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Open Houses For Harris Farms, Rancho San Miguel In California To Be Held Jan. 25

Two of California’s leading stallion operations will host open houses on Saturday, Jan. 25: Harris Farms in Coalinga, and Rancho San Miguel in San Miguel. Harris Farms will host their 2020 open house and stallion show from 10 a.m. to noon. All of the farm’s stallions will be available for viewing including new for 2020: […]

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Nelson Homebred Wound Tight Runs Away With Unusual Heat Turf Classic

It what was virtual walk in the park, Matt Nelson’s homebred Wound Tight was in complete control throughout as he waltzed to a front-running 3 ½ length victory in Saturday’s $200,000 Unusual Heat Turf Classic presented by City National Bank. Ridden by Abel Cedillo and trained by Bob Hess, Jr., the 5-year-old gelding by top […]

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Racehorses Taught California Owner Nick Alexander ‘Patience And Humility’

A day of racing which showcases California-breds without a Nick Alexander owned or bred horse would be rare indeed these days, like an NFL game without a single review. Not to worry Saturday when the 77-year-old native of Santa Monica has three horses he owns and bred entered on Santa Anita’s nine-race program featuring runners […]

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Champion I’ll Have Another’s First U.S.-Sired Foals Born In California

Champion I’ll Have Another’s first two North American foals have arrived. The first was dropped Jan. 14, 2020 at Rancho San Miguel in California. The 2020 filly is out of the winning mare Year of Light by Event of the Year. The filly was bred by Jacqueline Bousquet and Dr. Jeaneen Metzler. She was followed […]

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Baedeker Confirms Retirement From California Horse Racing Board

Executive Director Rick Baedeker confirmed his retirement from the California Horse Racing Board to the LA Times on Sunday. The 70-year-old will retire before the spring, he said, and a posting for the executive director position at the CHRB has been posted on the California jobs board. “It’s time,” said Baedeker. He plans to travel […]

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Clubhouse Ride Moves To Legacy Ranch In California For 2020

Grade 2 winner Clubhouse Ride will relocate to Legacy Ranch in Clements, Calif., for the 2020 breeding season, BloodHorse reports. The 11-year-old Candy Ride horse will stand for an advertised fee of $3,500. Clubhouse Ride previously resided at Harris Farms in Coalinga Calif., where he began his stud career in 2015. He currently sits atop […]

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Saddleridge Fire Forces Large-Animal Evacuation Centers To Open

Any natural disaster poses unique threats to large animal owners: To stay or to evacuate? If animals like horses are evacuated, where can they be sheltered? The Saddleridge fire, which encompassed 7,500 acres near Sylmar on Friday, forced 100,000 people and their pets to evacuate and seek out shelter. In 2017, the Creek fire near […]

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Smiling Tiger Starts Hot With Latest Crop Of Juveniles

Smiling Tiger began the year riding a wave of momentum when Spiced Perfection became his first Grade 1 winner a week before the calendar turned to January 2019. That led into a busy breeding season, which has now rolled into a fast start with his next class of 2-year-olds. The latest example of that came […]

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Wellman: ‘It’s Important To Support Del Mar And California Racing’

It will be 227 days from the December 2 end of the 2018 Fall racing season at Del Mar to Wednesday’s start of the 80th Summer season. And 227 days of absence, coupled with a winter/spring of misfortune and discontent at Santa Anita, appears to have made horsemen’s hearts even fonder than usual for the […]

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Harper: Del Mar Working Hard ‘To Put The Safety And Interest Of The Horses First’

Joe Harper is CEO of the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club. In April, Tiger Woods completed an amazing comeback to win the Masters. According to the Nielsen television ratings, 18.3 million people watched the final holes and Tiger get another green jacket. A few weeks later, when Country House was made the winner of the Kentucky […]

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