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Trainer Mike Mudaris Fined, Suspended After Two Horses Test Positive For Viagra

Stewards have fined trainer Mike Mudaris $17,500 and imposed an 18-month suspension on the trainer after two of his horses that ran during the 2016 Del Mar summer meet tested positive for sildenafil – more commonly known as Viagra. According to a report in the Daily Racing Form, the Mudaris-trained horses Shakeitupbetty and Iancol, which both finished […]

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After Three Months At Santa Anita, Ritvo Acknowledges ‘The Problems Are Bigger Than I Thought’

In June, The Stronach Group’s chief operating officer, Tim Ritvo, relocated from his regular base at Gulfstream Park to Santa Anita. Ritvo’s plan was to observe and evaluate business operations, with the goal of revitalizing racing at the facility. In a recent interview with John Cherwa of the Los Angeles Times, Ritvo acknowledged that there weren’t any […]

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Little Red Feather Presents Partners In Racing: Five Questions With Rick Gold

Rick Gold is a retired Silicon Valley entrepreneur, executive and investor who co-founded four high-tech companies and most recently served as the CEO of CalAmp Corp.  He has extensive experience with board governance, having served on the boards of 20 organizations in the public, private and non-profit sectors.  A Cornell University graduate, he received an […]

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View From The Eighth Pole: California Safety Initiative A Model To Follow

Racing in California has a lot of problems. In the last 10 years, Bay Meadows near San Francisco and Hollywood Park near Los Angeles have been closed for development. Land on which most racetracks, farms and training facilities sit is more valuable for other uses, whether residential or business. A 2011 increase in takeout designed […]

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‘Thankful’ Smith Passes 52nd Birthday, Enjoys Riding More Than Ever

If, as the saying goes, you’re as young as you feel, how old is Mike Smith today? “I’m feeling pretty good, so I’d say I’m about 35,” Smith said Thursday morning by telephone, undercutting what the calendar says by 17 years. Smith, a member of Thoroughbred racing’s Hall of Fame since 2003, was not booked […]

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Del Mar: Business Remains Strong Through Week Two Of Meet

Del Mar’s 78th summer season continued its positive trend as Week 2 results provided strong gains in all wagering segments. The seaside track also produced another set of high-quality, five-day-a-week racing cards with robust field size. The July 26 to July 31 second stanza of the seven-week run saw 43 races presented drawing a total […]

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Can’t Keep A Good Man Down: McAnally Returns To Work After Recovering From Fall

Hall of Fame trainer Ron McAnally was back at his stable office Wednesday morning, three days after taking a tumble that required an overnight hospital stay. McAnally, was in attendance at a party at the Solana Beach home of Pamplemousse Grill owner Jeffrey Strauss after the races Sunday night when a knee, surgically repaired a […]

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Former Fairplex Park Finding New Life As Home Of ‘Phenomenal’ Soccer Fields

When Fairplex Park ceased its racing operations in 2014, there were several ideas that were discussed as to what to do with the property. As the Daily Bulletin reports, Fairplex community officials deemed that the location had to be ‘multipurpose’, while being compatible with events such as the L.A. County Fair and the annual Fourth of July fireworks show. Fairplex […]

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Sharp Victories By West Coast, Skye Diamonds Among Highlights Of Successful Los Al Summer Meet

Impressive graded stakes victories by Skye Diamonds and West Coast, the continued emergence of apprentice jockey Evin Roman and a spectacular debut by the well-regarded 2-year-old Zulfikhar highlighted Los Alamitos’ Summer Thoroughbred Festival. The eight-day season concluded Sunday, wrapping the first of three daytime meets in 2017 at Los Alamitos. A $40,000 claim by trainer […]

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Del Mar To Unveil New Infield LED Board At Upcoming Meet

Racing fans will have a brand new crisp and clear way to see their horses in action this summer at Del Mar following the installation of a 21-foot high, 35-foot wide LED video board in the track’s infield. The state-of-the-art installation, which provides an improved 8-millimeter display upgrade over the 10-millimeter display previous put in […]

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