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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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Insufficient Entries Force Thursday Cancellation At Los Al

Due to a shortage of entries, there will be no daytime thoroughbred racing Thursday, July 11 at Los Alamitos. Track gates will open that morning for simulcast racing – which includes opening day at Saratoga – at 10 a.m. Live racing resumes Friday, July 12, kicking off the final three days of the Summer Thoroughbred […]

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Gorajec: Los Alamitos ‘Simply Reckless’ Not To Adopt Santa Anita’s Workout Policies

Former longtime executive director with the Indiana Horse Racing Commission Joe Gorajec has a new mantra on horse racing reform: “If you are not doing everything, you are not doing enough.” In his latest article at InsideRacingRegs, published by Horse Racing Reform, an industry initiative of The Jockey and Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association, Gorajec […]

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California Shipper One Bad Boy Leads Queen’s Plate Rivals Gate-To-Wire

Making his first start outside of California, Sayjay Racing, Greg Hall, and Brooke Hubbard’s One Bad Boy took to the synthetic Tapeta with ease and led the $1 million Queen’s Plate field from gate to wire at Woodbine. The 3-year-old son of Twirling Candy, ridden by Flavien Prat for trainer RIchard Baltas, was challenged by […]

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CHRB To Form Five-Member Review Panels For Los Alamitos, Del Mar Meets

The California Horse Racing Board (CHRB) has announced that five-member review panels, similar to the one established during the last two weekends at Santa Anita, will be in place for the upcoming Los Alamitos Summer Thoroughbred Meet June 29-July 14 and the Del Mar Summer Meet July 17-September 2. “Los Alamitos and Del Mar have […]

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The Stronach Group Reports 58 Percent Decrease In Racing Fatalities At Santa Anita

The Stronach Group released the following statement on Friday: On behalf of everyone at Santa Anita Park, we wish to express our sincere gratitude and heartfelt thanks for the support we have received during one of the most challenging times in our history. All of us have been beyond devastated by the tragedies that befell […]

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Cal-Bred Acclimate In Front All The Way In San Juan Capistrano

In sharp recent form and blessed with an abundance of natural speed, California-bred Acclimate took six rivals on a merry chase that resulted in a stirring half length victory in Sunday’s Grade III, $100,000 San Juan Capistrano Stakes at Santa Anita. Ridden by Martin Garcia and trained by Phil D’Amato, the 5-year-old gelding by Acclamation […]

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‘This Job Is A Love’: Bejarano Celebrates 4,000th Winner At Santa Anita

Jockey Rafael Bejarano celebrated the 4,000th win of his Thoroughbred career on Saturday at Santa Anita Park, riding the 3-year-old filly Portal Creek for trainer Bob Hess, Jr. The 37-year-old rider was born in Arequipa, Peru. “I feel blessed. Over all these years, this job is a love and it’s all about the horses,” Bejarano […]

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