california racing

Santa Anita, Golden Gate Can Continue Training, Racing; Profits To Go Toward COVID-19 Relief

After consulting with state government, the Stronach Group said Friday that Santa Anita Park and Golden Gate Fields would continue to host both training and racing, at least through this weekend. Thursday, California Governor Gavin Newsom issued a “stay-at-home” order for the state’s citizens, and it was unclear how that would affect horse racing, but […]

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Santa Anita Cuts Next Two Thursdays From Racing Schedule

Officials at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, Calif., have opted not to conduct live horse racing next Thursday, Feb. 6, as originally scheduled. It had previously been announced that racing would not be conducted as scheduled on Thursday, Feb. 13, and Thursday, Feb. 20 was not among the assigned dates for the meet. Thus racing […]

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California Trainer Gary Sherlock, Trainer Of Intangaroo, Uncle Lino, Dies At 73

Veteran trainer Gary Sherlock, who would have turned 74 on Jan. 1, passed away at an Arcadia, Calif., care facility on Sunday following a lengthy bout with cancer.  The son of a jockey, William, and racing official, Mary, Sherlock was born at 1:12 a.m. on Jan. 1, 1946 in San Francisco, and was thus celebrated […]

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Santa Anita Brings Back Popular Handicapping Contest ‘Showvivor’ For Winter Meet

Santa Anita’s popular free online “Showvivor” returns to The Great Race Place next Thursday, Dec. 26, opening day of the track’s 83rd Winter/Spring Meet. With special early first post time on Thursday at 11:30 a.m., the contest offers fans a total of $5,000 in prize money, highlighted by a $2,500 top prize—to be awarded to the […]

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Hollendorfer ‘Being Forced To Run At Oaklawn’ Over The Winter

Embattled California-based trainer Jerry Hollendorfer plans to move his stable to Oaklawn Park in Arkansas next month, the Daily Racing Form reported Monday. Hollendorfer was banned from Santa Anita in June after the deaths of four of his horses during a rash of fatalities at the Arcadia, Calif., venue. Courts later ruled that the Stronach […]

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‘Ship And Win’ Program Returns For Del Mar Fall Meet

“Ship and Win,” the simple horse recruitment program that has proven highly effective over the past eight years at Del Mar, will be in place once more when Del Mar opens its upcoming four-week fall racing stand, known as the Bing Crosby Season and presented between November 8 and December 1. Just as it DID […]

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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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