George Haines

Sherwood Chillingworth, 93, Dies: ‘Chilly Was Good For The Horses, Good For The Business’

Sherwood C. Chillingworth, a longtime director and executive vice president of the Oak Tree Racing Association, passed away on Tuesday at age 93. A native of Honolulu, Hawaii, Chillingworth, known affectionately as “Chilly” to all who knew him, was named an Oak Tree director in 1989, and later assumed the title of Executive Vice President […]

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Ludt Named President of Santa Anita; Haines to Head SCOTWINC

Los Angeles Turf Club Inc., (LATC), dba as Santa Anita Park, announced Wednesday that longtime executive George Haines has been selected to head Southern California Off Track Wagering, Incorporated (SCOTWINC) by a unanimous vote.  In his new role with SCOTWINC, Haines will head an organization that oversees all off-track wagering at brick and mortar simulcast […]

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Santa Anita: On verge of another change?

When entrepreneur and horse owner Mark Verge was hired to run Santa Anita Park in March 2012, he was well aware of the revolving door that’s existed in the executive offices since Frank Stronach purchased the Arcadia, Calif., racetrack in 1998. “I don’t know how long a ride it’s going to be,” Verge told the […]

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The Breeders’ Cup Forum: Santa Anita President George Haines

George Haines calls himself a “lifer” at Santa Anita Park, having begun working at the Arcadia, Calif., racetrack in 1972 at the age of 18, manning an information window in the mutuels department. A dozen years later he was promoted to director of mutuels, and later to assistant general manager. In 2004 he was named […]

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Gutterman, Harlow out at Santa Anita

One week into the inaugural autumn meeting at Santa Anita Park, top officials from the racing office and marketing department have stepped down in what the Paulick Report was told were cost-cutting moves by parent company The Stronach Group. Resigning as vice president of marketing was Allen Gutterman, one of the most respected and knowledgeable […]

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Arcadia honors Santa Anita president George Haines

The City of Arcadia officially proclaimed Sept. 20 as “George Haines Day” in his native Arcadia. The Santa Anita president grew up in Arcadia and is currently in his 40th year of employment at “The Great Race Place.”  After graduating from Arcadia High School in 1972, Haines attended California State University, Long Beach, where he […]

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California takeout talks moving forward

With competing proposals on the table and further discussions scheduled, the Daily Racing Form reports that lower takeouts on certain exotic wagers appear likely this fall in California.  Both the tracks and now the Thoroughbred Owners of California have put forward proposals for lower takeouts on exactas, quinellas and daily doubles.  From DRF: “We’re evaluating […]

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Remix: Santa Anita officials to add more sand to problematic main track

The seemingly never-ending problems with Santa Anita’s main racing surface–which failed to drain properly during its synthetic era and produced lickity-split times and an unacceptable level of fatalities after returning to conventional dirt this past winter–will be tackled this summer by track officials who hope to reduce the clay content by adding at least two […]

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Breeders’ Cup back at Santa Anita?

According to Steve Schuelein of the Thoroughbred Times, officials from Santa Anita Park and the Los Angeles Turf Club will be submitting a presentation in mid-May in an attempt to secure the Breeders’ Cup for 2012. Track President George Haines confirmed the presentation plans during closing day at the Arcadia, Calif. racetrack.

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Santa Anita Prez: Purses won’t be cut despite lower handle

Santa Anita Park president George Haines said purses will not be reduced despite a 7.9% decline in all sources daily average handle for the first half of the winter-spring meeting at the Arcadia, Calif., track. Haines cited relatively strong on-track business – daily average attendance is up by 7% and average on-track handle is down […]

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