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Headley Remembers ‘Honest Race Horse’ Kona Gold

Bruce Headley was born on Feb. 17, 1934, 10 months before Santa Anita opened on Christmas Day, 1934. More than eight decades later, both are still kicking. Headley, best remembered as the trainer of Kona Gold, for whom next Saturday’s Grade II, $200,000 sprint at 6 ½ furlongs is named, is still a fixture at […]

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Crowder’s Quiet Presence Makes Him ‘One Of Those Masters Of A Wild Horse’

He’ll pull up to the barn in his old green SUV, nodding a greeting and fetching his gear from the tack room. The way he walks, heavy saddle on one hip, bridle in his other hand, is perfectly reminiscent of a cowboy from the old black-and-white Westerns. He’s just a bit bow-legged, and the clinking […]

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Headley Joins WHOA: ‘Essential To The Longevity Of Our Thoroughbreds’

Southern California based Bruce Headley has trained for nearly sixty years during which time he has cultivated a well-earned reputation for being a “clean trainer”, largely shunning modern veterinary practices which emphasize a reliance on drugs to keep a horse sound and fit. Instead, his philosophy is a simple, natural one: when in doubt, give […]

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Trainer Bruce Headley Recovering Quickly After Brain Bleed

Although he was rushed to Arcadia Methodist Hospital last Friday morning with what was diagnosed as a brain bleed, popular veteran trainer Bruce Headley, 84, is on the mend, according to his daughter, trainer Karen Headley. “He wasn’t feeling well last Thursday night,” said Karen. “I went over and checked on him at home, but […]

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Santa Anita’s ‘Octo-Plus’ Club Advises Against Retirement

Huey Barnes, Vince DeGregory, Larry Gilligan, Bruce Headley, Ron McAnally, Hector Palma and Art Sherman, all members of Santa Anita’s Octoplus Club. That’s not octopus, but Octoplus, as in 80 years of age or older. Each has passed the eight-decade mark and still plies his trade at the race track, their years on the planet […]

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San Onofre Strong In Midnight Lute Victory

California-bred San Onofre sat second early to speedy Distinctiv Passion and responded to aggressive handling from Alex Solis to win Saturday’s Grade III, $100,000 Midnight Lute Stakes by a half length while covering 6 ½ furlongs in 1:14.82. Breaking from the inside in a field of six older sprinters, the 6-year-old gelding by Surf Cat, […]

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California Breeder Buddy Johnston Dies At 77

E.W. “Buddy” Johnston, owner of Old English Rancho in Sanger, Calif., died peacefully in his sleep Tuesday morning, one day shy of his 78th birthday. Mr. Johnston bred and owned 2011 Eclipse champion older male Acclamation, among other graded stakes-winning horses. He served as director and president of the California Thoroughbred Breeders Association for over […]

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Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: An Eye For The Athlete

Donato Lanni is on a roll. Last year it was Breeders’ Cup Classic winner Bayern, a son of Offlee Wild the Canadian-born bloodstock agent picked out of the Fasig-Tipton Midlantic 2-year-olds in training sale for $320,000 on behalf of Kaleem Shah. A year earlier it was Breeders’ Cup Sprint winner Secret Circle, an Eddington colt […]

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California Chrome Earns Cal-Bred Horse Of The Year Honors

Eclipse Award Horse of the Year California Chrome was officially named California-bred Horse of the Year for 2014 at Monday night’s annual California Thoroughbred Breeders Association awards dinner at the Pasadena Westin. California Chrome, who distanced Alert Bay and Big Macher in the voting, earlier was named California-bred champion 3-year-old and Turf champion. California Chrome […]

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iStable presents the PR Special: Keeneland November Day 1

iStable brings us a special print edition of the Paulick Report, available here and on the sales grounds at the Keeneland November Sale in Lexington, Ky. In this edition of the PR Special, Ray looks at the potential candidates for Horse of the Year, following Saturday’s controversial Breeders’ Cup Classic, and suggests the issue could still be decided on […]

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