california racing

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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Pleasanton: Record Heat Forces Track To Cancel Opening Day Card

The Oak Tree at Pleasanton meet which was set to start Thursday has been canceled due to the record temperatures that have hit the area. An excessive heat warning was issued for both Wednesday and Thursday, when temperatures were projected to reach 106 and 108 degrees. Temperatures are predicted to hit 100 degrees again Friday before dropping […]

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Golden Gate Posts Gains In On-Track Handle, Attendance During Winter-Spring Meet

Golden Gate Fields concluded its 99-day winter/spring meet on Sunday, June 18 with gains in both attendance and on-track handle. The Bay Area track was able to achieve these gains despite experiencing one of the wettest seasons to affect Northern California in years, with over 40 inches of rain recorded during the first part of […]

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Lost And Found Presented By Horseware: The Next Chapter For Caracortado

The story of Caracortado, the Mike Machowsky homebred who went from a maiden claiming race at Fairplex Park to Grade 1 company, captured the imagination of many racegoers in Southern California. After a six-season campaign in which he won three graded stakes and hit the board in 15 of 22 starts, a few of the […]

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Barretts Paddock Sale Date Moved Forward

The sale date for the sixth annual Barretts Paddock Sale at Del Mar, originally scheduled for Sunday, July 30 has been moved forward to Wednesday, July 26 following the day’s racing. The under-tack preview is now scheduled for Monday, July 24 after morning training. According to the General Manager Kim Lloyd, the new format willenhance […]

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Gryder Drives 2900 Miles Cross-Country To Move Tack To California

Veteran jockey Aaron Gryder decided to move his tack from New Jersey back to California in order to be closer to his children, according to racingpost.com, but with mounts lined up this Friday at Golden Gate Fields he had to pack all of his things in a hurry. In fact, 46-year-old Gryder decided to simply […]

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French-Bred Itsinthepost, California Star Ashleyluvssugar To Face Off In G2 Whittingham

Back to Southern California following his second consecutive turf stakes score, French-bred Itsinthepost, along with consistent California-bred Ashleyluvssugar heads a deep and competitive field of 10 three year olds and up in Saturday’s Grade II, $200,000 Charles Whittingham Stakes, to be run at a mile and a quarter over the Santa Anita turf. Named for […]

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Report: Creating Single Racing Circuit In State Floated At Latest CHRB Meeting

Faced with such factors as smaller field sizes, the number of races and number of race days per week, the idea of creating a single racing circuit in California was brought up for discussion at Wednesday’s meeting of the California Horse Racing Board. The BloodHorse reports that the CHRB’s Race Dates Committee, which handles any disputes between […]

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Report: Santa Anita Official Confident Lack Of Entries Will Not Continue To Pose Problems

Joe Morris, senior vice president of West Coast operations for The Stronach Group, said Thursday he does not anticipate another further difficulties filling race cards. The track cancelled racing for Thursday due to lack of entries. Morris attributed part of the problem with entries to wet weather and mild illness on the backstretch from the […]

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Here We Go Again: CHRB Approves Third-Party Lasix

California is again on the road to adopting third-party fursoemide administration after a unanimous vote by the state’s horse racing board at a meeting on Thursday. According to a report by The Blood-Horse, there was considerably less debate over the measure, which would bring the state into line with the National Uniform Medication Program, than there has […]

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