Season” as a salute to the track’s founder and the rich history of old Hollywood that he embodied.   One of the changes from last year’s stakes schedule is the addition of the $200,000, Grade II Bayakoa Handicap for older fillies and mares on Saturday, December 3 to the lineup. Previously, the race had been run at Los Alamitos.   Conversely, Del Mar will not present three stakes it offered during the fall of 2015 because they have returned to the Santa Anita schedule. Those were the... ...

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CHRB Meeting Summary

From CHRB DEL MAR, Calif. (Aug. 27, 2016) – The California Horse Racing Board conducted its regular meeting Thursday, August 25, at Del Mar’s Surfside Race Place. 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: ·        Seven individuals concerned about racehorse fatalities at Del Mar’s current meet addressed the Board during the comment period to express those concerns. CHRB Executive Director Rick Baedeker described some of the rules, policies and practices the CHRB has in place with respect to the safety of horses and riders. He and Chairman Winner assured the public that this Board’s primary objective is the health and safety of horses and riders. ·        The Board approved a rolling three-year racing calendar for thoroughbred meets in Southern California as submitted by racetracks and horsemen and reflecting a multi-year agreement on... ...

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Racing Dates for 2017 Approved

By DRF.com DEL MAR, Calif. – The California Horse Racing Board approved a three-year racing calendar for the Southern California Thoroughbred circuit starting in 2017, with dates similar to the 2014 and 2015 seasons. The racing board was presented with a proposed calendar by racing officials at a committee meeting on Monday. The full board approved the calendar on Thursday. For the 2017 season, Santa Anita will run from Dec. 26, 2016 to July 4, 2017, followed by a two-week meeting at Los Alamitos. Del Mar’s summer meeting will run from July 19 to Sept. 4. Los Alamitos will host the Los Angeles County Fair meeting for three weeks in September before Santa Anita begins a five-week autumn meeting in the final days of September through October. In the final months of the year, Del Mar will run a four-week meeting from Nov. 1-26 before Los Alamitos hosts a three-week meeting from Nov. 30 to Dec. 17. Del Mar’s autumn meeting will include the Breeders’ Cup races on Nov. 3-4.... ...

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CHRB Steps Up Drug Testing

From CHRB SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Aug. 18, 2016) — The California Horse Racing Board has stepped up drug testing in Southern California with industry cooperation and soon things will be going really high tech with a new focus on biological markers supported by The Jockey Club. The Del Mar Thoroughbred Club (DMTC) hired an additional examining veterinarian for the current meet, while the CHRB appointed a second official veterinarian, which have allowed for increased out-of-competition drug testing – an increasingly important strategy for detecting substances and practices not easily identified through traditional post-race screening. CHRB Executive Director Rick Baedeker said the increased drug testing will continue indefinitely. The Ken Maddy Laboratory at UC Davis is critical to this effort, as it is considered the preeminent facility of its kind and administers the testing for horses participating at Del Mar, Santa Anita, and all other racetracks in the state. Research is a key component of the Maddy Laboratory’s commitment to equine health and safety, and now the lab is breaking new ground... ...

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Jockey Club Adds Pair

From The Jockey club LEXINGTON, Ky. (Aug. 17, 2016) — Barbara Banke and J. Michael O’Farrell Jr. have been elected to the board of stewards of The Jockey Club, filling the expired positions of Stella F. Thayer and Peter S. Willmott. Banke is a Thoroughbred owner and breeder and proprietor of Jackson Family Wines, based in Santa Rosa, California. She serves on the boards of the Breeders’ Cup, TOBA, and National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame and has been a member of The Jockey Club since 2013. She owns Stonestreet Stables, which has campaigned the winners of 100 stakes races, including horses of the year Curlin (2007, 2008) and Rachel Alexandra (2009), and is a leading developer of stallions, including Curlin, Kantharos, Carpe Diem, Maclean’s Music and Astrology. Her Lexington-based Stonestreet Farm is a leading commercial breeder and has produced the winners of 38 graded stakes and more than $38,000,000 in purses. O’Farrell owns and operates Ocala Stud, the oldest active Florida Thoroughbred farm, in Ocala, Florida. Ocala... ...

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Jockey Club Projects 2017 Foal Crop

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Aug. 13, 2016) — The Jockey Club is projecting a 2017 North American registered Thoroughbred foal crop of 22,500. The projection for the 2016 foal crop was also 22,500. The 22,500 foals estimated for 2017 and for 2016 is a 2.3% increase from the 22,000 projected for both the 2015 and 2014 foal crops. “As always, this projection is based on reports of mares bred received to date, and we estimate that approximately 80% of those reports have been received,” said Matt Iuliano, The Jockey Club’s executive vice president and executive director. The foal crop projection, traditionally announced in mid-August, is computed by using Reports of Mares Bred (RMBs) received to date for the 2016 breeding season. RMBs are to be filed by August 1 of each breeding season. Additional foal crop information is available in The Jockey Club’s online fact book at jockeyclub.com/factbook.asp and in the online state fact books. Stallion owners who have not returned their RMBs for the 2016 breeding season are encouraged to do... ...

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McCarron to Receive Pincay Award

By Bloodhorse.com DEL MAR, Calif. (Aug. 5, 2016) — Hall of Fame jockey Chris McCarron has been named the 2016 recipient of the Laffit Pincay, Jr. Award and will receive the honor in ceremonies at Del Mar Aug. 21. McCarron, 61, is the 13th winner of the Pincay Award, which is given to those who have served the sport “with integrity, extraordinary dedication, determination, and distinction.” The honor and its trophy will be presented to McCarron by his fellow Hall of Fame rider Pincay, who rode against him for more than two decades in California and called him “as tough a competitor as there was. “Chris was a warrior on the racetrack,” Pincay said. “He was so smart and so competitive, and when you rode against him, you knew you had to be at your very best. He made me and all the other jockeys he rode against better riders. “But away from the track he was, and still is, a special friend—someone you could count on every day of... ...

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Neuman to Call Los Alamitos Races

By Bloodhorse.com CYPRESS, Calif. (Aug. 4, 2016) –Veteran track announcer Bobby Neuman will call the upcoming Los Angeles County Fair meet at Los Alamitos Race Course, the track announced Aug. 4. The 12-date season will run Sept. 8-25. “Bobby is an excellent race caller and I’ve enjoyed his work for many years,” said Brad McKinzie, vice president and general manager of the Los Alamitos Racing Association. “We’re excited to have him join the team.” A native of Los Angeles who attended the University of California-Santa Barbara before completing the University of Arizona’s Race Track Industry Program, Neuman, 47, was the longtime caller (2005-2014) at Calder Race Course after serving as the paddock host the previous six years at the South Florida track. He began his career calling races on the Arizona fair circuit and has also served as the track announcer (1997-1999) at Thistledown, Albuquerque Downs, Santa Fe Downs, and Standardbred tracks The Red Mile and Pompano Park. He also continues to call the annual OBS Championship Stakes in Ocala, Fla.... ...

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Reddam TOBA’s Top Cal Breeder

By Bloodhorse.com LEXINGTON, Ky. (Aug. 4, 2016) — The Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association has announced the regional owners and state and Canadian breeders who will be recognized at its National Awards Dinner Sept. 10 at Stonestreet Farm in Lexington. The regional owners of the year for 2015 are Stonestreet Stables, Eastern region; Ken and Sarah Ramsey, Midwestern region; Zayat Stables, Southern region; and Reddam Racing, Western region. The state and Canadian breeders of the year are: Arizona: Triple AAA Ranch Arkansas: McDowell Farm California: Reddam Racing Canada: Tall Oaks Farm Florida: Jacks or Better Farm Illinois: Richard & Karen Papiese Indiana: Justice Farms Iowa: Poindexter Thoroughbreds Kansas: Pam M. Davis Kentucky: Godolphin Louisiana: Set-Hut Maryland: Dance Forth Farm Massachusetts: Langdon Wilby and Mary Beth Reis Michigan: Campbell Stable Minnesota: Curtis A. Sampson New Jersey: Holly Crest Farm New Mexico: A & A Horse Farm, New York: Eklektikos Stable North Carolina: Chandley Farm North Dakota: Backhaus & Sons Ohio: 3 Clovers Farm & Blazing Meadows Farm Oregon: Oakhurst Thoroughbreds South... ...

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Barretts Dan Dayton Passes

From Barretts                 DEL MAR, Calif. (July 27, 2016) — Dan Dayton, stable manager at Barretts for more than 25 years, passed away July 19 unexpectedly near his home in Oregon. Dan was stable manager at Barretts since its inception in 1989 and was the only stable manager while we were located in Pomona. He performed the same function for both Barretts racing and training for several years as well. Dan was a loyal and dependable employee who was known to do anything possible to keep both Barretts consignors and his dogs happy. Most importantly, he was known as a loving husband to his wife Jackie, a caring father and a devoted son. ...

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Changes Proposed to Horse Protection Act

From American Horse Council             WASHINGTON, D.C. (July 26, 2016) — Today, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) announced proposed changes to the regulations governing enforcement of the Horse Protection Act (HPA). The HPA was passed in 1970 to stop the cruel practice of “soring” horses that was occurring in some sectors of the Tennessee Walking Horse, Racking Horse and Spotted Saddle Horse industry. The proposed rule would make several major changes to current HPA regulations with the goal of ending soring.  The AHC is currently reviewing the proposed rule to determine its impact on the horse industry.  After the AHC has had the opportunity to analysis the details of the proposed rule we will follow up with additional information. The AHC Horse Show and Animal Welfare Committees will also be convening to discuss the proposed rule. This is a proposed rule only and USDA will be accepting comments until September 26, 2016.  USDA will then have to review all comments and release... ...

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Richard Eamer Passes at 88

ARCADIA, Calif. (July 26, 2016) — Richard Eamer, whose Mandysland Farm of the 1980s and 1990s today is part of Magali Farms, died in May. He was 88. Co-founder of National Medical Enterprises Inc. in 1969 with John Bedrosian and Leonard Cohen, Eamer was a California resident and studied law and accounting at USC. He entered the Thoroughbred business in 1981, and some of his earliest purchases came with Bedrosian at the 1981 CTBA Sales’ Del Mar Yearling Sale. Eamer bought property in the Santa Ynez Valley and officially opened Mandysland Farm in 1983. A lifelong animal lover, he named the farm for a favorite Labrador Retriever. “What I wanted was a nice little piece of property where I could very slowly get involved in the racing business and have some place to walk my dogs,” Eamer said in 1982. Laura Cotter, formerly an assistant to trainer D. Wayne Lukas, became manager of Mandysland in the late 1980s. The farm stood several stallions, included M. Double M., Mon Classique and... ...

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California Diamond Brings $125,000

By DRF.com DEL MAR, Calif. (July 23, 2016) — California Diamond, the undefeated California-bred winner of the Santa Anita Juvenile Stakes for 2-year-olds earlier this month, sold for $125,000 at Saturday’s Paddock Sale at Del Mar of horses of racing age. California Diamond was the most expensive hip of seven horses sold at the brief sale. California Diamond was purchased by Rockingham Ranch and is expected to be trained by Peter Miller, according to Rafael Becerra, Jr., who signed the ticket. California Diamond was consigned by John Brocklebank, who trained California Diamond in both of his starts. California Diamond raced for the Brocklebank family’s Twin V Farm when he won the Santa Anita Juvenile on July 9, his most recent start. The California-bred California Diamond was the only horse to change hands for $100,000 or more. Only 21 horses were catalogued in the sale, which was held after a 10-race program that included California Chrome’s popular win in the Grade 2 San Diego Handicap. Of the 21 offered, three were... ...

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Report of Mares Bred Due Aug. 1

From The Jockey Club                 LEXINGTON, Ky. (July 20, 2016) — The Jockey Club reminds stallion managers to submit their Reports of Mares Bred (RMBs) for the 2016 breeding season by August 1. “We ask that RMBs be submitted by August 1 to enable us to provide the most comprehensive breeding statistics possible to industry stakeholders,” said Matt Iuliano, executive vice president and executive director of The Jockey Club. Iuliano also pointed out that stallion managers who submit their RMBs by August 1 are among the first to receive their Stallion Service Certificates, which expedites the timely registration of 2017 foals. Reports of Mares Bred may be submitted via Interactive Registration at registry.jockeyclub.com or a form is available by email, fax, or mail by contacting inquiries@jockeyclub.com. ...

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Barretts August Catalog Online

From Barretts DEL MAR, Calif. (July 17, 2016) — The catalog for the second annual Barretts August Select Yearling Sale is now on-line and will be mailed soon.  This auction of 72 yearlings will be held on Tuesday August 30 starting at 2:00 p.m. in the Surfside Race Place located on the grounds of the Del Mar Racetrack in Del Mar, California.  We believed that last year’s yearlings were a very good group of yearlings in terms of quality and we believe that this year’s group is stronger.  Last year’s select yearling group has already started strong from limited starters including the sensational Hot Perfection.   The yearlings will be stabled inside the Del Mar Horse Show Arena adjacent to the Sales Pavilion.   The interactive, sortable and searchable, on-line catalog can be viewed now here.   The August Sale catalog is also available for your Ipad.  Click here for details.   This is the complete list of stallions in the catalog: Archarcharch, Awesome Gambler, Calimonco, Champ Pegasus, Coil, Cyclotron, Data... ...

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Rendezvous Gets First Winner

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (July 15, 2016) – California stallion and Grade II winner Rendezvous was represented by his first winner on Friday when Meeting in Heaven won the fourth race at Sacramento, a maiden claimer. Meeting in Heaven is out of the Doc’s Leader mare Doc’s Lil’ Angel, was bred by Laura Ann Franklin, is owned by Carrol Stubbs and trained by Armando Lage. The 3-year-old gelding ran the 1 1/16 miles in 1:47.36 and won by three-quarters of a length at odds of 7-2. ...

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CHRB Meeting Summary

From CHRB DEL MAR, Calif. (July 15, 2016) – The California Horse Racing Board conducted its regular meeting Thursday, July 14, at Del Mar Surfside Race Place. Chairman Chuck Winner presided. Vice Chair Richard Rosenberg and Commissioners Madeline Auerbach, Steve Beneto, George Krikorian and Alex Solis also were in attendance. The audio of this entire Board meeting is available on the CHRB Website (www.chrb.ca.gov) under the Webcast link. In brief: ·        The Board approved a series of motions designed to comply with a Superior Court order, submit emergency regulations to the Office of Administrative Law (OAL), and permit Los Alamitos to write race conditions for its current meet (subject to OAL approval of the emergency regulations) – all pertaining to the internal program at Los Alamitos involving the testing of hair samples to determine the eligibility of horses for certain races. ·        Representatives of the Stronach Group advised the Board that Golden Gate is proposing that the vanning and stabling fund not reimburse nearby Pleasanton for stabling costs during Golden... ...

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Barretts Paddock Sale Catalog Online

From Barretts DEL MAR, Calif. (July 14, 2016) — The catalog for the Fifth Annual Paddock Sale at Del Mar of Race Ready Horses, scheduled to be held on Saturday, July 23 in the Del Mar paddock approximately 30 minutes after the last race is declared official, is now on-line.  This catalog currently consists of 8 horses of racing age and 10 two-year-olds. Additional horses are expected to be entered prior to sale time. Information including pedigree, complete past performances and a recent race video, if applicable, for each horse can be found in sortable format here.   For the first time, there will be a training preview for horses in the Paddock Sale catalog on Friday, July 22.   This preview will start immediately after regular morning workouts end at 10 a.m. and will be held in the manner of morning workouts.   All horses who work must work at least 3/8ths of a mile.  This preview will be broadcast live http://www.barretts.com/sales/ViewSale/index.asp and videos will be posted on-line soon thereafter.  ... ...

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Fair Dates Still Unresolved

By Bloodhorse.com DEL MAR, Calif. (July 14, 2016) –After more than two and a half hours of discussion July 13 during a California Horse Racing Board Race Dates Committee meeting, a racing schedule for 2017 in both Northern and Southern California remained unresolved. At the end of talks Wednesday afternoon at Del Mar, CHRB chairman Chuck Winner adjourned the meeting and said the stakeholders involved would meet in another two weeks to again discuss the issues in each region. While industry stakeholders in the southern region of the state said they would likely be reaching an agreement soon and talks on the topic were finished relatively early in the afternoon, the northern dates disputes—between the state’s fair circuit and Golden Gate Fields—took up the majority of the time. The entirety of the Northern California debate revolves around the region’s highly desired summer and early fall schedule, which has traditionally been allocated to the fairs. In previous meetings on the topic, the California Authority of Racing Fairs proposed a schedule that... ...

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‘Chrome to Run for Cancer Research

By Bloodhorse.com DEL MAR, Calif. (July 14, 2016) –Majority owners Perry and Denise Martin and Taylor Made Stallions announced July 14 that 2014 Horse of the Year California Chrome   will run to benefit the V Foundation for Cancer Research, as a portion of his earnings through the remainder of his racing career will be committed to the charity. California Chrome is currently pointed to the $200,000 San Diego Handicap (gr. II) July 23, and the $1 million Pacific Classic (gr. I) Aug. 20, both at Del Mar. In addition to a portion of California Chrome’s future race earnings to support The V Foundation, the California Chrome team will also hold other special events to raise charitable donations for The V Foundation. The first such event will be an auction following the San Diego Handicap that will offer California Chrome’s blinkers, jockey Victor Espinoza’s silks worn in the race, as well as a co-branded Chrome and V Foundation saddle blanket worn during the horse’s final workout at Del Mar. All proceeds... ...

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Reps Push for Pari-mutuel Changes

From NTRA LEXINGTON, Ky. (July 13, 2016) – Two U.S. congressmen, Rep. John Yarmuth (D-KY) and  Rep. Charles Boustany (R-LA), have submitted a joint letter to the U.S. Department of Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew urging finalization of proposed rule changes regarding withholding and reporting of pari-mutuel winnings.  The letter to Treasury was submitted on July 12 and was posted today on the official Twitter account of Rep. Boustany (@Boustany). In the text, Yarmuth and Boustany highlight the bipartisan support the new guideline enjoys, as well as recent congressional activity on the matter and the pari-mutuel wagering industry’s economic impact. The letter concludes: “As you are well aware, it has been more than a year since the proposed rule was first published and, as such, we strongly encourage you to act on this matter by finalizing the proposed rule.” A PDF file of the complete letter can be accessed here: https://www.ntra.com/wp-content/uploads/160712-Boustany-Yarmuth-Pari-Mutuel-Letter-to-Secretary-Lew.pdf. The letter comes on the heels of language in a House Appropriations Committee Report issued last week that accompanied House passage of the 2017 Financial... ...

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House Approves Pari-mutuel Revisions

From NTRA LEXINGTON, Ky. (July 8, 2016) – The U.S. House of Representatives approved the fiscal year 2017 Financial Services and General Government Appropriations bill Thursday evening that includes report language detailing Committee on Appropriations instructions for the U.S. Treasury to “expedite final consideration of the guidance which would modernize the rules governing pari-mutuel wagering.” The bill (HR 5485) provides $21.7 billion in annual funding for the Treasury Department, the Judiciary, the Small Business Administration, the Securities and Exchange Commission, and other related agencies. A companion bill in the Senate containing identical “Guidelines for Pari-mutuel Winnings” has been passed out of committee and now awaits passage by the full Senate. Language in the House Appropriations Committee Report reads: Guidelines for Pari-mutuel Winnings.—The Committee appreciates the Department of the Treasury’s proposed rule (REG– 132253–11) published on March 4, 2015, along with the associated public hearing held on June 17, 2015. The Committee encourages the Treasury to expedite final consideration of the guidance which would modernize the rules governing pari-mutuel wagering. “The... ...

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Denman Freshened for Del Mar

From DMTC Publicity DEL MAR, Calif. (July 8, 2016) — “I’ve been calling races for 44 years and I’ve never had one like this.” The voice, that unmistakable voice, was Trevor Denman on the telly from his retreat in Minnesota. To be specific Kellogg, Minnesota, population 450. And the thing he hadn’t encountered in more than four decades of manning microphones up high at racetracks around the world? How about a break; a holiday; a complete shutdown. How about seven and a half months between his last call — at Del Mar on November 29, 2015 — and his next one to be – also at Del Mar on July 15, 2016. “So very different,” Denman said. “I’m feeling fresh, feeling good. But maybe there’s just a little bit of trepidation, just a bit of apprehension about that first call back. It’s been a while now. Then again, when I think about it, how lucky can I be? I’ll be calling the first day at Del Mar, the best day... ...

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CHRB Meeting Advisory

From CHRB DEL MAR, Calif. (July 8, 2016) — The California Horse Racing Board will conduct its regular monthly meeting Thursday, July 14, beginning at 9:30 a.m., while the Race Dates Committee will meet Wednesday, July 13, at 1 p.m. Both meetings will be held at Del Mar’s Surfside Race Place. The public is encouraged to attend. An audio-only webcast of the Board meeting can be heard through a link on the CHRB website (webcast). The Board agenda and supporting package of materials as well as the committee agenda and package are available on the CHRB website. ...

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Preventing Snake Bites to Horses

By Beefmagazine.com In just about any place that cattle graze, venomous snakes slither and that means the chance for snakebite is ever-present. And anyone who has seen the after-effects in a snakebitten cow, horse or dog knows just how toxic the venom can be. http://beefmagazine.com/pasture-range/how-treat-prevent-snakebite-cattle-and-horses?PK=UM_BEFTop5-062016&NL=BEFTop5&utm_rid=CPG02000000210990&utm_campaign=10356&utm_medium=email&elq2=8f996f2d64fc4b008c713aefcc6f9d0c ...

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Santa Anita Turf Course Installed

By Bloodhorse.com ARCADIA, Calif. (June 30, 2016) —Santa Anita Park June 29 completed the installation of its new turf course, which will be ready for use for the Southern California track’s fall meet, which begins Sept. 30. Including the hillside component, Santa Anita’s unique turf course covers approximately nine acres of surface area, which has now been amended and covered. The Bandera Bermuda turf mixture was grown in La Quinta, Calif., approximately 120 miles east of the Arcadia racetrack. “This has been a major undertaking and we’re very pleased with how the entire project has progressed,” said Joe Morris, senior vice president of West Coast operations for The Stronach Group. “The hillside portion of the course was completed about three weeks ago and the oval was finished late yesterday. This particular turf has proven very resilient in our immediate area and right now, with the warm temperatures we’ve been experiencing, conditions are optimal for fast growth. “The hillside has already begun to root, so that’s great news. About 40% of... ...

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Del Mar Decreases Overnight Purses

By Bloodhorse.com DEL MAR, Calif. (June 24, 2016) — Del Mar will reduce overnight purses for a second consecutive year, according to Del Mar Thoroughbred Club vice president of racing and industry relations Tom Robbins. Robbins said the drop will be “about 10% across the board.” The most noticeable decrease in the first condition book for the summer meet is in maiden special weight events, which will dip from $70,000 to $63,000, the lowest those races have been since 2011. “The reasoning is, we can only pay out what we generate from handle,” Robbins said. “We’ve paid out, in the last two years, a little more than we’ve generated. This is not only set by us, but also the (Thorougbred Owners of California).” Robbins pointed to several factors to explain the decrease—including heavy rains during Del Mar’s opening weekend in 2015 and the first season of dirt racing after an extended period of racing on a synthetic main track—but the most influential aspect, as it has been for the whole Southern California... ...

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Unionize Gets First Winner

PLEASANTON, Calif. (June 24, 2016) – California stallion Unionize was represented by his first winner when Katy in Cahoots won the eighth race at Oak Tree at Pleasanton on Thursday. Katy in Cahoots is out of the Tomorrows Cat mare Miraloma Park, was bred by Angel Vera, is owned by Maureen Morley, Arturo Ponce and Allen Rogers and is trained by Rogers. Unionize, a 10-year-old son of Dixie Union, stands at Summer Wind Farm. ...

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Tracks House Evacuated Horses

By Bloodhorse.com ARCADIA, Calif. (June 23, 2016) –Robert Troeger couldn’t escape the proximity and immediacy of the nearby Complex fires as he drove away from Santa Anita Park late in the afternoon of June 22. “We’ve got a front-row seat for the air show,” said the former trainer, who now serves as Santa Anita’s stable superintendant, as he watched DC-10 airplanes drop flame retardant on the San Gabriel Mountains that overlook the Arcadia, Calif. racetrack. The fires, which have burned through nearly 5,000 acres since June 20 according to the San Gabriel Valley Tribune, have come up against many horse farms in the San Gabriel foothill communities like Duarte, Monrovia, Azusa, and Bradbury—and the effort to shelter horses being evacuated from those areas has been a concerted one. Santa Anita has taken in 40 horses from the evacuated areas, according to Troeger. Renee Hernandez, a spokesperson for the now-closed racetrack at Fairplex Park in Pomona said they currently have just less than 200 horses on the grounds. “Thank God Pomona is still there to... ...

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TOC Announces Election Results

By Bloodhorse.com ARCADIA, Calif. (June 22, 2016) –The Thoroughbred Owners of California elected Joe Ciaglia and re-elected incumbents Nick Alexander, Ron Ellis, Billy Morey, and Samantha Siegel to its board of directors. All five were elected to three-year terms. The new board officially takes office July 1. . Ciaglia is chief executive officer of California Landscape & Design and California Skateparks. He has owned Thoroughbreds since 1999 and has campaigned several graded stakes winners, including Weemissfrankie, Dance With Fate, and Ashleyluvssugar. Alexander, who is elected to his second three-year term, serves as secretary/treasurer as well as chair of the finance committee. Ellis has served on the board for eight years as an owner-trainer representative and is a member of the Racing Affairs and Medication & Integrity committees. Morey, who is an owner-trainer member and Northern California representative, has been on the board since 2012. Siegel was appointed to fill a vacancy on the board in January of this year. A total of 6,980 ballots were mailed out to eligible voters, and 1,513... ...

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Racehorse Summit to be Streamed

From The Jockey Club LEXINGTON, Ky. (June 21, 2016) — The seventh Welfare and Safety of the Racehorse Summit, scheduled for Tuesday, June 28, will be streamed live at grayson-jockeyclub.org/WelfareSafety/default.asp?section=50. (A link to the live stream will be available at jockeyclub.com.) The summit, underwritten and organized by The Jockey Club and Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation, is being hosted by Keeneland Association in the Keeneland sales pavilion in Lexington, Ky. Biosecurity, respiratory health, racetrack surfaces, equine injuries, nutrition, use of the crop, and rider safety are among the topics to be covered by noted industry and equine professionals. Donna Barton Brothers will once again act as master of ceremonies. The summit is scheduled to begin at 8:15 a.m. EDT and conclude at 5:00 p.m. EDT. It is free and open to the public, and registration is recommended for in-person and online. Registration and a complete agenda for the summit are available at grayson-jockeyclub.org/WelfareSafety/default.asp?section=50. If you have questions for the speakers before or during the summit, please email horsesummit@jockeyclub.com or tweet using... ...

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Breeders’ Cup Volunteers Needed

From Santa Anita Publicity ARCADIA, Calif. (June 18, 2016) –The 2016 Breeders’ Cup World Championships return to Los Angeles, CA and Santa Anita Park this fall on November 4 & 5 and volunteers are needed! The Breeders’ Cup is an annual year-end affair for those at the absolute pinnacle of the Thoroughbred horse racing industry. This Olympic-esque event held at premier North American racetracks is where participants from all over the world converge to compete for $28 million in purse money. Operated by Breeders’ Cup Limited, the World Championships were first held in 1984 at Hollywood Park in Inglewood, CA. A one-day event until 2006, the Breeders’ Cup is now spread over two highly anticipated days of racing that produce some of the most exciting moments of the year. Santa Anita, or “The Great Race Place,” as it is commonly referred to, opened in 1934 and sits atop 320 acres of land at the base of the San Gabriel Mountains in Arcadia, CA. The Art Deco designs throughout remind even... ...

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CHRB Meeting Summary

From CHRB ARCADIA, Calif. (June 17, 2016) — The California Horse Racing Board conducted its regular meeting Thursday, June 16, at Santa Anita Park. 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 approved a regulatory amendment requiring that authorized bleeder medication be administered only by independent, third-party veterinarians. The rule, which now goes to the Office of Administrative Law for review and final approval, conforms to recommendations by the Racing Medication and Testing Consortium and Racing Commissioners International. The rule was supported by the California Veterinary Medical Board and will bring California into line with 14 other state racing jurisdictions. ·        The Board heard a report from the Thoroughbred Racing Protective Bureau that identified four of the 56 hubs sending wagers to California host tracks as being habitually 8 to 12 seconds... ...

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Calimonco Sires First Winner

From Ballena Vista Farm ARCADIA, Calif. (June 16, 2016) — Ballena Vista Farm freshman sire Calimonco was represented by his first winner when 2-year-old filly My California powered to a 9 1/4-length, wire-to-wire victory in a $57,035 maiden special weight at Santa Anita on Thursday in her second start. Her time for the 5 furlongs over a fast track was 58.06. Bred in California by owner Mercedes Stables, LLC and trained by Robertino Diodoro, My California is the first foal from Give My Regards, a winning daughter of Smart Strike and half-sister to graded winner Broadway Empire and Grade II-placed Cinderella’s Dream. Calimonco, a Grade II-placed, stakes-winning full brother to Storm Cat’s grade I winners and Breeders’ Cup champions Sweet Catomine and Life Is Sweet, retired with earnings of $391,486. He currently stands at Ballena Vista Farm in Ramona for a stud fee of $1,500 live foal. ...

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Senate Passes Bill that Helps Racing

From NTRA WASHINGTON, D.C. (June 16, 2016) The U.S. Senate Committee on Appropriations today passed the Financial Services and General Government Appropriations Bill for fiscal year 2017.  This bill makes appropriations for the United States Treasury, Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and certain other government agencies and, similar to a companion bill passed out of committee in the U.S. House of Representatives last week, includes language that encourages the IRS to modernize regulations for withholding and reporting of pari-mutuel winnings. Recent actions by the Senate and House are the latest in a concerted, industry-wide effort to modernize regulations relating to pari-mutuel winnings. Updates proposed by the NTRA would clarify regulations by redefining the “amount of the wager” to include all of a bettor’s investment into a single pari-mutuel pool, and not simply the base amount of the winning combination. The effort has received support from Members of Congress as well as all segments of the horse racing industry, including customers, who last year submitted nearly 12,000 comments to the Treasury and... ...

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Harris Seminar Planned for Oct. 7

COALINGA, Calif. (June 16, 2016) — Mark your calendar now for Friday, October 7, as the California Thoroughbred Breeders Association will sponsor a seminar on current breeding issues at the Harris Ranch Inn in Coalinga. The CTBA is reinstituting this annual seminar, which will consist of a full day of valuable information and has been popular for members and people in the California breeding and racing industry. Details for the event will be available soon. ...

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TOC Names Avioli CEO

By Bloodhorse.com ARCADIA, Calif. (June 15, 2016) — Greg Avioli, who has served as a senior adviser to the Thoroughbred Owners of California board of directors, has been named to the new post of chief executive officer of the organization effective July 16. Avioli, according to a June 15 release, has assisted the TOC with gaming legislation, advance deposit wagering issues, and strategic planning. He has held other racing industry positions, including CEO for The Stronach Group, president and CEO of Breeders’ Cup, chief operating officer of the National Thoroughbred Racing Association, and president of Horse PAC. “Given the many opportunities and challenges now facing the organization, we felt it was important to bring in additional executive experience on the management team,” TOC board chairman Mike Pegram said. “Greg has decades of experience at the highest levels of our industry and proven leadership in legislative and regulatory affairs.” Avioli said he will work to “improve the overall racing experience for owners in California.” ...

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TOC Open Forum at Pleasanton

From TOC             PLEASANTON, Calif. (June 10, 2016) — All horsemen are invited to join TOC for an Open Forum at the Pleasanton Satellite Wagering Facility at the Alameda County Fair on Saturday, June 18, at 10:30 a.m. Meet TOC Directors for discussion of current events and an opportunity to have your questions answered. ...

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Bill Would Impact Pari-mutuel Winnings

From NTRA WASHINGTON, D.C. (June 9, 2016) — The U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Appropriations Wednesday passed the Financial Services and General Government Appropriations Bill for fiscal year 2017. This bill makes appropriations for the United States Treasury, Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and certain other agencies and includes language that encourages the IRS to modernize regulations for withholding and reporting pari-mutuel winnings. Last year the IRS and the Treasury began an examination of current pari-mutuel tax withholding rules at the request of the NTRA and numerous Members of Congress. Also last year the IRS and Treasury began a rulemaking process to examine the tax treatment of certain wagering winnings including pari-mutuel. NTRA President and Chief Executive Officer Alex Waldrop addressed the issue at a hearing before Treasury and IRS officials on June 17, 2015, when he outlined how wagering habits have changed in the 21st century and how current regulations are punitive. Updates proposed by the NTRA would clarify regulations by redefining the “amount of the wager” to include... ...

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Gregson Foundation to Honor Baffert

By Bloodhorse.com DEL MAR, Calif. (June 9, 2016) — Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert will be honored this summer by the Edwin J. Gregson Foundation at its annual fundraising and awards dinner. The event will take place Aug. 15 at the Fairmont Grand Del Mar Resort, located just a few miles south of Del Mar. “I’m honored to be recognized by the Gregson Foundation and to stand alongside past honorees who are truly a who’s who of California racing,” Baffert said in a release. Among the Gregson Foundation’s past honorees are Baffert’s fellow trainers Jack Van Berg, Ron McAnally, Mel Stute, and the late Warren Stute, in addition to such industry leaders as Ann and Jerry Moss, Mace and Samantha Siegel, Dr. Jack Robbins, and Joe and Barbara Harper. Last summer, the foundation saluted jockeys Mike Smith and Gary Stevens while raising money to provide college scholarships to the children of California’s backstretch community. “It’s pretty remarkable to see how the Gregson Foundation’s scholarship program has grown through the years,... ...

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Former CTBA Exec Robert Sweeney Passes

SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO, Calif. (June 8, 2016) – Robert Sweeney, former executive vice president and general manager of California Thoroughbred Breeders Association, passed away last week. He was 89. A California native, Sweeney spent 11 years with the CTBA, seven as executive vice president and general manager, and retired in 1989 to San Juan Capistrano. Sweeney, who would go on to be editor of the CTBA’s California Thoroughbred magazine, wrote his first article for the publication when he was in the army during World War II. After graduating from USC, Sweeney spent 19 years as director of industrial relations with Robertshaw, then with Buzza Cardozo Greeting Card Company. He turned down a vice presidency when the company was relocated to Cincinnati through a merger and, having already owned and bred a pair of mares, joined a horse sale company in Pomona. Four years later, he was hired as assistant to then-CTBA general manager Brian Sweeney (no relation), and took over as executive vice president and general manager in 1982. ...

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Breeders’ Cup Tickets on Sale

By Bloodhorse.com ARCADIA, Calif. (June 6, 2016) –Tickets for this year’s two-day Breeders’ Cup World Championships at Santa Anita Park are now on sale to the general public, officials said June 6. The event will be held Nov. 4-5. It will be the record ninth time Santa Anita will host the Breeders’ Cup, which offers 13 races and purses totaling $26 million. Ticket prices range from $25-$750 for Friday’s program and from $50-$850 for Saturday. General admission prices are $10 per pass on Friday and $25 per pass on Saturday when purchased in advance. General admission passes will be available at the gate on event days for $15 per pass Friday and $40 per pass Saturday. The passes don’t include a reserved seat. All fans that attend the World Championships will receive free track programs Friday and Saturday upon entering Santa Anita. Tickets can be purchased online at www.breederscup.com/tickets or by calling toll-free at 877-849-4287. In related business, Breeders’ Cup and Santa Anita have again enlisted QuintEvents as the official... ...

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Earlier First Post for Santa Anita

By DRF.com ARCADIA, Calif. (June 5, 2016) — Santa Anita is adjusting its first post to 1:30 p.m. Pacific, beginning Thursday for the remainder of the spring-summer meeting through July 10. The only exception will be Saturday, when first post time is noon to coincide with the simulcast of the Belmont Stakes program in New York. Track officials are hoping an earlier post time will boost handle. Santa Anita marketing director Nate Newby said the previous first post time of 2 p.m. produced situations when handle on late races did not live up to expectations on occasions. Through the Memorial Day program on May 30, the 17th day of the 40-day meeting, on-track handle was down 3 percent from a comparable period in 2015, Newby said. All-sources handle was down 2 percent, while on-track attendance was up 6 percent. ...

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CHRB Considers Third-Party Lasix

By Bloodhorse.com ARCADIA, Calif. (June 2, 2016) — The California Horse Racing Board will again consider adopting a third-party Lasix administration policy at its regular meeting June 16. The rule on third-party Lasix administration on race day is on the agenda for the June 16 CHRB meeting, confirms spokesman Mike Marten. The rule would meet the standards of the Association of Racing Commissioners International model rule and the National Uniform Medication Program in that independent veterinarians, rather than track veterinarians, would administer race-day Lasix. It would be similar to New York in that veterinarians employed by the racing association would conduct the race-day administrations. In California, like all other U.S. racing states, Lasix (furosemide and formally called Salix) is allowed to be administered on race day as a way to prevent or reduce the severity of exercise-induced pulmonary hemorrhage. Many states have had third-party Lasix administration policies in place for several years now, as the trend has been to shift away from track veterinarians to independent vets administering race-day Lasix (furosemide, officially... ...

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CHRB Clarifies Whip Vote

From CHRB SACRAMENTO, Calif. (May 30, 2016) — The California Horse Racing Board would like to clear up any confusion over the vote at last Thursday’s Board meeting to amend Rule 1688, the riding crop rule. The vote did not change the current three-strike rule that was adopted at the November 2014 meeting of the CHRB. The vote merely authorizes a 45-day period for the public to comment on the proposed change. Following the 45-day public comment period, after considering input from all who wish to submit opinions, the Board will once again vote on whether or not to amend the current three-strike rule. The CHRB has set the standard by adopting several rules designed to protect horses, such as the establishment of safety requirements for the construction of the riding crop and the adoption of  Rule 1688, which prohibits using the crop more than three times in succession without giving the horse a chance to respond. The proposed amendment would further state “except in the last 16th of a... ...

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CHRB Meeting Summary

From CHRB ARCADIA, Calif. (May 28, 2016) – The California Horse Racing Board conducted its regular meeting Thursday, May 26, 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: ·        With a 4-3 vote, the Board approved for 45-day public notice a proposed regulatory amendment governing use of the riding crop in races. Current restrictions prohibit using the crop more than three times in succession without giving the horse a chance to respond. The amendment would further state “except in the last 16th of a mile in a thoroughbred race, at which time a jockey is prohibited from using a riding crop more than four times in succession without giving the horse a chance to respond before using the riding crop again.” The Board will conduct a public hearing on... ...

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Candy Ride Colt Tops Barretts Sale

By Bloodhorse.com DEL MAR, Calif. (May 27, 2016) — Kaleem Shah successfully bid $290,000 for a son of Candy Ride   at the Barretts May sale of 2-year-olds in training and horses of racing age, and immediately pointed to his 20-year-old daughter, Sophie. “She bought the horse,” Shah said, grinning, shortly after he signed Sophie’s name to the sales slip. Bob Baffert usually buys horses for the owner, and Shah said the trainer was watching the sale closely on video. The May 27 sale at Del Mar ran concurrently with an afternoon of racing at Santa Anita Park about 100 miles to the north. John Stephens’ Stephens Thoroughbreds consigned the sale topper, who is out of stakes winner She’s Sensational, by Point Given  . Baffert trained Point Given, the 2001 Horse of the Year. “Bob liked the horse very much,” Shah said. Breeder Farm III Enterprises bred the Candy Ride colt in Florida. He sold for $140,000 at the 2015 Keeneland September yearling sale and went through the 2016 Ocala Breeders’ Sales Co.’s... ...

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TOC Open Forum in Pleasanton

From TOC             PLEASANTON, Calif. (May 27, 2016) — All horsemen are invited to join TOC for an Open Forum. Meet TOC Directors for discussion of current events and an opportunity to have your questions answered. The event will be held Saturday, June 18, in the Pleasanton Satellite Wagering Facility at the Alameda County Fair at 10:30 a.m. Registration is now open online. Sign up at http://www.toconline.com/events/. RSVP suggested but not required. We look forward to seeing you there. Have a hot topic? Email us in advance at info@toconline.com. ...

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Lava Man Honored on Walk of Champions

By Bloodhorse.com ARCADIA, Calif. (May 25, 2016) –Seven people and two horses — including California-bred Lava Man — were inducted into the Arcadia Historical Society Thoroughbred Racing Walk of Champions during a gala celebration May 24. Zenyatta joined Lava Man along with Chris McCarron, Ron McAnally, Gary Jones, Mike Mitchell, Mel Stute, Buddy Johnston’s Old English Rancho, and Joe Burnham—honored by more than 200 people, most from the Southern California racing community, gathered at the Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden across the street from Santa Anita Park. Jockey Victor Espinoza also received special recognition for his recent achievements with Triple Crown winner American Pharoah   and Dubai World Cup (UAE-I) winner California Chrome  . Alan Balch, executive director of California Thoroughbred Trainers, emceed the event. Patterned after Hollywood’s famous Walk of Fame, the Walk of Champions was created in 2014 and consists of bronze plaques installed on the sidewalks of downtown Arcadia that memorialize important horses, people, and other racing industry entities. Connections of all of the honorees attended, ranging... ...

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Breeders’ Cup Tickets Available

From Breeders’ Cup ARCADIA, Calif. (May 24, 2016) — The Breeders’ Cup World Championships are returning to sunny California and Santa Anita Park on November 4 and 5. We’re excited to offer you an exclusive ticket pre-sale window that begins now and ends on Sunday, June 5 at 11:59 p.m. ET.  To purchase tickets, click http://www.breederscup.com/tickets/?utm_source=toc&utm_medium=email&utm_content=window_open&utm_campaign=pre-sale_3 and use promo code THEBEST or call (877) 849-4287 now. Don’t miss out on your chance to be there and experience the 2016 Breeders’ Cup World Championships as the best of the best compete in 13 championship races, including the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic. ...

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Lawmakers on AHC Forum Agenda

WASHINGTON, D.C. (May 10, 2016) — Legislators who chair the United States Senate and House of Representatives Agricultural Committees are expected to speak at the American Horse Council National Issues Forum June 14 in Washington, D.C. Republican Sen. Pat Roberts of Kansas, chair of the Senate Agriculture Committee, is confirmed as the leadoff speaker. U.S. Rep. Mike Conaway of Texas, who chairs the House Agriculture Committee, has also been invited. “We would be very fortunate to have the chairmen of both the Senate and House Agriculture Committees address us,” AHC president Jay Hickey said May 9. “The $102 billion equine industry is an important sector of the agriculture community, not only when horses are in their breeding life, but also when they move into their racing, showing, work, or recreation careers. “The equine world is still regulated by the U.S. Department of Agriculture in terms of disease control, import/export, interstate movement, and research. The congressional agriculture committees are important to the horse industry.” The National Issues Forum will also feature... ...

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CHRB Meeting Change

 From CHRB                 ARCADIA, Calif. (May 6, 2016) — The date for the monthly meeting of the California Horse Racing Board originally scheduled May 19 has been changed to May 26. That meeting location remains at Santa Anita Park. The agenda for this meeting, including the start time, will be posted on the CHRB website by May 16. ...

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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 http://www.barretts.com/sales/ViewSale/index.asp.  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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