california racing

‘Clamor To End Horse Racing Would Be Deafening’: Court Documents Shed Light On Del Mar Hollendorfer Ban

A Southern California judge could rule later this week on a complaint filed by trainer Jerry Hollendorfer against the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club (DMTC) over the racetrack’s ban of the Hall of Famer. Meanwhile, court documents relating to the matter were obtained by USA Today and reveal in more detail Del Mar’s reasons for the […]

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CHRB Initiates Regulatory Process To Require Lasix Restrictions

The California Horse Racing Board conducted its regular meeting Thursday, July 18, at the Del Mar Hilton Hotel. Chairman Chuck Winner presided. Vice Chair Madeline Auerbach and Commissioners Dennis Alfieri, Dr. Gregory Ferraro, Fred Maas, Araceli Ruano, and Alex Solis also were in attendance. The audio of this entire Board meeting is available on the […]

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McBride: Commonly Named Mike Smith One Of A Kind In Thoroughbred Racing

Here’s an easy one for most folks: What’s the most common last name in America?  Bet you didn’t even have to Google that one (though you can and they’ll confirm it).  Sure, it’s Smith. The U.S. Census Bureau lists the top surnames in its every-decade-report: Smith is first, again and again and again. Naturally enough, […]

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‘Lower Inventory Of Horses’ Will Make Del Mar’s Five-Day Week ‘A Challenge’ For Racing Office

Close of entries and the post position draw for Friday’s card at Del Mar were still a few hours away Tuesday morning as Executive Vice Racing Tom Robbins looked over the first two programs of the meeting. “We’re happy with the first two days, given the lower inventory of horses in California this year and […]

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Sadler Expects ‘Strong Start’ To Del Mar Meeting

Accelerate, Catalina Cruiser and Catapult, all out of the John Sadler stable, accounted for four of the nine divisional champions of the 2018 summer meeting at Del Mar. Accelerate was voted Horse of the Meeting and Top Older Horse while Catalina Cruiser took the Sprinter division and Catapult Top Grass Horse. The trio’s combined five […]

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Ray’s Best Bets Presented By Del Mar: Where The Turf Meets The Surf

I’ve made no secret of my love for Southern California’s Del Mar racetrack. Located on fair grounds property leased from the state’s 22nd Agricultural District 20 miles north of San Diego and a few furlongs from the Pacific Ocean, it’s the only North American track whose theme song’s lyrics tells you how to get there.  […]

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Harper: Del Mar Working Hard ‘To Put The Safety And Interest Of The Horses First’

Joe Harper is CEO of the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club. In April, Tiger Woods completed an amazing comeback to win the Masters. According to the Nielsen television ratings, 18.3 million people watched the final holes and Tiger get another green jacket. A few weeks later, when Country House was made the winner of the Kentucky […]

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Del Mar Unveils New Safety Measures; Five-Person Panel To Review All Entries

Building on industry-leading safety and welfare measures, Del Mar Thoroughbred Club (DMTC), operators of San Diego County’s iconic horse racing venue at Del Mar, today announced a series of initiatives to enhance safety protocols and procedures as the track prepares to celebrate its 80th season of racing. These initiatives build on effective safety and welfare measures […]

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Del Mar Offers ‘Baby Bonus’ For Smaller Trainers Entering Juveniles In Maiden Special Weight Dirt Races

Del Mar will present a unique “baby bonus” to horsemen who run 2-year-olds in open maiden special weight races this summer at the seaside track, offering a 25% boost to purse winnings on top of their regular payouts. There are two provisos that go with the arrangement: The races can be run short or long, […]

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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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