california horse racing

Bellafina Faces Four In G2 Las Virgenes After Sound G2 Santa Ynez Win

Fresh off of a crushing 8 ½ length victory at seven furlongs, owner Kaleem Shah’s Bellafina heads a field of five sophomore fillies going one mile in Saturday’s Grade II, $200,000 Las Virgenes Stakes at Santa Anita. Chief among her rivals would appear to be the Doug O’Neill-trained Enaya Alrabb, who has been idle since […]

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Plein Air To Defend Grade 3 Astra Title Against Nine Others

Bob Baffert’s Irish-bred Plein Air is back to defend her title in Sunday’s Grade III, $100,000 Astra Stakes at Santa Anita, as she, along with Ray Bell’s Mantuana and Jim Cassidy’s Amboseli, head a wide open field of 10 fillies and mares going a marathon mile and one half on turf. In what was her […]

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Espinoza: Workers’ Compensation Woes Slowed My Recovery

As Triple Crown-winning jockey Victor Espinoza awaits a third medical opinion on his readiness to resume riding, the rider told Thoroughbred Racing Commentary his struggles with California’s workers’ compensation insurance program have slowed his recovery. Espinoza told TRC that Post Time Self Insurance Group, which covers racetrack employees in California, halted his access to physical […]

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May 27 Gold Cup Day Highlights Santa Anita Spring Stakes Schedule

Santa Anita’s 2019 Spring Stakes Schedule, which runs from Saturday, April 13, through Sunday, June 23, will offer fans and horsemen a total of 35 added money events, headlined by three Grade I, half million dollar stakes, all on May 27—the Gold Cup at Santa Anita, the Gamely and the Shoemaker Mile (turf). In all, […]

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Joe Harper To Receive Eclipse Award Of Merit

The National Thoroughbred Racing Association, Daily Racing Form and the National Turf Writers and Broadcasters today announced that Joe Harper, who has led the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club over the past 40 years and enabled Del Mar to become one of North America’s most successful racetracks, has been selected to receive the Eclipse Award of […]

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Opening Day At Santa Anita: One Of Our Sport’s Greatest Treasures

I’ll never forget my first visit to Santa Anita. It was the winter of 1979 and I was living in Chicago. I should say I was eager to flee the Windy City after a January that saw sub-zero temperatures for two weeks and snowfall that eventually would accumulate to more than 90 inches. City streets […]

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Steve Lym Named VP, Racing Secretary At Santa Anita

Santa Anita Park has announced highly respected Canadian racing official Steve Lym will become the track’s Vice President and Racing Secretary as the track readies for its 82nd Winter Meet opening day this Wednesday, Dec. 26. Steeped in the Thoroughbred business from childhood, Lym served as Woodbine Racecourse’s Racing Secretary from 2003 through 2013 and as […]

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Report: Los Alamitos Finishes Meet With Declines In Handle

Final figures were down slightly at Los Alamitos at the end of the recent eight-date meet, according to a report from the Daily Racing Form. Average daily handle this year was $3.85 million, down from $4.20 million last year, though officials say measuring handle by daily averages results in date-to-date comparisons may not be one-to-one. […]

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Baffert Seeks Second Los Al Futurity/Starlet Double; Will Saddle Two Runners In Each Grade 1

Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert, who became the first trainer to win the Los Alamitos CashCall Futurity and the Starlet in the same year in 2017, will try to duplicate the feat Saturday. Baffert, who won the Futurity with McKinzie – after the disqualification of stablemate Solomini – and the Starlet with Dream Tree […]

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Drenching Rain Forces Races Off Turf At Del Mar For First Time In Three Years

A quarter-inch of rain drenched the track early Thursday morning and with forecasts for even stronger storms to hit 90 minutes to an hour before first post, track officials decided to close the main surface to training and move four races on the eight-race card from the turf to the main track. “We just want […]

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