California Horse Racing Board

Future In Doubt For Golden Gate Fields In Northern California

Officials with The Stronach Group have called what it refers to as an “urgent meeting” with horsemen at Golden Gate Fields to discuss the future of the Northern California racetrack it owns. The Stronach Group and the California Horse Racing Board are at an impasse over the company’s application for a license to its upcoming […]

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CHRB: Reducing Stewards’ Subjectivity, Investigating Late Odds Changes

The California Horse Racing Board conducted its regular meeting Thursday, May 24, at Santa Anita Park. Chairman Chuck Winner presided. Vice Chair Madeline Auerbach and Commissioners Fred Maas and Alex Solis also were in attendance. The audio of this entire Board meeting is available on the CHRB Website (www.chrb.ca.gov) under the Webcast link. In brief: The same […]

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Bo Derek Joins Del Mar Thoroughbred Club Board Of Directors

Bo Derek, the film and television actress, longtime horsewoman and advocate for multiple worthy causes, has agreed to join the board of the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club, it has been announced. Derek, a staunch horse welfare proponent who used her role as a commissioner of the California Horse Racing Board between 2008 and 2015 to […]

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Mike Smith Gets Four-Day Suspension; Will Not Keep Him From Preakness Mount

The California Horse Racing Board suspended jockey Mike Smith for four days Thursday for causing interference in the stretch of a race May 6. The suspension will not prevent him from riding Justify in the Preakness. According to the Blood-Horse, the suspension is scheduled for May 17-20, the time period of the second leg of […]

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CHRB: Proposals For Veterinary Record Transfer, Continuing Education Move Forward

The California Horse Racing Board conducted its regular meeting Thursday, April 19, at Santa Anita Park. Vice Chair Madeline Auerbach presided. Commissioners Fred Maas, Araceli Ruano and Alex Solis also were in attendance. The audio of this entire Board meeting is available on the CHRB Website (www.chrb.ca.gov) under the Webcast link. In brief: The Board opened public […]

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Deal Or No Deal? Brackpool Sues Stronach Group Over $40-Million Equity Stake

Keith Brackpool, who resigned as chairman of the California Horse Racing Board in January 2013 to join The Stronach Group as chairman of operations of its California racetracks, is suing the company and its founder, Frank Stronach, claiming he is owed at least $40 million from an equity agreement. Brackpool filed the eight-count complaint on […]

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Northern California Stabling Issues: Public Meeting Scheduled For April 5

The Special Committee on Northern California Racing will hold two meetings in coming weeks to resolve stabling issues during the fair season this summer. The first, private meeting with representatives of Golden Gate Fields, the California Authority of Racing Fairs (CARF), the Sonoma County Fair and horsemen is scheduled for Thursday, March 29, in hopes of […]

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Miller Addresses Disorderly Conduct Incident: ‘I Am Truly Sorry’

Trainer Peter Miller, who recently was handed a seven-day suspension, fined $2,500 and placed on probation through Oct. 31, 2019, for what stewards at Santa Anita Park said was his seventh disorderly conduct offense, issued a public statement on Thursday morning addressing the issue. Miller was sanctioned for what stewards said was “aggressive/abusive behavior – derogatory […]

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CHRB: Fatality Decrease In 2017, Handle Increase In January

The California Horse Racing Board conducted its regular meeting Thursday, February 22, at Santa Anita Park. Chair Chuck Winner presided. Vice Chair Madeline Auerbach and Commissioners Jesse Choper, Fred Maas, Araceli Ruano and Alex Solis also were in attendance. The audio of this entire Board meeting is available on the CHRB Website (www.chrb.ca.gov) under the Webcast link. […]

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Report: CHRB Approves New Minimum Suspension For Riding Infractions

California Horse Racing Board has approved a measure that puts into place a two-day minimum suspension for jockeys that violate riding rules during a race. According to a report in the BloodHorse, the previous rule did not have a minimum number of days required. In recent years, stewards have usually imposed a minimum of three days on […]

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