california horse racing

Stronach: Without Live Racing, Welfare Of Horses And Backstretch Workers Are At Risk

Editor’s note: The following open letter from Belinda Stronach, chairman and president of The Stronach Group, was distributed to racing media and was also run in the Los Angeles Times this week. The COVID-19 crisis has presented the United States and the world with an unprecedented challenge, one that requires personal sacrifice, a shift in […]

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Board: No Lasix For California 2-Year-Olds This Year

At a lengthy teleconference meeting held Thursday, the California Horse Racing Board approved rule language that would prohibit the administration of furosemide in 2-year-olds beginning this year. The move comes as part of a desire outlined by the Thoroughbred Safety Coalition (of which The Stronach Group and Del Mar are members) to phase out the […]

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COVID-19: Santa Anita, Golden Gate Close To New Out-Of-State Personnel; Horses Not Restricted

With the utmost regard for the safety and well-being of essential personnel and the horses they care for, Santa Anita Park and Golden Gate Fields announced today the immediate closure of the stable entry gates to outside personnel at their racing and training venues in California, including San Luis Rey Downs. The stable entry gate […]

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Hard Not To Love Is Easy To Like In Grade 1 Beholder Mile

Blinded in one eye since a school yard incident as a youngster, trainer John Shirreffs’ brilliant Hard Not to Love seeks her fourth consecutive win as she heads a field of seven older fillies and mares in Saturday’s Grade 1, $400,000 Beholder Mile at Santa Anita. With two graded stakes wins at the current Winter […]

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Santa Anita Announces Loyalty Bonus, Vet Exam Reimbursement Programs

Santa Anita Park has announced a new program to reward the owners of horses who have supported the current race meeting with a Loyalty Bonus to horses who have raced from December 28, 2019 through February 29, 2020.  From March 6 through the end of the season on June 21, all eligible horses will receive […]

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Bast Retired Due To Soft Tissue Injury, Headed To Kentucky For Breeding

Thoroughbred Daily News reported Thursday that multiple Grade 1 winner Bast has been retired following a minor soft tissue injury. Trainer Bob Baffert told the TDN’s Jessica Martini that the filly was never lame, but his barn staff noted some minor filling in an ankle. Diagnostics revealed a soft tissue injury that would take at […]

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Jolie Olimpica Faces Eleven, Including Lady Prancealot, In Grade 2 Buena Vista

Ultra impressive in her U.S. debut, Brazilian-bred Jolie Olimpica seeks to remain unbeaten as she heads a field of 12 older fillies and mares going one mile on turf in Saturday’s Grade II, $200,000 Buena Vista Stakes at Santa Anita. Recent Grade I winner Lady Prancealot, Grade III winner Carressa, and recent graded stakes-placed fillies […]

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Golden Gate Trainer Herbertson Charged In Connection With Sexual Assault Near Track

Berkeleyside reported this week that trainer Ari Herbertson, 28, of El Sobrante, Calif., has been charged with four felonies related to a sexual assault police say took place near Golden Gate Fields in January 2019. Herbertson is charged with sexual penetration of an unconscious victim, sexual penetration by a foreign object, assault with intent to […]

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Report: Jockey Norberto Arroyo Skips Bail, Has Bench Warrant Issued In California

According to reporting from the Daily Racing Form’s Jay Privman and Steve Andersen, jockey Norberto Arroyo Jr. has had a bench warrant issued against him after he did not show up for a January arraignment on four charges related to domestic violence. The San Diego County Superior Court has also increased the jockey’s bail to […]

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