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Thoroughbred Owners Of California Seeks Alternative Federal Legislation

Four years ago at the annual membership meeting of Thoroughbred Owners of California, then-president Joe Morris said the TOC’s board of directors was “100 percent against the federal government or USADA being involved” with oversight of Thoroughbred racing medication rules. Morris was referring to the Horseracing Integrity Act, federal legislation that would make the United […]

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Morris Resigns Post At Stronach Group, ‘Effective Immediately’

Santa Anita Park has announced that Joe Morris, Senior Vice President, West Coast Operations for The Stronach Group (TSG), has resigned, effective immediately. A 1983 graduate of the University of Maine, Morris, a past general manager of TSG’s Golden Gate Fields in northern California and past president of the Thoroughbred Owners of California, had served […]

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Santa Anita Cancels Final Two Thursday Cards Of Spring Summer Meet

With Santa Anita’s current Spring Summer Meet set to conclude on Tuesday, July 4, the track has modified its current racing schedule for the next two weeks, as the track will now run a pair of three-day weeks, beginning Friday, June 16 and Friday, June 23, in advance of a five-day closing week, which starts […]

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California Officially Approves Third-Party Lasix Rules; Implementation Expected Late This Year

The State of California has officially approved rules establishing that race-day medication must be administered by independent veterinary professionals – further aligning California with the national uniform medication program. The California Office of Administrative Law advised the California Horse Racing Board on Thursday that amendments to CHRB Rules 1433 and 1845, which the Board approved […]

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Report: Santa Anita Official Confident Lack Of Entries Will Not Continue To Pose Problems

Joe Morris, senior vice president of West Coast operations for The Stronach Group, said Thursday he does not anticipate another further difficulties filling race cards. The track cancelled racing for Thursday due to lack of entries. Morris attributed part of the problem with entries to wet weather and mild illness on the backstretch from the […]

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Handle Declines, Attendance Up Slightly During Santa Anita Winter-Spring Meet

All-sources handle for Santa Anita’s winter-spring meeting, from Dec. 26 through Sunday’s card, declined by four percent, the track told drf.com on Monday. Track officials believe that exceedingly we weather conditions over the course of the past few months are the primary reason for the decline in handle. That wet weather was also believed to […]

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CHRB Meeting: Del Mar Approved For Jackpot Pick Six

The California Horse Racing Board conducted its regular meeting Thursday, September 22, at Los Alamitos Race Course. Chairman Chuck Winner presided. Commissioners Madeline Auerbach, Steve Beneto, Jesse Choper, and Alex Solis also were in attendance. The audio of this entire Board meeting is available on the CHRB Website under the Webcast link. In brief: Executive […]

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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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Wrona Named Full-Time Announcer At ‘The Great Race Place’

Michael Wrona, the colorful and seasoned Australian race caller, has been named the full-time track announcer at Santa Anita Park.  A 49-year-old native of Queensland, Australia, Wrona began his announcing career at age 17 in his homeland.  He has spent 25 years in the United States and has been the voice of Golden Gate Fields […]

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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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