Tim Ritvo

Gorajec: A Way Forward On Regulators And Possible Conflicts Of Interest

Horse racing consultant Joe Gorajec writes in his InsideRacingRegs blog that he was “bewildered, befuddled, baffled and bemused” over a recent issue in which California Horse Racing Board vice chair Madeline Auerbach sold a share of a horse to an executive of The Stronach Group, which owns two California racetracks that the CHRB regulates. Gorajec, […]

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Aidan Butler To Head Stronach Group’s California Racing Operations

Continuing its push to reform and modernize horseracing, The Stronach Group has announced that Chief Strategy Officer Aidan Butler – a longtime technology, horseracing and gaming executive who spearheaded reforms at Santa Anita during its winter meet – will additionally serve as Acting Executive Director of California Racing Operations. “Aidan has played a critical role as we […]

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Jockeys And Jeans Raises Over $200,000 For PDJF

The proceeds have been tallied and the sixth annual Jockeys and Jeans fundraiser for the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund, this year on Saturday, June 22 at Santa Anita Park, raised $205,000. The event featured a speech by two-time Triple Crown winning trainer Bob Baffert who received Jockeys and Jeans’ first Person of the Year Award. […]

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Golden Gate Fields Winter/Spring Meet Sees 7.4% Increase In Handle

Golden Gate Fields saw another strong increase in all sources handle at its 2018-19 Winter/Spring Meet, which concluded on Sunday, June 9. The 94-day meeting, which began on Dec. 26, was highlighted by a successful edition of the inaugural Gold Rush Weekend in April, and track management and horsemen look forward to continued positive trends […]

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A 24th Horse Dies At Santa Anita, And National Media Takes Notice

After six weeks without an equine fatality, Santa Anita saw its 24th since the start of its winter meet on Friday morning. Commander Coil, who was out for a routine gallop, broke his shoulder and had to be euthanized. According to the Los Angeles Times, which was one of a number of national and local […]

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Pimlico Reports Record Attendance, Handle On Black-Eyed Susan Day

The Maryland Jockey Club reported record attendance and handle on Friday’s 95th Black-Eyed Susan Day, highlighted by Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners and Stetson Racing, LLC’s Point of Honor winning the $250,000 Black-Eyed Susan (G2) and Winchell Thoroughbreds LLC’s Tenfold winning the $300,000 Pimlico Special (G3) at Pimlico Race Course. Total handle on Friday’s 14-race Black-Eyed Susan […]

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Santa Anita Preparations Nearly Complete For June 5 Fasig-Tipton Juvenile Sale

With stabling accommodations nearly complete, Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, Calif., is readying for its first-ever Fasig-Tipton 2-Year-Olds in Training Sale on Wednesday, June 5, at 1 p.m. PT. A total of 169 well-pedigreed juveniles have been catalogued and many are now on the grounds and in training. Two weeks prior to the sale, all […]

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Maryland Jockey Club Files Motion To Dismiss, Says Baltimore ‘Has No Right To Confiscate’ Pimlico

The Maryland Jockey Club today announced that it filed a motion to dismiss Baltimore City’s lawsuit captioned, Mayor and City Council of Baltimore, et al. v. The Stronach Group, et al., Circuit Court for Baltimore City, Case No. 24-C-19-001776. That lawsuit seeks to condemn and confiscate the Preakness Stakes, Pimlico Race Course, the Woodlawn Vase, […]

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Santa Anita Cancels Five Thursday Cards, Raises Non-Stakes Purses $10,000

Santa Anita Park has been forced to reduce its racing schedule over the next five weeks due to a lack of race-ready horses on the grounds, reports drf.com. The Stronach Group-owned facility will cancel the next five Thursday programs, racing Friday through Sunday until Memorial Day. “As we progress, we’ll see where we’re at,” said TSG’s […]

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Ritvo: Rumors That Santa Anita Wants To Shift Dates Are ‘Totally False,’ Racing On For This Week

After California Sen. Dianne Feinstein called for a suspension of horse racing at Santa Anita and the California Horse Racing Board scheduled a meeting to discuss reallocation of Santa Anita dates, management with The Stronach Group say they plan to continue on this weekend as scheduled. Tim Ritvo, Stronach Group chief operating officer, told The […]

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