Southern California racing

Newly Married, Refreshed, And Ready, Wrona Set To Man Microphone At Santa Anita

There’s a new voice in town. Australian-born Michael Wrona, who was named the Voice of Santa Anita following a rigorous audition process this past winter, is set to handle the full-time announcing duties when Santa Anita’s 23-day Autumn Meet kicks off on Friday, with first race post time at 1 p.m. “I’m ready,” said the […]

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Bernick: California Racing ‘A Mess’ As North And South Compete For Horses

Glen Hill Farm’s Craig Bernick noted that Californian horse racing has experienced a banner year in 2015, with American Pharoah taking down the Triple Crown, Beholder winning the Pacific Classic, and California Chrome second in the Dubai World Cup, among others. However, in the Thoroughbred Daily News, Bernick reports that the state’s numbers have actually […]

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Back In The Saddle Again? Pat Valenzuela Picks Up Mounts In Louisiana

Jockey Pat Valenzuela, who last rode competitively 22 months ago in California, has been named to ride two entries at Louisiana’s Delta Downs Nov. 19. Valenzuela, 53, was suspended Feb. 7, 2014 for failing to appear before the California Horse Racing Board over charges that he did not show up for a pair of scheduled […]

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Scatoni: Handicappers (And The Game) Must ‘Evolve Or Die’

I recently caught up with accomplished author and expert handicapper Frank Scatoni, who participates in the newcomer on-track seminar at Del Mar, and puts together online Pick Four betting strategies and analysis for some of Southern California’s biggest exotic paydays. Scatoni is the author of several books and is the former editor of Horseplayers Magazine. I […]

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2016 California Racing Dates Still In Limbo

Executives with Southern California racetracks and horsemen’s organizations met with the California Horse Racing Board’s race dates and stabling oversight committee Wednesday to discuss the 2016 racing calendar. However, according to a report in the Daily Racing Form, no resolution has been reached. The matter will once again be discussed at the CHRB’s full meeting […]

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Hovdey to Sign ‘Long Rein’ at Santa Anita Sept. 27

Daily Racing Form’s Jay Hovdey will be on-hand to sign his most recent book “Long Rein: Tales from the World of Horse Racing,” in Santa Anita’s East Paddock Gardens on Saturday, Sept. 27 beginning at 11 a.m. A four-time Eclipse Award winner, Hovdey is regarded by many as the best and most erudite columnist in […]

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Trujillo on Del Mar Boxing Match: I Fought in the Streets of Panama

In what is being billed as the “Battle Off The Saddle,” jockeys Elvis Trujillo and Corey Nakatani are scheduled for a three-round boxing match Saturday following the races. The rounds will be two minutes in duration. In keeping with the sport’s nicknaming tradition, that’s Elvis “Heartbreak” Trujillo vs. Corey “Knock Out” Nakatani. The matchup, planned for 7:15  p.m. along with five […]

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Easy, Chicken Little: Southern California Racing Holding Its Own

The sky is not falling – at least not in the Southern California horse racing world, where I am in the midst of an annual summer pilgrimage. Hollywood Park has closed for good, and the Los Angeles County Fair apparently has run its last race in the facility that I remember as Pomona, but since […]

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Del Mar to Install Dirt Surface Similar to Santa Anita

According to track director Tom Robbins, Del Mar will install a dirt surface in 2015 composed of material from the same source as Santa Anita’s new surface to be installed this July. The material, known as El Segundo sand, is a soil harvested locally in Southern California. The portion used for Santa Anita’s future surface […]

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Fairplex Closes Up Shop, California Racing ‘In Flux’

Just a few months after the closure of Hollywood Park, Fairplex Park announced that it would be shifting its dates to Los Alamitos and ending its long run as a racetrack. California tracks are changing, the circuit taking on a much different image than it had a decade ago. This may be due to the […]

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