california horse racing

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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In The Face Of California Uncertainty, Desormeaux Moves Tack To Fair Grounds

Hall of Fame rider Kent Desormeaux, who has pocketed over 6,000 career wins, will return home to Louisiana to ride the winter meet at Fair Grounds. This will be Desormeaux’s first time riding full time in Louisiana since 1986, before shipping to Maryland where he would go on to be an Eclipse Award winning apprentice […]

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Baffert: ‘No Such Thing As A Weak Classic’

Bob Baffert has four for the money come Breeders’ Cup weekend, Nov. 1 and 2: McKinzie for the Classic, Improbable for the Dirt Mile, Eight Rings for the Juvenile and Bast for the Juvenile Fillies. “I was really happy with McKinzie’s work (six furlongs in 1:12.80 Wednesday),” Baffert said on Thursday morning at Santa Anita. […]

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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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