california horse racing

Jockey Cedillo Proving Able In First Del Mar Season

The motivation for Abel Cedillo to leave a good business and comfortable situation based at Golden Gate Fields in San Francisco, and venture full-time to Del Mar this summer, is common to most jockeys. “My dream is to ride big races like the Kentucky Derby and the Breeders’ Cup and for that, I thought this […]

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Student Surpasses Master As Miller Passes Whittingham For Del Mar Wins

With five wins during the second week of the meeting, Peter Miller moved past Charlie Whittingham for 10th place on Del Mar’s all-time wins list for trainers. Miller started the meeting with 277 victories here, four behind the legendary Whittingham, and entered Week II needing only one to tie the Hall of Fame conditioner here. The […]

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San Diego Judge Grants Hollendorfer’s Injunction, Trainer Expected Back At Del Mar Sunday

San Diego Superior Court Judge Ronald F. Frazier ruled in favor of trainer Jerry Hollendorfer and California Thoroughbred Trainers on Friday afternoon, granting a preliminary injunction and overturning the ban by the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club against the Hall of Fame trainer preventing him from stabling or entering races at the Southern California racetrack. Frazier […]

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One Week In, Del Mar Racing Secretary ‘Encouraged’ By Numbers So Far

By unofficial count, the first week totals for the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club in Del Mar, Calif., were 43 races with a total of  342 runners for an average field size of 7.95. “Generally what I expected,” Del Mar Racing Secretary David Jerkens said Wednesday morning. “The industry is relying on us to run five […]

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Los Angeles Board Effort To Oppose California Horse Racing Falls One Vote Short

Efforts by the Los Angeles Board of Animal Services to send a non-binding recommendation to the city council opposing horse racing in California fell one vote short of the required majority during a meeting on Tuesday at the South Los Angeles animal shelter. The motion by commissioner Roger Wolfson received two votes, with one opposed, […]

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‘Clamor To End Horse Racing Would Be Deafening’: Court Documents Shed Light On Del Mar Hollendorfer Ban

A Southern California judge could rule later this week on a complaint filed by trainer Jerry Hollendorfer against the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club (DMTC) over the racetrack’s ban of the Hall of Famer. Meanwhile, court documents relating to the matter were obtained by USA Today and reveal in more detail Del Mar’s reasons for the […]

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Wellman: ‘It’s Important To Support Del Mar And California Racing’

It will be 227 days from the December 2 end of the 2018 Fall racing season at Del Mar to Wednesday’s start of the 80th Summer season. And 227 days of absence, coupled with a winter/spring of misfortune and discontent at Santa Anita, appears to have made horsemen’s hearts even fonder than usual for the […]

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Del Mar Unveils New Safety Measures; Five-Person Panel To Review All Entries

Building on industry-leading safety and welfare measures, Del Mar Thoroughbred Club (DMTC), operators of San Diego County’s iconic horse racing venue at Del Mar, today announced a series of initiatives to enhance safety protocols and procedures as the track prepares to celebrate its 80th season of racing. These initiatives build on effective safety and welfare measures […]

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Gorajec: Los Alamitos ‘Simply Reckless’ Not To Adopt Santa Anita’s Workout Policies

Former longtime executive director with the Indiana Horse Racing Commission Joe Gorajec has a new mantra on horse racing reform: “If you are not doing everything, you are not doing enough.” In his latest article at InsideRacingRegs, published by Horse Racing Reform, an industry initiative of The Jockey and Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association, Gorajec […]

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Defending Marley’s Freedom Tops Nominees To Great Lady M. Stakes

Defending champion Marley’s Freedom, streaker Danuska’s My Girl and comebacker Anonymity are among a dozen fillies and mares nominated to the $200,000-guaranteed Great Lady M. Stakes. The Grade II, which will be contested at 6 ½ furlongs, will be run for the sixth time at Los Alamitos Saturday, July 6. Owned by Cicero Farms LLC […]

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