Review Category : News

Intimidate Enters Golden Gate Derby

ALBANY, Calif. (Jan. 15, 2018) – Stakes winner Intimidate and fellow California-breds Generally Lucky, Campaigner and Ministersdontparty are entered in Saturday’s $100,000 Golden Gate Derby for 3-year-olds. Intimidate is by Vronsky, out of the Perfect Mandate mare Perfect Hostess, was bred by Donald Muldoon, is owned by James Eaton, Maria Hess or Muldoon and is trained by Robert Hess, Sr. He has three wins in four starts, earnings of $99,640 and is coming off a win in the Dec. 16 King Glorious. Generally Lucky is by Lucky Pulpit, out of the General Meeting mare Gn. Group Meeting, was bred by owners Mr. and Mrs. Larry Williams and is trained by Steve Specht. He has three wins in 10 starts, earnings of $59,290 and is coming off a third in a Jan. 1 optional claimer. Campaigner is by Minsters Wild Cat, out of the Good Journey mare Brave Journey, was bred by owner Larry Stein and is trained by Steve Miyadi. He has one win in six starts, earnings of $67,800... ...

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Shaman Ghost to Stand at Tommy Town

By Bloodhorse.com SANTA YNEZ, Calif. (Jan. 11, 2018) — Multiple grade 1 winner and Canadian champion Shaman Ghost will enter stud at Tommy Town Thoroughbreds near Santa Ynez, Calif., for the 2018 season, his connections announced Jan. 11. The stud fee for the 6-year-old son of Ghostzapper  will be $10,000, live foal stands and nurses. There will be special consideration for young stakes-winning mares at a reduced fee of $7,500, live foal stands and nurses. In an exclusive interview with BloodHorse Daily, owner Frank Stronach reiterated his dedication to building up the California-bred program. He said he is sending multiple mares to California to foal and be bred back to Shaman Ghost. “Basically, as you know, we own two racetracks here in Golden Gate Fieldsand Santa Anita Park,” said the founder of The Stronach Group. “We’re a little concerned there aren’t enough horses, there are small fields, so we want to make sure that we have a good horse population. Naturally, it’s also important that we get new owners (involved in the sport).” Shaman Ghost, an Ontario-bred out of the Gilded... ...

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Del Mar Promotes Josh Rubinstein

From DMTC Publicity DEL MAR, Calif. (Jan. 10, 2018) — The Del Mar Thoroughbred Club (DMTC) announced today that Josh Rubinstein has been named its President. Rubinstein, 48, has worked at Del Mar in an executive capacity since 1997 and had risen to the role of Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. As President and COO, Rubinstein will continue his duties representing DMTC within the racing industry while handling aspects of strategic planning and overseeing daily operations of the company. Joe Harper, who had been DMTC’s President and Chief Executive Officer since 1990, has relinquished the title of President, but will continue on in his current capacity of CEO. “Josh works well and builds consensus with racing stakeholders and has high respect from those in the industry that he interacts with,” Harper said. “He works extremely hard and very well for Del Mar and he’s earned this promotion.” Rubinstein serves on the Equibase Management Committee, as a director and secretary of the Thoroughbred Racing Association and as a board... ...

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Cal-breds Center Stage at Jan. 27 Cal Cup

ARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 10, 2018) – California-breds will be in the spotlight at Santa Anita on Saturday, Jan. 27, with the 2018 edition of the California Cup and Sunshine Millions Day. Four stakes restricted to California-breds or -sired with total purses of $600,000 will be supported by an overnight card of allowance, maiden and claiming races with purses supercharged by the Cal-bred race fund. The main event will be the $200,000 guaranteed Unusual Heat Turf Classic presented by City National Bank for 4-year-olds and up at 1 1/18 miles on the turf. The $150,000 guaranteed Sunshine Millions Filly and Mare Turf Sprint for fillies and mares 4-year-olds and up will be run at about 6 ½ furlongs on the hillside turf course. The $150,000 guaranteed Donald Valpredo California Cup Sprint for 4-year-olds and up will be run at six furlongs. And the $100,000 guaranteed California Cup Turf Sprint Stakes for 3-year-olds will be run at about 6 ½ furlongs on the hillside turf course. The card also includes these races... ...

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Long Hot Summer Sells for $260,000

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Jan. 9, 2018) – Multiple stakes-winning California-bred Long Hot Summer sold at Tuesday’s session of the Keeneland January Sale for $260,000. The 6-year-old daughter of Street Boss, out of the Stormy Atlantic mare Hotlantic, was bred by Harris Farms and Donald Valpredo and is a half-sister to stakes winner Pacific Heat. Shadai Farm was the listed buyer for Long Hot Summer, who sold as a racing or broodmare prospect, consigned by Ashview Farm. She was owned by Anthony Fanticola and Joseph Scardino, who bought her out of Barretts 2014 2-year-old Sale for $260,000. She has six wins and earnings of $424,539. ...

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Stronach’s Ritvo Proposes Drastic Changes

By Bloodhorse.com ARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 8, 2018) — Significant changes to the property at Santa Anita Park have been proposed in the past and many went by the wayside, but the tone from Tim Ritvo, The Stronach Group’s chief operating officer, Jan. 7 was different. What Ritvo stressed Sunday was that the drastic changes this time around—ideas to expand the barn area, build a second turf course, expand the main track, and build a brand-new training facility in nearby West Covina, Calif.—are not only desired, but essential. “For racing to continue on, this has to happen.” the executive said. “If this doesn’t happen, we’re in trouble.” The first step, Ritvo said, is to build about 1,000 new stalls to the north of the main oval at Santa Anita, an area that currently serves as a parking lot. While the master plan—which would include extending the main track from a mile to 1 1/8 miles, widening the turf course enough to make two separate grass courses, adding an L-shaped training track for jogging on... ...

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Pee Wee Reese Homers in Joe Hernandez

From Santa Anita Publicity ARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 1, 2018)–If there is such a thing as The Big Dodger in the Sky, he was smiling down on Santa Anita on Monday, as Pee Wee Reese went to the front in the $75,000 Joe Hernandez Stakes under Joe Talamo, winning by 2 ¾ lengths.  Named for the late Dodger Hall of Fame shortstop, owned and bred in California by Nick Alexander and trained by Phil D’Amato, the 5-year-old full horse by Tribal Rule got 6 ½ furlongs down the hillside turf course in 1:12.37. “He’s a fun horse to ride and he’s pretty tough anywhere from 6 ½ (furlongs) to a mile and a sixteenth,” said Talamo, who’s now won five out of his seven engagements with “Pee Wee.”  “He reminds me of (2009 Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint winner) California Flag.  I know we went 44 (seconds for the first half mile), but it felt like 46.  He’s got incredible speed and he has the ability to relax and finish.  This race... ...

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Jack Van Berg Passes at 81

By Bloodhorse.com LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (Dec. 27, 2017) — Trainer John Charles “Jack” Van Berg, a Hall of Fame trainer and the son of Hall of Fame trainer Marion Van Berg, died Dec. 27. The 81-year-old conditioner had been hospitalized at Baptist Medical Center in Little Rock, Ark., due to complications from cancer. Services will be held Jan. 8 at the Hot Springs Convention Center in Hot Springs, Ark. <p> Van Berg, who entered the Hall of Fame in 1985, ranks fourth on the all-time win list for North American-based trainers with 6,523 victories. His runners earned more than $85 million. His most famous runner was Alysheba, winner of the 1987 Kentucky Derby (G1) and Preakness Stakes (G1). After being named champion 3-year-old male of 1987, he was dubbed “America’s Horse” and earned Horse of the Year  and champion older male crowns following his victory in the 1988 Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1). Alysheba, who entered the Racing Hall of Fame in 1993, raced for Dorothy and Pamela Scharbauer and earned... ...

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Stay Thirsty Lovingier’s Game Changer

By DRF.com WARNER SPRINGS, Calif. (Dec. 21, 2017) — When California owner Terry Lovingier left Kentucky in mid-November, he was bound for home with a renewed breeding operation. Lovingier had reached an agreement to stand Stay Thirsty at his Lovacres Farm in Warner Springs, Calif. To support the young stallion, Lovingier purchased 10 broodmares at the Keeneland November breeding stock sale alone. “By the time I left to come back, I made the deal,” Lovingier said of the acquisition of Stay Thirsty. Lovingier has numerous stallions based at his farm in California, but said Stay Thirsty was the first stallion previously based in Kentucky he has acquired. Stay Thirsty, who will stand for $5,000, previously stood at Ashford Stud, where he had his first season at stud in 2013. Stay Thirsty has had fair results. Through Dec. 15, the son of Bernardini was fourth among second-crop stallions with earnings of $3.57 million. Bodemeister led the list with earnings of $4.96 million. Lovingier is banking on that success to attract attention from California breeders. “I... ...

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Stronach Stepping Up in California

By DRF.com ARCADIA, Calif. (Dec. 21, 2017) — Tim Ritvo, chief operating officer for The Stronach Group, was relocated from his regular post at Gulfstream Park to Santa Anita Park earlier this year with the aim of observing the California track’s functions, identifying flaws in the operation, and fixing them. During various check-ins with the media over the summer, Ritvo said one of the most serious issues facing California’s racing industry, beyond just Santa Anita, was a low horse population, which led to small field sizes. To help reverse that trend, Stronach Group founder and honorary chairman Frank Stronach will once again reach from within his own infrastructure to combat the problems identified by Ritvo. However, the staff members making the move west are of the equine variety. Earlier in December, Stronach revealed that his homebred Grade 1 winner Shaman Ghost will enter stud in California for the 2018 breeding season, instantly giving the state one of its most buzzed-about incoming stallions in recent memory. Additionally, a pair of veteran... ...

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Tax Bill Benefits Breeders, Owners

From NTRA WASHINGTON, D.C. (Dec. 20, 2017) — The Tax Bill cleared by Congress for President Trump’s signature contains a number of provisions beneficial to horse breeders and owners, according to an initial assessment by the National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA). The tax reform package benefits the horse racing industry by slashing corporate tax rates, reducing most individual tax rates, doubling the estate tax exemption from $5 million to $10 million (indexed for inflation occurring after 2011), and generally providing special tax treatment for certain pass-through entities (sole proprietorships, partnerships, limited liability companies, and S corporations).    The package also includes significant and positive changes to depreciation and expensing of yearlings, breeding stock, farm equipment and other qualifying depreciable property. These include:    Bonus Depreciation. An increase in bonus depreciation from 50 percent to 100 percent for both new and used property acquired and put into service after Sept. 27, 2017, and before Jan. 1, 2023. Bonus depreciation permits first-year, full expensing for purchases such as yearlings, breeding stock, and... ...

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Misremembered Relocated to Barton

SANTA YNEZ, Calif. (Dec. 20, 2017) — California stallion Misremembered has been relocated to Barton Thoroughbreds for the 2018 breeding season. The Grade I-winning son of Candy Ride, who entered stud in 2012, will stand for a fee of $2,500. He won the Santa Anita Handicap and had career earnings of more than $1.3 million.   ...

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Hovdey on Santa Anita

By Jay Hovdey, DRF.com ARCADIA, Calif. (Dec. 18, 2017) — It’s not every day that a racing company’s plans for the future are laid out in stark terms anyone can understand. More often than not, the public is delivered corporate platitudes and pies in the sky. Not so last Wednesday at Santa Anita, where track owner Frank Stronach and chief operating officer Tim Ritvo answered pointed questions from a group of owners and trainers concerning the future of California racing in the wake of the San Luis Rey Downs fire. The Stronach Group owns San Luis Rey Downs, and since the closure of Hollywood Park in early 2014 it has been maintained as a popular facility used by the stables of some of California’s top trainers. Horses win running out of San Luis Rey, just as they win running out of training centers like Fair Hill, Payson Park, or Palm Meadows. Stronach seemed quite taken by San Luis Rey when it was acquired by his former company Magna Entertainment Corp.... ...

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Coolmore, Repole Donate to Fire Relief

By DRF.com LEXINGTON, Ky. (Dec. 18, 2017) — Coolmore and Mike Repole will donate a total of $220,000 to the Thoroughbred Charities of America’s Horses First Fund following the sale of two no-guarantee seasons to champion Uncle Mo to benefit racehorses and their caretakers displaced by the wildfires that devastated California’s San Luis Rey training center earlier this month. Coolmore and Repole initially put forward the 2018 season to Uncle Mo to benefit the fund. Prominent owner and breeder Gary Barber won the auction, which concluded last week with a final bid of $110,000, fending off competition from Tom VanMeter, Joe Allen, Tom Ryan of SF Bloodstock, Ken Donworth, and Craig Bernick of Glen Hill Farm. Following the auction, Juddmonte Farms offered to match the winning bid if a second season was made available, adding another $110,000 to the donation. Uncle Mo, who raced in Repole’s colors and stands at Coolmore’s Ashford Stud in Kentucky, stands for an advertised fee of $125,000. The leading freshman sire of 2015, he was represented by... ...

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Street Life Relocates to Bean Acres

From Bean Acres NORCO, Calif. (Dec. 18, 2017) – California stallion Street Life has been relocated and will stand the 2018 breeding season at Bean Acres in Norco. Street Life is the only son of Street Sense standing in California. He will stand for a $2,500 fee with a limited number of lifetime breedings available to select mares. Also being offered are multiple-mare discounts and discounts for B+ and black-typed mares. Contact Luanne Bean, syndicate manager, at 951-377-1566 or email LuanneBean1@gmail.com. ...

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Intimidate Scary in King Glorious Win

From Los Alamitos Publicity CYPRESS, Calif. (Dec. 16, 2017) – Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith won his third stakes of the Winter Thoroughbred meet, guiding Intimidate to a 1 ¼ length score in the $100,345 King Glorious Stakes for Golden State Series eligible 2-year-olds Saturday at Los Alamitos. Smith, who captured the Grade II Bayakoa with Majestic Heat Dec. 3 and the Grade I Los Alamitos CashCall Futurity with McKinzie – via disqualification – Dec. 9, has won nine stakes locally since thoroughbred racing returned in July, 2014. Much troubled when well-beaten in the Golden Nugget Nov. 11 at Golden Gate Fields after winning the first two starts of his career over that track’s synthetic surface, Intimidate broke sharply in the King Glorious and essentially battled throughout with 7-1 shot Lucky Romano before asserting his superiority in the final sixteenth of a mile. Owned by James Eaton, Maria Hess and breeder Don Muldoon and trained by Bob Hess, Sr., Intimidate, a 2-year-old son of Vronsky and the Perfect Mandate... ...

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Cal-bred Fire Survivor Wins at Los Al

From Los Alamitos Publicity CYPRESS, Calif. (Dec. 14, 2017) — California-bred Scathing, a 4-year-old gray daughter of Grazen, became the first San Luis Rey based horse to win a race since the tragic Lilac fire swept through the Bonsall, Ca. training facility Dec. 7. An $8,000 claim by trainer Adam Kitchingman for owner Cody Polansky Oct. 6, Scathing rallied to win the $17,535 starter allowance by 1 ½ lengths in her second start for her current connections. Scathing, who has won five of 22 and earned $70,341, had to pass a respiratory exam before being cleared to race.  Fortunately, Kitchingman’s San Luis Rey stable wasn’t badly affected by the fire, which destroyed eight barns and killed a reported 46 horses. The final time for the five furlongs was 58.26 seconds. Scathing paid $10.60, $5.40 and $2.80 as the 4-1 fourth choice in the field of seven. Aiming Straight returned $4.20 and $2.80 while finishing a neck in front of 5-2 favorite Papa Mambo. The show price on Papa Mambo was... ...

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Bloodhorse.com on San Luis Rey Fire

By Bloodhorse.com BONSALL, Calif. (Dec. 14, 2017) — The morning of Dec. 13, nearly a week after the devastating fire at San Luis Rey Training Center, the smell still works its way through your nostrils and grips the back of your throat. It’s not reminiscent of a burning log in a fireplace or a campfire. It’s foreign, more like the smell of charred plastic. It lingers like the memories of what happened Dec. 7, and those who work at the Bonsall, Calif., facility are still trying to grapple with what exactly transpired that afternoon. Life at Del Mar, where most of the evacuated Thoroughbreds from San Luis Rey have been relocated, has moved on as much as it can, as the seaside racetrack officially converted from an evacuation center to a training center Wednesday night. Trifecta Equine Athletic Center, which sits just across the street from San Luis Rey and once had more than 100 evacuated horses, is down to about 10, with four still needing medical care at the... ...

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Fire Relief Donations Top $600,000

From DMTC Publicity DEL MAR, Calif. (Dec. 14, 2017) — More than $600,000 currently has been raised via donations to the TSG/Santa Anita & Del Mar GoFundMe account through a world-wide outpouring to help the victims of last Thursday’s devastating Lilac Fire which destroyed eight barns at San Luis Rey Downs Training Center, claiming the lives of 46 Thoroughbreds and displacing hundreds of workers. To address immediate needs, a working committee has been formed to oversee those funds and has announced that $250,000 will be distributed this week to those in critical need. The committee consists of Santa Anita/TSG’s Nate Newby (Vice President, Marketing), Del Mar’s David Jerkens (Racing Secretary), Madeline Auerbach (owner/breeder, CHRB* commissioner and founder of CARMA*), Alan Balch (Executive Director, CTT*) and Cliff Goodrich (Executive Director, CTHF*). “We have well over 200 stable workers that have been severely impacted by this fire, some have lost everything and all have been significantly affected by the fire,” said Newby. “The committee is allocating an immediate disbursement of $500 each... ...

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CTBA Donates to Fire Relief Effort

ARCADIA, Calif. (Dec. 10, 2017) – The California Thoroughbred Breeders Association has made donations to CARMA and the California Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Foundation earmarked for horse and human fire relief. CARMA is working in partnership with the racing and equestrian communities to collect monetary donations to be given directly to Thoroughbred horses affected by the Southern California wild fires. CTHF also has been taking donations to provide relief to the victims of last week’s fire, with proceeds going to those most in need as determined by the Foundation. ...

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Bedford Falls Relocates to Tommy Town

From Tommy Town Thoroughbreds SANTA YNEZ, Calif. (Dec. 11, 2017) — On the heels of his most productive year at stud, the graded stakes-siring stallion Bedford Falls will relocate within California to stand at Tom and Debi Stull’s Tommy Town Thoroughbreds in 2018. The 14-year-old Forestry half-brother to the late multiple Grade 1 winner and leading sire Harlan’s Holiday is represented by 22 winners from 35 starters and lifetime average earnings per starter of more than $54,000. His top runners are the 2017 Santa Anita Park stakes winner Cuddle Alert, a $328,534-earner who ran third to Unique Bella in the track’s Grade 3 L.A. Woman Stakes in October, and the Del Mar/Santa Anita stakes performer Wonderful Lie ($318,264). “We welcome Bedford Falls to the Tommy Town stallion roster for 2018,” said Tom Stull, whose Santa Ynez farm reigned as California’s leading breeder in 2009, 2013 and 2015. “Harlan’s Holiday continues to improve this family through his successful sons including Into Mischief, and we’re hoping Bedford Falls will produce another runner... ...

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Milky Way Farm to the Rescue

From Liz Pink BONSALL, Calif. (Dec. 13, 2017) — We are a group of horse owners whose horses were trapped at our boarding ranch just east of the San Luis Rey training facility during the devastating Lilac Fire. These are smaller ranches of pleasure riders many without trailers and no means of escape. Our rescue came in the form of one of your thoroughbred community who braved the smoke and fire to get us to safety. Linda Madsen of Milky Way Farms in Temecula not only drove us out but settled us into her beautiful barn and cared for our horses for four long days while the winds persisted. She made trips to the feed store for needed supplies and welcomed us for as long as we needed to stay. After returning us to our ranch she refused any type of compensation. We would like to have her kindness and generosity known throughout the community and were hoping that perhaps our story could be told in your monthly publication in... ...

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Heroism at San Luis Rey Downs

By Dennis Miller, CTBA Member As with most tragedies there are examples of courage that flash to the surface in split seconds when all seems lost, when circumstances overwhelm, when seemingly ordinary people become super human and accomplish the impossible. Some are born heroes; some are born on the spot. No amount of training or preparation can predict who will emerge as a hero until the time comes. Captain Sullenberger was a hero that was well trained and experienced. When thrown in the crucible he did the right thing. The proper course of action is not always apparent in an emergency. Decision-making is split second and miscalculations unforgiving. There is no doubt the conflagration that occurred at San Luis Rey Downs on December 7th, 2017 was such an  occasion. A time when ordinary souls, forged by fire, accomplished feats beyond mortal expectations. While I have no doubt that there were numerous feats of selfless heroism that occurred as the Armageddon of San Luis Rey unfolded, I am compelled to note... ...

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Fire Survivors Head Back to the Track

By Bloodhorse.com DEL MAR, Calif. (Dec. 10, 2017) — Thoroughbred horsemen have a special kind of dry, sometimes biting humor. If there was any indication healing from the devastating fire at San Luis Rey Training Center Dec. 7 was beginning, it was the return of humor the morning of Dec. 10 at Del Mar, where the majority of evacuated horses and horsemen have been relocated. With the Del Mar main track open for light training for the second day since the evacuation, the backside stand was a meeting point for some of the trainers on the grounds, as well as Southern California racetrack officials. BALAN: Equine Death Toll From San Luis Rey Fire at 46 As the first of about 40-45 horses made it to the track to jog Sunday morning, trainer Gary Mandella—who didn’t have horses at San Luis Rey, but traveled down to Del Mar to help trainer Michele Dollase—was in a conversation with Del Mar racing secretary David Jerkens. “So when are you going to open for... ...

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Trainer Martine Bellocq Still Hospitalized

From DMTC Publicity DEL MAR, Calif. (Dec. 10, 2017) — Trainer Martine Bellocq continues to be treated at UCSD Medical Center in San Diego for burns she received trying to rescue her horses during the San Luis Rey Downs training center fire in Bonsall Thursday. Her status remains “critical” according to the hospital and her doctors have indicated that it will be at least several more days before any decisions can be made about further treatments. Bellocq and her husband, Pierre, Jr., had six horses at the San Diego North County facility. Four of them are known to have been rescued. Pierre, Jr. is the older brother of long-time racing executive Remi Bellocq, who currently works in Lexington, KY with the Bluegrass Community and Technical College. They are the sons of the noted equine artist Pierre Bellocq, known as PEB. Those wishing to donate funds toward Martine Bellocq’s medical expenses are encouraged to do so through the California Thoroughbred Trainers’ site by going to CTHFcares.org The donation can be specifically earmarked for Bellocq. Media... ...

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Los Alamitos Horsemen Make Donations

From Los Alamitos Publicity CYPRESS, Calif. (Dec. 10, 2017)  – The Quarter Horse Benevolent Charitable Foundation and Los Alamitos Race Course owner and CEO Dr. Edward Allred have each donated $25,000 and F. Jack Liebau, the vice president of the Los Alamitos Racing Association, has donated $10,000 for a total of $60,000 to the relief efforts for the tragic Lilac fire that swept through the San Luis Rey training center in Bonsall, Ca. on December 7. The donations will be made to the California Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Foundation, Inc., a non-profit foundation that presently assists over 5,000 California Horse Racing Board licensed backstretch workers and their families. Donations received by the CTHF will go directly to the victims most in need once it is determined where the most need lies. For others wishing to make donations, it is suggested they be channeled through CTHF. To do so visit cthfcares.org. The Quarter Horse Benevolent Charitable Foundation was established years ago to serve the needs of the Quarter Horse backstretch community.  “When horsemen... ...

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Barretts Pledges Funds for Fire Relief

From Barretts ARCADIA, Calif. (Dec. 10, 2017) — In support of industry efforts to provide relief to the victims of the catastrophic San Luis Rey Downs Fire, Barretts will donate 10% of the sales commissions of horses sold at the 2018 January Mixed Sale to the California Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Foundation (CTHF), a non-profit charitable foundation dedicated to improving the quality of life for backstretch workers at California racetracks and training centers. The horses of all ages sale conducted January 17 at The Finish Line Sports Grill at Fairplex, Pomona, begins at 11:00 am PST. The day of the sale, live and silent auctions of donated 2018 stallion seasons, equine artwork and racing memorabilia are planned to raise additional funds. For more information, contact Barretts (info@barrett.com, 909 629-3099). ...

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‘Chrome Season Donated for Fire Relief

From Taylor Made Stallions NICHOLASVILLE, Ky. (Dec. 9, 2017) — Taylor Made Stallions and the California Chrome syndicate have donated a no-guarantee season to California Chrome  to aid in helping backstretch workers most affected by the fires in California. “California Chrome was always called `The People’s Horse’, so we only thought it fitting that the funds raised from this season donation would help the people affected by this tragedy,” said Duncan Taylor, Taylor Made Farm President & CEO. “Bidding will close Thursday, and is available by going to thoroughbredlifestyle.com/signup.” Taylor said that Taylor Made and the syndicate will make the money available immediately, even before the funds have been collected, in order that the funds get to those workers in need as soon as possible. ...

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Fast and Foxy Repeats in Bear Fan

From Golden Gate Publicity ALBANY, Calif. (Dec. 9, 2017) — Defending champion Fast and Foxy successfully defended her title in the $75,000 Bear Fan Stakes at Golden Gate Fields, when the daughter of Thisnearlywasmine went straight to the lead and scored a gate-to-wire victory in the Saturday afternoon feature for California-bred fillies and mares. Under the guidance of regular rider Catalino Martinez, Fast and Foxy dueled early on with eventual fourth place finisher Spring Heat, was able to scamper clear of her competitors on the far turn and dug in gamely down the stretch to hold off a late rally from Southern California invader Cuddle Alert. “[Fast and Foxy] only has one way of going and it’s to the lead,” said Martinez. “I tried to get her [to the lead] and save something for the end. That’s the only way you can ride her. When I took the lead at the three-eighths pole she took a big breath and I knew I had a lot of horse. When we got... ...

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EF1 Farm Offers Rehab to Fire Victims

HEMET, Calif. (Dec. 9, 2017) — EF1 Farm announces a new home for its equine health research and wellness center. The new facility – which is offering rehabilitation for horses impacted by this week’s fire — will be housed on what was once Brazeau Thoroughbred Farms in Diamond Valley. The farm is offering rehab on horses that were in the fires with EF1 products – free of charge – that can clear and rehydrate the lungs of the horses with smoke inhalation. The only charge will be for lay-up. We are also set-up with nebulizers and oxygen. Eric (Yohan) has done successful work on burned horses and we are open to rehabilitate those as well. EF1 Farm will continue its dedication to ongoing equine research and rehabilitation under the guidance of founder Eric Yohan. The farm will still offer all of its current services including: breaking and training, lay-ups, rehabilitation, breeding, boarding and sales prep. Two new stallions, North Light and City Wolf, will be arriving from Adena Springs and... ...

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N.Y. Horsemen Donate to Fire Relief

By DRF.com OZONE PARK, N.Y. (Dec. 9, 2017) – The New York racing community is pitching in with relief efforts following the fire that impacted the Southern California racing community at San Luis Rey Downs this week. The New York Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association donated $10,000 on behalf of the victims of the fire and has pledged to contribute additional funds, according to a release put out by the organization on Saturday. “It is truly amazing how the racing community comes together in times of tragedy,” said trainer Rick Violette, the retiring president of the NYTHA. “The scenes and stories from San Luis Rey Downs have been heart-wrenching, and we want the horsemen in California to know that we are here to help in any way we can.” Joseph Applebaum was recently elected president of the NYTHA and will preside over his first meeting on Tuesday. In a release, he said the situation in California “will be at the top of the agenda” for that meeting. “We know there is great... ...

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CHRB Update on San Luis Rey Fire

By Bloodhorse.com BONSALL, Calif. (Dec. 9, 2017) –The equine death toll from the devastating brushfire that ripped through San Luis Rey Downs Training Center Dec. 7 is at 46 as of the morning of Dec. 9, according to officials at the California Horse Racing Board. CHRB spokesman Mike Marten said Saturday morning that state officials “are confident” in the figure, but made sure to note that a small number of horses broke through a “knockdown fence” at the facility during the fire and are still unaccounted for. Those horses are believed to be still loose in the hills surrounding San Luis Rey in Bonsall, Calif., but Marten could not confirm the number of horses that are unaccounted for. As of 7:15 a.m. PT, between 350-370 Thoroughbred race horses from San Luis Rey (which had about 450 horses at the time of the fire) are on the grounds at Del Mar, according to Del Mar racing secretary David Jerkens. Another 60 horses or so are still at Trifecta Equine Athletic Center, a... ...

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Santa Anita, Del Mar Offer Stables

From Santa Anita and DMTC Publicity DEL MAR, Calif. (Dec. 8, 2017) — Following an emergency meeting of the California horse racing industry’s Stabling and Vanning Committee Friday afternoon, it has been announced that Santa Anita Park and the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club have joined forces to accommodate nearly 500 displaced horses as San Luis Rey Downs Training Center undergoes reconstruction following yesterday’s devastating Lilac Fire. The fire, first reported at 11:30 a.m. PT, near Interstate 15 and south of state Route 76, spread rapidly westward when fueled by fierce Santa Ana winds and engulfed San Luis Rey Downs early Thursday afternoon, resulting in the destruction of at least eight barns and the loss of an undetermined number of Thoroughbred horses. Owned by Santa Anita’s parent company, The Stronach Group (TSG), San Luis Rey Downs Training Center boasts a mile track and many other amenities that have served as home to trainers such as Peter Miller, Doug O’Neill, Clifford Sise and many others. “This is a horrific situation and everybody... ...

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CHRB’s Winner Tours San Luis Rey Downs

By DRF.com BONSALL, Calif. (Dec. 8, 2017) — The death toll in the San Luis Rey Downs fire in Bonsall, Calif., on Thursday is likely to surpass 40 horses, according to California Horse Racing Board chairman Chuck Winner, who toured the devastated property on Friday morning. In a phone interview, Winner said the number of horses lost cannot be immediately known because so many runners were taken to different farms in the area, sent to Del Mar, or perished in barn fires at San Luis Rey Downs. “We don’t know how many yet,” Winner said. “The estimates are above 40 to 42, I think. Those are just estimates. The problem is the vans were taking those horses in the night and taking them to farms around Bonsall. Some of them haven’t been accounted for yet.” Some horses arrived at Del Mar and local farms without lip tattoos, making identifications difficult. Three farms in the direct vicinity of San Luis Rey Downs were housing approximately 150 horses on Thursday and into... ...

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Hovdey on San Diego Fire

By Jay Hovdey, DRF.com DEL MAR, Calif. (Dec. 8, 2017) — What this reporter witnessed Thursday was the end destination of the mass fire evacuation of the horses and people from San Luis Rey Downs Training Center in north San Diego County. The horses were transported by an impromptu caravan of horse trailers, from commercial big rigs to backyard two-stalls, to the empty stables of the Del Mar Fairgrounds, which opened its doors and mustered a remarkably efficient operation of volunteers and professional handlers. It was difficult to contemplate, even in the midst of an emergency. I know just about every inch of San Luis Rey, from the old days 40 years ago when Charlie Whittingham stabled a powerful second string there, through its fallow years as an underused stepchild of the L.A. tracks, to its more recent renaissance under the ownership of The Stronach Group as a vital part of the Southern California stabling capacity. Its setting was idyllic. The air pristine, feathered by afternoon ocean breezes making their... ...

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Horsemen Stepped Up During Fire

By DRF.com DEL MAR, Calif. (Dec. 8, 2017) — When the last van from San Luis Rey Downs arrived Thursday night at Del Mar, the horse Dream Police stepped off, the last of three runners whom owner Jeff Bloom had at San Luis Rey Downs, which was hit by a devastating fire Thursday. One by one they had trickled in – first A Red Tie Day, then Sassy Ashley, and finally Dream Police – and now all were safely relocated. “When he got here,” Bloom said Friday, “the whole place erupted.” There was cause for both joy and tears in the aftermath of the fire, which left this racing community shell-shocked but also brought out the very best. Bloom was one of scores of people at Del Mar on Friday morning helping to care for the horses, some of whom had burn marks, could not be immediately identified, or both. “It’s like puzzle pieces,” said Bloom, who lives in nearby Oceanside and runs the Bloom Racing partnership. “There were so... ...

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Horsemen’s Foundation Accepting Donations

By Bloodhorse.com BONSALL, Calif. (Dec. 8, 2017) — The California Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Foundation has set up the website cthfcares.org to accept donations to help people and horses affected by the Southern California fire that destroyed much of the San Luis Rey training center. Cliff Goodrich, executive director of the CTHF, which runs the Noble Threewitt Health Center on the Santa Anita Park backstretch, is coordinating funds to that website so that CTHF can help get money to those most in need. Many grooms who work at San Luis Rey lost everything in the fire, even as they risked their lives to save the horses. “When something like this happens, everybody pulls together and wants to help however they can,” said Goodrich, “whether it’s hospitalization costs, blankets, or temporary housing. Our part in this is that people can donate at the site. The home page has information on what to do to donate.” The donations to the CTHF website for the fire victims are tax-deductible. Many organizations are stepping in to... ...

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Del Mar Takes In 800 Horses

From DMTC Publicity DEL MAR, Calif. (Dec. 8, 2017) — Del Mar’s backstretch area has provided safe haven for more than 800 horses escaping a wind-blown, fast-moving fire that ripped through the North County area of San Diego Thursday. The first group of horses arrived at the Del Mar Fairgrounds late Thursday afternoon and vans continued to flow in throughout the night. By Friday morning more than 800 head – both Thoroughbreds and other breeds — had been bedded down in the 40-plus barns located on the grounds that are capable of holding as many as 1,600 horses. Other animals, including goats and pigs, also were brought on board to the 350-acre Fairgrounds. Approximately 250 of the 450 horses that had been stabled at the San Luis Rey training center just over 30 miles to the northwest of Del Mar had been moved to the Fairgrounds after that facility was hit directly by the fire with as many as 30 horses deaths reported and several of their barns burned. There... ...

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CARMA to Help in Fire Relief

From CARMA ARCADIA, Calif. (Dec. 8, 2017) — CARMA is working in partnership with the racing and equestrian communities to collect monetary donations to be given directly to Thoroughbred horses affected by the Southern California wild fires. Our thoughts and prayers are with our friends and families that have been so greatly impacted by this terrible natural disaster. The board and staff at CARMA are heartsick over the loss of the life and devastation at San Luis Rey Downs. We will do everything we can to ensure those in need receive the help and support they desperately need. To help the horses, donations can be made to CARMA online at www.carma4horses.org/make-a-donation. Checks can be made out to CARMA and mailed to 285 W. Huntington Drive, Arcadia CA 91007. Please designate your donation by including “fire relief” in the memo line or notes. ...

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Trainer Martine Bellocq Injured in Fire

By Bloodhorse.com BONSALL, Calif. (Dec. 8, 2017) — Trainer Martine Bellocq suffered second- and third-degree burns over 50% of her body while trying to rescue her horses during the Dec. 7 fire at San Luis Rey Training Center in Bonsall, Calif. Bellocq’s brother-in-law, Remi Bellocq, reported Dec. 8 that Martine was air-lifted to UC San Diego Medical Center where she is being treated for the burns. Doctors have put her in an induced coma as they treat her. “She’s in intensive care right now,” Remi Bellocq said Friday morning. He added that doctors examined Martine’s lungs and found no significant damage. Martine’s husband and Remi’s brother Pierre Bellocq Jr. also was hospitalized for smoke inhalation. “They had six horses at the training center and she was trying the best she could to save them,” Remi Bellocq said. “The fire hit so fast and where they were in one of the lower barns. Three of their horses died for sure and they’re not sure where the other three are. They ask... ...

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Farms Offer to Accept Displaced Horses

ARCADIA, Calif. (Dec. 8, 2017) – Two farms have offered to accept horses displaced by the Lilac Fire in San Diego County. The farms are: EF1 Farms in Hemet area, which has an on-call veterinarian, a MASH unit, as well as handling lay-ups and training. The farm is offering help in shipping. Contact Eric Yohan, 310-383-0055; Nadine Anderson, 951-201-2278 or Sam, 310-755-5221. Dignitary Downs, in the Anza area, reports it can accept 300 horses. The farm has 200 fully fenced acres, a 40-stall training barn, a 5/8-mile track with some housing available for people. Contact Sergio Salazar, 951-858-9589. ...

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Central Heat in Miss America

ALBANY, Calif. (Dec. 8, 2017) – California-breds Fiery Lady and Central Heat are entered in Sunday’s $50,000 Miss America Stakes for fillies and mares at Golden Gate. Fiery Lady is by Unusual Heat, out of the Ride the Rails mare Lady Railrider, was bred by owners Mr. and Mrs. Larry Williams and is trained by Steve Specht. She has three wins in eight starts, earnings of $79,570 and is coming off a third in a Nov. 17 optional claimer. Central Heat is by Unusual Heat, out of the Smart Strike mare Miss Boomtown, was bred by Abrams, Huston Racing, Matties Racing and Auerbach, is owned by William Delia or Dana Rocheford and is trained by Delia. She has 18 wins in 42 starts, earnings of $454,477and is coming off a fifth in a Nov. 18 optional claimer. She was second in this race in 2014. ...

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Fast and Foxy Looking for Repeat

ALBANY, Calif. (Dec. 6, 2017) – Fast and Foxy will attempt to defend her title in Saturday’s $75,000 Bear Fan Stakes for fillies and mares bred or sired in California at Golden Gate. Run for Retts is by Ministers Wild Cat, out of the Jump Start mare Mrs. Began, was bred by owners Tommy Town Thoroughbreds and is trained by Steve Miyadi. She has three wins in 24 starts, earnings of $220,712 and is coming off a fifth in the Nov. 12 Betty Grable. Princess Ashlyn is by Cyclotron, out of the Perugino mare Palace Royale, was bred by Old English Rancho & Berumen, is owned by Troy Onorato and is trained by John Martin. She has six wins in 22 starts, earnings of $140,995 and is coming off a seventh in an Oct. 21 allowance. Spring Heat is by Coil, out of the Unusual Heat mare Heatology, was bred by M. Auerbach & Barry Abrams, is owned by GCCI and trained by Cliff DeLima. She has seven wins in... ...

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Unusual Heat, Brad McKinzie Join Hall of Fame

ARCADIA, Calif. (Dec. 4, 2017) – Perennial leading sire Unusual Heat and longtime Los Alamitos Race Course executive Brad McKinzie have been elected into the California Hall of Fame and will be inducted posthumously at the annual meeting and awards banquet of the California Thoroughbred Breeders Association, to be held February 12, 2018, in the Chandelier Room at Santa Anita Park. Unusual Heat, a six-time leading stallion in California, passed away in May due to complications of arthritis-induced laminitis at the age of 27. McKinzie, a 30-year Los Alamitos executive and co-founder of Finish Line Self Insurance, died in August from renal carcinoma at the age of 62. Unusual Heat, a son of Nureyev claimed for $80,000, was pensioned last year after becoming the all-time leading California sire by progeny earnings (more than $55 million from 17 crops). He sired 15 California champions and three millionaires, including Eclipse Award winner Acclamation, and is the leading California sire in progeny turf earnings this year. He was owned by a syndicate that included Madeline Auerbach, trainer Barry... ...

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Sircat Sally to be Bred to Arrogate

FRESNO, Calif. (Dec. 4, 2017) – Multiple graded stakes winner Sircat Sally will be bred to all-time leading earner Arrogate, Sircat Sally’s owner and breeder Joe Turner said on Monday. Sircat Sally, a California-bred daughter of Surf Cat, won her first seven races, six of them stakes, before suffering a career-ending sesamoid fracture while finishing third in the San Clemente Handicap at Del Mar in July. Turner said she has completely healed from surgery. Turner said he will bring Sircat Sally back from Kentucky with plans for her to be bred back in California and make the Arrogate foal a California-bred. “The people at Juddmonte (where Arrogate stands) saw Sircat Sally win the Soviet Problem Stakes at Los Alamitos by 12 lengths on dirt the same day California Chrome won by 12 lengths and they didn’t know why we kept running her on grass,” Turner said. “They are looking for mares that can run on dirt. She could run on anything.” Sircat Sally finished her career with $552,860, the first... ...

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Majestic Heat Wins Grade II Bayakoa

From Los Alamitos Publicity CYPRESS, Calif.(Dec. 3, 2017) – Three weeks after an easy win in her dirt debut, Majestic Heat became a graded stakes winner on the surface with another decisive victory in the $201,035 Bayakoa Sunday at Los Alamitos. After dispatching of fellow California-breds by 3 ¼ lengths going seven furlongs in the Betty Grable Nov. 12 at Del Mar, the 5-year-old Unusual Heat mare prevailed by 2 ½ lengths when stretched to 1 1/16 miles in the Grade II, which was run Sunday at Los Alamitos for the first time since 2014. Reserved off the quick early pace set by eventual runner-up Champagne Room, Majestic Heat began to rally wide nearing the stretch under Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith, easily collared the leader  and went on to her seventh victory in 16 starts. The 3-1 third choice in the field of eight, Majestic Heat, who is owned by Bardy Farm, Ron McCauley and Madeline Auerbach and trained by Hall of Famer Richard Mandella, completed the distance... ...

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Stronach to Stand Shaman Ghost in California

By Bloodhorse.com HEMET, Calif. (Dec. 2, 2017) — The Stronach family has started following through on its commitment to build up the California-bred program by sending three stallions to the Golden State for the 2018 breeding season. The highest-profile horse of the group will be multiple grade 1 winner and Canadian champion Shaman Ghost, who Frank Stronach said will stand in California next year. “He will be very exciting for the California breeders,” Stronach said Dec. 2 in an exclusive interview with BloodHorse Daily. “I don’t know where he will stand yet. I will be out there next week to look at a few farms. We’ll make a decision in the next week or so.” Stronach said he’ll stand the son of his homebred 2004 Horse of the Year Ghostzapper for $10,000. “We have Ghostzapper in Kentucky and I really want to do something out in California,” Stronach said of his decision to start out Shaman Ghost on the West Coast. “This is a horse that won the Santa Anita... ...

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One Fast Broad Has a Soviet Problem

CYPRESS, Calif. (Dec. 2, 2017) – Favored One Fast Broad remained undefeated on dirt with a last-to-first victory in the $101,380 Soviet Problem Stakes for Golden State Series eligible 2-year-old fillies Saturday at Los Alamitos. Anchored well off the pace by jockey Corey Nakatani, the daughter of Decarchy and the Mr. Broad Blade mare Awesome Broad rallied wide into the stretch, gained the lead in deep stretch and prevailed by three-quarters of a length over 5-2 second choice Spiced Perfection. Bred by Richard Kritzski and AGR Racing and owned by trainer Mick Ruis’ Ruis Racing LLC, One Fast Broad completed the mile in 1:38.26. Her third win – all on the main track – in five starts increased her earnings to $229,000. The 11-10 favorite, One Fast Broad returned $4.20, $2.80 and $2.20. Spiced Perfection, who also finished second behind One Fast Broad in last month’s Golden State Juvenile Fillies at Del Mar, paid $3.40 and $2.60 while finishing four lengths in front of pacesetter and 8-1 shot Twisted Rosie.... ...

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Street Life Moves to Bean Acres

NORCO, Calif. (Nov. 30, 2017) – California stallion Street Life has been relocated to Bean Acres to stand the 2018 breeding season. The 8-year-old son of Street Sense, a multiple stakes winner, entered stud in 2013 and previously stood at Milky Way Farm. For further information, contact Bean Acres at 951-37-1566. ...

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Roi Charmant Moves to Rancho Temescal

PIRU, Calif. (Nov. 28, 2017) — California stallion Roi Charmant has been relocated to Rancho Temescal in Ventura County. The 16-year-old son of Evansville Slew entered stud in 2010 after earning $337,678 on the track, winning races from ages 2 to 8. Among Roi Charmant’s progeny is Princess Roi, third in this year’s California Cup Oaks for 3-year-old fillies. ...

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Jockey Alex Solis Announces Retirement

DEL MAR, Calif. (Nov. 26, 2017) – Hall of Fame jockey Alex Solis announced his retirement on Sunday. Solis, 53, said his decision was based on a slow recovery from August hip replacement surgery and the desire to spend time with his family, including two grandchildren. Solis was elected to the Racing Hall of Fame in 2015. He retired with 5,035 races won and horses he rode earned more than $238 million, 10th on the all-time list. Solis, a native of Panama, won three Breeders’ Cup races and the 2004 Dubai World Cup aboard Pleasantly Perfect, but told TVG that not winning a Kentucky Derby was his greatest career disappointment. He rode California-bred Snow Chief to a win in the 1986 Preakness Stakes. He won the 2006 Santa Anita Derby aboard Cal-bred Brother Derek. Since 2015, Solis has served on the California Horse Racing Board, filling a seat vacated by actress Bo Derek. He said he would take some time before determining his next career move, but said he wants... ...

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How Unusual Victory in Red Carpet

From DMTC Publicity DEL MAR, Calif. (Nov. 23, 2017) — Masterfully-ridden by jockey Corey Nakatani, longshot California-bred How Unusual spurted between horses at the top of the stretch to enter contention and outfinished 2-1 favored Responsibleforlove in the final sixteenth to win the featured Grade III $100,000 Red Carpet Handicap on Thanksgiving holiday Thursday at Del Mar. How Unusual, sent to the gate at 9-1 for the mile and three-eighths grass marathon, was outrun in the early stages, but showed an impressive turn of foot when cut loose by Nakatani to score by a half-length in 2:14.92 for the distance. Responsibleforlove, with Joe Talamo in the saddle, was runner-up, a half-length in front of Laseen, with La Manta Gris fourth in the field of 12 older fillies and mares. Galileo’s Song and Lottie were withdrawn from the original field. How Unusual, bred by Madeline Auerbach and Barry Abrams, owned by the partnership of Fetkin, Sill and St. Hilaire and trained by Mike Pender, scored her fifth victory in 19 outings... ...

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NorCal Sales Grad Graded-Stakes Placed

ALBANY, Calif. (Nov. 26, 2017) – Camino Del Paraiso, a graduate of the Northern California Yearling Sale, is now graded-stakes placed after finishing third in Saturday’s $100,000 Grade III Berkeley Handicap, bringing his career earnings to $161,367. The son of Suances, out of the Successful Appeal mare Loni’s Appeal, was bred by Red Baron’s Barn, is owned by Glen Road Racing and Herb Moniz and sold for $5,000 at the 2014 Northern California Yearling Sale. ...

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Stay Thirsty Acquired by Lovacres

By Bloodhorse.com WARNER SPRINGS, Calif. (Nov. 20, 2017) — Multiple grade 1 winner and top-10 second-crop sire Stay Thirsty  has been sold and will relocate to Terry Lovingier’s Lovacres Ranch near Warner Springs, Calif. “Stay Thirsty brings a ton of pedigree and is a big alternative to a lot of stallions out here,” said Lovingier, who bought the stallion outright from Ashford Stud, where the stallion retired to stud in 2013. “He is arguably the best stallion out here in terms of his race record. He provides one more opportunity for California breeders to get a good horse.” Lovingier had put out the word he was looking for a really good stallion because he needed a California breed-back option for some top-shelf mares, including California champions My Fiona and Lost Bus. My Fiona was bred this year to American Pharoah , while Lost Bus is in foal to Will Take Charge . “I reached out for different stallions, but Stay Thirsty is the one who became available and it made sense for both parties,”... ...

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Edwards Going Left Right on Time

From DMTC Publicity DEL MAR, Calif. (Nov. 19, 2017) — Edwards Going Left, the 2-1 betting choice, spoiled Solid Wager’s bid for a third consecutive victory in the $100,000 Cary Grant Stakes for Golden State Series eligibles on Sunday, holding on gamely in the final sixteenth to win the seven-furlong sprint by a half-length. Regular rider Tyler Baze was aboard Edwards Going Left for his sixth victory in nine lifetime races as the three-year-old gelding accomplished the distance in 1:22.98. Solid Wager turned in a game performance under Victor Espinoza, rallying from last place in the ten-horse field to narrowly miss a successful defense of his two-time title. Third was California Diamond, three and one-half lengths behind stablemate Solid Wager from the barn of trainer Peter Miller, with Smokey Image a nose away in fourth. Edwards Going Left is a son of Midnight Lute out of the Broken Vow mare Dypsy, was bred by Red Baron’s Barn & Vaya Con Suerte, is owned by Hronis Racing and trained by John... ...

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Tough Sunday Really is a Tough One

By PaulickReport.com DEL MAR, Calif. (Nov. 19, 2017) — When the 5-year-old Tough Sunday held off a late challenge to win Thursday’s fourth race at Del Mar by a half-length, it was more than just another trip to the winner’s circle for owner/breeder Nick Alexander. The California-bred son of his own stallion Grazen, Tough Sunday was born with symptoms of what is known as dummy foal syndrome; the colt could not see or hear, and he had no nursing instinct. As originally reported by the Pasadena Star-News, Alexander rushed Tough Sunday and his dam Sunday Dress (General Meeting) to the veterinary hospital for treatment, but after a week had gone by the young colt had little improvement to show. Forced to make a costly decision about the colt’s future, Alexander walked past his stall one more time. He noticed that Tough Sunday was tracking movement with his eyes – the colt could see. Affectionately called “Bruiser” by his owner, Tough Sunday did regain his sight but not his hearing – the colt... ...

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Dinerman Hired by Golden Gate

By Bloodhorse.com ALBANY, Calif. (Nov. 17, 2017) — There will be a new voice of racing by the San Francisco Bay Dec. 26, as Golden Gate Fields announced the hiring of Matt Dinerman as track announcer Nov. 17. Dinerman, 25, has served as track announcer for the past three years at Emerald Downs. Employed just four summers ago as a press box steward at Del Mar, Dinerman began calling races into a tape recorder at age 20. “A home run for Golden Gate Fields and California racing,” is how Emerald Downs director of media relations Vince Bruun  described Dinerman’s ascent to the Golden Gate announcer’s booth. “Matt was in the stable area every morning talking to horsemen, getting to know the horses, and putting out good stuff on social media—in addition to being a great young talent.” A paddock and handicapping analyst at Golden Gate since late 2016, Dinerman’s first job in racing was as a summertime hot walker for trainer John Sadler in 2008. “I’m very excited to be working at Golden Gate... ...

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Richard’s Boy Eyes Hong Kong Trip

DEL MAR, Calif. (Nov. 17, 2017) – Rockingham Ranch’s Stormy Liberal and California-bred Richard’s Boy, 1-2 finishers in the recent Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint at Del Mar, could resume the rivalry in the Dec. 10 Group I Hong Kong Sprint at Sha Tin, according to a report in Bloodhorse.com. Stormy Liberal has been accepted for the race and Richard’s Boy, who lost to Stormy Liberal by a head in the Turf Sprint, is awaiting an invitation. Both are trained by Peter Miller. “(There’s) something about this horse that just likes to run,” said Rockingham Ranch racing manager Brian Trump. “So we have asked for an invite and the Hong Kong Jockey Club is waiting on the results of their trial race this weekend to see if Richard will get an invite.” Richard’s Boy is by Idiot Proof, out of the Cee’s Tizzy mare Marissa’s Joy and was bred by Harold and Pamela Tillema. He has nine wins in 27 starts, earnings of $848,440 and has won races at five different... ...

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Golden Gate Won’t Stable During Fairs

By Bloodhorse.com DEL MAR, Calif. (Nov. 16, 2017) — Tim Ritvo is prepared to roll the dice in Northern California. After the California Horse Racing Board meeting Nov. 16 at Del Mar, The Stronach Group’s chief operating officer said, even though it might result in a significant loss to Northern California’s Thoroughbred population, the current plan for the 2018 season is to shut down Golden Gate Fields as an auxiliary stabling facility for about two months of fair racing during the summer. It would be a shift from business as usual in the region, where Golden Gate has remained open as a training facility when the circuit moves to fair stops at Pleasanton, Sacramento, Santa Rosa, and Ferndale. “Yes. We will close, but will continue to negotiate if they want to negotiate with us,” Ritvo said of the move, which would close Golden Gate from mid-June to mid-August and save an estimated $1 million to $1.2 million. “But from hearing (California Authority of Racing Fairs interim executive director Larry Swartzlander), he says he’s... ...

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AHC Urges Support for Visa Relief

From AHC WASHINGTON, D.C. (Nov. 16, 2017) –As Congress continues to negotiate a final spending package for FY2018, the horse industry and its allies have an opportunity to assure that lawmakers include H-2B guest worker visa relief in the final bill.   Federal lawmakers must address this issue prior to the expiration of the FY2017 appropriations measure, which occurs on December 8.  This creates a three week window to contact your elected officials in Washington and tell them you need common-sense, guest worker visa flexibility. Please contact your federal lawmakers today and urge them to support any provision that will provide H-2B visa cap relief within the context of FY2018 appropriations bills.           ...

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Barton Family Shopping to Upgrade

By Bloodhorse.com LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 16, 2017) — The Barton family has two goals as they’ve been shopping for mares at the Keeneland November breeding stock sale. They want mares with the potential to continue raising the profile of their freshman sire and grade 1 winner Champ Pegasus, and they want those mares carrying foals by higher-profile  Kentucky sires that can bolster the ranks of California-breds. Their search this year has been tougher than anticipated. “We came two days earlier this year to start buying,” said Kate Barton, the youngest of Richard and Beth Barton’s six children and the family’s racing manager, on day eight of the 12-day sale. “Yesterday, we only came away with two open mares. It was really hard yesterday. It is still pretty crowded here, and it’s competitive.”   Last year, the Bartons bought 46 mares for an average price of $4,600. The top price they paid was $18,000 for a Ghostzapper daughter named Tart’s Knickers, who was in foal to Airdrie Stud’s Cairo Prince. This... ...

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Tommy Town Adds Saburo, War Envoy

From Tommy Town Thoroughbreds SANTA YNEZ, Calif. (Nov. 13, 2017) – Ruis Racing has announced that Saburo and War Envoy will enter stud at Tom and Debi Stull’s Tommy Town Thoroughbreds in Santa Ynez. They will be the first sons of leading sires Medaglia d’Oro and War Front, respectively, to stand in the Golden State. The Medaglia d’Oro son Saburo was purchased by Ruis at last year’s Fasig-Tipton Midlantic Two-Year-Old in Training Sale for $600,000, the second highest-priced colt at the auction. He’s out of the Lemon Drop Kid mare Kid Majic, who hails from the family of Eclipse champion Proud Spell. She’s also the dam of Miss Mischief, a multiple stakes winner of over $500,000. “I purchased Saburo because I loved the way he moved and because I love the family, which is still very active,” said Mick Ruis. “His dam has a Bernardini and some nice Tapits in the pipeline. A little further back is the two-year-old stakes winner Dak Attack, who is undefeated and should be on... ...

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Majestic Heat Romps in Betty Grable

From DMTC Publicity DEL MAR, Calif. (Nov. 11, 2017) — Unveiling a new dimension to her ability, Majestic Heat, whose 14 previous races had been run on grass, made the first start of her career on a dirt surface and romped to an impressive triumph in the featured $100,000 Betty Grable Stakes for Golden State Series eligible fillies and mares Sunday. Surging to the lead bending into the stretch under jockey Flavien Prat, Majestic Heat cruised to the wire three and one-quarter lengths on top, with Barbara Beatrice getting up for second, two and one-half lengths ahead of Late ‘n Left. How About Zero, the lukewarm 3-1 favorite, was fourth in the field of eight older fillies and mares. Majestic Heat, a five-year-old daughter of Unusual Heat owned by breeder Madeline Auerbach, McCauley and Bardy Farm and trained by Richard Mandella, had won five turf races and $353,329 prior to Sunday. Among her triumphs were victories in the Solana Beach Stakes during Del Mar’s 2016 and ’17 summer meetings. Time... ...

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Dee Dee Birtie Sells for $285,000

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 9, 2017) – Dee Dee Birtie, a mare by California stallion Bluegrass Cat, sold for $285,000 at Friday’s session of the Keeneland November Breeding Stock Sale. Dee Dee Birtie, a 5-year-old, is out of the multiple stakes-winning De Niro mare De Bertie, who produced stakes winner Uptown Birtie, Whirlie Birtie and Get Ready Birtie, the latter two having alreadyproduced stakes-placed prodigy. Dee Dee Birtie is in foal to More Than Ready, was consigned by Paramount Sales, agent for the complete dispersal of McCauley Farms, and was purchased by Three Chimneys Farm. ...

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Skye Diamonds Aims for Santa Monica

By DRF.com DEL MAR, Calif. (Nov. 9, 2017) – California-bred Skye Diamonds, fourth in the Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Sprint last week, will make her next start in late January in the Santa Monica, a seven-furlong graded stakes race for older female sprinters at Santa Anita, trainer Bill Spawr said Thursday. Santa Anita has yet to release its stakes schedule for the winter meeting, but the Santa Monica usually is run in late January – it was run this year on Jan. 21 – and the timing suits Spawr, who likes to space Skye Diamonds’s races. “It’s seven furlongs, and the timing is good,” Spawr said. “And it’s back at her home base.” Skye Diamonds had a productive 2017 campaign, with five wins in seven starts, including the Grade 2 Great Lady M. at Los Alamitos and Grade 3 Rancho Bernardo at Del Mar. She was beaten 3 1/2 lengths in the Filly and Mare Sprint, whose first three spots were taken by horses 18-1 and higher. “I thought... ...

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Singing Kitty Sells for $750,000

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 9, 2017) – California-bred stakes winner Singing Kitty sold for $750,000 at Wednesday’s session of the Keeneland November Breeding Stock Sale. Singing Kitty is by Ministers Wild Cat, out of the Unbridled’s Song mare Natural Singer R N, was bred by Tommy Town Throughbreds, was consigned by James Keough, agent, and purchased by Spendthrift Farm. She is in foal to Medaglia d’Oro. Singing Kitty had five wins, including the China Doll and Unzip Me stakes, and earnings of $398,478. ...

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One Fast Broad Gets a Break

By DRF.com DEL MAR, Calif. (Nov. 7, 2017) – One Fast Broad will not race until early 2018 after winning the first stakes of her career in the $200,345 Golden State Juvenile Fillies last Friday at Del Mar. Owner and trainer Mick Ruis said One Fast Broad will be pointed to the Santa Anita winter-spring meeting. Bolt d’Oro, the beaten favorite in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile on Saturday, will have the same schedule as One Fast Broad. “We’ll give her 60 days, like Bolt d’Oro,” Ruis said. “We’ll let her grow up and get ready for her 3-year-old campaign. She deserves a little break.” One Fast Broad closed from last in a field of nine to win the seven-furlong Golden State Juvenile Fillies for statebreds by a length over Spiced Perfection. One Fast Broad has won 2 of 4 starts and earned $172,000. By Decarchy, One Fast Broad was second in the Del Mar Juvenile Fillies Turf on Sept. 4 and fourth in the Surfer Girl Stakes at a mile... ...

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Bookies Luck Aims for King Glorious

By DRF.com DEL MAR, Calif. – Bookies Luck will be pointed to a third consecutive stakes win against California-breds in the $100,000 King Glorious Stakes on Dec. 16 at Los Alamitos, trainer Jeff Bonde said Sunday. Bookies Luck is in the midst of an excellent year, having won the I’m Smokin Stakes on Sept. 1 at Del Mar and the Golden State Juvenile at Del Mar last Saturday. In the seven-furlong Golden State Juvenile, Bookies Luck led throughout and held off a late run from an unlucky Smokem to win by a nose as the 8-5 favorite. Smokem raced in traffic on the turn and closed well to just miss. The Golden State Juvenile was the longest race of Bookies Luck’s career. The King Glorious Stakes is run at a mile and could be a test, although Bonde said conditions at Los Alamitos could be in the colt’s favor. “That’s a quick track, too,” Bonde said. “That might help a little bit.” Owned by breeders Larry and Marianne Williams, Bookies... ...

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Brutal Beat for Richard’s Boy in Turf Sprint

By DRF.com DEL MAR, Calif. (Nov. 4, 2017)  – Trainer Peter Miller posted his first Breeders’ Cup victory and did so in memorable fashion Saturday at Del Mar, sending out both the winner, Stormy Liberal, and runner-up, California-bred Richard’s Boy, in the $1 million Turf Sprint. Stormy Liberal, who had won all four of his previous starts this year on the West Coast, had not raced since finishing a tiring eighth behind the record-setting performance of Disco Partner in the Grade 3 Jaipur at Belmont Park on June 10. On Saturday, Stormy Liberal benefitted from a perfect ride by Joel Rosario, who let him settle along the inside within easy striking distance of the leaders during the early stages of the five-furlong Turf Sprint. Stormy Liberal tipped out for clearance once settling into the stretch and ultimately wore down stablemate Richard’s Boy, by a head, in the final strides. Richard’s Boy forced the pace from the outset, gained command between calls nearing midstretch, and just failed to last. Disco Partner,... ...

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Masochistic in Training with Baffert

By PaulickReport.com ARCADIA, Calif. (Nov. 4, 2017) — Multiple graded stakes winner Masochistic has returned to training after getting a well-deserved summer break. The Daily Racing Form reports that the 7-year-old gelding was transferred from trainer Ron Ellis to Bob Baffert. The Hall of Fame trainer told the DRF that Masochistic was currently at Los Alamitos, and would be sent to Santa Anita in the near future. Masochistic has not raced since finishing off the board in the G2 Churchill Downs Stakes May 6. Afterwards, he was given a break and sent to Taylor Made Farm. Masochistic finished second in the 2016 G1 Breeders’ Cup Sprint, but was later disqualified after his bloodwork showed the presence of a banned steroid. Masochistic has won eight of 16 starts and has earnings of $857,550. ...

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Bookies Luck Holds on in GS Juvenile

From DMTC Publicity DEL MAR, Calif. (Nov. 4, 2017) — Under a typically vigorous ride by Hall of Famer Kent Desormeaux, Bookies Luck held on tenaciously in the final strides to nose out the hard-charging Smokem in the $200,000 Golden State Juvenile Stakes Saturday, the second of 12 races on the second day of the Breeders’ Cup Championships at Del Mar. Bookies Luck, the narrow 8-5 favorite over Smokem, who also went to the post at 8-5, scored his third win in six starts in a game performance for breeders and owners Mr. and Mrs. Larry D. Williams and trainer Jeff Bonde. “The outside post helped us a lot,” said Bonde. “This is a really deep track and you’ve got to have something left at the end.  I think Kent (Desormeaux) did a really good job of rationing his speed and it was really close at the end.” Smokem, who was piloted by Evin Roman, finished four and one-half lengths in front of third-place Lucky Romano, with Campaigner fourth in... ...

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One Fast Broad a Golden Filly

From DMTC DEL MAR, Calif. (Nov. 3, 2017) — One Fast Broad, patiently ridden by veteran Corey Nakatani after a slow start, rallied from last place to win the $200,000 Golden State Juvenile Fillies at Del Mar Friday, the first of two days of the 2017 Breeders’ Cup World Championships. One Fast Broad, a daughter of Decarchy bred by owned by Ruis Racing and trained by Mick Ruis, overhauled 2-1 favored Spiced Perfection in the final sixteenth to score by a length in 1:24.78 for the seven furlongs. “Corey (Nakatani) never panicked,” said Ruis. “He waited with her and rode a great race. We knew she could run on dirt. She’s got a brother that won half a million on turf, so we started her there. I’m going to give her about 60 days off now and bring her back as a really good 3-year-old, and I do believe she’ll run on.” Show It N Moe It was third, a length behind the runner-up and almost four lengths in front... ...

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He Will Win the Lure Stakes

From DMTC Publicity DEL MAR, Calif. (Nov. 2, 2017) — Under a masterfully-timed ride by Hall of Famer Mike Smith, California-bred He Will, a lukewarm 5-2 favorite, rallied from next-to-last turning for home to charge to the lead in the final strides and win the featured $93,580 Lure Stakes Thursday at Del Mar. In a blanket finish with five horses separated by only a length at the wire, He Will prevailed by a neck over Tequila Joe, who nosed out A Red Tie Day for second. Forever Juanito was only a half-length farther back in fourth place, a nose in front of Eckersley in the field of nine older horses. Withdrawn from the race was Dimension. “I didn’t get away from there as quick as I wanted,” Said Smith. “He was moving when they sent them and I was just a little behind. I didn’t want to put him up in the race, so I just took a hold and saved some ground on that first turn.  I said ‘Let... ...

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Texas Ryano to Stand at Ballena Vista

From Ballena Vista Farm RAMONA, Calif (Oct. 31, 2017)- Warren Williamson’s homebred and multiple stakes winner Texas Ryano has been retired and will stand at Ballena Vista Farm in Ramona, Calif., as the property of a partnership for a $3,500 fee. Texas Ryano is a 6-year-old son of leading sire Curlin that earned $455,045; he took the Hollywood Turf Cup Stakes (Gr. 2) by three and three quarters lengths as well as the King Pellinore Stakes and overall captured five races and hitting the board eleven of  his twenty-two starts. Texas Ryano broke his maiden in his debut in impressive form at three years of age in January of that season, and as a result was named a TDN rising star.  Texas Ryano is out of the graded stakes winner Blending Element ($448,483); who is a multiple stakes producer of five blacktype winners and two additional blacktype placers from nine foals to race, all winners. Blending Element’s nine foals to race have earnings in excess of $2.1 million. As the... ...

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Heaven’s Glory to Stand at Milky Way

From Milky Way Farm TEMECULA, Calif. (Oct. 25, 2017) — Heaven’s Glory, a son of leading sire Tapit, will stand the 2018 breeding season at Linda Madsen’s Milky Way Farm in Temecula for a $2,500 fee. Bred in Japan, Heaven’s Glory is out of the Danehill mare Peeping Fawn, a European champion. Peeping Fawn won the Darley Irish Oaks (G1), Darley Yorkshire Oaks (G1), Audi Pretty Polly Stakes (G1), and Blue Square Nassau Stakes (G1). A training injury precluded Heaven’s Glory from racing. Peeping Fawn’s foals include 2017 English stakes winner September. The family goes back to Blush With Pride, Heaven’s Glory’s third dam and winner of the Kentucky Oaks (G1). Blush With Pride is a half sister to Irish champion Malinowski, and she produced grade 2 stakes winner Better Than Honour, the dam of two Belmont Stakes (G1) winners: champion 3-year-old filly Rags to Riches and Jazil ...

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Richard’s Kid to Rancho San Miguel

SAN MIGUEL, Calif. (Oct. 23, 2017) — Millionaire and multiple G1 winner, Richard’s Kid (Lemon Drop Kid–Tough Broad, by Broad Brush) has relocated to Rancho San Miguel where he will stand for $2,500 in 2018. Richard’s Kid won multiple G1 races, including the prestigious Pacific Classic Stakes at Del Mar in back to back years (2009 and 2010) while earning $2,482,259. Retiring sound after 47 starts and twelve wins he had his first winner when Mama’s Kid won a juvenile maiden special at Del Mar this past July. That filly now has won two races and earned $75,850. Rancho San Miguel farm manager Clay Murdock believes that by injecting Richard’s Kid traits of soundness and longevity he is a stallion that would improve the California-breds. For more information, contact Clay Murdock at Rancho San Miguel 805-467-3847 email: info@ranchosanmiguel.net or Tom Hudson at 805-886-2804 email: Tom-hudson@hotmail.com ...

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Beverly Lewis Passes at 90

By BloodHorse.com NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. (Oct. 23, 2017) — Beverly Lewis, who with her husband, Bob, campaigned four classic winners from 1995-2000, died Oct. 20 at the age of 90 after a lengthy illness. After her husband Bob Lewis died in February 2006, Beverly Lewis, along with their son Jeff Lewis, retained a continuing ownership interest in Thoroughbred racing and breeding. In recent years Beverly Lewis served on the board of the Edwin J. Gregson Foundation, which works to assist backstretch employees and their families. After the Lewises won their first Kentucky Derby (G1) in 1997 with Silver Charm, winning trainer Bob Baffert noted, “No one deserves it more than they do. It couldn’t happen to two more beautiful people.” Bob Lewis noted that his wife readily adopted his passion for racing. The couple spent their honeymoon at Caliente and Del Mar. They purchased their first horses in 1990. As they reached racing’s heights, their love of the sport radiated at the nation’s biggest races and for all to see... ...

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Miss Sunset Wins Keeneland’s Raven Run

By DRF.com LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 21, 2017) — A pair of California girls did battle in Saturday’s Grade 2, $250,000 Raven Run Stakes at Keeneland, with Miss Sunset scoring a half-length victory over a game Chalon. Miss Sunset ($8.80) had been trouncing her fellow California-breds as of late, coming in off a 5 1/2-length victory in the Fleet Treat Stakes and a 1 3/4-length score in the C.E.R.F. Stakes, both at Del Mar. Owners Alan Klein and Phil Lebhen opted to scratch her out of last week’s California Distaff and ship her in for this spot. “My owners [still] own the mare, so they thought it was in their interests to try to get this horse graded placed,” trainer Jeff Bonde said. Chalon, stakes-placed in California for trainer Peter Miler and Rockingham Ranch, was making her second start at this Keeneland meet, wheeling back after finishing a creditable second to Finley’sluckycharm in the Grade 2 Thoroughbred Club of America Stakes on Oct. 7. On Saturday, Chalon and Paco Lopez led... ...

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B Squared Rallies in California Flag

From Santa Anita Publicity ARCADIA, Calif. (Oct. 21, 2017)–Beaten a combined 39 ½ lengths in his last two starts in Oklahoma and West Virginia, Reddam Racing’s homebred B Squared tried a new game Saturday at Santa Anita as he rolled from off the pace to take the $100,000 California Flag Handicap for Golden State Series eligibles under Mario Gutierrez. Trained by Doug O’Neill, the 3-year-old California-bred colt by Square Eddie got 6 ½ furlongs down the hillside turf course in 1:11.38. Although he was shortening up out of six consecutive routes, most recently the Grade III Oklahoma Derby on Sept. 24 and the Grade III West Virginia Derby Aug. 5, B Squared was attentive to the early pace while under restraint, was a menacing third a quarter mile from home as he wheeled three-wide at the dirt crossing and won in convincing fashion over a well-meant Richard’s Boy. “I don’t think we could imagine a better race than that,” said Gutierrez. “He broke nice and sharp and after that, I... ...

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Danzing Candy to Rancho San Miguel

From Rancho San Miguel SAN MIGUEL, Calif. (Oct. 19, 2017) — Danzing Candy will be standing at Tom and Nancy Clark’s Rancho San Miguel for the 2018 season at a fee of $5,000 LFSN, as property of a syndicate. The deal was brokered between Brett Lindenbaum and Checkmate Thoroughbreds.  Multiple Grade II winner of three graded races Danzing Candy, a son of Twirling Candy, earned $700,930 with his six wins from eleven starts and is the leading earner of his sire. The four-year-old horse is out of Talkin and Singing (Songandaprayer); this is the female family of $4 million earner Better Talk Now and millionaire Medaglia Beat. Bred by Halo Farms, the colt raced for the partnership of Jim and Dianne Bashor and Halo Farms.  Clay Murdock farm manager, “Danzing Candy was a highly successful sophomore runner on the Derby Trail and followed that season with  multiple grade two wins as a four-year-old. His four-year-old campaign saw him go wire-to-wire in the Grade 2 Lone Star Park Handicap as well... ...

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Mr. Big to Stand at Harris Farms

From Harris Farms COALINGA, Calif. (Oct. 18, 2017) — Mr. Big, sire of Grade 3 Transylvania Stakes winner Big Score, will move to John Harris’ Farm for the 2018 breeding season.  Owned and campaigned by George Krikorian, the son of Dynaformer is out of the stakes winning G2 placed Fappiano mare, Fashion Delight. Mr. Big’s first two dams are both stakes winners and stakes producers. From only 16 foals of racing age, Mr. Big has sired eight winners with combined earnings of $1,228,097 for average earnings per starter of $122,810.  Five of his runners are six digit earners. He is represented by G3 Transylvania Stakes and Zuma Beach S. winner Big Score ($436,300) and Torrey Pines S. G3 runner-up, Big Book. John Harris said “I am delighted to stand this very nice stallion at Harris Farms.  He has sired several top horses already, and his best crops will run in the next few years. I have always liked to see Turn To on a stallion page, as well as Roberto... ...

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Smiling Tiger Filly Tops Barretts

By Bloodhorse.com POMONA, Calif. (Oct. 17, 2017) — Stormy Hull once hoped he would one day sell a horse for $50,000. At the Oct. 17 Barretts October fall mixed sale in Pomona, Calif., Hull topped the sale with a $220,000 yearling filly he hauled to Southern California from Washington state himself. “It’s beyond my dreams—it’s surreal,” Hull said. The filly, named Smiling Diamonds, has plenty of pedigree. Consigned as Hip 94 from Hull and Ginger Samples’ Critter Creek Farm, she is out of Hull’s stakes-placed Slewdledo mare Carrie’s a Jewel, who is already the dam of California Diamond, champion California-bred 2-year-old male of 2016. The sale topper is by Smiling Tiger, California’s leading first-crop sire. Steve Gasparrelli, who already has promising Smiling Tiger runners in his arsenal, bought the sale topper. Advised by his trainer, Mike Puype, Gasparrelli bought the filly in the name of his Slugo Racing. Gasparrelli bought last year’s sale topper, a $190,000 son of Smiling Tiger—Erica’s Smile, by Williamstown. “I like Smiling Tiger a lot, and... ...

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Breeders’ Cup Undercard Noms Due

DEL MAR, Calif. (Oct. 17, 2017) — Nominations for Breeders’ Cup Undercard Stakes Close Oct. 19th. Don’t miss out! Nominate today!!     Eight open stakes races and two Cal-bred restricted stakes close Thursday!   Contact the Del Mar racing office: (858) 792-4230        CLOSES / RUNS RACE / CONDITIONS PURSE / DISTANCE Thu. Oct. 19th Wed. Nov. 1st Let It Ride Stakes  Three-year-olds, N/W S/S of $60,000 at 1 M o/o since April 1 $75,000 Added One Mile (Turf) Thu. Oct. 19th Thu. Nov. 2nd Lure Stakes  Three-year-olds & up, N/W S/S of $60,000 at 1 M o/o since July 1 $75,000 Added One Mile (Turf) Thu. Oct. 19th Fri. Nov. 3rd SENATOR KEN MADDY STAKES (GR III) Fillies & Mares, Three-year-olds & up $150,000 Guaranteed 5 Furlongs (Turf) Thu. Oct. 19th Fri. Nov. 3rd THE MARATHON STAKES (GR II) Three-year-olds & up $200,000 Guaranteed 1 3/4 Miles Thu. Oct. 19th Fri. Nov. 3rd DAMASCUS STAKES Three-year-olds & up $200,000 Guaranteed 7 Furlongs Thu. Oct. 19th Fri. Nov. 3rd GOLDEN... ...

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D’Amato’s Barbara Beatrice Triumphs

From Santa Anita Publicity ARCADIA, Calif. (Oct. 14, 2017)–In a race reduced to six runners with three program scratches, late running Barbara Beatrice uncorked a big turn of foot to register her first-ever stakes win in taking Saturday’s $100,000 California Distaff Handicap by three quarters of a length under Tiago Pereira. Trained, bred and owned in-part by Phil D’Amato, the 5-year-old California-bred daughter of Grazen got 6 ½ furlongs down Santa Anita’s hillside turf course in 1:12.56. With morning line favorite Miss Sunset opting to run on dirt next weekend at Keeneland, it appeared on paper that today’s Distaff would be devoid of early speed, however longshot Late ‘n Left sped to the early lead and held sway until collared in final 50 yards by Barbara Beatrice. “I took ahold of her out of the gate and she rated very kind with me today,” said Pereira, who also registered his second win of the afternoon. “At the half mile pole, Kent Desormeaux (aboard 3-2 favorite Moonless Sky) started to move,... ...

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Skye Diamonds has Fasig-Tipton Date

By Bloodhorse.com LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 12, 2017) — Taylor Made Sales Agency will consign multiple graded stakes winner Skye Diamonds at the upcoming Fasig-Tipton sale Nov. 6 in Lexington, Ky., on behalf of owners Bloom Racing, Allen Racing, Tom Acker, and Jon Lindo. Under the care of trainer Bill Spawr, Skye Diamonds has developed into one of the top female sprinters on the West Coast. She is a winner of five of six starts this year including the Great Lady M Stakes (G2) at Los Alamitos, the Rancho Bernardo (G3) at Del Mar, and the Dream of Summer Stakes at Santa Anita Park.  Her defeat of Eclipse champion Finest City and grade 1 winner Constellation in the Great Lady M came in a swift 1:14.79 for 6 1/2 furlongs, just .31 off the track record. Now with earnings of $489,150, she will make her next in the Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Sprint (G1) at Del Mar. “We have had a tremendous run with Skye Diamonds since acquiring her in August of last year,” said Jeff Bloom, a 35-year industry veteran... ...

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NorCal Sale Grad Wins at Fresno

FRESNO, Calif. (Oct. 10, 2017) – Go Bobby Go, a graduate of the Northern California Yearling Sale, won a maiden special weight race for 2-year-olds in his racing debut at the Fresno Fair on Sunday. Go Bobby Go is by Stormin Fever, out of the Siberian Summer mare Shalmarie, was bred by Shirley Ann Ragle, is owned by Robert Jones and trained by Faith Taylor. Go Bobby Go sold for $6,000 at last year’s Northern California Yearling Sale. He ran the 5 1/2 furlongs in 1:06.40 and won by one-half length at odds of 2-1. ...

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Tribal Storm Wins Harris Farms Stakes

By DRF.com FRESNO, Calif. (Oct. 7, 2017) — Tribal Storm ($29.40) was content to sit far off the pace before unleashing a strong stretch run to win the $100,675 Harris Farms Stakes for Golden State Series eligible on Saturday at the Big Fresno Fair. The 3-year-old Papa Clem ridgling, bred and owned by longtime California breeders Curt and Lila Lanning, had only favored Solid Wager beaten down the backstretch of the six-furlong stakes for Cal-breds. Prime Issue set a legitimate pace with fractions of 22.86 and 45.33, while Irving Orozco didn’t push Tribal Storm, who was coming off an Aug. 27 sprint victory against older. Tribal Storm was still seventh in the field of nine at the quarter pole, but he was beginning to make his move. Jimmy Bouncer, defending winner of the Harris Farms, stuck his head in front of Prime Issue at the eighth pole, but Tribal Storm seemed to have momentum on his side. He dug in and continued to make up ground, beating Jimmy Bouncer by... ...

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Stronach Shifts Breeding Focus to California

By PaulickReport.com Frank Stronach said the decision to put his family’s Adena Springs farm in Paris, Ky., on the market is based on a desire to improve racing in the states where he owns major racetracks. Though he mentioned California, Florida and Maryland, his primary focus seems to be in California, where he owns Santa Anita Park in Arcadia and Golden Gate Fields in Albany. His announcement will not affect the 2018 breeding season at Adena Springs, he said. “I want to sit down with the racing community – the owners, breeders and racing commission – to see what we can do to improve racing in California,” Stronach told the Paulick Report. “We have small fields because we haven’t got enough horses. We’ve got to see if we can do something about that. What can we do to have more California-breds and make the quality better? We need better stallions and a program to increase the number of California-breds. “I want to bounce some ideas off the racing commission, the breeders... ...

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Hay, Supplies Sent to Puerto Rico

From The Jockey Club LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 2, 2017) – A Swift Air flight carrying nearly 20 tons of hay cubes and veterinary supplies departed from Miami at 4:30 a.m. today and landed in San Juan, Puerto Rico at approximately 7 a.m.  The plane, funded by The Jockey Club and Thoroughbred Charities of America’s Horses First Fund, is the result of a week-long effort undertaken by numerous equine groups to get aid to the more than 800 Thoroughbreds at the Camarero Race Track and to begin assisting other horses on the island. The American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) Foundation, Thoroughbred Charities of America (TCA), The Jockey Club, Brookledge’s Horse America, Caribbean Thoroughbred Aftercare, and the Texas Equine Veterinary Association (TEVA) worked closely with Ranch Aid, a FEMA appointed organization that assists with logistics and care for large animals during natural disasters. The Humane Society of the United States also assisted by facilitating the federal approval of the shipment.  “There were many, many challenges but we are thrilled to see feed and vet supplies finally... ...

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Stanford to Stand at Tommy Town

From Tommy Town Thoroughbreds SANTA YNEZ, Calif. (Sept. 28, 2017) — Tommy Town Thoroughbreds is excited to introduce Stanford for the 2018 breeding season.   Multiple stakes winner of the $1.25 million G2 Charles Town Classic and debut winner sprinting at two, he earned over $1.3 million, is the second leading earner of Malibu Moon. He set a new track record for 8.5 furlongs and is out of the family of sires Tale of the Cat, Pulpit and Johannesburg. Stanford will be the only stallion sired by Malibu Moon standing in California.   He will stand at Tommy Town Thoroughbreds for $5,000 stud fee, stands and nurses.   ...

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IRS Adopts Pari-mutuel Regulations

By BloodHorse Staff WASHINGTON, D.C. (Sept. 25, 2017) — The U.S. Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service announced Sept. 25 that they will formally adopt modernized regulations regarding the withholding and reporting of pari-mutuel proceeds. The new rules were posted Monday afternoon as a Public Inspection Document. They are scheduled to be officially published in Wednesday’s edition of the Federal Register and will go into full effect no later than Nov. 14, giving racing associations, totalisator companies, and advance deposit wagering operators up to 45 days to implement these important changes; however, some may elect to start as soon as Thursday. “These landmark U.S. Treasury regulations will have an enormously positive impact on horseplayers, the racing industry, and the federal government,” said NTRA president and CEO Alex Waldrop. “I am extremely proud of the NTRA’s legislative team for spearheading this effort, which will prove to be among the most meaningful regulatory advances made by our industry in decades. The results of this much-needed measure will be horseplayers keeping more... ...

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California Stallions Get First Winners

CYPRESS, Calif. (Sept. 23, 2017) – California stallions Uh Oh Bango and Gig Harbor were represented by their first winners on Saturday. Uh Oh Baby, a colt by Uh Oh Bango, won Saturday’s first race at Los Alamitos, a maiden special weight for California-bred 2-year-olds. He is out of the Five Star Day mare Eight Daughters, was bred by NP Thoroughbreds, is owned by PH Thoroughbred Racing and is trained by Craig Dollase. The colt ran the 5 ½ furlongs in 1:04.18 and won by 1 ¾ lengths as the 3-2 favorite. Uh Oh Bango currently ranks fifth on the California First-Crop Sire list. Perfect for Me, a filly by Gig Harbor, won Saturday’s seventh race at Oak Tree at Pleasanton, a maiden special weight for 2-year-old fillies. She is out of the Royal Academy mare Noe Valley, was bred by Christy Wiebe & Dennis Patterson, is owned by Patterson and trained by Steven Specht. She ran the 5 ½ furlongs in 1:06.35 and won by one length at odds... ...

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Penny Chenery Passes at 95

From The Jockey Club LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Sept. 17, 2017) — Helen “Penny” Chenery, owner of 1973 Triple Crown winner Secretariat, who became a well-loved figure in her own right as a champion of Thoroughbreds and women in business and sports, died on Saturday, Sept.16, in her Colorado home following complications from a stroke. She was 95. Penny’s children announced her death through Leonard Lusky, her longtime friend and business partner. Following Secretariat’s retirement from racing, Penny became an ambassador for Thoroughbred racing and remained so even after the champion’s death in 1989. She served as the first female president of the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association (TOBA) and president of the Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation. She became one of the first women admitted to The Jockey Club, helped found the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation (TRF) and created the Secretariat Vox Populi Award annually honoring racing’s most popular horse, as well as the Secretariat Foundation, which assists and supports various charities within the racing community. Penny received the 2006 Eclipse Award of... ...

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Coastal Skimming is Filling Races

ALBANY, Calif. (Sept. 17, 2017) – California broodmare Coastal Skimming had plenty to root for on Friday, when three of her Cal-bred offspring raced in the state, two of them winning. Seaside Song won the fourth race at Golden Gate, a maiden claimer. The 2-year-old filly by California stallion Thorn Song, an Idaho-bred, was bred and owned by Mr. and Mrs. Larry Williams and trained by Jack Steiner. She ran a mile in 1:41.90 and won by five lengths as the 2-1 favorite. Swiss Skimmer won the third race at Los Alamitos, a claiming contest. The 5-year-old mare was bred by Mr. and Mrs. Larry Williams, is owned by Firsthome Thoroughbreds and Mark and Madison Rose and was trained by Adam Kitchingman. She ran the mile in 1:37.71 and won by four lengths at odds of 5-2. Bennett Mtn. Gal finished eighth in the sixth race at Golden Gate, a maiden special weight race. The 3-year-old filly is by McCann’s Mojave, was bred and owned by Mr. and Mrs. Larry... ...

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Ismelucky Wins Barretts Debutante

From Los Alamitos Publicity CYPRESS, Calif. (Sept. 16, 2017) — Favored California-bred Ismelucky won Saturday’s $100,000 Barretts Debutante at Los Alamitos.  Overcoming trouble at the start and traffic trouble along the way, Ismelucky, a 2-year-old Lucky Pulpit filly out of the Tribal Rule mare Ismene, rallied along the rail to overtake 14-1 shot Shaken Memories near the wire. Bred by Stephen Ferraro and owned by trainer Jeff Bonde and Jerome Russell, Ismelucky completed the 6 ½ furlongs in 1:17.84. The win was her second in three starts and increased her earnings to $108,420. The Debutante was the first race for Ismelucky since she defeated maidens by 2 ½ lengths May 18 at Santa Anita. “We backed off on her after she won because I thought she was a nice filly and she had some tightness in her hind end,’’ said Bonde. “We cranked her up again to get her ready for this race.’’ Bonde was pleased with how Ismelucky had trained leading into Saturday, but was apprehensive when she drew... ...

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Wise Gal Wins Selima Stakes

LAUREL, Md. (Sept. 16, 2017) – Unbeaten Wise Gal, a Kentucky-bred daughter of California stallion Einstein, won Saturday’s $100,000 Selima Stakes for 2-year-old fillies at Laurel Park. Wise Gal, out of the Not For Love mare Spirited Game, ran the six furlongs in 1:09.43 and won by 4 ¼ lengths at odds of 2-1 in a field of eight. Wise Gal has won both career starts with earnings of $82,800. ...

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Ball Bearing Gets First Winner

ALBANY, Calif. (Sept. 17, 2017) – California stallion Ball Bearing was represented by his first winner on Sunday when Let’s Play Ball won the fourth race at Golden Gate. Let’s Play Ball is out of the In Excess mare Puritan Baker, was bred by David Farr and Billie Farr, is owned by Billie Farr and trained by Michael Lenzini. The 2-year-old colt ran the five furlongs in 1:05.73 and won 1 ¼ lengths at odds of 2-1 in the field of five. ...

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Cal-bred Uncle Mo Colt Brings $390,000

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 14, 2017) – Meeny Miney Mo, a California-bred colt by Uncle Mo, sold for $390,000 at Thursday’s session of the Keeneland September Yearling Sale. Meeny Miney Mo is out of the Distorted Humor mare Abou, was bred by Gene Tenbrink, was consigned by Taylor Made Sales, agent, and purchased by Mr. and Mrs. J.S. Moss. ...

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Soi Phet Defends E.B. Johnston Title

CYPRESS, Calif. (Sept. 9, 2017) – Soi Phet successfully defended his title in the $75,000 E.B. Johnston Stakes for California-breds at Los Alamitos. Soi Phet, bred by ARCHA Racing, won his fourth stakes at Los Alamitos for the Benowitz Family Trust, Mathilde Powell and Paul Viskovich. Trained by Leonard Powell, the 9-year-old Tizbud gelding is out of the Siberian Summer mare Summer Jersey. He has won 13 of 55 and banked $876,170, capturing a pair of local stakes – the Bertrando and Los Alamitos Mile – in 2014 prior to his half-length score in last year’s Johnston. “This horse means nearly everything to me,” said Powell. “It’s going to be sad when he’s not with me anymore. He loves the long stretch here. He’s a bit of a grinder and he keeps on coming and the stretch here helps him.’’ Soi Phet ran the mile in 1:35.71 and won by one-half length over He Will with El Huerfano third. Even-money favorite Gold Rush Dancer, coming off a win in the... ...

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Big Surf Has Five Winners

From Ranch Hills Farm SAN DIEGO, Calif. (Sept. 6, 2017) — Big Surf offspring finished the 2017 summer race season winning five races since May at distances from 5 furlongs on the dirt, to 1 mile 70 yards on dirt and all-weather tracks. Over the Labor day weekend, Baku Dance won at the mile by 1 3/4 lengths.  Other Big Surf summer mile winners also include:  Strox, a three time winner at 1 1/16 mile on the dirt, 1 mile 70 yards on the dirt, and a 4 length winner at a mile on an all-weather track; and, Mansoor, a winner at 1 mile 70 yards on a good dirt track.  On August 30, 2017, Aypara (AZE) sprinted to a 2 length win at 5 furlongs in the dirt.  Big Surf is a Cal Bred stallion standing in Southern California. ...

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