Southern California

California Stewards To Trade Places During Del Mar Meet

Del Mar will have a new steward in the booth for the first time in three years this summer, reports drf.com. John Herbuveaux, from Golden Gate Fields, will replace Scott Chaney, while Chaney will take a position at the Sonoma County Fair. California Horse Racing Board officials declared that they would implement a rotation of stewards in Southern […]

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Thoroughbred Classic Horse Show Draws Over 100 Retired Racehorses

The odds were against the Thoroughbred Classic Horse Show (TCHS) as a storm soaked most of Southern California the week leading up to its March 24-25 show at Galway Downs Equestrian Center. Fortunately, the muddy surfaces were not likely a first for the nearly 100 retired racehorses that competed in the show. “When we arrived […]

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Change Of Scenery: Jockey Martin Garcia Moving Tack To New York

Jockey Martin Garcia, who has been based in Southern California for many years, will soon be changing circuits and will ride in New York. The Daily Racing Form reports that Garcia will begin riding at Aqueduct Nov. 15. Business has been slow in California for Garcia; during Del Mar’s summer meet, the rider had just three wins […]

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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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The Early Years: TVG’s Kurt Hoover Once Coached Derby-Winning Trainer In Basketball

It’s definitely a cliche, but there’s a lot of truth to the phrase “it’s a small world.” The latest relevant example comes from Kentucky Derby-winning trainer Todd Pletcher, who once played on a basketball league coached by current TVG host and analyst Kurt Hoover, according to the LA Times. When Todd Pletcher’s father, also a […]

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Argentine Star Vale Dori To Take On Songbird, Stellar Wind In June’s Beholder Mile

Now that Vale Dori has won six Southern California races in a row, including five graded stakes, the 5-year-old daughter of Asiatic Boy (UAE Derby winner and earner of over $3.3 million) will face a major step up in class next month. Trainer Bob Baffert is preparing Vale Dori for the June 3 G1 Beholder […]

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East Vs. West? Santa Anita Appears To Be Short Kentucky Derby Contenders

Horses from Southern California have dominated the Kentucky Derby in four of the last five years, from I’ll Have Another, to California Chrome, American Pharoah and Nyquist. But this year, writes John Cherwa for the LA Times, the only Santa Anita-based contender in the Kentucky Derby future wager’s top five is Mastery, trained by Bob […]

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Santa Anita Jockeys And Trainers Show Jump At Thoroughbred Classic Saturday

The Thoroughbred Classic Horse Show Series returns once again to southern California on Saturday, Dec. 12th and runs through the 13th at the Los Angeles Equestrian Center in Burbank. The series was created to showcase the versatility and athleticism of off-the-track Thoroughbreds and to highlight their successful transition from racehorse to sporthorse. The TCHS series […]

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California sports bar attracts 120 bettors a day

The first sports bar to offer satellite wagering in California is averaging $22,238 in daily handle for the current Santa Anita meet – about 120 betting customers a day. The owner of OC Tavern, which began taking wagers in December, says the handle figures may be slightly above projections, but he’s optimistic that the word […]

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SANAN INDICATES BC LEANING TOWARDS PERMANENT HOST SITE

According to Tom LaMarra at the Blood-Horse, Satish Sanan discussed the possibility of a permanent host site for the Breeders’ Cup on the satellite radio show ‘At the Races with Steve Byk’. Suggesting that Santa Anita Park will change surfaces, Sanan explained the Southern California track has everything needed to become the permanent site. However, […]

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