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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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Del Mar Names Officials For 2017 Summer Meet

Del Mar Thoroughbred Club will conduct its 78th summer racing season beginning Wednesday, July 19 led by a strong core of veteran racing officials. A pair of gentlemen who are scions of two exceptional racing families – Tom Robbins and David Jerkens – will head the track’s racing department. Robbins, who is Del Mar’s executive […]

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Owners To Move Masochistic From Ellis To Baffert Barn

The Blood-Horse reported Friday that Grade 1 winner Masochistic will be transferred from trainer Ron Ellis to Bob Baffert after completing several months’ rest at Taylor Made Farm. The 7-year-old gelding has been Ellis’ care for the last ten starts, including his disqualification from a second-place finish in the G1 Breeders’ Cup Sprint due to […]

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Back On Top: Van Dyke Gets First Win Since January Spill

Idle since sustaining a broken right arm in a spill here on Jan. 26, Eclipse Award-winning jockey Drayden Van Dyke registered his first win since returning to action last week at Santa Anita. Van Dyke guided the Dan Hendricks-trained Kionntal to a gate to wire victory in Friday’s first race at The Great Race Place. Off […]

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Jockey Agent, Southern California Racing Fixture Puhich Dies At 89

The Southern California racing community continued to mourn Wednesday upon the news of veteran jockey agent Ivan Puhich’s passing on Monday at age 89. “Big Ivan” as he was affectionately known from his early days at Longacres Race Course near Seattle to Agua Caliente south of the border, had been retired for several years and […]

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