old english rancho

Donald Warren Dead At 67; Trained Eclipse Award Winner Acclamation

Trainer Donald Warren, a hard-working fixture in California for almost half a century, died at his Laguna Woods home in Orange County early Thursday morning. He was 67 and had been in ill health since a failed back surgery. “He had been taking pain medication for a degenerative back disease, which caused his kidneys to shut […]

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Harris Farms, Old English Rancho Enter Joint Operating Agreement

Combining over 100 years of leadership and excellence in California and national racing, John Harris’s Harris Farms and the Johnston’s family’s Old English Rancho are joining forces to keep California racing and breeding strong. Stallions to now all be located at the Harris Farms facility near I-5 about midway between the Bay Area and the […]

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Leading California Sire Unusual Heat Dies At 27

Unusual Heat, the all time leading sire in California by Progeny Earnings died May 17 due to complications from arthritis-induced laminitis. He was 27. “It is with a very heavy heart that I have to report the passing of Unusual Heat today”, said Harris Auerbach, managing partner of the Unusual Heat Syndicate. “He gave so much […]

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Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: A First Across The Board

What a View’s win in the Grade 1 Frank E. Kilroe Mile on March 12 was more than just a sizable check for his connections. For several of them, it was a major milestone. For the horse’s breeder, Old English Rancho, What a View’s Grade 1 success marked the first major racing victory since the […]

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‘Start Of A New Era’ For Former Top Apprentice Kenny Black, Old English Rancho

One of America’s top apprentice jockeys in the early 1980s, Kenny Black was at times overcome with emotion yesterday following his biggest training achievement to date—a brilliant 3 ¼ length win in Saturday’s $250,000 California Cup Turf Classic by Old English Rancho-bred What a View, who was ridden by Kent Desormeaux. What made the win […]

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What A View Captures California Cup Turf Classic

With the red and white colors of California’s legendary Old English Rancho flying proudly, What a View assumed command turning for home and took Saturday’s $250,000 California Cup Turf Classic, presented by City National Bank, by an impressive 3 ¼ lengths under Kent Desormeaux. Trained by former rider Kenny Black, the 5-year-old California-bred gelding by […]

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Zenyatta, Lava Man Among New Honorees To Arcadia Walk Of Champions

The Arcadia Historical Society’s Thoroughbred Racing Walk of Champions will celebrate the induction of honorees for 2015 and 2016 at a gala on Tuesday evening, May 24. The event will be held from 5:30 to 9:00 p.m. at the historic core of the Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden, site of Lucky Baldwin’s landmark […]

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California Breeder Buddy Johnston Dies At 77

E.W. “Buddy” Johnston, owner of Old English Rancho in Sanger, Calif., died peacefully in his sleep Tuesday morning, one day shy of his 78th birthday. Mr. Johnston bred and owned 2011 Eclipse champion older male Acclamation, among other graded stakes-winning horses. He served as director and president of the California Thoroughbred Breeders Association for over […]

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Acclamation Is No Brett Favre: Will Stay Retired

Bud Johnston confirmed on Thursday that champion older male of 2011 Acclamation will not return to the racetrack after he completes his first season at stud in California this summer. Johnston had said earlier this year that it was possible his horse could race in the second half of this year, but revealed that since then, […]

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