arnold zetcher

Always a Princess ‘doing just fine’

After suffering a sesamoid injury in the Santa Margarita that led to a successful surgery, Always a Princess has been recuperating in an equine hospital in Chino, Calif. “Everything seems to be quiet,” owner Arnold Zetcher said last weekend. “She was comfortable and a really good patient. The word we got back from Chino is […]

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Former TOC chairman Owens elected to fill post vacated by Zetcher

The board of directors of Thoroughbred Owners of California looked to the past to find someone to lead the owners’ organization into the future, following the recently resignation of Arnold Zetcher as TOC chairman, just six months into his term. Owens rejoined the TOC board in November 2010 when he was appointed to fill a […]

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CHRB NEEDS TO LOL

An Open Letter to CHRB Chairman Keith Brackpool, These are desperate times for California horse racing and breeding. None of the leading economic indicators – pari-mutuel handle, on-track attendance, foal crop, commercial stallions, sale averages or field size – is heading in the right direction. Churchill Downs bought Hollywood Park and left like a spurned […]

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Search for Zetcher’s replacement at TOC begins

The TOC has put together a search within its board of directors to replace recently-resigned chairman Arnold Zetcher. Three board members have already declined the possibility of replacing Zetcher. They are current treasurer Pete Parrella, current secretary Pablo Suarez and current vice chairman in Southern California Brian Boudreau.

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CA trainers and owners unite?

With attempts to convince the Thoroughbred Owners of California that the owners organization and the California Thoroughbred Trainers should merge at an impasse, the CTT is now looking at forming a new group that would serve both interests. “We have held meetings (with trainers) in both the north and the south and we are moving […]

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American Graded Stakes Standings brought to you by Keeneland: Not Just about the Money

I’ve made no secret of the fact that I think a majority of Eclipse Awards voters are lazy when it comes to casting their ballots for outstanding owner and breeder each year. Too often, in my opinion, they merely look at the top of the list and vote for which individual or business has won […]

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Jamgotchian Stirs the TOC Pot

By Ray Paulick Horse owner Jerry Jamgotchian continues to stir the horse racing pot–particularly in California, where he resides and has had his most publicized legal dustups.   Jamgotchian has targeted the California Horse Racing Board for much of his ire and litigation–ever since 2005 when a CHRB steward refused to let him scratch one […]

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American Graded Stakes Standings brought to you by Keeneland: Grade 1 Winners

Let’s take a look at Grade 1 winners in the U.S. this week in several key categories, beginning with trainers. It’s no surprise that Todd Pletcher, the runaway leader in overall American Graded Stakes wins and winners, is also the leader among the winners of G1 races. So far this year, he’s won 10 of […]

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CALIFORNIA: PUTTING THE CART AHEAD OF THE HORSE

By Ray Paulick The California Horse Racing Board’s process of licensing betting exchanges in California will be lengthy, so I am very skeptical why the amendment to Assembly Bill 2414—authorizing exchange wagering–was furtively inserted as the clock was ticking down to midnight on the 2010 legislative session, which ends Aug. 31. Exchange betting is a […]

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