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Israel: ‘When Everyone Is In Charge, No One Is In Charge’

In a recent column for Sports Illustrated, former California Horse Racing Board chairman David Israel added his voice to the chorus of those calling for a national governing body in horse racing. Israel urged the Stronach Group, the New York Racing Association, and Churchill Downs Incorporated to put their individual interests aside and sit down at […]

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CHRB Chairman to Humboldt Racing: ‘Tax the Pot Growers’

A representative of Humboldt County Fair hoping for a little help from the California Horse Racing Board last week instead got this from outgoing chairman David Israel: “I don’t know what else to tell you.  Tax the pot growers.” Israel was responding to a request by Humboldt to have more 2014-2015 exclusive racing dates on […]

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Report on Baffert Deaths: No Wrongdoing But ‘There’s Something Wrong Here’

An extensive investigation by the California Horse Racing Board into the sudden deaths of seven horses from trainer Bob Baffert’s barn at Hollywood Park, from November 2011 to March 2013, concluded there was no evidence of wrongdoing by Baffert or anyone associated with his stable.  The report could find no specific reason for the abnormal […]

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CHRB Rejected Stewards’ Tougher Penalty in Zilpaterol Case

Following is a regular update from the California Horse Racing Board of all complaints and stewards’ rulings involving Class 1, 2, and 3 medication violations and other significant matters. Acting on an order of remand and pursuant to an agreement between the CHRB and trainer Genaro Vallejo, the stewards at Golden Gate Fields suspended Vallejo […]

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In Wake of Gaines Case, CHRB to Review Suspension Policy

Following issuance of the current 30-day suspension of trainer Carla Gaines, it has become apparent there are certain inconsistencies and ambiguities in the way some suspensions have been imposed. Historically, when a trainer has been suspended, most suspension orders have included language prohibiting them from entering both the public areas of race tracks and the […]

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CHRB Executive Director Breed, 73, Loses Cancer Battle

Kirk E. Breed, who began a long and distinguished career in public service in 1963 as a volunteer Peace Corps worker in Chile and concluded his career serving as executive director of the California Horse Racing Board, died Wednesday at the age of 73 following a brave battle against cancer. Mr. Breed was fully committed […]

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Stra: All Stewards’ Hearings Should Be Recorded

Southern California jockey Kayla Stra said she is “truly disappointed” over a recent controversy concerning her infant child in the jockeys’ room at Betfair Hollywood Park. Stra has brought her son, Brys, to work with her daily, along with his nanny.  According to a newspaper report this week, a misunderstanding between the rider and Hollywood Park […]

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Zieralski: David Israel in Hot Water Over Board Meeting Behavior

California Horse Racing Board chairman David Israel is facing criticism following a meeting on Thursday in which he rapidly lost control of the participants, and then himself, swapping professional decorum for F-bombs. Although the meeting was ultimately a productive one (for everyone but the California Thoroughbred Trainers), writes Ed Zieralski of the San Diego Union-Tribune, his […]

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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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