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Surface Matters: Confidence in Santa Anita’s Track Safety and Fairness

One cloud that seemed to hang over the 2013 Breeders’ Cup was concern about a perceived bias and the overall safety of Santa Anita’s dirt track. It appeared to many that the surface favored speed to the extreme, especially early on, and … Continue reading

Racehorse Named for Cartoon Captures Imaginations in Hong Kong

In a deviation from what seems to be an abundance of racehorse names referencing luck or dragons, the South China Morning Post reported Thursday that a Thoroughbred named after a cartoon character is capturing imaginations at the racetrack. Pikachu, named for … Continue reading

Los Alamitos To Require Hair Testing for Champion of Champions

Los Alamitos Race Course announced new requirements for finalists competing in this year’s Grade 1 $600,000 Champion of Champions to be held on Saturday, December 13. All horses eligible to run in the Champion of Champions must be on the … Continue reading

Stevens on Comeback, Part II: ‘Because I Can’

You’d think it’d be hard to top jockey Gary Stevens’ extraordinary return to racing last year at age 50. After 7 1/2 years away from competitive riding, Stevens was a tour de force, capping off a stellar season by winning … Continue reading

Juvenile Fillies: Nevin’s First Breeders’ Cup Starter Has Grown Into Role

Jay Em Ess Stable’s By the Moon visited the starting gate, galloped 1 1/2m and walked through the paddock Thursday morning under exercise rider Tom Singh. Trainer Michelle Nevin said By the Moon would jog Friday morning on her way … Continue reading

TCI: Best Bets and Longshots for Breeders’ Cup 2014

The time has come. Breeders’ Cup has arrived, and the TCI guys, Jon Siegel and Joel Cunningham, have finalized their picks. Who might surprise? Who looks like a nearly sure thing?  They reveal their Best Bet and Best Longshot in … Continue reading

Mike Smith Will Defend Shoemaker Title at Breeders’ Cup

The Breeders’ Cup will honor the most outstanding jockey of the Breeders’ Cup World Championships with the Bill Shoemaker Award based on competition in the 13 Breeders’ Cup races, October 31-November 1 at Santa Anita Park. Hall of Fame Jockey … Continue reading

Harty, Fallon Hoping for a Little Irish Luck in Twilight Derby

Trainer Eoin Harty and jockey Kieren Fallon, both natives of Ireland, hope they have the luck of the Irish when they join forces with Yard Line in Friday’s Grade II, $200,000 Twilight Derby at 1 1/8 miles on turf. It … Continue reading

Lab Catches Up on Thoroughbred, Quarter Horse Testing in Indiana

The Indiana Horse Racing Commission reports today that the backlog of its drug testing samples is complete and testing is current at its thoroughbred and quarter horse race meet at Indiana Grand. The backlog of samples had accrued over the … Continue reading

Kenneth L. Maddy Lab at UC Davis to Be Primary Breeders’ Cup Testing Facility

With big names like California Chrome, Bayern and Shared Belief taking the field for the Breeder’s Cup Classic on Nov. 1, it’s a safe bet that drug testing in American horse racing will be an ongoing topic. Earlier this month, … Continue reading

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