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California Trainers Hit With $1,233 Per Horse Invoices Due To Workers’ Comp Fund Shortfall

A shortfall in California’s self-insured workers’ compensation program caused in part by the temporary cessation of racing in the state has led to trainers being invoiced $1,233 per horse retroactively for the first quarter of 2020. A memo from the Post Time Self Insurance Group board of directors advises trainers they may be eligible for […]

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‘Felt Like Winning The Derby’: Martine Bellocq Sends Out First Winner Since 2017

San Luis Rey fire survivors Martine Bellocq and Grey Tsunami teamed up to give the trainer her first winner since 2017 on Feb. 9, when the 5-year-old Quarter Horse mare won the second race at Los Alamitos. “I was screaming, ‘God, you took my leg, but give me a winner today,’ ” Bellocq told The […]

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View From The Eighth Pole: It’s Time To Get Rid Of Clenbuterol

It’s been nearly eight years since the late Kent Stirling, then the executive director of the Florida Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association, said during a Congressional hearing on “Medication and Performance-Enhancing Drugs in Horse Racing” that the bronchodilator clenbuterol is “probably the best drug that’s come out in 30 years.” Veterinarians I’ve spoken to have […]

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Baffert Pair Of Nadal, Ra’ad Take On Champion Storm The Court In Sunday’s San Vicente

Two-time Triple Crown winner Bob Baffert has two horses set to take on Eclipse Award champion Storm the Court in his three-year-old debut Sunday in the Grade II San Vicente Stakes over seven furlongs at Santa Anita. They are debut winner Nadal, who won a 6 ½ furlong maiden allowance race at Santa Anita by […]

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‘We’re First’: California Horse Racing On Track To Have ‘Most Restrictive Whip Rule In North America’

The California Horse Racing Board on Thursday adopted North America’s most restrictive rules concerning use of the riding crop during racing and training, limiting jockeys to no more than six strikes during a race and no more than two in succession without giving their mount a chance to respond. Under the new rule, all strikes […]

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Queen Bee To You Gives Lerner First Graded Stakes Win In Bayakoa

A $50,000 claim by owners Christopher St. Hilaire and Adam Vali out of a maiden race Dec. 1, 2016, Queen Bee to You became a graded stakes winner Sunday with a last-to-first victory in the $100,351 Bayakoa Stakes at Los Alamitos. The impressive score in the Grade III over a track labeled good was also […]

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Bast Fends Off Challenge From Donna Veloce To Win Starlet

Baoma Corp’s Bast, already a two-time Grade 1 winner, grabbed the lead at the start and refused to relinquish it in Saturday’s Grade 1 Starlet Stakes at Los Alamitos. The second choice in the wagering at 2-1, the juvenile daughter of Uncle Mo turned the tables on Breeders’ Cup runner up Donna Veloce, the 1-5 […]

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Thousand Words Battles Back To Win Los Alamitos Futurity

The Albaugh Family Stables and Spendthrift Farm’s Thousand Words dug deep in the final 100 yards to win Saturday’s Grade 2 Los Alamitos Futurity, fending off the challenge of Breeders’ Cup Juvenile runner-up Anneau d’Or near the wire to win by a neck. The 2-year-old son of Pioneerof the Nile, ridden by Flavien Prat for […]

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Weekend Lineup: Cigar Mile

The Cigar Mile card featuring four graded stakes is the signature event of the Aqueduct fall meet. The headline race boasts Grade 1 winner Maximum Security and Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile victor Spun to Run while juveniles take the spotlight in the Grade 2 Remsen and Demoiselle. Two-year-olds also hold court at Los Alamitos where […]

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