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Daniel Eidson Named Santa Anita Park’s Racing Director

With Santa Anita’s traditional Winter Meet opener looming on Tuesday, Dec. 26, veteran racing official Daniel Eidson has returned to Southern California following a four year stint in New York to become Santa Anita Park’s Racing Director. Eidson, 65, who served with distinction for more than 30 years in various roles at Golden Gate Fields and […]

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Shock And Awe At Hollywood Park: December 7, 1997

The date of December 7 is my signpost for both of two powerful psychological responses to witnessed events. Shock and awe are two of the few emotions that immerse us in the present moment while remolding our sense of time. Seventy-six years ago was the occasion that President Franklin Roosevelt would immortalize as the date […]

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Del Mar’s Superintendent Moore Preparing For A Fourth Breeders’ Cup

Dennis Moore took over the track superintendent role at Del Mar in early 2017, beginning with an overhaul of the dirt surface ahead of the summer meet. According to the San Diego Union Tribune, Moore’s efforts, coupled with new protocols for training hours and officials, helped to decreased the number of equine fatalities from the massive […]

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‘How Are We Going To Fill Four Hours?’: NBC Sports Crew Recalls Inaugural Breeders’ Cup Broadcast

In just a few short weeks, the 34th edition of the Breeders’ Cup will be contested, this year for the first time ever at Del Mar Thoroughbred Club. Consisting of 13 races held over two days, it has grown considerably from its inaugural 1984 edition, which was made up of a seven-race card held on […]

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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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Around The Track Podcast Presented By Taylor Made: The Versatile Vic Stauffer

There are few jobs left in horse racing Vic Stauffer hasn’t done. Enthralled by the sport at an early age, Stauffer skipped high school so he could make the racetrack life his own. From hotwalker to chart caller to jockey’s agent, Vic tried everything, all the while focused on his true love of announcing the races. […]

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Vic Stauffer Named Track Announcer At Oaklawn Park

One of the most recognized and experienced voices in Thoroughbred racing will step into Oaklawn’s announcer’s booth when one of the most successful racing seasons in America opens in 2017. Vic Stauffer, who has called more than 40,000 races at nearly a dozen tracks across the country, will be just the sixth track announcer in […]

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Del Mar Drops Overnight Purses ‘About 10 Percent’

For the second year in a row, Del Mar Thoroughbred Club will be decreasing its overnight purses, reports bloodhorse.com. Vice president Tom Robbins noted that the decreases would be seen at “about 10 percent across the board.” Reasons for the reduction in purses boil down to the fact that, without slots or casino revenue, Del […]

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More Stalls, Fewer Races: Possible Solutions To California Racing’s Problems

Hollywood Park’s 2013 closure was symptomatic of the state of California racing, according to journalist Daniel Ross. He’s taken an in-depth statistical look at some of the state’s major issues, and sought out the opinions of major racing figures on how those issues might be solved. Stall space is one of the largest issues, reports […]

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Santa Anita Kicks Off 40-Day Spring Meet Thursday

Santa Anita’s 40-day Spring Meeting will get underway on Thursday, May 5, with first post time set for 2 p.m.  On Saturday, May 7, Santa Anita Park will be the place to be as The Great Race Place will host the biggest Kentucky Derby Party west of Louisville, with admission gates opening at 7:15 a.m. […]

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