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Coalition Representing Major U.S. Tracks Announces Lasix Ban For 2-Year-Old Races, Then Stakes

A coalition of leading Thoroughbred racing associations and organizations announced today a new horse racing initiative committed to phasing out the use of the medication Furosemide (Lasix) beginning in 2020 and eliminating the use of Lasix in stakes races held at their racetracks beginning in 2021.  Coalition racetracks that have signed on to this initiative […]

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Del Mar Releases $7.4 Million Summer Stakes Schedule

Del Mar, the historic oval that will be presenting its 80th summer of racing alongside the blue Pacific starting on Wednesday, July 17, will offer its horsemen a robust stakes schedule consisting of 40 events worth nearly $7.4 million during its 36-day stand. The shore racing headquarter’s richest and most prestigious day will come on […]

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Dennis Moore Retained By Santa Anita As Track Consultant

Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, Calif., has announced that highly respected trackman Dennis Moore has been retained as a consultant and will be on-site Tuesday afternoon as a precautionary measure with regard to the condition of the one-mile main track. Moore, 69, who has more than 46 years of experience working with racing surfaces in […]

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Champion World Approval Retired, To Reside At Breeder’s Live Oak Stud

Live Oak Plantation’s homebred World Approval, Eclipse Champion Turf Horse of 2017 and winner of that year’s Breeders’ Cup Mile (G1) at Del Mar, has been retired from racing. The gelded 7-year-old son of Northern Afleet is the last foal produced from the blue hen mare Win Approval. He is a half-brother to Champion Turf […]

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Santa Anita To Offer 2-Year-Old Racing In April, Juvenile Stakes On June 23

In an effort to expand racing opportunities for 2-year-olds and to make a larger number of top quality juveniles available to horsemen in California, Santa Anita Park has announced it will be offering maiden special weight races for 2-year-olds beginning April 18 & 19 and that it will present a pair of 2-year-old stakes on […]

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‘At First, I Thought I Was Done’: Espinoza Back In The Saddle After Fractured Vertebra

After a near seven-month absence, popular Hall of Fame jockey Victor Espinoza, a winner of the 2015 Triple Crown with American Pharoah, will return to the saddle on Monday at Santa Anita, as he’s been named to ride Irish-bred Gallantlystreaming in the first race for Hronis Racing, LLC and trainer John Sadler. Sidelined due to […]

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Baffert ‘Getting Some Changes’ From Talented Coliseum With New Equipment

Godolphin homebred Coliseum is obviously talented, but his personality has proven difficult for Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert to manage. The 3-year-old son of Tapit out of Grade 1 winner Game Face first excited Kentucky Derby dreams with his 6 3/4-length debut victory at Del Mar in November, but missed the break in the Jan. […]

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‘Disagreement Among Doctors’ Has Comebacking Victor Espinoza In Holding Pattern

Victor Espinoza’s next workout on a Thoroughbred is on hold pending further medical evaluation, his agent, Brian Beach, said Friday morning at Santa Anita. The 46-year-old Hall of Fame jockey and Triple Crown winner worked his first horse last Saturday after an absence of more than five months recovering from serious injuries in a training […]

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Joe Harper To Receive Eclipse Award Of Merit

The National Thoroughbred Racing Association, Daily Racing Form and the National Turf Writers and Broadcasters today announced that Joe Harper, who has led the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club over the past 40 years and enabled Del Mar to become one of North America’s most successful racetracks, has been selected to receive the Eclipse Award of […]

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‘Everything Is Going Well’ For Espinoza, Could Return In Mid-January

Victor Espinoza could resume his riding career next month after recovering from serious injuries in a training mishap at Del Mar last July 22. “He’s in Mexico right now visiting his family,” said Espinoza’s agent, Brian Beach, Monday morning at Santa Anita’s Clockers’ Corner. “He posted a video of himself online chopping down a tree, […]

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