california racing

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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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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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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‘Enough Horse Deaths’: LA Times Editorial Board Urges Santa Anita To Call Off Rest Of Meet

In a piece published Wednesday, the editorial board of the Los Angeles Times called for Santa Anita Park to cut short the current meet, in light of the 26 equine fatalities that have occurred in the last five months, the last three of which occurred in a span of nine days. The Times gives Santa […]

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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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Gold Rush Weekend Kicks Off With 6 Stakes, Mandatory Pick 6 Payout Saturday At Golden Gate

With Golden Gate Fields in Berkeley, Calif., hosting its inaugural Gold Rush Weekend this Saturday and Sunday, fans will be treated to a total of eight stakes races over the two-day festival, along with a number of enticing wagering incentives. Saturday’s 13-race program will include six stakes, highlighted by the Grade 3, $250,000 San Francisco […]

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Frank Stronach Publishes Open Letter, To Offer ‘Different Ideas’ For Racing’s Future

Frank Stronach, currently embroiled in a lawsuit against daughter Belinda over her management of The Stronach Group – the privately owned company Frank Stronach founded – said he will make a statement “about the future of horse racing in California” during a public appearance on Tuesday at a hotel near Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, […]

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Del Mar Ship And Win Program Enhanced Again; First-Race Bonus Raised To $2,500 Plus 40% Of Purse Won

Del Mar’s highly effective “Ship and Win” program, which for the past eight years has provided substantial incentives to owners and trainers to import out-of-state horses to race locally, will be back for a ninth summer at the shore with yet another enhanced bonus package attached in hopes of luring more runners to the seaside […]

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Rosario, O’Neill, Hronis Racing Lead After Winter Portion Of Santa Anita Meet

With the winter portion of Santa Anita’s current 47-day meet drawing to a close, jockey Joel Rosario topped Flavien Prat by a 56-52 margin, and will thus be the recipient of Santa Anita’s coveted Golden Whip Award. Rosario, 34, capped his successful run with victory aboard the John Sadler-conditioned Gift Box in the 82ndrunning of […]

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