california horse racing

Pasadena Fan Fest Returns On Breeders’ Cup Friday

Breeders’ Cup, one of Thoroughbred horse racing’s most prestigious international events, today announced the return of Pasadena Fan Fest, a special community celebration created to commemorate the first day of the 2019 Breeders’ Cup World Championships. Taking place on Friday, November 1, the event will cap off the World Championships’ first day of racing with […]

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The Friday Show Presented By The MATCH Series: States Of Disruption

The dominos continued to fall this week for the U.S. horse racing industry from coast to coast. In this edition of The Friday Show, Scott Jagow and Ray Paulick discuss developments in California, Illinois and Florida and what they might mean for the sport going forward. Watch The Friday Show below and share your thoughts.

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View From The Eighth Pole: California Governor’s Actions Tell Different Story Than His Words

Racing in California faces an uncertain future, based on stinging comments about the sport made by Gov. Gavin Newsom to the New York Times this week.  Newsom, a Democrat elected in a landslide last November, expressed his unhappiness with the spike in fatalities at Santa Anita earlier this year along with the regulatory oversight provided […]

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Competitive Trainer Battle Shaping Up For Santa Anita Fall Meet

America’s top horsemen will converge on Santa Anita Park next Friday, Sept. 27, as The Great Race Place opens its doors for its 23-day Autumn Meet which will also include a record 10th Breeders’ Cup World Championships on Nov. 1 & 2. With five of the nation’s current top 14 trainers by money-won competing on a […]

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The Friday Show Presented By The MATCH Series: California Conflicts?

The U.S. horse racing industry is dealing with yet another controversy this year after the New York Times story about 2018 Triple Crown winner Justify’s positive drug test following the Santa Anita Derby. In this edition of The Friday Show, Scott Jagow and Ray Paulick discuss the details of the situation, answer questions people likely […]

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New York Times: Justify Tested Positive For Scopolamine After Santa Anita Derby; CHRB Dismissed Case

The New York Times reported Sept. 11 that 2018 Triple Crown winner Justify tested positive for scopolamine after his victory in the Grade 1 Santa Anita Derby in early April 2018. According to documents reviewed by Times writer Joe Drape, the California Horse Racing Board subsequently voted to dismiss the case during a closed-door executive […]

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Santa Anita Adds New Vet Position To Safety Team, Hires Dr. Laurie Bohannon

The Stronach Group has announced the hiring of Dr. Laurie Bohannon to the newly created position of Senior Veterinarian. Bohannon will serve at the direction of TSG Chief Veterinary Officer Dr. Dionne Benson as Santa Anita Park approaches the opening of its 23-day Autumn Meet on Friday, Sept. 27.  Santa Anita, which has led the […]

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View From The Eighth Pole: Horse Racing Should Heed Lessons From California

The metrics of the horse racing business have changed. There was a time, when I first got involved in the game in the 1970s, that attendance and wagering were the key numbers in defining success and failure of a race meeting. Off-track betting facilities, full-card simulcasting and advance deposit wagering gutted on-track business and made […]

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O’Neill Narrow Favorite In Del Mar Trainer Race

Doug O’Neill, a four-time Del Mar summer training champion, whose last title came in 2010, enters the final, six-day week of the meeting with an 18-16 lead in wins over Peter Miller and Richard Baltas. So Miller, Baltas and O’Neill’s No. 1 assistant, Leandro Mora, were asked to do some odds-making regarding the race. “I’d […]

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‘Bing Crosby Season’: Del Mar Slates 14 Stakes Worth Nearly $2 Million For Fall Meet

Del Mar Thoroughbred Club will conduct its sixth fall racing meet – officially titled the Bing Crosby Season in a salute to the seaside track’s founder – with 14 stakes worth a total of $1,950,000 scheduled during a 15-day session starting on Friday, November 8 and running through to Sunday, December 1. Nine of the […]

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