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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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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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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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Del Mar Condition Book Released, Includes Purse Boosts

Del Mar’s first condition book for the 2019 summer season is now out and available online and hard copies will be distributed to horsemen in Southern California Friday. The seaside track’s 80th summer session kicks off on Wednesday, July 17 and runs through Labor Day Monday, September 2. The first book covers races for the […]

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Del Mar Adopting Enhanced Safety Protocols For Upcoming Summer Meet

Joe Harper, chief executive officer of the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club in Del Mar, Calif., issued a statement on Tuesday concerning new safety protocols being put in place for the 80th summer season of horse racing that begins July 17 at the seaside track. The protocols follow the lead of many of the changes proposed […]

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Jockeys’ Guild Delays ‘No Riding Crops’ Experiment At Santa Anita

Through an agreement between the Jockeys’ Guild and the Thoroughbred Owners of California, jockeys will ride with crops Friday at Santa Anita. The Jockeys’ Guild has postponed its planned experiment to have its members ride without them as the organization works toward longer-term implementation of policies consistent with recent guidelines issued by the California Horse Racing […]

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‘A Watershed Moment’: Santa Anita Resumes Racing With Strongest Medication Regulations In U.S.

Santa Anita Park will resume live Thoroughbred racing on Friday, March 29, under rules which modernize the sport of horse racing and provide the strongest medication regulations in the United States. Approval for a complete revision of the medication rules, which were agreed upon by The Stronach Group, parent company of Santa Anita, and the […]

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‘Watershed Moment For California Horse Racing’: TOC Seeking Input From Members On Announced Reforms

Thoroughbred Owners of California has scheduled a 1 p.m. PT teleconference on Saturday for its members to provide input and ask questions about the medication and safety reforms for Santa Anita Park and Golden Gate Fields announced on Thursday by Belinda Stronach, chairman of The Stronach Group that owns the two California racetracks, along with […]

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Hronis Racing, Reddam Racing Receive Year-End Honors From Thoroughbred Owners Of California

The Thoroughbred Owners of California (TOC) has announced the winners of its 2018 statistical awards for leading California owners. For the second consecutive year, Hronis Racing LLC was leading owner in total purse earnings. Hronis Racing also led all owners by number of California wins and number of stakes wins. Reddam Racing LLC takes the […]

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‘Races Are Won In Training’: Arthur Expresses Frustration After California OOCT Measure Sent Back To Committee

The California Horse Racing Board voted on Thursday to send a proposed rule governing out-of-competition drug testing back to committee. The Blood-Horse’s Jeremy Balan, tweeting from the meeting, noted last-minute opposition to the measure from the Thoroughbred Owners of California, who voiced concerns about responsibility for OOCT positives, as well as the California Thoroughbred Trainers. The […]

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