california racing

‘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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Stronach Group Reforms: Questions In California And A View From The Mid-Atlantic

As the hours tick down to Thursday’s meeting of the California Horse Racing Board – the first since Santa Anita was forced to cancel racing indefinitely following a rash of fatal breakdowns – everyone is wondering how The Stronach Group will propose to move forward with the reforms announced by Belinda Stronach March 14. A […]

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The Friday Show: A Game-Changer For The Horse Racing Industry?

The owner of Santa Anita Park announced a list of unprecedented reform measures Thursday, in the wake of the 22nd equine fatality at the current meet. According to its proposal for Santa Anita and Golden Gate Fields, the Stronach Group’s “house rules” would create new restrictions on the use of therapeutic medications and riding crops, […]

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Maiden Filly Breaks Down In Training At Santa Anita; 22nd Fatality At The Meet

Three-year-old filly Princess Lili B broke down during a half-mile workout at Santa Anita Thursday, becoming the 22nd horse to die in racing or training since the meet began Dec. 26. Princess Lili B was in training for her third career start, after finishing ninth in her debut Dec. 29 in a $50,000 maiden claiming […]

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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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