california racing

HRI – Christine: California announcer Stauffer to become steward

Horse Racing Insider Bill Christine writes that longtime Hollywood Park track announcer Vic Stauffer will have something else on his plate this summer – he has signed on to be a steward at the Sonoma County Fair meet, otherwise known as Santa Rosa. “I’ve had just about every job around the track, from entry clerk […]

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California considers eliminating coupled entries

The California Horse Racing Board is seeking public comment on a proposal to get rid of coupled entries in California races.  The CHRB has scheduled a public hearing on the matter for April 28 at Hollywood Park. Several commissioners have said the intent is to create more betting interests, but they also stressed the importance […]

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2010 handle in California drops by 12.7%

The only thing on the upswing in California racing is the amount of doom and gloom, or so it seems. Pari-mutuel handle fell by 12.7% from 2009 to 2010, according to the California Horse Racing Board, whose executive director, Kirk Breed, lamented in a Bloodhorse.com story, “I think we’re beating this same old horse to […]

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Caroline Betts on horse rescue and California racing

The folks at HANA (Horseplayers Association of North America) have put together an interview with Paulick Report reader and prolific contributor Caroline Betts. The driving force behind the Southern California Thoroughbred Rescue, she also teaches economics at the University of Southern California. We didn’t understand the interview because Caroline uses words our small brains don’t […]

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Finley: It looks like horseplayers actually can be pushed too far

Bill Finley looks at the first three days at Santa Anita and with a 20-30% loss in handle each day, the newly adorned Eclipse Award winning writer comes to one conclusion. The takeout increase pushed horseplayers too far and many have truly decided to sit this one out. Is this overly simplistic ignoring the extreme […]

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Did Los Alamitos Takeout Increase Hurt Handle?

Caroline Betts, an associate professor in the University of Southern California economics department, has published two graphs on the website of the Horseplayers Association of North America on the effect of a takeout increase on handle and the number of races run at Los Alamitos. One graph displays how the number of racing opportunities declined […]

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Foolish Pleasure: I just don’t care about California racing anymore

Valerie Grash at the blog Foolish Pleasure has had enough of betting in California but it’s not about the upcoming takeout increase. “Call it East Coast bias if you will, but I just feel more confident wagering my dollars on form that makes sense. Over the past several years, results from California tracks have been […]

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Gomez might stick to California next year

Jockey Garrett Gomez usually bolts Southern California in April to chase the best mounts around the country.  But Gomez and his agent say that decision will be a little tougher in 2011 for personal and other reasons.

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Trainer Mel Stute lands 2,000th win

California trainer Mel Stute got his 2,000th victory Saturday, capturing a two-year-old maiden claiming race with 25-1 longshot Score for Fun. The 83-year-old Stute won his first race in 1947 at Portland Meadows.

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A racing renaissance at Santa Anita?

The Santa Anita winter meet always brings some measure of anticipation, but it’s been a while since there’s been this much discussion about it. The new dirt surface, the arrival of Steve Asmussen and the likelihood of bigger fields has generated a buzz that Santa Anita could see a racing renaissance.  Will it?

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