thoroughbred owners of california

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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‘Abundance Of Caution’: Del Mar Cancels Nov. 21 Card Due To Rain Projections

Due to projections of rain from Tuesday through Thursday of next week in San Diego, Del Mar Thoroughbred Club (DMTC) announced today that its Thursday, November 21 race card has been cancelled. This action was due to “an abundance of caution,” said DMTC officials as the inclement weather likely will result in a muddy main […]

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Pegram, Dedomenico Stepping Down From TOC Board; Bloom, Rosenberg To Fill Vacancies

Mike Pegram and Mark Dedomenico have announced their retirement from the TOC board. Pegram has stepped down after 10 years as a director, including five years as chairman of the board. Dedomenico served on the board since 2011, during which time he chaired the TOC Medication Committee. “The TOC thanks both men for their years […]

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Safety First: Del Mar Summer Meet Concludes With Zero Racing Fatalities

With the national spotlight on equine safety and welfare, the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club concluded its 80th summer meeting today as the safest major racetrack in the United States for the second consecutive year. After introducing a comprehensive series of safety programs in 2017 and 2018, Del Mar expanded its safety measures this summer, including […]

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CHRB Initiates Regulatory Process To Require Lasix Restrictions

The California Horse Racing Board conducted its regular meeting Thursday, July 18, at the Del Mar Hilton Hotel. Chairman Chuck Winner presided. Vice Chair Madeline Auerbach and Commissioners Dennis Alfieri, Dr. Gregory Ferraro, Fred Maas, Araceli Ruano, and Alex Solis also were in attendance. The audio of this entire Board meeting is available on the […]

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XBTV: ‘A Candid Conversation With Owner/Breeder Nick Alexander’

Nick Alexander is a staple throughout the Southern California horse racing scene as a respected owner, breeder, and local car dealership owner that just can’t ever seem to say “no.” XBTV’s own Millie Ball caught up with the Chairman of the Thoroughbred Owners of California recently to discuss horses, cars, and his deep rooted history […]

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View From The Eighth Pole: Breeders’ Cup Can Run But Not Hide From Safety Concerns

The Breeders’ Cup board of directors meets on Thursday, June 27, and a key topic for discussion almost certainly will be whether or not to maintain the organization’s commitment to hold this year’s two-day championships at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, Calif., on Nov. 1-2. The easy decision would be to say that things are […]

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UPDATED: Santa Anita Rejects CHRB Request To End Meet; 29th Horse Dies Hours Later

(The following story was updated to include a joint statement from The Stronach Group, Thoroughbred Owners of California and California Thoroughbred Trainers.) A 28th horse died after racing at Santa Anita’s meet Saturday, prompting the California Horse Racing Board to request the track end its meet early, according to the Los Angeles Times. The track […]

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Further Safety And Welfare Reforms Added At Santa Anita, Upcoming Del Mar Meet

Ten weeks after introducing significant reforms in California aimed at reducing racing fatalities and improving the safety and welfare of horses and riders, The Stronach Group is now requiring all entries at Santa Anita to be accompanied by a pre-race exam form, signed by a trainer’s veterinarian and stating that a horse has no known […]

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