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Five Stakes Races Highlight 2019 County Fair Meet At Los Alamitos

Five stakes – including a pair for 2-year-olds – highlight the 2019 Los Angeles County Fair meet at Los Alamitos. The 10-day season will begin Friday, Sept. 6 and continue through Sunday, Sept. 22. Racing will be conducted on a Friday-Sunday basis the first two weeks (Sept. 6-8 and 13-15) and Thursday-Sunday the final week […]

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CHRB Approves 2020 Race Dates For Santa Anita, Del Mar; Los Alamitos TBD

The California Horse Racing Board conducted its regular meeting Thursday, August 22, at the Del Mar Hilton. Chairman Chuck Winner presided. Vice Chair Madeline Auerbach and Commissioners Dennis Alfieri, Dr. Gregory Ferraro, Fred Maas, and Alex Solis also were in attendance. The audio of this entire Board meeting is available on the CHRB Website (www.chrb.ca.gov) […]

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Work In Progress: Trust, Communication Keys To Success For Del Mar Racing Office

The Santa Anita winter/spring meeting lost 24 racing days either in the name of safety or not having enough horses to race four days a week. Los Alamitos cancelled three racing days during its three-week meeting due to a lack of entries. That was the situation facing Del Mar Thoroughbred Club executive vice president, racing […]

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Baffert: Whitney Winner McKinzie ‘Got A Little Bit Faster Once We Named Him’

For Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert, McKinzie’s victory in Saturday’s Grade 1 Whitney was especially satisfying as it demonstrated the 4-year-old’s full potential and also served as a tribute to his friend, the late racing executive Brad McKinzie. “He got a proper Grade 1 race, as they say in England,” said Baffert. “The plan […]

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Wrona Named Full-Time Track Announcer For Los Alamitos

Michael Wrona, one of the world’s top race-callers, has been named the full-time track announcer at Los Alamitos Race Course starting with the opening night of the Quarter Horse and Thoroughbred season on Friday, December 27, 2019. Wrona will follow the longtime voice of Los Alamitos Ed Burgart, who is retiring from the announcer’s booth […]

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‘Lower Inventory Of Horses’ Will Make Del Mar’s Five-Day Week ‘A Challenge’ For Racing Office

Close of entries and the post position draw for Friday’s card at Del Mar were still a few hours away Tuesday morning as Executive Vice Racing Tom Robbins looked over the first two programs of the meeting. “We’re happy with the first two days, given the lower inventory of horses in California this year and […]

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Los Alamitos Thoroughbred Meet: Handle Up, Despite ‘Struggle’ With Entries, Horse Population

A successful return to action for Game Winner, a Grade 2 repeat for Marley’s Freedom and the first local riding title for 21-year-old apprentice Jorge Velez highlighted the Summer Thoroughbred Festival at Los Alamitos. The nine-day season concluded Sunday, wrapping the first of three daytime meets in 2019 at Los Alamitos. F. Jack Liebau, the […]

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Game Winner Makes Short Work Of Los Alamitos Derby

Making his first start since a fifth-place finish in the Kentucky Derby, Gary and Mary West’s champion Game Winner returned to the races this Saturday. Wearing a set of blinkers, the 3-year-old Candy Ride colt easily captured the G3 Los Alamitos Derby by five lengths, stopping the clock in 1:48.30 for nine furlongs over the […]

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Game Winner Hopes To Follow in West Coast’s Footsteps Ahead Of Los Al Derby

Game Winner, the champion 2-year-old of 2018, will make his first start since an extremely wide journey in the Kentucky Derby in the  $150,000-guaranteed Los Alamitos Derby Saturday. Restricted to 3-year-olds and scheduled for 1 1/8 miles, the Grade III will go as the sixth of eight races. Post time Saturday is 1 p.m. Scheduled […]

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Del Mar Status For Hollendorfer Unclear Week Before Meet Begins

Trainer Jerry Hollendorfer has been told he will not be allowed to run horses at the 2019 Del Mar meeting, according to the Daily Racing Form, but reports from other media outlets are not as definitive. “Trainer Jerry Hollendorfer was informed by Del Mar officials during a meeting late Monday that the track was not […]

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