Southern California

CHRB: Medication, Training Restrictions Expanded To Other California Tracks

The California Horse Racing Board conducted its regular meeting Thursday, May 23, at Santa Anita Park. Chairman Chuck Winner presided. Vice Chair Madeline Auerbach and Commissioners Dennis Alfieri, Fred Maas, Araceli Ruano, and Alex Solis also were in attendance. The audio of this entire Board meeting is available on the CHRB Website (www.chrb.ca.gov) under the […]

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Santa Anita Officials Order Trainers Pender, Polanco To Vacate Stalls

The Daily Racing Form reports that a pair of Southern California trainers, Mike Pender and Marcelo Polanco, have officially been ordered to vacate their stalls at Santa Anita Park. The citations behind those orders include “an undisclosed horse welfare issue” for Pender and “training a horse on behalf of another person” for Polanco. A hearing into […]

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Jockey Iggy Puglisi ‘Back On The Upswing’ At Santa Anita

Ignacio Puglisi is back on track in a career that began 29 years ago when he was a mere pup of 16. Now 45, but still fit, formidable and friendly, the jockey pals refer to as ‘Iggy’ is doing what he loves best–riding horses. “I’ve been back since mid-November now, so it’s been a while,” said […]

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Tyler Baze Moves His Tack To Oaklawn Park Through May

Tyler Baze, among the top jockeys on the Southern California circuit, was scheduled to ride three horses Sunday in his first day as a regular at Oaklawn. Baze, 36, will be represented by agent Joe Santos, who has booked mounts at the meet for David Cabrera, Israel Rodriguez and apprentice Luis Fuentes. Arkansas Racing Commission […]

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Young Jockey Figueroa ‘Putting It All Together’ In Southern California

Heriberto Figueroa is one of the best-kept secrets on the Southern California circuit so far, but that’s likely to change soon. Winning races in bunches for assorted trainers will do that. “He’s learning every day; that’s what we’re concentrating on,” said his agent, Nelson Arroyo. “He’s getting better every day and he has all the […]

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Rosario’s Graded Stakes Double Nets Jockey Of The Week Title

With a successful homecoming week that included two graded stakes victories, Joel Rosario was named Jockeys’ Guild Foundation Detox Jockey of the Week for December 26 – 30, 2018. The award is voted on by a panel of experts for riding accomplishments by members of the Jockeys’ Guild, the organization which represents more than 950 […]

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Del Mar: Field Sizes Drop With Rain, But Meet ‘Finishing Especially Strong’

Entering the final week of the Del Mar meeting, the racing office could anticipate average field size numbers for the fall meeting to be close to the outstanding 8.5 of 2017. Then rains hit Thursday and carried over into Friday. Seven races were taken off the Jimmy Durante Turf Course and switched to the main […]

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Elsa Lets It Go For West Coast Debut; Godolphin Filly Dominates Jimmy Durante

In Saturday’s companion feature at Del Mar, the Grade III $100,000 Jimmy Durante Stakes for 2-year-old fillies, 11-1 longshot Elsa provided jockey Joe Bravo with his second straight success in the mile and one-sixteenth grass contest, sweeping to the lead from the outside for a convincing two and one-quarter length triumph. Bravo won the race […]

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Escape Clause Puts Eight-Race Win Streak On The Line In Kathryn Crosby

The eight straight wins on the past performance sheet for Escape Clause would catch the eye of any handicapper. The abbreviations for the tracks of the 4-year-old Canadian-bred filly’s success, however, might tax the acumen of even veteran Southern California Daily Racing Form students. AsD – Assiniboia Downs, Winnipeg, Manitoba, venue for victories in June, […]

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Los Alamitos Cancels After First Two Of Friday’s Thoroughbred Races

An anticipated high temperature of 112 degrees Fahrenheit in Southern California has caused Los Alamitos Race Course to cancel the remaining six races on its eight-race Friday Thoroughbred card. The National Weather Service has announced an excessive heat warning for the area through Saturday evening at 9:00 p.m. The first two races of the card […]

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