california horse racing

‘More Work To Be Done’: Stronach Group Responds To New Concerns From Calif. Governor

Equine safety in California horse racing remains under the microscope for mainstream media, and is still on the radar of California Gov. Gavin Newsom. A story this week from the New York Times questioned the effectiveness Santa Anita Park’s reforms after three horses suffered fatal injuries in three days — two from racing breakdowns and […]

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‘More Opportunity Here’: Talamo Moves Tack To Arkansas/Kentucky Circuit

The Southern California invasion is underway at Oaklawn and among the big names already on the grounds in advance of the Jan. 24 opening is jockey Joe Talamo. Talamo’s resume includes an Eclipse Award as the country’s top apprentice jockey in 2007, a Breeders’ Cup triumph in 2009 and 2,003 victories and more than $100 […]

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Ruis Files Petition In Los Angeles Court Over CHRB Handling Of Justify Scopolamine Case

The following press release was distributed to media by Darrell Vienna, the attorney representing owner Mick Ruis, on Monday evening: On January 13, 2019, Mick Ruis, whose horse, Bolt d’Oro, finished second in the 2018 Santa Anita Derby, filed a petition in Los Angeles County Superior Court asking for a writ ordering the California Horse […]

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California State Senator Introduces New Horse Racing Safety Bill

Sen. Bill Dodd, D-Napa, introduced legislation today to improve horse racing safety across California and build on reforms adopted last year. “We must do everything we can to put safety first and stop unacceptable horse deaths,” Sen. Dodd said.  “We must ensure track conditions are right and horses are fit before they hit the starting […]

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‘I Love What I Do’: Beloved Santa Anita Paddock Captain Shear Approaches 99th Birthday

Orphaned as a young boy in London, wounded by German artillery in World War II and employed by Santa Anita Park since 1961, John Shear, the track’s beloved Paddock Captain, will celebrate his 99th birthday between races with family, friends and co-workers on Friday, Jan. 17. A former exercise rider, groom and assistant trainer who had […]

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Report: Weather Already Impacting Derby Prep Plans For Storm The Court

It may only be December, but Storm The Court trainer Peter Eurton told The Daily Racing Form he’s already worried about the weather throwing a wrench in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile’s plans. Eurton told Brad Free that weather and track renovation closures have pushed back the colt’s planned return to work, and there are another […]

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Trainer Michele Dollase Announces Stable Closure

Longtime horsewoman and trainer Michele Dollase announced this week that she will be closing her San Luis Rey Downs training operation. Dollase got her start working as an assistant for her father Wallace, then training on her own in the late 1980s and early 1990s before quitting to raise her family. She transitioned to lay-ups […]

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California Racetrack Veterinarian To Colleagues: Don’t Fear Medication Reform

When The Stronach Group announced a slate of reforms aimed at improving equine safety and welfare last spring, there wasn’t much debate that new policies were needed, but not everyone in horse racing agreed with the list of changes. Dr. Ryan Carpenter, longtime Southern California racetrack surgeon, says that he was one of the skeptics.  […]

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Trainer Anna Meah Moving Stable From California’s ‘Uncertainty’ To Kentucky

The Daily Racing Form reported this week that new trainer Anna Meah is planning to move most of her 20 horses to Kentucky in roughly two months due to several factors, including ongoing “uncertainty surrounding California racing.” Meah told the Form’s Steve Andersen that most of her clients are based in the East Coast and […]

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Del Mar Trainers Say Rain Cancellation Day ‘No Big Deal’

A day of racing cancelled due to weather, something that hadn’t happened at Del Mar since the track opened in 1937, passed with no fuss or strain from the horsemen stabled on site Thursday. “As a trainer, you’re always adapting to circumstance,” Peter Miller said. “No big deal really. I hope to get those horses […]

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