california racing

Santa Anita: 14-Time Winner Vasilika Tops Field For Grade 2 Buena Vista Stakes

One of the best claims in recent years and a 14-time winner, Jerry Hollendorfer’s Vasilika heads an outstanding field of 14 fillies and mares in Saturday’s Grade II, $200,000 Buena Vista Stakes at one mile over the Santa Anita turf on Saturday. Ms Bad Behavior and Zaffinah, most recently second and third behind Vasilika in […]

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Upsetter Macho Unusual Wires Field To Take $200,000 California Cup Oaks

Dismissed at odds of 10-1, George Krikorian’s homebred Mucho Unusual went to the front and never looked back in Monday’s $200,000 California Cup Oaks at Santa Anita, as she breezed by three lengths under Joel Rosario. Trained by Tim Yakteen, the California-bred daughter of Mucho Macho Man, out of the Unusual Heat mare Not Unusual, […]

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Hronis Racing, Reddam Racing Receive Year-End Honors From Thoroughbred Owners Of California

The Thoroughbred Owners of California (TOC) has announced the winners of its 2018 statistical awards for leading California owners. For the second consecutive year, Hronis Racing LLC was leading owner in total purse earnings. Hronis Racing also led all owners by number of California wins and number of stakes wins. Reddam Racing LLC takes the […]

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Trainer Mike Machowsky To Begin New Role As Fasig-Tipton California Representative

Fasig-Tipton has named trainer Mike Machowsky to be the company’s full-time California Representative, effective mid-February. Machowsky will no longer operate his public stable as he begins his new role, which will principally consist of promoting Fasig-Tipton’s inaugural auctions at Santa Anita, which will commence this year. “As we organize our California division, we are pleased […]

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Santa Anita Paddock Captain John Shear To Turn 98 Years Young

Arguably the youngest “old” man on earth, Santa Anita’s beloved Paddock Captain John Shear will celebrate his 98th birthday on Thursday in predictable fashion, by punching his time clock and settling in for yet another day of managing human and equine traffic in Santa Anita’s picturesque Paddock Gardens. Employed at The Great Race Place for nearly […]

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Del Mar Fall Meet Looks To Strengthen Handle Trend With Wide Array Of Bets

Del Mar patrons will have 17 different ways to wager during the track’s 16-day Fall Racing Festival meet that begins on Friday, November 9 and runs through Sunday, December 2. The menu starts with the traditional win, place and show bets and expands out to popular exotic wagers that encompass as many as five- and six-horse combinations. Among the track’s […]

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Golden Gate Fields Posts Substantial Gains In Wagering During Summer Meet

Golden Gate Fields’ Summer Meet, which concluded this past Sunday, posted significant gains in both on-track and all sources pari-mutuel handle, underscored by a 29 percent ($461,289 more a day) increase in average daily handle over the course of a 24-day meet that began Aug. 23. Although the 2017 Summer Meet consisted of 16 racing […]

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Del Mar Unveils Lineup Of Events For Fall Meet

Successfully wrapping up its 79th summer racing season, the iconic Del Mar racetrack is looking towards to its fall meet, known as the Del Mar Fall Racing Festival. The excitement kicks off on Friday, November 9 and will run through Sunday, December 2. Over the course of the 16-day meet, Del Mar will come alive with the nation’s top Thoroughbred racing, signature […]

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Del Mar Hikes Purses Five Percent For Fall Meet

Del Mar is planning a five percent increase in purses for this year’s fall meeting, according to the Daily Racing Form. Twenty of 26 purse categories will increase compared to the 2017 fall meet, and lower-level claiming races are a particular area of attention. A bump in handle during the Del Mar summer meet helped […]

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Del Mar Odyssey: Into the Home Stretch

Peter Miller has virtually wrapped up his third summer training title at Del Mar, which enters its final week of racing on Wednesday. Miller is clicking at 30 percent, saddling 28 winners from 92 starts. That puts him 12 ahead of Doug O’Neill, who came back down to earth after winning four races opening day […]

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