california horse racing

Bill Authorizing CHRB To Call Emergency Horse Racing Safety Meeting Clears California Committee

Horse-safety legislation from California State Senator Bill Dodd (D-Napa) that gained support and urgency amid the continuing death of racehorses at Santa Anita Park cleared a key Assembly committee Thursday on its way to a floor vote, possibly as soon as next week. “Exigent circumstances demand we act swiftly to pass this legislation and put […]

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Report: Body Found In Lake Believed To Be Jockey Shawn Spikes

Officials with the Alameda County Sheriff’s Office in California told KRON 4 News they believe a body found in Lake Del Valle is that of 22-year-old jockey/exercise rider Shawn Spikes. Spikes was reported missing after he went overboard during a boat trip with friends and disappeared. Spikes was based at Golden Gate Fields, where he […]

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CHRB Could Announce New Pre-Race Measures As California Governor Urges Santa Anita To Stop Racing

The California Horse Racing Board was expected to make an announcement Wednesday concerning the involvement of independent veterinarians in the pre-race inspection process, according to the Los Angeles Times. No other details were provided, but the Times also noted the curious statement issued Tuesday by California Governor Gavin Newsom, who called for the CHRB to […]

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Martin Garcia Back In A Big Way At Santa Anita After Time Away

Martin Garcia is on a roll. In the past week, the resurgent 34-year-old native of Veracruz, Mexico, has won seven races including three yesterday to give him 14 at the Spring portion of Santa Anita’s meet, placing him in the lofty position of sixth in the standings. He also remains a trusted member of Bob […]

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Del Mar Condition Book Released, Includes Purse Boosts

Del Mar’s first condition book for the 2019 summer season is now out and available online and hard copies will be distributed to horsemen in Southern California Friday. The seaside track’s 80th summer session kicks off on Wednesday, July 17 and runs through Labor Day Monday, September 2. The first book covers races for the […]

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The Friday Show Presented By The Match Series: Weeding Out The Bad Apples?

The national spotlight continues to burn hot on the Thoroughbred racing industry, with California lawmakers weighing in on the sport this week and media outlets giving their take on the future of the horse racing industry. In this edition of The Friday Show, Scott Jagow and Ray Paulick discuss the investigations of equine deaths at […]

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‘Need To Determine What We’re Doing Wrong’: Feinstein Renews Call To Suspend Santa Anita Racing

For the second time in as many months, Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) has requested a moratorium on horse racing at Santa Anita Park. The latest call comes after the 9-year-old gelding, Kochees, was euthanized Sunday, marking the third equine fatality in nine days and the 26th since Christmas. “How many more horses must die before […]

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Sunday Silence: Unwanted Youngster To Hall Of Famer

At the time, a young Sunday Silence going through the ring and back to owner Arthur B. Hancock III under his reserve at the California sale of 2-year-olds at Hollywood Park was anything but notable. In retrospect, it was history being written. The son of Halo’s ascension from an unwanted youngster into a Horse of […]

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California Legislators To Conduct Oversight Hearing On Horse Racing Safety

In an effort to protect horses and jockeys amid the recent spate of racing horse deaths at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, Calif., state Sen. Bill Dodd (D-Napa) and Assemblymember Adam Gray (D-Merced) on Thursday announced plans for a thorough, joint oversight hearing on horse racing safety. The duo also announced the introduction of new […]

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Quinnipiac University Poll: More Than Half Of California Voters Want Independent Review Of Santa Anita Deaths

More than half of California voters want the state’s governor to create an independent review panel to study the highly-publicized equine fatalities at Santa Anita Park. A poll from Quinnipiac University’s Polling Institute released Thursday and examined a number of political topics on voters’ minds, including the death penalty and sanctuary cities. Fifty-five percent of […]

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