California Horse Racing Board

Spawr Handed 30-Day Suspension, $3,000 Fine For Clenbuterol Overage

Trainer Bill Spawr saddled Skye Diamonds to a second-place finish in the G3 Adoration Stakes on May 7 at Santa Anita, but according to bloodhorse.com, the filly returned a positive test on clenbuterol. The class 3 substance was detected at 196 picograms per milliliter, above the authorized level of 140 picograms per milliliter. While clenbuterol generally triggers […]

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CHRB: Jockey Suspension Proposal Advanced, Seven-Day Corticosteroid Rule Proposed

The California Horse Racing Board conducted its regular meeting Thursday, August 24, at Del Mar Race Track. Chairman Chuck Winner presided. First Vice Chair George Krikorian, Second Vice Chair Madeline Auerbach and Commissioners Jesse Choper, Araceli Ruano and Alex Solis also were in attendance. The audio of this entire Board meeting is available on the […]

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Hall Of Famer Solis Questioning His Future Career After Hip Replacement

Hall of Fame jockey Alex Solis recently underwent hip-replacement surgery, and remains unsure whether he will return to riding races, according to drf.com. He has not ridden since April 21. “My body is adjusting to the hardware,” Solis said. “I feel like a bionic man. I want to see how I feel about it. I don’t […]

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Longtime Los Alamitos Executive Brad McKinzie Passes Away At 62

Brad McKinzie, a 30-year executive at Los Alamitos Race Course, a co-founder of the Finish Line Self Insurance Group, and one of the driving forces in bringing daytime Southern California Thoroughbred racing back to Los Alamitos Race Course, passed away from renal carcinoma Sunday afternoon. He was 62 years old. McKinzie served as the vice […]

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Del Mar: CHRB To Investigate After Late-Announced Gelding Wins On Opening Weekend

The California Horse Racing Board has indicated that it will conduct an investigation into an instance of a ‘late-announced’ gelding that happened during Del Mar’s July 22 program. According to the Daily Racing Form, just 20 minutes prior to the fifth race on the card, the announcement was made that the first-time starter Trapalanda had been gelded. Trapalanda […]

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‘The Ship Is Sinking’: CHRB Members Argue For Fewer Race Dates

The California Horse Racing Board had its second discussion in 2017 regarding a reduction in race dates, and, once again, received significant pushback from those in attendance at a committee meeting on Friday. According to bloodhorse.com, executive director Rick Baedeker presented the CHRB with three different calendars, each of which would reduce racing by 17-18 days. Thoroughbred […]

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It’s Complicated: CHRB Considering New Rules On Claiming, Gelding Announcements

The California Horse Racing Board introduced rule changes pertaining to claiming horses and to first-time gelding announcements during its meeting July 20. The Daily Racing Form reports that the CHRB is considering a rule that would restrict horses claimed at California tracks from leaving the state for a period of time after being acquired. The board […]

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Necropsy Programs Provide Learning Opportunities To Researchers, Horsemen

Figures released earlier this year from the Equine Injury Database suggest the number of racing fatalities in the United States is falling. For the fourth consecutive year, the rate of deaths per 1,000 starts was down, coming to 1.54 after weighing in at 2.00 when the database started recording data in 2009. No matter where […]

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Report: Canani Denied Trainer’s License By CHRB

Trainer Julio Canani, who finished serving a 13-month suspension in November 2016, was recently denied a trainer’s license by the California Horse Racing Board. The Daily Racing Form reports that the 80-year-old Canani had been suspended for “financial improprieties related to the sale of horses in the late 2000’s”. In 2012, a California jury found Canani liable for […]

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CHRB Meeting: ADW, Racing Licenses Approved

The California Horse Racing Board conducted its regular meeting Thursday, June 22, at Santa Anita Park. First Vice Chair George Krikorian presided. Second Vice Chair Madeline Auerbach and Commissioners Jesse Choper, 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 […]

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