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$100,000 Guaranteed Pool For Friday’s Low Takeout Stronach 5

The popular Stronach 5, featuring an industry-low 12-percent takeout and generous payoffs, will feature races Friday from Laurel Park, Gulfstream Park, Santa Anita Park and Golden Gate Fields with a $100,000 guaranteed pool. The Stronach 5 will begin at 3:49 ET from Laurel Park with a field of nine starter optional claimers going six furlongs. […]

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Coming Off Career Year, Golden Gate Jockey Catalino Martinez Off To Hot 2020 Start

Jockey Catalino Martinez had a sensational afternoon on Sunday at Golden Gate Fields in Albany, Calif., picking up five wins from eight mounts. After two weeks of racing at the current Winter/Spring meet, Martinez holds second place in the jockey standings with 13 wins. The 34-year-old journeyman rider won the first four races on the […]

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California’s Guaranteed Participation Purses Increased To Offset Higher Costs To Owners

To offset the workers’ compensation insurance per-start increase and in an effort to provide additional relief to California Thoroughbred owners who have been hit with general increases in costs for racing during the past year, the Guaranteed Participation Purses will be increased from $351 to $500 per start in Southern California and from $300 to […]

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‘A Real Honor’: Northern California’s Bill Delia Named CTBA Trainer Of The Year

Last month, Golden Gate based conditioner Bill Delia was notified that he had won the prestigious, 2019 California Thoroughbred Breeders Association Trainer of the Year award. A ceremony honoring Delia and other various award winners will be held in Southern California on Monday, February 24. “It was a pleasant surprise,” said Delia. “It’s a real […]

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Golden Gate: Pair Of Jockeys Suspended 30 Days For Mid-Race Whip Exchange

Jockeys Silvio Amador and Julien Couton have been suspended 30 days each by Northern California stewards, according to bloodhorse.com, for an exchange of the riding crop in Golden Gate Fields’ sixth race on Dec. 12. Couton, riding the 6 horse Olive You More, dropped his own whip approaching the stretch run. As Olive You More pulled […]

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Aftercare Should Not Be An Afterthought: Solutions For The Future

This is the conclusion of our three-part series on the state of Thoroughbred aftercare. You can read Part 1 here and Part 2 here. Depending on the day, working in Thoroughbred aftercare can feel especially impactful or incredibly futile. On one hand, horse racing has accomplished so much in a short amount of time in […]

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Versatile Mugaritz Draws Clear In Berkeley Handicap

Rain, sun, turf, dirt or Tapeta…4-year-old gelding Mugaritz can do it all. The son of Dialed In went off as the 6-5 post time favorite in Saturday’s feature, the Grade 3 Berkeley Handicap on a rainy afternoon at Golden Gate Fields, and proceeded to beat 9 other rivals in an eye-catching effort. Mugaritz, ridden to […]

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Golden Gate’s Berkeley A Mix Of Local Stars, Southern California Invaders

A strong field of 11 colts and geldings are entered to compete in Saturday’s Grade 3 $100,000 Berkeley Handicap for 3-year-olds and upward at Golden Gate Fields in Albany, Calif. The mile and a sixteenth main track event is the marquee race of the Bay Area track’s fall meet every year and goes as Race […]

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Three Tracks, Three Surfaces For Friday’s Stronach 5 Sequence

A $100,000 guaranteed pool, industry-low 12-percent takeout and competitive fields highlight Friday’s Stronach 5 with races from Gulfstream Park West, Laurel Park and Golden Gate Fields. The sequence will kick off at 3:39 ET with a field of 14 claimers going 6 ½ furlongs at Laurel Park. The first of two turf races from Gulfstream […]

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‘Win Today, See You In May’: Maryland Jockey Club Unveils National Qualifying Series For Preakness Weekend

The Maryland Jockey Club announced today a “Win Today, See You in May” series of races from tracks across the country that will offer automatic entry into stakes on Preakness weekend 2020 at Pimlico Race Course. The unique and innovative series will include stakes races from Charles Town in West Virginia, Laurel Park in Maryland, […]

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