california thoroughbred trainers

Breeders’ Cup Photo Blog Presented By TVG: Cue The Violins

If there’s one thing this year’s Breeders’ Cup had in spades, it was emotion. From the thrilling last furlong in the Distaff, to California Chrome’s defeat in the Classic, this weekend was the kind of racing turfwriters live to write about. It’s also the kind of weekend public relations specialists hope for, with plenty of replays to […]

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More Stalls, Fewer Races: Possible Solutions To California Racing’s Problems

Hollywood Park’s 2013 closure was symptomatic of the state of California racing, according to journalist Daniel Ross. He’s taken an in-depth statistical look at some of the state’s major issues, and sought out the opinions of major racing figures on how those issues might be solved. Stall space is one of the largest issues, reports […]

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‘Tremendous Amount Of Uncertainty’: California Racing After The Closure Of Hollywood Park

Hollywood Park in California closed nearly two years ago, but the effects of that closure are still being felt throughout the state’s racing industry. Stabling has become a major concern, especially for small-scale trainers, chronicles the Thoroughbred Racing Commentary. Just last year, nearby Fairplex Park closed its doors. “I’m not saying it’s gotten any better, […]

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California Trainers Pledge $150k To Race-Day Surveillance

The leadership of California Thoroughbred Trainers (CTT) has voted unanimously to pledge $150,000 from its reserves to initiate and assist in leading a comprehensive race‐day camera surveillance and security program in stable areas at Thoroughbred tracks in California. The decision was made at a special meeting of its Board of Directors held Saturday, August 29, at […]

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CTT President Cassidy Returns After Clenbuterol Suspension

Trainer James Cassidy, president of California Thoroughbred Trainers, saddles his first horse Saturday at Betfair Hollywood Park since serving a 15-day suspension for a clenbuterol positive earlier this year. The suspension, reduced from 30 days provided Cassidy has no Class 1, 2 or 3 violations during the term of a one-year probation, was imposed during […]

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Could Pending Closure of Hollywood Park Have Been Avoided?

As the closure of Betfair Hollywood Park approaches some in the California industry are questioning whether the state could have saved the facility from the wrecking ball. Some horsemen have pushed the racing board to require remaining tracks to update their current facilities, for fear that the lapse evident at Hollywood contributed to reduced revenue […]

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CHRB Assigns 2014-15 Dates in Post-Hollywood Era

The California Horse Racing Board has approved racing dates for 2014 and 2015 featuring an extended Santa Anita Park meeting that runs from its traditional Dec. 26 opening until after the Fourth of July along with a new autumn meeting at Del Mar. The changes to the traditional racing calendar became necessary after the owners […]

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California Dreamin’: Future of Hollywood Park Discussed at Recent CTT Meeting

Officials with the California Thoroughbred Trainers met with several of their members March 21 to give an update on the latest developments regarding the future of Betfair Hollywood Park. According to a report in the Blood-Horse, in addition to either expanding Los Alamitos or Fairplex Park should Betfair Hollywood close, the San Luis Rey Downs […]

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Trainer Cassidy: Hollywood Park Replacement Negotiations ‘Neither Inclusive Nor Transparent’

Trainer James Cassidy, president of the California Thoroughbred Trainers, penned a letter to the board of directors of the Thoroughbred Owners of California, calling for reconsideration of Fairplex Park as a replacement facility for Betfair Hollywood Park. Cassidy claims that the TOC process to find a replacement facility has been “neither inclusive nor transparent” and […]

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