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Breeders’ Cup Buzz Presented By TVG: Your First Breeders’ Cup

Every Breeders’ Cup is the first one for some portion of the crowd in attendance, and some of the people in that group this weekend at Santa Anita Park will one day go on to become participants in the event themselves. In Breeders’ Cup Buzz all this week, we’ll speak to some notable names in […]

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Commentary: Illinois Racing Abandoned By Churchill Downs; Regulators Should Hold Company Accountable

The Thoroughbred racing community watched in dismay when Churchill Downs sold California’s Hollywood Park to a real estate company that jettisoned live racing and then endeavored, at Calder Race Course in Florida, to replace live racing with jai alai. Now at Arlington Park near Chicago, we’re seeing Churchill again working to squelch live racing by […]

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Frank Mirahmadi Returns To Santa Anita Microphone For Autumn Meet

As he nears completion of his first year as Santa Anita’s full-time announcer, the incredible Frank Mirahmadi, who also doubles as the voice of Monmouth Park in New Jersey, will be present, accountable and ready to ramble when Santa Anita’s 23-day Autumn Meet opens on Friday, Sept. 27. Growing up in Beverly Hills, Mirahmadi, who […]

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Sunday Silence: Unwanted Youngster To Hall Of Famer

At the time, a young Sunday Silence going through the ring and back to owner Arthur B. Hancock III under his reserve at the California sale of 2-year-olds at Hollywood Park was anything but notable. In retrospect, it was history being written. The son of Halo’s ascension from an unwanted youngster into a Horse of […]

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Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: Out Of The Darkness, Into The Spotlight

In 2013 at Hollywood Park, Drayden Van Dyke could often be found in the jockey’s room riding the Equicizer. He liked to practice on the machine in the dark, so he could focus on the feel of the ride instead of visual cues. One day, Hall of Fame rider Mike Smith walked in to the […]

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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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