Review Category : Announcement

Unusual Heatwave to Tommy Town

By DRF.com SANTA YNEZ, Calif. (Oct. 24, 2014) — Stakes winner Unusual Heatwave will begin his stallion career at Tommy Town Thoroughbreds in Santa Ynez, Calif., in 2015, farm manager Mike Allen said on Thursday. Unusual Heatwave was retired earlier this year after winning 4 of 20 starts and earnings $488,752. Unusual Heatwave will stand for $2,500, Allen said. Trained by Alexis Barba for Teresa McWilliams, Unusual Heatwave was a three-time stakes winner against California-breds – the 2012 Snow Chief Stakes and Real Good Deal Stakes and the Crystal Water Stakes earlier this year. Unusual Heatwave won at distances ranging from about 6 1-2 furlongs on the hillside turf course in a maiden race to 1 1-8 miles in the Snow Chief Stakes. Unusual Heatwave, 5, is by top California stallion Unusual Heat and is out of Miss Alphie, by Candi’s Gold. Unusual Heatwave is a half-brother to Alphie’s Bet, the winner of the 2010 Snow Chief Stakes. Boisterous and Unusual Heatwave join Grazen, Kafwain, Ministers Wild Cat, and Old... ...

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Bel’s Starlet Passes at 27

By Bloodhorse.com PARIS, Ky. (Oct. 24, 2014) — Bel’s Starlet, a multiple stakes winner who finished third in the 1993 Gamely Handicap (gr. IT), died Oct. 23 at the age of 27 at Our Mims Retirement Haven near Paris, Ky., where she had lived since 2007. The roan mare died of pleuroneumonia and endocarditis, the farm reported. Bred by Mr. and Mrs. John C. Mabee and racing for Golden Eagle Farm and trainer Richard Mandella, Bel’s Starlet had 46 starts over six seasons while compiling a 13-14-6 mark with $863,802 in earnings. She was by Bel Bolide out of the Vigors mare Vigor’s Star. In addition to her Gamely placing, she was second in the Oak Leaf Stakes (gr. I) as a 2-year-old. When she retired from racing, Bel’s Starlet went back to the farm to take up her broodmare career. She produced six foals; Grey Owl, a 1998 colt by Kingmambo, earned $171,488 on the track. She also had foals by Forestry, Point Given  , and Danzig. The Mabees sold... ...

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CHRB Meeting Partial Transcript

From CHRB The California Horse Racing Board apologizes for the technical problem that prevented some from connecting to the audio for the first 20 minutes of today’s Board meeting. The entire audio file, including the first 20 minutes, is now available in the archive on the CHRB website. As a convenience, we are providing this written transcript of the initial proceedings.   Following the regular opening remarks and approval of minutes, Rick Baedeker provided the report of the Executive Director:   “There’s been some talk about backside security and surveillance systems and so forth. I think most of you are aware that the Backside Security Committee has been exploring the use of camera surveillance systems in the stable area since June. We have identified a system currently used by the Rancho Cordova Police Department that is Wi-Fi and portable and relatively inexpensive. Staff will be seeing a demonstration of this system immediately following the Breeders’ Cup, and if it looks like it could work, then we will arrange a demo... ...

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Boisterous to Stand at Tommy Town

From Tommy Town Thoroughbreds SANTA YNEZ, Calif. (Oct. 23, 2014) — Tommy Town Thoroughbreds, in partnership with Gary Barber, is excited to introduce Boisterous, standing for the 2015 breeding season. Boisterous, a Grade I-winning son of Distorted Humor, is a multiple graded stakes Winner with earnings of $1,458,792.00. Boisterous, winner of the Grade I Man O’ War Stakes, will be a great stallion addition to California, as the only Grade I winning son of champion Distorted Humor standing in California. ...

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NTRA Featured Legislator: Jim Costa

From NTRA WASHINGTON, D.C. (Oct. 23, 2014) — NTRA Featured Legislator – U.S. Representative Jim Costa (D-CA)   District: California’s 16th in the Central Valley – home to the Big Fresno Fair, part of the California Authority of Racing Fairs.   Experience: Rep. Costa was first elected to Congress in 2004 and is serving his 5th term in the House of Representatives. He is up for re-election in 2014.   Key Committee: Rep. Costa serves on the House Agriculture Committee.   Rep. Jim Costa recently visited Santa Anita Park and spent part of the day with trainer Carla Gaines and owner/breeder John Harris. ...

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Stormin Fever to Rancho Temescal

From Golden Eagle Farm RAMONA, Calif. (Oct. 22. 2014) — Stormin Fever, a Grade I-producing son of sire of sires Storm Cat, has been moved to Rancho Temescal in California for the 2015 breeding season. Stormin Fever previously stood at Golden Eagle Farm in Ramona, which is closing. Golden Eagle Farm General Manager Janine McCullough said, “Although we are saddened by the closing of Golden Eagle Farm as a boarding and breeding facility we are pleased to continue owning this great stallion.  He is in super health, very fertile and continues to produce making him a great value to the CA breeding program.  It was important to us to find a quality facility with people we trust.  We have great respect for Tim Cohen and his staff at Rancho Temescal and look forward to a successful 2015 breeding season.” Stormin Fever boasts impressive stats while always getting a big horse.  Not many stallions in California have statistics like him, especially at this value.  Stormin Fever gets 77% starters from foals,... ...

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Golden Eagle Closing, Stormin Fever Moving

From Golden Eagle Farm RAMONA, Calif. (Oct. 22, 2014) — The Mabee’s Golden Eagle Farm boarding and breeding operation will close its doors after 40-plus years on October 31, 2014. Golden Eagle Farm General Manager Janine McCullough said, “The family has put a lot of thought into this decision since the passing of Larry Mabee in December 2012.  Larry’s son, John R. Mabee, is the one of three children with interest in the business.  John R., who was named after his grandfather, John C. Mabee, the founder of Golden Eagle Farm, will continue the racing stable.  John R. grew up spending many days going to the track with his grandfather and has a passion for the sport.  He genuinely loves the horses and is excited about continuing the famous Golden Eagle silks.  We have several exciting horses in training right now and look forward to 2015.  I will be staying on as John’s racing manager and continue to manage the stallion Stormin Fever, who moves to Rancho Temescal for the... ...

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California Breeding Stats Increase

From The Jockey Club LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 22, 2014) – California showed an increase in mares bred and stallions standing in 2014, according to The Jockey Club. There were 2,472 mares bred in California this year, a six percent increase from last year and the first increase since 2002. There were 143 stallions standing in the state, a 5.1 percent increase from last year and the first increase since 2004. California was the only state in the top seven to show an increase in stallions standing.     ...

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CHRB Meeting on Thursday

From CHRB ARCADIA, Calif. (Oct. 22, 2014) — The California Horse Racing Board will conduct its regular meeting Thursday, October 23, beginning at 9:30 a.m. in the Baldwin Terrace Room at Santa Anita Park. Also, the Medication and Track Safety Committee will meet in the same location on Wednesday, October 22, beginning at 2 p.m. The public is encouraged to attend these meetings. An audio-only webcast of Thursday’s Board meeting can be heard through a link on the CHRB website. The agendas and supporting packages of materials for these meeting also are available on the website. ...

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Barretts Cancels Nov. Del Mar Sale

By DRF.com POMONA, Calif. (Oct. 17, 2014) — Barretts will not conduct a horses of racing age sale at Del Mar on Nov. 8 as previously scheduled, according to the sale company’s general manager, Kim Lloyd. Lloyd said on Thursday that Barretts has plans to conduct an autumn horses of racing age sale in October 2015 in conjunction with an open yearling sale. Barretts is planning six sales at two venues in 2015 – a mixed sale on Jan. 26, and the select sale of 2-year-olds in-training on Feb. 23 at its facility in Pomona, Calif. Those will be the final two events at that facility on the Los Angeles County Fairgrounds, which no longer conducts live race meetings each September. For the remainder of 2015, sales will be conducted at Del Mar – a sale of 2-year-olds in-training on May 27, the Paddock Sale of horses of racing age on July 19, a select yearling sale on Aug. 12, and a combined yearling and horses of racing age in... ...

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NTRA Featured Legislator: Diane Feinstein

From NTRA Experience: Senator Feinstein is serving her fifth term. She is up for re-election in 2018. Key Committees: Senator Feinstein is a member of the Appropriations Committee and the Judiciary Committee.  The Appropriations Committee is the largest committee in the U.S. Senate and writes legislation that allocates federal funds to government agencies and departments on an annual basis. The Judiciary Committee provides oversight of the Department of Justice (DOJ). Impact on horse racing and breeding industry: Senator Feinstein has worked extensively with the agricultural industry in California and has developed an understanding of the challenges and issues faced by farmers. Her work on the 2014 farm bill helped authorize disaster relief programs for livestock indemnity that are retroactive to October 1, 2011 for losses from ongoing drought or fire. Senator Feinstein also helped introduce the Restoration of America’s Wire Act to clarify and reverse a DOJ legal opinion from 2011 that allowed states to authorize expanded online gambling, a change from the DOJ’s 50-year-old position on permissible activity through... ...

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Sherman wins Mr. Fitz Award

From TOC ARCADIA, Calif. (Oct. 10, 2014) — Trainer Art Sherman is being honored on Wednesday, Oct. 29, by the National Turf Writers and Broadcasters Association (NTWAB) as the recipient of the Mr. Fitz Award, named in honor of legendary trainer “Sunny Jim” Fitzsimmons and presented annually to someone who “typifies the spirit of racing.” The award will be presented at a special dinner at The Derby Restaurant in Arcadia. Also being honored that night will be Cot Campbell, the well-known owner of Dogwood Stables, broadcaster Charlsie Cantey, and Tom LaMarra of the Blood-Horse magazine. The program will be emcee’d by Jay Privman. All are invited, and tickets are $100 per person. Cocktails and silent auction begin at 6:00 p.m., and dinner at 7:30 p.m. Awards begin at 8:30, and the event is expected to be over by 9:30 p.m. For tickets and information, contact Jay Privman by email or phone (917-584-3816). ...

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Lucky Pulpit Fee $10,000 for 2015

By DRF.com COALINGA, Calif. (Oct. 10, 2014) — Lucky Pulpit, sire of dual classic winner California Chrome, will see his advertised stud fee quadruple to $10,000 for the 2015 breeding season at Harris Farms in Coalinga, Calif. The 13-year-old son of Pulpit began the 2014 season at an advertised fee of $2,500. His fee was most recently listed as private as California Chrome ripped through the San Felipe Stakes, Santa Anita Derby, Kentucky Derby, and Preakness Stakes before finishing fourth in the Belmont Stakes. Fueled by his most famous son’s exploits, Lucky Pulpit currently sits at second on the California general sire list by a margin of less than $100,000, despite having about one-third as many runners as the leader, the late Tribal Rule. Perennial leading California sire Unusual Heat leads the Harris Farms roster with a fee of $20,000 for 2015, unchanged from 2014. The roster also includes Heatseeker and Smiling Tiger at $5,000; Desert Code at $2,000; and Tizbud and Lucky J.H. at $1,500. ...

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Mesa Thunder has First Winner

FRESNO, Calif. (Oct. 9, 2014) – California stallion Mesa Thunder was represented by his first winner Thursday when Aloha Ke Akua won the third race at Fresno. Aloha Ke Akua is out of the Flying Paster mare Brilliant Sunlight and was bred by owners Fran and Stan Hodge and trained by Victor Trujillo. She ran the 5 ½ furlongs in 1:06.65 and won by 5 ½ lengths at odds of 2-1 in the $12,500 maiden claimer. Aloha Ke Akua, a 2-year-old filly, is the first starter for Mesa Thunder, a winning son of Sky Mesa. He stands at Paradise Road Ranch. ...

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Gates Buys Rancho Paseana

By Bloodhorse.com RANCHO SANTA FE, Calif. (Oct. 8, 2014) — Bill Gates has purchased Rancho Paseana from weight-loss guru and horse owner Jenny Craig for $18 million, according to a published report. The deal on the 228-acre Thoroughbred farm about 20 minutes north of San Diego closed in mid-September, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing public records. The property, used for training and as a lay-up facility, includes a six-furlong training track, a guesthouse and office, an olive orchard, five barns, and a veterinarian’s suite. The newspaper quoted a spokesman for Gates as saying the Microsoft co-founder wanted the property because the Gates family “has enjoyed visiting the San Diego area with friends and family for many years.” The property has been on the market for several years, initially priced at about $30 million. It had recently been listed for nearly $25 million, but was later withdrawn. Rancho Paseana was closed in 2013 and there are currently no horses there, a spokesman said. Jason Berry of Barry Estates, which represented... ...

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Amazombie to Old Friends

By Bloodhorse.com GEORGETOWN, KY. (Oct. 6, 2014) — Amazombie has a foothold in two states—California and Kentucky. He was bred in California and did most of his racing there. But his biggest victory came in Kentucky, when he won the 2011 Sentient Jet Breeders’ Cup Sprint (gr. I) at Churchill Downs. Thus, it is only fitting that Amazombie gets a taste of retirement in both states. When co-owner and trainer Bill Spawr retired him earlier this year, Amazombie returned to Judd Morse, who gave him his first lessons, at his ranch in San Jacinto, Calif. Now that Morse is relocating to Oklahoma to be near grandchildren and great-grandchildren, Amazombie is heading for Old Friends in Kentucky. “He’s doing well and acting like a kid,” said Morse. “He’s in about an acre to an acre and-a-half field by himself that’s loaded with grass. He’s such a nice horse. If I were 20 years younger, I’d ride him.” Amazombie was the pet of the Spawr barn for five years, beloved well before... ...

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CHRB Meeting Summary

From CHRB CYPRESS, Calif. (Sept. 25, 2014) — The California Horse Racing Board conducted its regular meeting Wednesday, September 24, 2014, at Los Alamitos Race Course. Chairman Chuck Winner presided.  2nd Vice Chair Richard Rosenberg and Commissioners Madeline Auerbach, Steve Beneto, Jesse Choper and George Krikorian 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 Del Mar Thoroughbred Club’s license application for a new meet that will run from November 5 through November 30 – the first fall meet at Del Mar since 1967. This meet, which uses dates previously run at Hollywood Park, will closely resemble the Santa Anita fall meet’s racing schedule, overnight purses, and wagering menu. Executive Director Rick Baedeker reported that changes to Rule 1844 will go into effect October 1, including a greater restriction on the use of corticosteroids in racing horses. The Board expressed its support for the proposed EquiLottery, which would allow Lottery players to... ...

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Breeders’ Cup Tickets on Sale

By Bloodhorse.com ARCADIA, Calif. (Sept. 24, 2014) — General admission tickets to the 31st Breeders’ Cup World Championships Oct. 31-Nov. 1 at Santa Anita Park are now available for purchase online at http://www.breederscup.com/tickets. General admission tickets sold online offer lower price points than those at the gate on race days. Over the course of two days, 13 grade I races will be run with purses and awards totaling more than $26 million. The event will culminate with the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic (gr. I), airing live in primetime on NBC on Saturday, November 1. In addition to the races, the Breeders’ Cup has curated new entertainment and experiential programming for the track’s infield and general admission ticket areas to further enhance the fan experience. “We couldn’t be more excited about the new programming we’ve implemented and the new activities for our fans,” said Breeders’ Cup president and CEO Craig Fravel. “In addition to the 13 championship races, we’re utilizing the infield to provide unique experiences and entertainment options that... ...

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Barretts Moves Sale Date

From Barretts POMONA, Calif. (Sept. 22, 2014) — The first 2-year-old in training sale of 2015 will be conducted by Barretts on Monday, February 23 at Fairplex in Pomona with the training preview scheduled for Friday, February 20. Nominations close Friday, October 24. General Manager Kim Lloyd views the earlier sale date as a positive. “We’ll kick off the 2-year-old sales season in the West again this year. Being first up the past three years we’ve had huge gains and the highest select sale average increase of 2014.” The January 26 Mixed Sale and 2-year-old Select Sale will be the final Barretts auctions conducted at the Fairplex facility, and according to Lloyd, at the February 23 finale “we’ll be celebrating our success and ongoing commitment to provide quality service to buyers and consignors.” The balance of the Barretts 2015 Sales Calendar will be conducted at Del Mar. The May Sale of 2-year-olds in Training will be later in the month on Wednesday, the 27th to insure that the new “dirt”... ...

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Santa Anita Adds Two Race Dates

By Bloodhorse.com ARCADIA, Calif. (Sept. 19, 2014) — Santa Anita Park and the Thoroughbred Owners of California (TOC) announced Sept. 19 that two additional race dates have been added to the track’s upcoming autumn meet, which opens Sept. 26. The additional dates are Thursday, Oct. 16 and Wednesday, Oct. 29, for the 25-day meet, which runs through Nov. 2. The track and TOC cited a healthy equine inventory and increasing demand for the added dates. The meet is highlighted by the two-day Breeders’ Cup World Championships Oct. 31-Nov. 1. “There is a great deal of anticipation for our upcoming meet and we feel these two additional dates will be well received by everyone,” said Santa Anita president Tom Ludt. “Our racing calendar here in Southern California is still in a transitional stage and we’re confident this will help to better fulfill  everyone’s needs.” The first additional date, Oct. 16, will follow a special Columbus Day of racing on Monday, Oct. 13. The second date, Oct. 29, will ensure that Santa... ...

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‘Ship and Win’ at Del Mar Fall Meet

From DMTC DEL MAR, Calif. (Sept. 19, 2014) — “Ship and Win,” Del Mar’s simple, yet very effective, program to attract out-of-state horses to run at the shore oval will be in place for the track’s first November race meet which kicks off on Friday, November 7. The policy – initiated by Del Mar Thoroughbred Club in partnership with Thoroughbred Owners of California in 2011 – has drawn nearly 600 out-of-state runners to Del Mar over the past four summers, most of whom remained on the California circuit. Owners shipping in, or importing, runners from other circuits are rewarded in two ways: First, they receive an automatic check for $1,000 when their horse makes its first start at Del Mar; next, they receive a purse bonus payment should that horse win that initial start. That bonus sum has varied from 20% to 33 1/3%, but will be set at 30% for the track’s fall stand. Del Mar’s 15-day fall meet will be conducted primarily on a Thursday-through-Sunday basis from November... ...

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Northern California Fair Stakes Closings

From Northern California Fair Racing ASPARAGUS STAKES Saturday, September 27 3 Year Olds, 6 Furlongs $50,000 (plus up to $15,000 for Cal-Breds) Closes Saturday, Sept. 20 HARRIS FARMS STAKES Sunday, October 5 3 Year Olds & Up (Cal-Breds), 6 Furlongs Golden State Series  $100,000 Guaranteed Closes Saturday, Sept.27 HARVEST STAKES Saturday, October 11 Fillies & Mares, 3 Year Olds & Up, 6 Furlongs   $50,000 (plus up to $15,000 for Cal-Breds) Closes Saturday, Oct. 4 BULL DOG HANDICAP Sunday, October 12 3 Year Olds & Up, 9 Furlongs   $75,000 Guaranteed Closes Saturday, Oct. 4 Click here for nomination blanks. If you have questions, please contact Racing Secretary Tom Doutrich at (415) 271-4613. ...

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Smiling Tiger Moved to Harris Farms

From  Harris Farms COALINGA, Calif. (Sept. 10, 2014) — Smiling Tiger, a three time Grade 1 winner of $1,480,704 will stand the 2015 breeding season at John Harris’ Harris Farms near Coalinga.  Owned by Phil Lebherz and Alan Klein, Smiling Tiger previously stood at his owner’s Premier Thoroughbreds, LLC near Oakdale. Co-owner Phil Lebherz commented, “We are excited to announce that Harris Farms has agreed to stand Smiling Tiger. Harris Farms produced California Chrome last year’s Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner and has world class facilities located centrally in California. Smiling Tiger has over 80 mares in foal from his first year at stud and we expect more for 2015,” Smiling Tiger, (Hold That Tiger x Shandra Smiles, by Cahill Road) won the Bing Crosby S. G1, Triple Bend G1 and Ancient Title S. G1 among his seven graded stakes victories.  A stakes winner from ages two through five, Smiling Tiger won nine of twenty-three starts, eight of them stakes. Farm owner John Harris stated, “He is a big good... ...

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Barretts Adds Fall Paddock Sale

From Barretts DEL MAR, Calif. (Sept. 9, 2014) — In cooperation with the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club, Barretts will conduct its inaugural Fall Paddock Sale of Horses of Racing Age on November 8, the first Saturday of the Bing Crosby Season. The Fall Paddock Sale continues the “One Stop Shopping” concept of the earlier July “Race Ready” Sales at Del Mar conducted by Barretts. These auctions conceived to encourage new racehorse ownership and increase the racehorse horse inventory in California, have produced excellent results for both buyers and consignors. “The Paddock Sales at Del Mar have evolved to must attend events” opines Barretts General Manager Kim Lloyd “and new owners are good for everyone in our game!” As the quality of horses offered has improved since the first Paddock Sale in 2012, so have the prices that buyers have been willing to pay. The 2014 sale average of $113,000 rose 52.8% from 2013 and a new sales record was set when Heir Kitty, a Grade I winner of $421,272 sold... ...

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Breeders’ Cup Volunteers Sought

By Bloodhorse.com ARCADIA, Calif. (Sept. 8, 2014) — Santa Anita Park, which will host the Breeders’ Cup World Championships for an unprecedented third consecutive year Oct. 31-Nov. 1, is seeking volunteers from the local community to help accommodate the needs of the thousands of anticipated visitors. Volunteers are needed to assist in a variety of patron services:  Greeting racing fans as they enter the track’s grounds, escorting horse owners from their seats to and from the paddock, staffing various areas to answer questions, provide directions, coordinate traffic arrangements, and staff the Breeders’ Cup press center. While an interest in horse racing and familiarity with Santa Anita Park are not required, that would be helpful. Volunteers should be prepared to attend an orientation one week before Breeders’ Cup, and on the day of their volunteer sessions, to be on their feet for a six-hour period. Breeders’ Cup volunteers will have an opportunity to be involved with a world-class sports event that will be televised nationally on NBC Sports Group.  Those interested... ...

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Elusive Warning Gets First Winner

By Bloodhorse.com ALBANY, Calif. (Sept. 8, 2014) – California sire Elusive Warning was represented by his first winner Aug. 31 at Golden Gate Fields when favored Swiss Cocoa won the sixth race in front-running fashion. The winner, a 2-year-old filly owned by Diaz Racing Stable and Andreas Psarras, is trained Antonio Diaz and was ridden by Juan Sanchez. Making her third lifetime start, Swiss Cocoa was the 9-5 choice in the $12,500 maiden claiming race. Swiss Cocoa outpaced her seven rivals while opening a three-length lead in the stretch. She won by one length under steady urging while completing the five furlongs on Golden Gate’s Tapeta racing surface in :59.04. Sheila McLeod bred Swiss Cocoa in California out of the stakes-placed winner Swiss Please, by Swiss Yodeler. The bay filly sold for $3,500 to Psarras out of the Madera Thoroughbreds consignment at the Barretts Equine Limited October 2013 yearling sale. Elusive Warning, a 10-year-old group III-winning son of Elusive Quality  —Valid Warning, by Valid Appeal, stood for $2,500 in 2014 at... ...

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Arcadia Launches Walk of Champions

From Santa Anita Publicity      ARCADIA, Calif. (Sept. 8, 2014)—The Arcadia Historical Society, City of Arcadia and Santa Anita Park have announced an official Grand Opening of California racing’s first-ever “Thoroughbred Racing Walk of Champions” on Saturday, Sept. 27, beginning at 5 p.m. on First Ave. between Wheeler St. and Huntington Drive. In a manner similar to that of the world famous “Hollywood Walk of Fame,” bronze plaques of a number of legendary jockeys, trainers, owners and horses will adorn city sidewalks for fans and citizens to enjoy for generations to come.  Along with live appearances from legendary retired Hall of Fame jockeys Eddie Delahoussaye and Laffit Pincay, Jr., the public will be treated to live music, free popcorn, bottled water and a vintage car display. “We are thrilled to be able to officially unveil these beautiful bronze tributes to some of the greatest people and horses in racing history,” said Sandy Snider, on behalf of the Arcadia Historical Society.  “In recognition of the fact that racing has played such... ...

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CHRB Meeting Advisory

From CHRB CYPRESS, Calif. (Sept. 4, 2014) — The monthly meeting of the California Horse Racing Board originally scheduled September 18 has been rescheduled for Wednesday, September 24, in the Finish Line Room at Los Alamitos Race Course. The public is encouraged to attend. An audio-only webcast of the meeting can be heard through a link on the CHRB website (webcast). The agenda for this meeting will be posted on the CHRB website at least 10 days beforehand and the supporting package of materials will be available on the website no later than September 19. ...

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Barretts October Catalog Online

From Barretts POMONA, Calif. (Aug. 29, 2014) — The catalog for Barretts October Yearling Sale is now on-line and will be mailed soon.  This auction of 259 yearlings will be held on Tuesday, October 7 starting at 1:00 p.m. in the Hinds Pavilion located on the grounds of Fairplex Park in Pomona, California.   The catalog can be viewed at http://www.barretts.com/sales/Catalogs/catoct2014/catalog.asp Submitted photographs of yearlings in the sale catalog will be posted soon after the end of next week. Recent graduates of this sale include 2014 stakes winners Big Macher (G1), Gervinho (G2), Red Ooutlaw, Rock Me Baby, Seeking the Light andUnusual Way. Among the more than 100 stallions spanning the alphabet, including every top tier stallion in California as well as many nationally ranked ones, are represented in the sale catalog including: Arch, Blame, Cape Blanco, Discreet Cat, English Channel, First Defence, Giacamo, Haynesfield, Informed, Lucky Pulpit, Midnight Lute, Noble Court, Old Fashioned, Philanthropist, Rocky Bar, Sidney’s Candy, Twirling Candy, Unusual Heat, Vronsky, Warriors Reward and Yes It’s True. ...

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Tribal Rule Yearlings Sell Well

By DRF.com AUBURN, Wash. (Aug. 27, 2014) — The Washington Thoroughbred Breeders and Owners Association summer yearling and mixed sale concluded on Tuesday with increased sales figures and a lower buyback rate in its flagship yearling portion. According to figures released by WTBOA, the one-day sale moved 81 horses during the yearling portion for revenues of $1,297,000, marking a 7 percent improvement compared with the 2013 edition, when 78 horses brought $1,212,600. The average sale price rose 3 percent, from $15,546 to $16,012, while the median spiked 11 percent, rising from $9,500 to $10,500. The yearling buyback rate of 18 percent bettered year’s rate, when 23 percent of the yearlings offered did not meet their reserves. Yearlings by the late California sire Tribal Rule brought the three highest prices on Tuesday. The sale-topper was a Tribal Rule filly out of the stakes-placed Slewdledo mare Bella Campana, purchased by trainer Mark Glatt for $57,000. The filly, bred in Washington by Mary Lou and Terry Griffin and consigned by their Griffin Place... ...

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Los Al Futurity Gets Ky. Derby Points

By Courier-Journal.com CYPRESS, Calif. (Aug. 27, 2014) — The $500,000 Los Alamitos Futurity — the Grade I race formerly known as the Hollywood Futurity and CashCall Futurity until Hollywood Park closed last year — has been added to the points races for the 2015 Kentucky Derby. The series’ 35 races that offer qualifying points toward running in the May 2 Derby were released Wednesday by Churchill Downs, along with the companion series for the May 1 Kentucky Oaks, which this year will include the Grade I Starlet at Los Alamitos. This is the third consecutive year that Churchill will use a sliding scale of points awarded to the top four finishers in select races to determine preference for its 20-horse Derby field. At least 20 horses have entered the 1 ¼-mile classic for 3-year-olds every year since 2004, and 14 of the last 16 years. Points for first place range from 10 to 100, those coming in the major 1 1/8-mile preps three to five weeks before the Derby. Churchill... ...

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CHRB Meeting Summary

From CHRB DEL MAR, Calif. (Aug. 22, 2014) – The California Horse Racing Board conducted its regular meeting Thursday, August 21, in the Del Mar Surfside Race Place. Chairman Chuck Winner presided. 1st Vice Chair Bo Derek, 2nd Vice Chair Richard Rosenberg and Commissioners Madeline Auerbach, Steve Beneto, Jesse Choper and George Krikorian 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: ·        CHRB Executive Director Rick Baedeker and Dr. Rick Arthur, equine medical director for the Board, reported progress in discussions for implementing third-party Lasix administration in California horse racing. The report was the first of many planned discussions on the overall issue of race-day medications. ·        Baedeker also reported on the steps being taken by safety stewards and other CHRB officials to analyze the racing surfaces at Del Mar and review other procedures in a continuing effort to provide for the safest possible racing conditions. ·        Chairman Winner asked the Board’s Pari-Mutuel Operations, ADW... ...

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Theresa Patterson Passes at 78

By DRF.com SAN MATEO, Calif. (Aug. 24, 2014) — Funeral services will take place Tuesday at 11 a.m. at St. Timothy’s Catholic Church in San Mateo, Calif., for Theresa Patterson, 78. Patterson was preceded in death by her husband, trainer Dennis Patterson. She was involved in racing herself as a breeder and owner. She is survived by sons Dennis and Bill, both of whom are involved in racing. ...

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Alan Landsburg Passes at 81

From CHRB SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Aug. 16, 2014) — Alan Landsburg, a television writer, producer and director who in later years focused on improving horse racing as a racing commissioner and industry leader, died Thursday at the age of 81. Mr. Landsburg graduated from New York University with a degree in communications and then honed his skills in the U.S. Army as a writer, director, and producer of special events for the American Forces Network in Europe. Following his discharge in 1956, this broadcasting experience helped him become one of the youngest directors ever when he joined the NBC radio affiliate in New York at the age of 21. From there he moved to Los Angeles in 1961 to join the new Wolper Productions, which was his opening into television. An Emmy Award winner and Oscar nominee, he was responsible for more than 2,000 hours of network programming, including the “Biography” series, “National Geographic” specials, “The Undersea World of Jacques Cousteau,” and “That’s Incredible.” He frequently addressed important social issues in... ...

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George Nicholaw Passes at 86

From CHRB SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Aug. 12, 2014) – George Nicholaw, a former California racing commissioner who introduced millions of Southern Californians to horse racing by airing stretch calls on the popular news radio station that he managed for 35 years, died early Sunday due to complications from a urinary infection. He was 86. Mr. Nicholaw was familiar to many who might not have recognized him by sight but knew the entreating, gentle cadence of his voice from hearing his editorial comments on the KNX-AM (1070) news radio station where he served as vice president and general manager from 1967 until 2003. Long known for his civic involvement, Mr. Nicholaw was appointed to the California Horse Racing Board by Governor Pete Wilson on March 26, 1992. He was reappointed by Governor Wilson in 1996 to a term that expired January 1, 2000. He served as Board vice-chairman from 1998 until he became chairman in 1999. During his eight years as a racing commissioner, Mr. Nicholaw repeatedly demonstrated his support for the... ...

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Joe Morris on NTRA Board

By Bloodhorse.com LEXINGTON, Ky. (Aug. 15, 2014) — The National Thoroughbred Racing Association Aug. 8 announced four new appointees to the organization’s board of directors unanimously elected at the morning’s quarterly board meeting in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. The four new appointees to the board are: Judy Wagner, the 2001 National Handicapping Championship winner and 13-time NHC qualifier; Michael Rogers, president of the racing division of The Stronach Group; Scott Wells, president of the Thoroughbred Racing Associations and president and general manager of Remington Park and Lone Star Park for Global Gaming Solutions; and Joe Morris, representing the Thoroughbred Owners of California. “The addition of these new board members will undoubtedly strengthen the NTRA,” said organization president Alex Waldrop. “These appointments will provide direct representation to major constituencies that not only support NTRA programs but which also have a vested interest in a strong and vibrant Thoroughbred industry. In particular, Judy Wagner’s appointment recognizes the important role horseplayers have in our industry, not just as fans or spectators like many other... ...

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Foal Crop Projected at 22,000

From The Jockey Club LEXINGTON, Ky. (Aug. 9, 2014) — The Jockey Club is projecting a 2015 North American registered Thoroughbred foal crop of 22,000, it was announced today by Matt Iuliano, the organization’s executive vice president and executive director. The projections for the 2013 and 2014 foal crops were 23,000 and 22,000, respectively. “The projection for the 2015 foal crop is based on reports of mares bred received to date, and we estimate that approximately 80% of those reports have been received,” Iuliano said. 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. The foal crop projection, traditionally announced in mid-August, is computed by using Reports of Mares Bred (RMBs) received to date for the 2014 breeding season. RMBs are to be filed by August 1 of each breeding season. Stallion owners who have not returned their RMBs for the 2014 breeding season are encouraged to do so as soon as possible. Interactive RegistrationTM, which enables registered... ...

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TOBA Supports Medication Program

From TOBA LEXINGTON, Ky. (Aug. 8, 2014) — Earlier this week at the TOBA board of trustees meeting, held in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., Dr. Dionne Benson gave a status report on the implementation of the RMTC uniform medication program.  Based on Dr. Benson’s report, TOBA has released the following statement: To see that the momentum of this reform program continues, TOBA and its board of trustees pledge to commit resources in order to ensure all Thoroughbred racing jurisdictions implement the entire RMTC uniform medication program. TOBA is the only organization made up solely of members who are the foundation of our sport.  Without owners and breeders there would not be any athletes to perform at our racetracks.  TOBA has been encouraged by the overall support seen by many industry organizations for the RMTC uniform medication program and will work diligently with the RCI, the American Graded Stakes Committee, the Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association, the National HBPA, The Jockey Club, racetracks, and local horsemen’s groups to achieve full implementation in the near... ...

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Treasury Considering Gambling Tax Rule

By DRF.com WASHINGTON, D.C. (Aug. 6, 2014) — The U.S. Treasury Department has told Congress that it will review a proposed reinterpretation of a tax rule that would be favorable to horseplayers, the National Thoroughbred Racing Association, which conducts federal lobbying efforts on behalf of the racing industry, said Wednesday. The NTRA said the Treasury Department acknowledged in a response to congressional representatives that it “will take the recommendations under consideration.” The representatives, including the highest-ranking members of the House Ways and Means Committee, signed on to a letter that asked Treasury to consider allowing horseplayers to use the total cost of a bet, rather than the denomination of the wager, in the calculation to determine tax liability for large winning payoffs, a reinterpretation that could save horseplayers millions of dollars annually in taxes. According to racing officials, the Treasury Department had the option of refusing to consider the recommendation. Although the department is not guaranteed to issue an opinion favorable to the racing industry, one official characterized the Treasury... ...

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Jockey Club Releases Pedigree Binder

From The Jockey Club LEXINGTON, Ky. (July 23, 2014) — The Jockey Club Information Systems Inc. (TJCIS) today unveiled the Pedigree Binder, which enables users to easily manage, store, and view Equineline pedigrees online. The new tool is available for no additional charge whenever someone purchases an Equineline pedigree, race record, or mare produce record in PDF format. The digital Pedigree Binder offers a host of features, including the ability to organize Equineline pedigrees and race and produce records into a personal online binder, the capacity to view binders as an electronic flipbook or PDF, and the potential to share binders with others through email and social media outlets such as Facebook and Twitter. Pedigree binders may also be personalized by uploading PDF cover pages for each binder as well as for each horse within a binder and can include logos, photos, and video links. “Many breeding farms and Thoroughbred owners currently maintain hardcopy binders or books with pedigrees for reference,” said Carl Hamilton, chairman and president of TJCIS. “This... ...

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Art Sherman Wins Pincay Award

From DMTC DEL MAR, Calif. (July 23, 2014) — Art Sherman, a career racetracker who rose to the pinnacle of the sport this past spring when he guided the mercurial colt California Chrome to the edge of racing immortality in a thrilling Triple Crown run, has been named the 2014 recipient of the Laffit Pincay, Jr. Award. Sherman will receive the award and its distinctive trophy Sunday, July 27, in winner’s circle ceremonies at Del Mar between the day’s fourth and fifth races. The Pincay Award, given annually for the past 10 years to those who have served the sport “with integrity, extraordinary dedication, determination and distinction,” will be presented at Del Mar for the first time. Previously, the ceremonies were held at Hollywood Park, but when the Los Angeles track closed in 2013, Del Mar invited Hall of Fame rider Pincay to continue his tradition at its shore location. Sherman, who came to the racetrack as a teenager and has spent his entire career either riding – which he... ...

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CHRB Meeting Summary

From CHRB DEL MAR, Calif. (July 21, 2014) – The California Horse Racing Board conducted its regular meeting Friday, July 18, in the Del Mar Surfside Race Place. Chairman Chuck Winner presided. 1st Vice Chair Bo Derek, 2nd Vice Chair Richard Rosenberg and Commissioners Madeline Auerbach, Steve Beneto, Jesse Choper and George Krikorian 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 license application for the Los Angeles County Fair race meet at Los Alamitos Race Course commencing September 5 through September 23. This is the first year that the meet will be conducted outside of Pomona and away from the Los Angeles County Fair itself. Paid admissions to either of the events – the fair in Pomona or the races at Los Alamitos – will provide free access to the other. Fair patrons will be able to wager on the races at Los Alamitos at various wagering locations inside the fairgrounds.... ...

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CHRB Considering Dates Adjustment

By DRF.com DEL MAR, Calif. (July 18, 2014)  - Santa Anita may add two days of racing to its autumn meeting, and Los Alamitos may move the date of the richest race of its county fair meeting in September, after discussions at Friday’s California Horse Racing Board meeting. The racing board approved licenses for three meetings – at Los Alamitos from Sept. 5-21, the San Joaquin County Fair at Stockton form Sept. 19-28, and at Santa Anita from Sept. 26 to Nov. 2. Commissioner Madeline Auerbach asked Santa Anita officials to consider adding Thursday, Sept. 25 and Wednesday, Oct. 29. Auerbach argued that turf racing on Sept. 25 would be beneficial for a circuit that will race only on dirt during the Los Angeles County fair meeting at Los Alamitos from Sept. 5-21 following the closure of Del Mar on Sept. 3. Auerbach said that by racing on Oct. 29 Santa Anita could take advantage of additional interest from fans and horsemen on a week when the track hosts the... ...

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House Passes Bonus Depreciation

From NTRA WASHINGTON, D.C. (July 11, 2014) — Today the House of Representatives passed H.R. 4718, a bill that amends the Internal Revenue Code to make permanent 50% bonus depreciation for qualified property purchased and placed in service after December 31, 2013.  The House also recently voted to permanently increase the expense allowance to $500,000 (with a $2 million investment threshold), up from the current level of $25,000 ($200,000 threshold). Bonus depreciation expired and the expense allowance dropped at the end of 2013. Bonus depreciation applies only to new business property such as a yearling.  The expense allowance applies to both new and used property.  Examples of used property include broodmares and horses of racing age. The House also is considering the expired three-year depreciation schedule for racehorses but this provision is pending. The Senate will address tax extender legislation for numerous business tax provisions, including those above, that expired or reverted to lower levels at the end of 2013. The NTRA Legislative Team anticipates that these expiring tax provisions... ...

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Los Alamitos Earns Accreditation

By Bloodhorse.com CYPRESS, Calif. (July 11, 2014) — Southern California’s Los Alamitos Race Course, now running its first Thoroughbred meet in 23 years, has earned accreditation from the National Thoroughbred Racing Association Safety and Integrity Alliance, it was announced July 11. The current eight-day meet that ends July 13 is one of three stands for Thoroughbred racing at the Orange County track this year, along with the Los Angeles County Fair Sept. 4-23 and a winter meet Dec. 4-21. By assuming some of the racing dates abandoned by Hollywood Park and Fairplex, the Los Alamitos Racing Association has helped to maintain a year-round circuit for Thoroughbreds in Southern California. In anticipation of its re-entry to the Thoroughbred game, Los Alamitos invested about $5 million in improvements, including an expansion of the main track to one mile. High-definition monitors line the facility and 200 additional stalls are forthcoming. “Los Alamitos has made safety a priority for all horses competing here—Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse,” said Brad McKinzie, vice president and general manager... ...

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Del Mar Officials Named

From DMTC DEL MAR, Calif. (July 9, 2014) — Del Mar Thoroughbred Club will conduct its 75th summer racing season starting Thursday, July 17 led by a veteran team of racing officials, and including a well-regarded newcomer. At the helm, once again, will be DMTC’s executive vice president, racing and industry relations, Tom Robbins, on board for his 34th summer. But whereas Robbins filled the role of the track’s racing secretary in the past (he’d done so for 25 years), this time around he’ll cede that job to David Jerkens.  He joined the Del Mar team this spring after an extended stint in the racing department and as racing secretary at Golden Gate Fields in the Bay Area. Jerkens, who grew up in a racing family, also had worked in the racing department of the New York Racing Association and brings a solid background to his new role. Chief aides in the racing department will be Zachary Soto, returning for his 24th summer at the shore, and Tora Yamaguchi, serving... ...

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Daybreak at Del Mar Returns

From DMTC          DEL MAR, Calif. (July 7, 2014) — For the 15th summer in a row, one of Del Mar’s most popular attractions – “Daybreak at Del Mar” – is back on the agenda for a unique mix of fine breakfast fare and those majestic Thoroughbreds stretching their legs on sun-splashed mornings alongside the Pacific Ocean.          The Saturday and Sunday gatherings, presented at the Clubhouse Terrace Restaurant just past the finish line, run from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. throughout the meet, which opens this year on Thursday, July 17.          Regulars to the “Daybreak” mornings know what a delight it is to start their day in the presence of gallopers and workers preparing for upcoming races at the seaside oval. First-timers at the sessions are often in awe of the sights and sounds of the mornings, watching a sun-up ritual that is hundreds of years old unfold as they dine trackside.          Breakfast goers will be able to choose... ...

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Pincay Award Moves to Del Mar

DEL MAR, Calif. (July 3, 2014) — The Laffit Pincay, Jr. Award, established at Hollywood Park in 2004 and carried forward by the Hall of Fame rider over the next 10 years, will continue at Del Mar this summer when it is presented by Pincay on Sunday, July 27. The prestigious award honors someone or some organization that has served racing with integrity, dedication, determination and distinction. Previously, the recipient was selected by Pincay in conjunction with officials at the now-closed Hollywood Park. Starting this year, the former rider and officials of the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club will choose a worthy winner. “When Hollywood closed, I wasn’t sure what was going to happen with my award,” said the 67-year-old Panamanian who finished his illustrious riding career with 9,530 winners. “But then the people at Del Mar contacted me and said they’d love to have me keep it alive and bring it to their track. The award is meant as an honor for special people in our sport, so, naturally, I... ...

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TOC Honors Ed Allred

From TOC Dr. Edward Allred has been selected by the Thoroughbred Owners of California (TOC) to receive the 2013 Ed Friendly Industry Service Award. The award is presented annually to recognize outstanding contributions and service in the California Thoroughbred racing industry. Allred owns Los Alamitos Race Course, which will host its inaugural Thoroughbred race meet July 3-13.  Los Alamitos, the home of dual classic winner California Chrome, also will race the L.A. County Fair dates in September and a three-week Thoroughbred meet in December. Allred’s innovative insurance plan for trainers, FinishLine Self-Insurance Group, has been instrumental in reducing the burden of rising workers’ compensation rates, keeping the cost of training horses in California affordable for both Quarter Horse and Thoroughbred trainers and owners. When California Thoroughbred racing found itself in a tight spot for stabling after the close of Hollywood Park, Allred stepped up to provide 700 Thoroughbred stalls to be used for year-round training as well as an expanded one-mile racetrack at Los Alamitos. “We are very pleased to... ...

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CHRB Limits Corticosteroid Use

From CHRB SACRAMENTO, Calif. (June 25, 2014) – The California Horse Racing Board (CHRB/Board) adopted regulations June 19 to limit the use of corticosteroids in racing horses and to impose further restrictions on shockwave therapy. The move is part of an aggressive effort by the Board to protect horses and riders. The changes are expected to go into effect in October following final regulatory review. “The people who play by the rules should have the best shot, not the people who don’t play by the rules,” said Board Chairman Chuck Winner. “This is the way it is going to be from now on, and we’re going to work very hard to make sure the integrity of the sport is protected.” The Board voted to set limits on certain medications consistent with the national uniform medication program. The most significant of these limits is for corticosteroids, potent anti-inflammatory medications. When used improperly, corticosteroids could mask serious injury from the examining veterinarians and allow injured horses to compete. The restrictions will fundamentally... ...

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TOC Announces Election Results

By Bloodhorse.com ARCADIA, Calif. (June 22, 2014) — The Thoroughbred Owners of California membership has elected Jim Cahill to its board of directors and re-elected five incumbents: Mark Dedomenico, Mike Harrington, Terry Lovingier, Jack Owens, and Bill Strauss. Dedomenico, Harrington, Lovingier, Owens, and Strauss were elected to three-year terms, Cahill to a one-year term. The new board officially takes office July 1 and will be seated at TOC’s first board meeting of the new fiscal year July 11 at Los Alamitos Race Course. Cahill, a graduate of San Diego State University with a finance degree, was executive vice president of Costco before leaving that position to handle the financial affairs of the company’s founder, Sol Price. He became an owner eight years ago with the claim of 8-year-old gelding Senator Matty, campaigned Washington Cup winner He’s Not Bluffing, and currently has nine horses in training. Dedomenico, a renowned cardiovascular surgeon and researcher, owns and oversees Pegasus Thoroughbred Training and Rehabilitation center in Redmond, Wash., where he is involved in researching... ...

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CHRB Meeting Summary

From CHRB LOS ALAMITOS, Calif. (June 20, 2014) – The California Horse Racing Board conducted its regular meeting Thursday, June 19, 2014, at Los Alamitos Race Course. Chairman Chuck Winner presided.  2nd Vice Chair Richard Rosenberg and Commissioners Madeline Auerbach, Steve Beneto, and Jesse Choper 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 voted unanimously to allow the Los Angeles County Fair Association to move its race meet from Fairplex Park in Pomona to Los Alamitos Race Course this summer after being advised that legislation definitively giving the CHRB authority to do so is awaiting the Governor’s signature and after receiving assurances that the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors has expressed no opposition to the move. The industry also reported that one stabling issue has been resolved by keeping the Fairplex stable area open through November 5, 2014. The LACFA meet will run from September 5 through September 21 at Los Alamitos.... ...

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Maybry’s Boy Relocates to E.A. Ranches

From E.A. Ranches RAMONA, Calif. (June 17, 2014) — Graded stakes winner Maybry’s Boy, a son of Santa Anita Handicap (gr. I) winner Broad Brush, is relocating from New York to E.A. Ranches in Ramona, Calif. Maybry’s Boy’s foals include multiple stakes winner Sportswriter, an earner of $361,033. Maybry’s Boy won the 2002 Spectacular Bid Stakes (gr. II). He is out of the graded stakes-placed Alydar mare Aly’s Conquest, and the second dam, Am Capable, is a multiple graded stakes winner. ...

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Los Alamitos Seating Options

From Los Alamitos CYPRESS, Calif. (June 11, 2014) — Los Alamitos Race Course kicks off its inaugural summer Thoroughbred racing season on Thursday, July 3. In order that you may be a part of this historical meet, Los Alamitos is offering horsemen and loyal fans the following reserved seating options. The Vessels Club brings the excitement of horse racing to a new level of luxury and comfort. This upscale facility is located on the top level of the Los Alamitos Grandstand perfectly situated over the finish line for ultimate viewing. The Vessels Club offers world-class menus delicately prepared and beautifully presented by Executive Chef Sam Gonzalez. In addition, Los Alamitos boasts a wonderful and expansive listing of wines. The Paddock Terrace, located in the Grandstand, offers a pristine view of the Winner’s Circle and races. Tables of four are all equipped with a television. No dress code is required for the Paddock Terrace. To reserve a table for the entire eight-day season, please fill out and return the Reserved Seating Application to Los Alamitos. Options... ...

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Tax Clarification Bill Gaining Support

From NTRA NEW YORK, N.Y. (June 5, 2014) – Seventeen members of Congress signed a letter delivered to the Department of Treasury on Tuesday requesting clarification to regulations regarding the way pari-mutuel winnings are calculated for tax purposes. The letter, which has garnered bipartisan support, was co-authored by Rep. Charles Boustany (R-LA) and Rep. John Yarmuth (D-KY). The additional signatories are Rep. Andy Barr (R-KY), Rep. Chris Gibson (R-NY), Rep. Tim Griffin (R-AR), Rep. Brett Guthrie (R-KY), Rep. David Jolly (R-FL), Rep. Rich Nugent (R-FL), Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA), Rep. Frank Pallone (D-NJ), Rep. Bill Pascrell Jr. (D-NJ), Rep. Tom Reed (R-NY), Rep. Hal Rogers (R-KY), Rep. Tom Rooney (R-FL), Rep. Mike Thompson (D-CA), Rep. Paul Tonko (D-NY) and Rep. Todd Young (R-IN). Nearly 3,000 citizens signed a Change.org petition in support of the clarification within its first 48 hours. The petition is available here: http://chn.ge/RXZ6DW. “It is encouraging that this important clarification has received bipartisan support from members of Congress representing so many states. This demonstrates the significant economic... ...

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TAA Benefits From ‘Chrome

From TAA LEXINGTON, Ky. (June 3, 2014) – Racing fans at Belmont Park looking for a timely keepsake of California Chrome’s bid for a Triple Crown can visit a special Green Screen  photo booth on the first floor grandstand (near the winner’s circle) on Belmont Stakes Day, Saturday, June 7th to promote the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance (TAA). Fans can support the retirement, retraining and adoption of former racehorses across North America with a $10 contribution and have their picture superimposed onto a racing photograph of California Chrome.  Tagged images can be immediately uploaded to social media accounts (Facebook, Twitter, or email) and fans will receive a souvenir “4 x 6” photograph. The booth is sponsored by Daily Racing Form (DRF), and 100% of the proceeds will go to Thoroughbred aftercare.   “Sherman Racing is proud to do all we can for The Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance. It is important what they do, so bringing attention to that is important to us,” said Alan Sherman, assistant trainer of California Chrome, whose connections... ...

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Lawmakers Seek Tax Clarification

From NTRA NEW YORK CITY (June 3, 2014) – The National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) today released a copy of a bipartisan letter from key members of Congress asking the Department of Treasury to clarify regulations regarding the way pari-mutuel winnings are calculated for tax purposes. The NTRA is also calling on horse racing industry participants and customers to express their support of the effort by signing a Change.org petition available here: http://chn.ge/RXZ6DW. The letter to the Secretary of the Department of Treasury was co-authored by Rep. Charles Boustany (R-LA) and Rep. John Yarmuth (D-KY) and co-signed by more than a dozen other congressmen. The request for clarification urges the inclusion of a bettor’s entire investment in a single pari-mutuel pool to determine the amount reported or withheld for tax purposes, as opposed to only the amount wagered on the correct result. This issue typically arises in the context of increasingly popular exotic wagers. For example, under the proposed clarification, the amount wagered by a Pick 6 player who hits... ...

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Legislative Update from AHC

From AHC House Committee Approves USDA Appropriations Bill    On May 29, 2014, the House Appropriations Committee approved its version of the FY 2015 Agriculture Appropriations bill.  This bill provides funding for the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) for the 2015 fiscal year (October 1, 2014 through September 30, 2015). The bill contains several provisions that impact the horse industry, including funding for USDA equine health activities, enforcement of the Horse Protection Act and a provision that would prohibit funding for USDA inspections at U.S. horse slaughter facilities. The Senate Appropriations Committee approved its version of 2015 Agriculture Appropriations bill on May 22.  Information about that bill can be found at: http://www.horsecouncil.org/senate-committee-approves-usda-appropriations-bill FY 2015 House USDA Appropriations Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service and Equine Health The bill would provide $867.5 million for the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS). APHIS is the USDA agency responsible for protecting and promoting U.S. agricultural health, including responding to contagious equine disease outbreaks.   Funding for Equine, Cervid, and Small Rumiant health... ...

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CHRB Meeting Summary

From CHRB ARCADIA, Calif. (May 24, 2014) – The California Horse Racing Board conducted its regular meeting Thursday, May 22, 2014, at Santa Anita Park. Chairman Chuck Winner presided.  1st Vice Chair Bo Derek, 2nd Vice Chair Richard Rosenberg and Commissioners Madeline Auerbach, Steve Beneto, Jesse Choper, and George Krikorian 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 first non-fair thoroughbred race meet at Los Alamitos race course, home of a year-round quarter horse meet, commencing July 3 through July 13. Los Alamitos will offer thoroughbred cards on Thursday-through-Sunday afternoons as well as night quarter horse programs weekend nights except July 4. Both HRTV and TVG will show the thoroughbred races. ·        The Board approved the summer thoroughbred meet at Del Mar from July 17 through September 3. Del Mar Chief Operating Officer Josh Rubinstein reported that for the first time, both HRTV and TVG will broadcast the races for... ...

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Tax Extender Bill Delayed

From NTRA WASHINGTON, D.C. (May 22, 2014) — Progress on the EXPIRE Act (S. 2260), legislation that would extend expired or expiring tax provisions through 2015, has been delayed until at least next month, according to Senate Finance Committee Chairman Ron Wyden (D-OR). Senator Wyden said earlier this week that he hopes to work with Committee ranking member Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) over the Memorial Day recess to resolve an amendments standoff that has halted progress of the $85 billion bill. Several of the provisions in the EXPIRE Act will directly impact horse owners and breeders. Most notable of these is a provision to extend the three-year recovery period for younger racehorses that expired at the end of 2013. This faster depreciation schedule replaced a seven-year recovery period that does not accurately reflect current-day investment behavior in racehorses. Unless the Act becomes law, the seven-year schedule will be in place for 2014. Additional provisions in the EXPIRE Act that will positively impact investment in qualified property for horse racing and... ...

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Del Mar ‘Ship and Win’ Returns

From DMTC DEL MAR, Calif. (May 22, 2014) — “Ship and Win,” Del Mar’s prosperous program that has attracted hundreds of out-of-state racehorses to the seaside oval over the past three summers, is back for another season in 2014 with its lucrative incentives attached once more. The policy – initiated by Del Mar Thoroughbred Club in partnership with Thoroughbred Owners of California in 2011 – currently offers a guaranteed $1,000 check to all starters, as well as a 33 1/3% bonus payment (stakes races excluded) on top of any purse monies won in a first start at Del Mar to owners of horses who last raced outside California. Del Mar’s 75th racing season will begin on Thursday, July 17 and continue through to Wednesday, September 3. In an additional wrinkle to this year’s program given the new racing calendar in Southern California, Del Mar will be offering a special consideration to its sister racetracks Santa Anita and Los Alamitos. Horses that come from out-of-state and run first either during the... ...

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Del Mar Paddock Sale July 20

From Barretts DEL MAR, Calif. (May 20, 2014) — Barretts Paddock Sale at Del Mar set for July 20 Barretts, in cooperation with the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club, will conduct its third annual Paddock Sale of “Race Ready” horses in training on July 20th. As in past years, the auction will be held the first Sunday of the Del Mar meet in front of a large vibrant crowd after the final race on the card. The purpose of the “one-stop shopping” concept of the Paddock Sale is to encourage new racehorse ownership and increase the “Race Ready” horse inventory in California by promoting Del Mar’s Ship and Win Program. Five horses from the first two years became stakes winners subsequent to The Paddock Sale which equals more than 8% of all horses through the sales rings. A new record was set last year in the second Paddock Sale when the 3-year-old filly, Oscar Party, sold for $510,000.  Overall, the average price rose 98% and the median price rose 150% last... ...

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Senate Works on Tax Bill

From NTRA WASHINGTON, D.C. (May 15, 2014) — Progress on tax extender legislation continued this week when the U.S. Senate voted 96-3 to advance the EXPIRE Act (S. 2260). Last month the Senate Finance Committee considered and passed this legislation to extend expired or expiring tax provisions through 2015, including several that will directly impact the horse racing industry. Of particular interest to horse owners and breeders is a provision in the EXPIRE Act to extend the three-year recovery period for younger racehorses that expired at the end of 2013. This accelerated depreciation schedule replaced an onerous seven-year recovery period which will return in 2014 unless the EXPIRE Act becomes law. The shorter recovery period more accurately reflects current-day investments in racehorses and helps encourage continued investment. Other provisions in the EXPIRE Act that will positively impact horse racing and other businesses include an increase in the expense allowance and bonus depreciation. In the Act, the expense allowance is set at $500,000 with a $2 million threshold for qualified property... ...

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Del Mar Releases Stakes Schedule

From DMTC DEL MAR, Calif. (May 15, 2014) — For its 75th summer session of Thoroughbred sport, Del Mar will set a new high for stakes purses with $8,050,000 being offered for 43 events sprinkled across the historic track’s primary 36-day season starting on July 17 and running through September 3.             The 33 “advertised” stakes will carry purses ranging for $100,000 to $1,000,000, while the 10 “overnight” stakes each will be worth $90,000. Additionally, the seaside oval is projected to provide horsemen with more than $700,000 in daily purses, the richest in the state of California and among the richest of any race meeting in America.             Once again providing the most pizzazz among the track’s best races is the $1,000,000 TVG Pacific Classic, which will have its 24th running on Sunday, August 24 as the headliner on a stakes tripleheader program. The mile and one-quarter testing for 3-year-olds and up offers Grade I status and a $600,000 winner’s share.             Though the track will open on a Thursday... ...

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Oak Tree Moving Offices to CTBA

By Bloodhorse.com ARCADIA, Calif. (May 14, 2014) — The Oak Tree Racing Association will move from its longtime offices at Santa Anita Park into a wing of the California Thoroughbred Breeders Association office sometime in June. “We are very pleased with the quarters and look forward to moving over there,” said Sherwood C. Chillingworth, executive vice president of the not-for-profit organization well known within the racing industry for its support of research and charity. Workers have been busy preparing the area for the arrival of Oak Tree personnel. The CTBA offices are located at 201 Colorado Place in Arcadia, across the street from the Santa Anita parking lot that serves the track’s infield. Oak Tree has kept offices at Santa Anita since its inception in 1969, when it first hosted a fall race meeting at Santa Anita. Oak Tree also has a long history with the CTBA. The two organizations co-hosted the California Cup program for California-bred runners during the Oak Tree meeting beginning in 1990. Santa Anita now hosts... ...

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Stallion’s Brother Wins Laz Barrerra

From EA Ranches ARCADIA, Calif. (May 12, 2014) — Top Fortitude, a 3 year old colt owned and bred by Triple AAA Ranch delivered a decisive upset victory in the Lazaro Barrera Stakes at Santa Anita. Going off as the second longest shot in the field at 30-1, the 3 year old colt pulled away from the field in the stretch and completed the 7 furlong race on the dirt course in a final time of 122.98 with a 1-1/2 length winning margin.  Top Fortitude’s stakes victory comes in only his third career start. Top Fortitude is a full brother to Uh Oh Bango, a multiple graded stakes winner standing at EA Ranches in Ramona, CA.  For more information on Uh Oh Bango please contact Marguerite Eliasson at 760-789-1498 or visit the farm website at earanches.com. ...

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‘Chrome Cap Giveaway at Santa Anita

From Santa Anita Publicity ARCADIA, Calif. (May 7, 2014)—Santa Anita Park has announced that the first 10,000 fans attending The Great Race Place on Preakness Day, Saturday, May 17, will receive a free California Chrome baseball cap with paid General Admission. The cap is a replica of California Chrome’s distinctive purple and teal colors and will surely be a fan favorite as the California-bred sensation seeks his sixth win in-a-row in the middle jewel of racing’s Triple Crown. A chestnut colt by Lucky Pulpit, California Chrome followed his win in the $1 million Santa Anita Derby on April 5 with a stirring 1 ¾ length triumph in 140th Run for the Roses May 3—thus becoming only the fourth California-bred to win the Derby and the first since Decidedly in 1962. Owned and bred by Steve Coburn and Perry Martin, California Chrome is trained by Art Sherman and has been ridden to his last five victories by Victor Espinoza. First live race post time at Santa Anita on Preakness Day is... ...

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Seven Stakes at Los Alamitos

By DRF.com CYPRESS, Calif. (May 6, 2014) — The Los Alamitos summer Thoroughbred meeting will feature seven stakes, including two Grade 2 races previously run at Hollywood Park under different names. The track’s summer meeting will run eight days, July 3-13, replacing racing dates previously held by Hollywood Park, which closed for development last December. The highlight of the Los Alamitos meeting will be the $500,000 Los Alamitos Derby on July 5, a Grade 2 race over 1 1/8 miles. The race was previously run at Hollywood Park as the Swaps Stakes and was worth $150,000 in 2013. The distance is unchanged. The meeting’s second weekend will be highlighted by the $200,000 Great Lady M Stakes for fillies and mares over 6 1/2 furlongs July 12. The Grade 2 race was previously run as the A Gleam Handicap over seven furlongs at Hollywood Park. The 2013 running of the A Gleam included a fees-paid berth to the Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Sprint through the Win and You’re In program.... ...

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CTBA Outsources California Thoroughbred

From CTBA ARCADIA, Calif. (May 4, 2014) — CTBA has made the decision to outsource the production of the California Thoroughbred magazine to The Blood Horse publications. It will continue to be published monthly and will have a larger distribution.   ...

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Barretts May Sale Supplements

From Barretts POMONA, Calif. (Apr. 30, 2014) — Fourteen two-year-olds have been supplemented to the 2014 Barretts May Two-Year-Old in Training Sale.   The supplemental horses will be sold directly after the end of the main catalog on Monday, May 12.  A complete list of the catalog supplement is shown at the bottom of this e-mail.  The entire sale catalog can be viewed at http://www.barretts.com/sales/Catalogs/catmay2014/catalogTABLE.asp The official training preview is scheduled to be held on Friday, May 9 on the Fairplex Park racetrack adjacent to Barretts, beginning at 10:00 a.m.   The preview will be streamed live at http://www.barretts.com/sales/ViewSale/index.asp   Video clips for each preview can be viewed on-line by the afternoon following the preview at www.barretts.com. Among the successful graduates of the May Sale in the past year are stakes winners Jeranimo, Stormy Lucy, Dice Flavor, Full Ransom, Can The Man, City by the Bay, L.A. Weekend, Lotsa Mischief, Scirocco Strike and Tasty Treat. ...

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CHRB Meeting Summary

From CHRB BERKELEY, Calif. (Apr. 26, 2014) – The California Horse Racing Board conducted its regular meeting Friday, April 25, 2014, at Golden Gate Fields. Chairman Chuck Winner presided.  2nd Vice Chair Richard Rosenberg and Commissioners Madeline Auerbach, Steve Beneto, Jesse Choper, and George Krikorian 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: Representatives of Fairplex Park and Los Alamitos Race Course reported on their ongoing discussions concerning the possible application to the CHRB for Fairplex to move its race meet to the Orange County facility. They are expected to give a more detailed presentation if any application is presented for discussion and action at the May or June monthly Board meeting. Acting on a request from and full support of the Jockeys’ Guild, the Board approved for 45-day public notice a proposed regulatory amendment to prohibit jockeys from using the riding crop, or whip, more than three times in succession without allowing the horse... ...

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Oak Tree to Run Pleasanton Fair Meet

From Oak Tree Racing Association ALBANY, Calif, (Apr. 25, 2014) — The California Horse Racing Board today approved a license application submitted by Oak Tree Racing Association and Alameda County Fair to conduct three weeks of racing at the Fairgrounds in Pleasanton, beginning on June 19, 2014 and running through July 6, 2014.  CHRB approval represents the latest step forward in a year-long effort by Oak Tree, Alameda County Fair and the California Authority of Racing Fairs to offer a new concept for racing in Northern California. Earlier in the year, the three organizations worked with California legislators to carry a bill which would clear the way for this effort.  In March, the legislature passed AB 1303 (Hall), which enabled Oak Tree to run at a Fair in Northern California.  Governor Brown signed the legislation on March 28, 2014.  An application for a racing license was submitted to the CHRB on April 11, 2014. “On behalf of the Oak Tree Board of Directors, we want to thank the California legislature,... ...

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Fairplex Phasing Out Sales, Training

By Bloodhorse.com CYPRESS, Calif. (Apr. 25, 2014) — Over the next several months, the Los Angeles County Fair plans to phase out its racing-related activities at Fairplex Park, chief executive officer James Henwood told the California Horse Racing Board April 25. Meeting at Golden Gate Fields, CHRB commissioners had the opportunity to question Henwood and Brad McKinzie, Los Alamitos Racing Association vice president, on the proposed relocation of the 11-day LACF meeting to the Orange County facility Sept. 5-21. The discussion was for informational purposes, coming four days after the announcement of the proposed move was made. Action on the date transfer is likely to occur May 22, once a formal application has been submitted for the board’s regular monthly meeting at Santa Anita Park. None of the six commissioners present spoke against the proposal—in fact, some indicated they favored it. But they did ask several probing questions during the two-hour session. In response, Henwood said Fairplex “is not up the level of major league racing” patrons in Southern California... ...

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Stallion Benchmark Pensioned

From Ballena Vista Farm RAMONA, Calif. (Apr. 21, 2014) — Ballena Vista Farm announced today that Benchmark has been retired from the breeding shed. Initially the farm thought he was physically and reproductively capable of another season and bred a handful of mares to him the first two months of the 2014 season. Benchmark failed to impregnate them and will now be pensioned alongside fellow retiree Beau Genius. Throughout his stud career Benchmark has been a stalwart of the California breeding industry. He had nine consecutive years of over $2.3 million in progeny earnings and has total progeny earnings of $30.1 million. His 41 stakes winners and 10 graded winners from 742 foals of racing age, include Grade I winners Brother Derek, Idiot Proof, Silent Signs and Eclipse Award champion Points Offthebench who was honored as the 2013 Male Sprinter of the year. Benchmark, as a racehorse was a multiple Grade 2 winner of $636,707, and as a sire, he is the leading son of Alydar by progeny earnings. ...

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Lawmaker Tours Thoroughbred Farms

RAMONA, Calif. (Apr. 21, 2014) — On Friday, April 18, Assemblymember Brian Jones, along with his wife Heather, their children, his mother and father, family friends, and staff members Gail Ramer and Leann Files joined CTBA President Doug Burge, CTBA Board Member Leigh Ann Howard and Event Coordinator Christy Chapman in eastern San Diego County to tour Ballena Vista Farm and E.A. Ranches at his request to visit Thoroughbred breeding and training farms. At Ballena Vista Farm, farm foreman Frank Ochoa guided the group along a tour that included viewing a newborn filly by Calimonco who was born just hours before their arrival, witnessing first-hand the vet checking a mare to confirm pregnancy, learning about the use of an Euroxciser, viewing the breeding shed and lab, and visiting leading sire Tribal Rule. At E.A. Ranches, farm manager Marguerite Eliasson showed the group stallions Uh Oh Bango, Rocky Bar and their 5/8 mile training track. Assemblyman Jones, and group, emerged quite educated after asking many questions while thoroughly enjoying their day... ...

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Allen Gutterman Joins NYRA

By DRF.com OZONE PARK, N.Y. – Allen Gutterman, who served as vice president of marketing for the New York Racing Association in the early 1990s, has returned to the company as a marketing consultant, NYRA officials confirmed Wednesday. Gutterman, who has also worked as a marketing official at The Meadowlands, Hollywood Park, and Santa Anita, will be here for the next three months, through the Belmont spring/summer meet that runs from May 1 through July 13. “Allen’s here for a mutually agreed-upon, finite period to assist in the marketing of what will be the biggest Belmont Stakes ever, a new event on July 5th, Stars and Stripes Day, and a Saratoga meet that is expected to have a number of other firsts, including an enhanced Whitney Day,” said Eric Wing, NYRA’s director of communications and media relations. “Allen has experience at NYRA and also working with Martin Panza,” Wing added. “It’s a great fit for everyone concerned.” Panza became NYRA’s senior vice president of racing operations last November after spending... ...

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Behind the Gate Opens May 15

Behind the Gate, a documentary examining the changes in the horse racing industry, has gained the sponsorship of Santa Anita Park in advance of its May 15 release date.   The movie recently won a Wrangler Award from the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum.   The film is produced by Mark and Daryle Ann Lindley Giardino; directed by Mark Giardino and Jack Lucarelli and narrated by Joe Pesci.   Among the sport’s stars appearing in the film are Bob Baffert, Doug O’Neill, Laffit Pincay, Gary Stevens and Ron McAnally. ...

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Kay Bender Passes Away

ARCADIA, Calif. (Apr. 17, 2014) –Longtime horsewoman and former California Thoroughbred Breeders Association Board member Kay Bender has passed away.   Bender suffered a head injury in a fall at home two weeks ago, lapsed into a coma and died shortly after, according to Sue Greene, CTBA’s Secretary.   A memorial service will be held in Yorba Linda May 18, with final details to be determined. ...

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Barretts May Catalog Online

From Barretts POMONA, Calif. (Apr. 15, 2014) — The catalog for the 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 129 horses will be held on Monday, May 12 in the Hinds Pavilion located on the grounds of Fairplex Park in Pomona, California beginning at 2:00 p.m.   The catalog can be viewed now at http://www.barretts.com/sales/Catalogs/catmay2014/catalog.asp   The May Sale catalog is also now available for your ipad.  Click here for details.   The official training preview is scheduled to be held on Friday, May 9 on the Fairplex Park racetrack adjacent to Barretts, beginning at 10:00 a.m.   The preview will be streamed live at http://www.barretts.com/sales/ViewSale/index.asp   Video clips for each preview can be viewed on-line by the afternoon following the preview at www.barretts.com.   Among the successful graduates of the May Sale in the past year are stakes winners Jeranimo (G1),  Stormy Lucy (G2), Dice Flavor (G2), Full Ransom (G3), Can the Man, City By The... ...

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Phyllis Lambert Passes at 67

By Wendy Averill Phyllis Lambert, who passed away from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease on Mar. 27, 2014, was a fixture at California Thoroughbred sales since the late 1960s. But more than being a “fixture,” she changed the way Thoroughbred sales, and hence the industry, employed women. In 1973, she and (CTBA Director) Leigh Ann Howard were hired by Rollin Baugh, of California Thoroughbred Consultants, to create at Hollywood Park anything necessary to conduct probably the most prestigious and most unprecedented Thoroughbred sale ever conducted in California up to that time. Fletcher Jones, of Westerly Stud Farm, had been killed in an airplane crash and all of his 140 horses were to be dispersed. As Auction Sales Manger, Phyllis and her colleague, Leigh, were responsible for everything horse related for the Westerly Dispersal. The sale barns they were to use at Hollywood Park were a mud bog so truckloads of rock dust had to be dropped and leveled. Stall screens had to be borrowed, sand blasted, painted in Rollins’ colors and,... ...

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Graded Stakes Double for Ballena Vista

From Ballena Vista Farm RAMONA, Calif. (Apr. 13, 2014) — California-breds by Ballena Vista Farm sires Tribal Rule and Beau Genius captured both graded stakes at Santa Anita on April 12. In her first graded stakes effort, Tribal Rule’s 4-year-old filly Tribal Spy successfully stepped into open stakes company to win the $100,500 Las Cienegas Stakes-G3 on the hillside turf course, becoming the fifth graded winner for her sire who currently leads California’s general sire list with earnings of $1.5 million. Retired from stud following the 2009 breeding season, Beau Genius, now 29, is back in the headlines as the sire of Big Macher, a multiple stakes winner from his final crop. Winner of the California Cup Sprint January 25 at Santa Anita in his stakes debut, Big Macher was defeated just a half-length in the San Carlos-G2 on March 8. Not to be denied victory in the $200,750 Potrero Grande-G2, Big Macher charged three wide down the stretch, caught the pace setter with sixteenth to go and prevailed by... ...

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Cal-breds Perform for CARMA

By Bloodhorse.com LOS ANGELES, Calif. (Apr. 14, 2014) — Heaven Szent, a 14-year-old who never won a race under his registered name of General Attack, was the star of the April 12-13 Thoroughbred Classic Horse Show at the Los Angeles Equestrian Center in Burbank, Calif. The Siegel CARMA Foundation sponsors the horse show as a way to demonstrate the versatility of former racehorses. Owned by Suzi Bright of Carpinteria, Calif., and ridden by Bright and trainer Shauna Pennell, Heaven Szent won several classes, including the $1,500 Hunter Derby April 13. “This was just fabulous,” said Bright, who won two classes aboard her horse. “I got him nine years ago. He’s like a dog—he would come sit on the couch with you. As far as I was concerned, he was heaven sent, which is how he got his name.” Heaven Szent is a gelded son of General Meeting—Private Maid, by Private Account. Joseph and Linda DiPietro bred him in California. As General Attack he started 10 times with his best efforts... ...

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Statement from Vessels Stallion Farm

“The Vessels Ranch property has been listed for sale with Sotheby’s International Realty in association with Equestrian Real Estate.  The property consists of 1,390 acres and includes the approximately 275 acres on which the Vessels Stallion Farm operation is sited. The Vessels Ranch property is extremely valuable due to its overall size and location within ten miles of the Pacific Ocean in the county of San Diego, California.  The upland portions of the property above the horse facilities have excellent residential development potential.  It has been determined that it is in the best interests of the family to seek to realize the value of this property now rather than continuing to hold it for investment. This news does not mean the end of Vessels Stallion Farm.  We remain open for business and presently have over 260 horses boarded at the Farm.  It would not be unusual for a property of this magnitude to take an extended period of time to sell.  Moreover, any sale transaction will have to allow several... ...

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CHRB Seeks Harsh ‘Buzzer’ Penalties

From CHRB SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Apr. 10, 2014) – The California Horse Racing Board is moving to adopt strict penalties for riders using electrical devices in races or workouts. In the interim, Executive Director Rick Baedeker has issued a directive for CHRB investigators to refer any such cases directly to the racing commissioners for hearings and also to notify the local District Attorney for possible criminal prosecution. CHRB Rule 1890(c) “prohibits any person from having in his possession on the premises [including auxiliary stabling and training facilities] during any recognized meeting any electrical stimulating or shocking device commonly referred to as a battery, or any mechanical stimulating device, or any other appliance, which might affect the speed or actions of a horse.” CHRB rules do not contain penalty guidelines for the stewards and other judges to follow when adjudicating cases except for violations involving medications, which are based on national model rules and detailed in CHRB Rule 1843.3. Establishing a penalty guideline within the rule for use of an electrical device will... ...

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Racing Exempt in Wagering Bill

By Bloodhorse.com WASHINGTON, D.C. (Apr. 11, 2014) — Legislation has been introduced in Congress to amend the 1961 Federal Wire Act to ban all forms of interstate wagering except horse racing. The bill, named the Restoration of America’s Wire Act  (H.R. 4301), was introduced by Congressman Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) and Senator Lindsay Graham (R-SC) (S. 2159). The legislation would amend the Federal Wire Act, the 1961 federal law that prohibits interstate wagering, to prohibit interstate Internet gaming. The bill is a response to the Department of Justice’s change in its previous interpretation of what the Wire Act prohibits, according to a memorandum from the American Horse Council. Since 1961, the DOJ had maintained that the Wire Act banned the interstate transmission of all bets or wagers or information assisting in the placing of bets or wagers. In December 2011, the department issued a ruling that the Wire Act applied only to sports betting, not all wagering, the AHC said. “That ruling effectively broadened what gambling could be offered to include... ...

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Tax Depreciation Bill Advances

From NTRA WASHINGTON, D.C. (Thursday, April 3, 2014) – The United States Senate Finance Committee approved today legislation that would extend expired or expiring tax provisions for race horses, including a provision to extend the three-year recovery period. This provision – originally passed by Congress and enacted into law in 2008 – accelerates, simplifies and makes uniform the depreciation period for race horses.  The provision expired at the end of 2013 along with several other tax provisions. The proposed version of the provision that moved out of committee today more accurately reflects current-day investments in race horses and helps to spur continued investments in the racing industry. “I applaud the Committee for moving this bill and for including this important provision in the legislation,” said Alex Waldrop, NTRA President and CEO. “I especially appreciate that the Committee understands the continued importance of our industry and the contribution of the equine economy to job creation and added investment.” The three-year recovery provision was a top priority for the National Thoroughbred Racing... ...

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NTRA Legislative Annual Report Online

From NTRA WASHIINGTON, D.C. (Apr. 3, 2014) — Click here to view the 2013 NTRA Legislative annual report. Features of the report include: ·        List of 2013 contributors ·        Federal legislative summary ·        Maps that depict contributor locations ·        Contributor testimonials ·        Videos that explain NTRA fundraising programs ·        NTRA Advantage membership benefits The NTRA proudly serves the industry on Capitol Hill.  Our federal legislative team is there every day to advocate for the thoroughbred racing and breeding industry. ...

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Relay for Life of Ferndale May 3

From Relay for Life FERNDALE, Calif. (Apr. 2, 2014) — 10th Annual HERO Ride For Life will be Saturday, May 3, 2014 at the Ferndale Fairgrounds race track. The HERO Ride For Life is a relay fundraiser on horseback and the proceeds benefit the American Cancer Society.  Teams of horses and riders relay at a walk at the Ferndale Fairgrounds Racetrack from 9am to 4pm.  Download and mail a team registration form or register at the event beginning at 7 a.m. http://www.herorideforlife.org/ In 2004, as a freshman at Eureka High School in Eureka, California, Holly LaCount enrolled in a service learning program called Environmental and Spatial Technology (EAST) in which students develop projects to solve problems in their community.  Holly wanted to develop a project that would combine her love of horses and her desire to make a difference in her community. To honor her Grandma Joy, who died of ovarian cancer in 2003, she decided to develop a project that would help fund cancer research and support services. Through planning and perseverance Holly founded the... ...

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CHRB Meeting Summary

From CHRB SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Mar. 23, 2014) – The California Horse Racing Board conducted its regular meeting Friday, March 21, 2014, at Cal Expo. Chairman Chuck Winner presided. 1st Vice Chair Bo Derek, 2nd Vice Chair Richard Rosenberg, and Commissioners Madeline Auerbach, Steve Beneto, Jesse Choper, and George Krikorian 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 finalized the Northern California racing calendar for 2015 by allocating racing dates for the latter half of the year to Golden Gate Fields and the northern fairs. The Board earlier approved the racing calendar for the first half of 2015 by allocating dates for the current meet at Golden Gate Fields through June 15. The racing season will continue with dates allocated to the Alameda County Fair in Pleasanton (June 17 through July 6) followed by the State Fair at Cal Expo (July 9 through July 26), the Sonoma County Fair in Santa Rosa (July... ...

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TOC Announces Leading Owners of 2013

Arcadia, Calif., March 21, 2014 – The Thoroughbred Owners of California (TOC) has announced the winners of its 2013 statistical awards for leading California owners. Hronis Racing, LLC was leading owner in purse money won in California last year; the partnership of Jerry Hollendorfer and George Todaro led all owners by number of wins for the second consecutive year; and Glen Hill Farm took the leading owner award for California stakes wins. Brian Decker was selected as Rookie of the Year. Hronis Racing runners earned a total of $1,976,632 in California last year, including five stakes wins. Top earners were Grade 2 Del Mar Handicap winner Vagabond Shoes, Grade 2 Santa Barbara Handicap winner Lady of Shamrock, Rising Legend, winner of the Oceanside Stakes, Sky High Gal, and Iotapa. Hollendorfer and Todaro won a remarkable 38 races from 125 starts in California last year for total purse earnings of $1,033,195. Their leading earners were Lady of Fifty, winner of the Grade 1 Clement L. Hirsch Stakes, and Zeewat, winner of... ...

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New Immigration Bill Introduced

From NTRA WASHINGTON, D.C. (Mar. 20, 2014) — Congressman Andy Harris (R-MD) recently introduced H.R. 4238 to amend the Immigration and Nationality Act that provides requirements for employers of H-2B nonimmigrant workers and is the basic body of immigration law. Rep. Harris’ bill includes, among its provisions, an amendment that covers returning workers and how they impact the annual cap on the number of H-2B visas available to employers. Specifically, H.R. 4238 reinstates the returning worker exemption so that those workers who complied with the terms of previous H-2B visas can return to the U.S. and not count against the cap of 66,000 visas. Of that number, 33,000 are made available for the first half of the fiscal year and 33,000 for the second half. The first half cap already has been reached. The legislation also clarifies the methodology used to determine the prevailing wage rate that H-2B employers must pay and ensures that workers receive compensation that is both fair and reflective of current market conditions. The H-2B visa... ...

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Classic Horse Show Apr. 12-13

From CARMA LOS ANGELES, Calif. (Mar. 18, 2014) — Entries are now being taken online for the initial Thoroughbred Classic Horse Show event to be held at the Los Angeles Equestrian Center, presented by Siegel-CARMA Foundation, Apr. 12-13. Entries can be submitted at horseshowtime.com. The other two other dates for the Thoroughbred Classic Horse Show Series  – June 14-15 at Galway Downs and Dec. 13-14 at Los Angeles Equestrian Center. ...

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Tribal Rule Progeny Top $1 million in 2014

From Ballena Vista Farm ARCADIA, Calif. (Mar. 16, 2014) — A Tribal Rule one-two finish in Santa Anita’s Irish O’Brien Stakes and Joy Boy’s two-turn allowance win at Oaklawn Park propelled Tribal Rule’s 2014 progeny earnings to $1,035,189 by the end of the day and a $276,418 lead on California’s General Sire list. Tribal Spy became Tribal Rule’s 36 stakes winner when she broke smartly and led gate-to-wire in the $100,000 Irish O’Brien Stakes covering the hillside course of about 6 ½ furlongs in 1:12.59 while defeating Tribal Rule’s Grade 2 winner Ciao Bella Luna who closed bravely from last after “missing” the break. With her first stakes victory and fifth career win, Tribal Spy increased her earnings to $238,610. Trained by Adam Kitchingman for Triple B Farms owner Paul Boghossian, Tribal Spy was bred by Gary Barber and is the first foal from the Victory Gallop allowance winner Victory Spy. Tribal Rule’s 5-year-old Joy Boy handled the wet fast surface in Arkansas with ease, controlling the pace throughout the 1... ...

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Jockey Club Fact Book Online

From The Jockey Club LEXINGTON, Ky. (Mar. 15, 2014) — The Jockey Club announced today that the 2014 edition of the Fact Book is available in the Resources section of its website at jockeyclub.com. The online Fact Book is a statistical and informational guide to Thoroughbred breeding, racing and auction sales in North America. It also features a directory of state, national and international organizations. Links to the Breeding Statistics report that is released by The Jockey Club each September and the Report of Mares Bred information that is published by The Jockey Club each October can now be found in the Breeding section of the Fact Book. The 2014 editions of State Fact books, which feature detailed breeding, racing and auction sales information specific to numerous states and Canadian provinces, are also available on The Jockey Club website. The State Fact Books are updated monthly. “The information available in both the online Fact Book and the State Fact books provide not only a statistical history of the sport but... ...

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James Street, Wolfcamp to Fruitful Acres Farms

From Fruitful Acres Farm AGUANA, Calif. (Mar. 14, 2014) — James Street, a multiple graded stakes winner of $637,723 and stakes placed Wolfcamp, winner of $189,148, out of the multiple graded stakes winning mare Bauhauser (ARG), have  been retired from racing to stand at Fruitful Acres Farm, providing California breeders a fresh option for their mares. The sons of El Prado were responsible for eight Grade I winners in 2013. His progeny at stud are led by 2013 Champion Sire, Kitten’s Joy, Medaglia d’Oro (sire of Grade I stakes winners Rachel Alexandra, Marketing Mix and Violence ) and Artie Schiller, sire of recent Grade II San Antonio Stakes winner Blingo. James Street will stand for $10,000 and Wolfcamp for $3,000. Inquiries to Mike Tippett at (909)518-0018 or farm manager Vincent Harris (951)219-1916. ...

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CHRB Meeting Moved to Cal Expo

From CHRB SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Mar. 12, 2014) — The March 21 meeting of the California Horse Racing Board that was originally scheduled to be held at Santa Anita Park has been moved to Cal Expo in Sacramento on that same date. This meeting will begin at 10 a.m. The public is encouraged to attend. An audio-only Webcast of the meeting can be heard through the “Webcasts” link on the CHRB Website (www.chrb.ca.gov). The agenda for this meeting is currently available on the CHRB Website and the supporting package of materials will be available on the Website later this week through the following link: agenda. ...

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The Pamplemousse Colt Brings $105,000

From Rancho San Miguel POMONA, CA (March 3, 2014)-The Pamplemousse colt hip number 135 fetched $105,000 from the consignment of Wavertree Stables, Inc. (Ciaran Dunne), he was purchased by Laurence F. Leavy. Hip 135 is from the first crop of The Pamplemousse. After previewing in .10 seconds the gray or roan became the highest selling California sired colt in the sale. The Pamplemousse colt was bred and raised at Rancho San Miguel and is out of the Storm Cat broodmare Hurricane Alert. Hurricane Alert is the dam of stakes winner Golden Hurricane and is from the immediate family of multiple grade one winning millionaire Fly Till Dawn. The Pamplemousse started off the 2014 juvenile sales year with a six figure two-year-old; after having his yearlings average over $53,000 last fall. The Pamplemousse was a multiple graded stakes winner at Santa Anita and is standing in 2014 for $2,500. For information on breeding to The Pamplemousse please contact Clay Murdock at (805) 467-3847. ...

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NTRA Thanks Supporters

From NTRA WASHINGTON, D.C. (Feb. 20, 2014) — The NTRA thanks those industry members and partners who supported the NTRA’s federal legislative fundraising effort in 2013. More than 700 individuals, farms and racing partnerships contributed an amount to the ¼% Check-off and Foal programs that was nearly 25 percent greater than in 2012. This diverse group represents more than 40 states and 10 countries and is 12 percent larger than in 2012. The NTRA also recognizes the following industry partners for their support of this initiative: Keeneland, Fasig-Tipton, Ocala Breeders’ Sales Company, Barretts Sales & Racing, Washington Thoroughbred Breeders and Owners Association and Breeders’ Sales Company of Louisiana. Other organizations supporting the program include (in alphabetical order) California Thoroughbred Breeders Association (CTBA), Daily Racing Form (DRF), Florida Thoroughbred Breeders’ and Owners’ Association (FTBOA), New York Thoroughbred Breeders, Inc. (NYTB), New York Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association (NYTHA), Texas Horsemen’s News, Thoroughbred Daily News (TDN) and Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association (TOBA). Learn more about how you can join your peers in support... ...

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Greene Donates Time to Second Chances

From Second Chances CA ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 18, 2014) — Leave it up to Sue Greene to volunteer her valuable time to provide Mid-Term Practical Skills assessments for the student grooms at Second Chances CA (SCC).  Among her CTBA duties, the foaling, and now breeding season, Sue’s impact on this program has remained unmatched. “It’s only through the support of our industry that our program exists”, states Julie Baker, former assistant trainer and now SCC Equine Program Director.  “The retired thoroughbreds we use in our program have all raced in California at one time or another.  Sue’s support is just one indicator that as we are receiving some recognition now in the industry, for training grooms and re-training the retired horses fit for adoption” Early in its second year, SCC facilitates a three month version of the Groom Elite Horseman’s Education (vocational) program and provides EAGALA sessions, or equine assisted psychotherapy (the Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association), to former inmates of Stanislaus County in Modesto, CA.  SCC is also... ...

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‘America’s Best Racing’ App Released

From The Jockey Club LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 7, 2014) — The Jockey Club and Equibase Company announced the release of the America’s Best Racing app for iPhone and Android. The free app includes video replays provided by Roberts Communications plus full charts and pari-mutuel payoffs of all graded stakes races (including the Triple Crown and Breeders’ Cup) for the current year as they occur, as well as every graded stakes race run since 2010. The 2014 America’s Best Racing app can be downloaded at itunes.com and play.google.com. A web version of America’s Best Racing is available at americasbestracing.net and equibase.com. “This app is the perfect tool to follow graded stakes races from your mobile device as they happen throughout the year and watch the best of racing from the past several years,” said Jason Wilson, vice president, business development, The Jockey Club. “We are happy to partner with Equibase to bring this app to a new audience of fans as part of America’s Best Racing’s fan initiatives.” “As it turns... ...

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