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‘A Gun To Our Heads’: California Trainers Struggle With What Lies Ahead

The Sunday morning after the Breeders’ Cup dawned over horses working at Santa Anita in Arcadia, Calif., just as they had on Saturday, as they had a year ago, and probably as they had 40 years ago. Exercise riders soothed anxious mounts, grooms gave baths to steaming horses, and horse lovers sipped coffee at Clocker’s […]

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‘Labor Of Love’: Bolo Continues Remarkable Comeback In Del Mar Mile

Trainer Carla Gaines was a bundle of emotions following the victory by Bolo, at odds of 33-1, in the Shoemaker Mile on May 27 at Santa Anita. And why not? A seven-year-old gelding, in his second start off a nearly two-year layoff, won a Grade I stakes that had, coincidentally, been the departure point for […]

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Maryland Apprentice Whisman Makes Transition From OTTBs To On-Track TBs

People, like horses, can stray from their pedigree. In much the same way a horse bred for turf excels on the dirt, or vice versa, Laurel Park-based apprentice jockey Avery Whisman is gradually proving his success in showing horses can translate to riding Thoroughbreds. Whisman, 19, was raised on a small farm in Lexington, Ky. […]

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Two Horses Die, Rider Escapes Serious Injury In Head-On Training Collision At Del Mar

Two unraced horses died and one rider suffered a mild injury in a freak head-on collision during morning training hours at Del Mar racetrack on Thursday, the day after the San Diego track opened its 80th summer meeting. Three horses, two trained by Bob Baffert and one by John Sadler, were working in company from […]

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Hall Of Fame Jockey Victor Espinoza ‘Given The Green Light To Ride’

Victor Espinoza said Sunday morning at Santa Anita that doctors have cleared him to resume his riding career. The 46-year-old Triple Crown winner and Hall of Fame member suffered a fractured vertebrae in his neck and a stinger to his left shoulder and arm in a training mishap at Del Mar last July 22 and […]

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Gaines Trainees Scratched: ‘Hectic Morning’ Translated To ‘Mistake’ In Race-Day Medication

A trio of horses from the barn of Carla Gaines were scratched from their respective races by the Santa Anita stewards on Friday, according to the trainer, because each had been administered a medication called Gastroguard that morning. No medications other than furosemide are allowed on race day. According to Gaines’ Twitter account, the ulcer […]

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‘You’re As Good As The Next Guy’: Female Trainers In California Find Room To Prosper

There was a time when women trainers – and there weren’t a lot of them in those days – weren’t allowed to saddle their horses in public, meaning the normal saddling area or the paddock. And they weren’t allowed on the backstretch after dark, even though their horses were there and might need special tending. […]

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Barn Buddies: Everybody Loves Louie

From its very beginning, Del Mar has been graced by the rich and famous. Bing Crosby was on hand to welcome patrons on the track’s opening day. Gary Cooper, a co-founder, was a regular visitor. Lucille Ball, Desi Arnaz, Ava Gardner, Jimmy Durante were all in attendance in its early days. And then there’s Louie […]

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Shoemaker Mile: Siete En Busca De Un Cupo Para La Breeders’ Cup Mile

Primero y segundo en su más reciente enfrentamiento, el brasilero Bal a Bali y el californiano What a View, junto con el invasor Heart to Heart, el rendidor Bolo y el reciente ganador Farhaan destacan en el lote de siete ejemplares de 3 o mas años que disputarán este sábado la Shoemaker Mile (G1, $400,000) […]

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