Review Category : News

Del Mar Modifies Main Track

From DMTC Publicity DEL MAR, Calif. (Mar. 30, 2017) — Under the direction of its new director of track maintenance, Dennis Moore, Del Mar has begun a process designed to modify its main track with an end result of having it replicate the banking and grading of its sister track to the north, Santa Anita Park. Crews began their work on the track on Wednesday (March 29) and the stripping and grading activity is expected to take several weeks. The plan is to adjust the seaside oval’s main track banking to 5% (from 4%) on the turns and 2 1/2% (from 2%) in the straightaways — as is the case currently with Santa Anita – well in advance of the opening of Del Mar’s 78th summer season on Wednesday, July 19. “Our priority, of course, is safety,” said Joe Harper, Del Mar Thoroughbred Club’s president and CEO. “One of the key elements in safety is consistency and this adjustment will give our horses and horsemen that consistency when it comes... ...

Read More →

NorCal Grad Filly Sells for $360,000

DEL MAR, Calif. (Mar. 30, 2017) – A Northern California Yearling Sale graduate by Lucky Pulpit brought $360,000 at Wednesday’s Barretts March Select Sale of 2-Year-Olds in training at Del Mar. Californiabyanose, a filly out of the Mr. Greeley mare Nine to Five Lady, was bred by Cole Ranch, consigned by Havens Bloodstock Agency and purchased by Dennis O’Neill for Amr Zedan. She was the fastest previewer in the sale. Another purchase of interest to California breeders was a Kentucky-bred colt by California stallion Haynesfield for $130,000. ...

Read More →

Cal-bred Pair in Santana Mile

ARCADIA, Calif. (Mar. 29, 2017) – California-bred multiple stakes winners Magic Mark and Avanti Bello are entered in Saturday’s $75,000 Santana Mile Stakes at Santa Anita. Magic Mark is by Benchmark, out of the Deputy Governor mare Jewel Magic, was bred by owners Dorine and John Lanza and is trained by Ron Ellis. He has six wins in 20 starts, earnings of $359,969 and is coming off a fifth in the Feb. 26 Tiznow Stakes. Avanti Bello is by Include, out of the Mizzen Mast mare Masterful Lass, was bred by Lou Neve, is owned by Suarez or Keh or Richardson, et al and is trained by Doug O’Neill. He has six wins in 23 starts, earnings of $413,416 and is coming off a win in the Feb. 26 Tiznow Stakes. ...

Read More →

Skye Diamonds Wins Dream of Summer

From Santa Anita Publicity ARCADIA, Calif. (March 26, 2017)–Patiently handled by Tiago Pereira, streaking Skye Diamonds, claimed for $40,000 this past August, ran down Roo’s Valentine to take Sunday’s $100,000 Dream of Summer Stakes for Golden State Series eligible fillies and mares by 1 ¼ lengths at Santa Anita.  Trained by Bill Spawr, the 4-year-old California-bred daughter of First Dude got a flat mile in 1:37.34. A close second to Roo’s Valentine going to the far turn, Pereira sat motionless as “Roo,” who was ridden by Martin Pedroza, opened up by nearly three lengths leaving the three furlong pole, only to be collared a furlong from home. “I had a lot of horse left that last part,” said Pereira, who has ridden Skye Diamonds in her last six starts.  “I pushed and I smooched, but she had plenty left.  I waited a little bit today.  The one time I moved early with her, she got tired.  Today I waited, she made a move and the last part was easy.” With... ...

Read More →

Bluegrass Flag Wins Cicada

OZONE PARK, N.Y. (Mar. 26, 2017) – Odds-on favorite Bluegrass Flag, a New York-bred daughter of California stallion Bluegrass Cat, ran off with Saturday’s $90,000 Cicada Stakes for 3-year-old fillies at Aqueduct. Bluegrass Flag ran the six furlongs in 1:11.99 and won by six lengths at odds of 3-10 in the field of three. Bluegrass Flag has two wins in four starts, earnings of $113,220 and was coming off a second in the Franklin Square Stakes. ...

Read More →

Tamarando to Stand at Harris Farms

From Harris Farms COALINGA, Calif. (Mar. 22, 2017) — Del Mar Futurity-G1 winner and California-bred Champion Tamarando retires from racing with earnings of $722,652 and will enter stud this year at Harris Farms for $2,500 live foal. Bred and raced by Mr. and Mrs. Larry D. Williams, Tamarando won at distances from 5 1/2 furlongs to 1 1/8 miles in his first 10 starts at 2 and 3, winning the Del Mar Futurity-G1 on Polytrack in his stakes debut, the El Camino Real Derby-G3 on Tapeta, the Real Quiet Stakes on Cushion Track, and placing in the FrontRunner Stakes-G1 on dirt and CashCall Futurity-G1. He received 118 pounds on the 2013 Experimental Free Handicap, the highest weight assigned to a California-bred juvenile. The youngest of 15 graded stakes winners sired by leading California sire Bertando, Tamarando is out of the Dehere G2-placed winner Tamarack Bay and is a half-brother stakes winners Luckarack ($612,607) and U’narack ($194,080), in addition to stakes-placed winners Tamarack Smarty ($284,296), Pulmarack Smarty ($235,574) and Ward ‘n... ...

Read More →

Enola Gray Romps in Irish O’Brien

From Santa Anita Publicity ARCADIA, Calif. (March 18, 2017)–In what may have been her best performance to date, Nick Alexander’s homebred Enola Gray rocketed clear of her competition three sixteenths of a mile from home as she went on to win Saturday’s $100,000 Irish O’Brien Stakes for Golden State Series eligible fillies and mares by a comfortable four lengths under Tyler Baze.  Trained by Phil D’Amato, she got 6 ½ furlongs while in-hand in 1:11.91. Breaking from the inside in a field of seven California-bred or sired older fillies and mares, she was at once on terms with speedy longshot Emmy and I while well within herself heading to the half mile pole. “This may have been her best race,” said Alexander.  “There was a lot more speed in there today than in the last few races…I think Tyler knows that what he does best is to just barely put any pressure on the reins.  He’s pretty much loose reining her now.  She can go so fast early and not... ...

Read More →

Fast and Foxy Wins Camilla Urso

From Golden Gate Fields ALBANY, Calif. (Mar. 18, 2017) — California-bred Fast and Foxy, trained by Holly Evans and ridden by Catalino Martinez, broke clean and set the pace on the rail to take the victory in the $50,000 Camilla Urso stakes. Turkish Tabby, saved ground in the stretch, but wasn’t able to get there in time, taking second. Code Warrior ridden by Anne Sanguinetti, was forced four wide, but also rallied in the stretch to finish third. Today’s race was for fillies and mares four years old and upward and was completed in a time of 1:09.20. Fast and Foxy, the betting favorite, paid $4.40 for today’s efforts. Fast and Foxy is by Thisnearlywasmine, out of the Falstaff mare Zorra Roja, was bred by Daehling Ranch, is owned by Joe Daehling and Holly Evans and is trained by Evans. She has 15 wins in 40 starts and earnings of $437,328. Trainer Holly Evans: “I was just hoping she would hold on. She’s easy to handle she does what you... ...

Read More →

California Chrome to Shuttle to Chile

By Bloodhorse.com NICHOLASVILLE, Ky. (Mar. 16, 2016) — Two-time Horse of the Year California Chrome   will shuttle to Oussama Aboughazale’s Haras Sumaya near Santiago, Chile, for the next three seasons, according to announcements March 16 from Taylor Made Farm and Haras Sumaya. “California Chrome has generated a lot of interest from the Southern Hemisphere, so we agreed to explore the option of shuttling,” said Duncan Taylor, president and chief executive officer of Taylor Made. “We are very happy to partner with Sumaya Stud, and feel extremely comfortable that it’s a great situation for California Chrome. This was a decision that was not taken lightly. “Ben (Taylor) and I flew down to see several potential farms and did an extensive amount of due diligence, evaluating whether or not there was a situation that met a very high set of standards established by our entire advisory team and our shareholders. Ultimately, the health and safety of California Chrome, quality of facilities, experience of staff, and reputation of the farm were all paramount.”... ...

Read More →

Sircat Sally Remains Unbeaten

ARCADIA, Calif. (Mar. 11, 2017) – Sircat Sally remained unbeaten by winning Saturday’s $94,515 China Doll Stakes for 3-year-old fillies at Santa Anita. Sircat Sally is by Surf Cat, out of the In Excess mare Sister Sally, was bred by owner Joe Turner and is trained by Jerry Hollendorfer. She is 4-for-4 with earnings of $258,860 and was coming off a win in the Jan. 28 California Cup Oaks.   ...

Read More →

Kathballu Wins Spring Fever Stakes

By ArkansasOnline.com HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (Mar. 5, 2017) — Kathballu ($12.20), a Kentucky-bred daughter of California stallion Bluegrass Cat, held off fast-closing Natural Wonder to win Saturday’s $125,000 Spring Fever Stakes by three-quarters of a length at Oaklwan Park. Fantastic Style, the 4-5 favorite, didn’t get a clean start in the 5½-furlong race, but led through early fractions of :22.33 and :45.67 for the first half mile. Kathballu stalked closely in second and stuck her head in front as the field entered the stretch, hitting the wire in 1:04.24 over a fast track. Marquee Miss finished third and was followed by D R C’s Pretty Sky, Fantastic Style and Super Saks. Durango and Her Love for Pappy completed the order of finish. Kathballu improved her record to 7-3-3 from 24 starts and has now earned $409,349. “She was all heart,” said jockey Channing Hill. “Not the ideal trip, as I was inside and had to press on the entire way. I thought (Fantastic Style) would be a little faster and... ...

Read More →

NTRA Monitors Immigration Reform

From NTRA WASHINGTON, D.C. (Mar. 2, 2017) — Because of Thoroughbred racing and breeding’s reliance on foreign nationals to fill agricultural and non-agricultural jobs under temporary visa programs, many in the Thoroughbred industry have serious concerns about recent reports and efforts by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to give U.S. officials broad authority to target so-called “removable aliens” for deportation. In President Trump’s speech to a joint session of Congress on Tuesday evening and in interviews earlier in the day, he indicated a willingness to consider comprehensive immigration reform. While it is too early to tell what this means, in the past, NTRA has strongly supported comprehensive immigration reform as the best way to address our industry’s unique concerns. Consequently, the NTRA Legislative team will be working on Capitol Hill to secure a seat at the table to make sure that if there is serious engagement on immigration reform, our industry is represented and protected. We will keep you apprised as this very fluid situation develops. ...

Read More →

Avanti Bello Repeats in Tiznow

From Santa Anita Publicity ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 26, 2017)–Avanti Bello took a steep drop in class and got back to his preferred distance in taking Sunday’s $100,000 Tiznow Stakes for Golden State Series eligibles by 1 ¾ lengths under Flavien Prat.   Trained by Doug O’Neill, the 5-year-old horse by Include got a flat mile in 1:35.95. Breaking from the far outside in a field of seven older horses bred or sired in California, Avanti Bello, who was distanced here in the Grade II, 1 1/16 miles San Antonio Stakes on Feb. 4, broke alertly and was well within himself while procuring second position behind pacesetter Acceptance, who he tracked to the top of the lane, from where he took command. “The first part of the race, we didn’t go that fast which is good for (Avanti Bello),” said Prat.  “He doesn’t have a lot of speed the first part, but he needs to be right there at the end.  With not a lot of speed, I didn’t have to rush... ...

Read More →

Ambitious Brew Wins Sensational Star

From Santa Anita Publicity ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 25, 2017)–With California-bred or sired horses engaged, Saturday’s $100,000 Sensational Star Stakes for Golden State Series eligibles came down to an inch–with 2014 winner Ambitious Brew just getting up to win by a nose under Mike Smith over Richard’s Boy and Victor Espinoza.  A Pamela Ziebarth homebred 7-year-old gelding by Tizbud, he’s trained by Marty Jones and got the 6 ½ furlongs down Santa Anita’s hillside turf course in 1:12.05. Ridden by Mike Smith, Ambitious Brew, idle since well beaten down the hill in the Grade I Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint on Nov. 5, sat a close second to Richard’s boy the entire trip and gradually wore him down right on the money. “The field was short but tough,” said Smith.  “I really wasn’t looking around too much, it was just about getting comfortable.  Marty had him ready to go today.  I thought I had it at the wire.  Victor’s horse is game though.  When I stayed close, his horse really responded…I didn’t... ...

Read More →

Cuddle Alert Takes Spring Fever

From Poplar Meadows ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 19, 2017) – The California-based stallion Bedford Falls was represented by his first black-type stakes winner on Sunday when his second-crop daughter Cuddle Alert upset Santa Anita Park’s $100,000 Spring Fever Handicap for Golden State Series eligible fillies and mares by a hard-fought head. After breaking from the rail at odds of 8-1 under veteran jockey Agapito Delgadillo, Cuddle Alert stalked the pace in fourth early, moved three-wide entering the stretch and relentlessly took aim upon front-runner Late ‘n Left, ultimately stopping the clock as a photo-finish winner in 1:09.86 for six furlongs. Her win also marked the first career stakes victory for trainer Melissa Saldana, who conditions Cuddle Alert for owners Reed Saldana and Leopoldo (“Polo”) Urbina. Cuddle Alert was produced by the winning Gilded Time mare Tee Dee, and bred in California by Carol Lingenfelter. The 6-year-old mare was sold privately as a 3-year-old by Bedford Falls Promotions Manager Lisa Groothedde, and has earned $229,000 to date with six wins and eight... ...

Read More →

Zakaroff Upset Winner of El Camino Real

By Bloodhorse.com ALBANY, Calif. (Feb. 18, 2017) –The odds were against Antone Metaxas’ Zakaroff during the $200,000 El Camino Real Derby (G3), and it wasn’t just because of his number on the infield tote board at Golden Gate Fields. Watch Video Off at 48-1, the Kentucky-bred son of California stallion Slew’s Tiznow   appeared to be full of run in the final turn of the 1 1/8-mile test on Golden Gate’s synthetic main track, but had nowhere to go. Traveling on the rail in sixth heading into the final turn, Zakaroff faced a wall of three horses just ahead of him, and had no way out with two horses boxing him in to his outside. But as the field turned for home, the complexion of the race changed entirely. The bunched-up group scattered and jockey Kyle Frey deftly found a path into the clear on the outside in the stretch, and the duo wore down favored Ann Arbor Eddie to win by a half-length. “Normally you might be (concerned about being... ...

Read More →

Bodhisattva Upsets Campbell at 22-1

By DRF.com LAUREL, Md. (Feb. 18, 2017) — The biggest win of Bodhisattva’s 28-race career came when he flashed high speed to win the $100,000 Federico Tesio Stakes at Pimlico as a 3-year-old in 2015. Generally, however, he’s a deep closer who needs to avoid traffic and make one big run. Saturday at Laurel Park, as a 22-1 longshot, Bodhisattva got both a clean trip and a big closing kick to upset odds-on favorite Page McKenney in the $75,000 John B. Campbell Handicap. In snapping a seven-race losing streak since his last win in the Carl Hanford Memorial at Delaware Park last July, Bodhisattva ($47.80), ridden by Carlos Quinones, followed up a good performance as the runner-up to Page McKenney, beaten 1 3/4 lengths, in last month’s Native Dancer at Laurel. “I was surprised he was 22-1,” said owner–trainer Jose Corrales.” He was just second to this horse last time. I finally got a jockey willing to listen to me. He rode a good race.” Corrales explained that Bodhisattva, a... ...

Read More →

Lucky Pulpit Dies of Heart Attack

By Bloodhorse.com COALINGA, Calif. (Feb. 12, 2017) —Lucky Pulpit  , the sire of two-time Horse of the Year California Chrome  , died Feb. 13 of an apparent heart attack while covering the first mare of the breeding season, according to Harris Farms, where he’s stood his entire career. “He was the picture of health all day,” said Dave McGlothlin, farm manager at Harris Farms. “He had a perfectly normal day. He and the teaser were talking smack to one another like they always did. We’re all stunned.” Both McGlothlin and stallion manager Raul Rosa were in the breeding shed with Lucky Pulpit when he collapsed coming off the mare. The 16-year-old son of Pulpit—Lady Soph, by Cozzene, was bred and raced by Larry and Marianne Williams. He won the Smile Stakes on the turf at Arlington International Race Course and placed in two graded stakes before retiring with $209,928 in earnings. Lucky Pulpit entered stud at Harris Farms near Coalingua, Calif., for a $2,500 fee. He stood this year for $7,500. He currently sits... ...

Read More →

Adam Gray Receives Maddy Award

ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 13, 2017) – California State Assemblyman Adam Gray has been honored as recipient of the prestigious Sen. Kenneth L. Maddy Award, presented by the California Thoroughbred Breeders Association at its annual awards banquet. “Adam has been a great supporter of racing and agriculture in the state and CTBA is honored to present him with such a prestigious award,” said Doug Burge, president of CTBA. Gray, a Democrat representing the 21st District that includes his native Merced, is only the second legislator to receive the award, which is named for the late California senator who was a great friend of the California Thoroughbred industry and a force behind a bill that brought licensing relief to tracks. The only other recipient of the award was Sen. Andy Vidak in 2014. “It is an honor to receive the Senator Kenneth L. Maddy Award,” Gray said. “California horse racing and the breeding of quality California-bred Thoroughbreds is synonymous with Senator Maddy. “California is at the forefront of producing top-quality Thoroughbred racehorses,... ...

Read More →

Miss Sunset Rebounds With Sweet Life Win

By DRF.com ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 12, 2017) — California-bred Miss Sunset lost her unbeaten record when she trailed home last of six in an optional claimer in the mud at Santa Anita on Jan. 13. The race has largely been forgotten. Miss Sunset ($14.40) rebounded on Sunday to win her stakes debut on turf in the $91,935 Sweet Life Stakes for 3-year-old fillies on the hillside course. Ridden by Edwin Maldonado, Miss Sunset led throughout and won by a half-length over Miss Sugars, the 2-1 favorite. For Maldonado, the Sweet Life was his fourth win of the winter-spring meeting. He was out of action for nearly four months after sustaining rib injuries in a spill during morning training at Del Mar on Labor Day weekend. Maldonado returned to riding in late December. The Sweet Life was his first stakes win since California Diamond in the Santa Anita Juvenile here last July. In the Sweet Life, Miss Sunset led narrowly over Hot in the City on the hillside, after a quarter-mile... ...

Read More →

Horse of the Year? It’s ‘Chrome, Again

PASADENA, Calif. (Feb. 8, 2017) – California Chrome was named the California-bred Horse of the Year for 2016 at the California Thoroughbred Breeders Association’s Annual Meeting and Awards Dinner held Wednesday night at the Langham Huntington in Pasadena. Ashleyluvssugar and Masochistic were the other finalists for Horse of the Year, an award California Chrome also won in 2014. The other champions presented at the dinner: Champion Sire of California Conceived Foals by Earnings – Lucky Pulpit, property of Mr. and Mrs. Larry D. Williams. Champion Sire of California Conceived Foals by Turf Earnings – Unusual Heat, property of The Unusual Heat Syndicate. Champion Sire of California Conceived Two-Year-Olds by Earnings – Square Eddie, property of Reddam Racing LLC. Champion Freshman Sire of California Conceived Foals by Earnings – Empire Way, property of Heinz Steinmann. Champion Sire of California Conceived Foals by Number of Winners – Lucky Pulpit, property of Mr. and Mrs. Larry D. Williams. Champion Breeders of California Foaled Thoroughbreds by Earnings – Perry Martin & Steve Coburn. Trainer... ...

Read More →

Richard’s Boy Awaits Dubai Invitation

From Rockingham Ranch ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb., 4 2017) – Peter Miller is hopeful to take California-bred Richard’s Boy to the Dubai World Cup at Meydan Racecourse. With the wind at his back, Miller has continued to keep his barn hot. Miller finished 2016 as the leading trainer at the Del Mar meet with 16 wins in 46 starts giving him a winning percentage of 35% and finishing in the money an impressive 59%. He goes into this weekend as leading trainer of the Santa Anita meet with 13 wins in 48 starts and a winning percentage of 27% and finishing in the money 66% of the time. Last weekend Miller won the Cal Cup Sprint with Richard’s Boy, a son of Idiot Proof. Miller has nominated Richard’s Boy for both the Al Quoz Sprint – GI at 1200m on the turf and the Dubai Golden Shaheen – G1 at 1200m on the dirt at the Dubai Word Cup. “He has shown a ton of versatility, being able to win on... ...

Read More →

Ralis Retired to Stud Duty

By Bloodhorse.com ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 4, 2017) — California-bred Grade 1 winner Ralis has been retired from racing because of a tendon injury and will participate in the 2017 breeding season, trainer Doug O’Neill said Feb. 4. O’Neill said he was unsure where Reddam Racing’s homebred 4-year-old son of Square Eddie   will stand. As a 2-year-old, the California-bred shipped to Saratoga Race Course to win the 2015 Hopeful Stakes (G1) and never returned to the winner’s circle. He did run well in multiple tries on turf, however, including a second-place run in the 2016 Del Mar Derby (G2T). MITCHELL: Ralis Rallies to Hopeful Stakes Upset “It was unfortunate that he didn’t win as a 3-year-old, but after winning a grade 1 as a 2-year-old on dirt, he turned out to be a really nice turf horse,” O’Neill said. “He had a couple races, if maybe we had a little more luck, he could have won, but he’s had a great career and should be a useful stud.” Ralis won two races... ...

Read More →

Armando Lage Passes at 59

By Bloodhorse.com RICHMOND, Calif. (Feb. 2, 2017) — Trainer Armando Lage died of a heart attack Dec. 31 at his home in Richmond, Calif., according to his long-time friend, fellow trainer O.J. Jauregui. Lage was 59. A Bay Area fixture in recent years, Lage won 1,259 races from 9,083 starters and earned more than $20 million in purses. “He was a good trainer and a better person,” said trainer Steve Miyadi. “He was strong mentally and physically, (and) a great father and a stand-up guy who told it the way it was, which so few do.” Lage is survived by his wife, Iga, two daughters, and several grandchildren. ...

Read More →

‘Chrome’s X-rays Come Back Clean

By Bloodhorse.com NICHOLSVILLE, Ky. (Jan. 30, 2017) –Two-time Horse of the Year California Chrome   is settling in at Taylor Made Farm near Nicholasville, Ky., after arriving Jan. 29. X-rays following his final race are all clear. After finishing ninth in the Pegasus World Cup Invitational (G1) Jan. 28 at Gulfstream Park, trainer Art Sherman said there was a small amount of swelling in California Chrome’s right knee, which the trainer didn’t think was too serious. To be cautious, Taylor Made conducted X-rays of the knee and found no injury, according to Taylor Made’s Duncan Taylor. In fact, as it has after every California Chrome race, Taylor Made conducted a full set of X-rays and the champion is all clear. “They thought that when he jogged he may have been a little off in the right front, and they thought there might have been a little heat in his right knee,” Duncan Taylor said Jan. 30. “We’ve been X-raying him after every race, so we went ahead and did a full set of... ...

Read More →

Ann Arbor Eddie Prevails in Derby

From Santa Anita Publicity ARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 28, 2017)–In an exhausting stretch run, Reddam Racing’s homebred Ann Arbor Eddie was the last man standing in Saturday’s $250,000 California Cup Derby for Golden State Series eligibles, as the 3-year-old Square Eddie gelding wore down California Diamond to win by a half length.  Ridden by Mario Gutierrez and trained by Doug O’Neill, he got 1 1/16 miles in 1:44.65. Breaking from post position two in a field of seven California-bred or sired sophomores, Ann Arbor Eddie sat a close second throughout, but trailed the pacesetter by about two lengths with a furlong to run. “When we turned for home, we were in trouble and he just keeps trying and trying and trying,” said Dennis O’Neill, who serves as an assistant to his brother, Doug, who was away on Saturday at Gulfstream Park.  “We prayed that the wire wouldn’t come too soon.  We had a good day.  We had three seconds.  It’s great for Paul (Reddam).  Paul puts a lot into the Cal-breds. ... ...

Read More →

Ashleyluvssugar Wins Turf Classic

From Santa Anita Publicity ARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 28, 2017)–In a thrilling stretch drive, favored Ashleyluvssugar overhauled What a View to prevail by a half length in Saturday’s $250,000 California Cup Turf Classic for Golden State Series eligibles at Santa Anita. Ridden to perfection by Flavien Prat and conditioned by Peter Eurton, the 6-year-old California-bred gelding by Game Plan got a mile and one eighth in 1:46.43. As expected, What a View went to the lead under Tyler Baze and held a two length advantage mid-way around the far turn, but Prat stepped on the gas approaching the quarter pole, and it was “game-on” from there to the wire, with Ashleyluvssugar gaining the advantage in the final fifty yards. “He got a perfect ride,” said Eurton. “I think they (Prat and the horse) are just getting to know each other. I think ‘Flavvy’ was just a little bit nervous in the paddock, but the kid is so good, so good. Other than telling him the horse likes to be outside, I... ...

Read More →

Richard’s Boy Holds On in Sprint

By DRF.com ARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 28, 2017) — Nearly two years after he was acquired privately, Richard’s Boy is still providing massive rewards for Gary Hartunian’s Rockingham Ranch. In Saturday’s $150,345 California Cup Sprint at Santa Anita, Richard’s Boy held off a stubborn Well Measured to win the six-furlong race for California-breds by a nose. The winner’s share was worth $90,000. Richard’s Boy won his third stakes in the Cal Cup Sprint, and first on dirt. He won sprint stakes on turf here and at Santa Rosa in 2015. Ridden by Flavien Prat, Richard’s Boy earned Saturday’s victory. He was challenged early by Jimmy Bouncer and Acceptance, racing within a neck of the lead through early fractions of 21.89 seconds for the opening quarter-mile and 44.38 for a half-mile. Acceptance led narrowly with a quarter-mile remaining, but Richard’s Boy led by a half-length over Acceptance at the eighth pole and held off Well Measured at the finish. Richard’s Boy ($6) ran six furlongs in 1:08.71. “He’s an old, classy horse,”... ...

Read More →

Sircat Sally Still Perfect After Oaks Win

From Santa Anita Publicity ARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 28, 2017)–A winner of her first two main track starts by a combined 17 lengths, Joe Turner’s homebred Sircat Sally tried turf for the first time on Saturday at Santa Anita and she waltzed to a facile 2 ¼ length win in the $200,000 California Cup Oaks for Golden State Series eligibles under Tyler Baze.  Trained by Jerry Hollendorfer, she negotiated a flat mile in 1:35.08. Off as the heavy 4-5 favorite in a field of eight California-bred or sired 3-year-old fillies, she paid $3.80, $3.40 and $2.10. Out of the In Excess mare, Sister Sally, she picked up $110,000 for the win, increasing her earnings to $198,200. A comfortable second, just a neck off pacesetter Adios Cali with three furlongs to run, Sircat Sally took charge a quarter mile from home and was never threatened. Longshot How About Zero, who removed blinkers today, ran well from off the pace to be second, 1 ¾ lengths in front of Princess Roi.  Off at... ...

Read More →

Enola Gray Speeds to Turf Sprint Win

From Santa Anita Publicity ARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 28, 2017)–Nick Alexander’s classy homebred Enola Gray showed her customary early zip and went on to an authoritative 3 ¼ length win under Tyler Baze in Saturday’s $150,000 Sunshine Millions Filly & Mare Turf Sprint, the first of five stakes restricted to horses bred or sired in California that are Golden State Series eligible.  Trained by Phil D’Amato, the 4-year-old Grazen filly got 6 ½ furlongs down Santa Anita’s hillside turf course in 1:12.10. Breaking from post position two in a field of eight older fillies and mares, Enola Gray sat just outside of eventual third place finisher Desert Steel down the hill through splits of 21.55, 43.04 and 1:05.86.  Head and head at the dirt crossing three sixteenths of a mile from home, Enola Gray asserted her superiority leaving the sixteenth pole and won in-hand. “I had a beautiful trip,” said Baze.  “She’s an unbelievable filly.  Once I put Bejarano away (aboard Desert Steel) it was pretty much over from there and... ...

Read More →

‘Chrome Again Horse of the Year

By Bloodhorse.com HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. (Jan. 21, 2017) — Any time a horse is honored with the title Horse of the Year, he or she joins elite company. But California Chrome  ’s second Horse of the Year honor for 2016—which was awarded to his connections Jan. 21 at Gulfstream Park—uniquely situates the chestnut in the history of the game. Plenty of previous horses have earned multiple Horse of the Year awards—11 (since 1936, when awards became official), to be exact—but only two before California Chrome won in non-consecutive years. The fleeting nature of the sport, which often sees youthful horses retire before full maturity, does not lend itself to horses finding top form in non-consecutive years. But the California-bred son of Lucky Pulpit   who has captured so many hearts is now in the company of Hall of Famers Native Dancer (1952 and 1954) and John Henry (1981 and 1984) as those who have sustained excellence enough to be considered the best horse in the country at significantly different stages of their... ...

Read More →

‘Chrome’s Dubai Win Top ’16 Moment

By Bloodhorse.com LEXINGTON, Ky. (Jan. 20, 2017) –The National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) announced Jan. 20 that California Chrome  ‘s win in the Dubai World Cup Sponsored by Emirates Airline (G1) has been named the 2016 NTRA Moment of the Year based on the results of a record 2,817 votes cast via Twitter and an online poll.   California Chrome’s connections—owners California Chrome LLC (Perry and Denise Martin, Taylor Made Stallions, et al.), trainer Art Sherman, and jockey Victor Espinoza—will be awarded the 2016 Moment of the Year trophy at the 46th Annual Eclipse Awards Presented by Daily Racing Form, Breeders’ Cup, and The Stronach Group Jan. 21 at Gulfstream Park.   California Chrome became North America’s all-time earnings leader with his win in the world’s richest race, the $10 million Dubai World Cup, at Meydan Racecourse. The $6 million winner’s share pushed his career bankroll to $12,532,650, surpassing Curlin  ‘s previous mark. The winning margin was 3 3/4 lengths but might have been even wider had Espinoza not felt his saddle... ...

Read More →

Box Score to Stand at Milky Way Farm

TEMECULA, Calif. (Jan. 19, 2017) — Box Score, a 6-year-old son of standout stallion Dynaformer, will stand the 2017 breeding season at Milky Way Farm for a $1,000 fee live foal guarantee. Box Score was unraced because of injury while preparing for racing at Del Mar for Carla Garines and breeder Spendthrift Farms. Box Score is out of the Danzig mare Curriculum, a half-sister to leading stallion Malibu Moon. ...

Read More →

Finnegans Wake Stands at Ballena Vista

From Rockingham Ranch RAMONA, Calif. (Jan. 19, 2017)- Rockingham Ranch has retired $1.5 million-earning Grade I winner Finnegans Wake and he will enter stud at Ballena Vista Farm for a fee of $3,500, as the property of Rockingham Ranch. Campaigned by Donegal Racing and Rockingham Ranch, the son of Powerscourt (Sadler’s Wells) broke his maiden second outing and went on to capture eight wins from 37. Overall, he was in the money 43 percent of the time while competing against the best turf horses of his generation. In taking the Woodford Reserve Turf Classic Stakes (Grade I) he defeated Grade I winners Seek Again and Jack Milton.  Finnegans Wake also captured in succession the San Marcos Stakes  Grade II, San Gabriel Stakes Grade II and the Hollywood Turf Cup Stakes Grade II. Finnegans Wake was produced from the 100 percent-producing Silver Ghost broodmare Boat’s Ghost, and is a half sibling to graded stakes filly Puca.  Peter Miller was the  trainer of Finnegans Wake for his connections for the major wins... ...

Read More →

Cal-bred Connections Sell at Barretts

By Bloodhorse.com POMONA, Calif. (Jan. 18, 2017) — Andy Havens’ Havens Bloodstock Agency sold the leading 2-year-old at Tuesday’s Barretts January mixed Sale, a California-bred daughter of Storm Wolf which brought $45,000, and the sale’s top-priced yearling, a Kentucky-bred son of Lucky Pulpit   sold for $40,000. Dr. Patrick Sheehy’s Super Horse purchased the Storm Wolf filly, who is a half sister to grade 2 stakes winner Dothraki Queen. The dam, the Saint Ballado mare Sharaiji Blossom, is a half sister to Kentucky Oaks (G1) winner Blushing K. D., Canadian champion Ambitious Cat, Hong Kong Horse of the Year Electronic Unicorn, and stakes winner February Storm. Havens consigned the Storm Wolf filly for Liberty Road Stables. Trainer Peter Eurton accompanied Sheehy to the sale. Eurton has just begun training for Sheehy, whose stable includes the unraced 3-year-old filly Flower Heart Deer, a name given to her by the owner’s granddaughter. “The filly is nicely conformed, and I think her sire is underused,” said Sheehy of the filly he bought and her... ...

Read More →

Metaboss to Stand at Harris Farms

By Bloodhorse.com COALINGA, Calif. (Jan. 17, 2017) — Grade 3 winner Metaboss has been retired and will enter stud this year at Harris Farms near Coalinga, Calif., for a fee of $2,000 stands and nurses. A versatile 5-year-old son of Street Boss  , Metaboss won the El Camino Real Derby (G3) as a 3-year-old and was a fast-closing second in the 2016 Del Mar Handicap Presented by the Japan Racing Association (G2T) on grass. Produced from the stakes-placed Free House mare Spinning Yarns, Metaboss was bred in Kentucky by Mr. and Mrs. John Toffan and purchased by Mersad Metanovic for $10,000 from the Mill Ridge offerings at the 2012 Keeneland November breeding stock sale. Racing for a partnership that included Metanovic, Nevada-based Daniel Preiss, Chuck Azacarate, Milan Mcfetridge, and M&S Stables, among others, Metaboss won three of 12 starts and earned $300,420. Metaboss was retired after sustaining a small sesamoid fracture during a workout in preparation for last year’s Longines Breeders’ Cup Turf (G1T). He was trained primarily by Phil D’Amato,... ...

Read More →

Bodhisattva Enters Native Dancer

LAUREL, Md. (Jan. 18, 2017) – Bodhisattva is the lone California-bred entered in Saturday’s $75,000 Native Dancer Stakes at Laurel Park. Bodhisattva is by Student Council, out of the Talk Is Money mare Dr. Cheryl P., was bred by Andy Stronach and is owned by trainer Jose Corrales. He has five wins in 26 starts, earnings of $263,633 and is coming off a sixth in the Dec. 31 Dave’s Friend. ...

Read More →

‘Chrome Works at Gulfstream Park

By Bloodhorse.com HALLENDALE, Fla. (Jan. 14, 2017) — Alan Sherman still has a job to do. Most important, so too does the champion chestnut Sherman and his father have had in their care for over four seasons now. So as much as Sherman gets asked about the emotions of the moment, how his barn will cope once they officially have to move on from being the home of 2014 Horse of the Year California Chrome  , he needs all involved to remain laser focused on the fact the son of Lucky Pulpit   isn’t done yet. There is still one last target, the most lucrative one yet, and a expected adversary who not be the least bit forgiving if his older rival brings anything but his best game to the table. With California Chrome’s penultimate move before his expected career finale in the $12 million Pegasus World Cup (G1) Jan. 28, Sherman made sure not to leave anything to chance. In the 6-year-old horse’s first serious breeze since arriving at Gulfstream Park... ...

Read More →

Breeders’ Cup ’17 Bans Masochistic, Ellis

By Bloodhorse.com LEXINGTON, Ky. (Jan. 10, 2017) –Breeders’ Cup has notified trainer Ron Ellis and the owners of California-bred Masochistic, Jay Em Ess Stable and Los Pollos Hermanos Racing, of action taken pursuant to its prohibited substance rule and convicted trainer rule. As a result of the issuance of a ruling by the Santa Anita Park board of stewards disqualifying Masochistic from a second-place finish in the TwinSpires Breeders’ Cup Sprint (G1), and redistributing the purse based upon a positive test finding for the anabolic steroid stanozolol, the following actions have been taken. With a first violation of the prohibited substance rule in a Breeders’ Cup World Championships race, Ellis, and all horses directly or indirectly in his care will be ineligible to participate in the Breeders’ Cup World Championships in 2017. Breeders’ Cup rules prohibit the transfer of horses in Ellis’ barn to any other person associated with Ellis for the purpose of competing in the Breeders’ Cup. Under the convicted trainer rule, Masochistic will be ineligible to compete in the 2017... ...

Read More →

‘Chrome Jogs at Gulfstream Park

By Bloodhorse.com HALLANDALE, Fla. (Jan. 8, 2017) — On an unseasonably cold morning in South Florida, Pegasus World Cup (G1) contender California Chrome   paid his first visit to the Gulfstream Park main track Jan. 8 with a spirited jog. With his regular exercise rider Dihigi Gladney aboard, California Chrome, who arrived at Gulfstream from Southern California Jan. 6, hit the track at 5:45 a.m. The temperature at the time was in the mid-40s with a strong and persistent northerly wind. After jogging once counter-clockwise around the track, Gladney advised assistant trainer Alan Sherman that the 6-year-old needed another spin around the oval to take the edge off. “That’s why we ended up jogging him twice, just because he has been off three days,” Gladney explained. “They walked him yesterday after he got here on Friday, so I knew today was going to be tough. And this weather today was not my best friend, either. But you know what? He’s the type of horse that has energy, regardless. He doesn’t care whether... ...

Read More →

NorCal Sale Grad Wins at Santa Anita

ARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 7, 2017) – Northern California Yearling Sale graduate Divine Spark won a state-bred maiden special weight race at Santa Anita on Saturday. Divine Spark is by Lucky Pulpit, out of the Cee’s Tizzy mare Mulberry Lane, was bred by Harris Farms, is owned by George Bolton, Jeff Davenport, Andrew Molasky and David Whelihan and is trained by Bob Baffert. Divine Spark was purchased at the Northern California Yearling Sale for $20,000 by Sean McCarthy, agent, and re-sold at Barretts for $150,000. The 3-year-old filly won by a head at odds of 1-2 in the field of eight and ran the 5 ½ furlongs on a sloppy track in 1:04.87. ...

Read More →

‘Chrome Arrives at Gulfstream Park

By Bloodhorse.com HALLANDALE, Fla. (Jan. 6, 2017) — California Chrome   arrived at Gulfstream Park Jan. 6 to continue preparations for a highly anticipated rematch with Arrogate in the inaugural running of the $12 million Pegasus World Cup Invitational (G1) Jan. 28.              Accompanied by a state police escort from Palm Beach International Airport, the van carrying the 2014 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (G1) and Preakness Stakes (G1) winner drove through the stable gate at 5:40 p.m. ET, completing a journey that began at Los Alamitos Race Course in Southern California early Friday morning.              Supervised by trainer Art Sherman’s son and assistant, Alan Sherman, California Chrome quickly settled into Stall 2 in Barn 2 on the Gulfstream backstretch. “He looks great. He traveled well. He’s drinking and looking for his hay,” Alan Sherman said. “He’s bright-eyed. He looks good.”              Alan Sherman said California Chrome will walk the shedrow Jan. 7 and is scheduled to get acquainted with the Gulfstream racetrack Jan. 8. Thoroughbred racing’s most... ...

Read More →

Hovdey on California Chrome

By Jay Hovdey, DRF.com CYPRESS, Calif. (Jan. 6, 2017) — A dozen or so of California Chrome’s loyal fans were gathered at Art Sherman’s Los Alamitos barn in the wee hours of a chilly Friday morning to pay homage to their chestnut hero as he prepared to leave for Florida and his final start in the Pegasus World Cup on Jan. 28. It was a little before 2 a.m. The mood was reverent. Then Sherman pulled up in his Mercedes GLC 300, and the party started. “Are we ready?” Sherman announced, playing to the small crowd. What began as a melancholy vigil morphed into a milling celebration. Someone produced a tray of cupcakes with each letter of “Good Luck California Chrome” twirled on the frosting. The coffee pot in Sherman’s brightly lit office was drained dry. The Friday morning flight from Ontario International, just to the east of Santa Anita, aboard the Hubbard Transportation charter would be stopping in El Paso, Texas, before going on to Fort Lauderdale, Fla.., not... ...

Read More →

Dads Caps to Stand at Legacy

From Legacy Ranch CLEMENTS, Calif. (Jan. 6, 2017) — Owner Vince Scuderi announced today that his multiple graded stakes-winning homebred millionaire Dads Caps will join the California stallions ranks at Legacy Ranch.  Dads Caps is a seven-year-old son of Discreet Cat, out of the multiple stakes producing Grindstone mare Seeking the Silver.  Dads Caps’ multiple graded stakes winning half-sister Paulassilverlining recently passed the million-dollar mark in earnings, winning the Garland of Roses Stakes. In her previous start, she was third in the Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Sprint and is currently Eclipse Award nominated in her division.     Dads Caps won or placed in 14 stakes—all on the NYRA circuit, while accumulating $1,110,467 in lifetime earnings.     Dads Caps won back-to-back editions of the Grade 1 Carter Handicap in 2014 and 2015, and narrowly missed the hat trick with a close third-place finish in 2016. “We had a tremendous run with Dads Caps,” said Scuderi.  “For four seasons he took on the best sprinters of his generation and his record is... ...

Read More →

NorCal Yearling Sale Set for Aug. 15

PLEASANTON, Calif. (Jan. 5, 2016) – California Thoroughbred Breeders Association will hold the 2017 Northern California Yearling and Horses of Racing Age Sale on Tuesday, August 15, at the Alameda County Fairgrounds in Pleasanton, beginning at noon.Entries close on Monday, June 5, 2017 and entry forms will be mailed around May 1, 2017.For further information, contact Cookie Hackworth at 626-445-7800, ext. 243, or email cookie@ctba.com<mailto:cookie@ctba.com>. ...

Read More →

‘Chrome Finalist for Horse of the Year

By DRF.com ARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 5, 2017) — Arrogate and California Chrome battled it out in the Breeders’ Cup Classic and are the leading contenders for Horse of the Year after they were named as two of the three finalists for the year’s top honor – along with the 3-year-old filly Songbird – when the three finalists in each of 11 equine and six human Eclipse Award categories were announced on Thursday. All three finalists for Horse of the Year are heavy favorites to win divisional titles, with Arrogate the leading prospect to be crowned champion 3-year-old male, California Chrome champion older dirt male, and Songbird champion 3-year-old filly. Songbird is a decided outsider for Horse of the Year, but the choice between Arrogate and California Chrome basically boils down to this – does an overall body of work supersede a lone meeting? That is what the voters – representing Daily Racing Form, the National Turf Writers and Broadcasters Association, and racing secretaries and Equibase employees who vote under the... ...

Read More →

‘Chrome has Final Los Alamitos Work

By Bloodhorse.com CYPRESS, Calif. (Jan. 4, 2017) — California Chrome   stepped on the track at Los Alamitos Race Course for the last time Jan. 4. You wouldn’t know it from the way he behaved on the track, because the 6-year-old chestnut went through the motions like he has so many times before. Under regular exercise rider Dihigi Gladney, the California-bred stood motionless at the gap, overseeing his domain for the last time, before backtracking and then galloping into his work. The drill was his professional norm, a carbon copy of his morning workouts in recent years—pulling on Gladney early with an eagerness to run and powerfully accelerating in the stretch. The first quarter went in :25 flat, but he quickened to run a half-mile in :48 2/5 and hit the wire in 1:00 1/5 for five furlongs, with a gallop out to six furlongs in 1:13 3/5. “He looked like he was going so easy,” trainer Art Sherman said. As the son of Lucky Pulpit   made his way back to... ...

Read More →

Kathballu Wins Pan Zareta Stakes

NEW ORLEANS, La. (Dec. 31, 2016) – Kathballu, a Kentucky-bred daughter of California stallion Bluegrass Cat, won Saturday’s $50,000 Pan Zareta Stakes for fillies and mares at Fair Grounds. She ran the six furlongs in 1:10.72 and won by 3 ½ lengths as the 4-5 favorite in the field of five. Kathballu has six wins in 22 starts and earnings of $327,864. She was coming off a win in the Nov. 19 Orleans Stakes. ...

Read More →

Solid Wager in Dead-heat Stakes Win

By Bloodhorse.com ARCADIA, Calif. (Dec. 31, 2016) –Trainer Peter Miller is on quite a run at Santa Anita Park—so much so that he won the $100,000 Midnight Lute Stakes (gr. III) Dec. 31 with two different horses. California-bred Solid Wager and St. Joe Bay, both trained by Miller, made it a crowded winner’s circle Saturday with a dead-heat for first in the 6 1/2-furlong Midnight Lute. The  two arrived at the wire with entirely different trips. Altamira Racing Stable and David Bernsen’s St. Joe Bay—a 4-year-old by St. Anddan—set the pace under jockey Kent Desormeaux, with fractions of :21.47 and :43.57 through a half mile, while Solid Wager—a 5-year-old Birdonthewire gelding owned by Gary and Cecil Barber and Stanford Stable—lagged well behind the top four horses, as many as eight lengths behind the leader. Under the guidance of Victor Espinoza, however, Solid Wager began to make up ground in the turn and surged in the stretch on the outside to move alongside his stablemate in the final strides. The top... ...

Read More →

Bad Ju Ju Keeps On Winning

From Santa Anita Publicity ARCADIA, Calif. (Dec. 30, 2016)–Last with three furlongs to run, California-bred Bad Ju Ju surged to the lead a sixteenth of a mile from home to take Friday’s $75,000 Kalookan Queen Stakes at Santa Anita by 2 ½ lengths under Norberto Arroyo, Jr. Trained by Peter Miller, the 4-year-old daughter of Desert Code got 6 ½ furlongs in 1:16.04 over a main track listed as wet fast. Claimed three starts back for $40,000 on Oct. 8, Bad Ju Ju got her first stakes win while winning for the third consecutive time for Rockingham Ranch. Off at 4-1 in a field of eight fillies and mares three and up, she paid $10.80, $5.20 and $5.00. “What a ride!” exclaimed Miller. “She was down inside and then he was able to tip outside coming to the quarter pole…I could see he was loaded, but I was afraid he was going to get stopped. We’ll nominate to the Santa Monica (Grade II, seven furlongs on Jan. 21), but she’s... ...

Read More →

Heatseeker Euthanized at 14

From Harris Farms COALINGA, Calif. (Dec. 30, 2016) — Stallion Heatseeker (2003 h., by Giant’s Causeway out of Rusty Back, by Defensive Play) was euthanized on December 27 at the Veterinary Teaching Hospital at the University of California, Davis due to injuries incurred in a paddock accident at Harris Farms. The 14-year-old G1 winning millionaire entered stud in 2009 at Hill ‘n Dale Farm in Kentucky and moved to Harris Farms in 2012. Bred in Ireland by Richard F. Barnes, Heatseeker broke his maiden in Ireland at first asking and was G1 placed as a 2-year-old. Campaigned by William Deburgh and trained by Robert Frankel, Heatseeker moved to North America and won an allowance race and was stakes placed at Hollywood Park as a 4-year-old. After transferring to Jerry Hollendorfer’s barn, Heatseeker went on to win the Native Diver H. G3, Santa Anita H. G1 and Californian Stakes G2 while setting four track records and retiring with earnings of $1,177,778. From five crops to race, Heatseeker has sired 189 foals... ...

Read More →

IRS Proposes Pari-mutuel Changes

From American Horse Council WASHINGTON, D.C. (Dec. 29, 2016) –The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has published a proposed rule regarding withholding requirements on pari-mutuel winnings. The proposed rule would make changes to withholding requirements that are more accurate and reflect the current state of wagering in the horse racing industry. These changes, if made final, will be of great benefit to horse players and the racing industry. Specifically, the proposed rule would define “amount of the wager” as the total amount wagered by a bettor into a specific pari-mutuel pool on a single ticket for purposes of determining whether wagering proceeds are subject to 25% withholding on winnings of $5,000 or more and are at least 300 times as large as the amount wagered. Currently, the IRS does not recognize the total amount wagered on an exotic bet with “boxes,” “wheels,” and “keys,” when determining whether the 300:1 ratio has been met and 25% withholding is triggered, only the cost of the individual winning bet. This greatly increases the number... ...

Read More →

‘Chrome Unfazed in Early Workout

By Bloodhorse.com CYPRESS, Calif. (Dec. 29, 2016) — Rain in the forecast forced a change in California Chrome  ‘s training schedule in preparation for the Jan. 28 Pegasus World Cup (gr. I), but it didn’t alter the standard mood on the deck at Schwanie’s At The Gap Dec. 29. Per usual, trainer Art Sherman and assistant trainer Alan Sherman greeted onlookers with warmth or an occasional, good-natured verbal jab on the elevated platform of Los Alamitos Race Course‘s trackside grill. In the absence of normal Schwanie’s workmate, Quarter Horse trainer John Cooper, Hall of Fame conditioner Jerry Hollendorfer filled in as the lights turned on in the early morning darkness. “We opened the track early for you. What took you so long?” Alan Sherman said with a laugh, as the well-known early riser Hollendorfer approached in a golf cart. “Make sure you write in your article that I woulda worked him five-eighths,” Hollendorfer playfully shot back. California Chrome didn’t work five furlongs, of course, but covered a half-mile in an easy... ...

Read More →

Bettys Bambino Victorious in Comeback

ARCADIA, Calif. (Dec. 26, 2016) — Course specialist Bettys Bambino returned spectacularly from a 22-month layoff by winning Monday’s $102,415 Grade III San Simeon Stakes, his fifth consecutive victory, all on Santa Anita’s unique hillside turf course. Bettys Bambino is by Unusual Heat, out of the High Brite mare Brite Betty, was bred by owners Alesia, Ciaglia and Mellen and is trained by Peter Eurton. “We’ve been away 22 months and I was just hoping we’d run and then run back in the Cal Cup (Sprint, Jan. 28),” said Joe Ciaglia. “This is so amazing. He was one week away from running here last spring and he hurt his shoulder. I can’t believe it. We came from off the pace and there were some good horses in here. Breeding horses like this . . . owning the mare, breeding her and seeing her kids grow up, it’s just an amazing experience. There’s nothing more satisfying.” Bettys Bambino has seven wins in 11 starts, earnings of $378,036 and was making his... ...

Read More →

Bartons Out to Prove Champ Pegasus

By DRF.com CLEMENTS, Calif. (Dec. 21, 2016) — The gamble will take all of 2017 to unfold. California owner and breeder Richard Barton has amassed a massive broodmare band in recent years and has sent many of them to the young stallion Champ Pegasus, whose first foals race next year. By next Christmas, Barton is hoping the stallion will be the talk of California racing. Barton, 69, has been a racehorse owner for decades but has intensified his investment in recent years, with significant purchases at the Keeneland November sale – 51 horses last month, for example, mostly broodmares. In the next year, his operation will be active through ongoing support of Champ Pegasus, racing a small number of horses and offering yearlings at sales throughout the state. “We’ll try to make it a better year,” Barton said in a recent interview. “2016 wasn’t a bad year. We haven’t had any big stakes horses, and we didn’t have big runners. We didn’t lose any money.” Finding a “big horse” in... ...

Read More →

DRF.com on California Stallions

By DRF.com COALINGA, Calif. (Dec. 19, 2016) — Lucky Pulpit’s reign atop the California sire ranks was cemented less than a quarter of the way through 2016, as California Chrome stormed down the stretch to dominate the $10 million Dubai World Cup. The victory in what was then the world’s richest race helped California Chrome become North America’s all-time leading earner, with career earnings standing at $14.5 million following his win in the Los Alamitos Winter Challenge on Dec. 17. With his champion son powering him, Lucky Pulpit bankrolled a staggering $10,705,253 from all his runners combined through that date to lead the California general sires list, with 75 winners from 161 starters. Lucky Pulpit not only outdistanced the next stallions on the earnings list – California newcomer Bluegrass Cat ($5,509,827), the pensioned Unusual Heat ($3,613,115), and the late Tribal Rule ($3,230,802) – he also shattered Unusual Heat’s single-season California record for progeny earnings of $5.8 million. Lucky Pulpit, by Pulpit, raced as a homebred for Idaho-based owners Larry and... ...

Read More →

Hovdey on California Chrome

By Jay Hovdey, DRF.com CYPRESS, Calif. (Dec. 19, 2016) — Sometimes it’s okay to just watch them run, to strip away all the folderol that has nothing to do with the heart of the matter and simply enjoy the sight of a remarkable Thoroughbred in action. It happened that way with Tom Fool on Oct. 24, 1953, when he faced just two in the Pimlico Special, the final start of his career. There was no betting on the race – I mean, what’s the point? – and Tom Fool already had secured his Horse of the Year title with nine straight wins. But the 18,965 fans were there to see the big horse run, as well as gamble on eight other races, and Tom Fool did not disappoint. He won by eight in track-record time. The New York fans who gathered at Aqueduct on Sept. 22, 1965, had no way of knowing that the featured Stymie Handicap would be Kelso’s last moment in the sun. Yes, he was 8 years... ...

Read More →

‘Chrome Repeats with Vox Populi

By Bloodhorse.com LEXINGTON, Ky. (Dec. 19, 2016) — California-bred California Chrome, the 5-year-old chestnut champion whose stellar season catapulted him to be North American racing’s all-time leading earner, has been selected to receive the 2016 Secretariat Vox Populi, or “Voice of the People,” Award.   It is the second time California Chrome has been selected for the award that recognizes the horse whose popularity and racing excellence best resounded with the American public and gained recognition for Thoroughbred racing. He is the first repeat winner of the award.   California Chrome also received the award in 2014 after winning the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) and Preakness Stakes (gr. I), and building a coast-to-coast fan base of “Chromies” during his Triple Crown campaign. He earned the Horse of the Year honor that season.   Following his Cinderella story, though, injuries contributed to a disappointing 2015 racing season. California Chrome’s celebrated comeback in 2016 was highlighted by seven wins in eight starts, including commanding performances in the Dubai... ...

Read More →

Ann Arbor Eddie Wins King Glorious

By DRF.com CYPRESS, Calif. (Dec. 18, 2016) — Ann Arbor Eddie held off a sustained threat from the heavily favored California Diamond to win his first stakes in Sunday’s $100,000 King Glorious Stakes for 2-year-old Golden State Series eligibles at Los Alamitos. The King Glorious Stakes was the top race on the final day of the Los Alamitos two-week winter meeting. Santa Anita opens its winter-spring meeting on Dec. 26. Ann Arbor Eddie ($7.20) won by 1 1/4 lengths over 2-5 California Diamond, the two racing within a half-length of each other throughout. The race was very much a tactical battle between jockey Mario Gutierrez on Ann Arbor Eddie and Kent Desormeaux on California Diamond. California Diamond dueled with Ann Arbor Eddie through the first half-mile, leading narrowly. Ann Arbor Eddie led by a half-length with a quarter-mile remaining and was briefly passed by California Diamond in the stretch for a few strides. Ann Arbor Eddie regained the lead and pulled away in the final sixteenth while racing on the... ...

Read More →

Sherman Amazed at ‘Chrome’s Recovery

By DRF.com CYPRESS, Calif. (Dec. 17, 2016) — California Chrome won the 15th stakes of his career with a record-setting performance against nine overmatched rivals in the $180,000 Los Alamitos Winter Challenge on Saturday. In the hours after the race, trainer Art Sherman saw little evidence California Chrome had spent a small portion of the afternoon on the track. “I’ve never seen a horse that won that way and recovered that quickly,” Sherman said Sunday morning. “He’s a horse that makes you shake your head. He’s one of a kind.” California Chrome won the Los Alamitos Winter Challenge by 12 lengths after a wide trip. He ran 1 1/16 miles in a track-record time of 1:40.03 under jockey Victor Espinoza. The previous track record was held by the 3-year-old Uncle Lino, who was timed in 1:40.82 in April in the California Chrome Stakes, no less. California Chrome was wide throughout the Winter Challenge, took the lead on the final turn and scooted clear in the last furlong. Point Piper, the... ...

Read More →

Sircat Sally in Soviet Problem Rout

By DRF.com CYPRESS, Calif. (Dec. 17, 2016) – Big wins have defined Sircat Sally’s first two starts. After beating maidens in her debut by five lengths at Del Mar in November, Sircat Sally won her stakes debut in Saturday’s $100,000 Soviet Problem Stakes for Golden State Series eligible 2-year-old fillies by 12 lengths at Los Alamitos. The win required minimal effort from jockey Drayden Van Dyke, who had Sircat Sally on the lead throughout. “She was very comfortable,” Van Dyke said. “I was very impressed. “I wanted to get her out there to get a good position. She threw her ears up and came back to me.” Sircat Sally ($3) led by 1 1/2 lengths over 17-1 Cash Prize after an opening quarter-mile in 23.39 seconds. Sircat Sally led by a length after a half-mile, the closest her five rivals got to the front. Sircat Sally pulled clear through the final quarter-mile, leading by six lengths with a furlong remaining. She finished a mile in 1:35.42. Cash Prize, a maiden... ...

Read More →

Jockey Garrett Gomez Passes at 44

By DRF.com TUCSON, Ariz. (Dec. 15, 2016) — Former jockey Garrett Gomez was found dead Wednesday, according to a family friend, Jeanette Hughes, who spoke to his daughter Shelby. “I’ve known Garrett since we were kids. I hope he’s at peace,” Hughes said. “Poor kid.” Gomez was the victim of apparent drug overdose, according to another person with knowledge of the situation. He was found at a casino hotel near Tucson, Ariz. Gomez, who would have been 45 on Jan. 1, announced his retirement in June 2015 on Facebook, but he had not ridden since 2013. Gomez had a history of substance-abuse issues, but for much of his career he had held them at bay. He was a two-time Eclipse Award winner and won 3,769 races, including 13 Breeders’ Cup races, the most significant aboard Blame when he sent Zenyatta to her only defeat in the 2010 Classic at Churchill Downs. His mounts earned more than $205 million. In the summer of 2013, Gomez told Del Mar’s stewards he had... ...

Read More →

Stevens to Undergo Hip Replacement

By Bloodhorse.com ARCADIA, Calif. (Dec. 13, 2016) — Hall of Fame jockey Gary Stevens will undergo hip replacement surgery next week, the legendary rider announced Dec. 13, and is unsure when or if he will return to the saddle for yet another comeback. Stevens had signed on to be first call rider for Ruis Racing before his hip gave out. He was trying to ride through the spring meet at Santa Anita Park, but after MRIs and x-rays Monday, he realized that was not possible.  Stevens will remain with Ruis Racing as an advisor and assistant during this time. “All I can do is have it done and hope for the best,” Stevens said of his impending surgery. “I hope I’m in a position in a few months where I can make the choice if I want to go back to riding or not. In the meantime, I am going to continue to help Ruis Racing develop their stock and see where it takes us.” The 53-year-old Stevens has mastered the art... ...

Read More →

Free Shipping with ‘Chrome Breeding

From Taylor Made Farm NICHOLASVILLE, Ky. (Dec. 12, 2016) — California-based mares accepted and booked to California Chrome are eligible for free direct round-trip shipping from Harris Farms in Coalinga, Calif., to Taylor Made Farms in Nicholasville, Ky.   Perry Martin, the co-owner and co-breeder of California Chrome, will have several California-based mares shipping both ways in order to take advantage of the Cal-bred program administered by the CTBA.   He will be booking an entire 65-foot van from Bob Hubbard for the trips and will offer free spots on as-available basis.  First shipment will be late January.  Please inquire with Taylor Made Stallions when booking your mares. ...

Read More →

CTBA Thanks Stallion Owners

ARCADIA, Calif. (Dec. 9, 2016) — The California Thoroughbred Breeders Association thanks the many stallion owners for their donations that made the Thursday night Annual Stallion Season Auction a success. More than $50,000 was raised in the auction, with the entire proceeds by law going strictly toward the lobbying expenses of the CTBA, working in support of legislation that favorably impacts California Thoroughbred breeders. The sale featured seasons donated by these farms: Ballena Vista Farm, BG Thoroughbred Farm, Blue Diamond Farm, Firth Ranch, Fruitful Acres Farm, Harris Farms, Legacy Ranch, Lovacres Ranch, Magali Farms, Milky Way Farm, Oak Hill Farm, Ocean Breeze Ranch, Old English Rancho, Paradise Road Ranch, Rancho San Miguel, Ridgeley Farm, Special T Thoroughbreds, Tommy Town Thoroughbreds, Victory Rose Thoroughbreds and Woodbridge Farm. ...

Read More →

Sherman Accepts Big Sport of Turfdom

By Bloodhorse.com TUCSON, Ariz. (Dec. 6, 2016) — Calling his career in horse racing as well as his association with California Chrome   “a lifetime dream,” trainer Art Sherman accepted the 2016 Big Sport of Turfdom Award from the Turf Publicists of America at the Global Symposium on Racing and Gaming Nov. 6 in Tucson, Ariz. Sherman guided 5-year-old California Chrome this season to prestigious victories in the Dubai World Cup (UAE-I) and Pacific Classic (gr. I), and won the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands and Preakness Stakes (both gr. I) with him in 2014. California Chrome is the all-time leading money-earning Thoroughbred based in North America. “I wouldn’t be here without my crew and my wife of 55 years, Fay,” Sherman said. “This has been a great life for me and my family, and I appreciate this honor.” Master of ceremonies and Santa Anita Park track announcer Michael Wrona introduced Sherman by saying “His responsiveness to all requests and his accessibility and likability,” are what earned the award. Sherman received... ...

Read More →

BetAmerica to Sponsor CTBA Awards

From BetAmerica SAN FRANCISCO, (Dec. 6, 2016) – BetAmerica, the online advance deposit wagering website,  is pleased to announce they will be the presenting sponsor for the 2016 California Thoroughbred Breeders Association (CTBA) Annual Awards Dinner. Every year the CTBA names California-bred champions in nine categories, including the prestigious Horse of the Year. California Chrome, the 2014 Horse of the Year, 3 Year Old and Turf Horse winner, as well as the 2015 Older Male, looks to pick up another trophy for his collection. Hall of Fame inductions for  Donald Valpredo, Bob Baffert and Art Sherman, as well as Trainer of the Year, Leading Breeder and five categories of Leading Stallion awards will also be included in the night’s honors. “We are looking forward to teaming together with the CTBA on a fantastic night honoring California horses and connections,” said Michelle Yu, VIP Manager for BetAmerica. “ Cal breds have become a staple across the country, and thanks to Chrome across the world, and we are proud of the affiliation.... ...

Read More →

NTRA Pushes for H-2B Visa Exemption

From NTRA WASHINGTON, D.C. (Dec. 5, 2016) — The National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA), through its involvement in the H-2B Workforce Coalition, has joined other organizations and businesses in pushing to have the H-2B visa returning worker exemption reinstated in a continuing resolution that is being drafted to fund the federal government through March 31, 2017. H-2B visas are used by employers to fill temporary, non-agricultural positions that they are unable to fill with domestic workers. Horse trainers and other industry participants use the H-2B visa program to hire grooms and other stable help. The H-2B visa program has an annual cap of 66,000 visas. Qualified workers who complied with past visa requirements and worked in the program during one of the preceding three years will be excluded from the cap through the returning worker exemption. The NTRA asks industry members to contact Congressional leadership immediately and express the horse industry’s concerns and the need to reinstate the H-2B visa returning worker exemption. Starting today, Dec. 5, industry stakeholders are... ...

Read More →

Fast and Foxy Wins Bear Fan Stakes

From Golden Gate Fields Publicity ALBANY, Calif. (Dec. 4, 2016) — Fast and Foxy, with jockey Catalino Martinez aboard, spent no time waiting for the group as she took off in the stretch to win inaugural Sunday’s $75,000 Bear Fan Stakes for California-bred fillies and mares at Golden Gate Fields. by 4 ½ lengths. Trained by Holly Evans, Fast and Foxy, is the winner of the inaugural $75,000 Bear Fan stakes for California-bred fillies and mares. Fast and Foxy is by Thisnearlywasmine, out of the Falstaff mare Zorra Roja, was bred by Daehling Ranch, is owned by Joe Daehling or Holly Evans and is trained by Evans. She has 12 wins in 36 starts, earnings of $341,300 and was coming off a Nov. 12 optional claiming win. Fast and Foxy won by 4 1/2 lengths, going wire to wire in 1:09.48. Favorites Desert Steel and Toomuchisnotenough never offered closing responses and placed third and fourth respectively behind runner-up Light One, who circled five wide to the stretch. Fast and Foxy... ...

Read More →

Pleasanton Training Closed for Winter

By Paulick Report PLEASANTON, Calif. (Dec. 3, 2016) — Some Northern California horsemen are seeking new training facilities after it was announced that the Alameda County Agricultural Fair Association would close for the winter beginning Dec. 26. According to the Pleasanton Weekly, representatives from the fair association are set to meet Thursday with horsemen to discuss the closure and get feedback. The majority of the horses will be sent to Golden Gate Fields, which until this year had provided the funding needed to keep the fairgrounds open for year-round training. Golden Gate Fields had been using the Alameda County fairgrounds as an auxiliary training facility since 2008, and had paid the fair association $7,100 per day to transport and stable horses in Pleasanton. However, more space has become available at Golden Gate due to both a decline in horse population and an expansion of its stable area, so track officials decided that the Pleasanton facilities would no longer be needed. “Golden Gate Fields decided they reached the end of the line as far as going into their... ...

Read More →

Los Al Adds ‘Chrome’s Prep Stakes

By DRF.com CYPRESS, Calif. (Nov. 28, 2016) — Los Alamitos has added a stakes race to its winter meeting to give California Chrome a local prep race before the final start of his career in the $12 million Pegasus World Cup at Gulfstream Park on Jan. 28. The Winter Challenge will be run Dec. 17 at 1 1/16 miles with a purse structure designed to entice owners and trainers to run against California Chrome, the 2014 Horse of the Year who was second in the Breeders’ Cup Classic at Santa Anita on Nov. 5. The race is likely to be worth more than $100,000, as it will offer $50,000 to the winner, $30,000 to the runner-up, $20,000 for third, and $15,000 for the fourth and fifth finishers, according to Los Alamitos racing secretary Bob Moreno. If the race draws a larger field, additional finishers will earn $10,000 each. “If I get six or seven, it’s gravy,” Moreno said. “I think we can get five or six.” California Chrome is scheduled... ...

Read More →

Isa Firecracker Isa Debutante Winner

By DRF.com ALBANY, Calif. (Nov. 25, 2016) – California-bred Isa Firecracker held off favorite Grand Prix to win Friday’s $60,065 Golden Gate Debutante Stakes for 2-year-old fillies. Isa Firecracker is by Heatseeker, out of the Tannersmyman mare Caroline Elena, was bred by owner Myles McMahon and is trained by Jamey Thomas. The filly ran third in the Golden State Juvenile in her previous start at Santa Anita, overcoming trouble in the stretch. “She got in trouble down the lane and looked like she was backing out of it, but she came back on,” Thomas said of her performance earlier in the month. “That’s her heart, how well she wants to compete.” Isa Firecracker had no trouble in the lane Friday after sitting behind Zensational Dancer under Kyle Frey during the opening half-mile of the six-furlong race. She made a strong move into the lane and had a 1½-length lead at the eighth pole, but had to fend off the stout rally by Grand Prix who battled her to the wire.... ...

Read More →

Breeders’ Cup Sprint Purse Withheld

By Bloodhorse.com SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Nov. 23, 2016) –The purse for the TwinSpires Breeders’ Cup Sprint (gr. I) is being withheld until at least mid-December, according to California Horse Racing Board spokesman Mike Marten. Marten would not disclose why the purse was being withheld, but did say 12 Breeders’ Cup races have been cleared in respect to drug test results and that the Sprint has not been cleared. The Sprint was won by Drefong, followed by California-bred Masochistic and Mind Your Biscuits. “At this point, the Sprint has not been cleared,” Marten said. “All the other races have been cleared and we expect the Sprint to be cleared in mid-December.” Breeders’ Cup confirmed the purse withholding in a Nov. 23 statement. “Breeders’ Cup has been advised by the California Horse Racing Board that 12 of 13 races from this year’s event at Santa Anita, not including the Breeders’ Cup Sprint, have been cleared following post-race testing by the Maddy Laboratory at the University of California at Davis,” the statement read. “Inquiries... ...

Read More →

Sherman Wins Big Sport of Turfdom

By BloodHorse.com The Turf Publicists of America (TPA) announced Nov. 22 that Art Sherman, trainer of champion and all-time North American earnings leader California Chrome, will be honored with the 2016 Big Sport of Turfdom Award—which recognizes a person or group of people who enhance coverage of Thoroughbred racing through cooperation with media and racing publicists. Sherman won in a vote determined by the nearly 150 active members of the TPA, a trade organization of Thoroughbred racing publicists and marketing executives. “I am so delighted and honored to be among the people that have won this award, a who’s who of racing,” Sherman said. “I’ve always tried to be accommodating to the press and even anyone that asks me for an autograph. It’s for the betterment of the game. Anything for racing.” Under Sherman’s care, California Chrome has won 15 of 25 starts while amassing $14,452,650 in earnings across four seasons. As a 3-year old, the son of Lucky Pulpit won the 2014 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr.... ...

Read More →

Solid Wager Repeats in Cary Grant

From DMTC Publicity DEL MAR, Calif. (Nov. 20, 2016) — Rallying from last place under jockey Victor Espinoza, Solid Wager, the defending race champion, forged ahead in the final strides to win the featured $100,000 Cary Grant Stakes for Golden State Series eligible Sunday at Del Mar. Providing Espinoza and trainer Peter Miller with their third victories of the afternoon, Solid Wager, the 5-2 second choice in a field of eight older Thoroughbreds, scored by a half-length over Grazen Sky, with Acceptance third and Gold Rush Dancer fourth. Magic Mark, the 2-1 favorite, was fifth. “At first I was cussing Victor (Espinoza) wondering why he was so far back,” said Miller. “Then he winds up with this amazing move, and what can you say about Victor, there’s a reason he’s the best. It means a lot to win for the owners of this horse, who are really good friends of mine and great clients. Solid Wager, bred by Madera Thoroughbreds and owned by Barber, Barber and Stanford Stable, negotiated the... ...

Read More →

Kathballu Wins Orleans Stakes

                VINTON, La. (Nov. 20, 2016) – Odds-on favorite Kathballu, a Kentucky-bred daughter of California stallion Bluegrass Cat, won Saturday’s $75,000 Orleans Stakes for fillies and mares at Delta Downs.                 Kathballu ran the seven furlongs in 1:26.11 and won by eight lengths as the 2-5 favorite in the field of eight.                 Out of the Devil’s Bag mare Abba Gold, Kathballu has five wins in 21 starts and earnings of $296,864. ...

Read More →

Chao Chom Upsets Enola Gray

From DMTC Publicity DEL MAR, Calif. (Nov. 13, 2016) –Chao Chom hooked 1-9 favored Enola Gray shortly after the start and never relented in scoring a convincing victory in the featured $100,000 Betty Grable Stakes for Golden State Series eligible fillies and mares Sunday at Del Mar. Chao Chom is a full sister to multiple stakes winner Soi Phet by Tizbud, out of the Siberian Summer mare Summer Jersey, was bred by ARCHA Racing, is owned by S Samdow and trained by Gary Stute. She has two wins in seven starts, earnings of $146,600 and was coming off a second in an Oct. 20 optional claimer. With Kent Desormeaux in the saddle, Chao Chom dueled with Enola Gray until mid- stretch where she asserted herself over the betting choice and drew away to score by a length and three-quarters in 1:22.53 for the seven furlongs.   “We won easy, so easy,” said Desorneaux. “There were dawdling fractions. She was just cantering down the backstretch. Then we turned for home and... ...

Read More →

Hay Dakota Wins Commonwealth Turf

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Nov. 12, 2016) — Hay Dakota, a Kentucky-bred by new California stallion Haynesfield, wheeled out into the middle of the Churchill Downs turf course and went on to a 29-1 upset Saturday in the 13th running of the Grade 3, $100,000 Commonwealth Turf. Ridden by Denny Velazquez and trained by Joel Berndt, Hay Dakota rallied outside of Bondurant, the 3-1 favorite in a field of 11 3-year-olds, to prevail by a neck in the 1 1/16-mile race. The Chicago shipper returned $60.20 after finishing in 1:43.60 over firm going. For horse, trainer, and jockey, it was their first graded stakes victory. “It’s one of those boxes I’ve wanted to check,” said Berndt, who has trained since 1991 and oversees a medium-sized stable that competes in Chicago and Minnesota. Hay Dakota lagged back until the field straightened for home. Both he and Bondurant angled out to launch big runs leaving the quarter pole, with Hay Dakota proving narrowly best when farthest outside. Scholar Athlete, the leader for much of... ...

Read More →

Cal-sired Mares Sell Well at Keeneland

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 11, 2016) – A trio of California-sired mares were six-figure purchases at the Keeneland November Breeding Stock Sale. Journey On, a stakes-placed California-bred mare, was sold for $240,000 at Friday’s session. Journey On, by Good Journey, was purchased by California Chrome/KatieRich Farms, in foal to Candy Ride, to be bred to champion Cal-bred California Chrome. She was consigned by James Keough. Somethinaboutlaura, a California-bred millionaire and multiple Grade II winner, sold at Thursday’s session for $150,000. Somethinaboutlaura, by Dance Floor, was consigned by Taylor Made Sales, agent, and was purchased by Calumet Farm in foal to Candy Ride. Grade II winner Ciao Bella Luna, out of the California stallion Tribal Rule, sold for $450,000 at Thursday’s session. Consigned by Bedouin Bloodstock, agent, Ciao Bella Luna was purchased by Clarkland Farm in foal to Pioneerof the Nile. ...

Read More →

Evening Jewel Sells for $950,000

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 8, 2016) – California-bred millionaire mare Evening Jewel sold for $950,000 at Tuesday’s Keeneland November Breeding Stock Sale. The multiple Grade I-winning daughter of Northern Afleet, in foal to Pioneerof the Nile, was consigned by Taylor Made Sale Agency, agent, for Aaron and Marie Jones and purchased by Shadai Farm. ...

Read More →

‘Chrome’s Stud Fee Set at $40,000

By Bloodhorse.com NICHOLASVILLE, Ky. (Nov. 8, 2016) —California Chrome  , the 2014 Horse of the Year and North America’s all-time richest racehorse, will stand his first season at Taylor Made Farm in 2017 for an advertised fee of $40,000, Taylor Made president Duncan Taylor confirmed Nov. 8 during the opening session of the Keeneland November breeding stock sale.  The initial stud fee for the 5-year-old California-bred son of Lucky Pulpit is at a range Taylor called “fair, maybe even a little lower than fair” and puts the chestnut colt at a level that should give him a competitive book of mares while allowing breeders room to make a profit. To help get their future stallion off to a strong start, the Taylor Made team has already started purchasing mares to support the Breeders’ Cup Classic (gr. I) runner-up, purchasing the grade I placed Eskendereya filly Right There for $325,000 and graded stakes producer Uchitel for $420,000 under the name California Chrome, LLC during Keeneland’s opening session. “Our ultimate goal is, we’re... ...

Read More →

Chrome’s Dam Sells for $1.95 Million

By Bloodhorse.com LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 7, 2016) — Love the Chase, dam of California-bred dual classic winner and 2014 Horse of the Year California Chrome  , brought $1.95 million at the Fasig-Tipton November sale Nov. 7 in Lexington. Bloodstock agent John McCormack signed the ticket for the daughter of Not For Love offered by Taylor Made Sales. “She was a nice mare, physically, she had a lovely quality,” said McCormack, who did not identify his client. “It’s right there for everyone to see that she’s the dam of a Horse of the Year and in foal to Tapit  . You can hope and believe that the story will get better and not stay static just where it is. California Chrome is a lovely looking horse; he’s a very good horse, he’s a very honest horse, and he’s a deserved champion. And when a mare like this comes into the ring producing the horse of the caliber that she has, you have to pay the market price and I thought this was the market... ...

Read More →

Hovdey on Breeders’ Cup

By Jay Hovdey, DRF.com ARCADIA, Calif. (Nov. 7, 2016) — In show business, it’s how you leave ’em that counts – laughing, crying, wanting even more. Last Saturday’s Day 2 of the Breeders’ Cup provided all that and then some. Brilliant races from Arrogate, California Chrome, Highland Reel, and Tourist marked the day, while Peter Eurton, Phil D’Amato, Seamus Heffernan, and Flavien Prat joined the company of Breeders’ Cup winners. Even the fans, 72,811 strong, got into the act by the end of the long, dramatic afternoon, although with varying effects. As the soft twilight settled and the dying sun glowed in the distance, those heading for the exits near the walking ring were greeted by a woman wearing a red dress and a broad grin proudly waggling a homemade banner that read, “Hillary for Prison.” Times change. In 1996, signs at the Cup shouted “Cigar for President.” In 2009, it was “Girl Power! Go Zenyatta!” When someone suggested that perhaps this of all places on this of all days... ...

Read More →

‘Chrome-Arrogate Rematch in Pegasus?

By DRF.com ARCADIA, Calif. (Nov. 6, 2016) – Arrogate and California Chrome, both of whom put on a show in the Breeders’ Cup Classic on Saturday at Santa Anita, emerged from the race in good order and could meet again in January in the inaugural Pegasus at Gulfstream Park, their connections said Sunday morning. Trainer Bob Baffert got his third straight Classic victory with Arrogate’s win. As with last year’s winner, Triple Crown winner American Pharoah, Arrogate was trained into the Classic after running in the Travers. ”I saw him this morning, gave him a carrot, and thanked him. I told him American Pharoah is proud you’re sleeping in his bed,” said Baffert, who put Arrogate in the stall at his barn that had been occupied by American Pharaoh. “How lucky am I to have a horse like Pharoah, and come back with a horse like this?” Baffert asked. “That race was so exciting. I lost my voice. I thought he could do it. We don’t know how good he... ...

Read More →

Sherman: ‘Chrome Still a Champion’

By Bloodhorse.com ARCADIA, Calif. (Nov. 6, 2016) –After checking in on California Chrome   early Nov. 6 at Santa Anita Park, trainer Art Sherman made his way back to his home base at Los Alamitos Race Course. Losing the Breeders’ Cup Classic (gr. I) for the second time Nov. 5 to conquering general Bob Baffert doesn’t change the reality of a Sunday morning. There are still horses to work. “We’ve got workers and things to do,” Sherman said. “That’s what this business is all about. You can’t sit around and cry about it.” Although there was a tinge of disappointment in the trainer’s voice, the ever-present pep Sherman displays whenever he talks about his star chestnut was still underlying. “He’s still a champion in my eyes,” Sherman said of California Chrome’s half-length loss to Arrogate in Saturday’s Classic. “He ran a great race. They were 10 lengths in front of the rest of them. It was a dominant performance by two horses.” NOVAK: Arrogate Upsets ‘Chrome’ in BC Classic The 79-year-old... ...

Read More →

Espinoza Takes Blame for ‘Chrome Loss

By DRF.com ARCADIA, Calif. (Nov. 6, 2016) — A year ago, jockey Victor Espinoza basked in the glow of an adoring Keeneland crowd after guiding American Pharoah to victory in the Breeders’ Cup Classic, capping an unforgettable season that included the Triple Crown. On Saturday, Espinoza’s emotions were on the opposite end of the spectrum after Arrogate, under Mike Smith, went past California Chrome in the final 20 yards to win the $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic by half a length, ending California Chrome’s bid for a perfect season. For once, Espinoza was searching for an excuse as he walked back to the Santa Anita jockeys’ room. And he pinned the blame on himself. “Now that I think back, I should have just opened it up a little earlier,” Espinoza said. “I waited a little longer, and the other horse caught me in the end. When I saw California Chrome’s ears pinned back, I said, ‘I’m in trouble,’ and the wire was just a little bit further.” Espinoza said that... ...

Read More →

California Diamond Cruises to Fifth Win

By DRF.com ARCADIA, Calif. (Nov. 5, 2016) – On Saturday, he took his first step toward doing that by taking the $200,000 Golden State Juvenile for Golden State Series eligible 2-year-olds by three-quarters of a length over Hot Smoke at Santa Anita. It was 2 1/2 lengths farther back to Milton Freewater in third. The win was the fifth from seven starts for California Diamond, a son of Harbor the Gold trained by Peter Miller for Gary Hartunian’s Rockingham Ranch, which purchased the colt after his second win in July. He was bred by Stormy Hull out of the Slewdledo mare Carrie’s a Jewel. In winning the Golden State Juvenile under Kent Desormeaux, California Diamond showed he could sit a little bit early and finish. The Golden State Juvenile was his first attempt at seven furlongs. “I think he can stretch,” said Miller, who recorded his meet-leading 17th victory. “Kent’s always thought he could. We’ve been working on getting him to relax and getting him to finish and not pull... ...

Read More →

How About Zero in Rich Maiden Win

By DRF.com ARCADIA, Calif. (Nov. 4, 2016) – Bettors jumped off the bandwagon at the wrong time Friday as maiden How About Zero, equipped with blinkers for the first time, registered a one-length victory in the $200,000 Golden State Juvenile Fillies Stakes for Golden State Series eligible 2-year-old fillies at odds of 10-1 at Santa Anita. Under Mario Gutierrez, How About Zero settled in fifth position in the early stages of the seven-furlong race and made a three-wide move around the far turn. Straightening away in the stretch, How About Zero made the lead, and despite lugging in during the final furlong, she was able to hold Ms Wakaya at bay near the finish. The result was a reversal of the order of finish of a Sept. 30 maiden race here, where Ms Wakaya beat How About Zero by 2 1/4 lengths. How About Zero, who had debuted in a stakes at Del Mar, was the 1-2 favorite in that Sept. 30 race. “She was bet way down last time,... ...

Read More →

U S Officer Wins Clever Trevor

By RemingtonPark.com OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. (Nov. 4, 2016)–U S Officer, a Kentucky-bred son of California stallion U S Ranger, lodged a big closing move along the rail to pass the pace-setting Divine Kaleb in the final yards to win Friday’s $100,000 Clever Trevor Stakes at Remington Park. The race is the final local prep event for 2-year-olds aiming for the Springboard Mile in December. Owned by the Weatherford, Texas partnership of Jerry Durant and Bill Jordan, U S Officer is trained by Danny Pish. Jockey David Cabrera, the only jockey to win on the colt, had the mount for the second race in a row. U S Officer settled near the back of the nine-horse field in the Clever Trevor and was last, nearly 10 lengths from the front, as the field turned for home, with plenty of work to do. “I was not really expecting to be that far back but the race played out like that,” Cabrera said after the trophy presentation. “This horse, he can sit anywhere... ...

Read More →

Yo Y Me Wins at Turf Paradise

PHOENIX, Ariz. (Nov. 6, 2016) — Yo Y Me, an Arizona-bred son of California stallion Dixie Chatter, won Saturday’s $96,645 ATBA Fall Sale Stakes for 2-year-olds at Turf Paradise. Yo Y Me is out of the Bertrando mare Miss Ballard ran the six furlongs in 1:10.92 and won by one length as the even-money favorite in a field of 11. He has two wins in six starts with earnings of $86,858 and was coming off a maiden win Oct. 17. ...

Read More →

China Horse Club Buys ‘Chrome Share

By DRF.com NICHOLASVILLE, Ky. (Oct. 24, 2016) –The China Horse Club, the international horse-racing partnership, has purchased an undisclosed share in 2014 Horse of the Year California Chrome, the club said on Twitter. The China Horse Club, which was launched in 2013 and has quickly purchased stakes in horses across the world, said in a tweet Friday that it was “very pleased to join ownership of California Chrome heading into [the Breeders’ Cup] and Pegasus events.” The Pegasus World Cup is a $12 million race scheduled for Jan. 28 at Gulfstream Park. Duncan Taylor, the president of Taylor Made Farm, which owns a stake in California Chrome that it has divided into marketable shares, said on Monday at the Fasig-Tipton October yearling sale that the stake purchased by the China Horse Club will give the group a share in the colt’s racing and breeding career. Taylor did not disclose the size of the stake. Last year, Taylor Made purchased a 30 percent share in California Chrome from Steve and Carolyn... ...

Read More →

Acceptance Game in California Flag

From Santa Anita Publicity ARCADIA, Calif. (Oct. 22, 2016)–Sent hard from the gate, trainer Kenny Black’s Acceptance proved extra game in deep stretch, as he held off a tenacious Richard’s Boy to win Saturday’s $100,000 California Flag Handicap for Golden State Series eligibles under veteran Stewart Elliott. Bred in California by Old English Rancho, the 4-year-old colt by Vronsky got 6 ½ furlongs down Santa Anita’s hillside turf course in 1:11.51. Breaking from post position six in a field of seven California-bred or sired runners three and up, Acceptance out-dueled the runner-up going to the half mile point and was able to secure an inside position at the rail prior to crossing the dirt at the top of the lane. From there, he was all heart to the wire as he fended off serious challenges from both Richard’s Boy and favored Boozer, who ended up finishing fifth. “He was tough today,” said Black, himself a former top apprentice rider in the early 1980s. “I thought they had him two or... ...

Read More →

California Diamond Wins Speakeasy

From Santa Anita Publicity ARCADIA, Calif. (Oct. 16, 2016)–Ridden by Kent Desormeaux, heavily favored California Diamond rolled to a 2 ¼ length win in Sunday’s $70,000 Speakeasy Stakes, a six furlong affair for 2-year-olds.  Owned by Rockingham Ranch and trained by Peter Miller, the son of Harbor the Gold bred in California by Stormy Hull covered six furlongs in 1:10.96. With Crosscheck Carlos and Right Hand Man setting a fast early pace, California Diamond, who came off a restricted stakes win going 6 ½ furlongs at Los Alamitos on Sept. 18, rolled three-wide to the leaders leaving the quarter pole and put Right Hand Man away with consummate ease a sixteenth out. “He’s really talented,” said Desormeaux, who has ridden California Diamond in his last two starts.  “I think the sky’s the limit with him.  I was impressed with his performance today.  He’s quirky when he makes the lead…I think I’ve got it handled and he won very handily today.” Off at 3-5 in a field of six (four of... ...

Read More →

Enola Gray Sizzles in California Distaff

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

Read More →

Unusual Heat Pensioned

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

Read More →

Retired Cal-breds in Second Career

By Thoroughbred Daily News When Valerie Ashker and Peter Friedman set out to ride two retired Thoroughbreds some 3,500 across the country, they didn’t know what to expect or even if they would complete the journey. But some five months after they started the finish line is nearing, and the horses are holding up fantastically. The same can’t be said for their riders. Their mission is to promote the adoption of off-the-track Thoroughbreds, which they believe are under-appreciated by people looking for a sport horse. They figured if they could show that their two horses, Primitivo and Solar Express, could get through something so grueling and taxing then they could open people’s eyes about the temperament and fortitude of the Thoroughbred. Ashker’s daughter, Laine, is an accomplished equestrian and most of her success has come aboard off-the-track Thoroughbreds. “This has been the hardest thing I have ever done and I have done a lot of hard things,” Ashker said. “It is oppressive day in and day out, just the grind.... ...

Read More →

Jimmy Bouncer Dominates in Harris Farms

By DRF.com FRESNO, Calif. (Oct. 8, 2016) — Jimmy Bouncer dominated a small field, scoring a wire-to-wire win in the $100,000 Harris Farms Stakes for Golden State Series eligibles at the Big Fresno Fair on Saturday. The 5-year-old Jimmy Bouncer ($6.60), a gelding by Square Eddie and a Reddam Racing homebred, took the lead out of the gate and was never seriously challenged by four rivals while setting mundane fractions of 23.03 and 45.22 seconds in the six-furlong race. As he controlled the pace, Jimmy Bouncer extended his margin to four lengths by the eighth pole before galloping home a 3 3/4-length winner under Abel Cedillo. The winning time was 1:10.17. Odds-on favorite Well Measured sat close early and was an easy second, finishing 1 3/4 lengths in front of Cartoonist. :: Enjoy news and analysis from DRF? Get handicapping analysis, real-time coverage, special reports, and charts. Unlock access with DRF Plus. The victory continued trainer Doug O’Neill’s string of success in Northern California. He won the El Camino Real... ...

Read More →

Mature Masochistic Readies for Sprint

By Bloodhorse.com ARCADIA, Calif. (Oct. 6, 2016) –The difference in a year for Masochistic has been noticeable, and in a good way. The California-bred Sought After gelding is still blazing fast, but during morning workouts, he’s learned to settle down. When Masochistic moved to the Ron Ellis barn in 2015, he could hardly be contained in the mornings and would often run off during works. The horse out on the track Oct. 6 at Santa Anita Park, in his fourth work in preparation for the TwinSpires Breeders’ Cup Sprint (gr. I), looked like a different animal. The three-time graded stakes winner relaxed well under exercise rider Balthazar Contreras and finished off his six-furlong drill in 1:12 3/5. His furlong fractions went in :12 4/5, :24 4/5, :36 2/5, :48 1/5, and 1:00 1/5. “He’s much more relaxed now,” Ellis said. “It also depends on who you put on him. (Contreras) has him down pretty good.” Thursday’s drill was Masochistic’s fourth straight bullet work since a dominant 3 3/4-length victory in... ...

Read More →

Ashleyluvssugar Loves Winning Stakes

From Santa Anita Publicity ARCADIA, Calif. (Oct. 2, 2106)–Forwardly placed throughout, California-bred Ashleyluvssugar got a perfect stalking trip under Gary Stevens and went on to an impressive half length win in the Grade II, $200,000 John Henry Turf Championship at Santa Anita. Trained by Peter Eurton, the 5-year-old gelding by Game Plan got 1 ¼ miles on turf in 1:58.35. A gate to wire winner of the Grade II, 1 3/8 miles turf Del Mar Handicap on Aug. 20, “Ashley” notched his second consecutive win and his fourth from seven starts over the Santa Anita lawn. Breaking from post position six in a field of 10 and with the temporary inner rail set at 10 feet, Ashleyluvssugar sat a controlled second to longshot El Huerfano the entire trip until assuming command three sixteenths of a mile from home. “This is his kind of track,” said Eurton. “You gotta think this horse is just full of heart. When he’s healthy like he is right now, he’s great…The six hole helped us... ...

Read More →

Sensational Win by California Chrome

From Santa Anita Publicity ARCADIA, Calif. (Oct. 1, 2016)–Superstar California Chrome was sensational yet again at Santa Anita on Saturday, taking the Grade I, $300,000 Awesome Again Stakes in gate to wire fashion by 2 ¼ lengths over rival Dortmund, who pressured him early. Ridden by Victor Espinoza and trained by Art Sherman, California Chrome covered 1 1/8 miles while geared down in 1:48.07, and thus served notice to the world that at age five, he is the horse to beat in the $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic at The Great Race Place on Nov. 5. Breaking from the rail, the California-bred son of Lucky Pulpit was hustled out of the gate as Dortmund, adding blinkers and to his immediate outside, was sent as well by Rafael Bejarano. The pair were separated by a neck into and around the Club House turn and Espinoza with a look to his outside, stepped on the gas at the 4 ½ furlong pole and the Awesome Again, was for all intents and purposes,... ...

Read More →