Sci Fin Kin, dam of grade II winner Pretty Unusual, tops the Jan. 23 Barretts January mixed sale. The auction's average rises 14.2% over last year's figure.
Sire power will be on display among the broodmares and broodmare prospects that will be offered as part of the Barretts mixed sale scheduled for Jan. 23 in Pomona, Calif.
A crowd of 44,579 thronged to Santa Anita for its opening-day card Dec. 26, the largest since 1994.
Training and simulcasting resumed at Santa Anita as power was restored Dec. 2 after a severe windstorm hit the area Wednesday. No injuries to humans or horses were sustained.
Jockey Chantal Sutherland may be the most famous Canadian female participating in the Breeders' Cup. But she's not the only one. Gail Cox is operating under the radar as the trainer of Hard Not to Like.
If Euroears wins the Sentient Jet Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I), Jim Helzer will have championship contenders in two breeds.
Carl Lizza in recent years revamped his breeding program to upgrade his stock, but he didn't live long enough to reap the rewards. The New York owner and breeder died just two weeks before Pure Gossip made her racing debut.
Don't be distracted because Giant Ryan's trainer Bisnath Parboo is not a household name. This horse is coming into the Breeders' Cup Sprint off a six-race winning streak.
Trainer Chad Brown knows how to win the Juvenile Filly Turf (gr. IIT) and he's seen Dayatthespa as a strong candidate for this race since the spring.
Trainer David Fawkes has two for the Sentient Jet Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I): last year's winner Big Drama and Apriority.
Elusive Kate, the group I-winning daughter of Elusive Quality and morning-line favorite for the Nov. 4 Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf was sold Oct. 31 to Terry Yoshida.
The fuss and bother of the Breeders' Cup won't faze Amazombie, who is slated to compete in the Breeders' Cup Sprint. Trainer Bill Spawr says the gelding's laid-back attitude should serve him well once he ships to Churchill.
Trainer Brian Koriner has secured Rafael Bejarano to ride My Gi Gi in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf (gr. IIT).
B.J. Wright and Trainer Mike Pender enjoy a phenomenal week with Jeranimo and Ultimate Eagle. read blog
Barretts concluded its two-day October yearling sale in Southern California with an overall average price of $16,881, an increase of 19.5% from 2010.
Led by two colts who each brought $100,000, the first session of the Barretts October Yearling Sale rose 47.15% in average, to $27,145. The 55 head sold at the Oct. 11 session grossed $1,493,000, up 42% from the 2010 gross.
With California-breds dominating the Barretts October yearling sale catalog, buyers looking to take advantage of the recently announced Cal-bred stakes additions will have plenty of choices.
Coil, winner of the Haskell Invitational Stakes (gr. I), worked a mile in 1:38 4/5 at Santa Anita Sept. 20.
- By Tracy Gantz
Rustin and Juliana Kretz jumped into horse ownership after trip to last year's Kentucky Derby. read blog
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Tres Borrachos' owner George Hicker is no newcomer to owning horses. read blog
Trainers Jim Cassidy and Ron Ellis have been elected and Glory Haley re-elected to the board of California Thoroughbred Trainers. Voting was conducted in June to fill three positions on the nine-member CTT board.
Faced with criticism and a move to decertify it as the official horsemen's organization in California, the Thoroughbred Owners of California held a public forum at Hollywood Park June 25.
- By Tracy Gantz
It took more than 60 years for William Gregory to realize his boyhood dream of training Thoroughbreds. read blog
Yavapai Downs will not run a race meet in 2011 due to financial difficulties. Track management informed the Arizona Racing Commission and horsemen of the cancellation at a May 25 meeting.
A large increase in assessed property taxes at the Arizona racetrack threatens the scuttle this year's meet.
Santa Anita's dirt racetrack will be undergoing renovation in the coming months to bring it back to the combination of sand, silt, and clay initially approved when the new dirt surface was installed late last year.
George Bolton buys the Barretts May Sale topper, going to $220,000 for a son of Hard Spun. The sale's average increases 2.5% over last year's figures as the buy-back rate tumbles to 19.1%.
Barretts hopes for a continued upswing at its May sale of 2-year-olds.
A son of Congrats and a filly by Speightstown work a quarter-mile in :10 during the under tack show for the May 16 Barretts May 2-year-old sale.
A walk April 17 after the final race of Santa Anita's winter/spring meet raised $100,000 for the Women's Cancer Program. The walk was held on the racetrack.
Martin Garcia took off the rest of his mounts at Santa Anita April 17 following a spill in the third race.
- By Tracy Gantz
Bolton bought The Factor for $250,000 at the 2010 Barretts May 2-year-old sale and brought in David Shimmon's Fog City Stable as his partner. Read Blog
Divisiveness among horsemen's groups in California "seems to me a terrible waste of industry resources," said Jack Owens, chairman of the Thoroughbred Owners of California, during an interview April 2.
California, Pennsylvania, and Japanese buyers converged on Barretts for the March 2-year-olds in training sale, resulting in a strong auction, particularly at the top end.
A small but select group of 2-year-olds in training will be offered at the Barretts sale March 21 in Pomona, Calif. The auction will be held in the evening for the first time and in one session.
Consignors sent their 2-year-olds in sensible times for the March 18 under-tack preview of the March 21 Barretts selected 2-year-olds in training sale in Southern California.
Veteran Santa Anita paddock guard John Shear was injured March 12 as he threw himself in front of a young girl in order to protect her from a loose horse.
Some 35-40 people involved with California racing met at Hollywood Park Feb. 22 to discuss ways in which to improve the state's industry.
Several hundred fans lined up well into Seabiscuit Court at Santa Anita Feb. 5 for a glimpse of Penny Chenery and Team Zenyatta on a day the 2010 Horse of the Year was to receive the first Secretariat Vox Populi Award.
Candy Ride expanded his California influence from the racetrack to the sale ring Jan. 24, when his daughter Smoothe as Candy topped the Barretts January mixed sale at $70,000.
Some of California's best families will be represented at the Jan. 24 Barretts mixed sale in Pomona, including horses from Golden Eagle, River Edge, and Harris Farms.
- By Tracy Gantz
Dubai Majesty voted an Eclipse Award as champion Female Sprinter. Daughter of Essence of Dubai capped four-win season with resounding score in the Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Sprint (gr. I).
Santa Anita's track maintenance team plans to adjust the composition of the main track Jan. 18 to bring it back to the mix of sand, clay, and silt that it was before the region received several rainstorms in late December.
Canadian-based trainer Robertino Diodoro has always wanted to win a race at Santa Anita. On opening day, Dec. 26, he not only won his first race there, he won the very first race on Santa Anita's new dirt surface.
The concept of a balanced foot can be subjective, but farriers are now using technological advances to take some of the guesswork out of the process. Patrick T. Reilly, chief of farrier services at the University of Pennsylvania's New Bolton Center, discussed evaluating hoof balance with in-shoe force measurements.
Horses with equine metabolic syndrome (EMS) are at a higher risk for laminitis than the average horse, but veterinarians are learning more about diagnosing EMS early and minimizing its effects, including laminitis. At the Sept. 17-18 Laminitis West Conference in Monterey, Calif., Thomas J. Divers, DVM, Dipl. ACVIM, Dipl. ACVECC, professor and Chief of Lar...
Seeing the forest for the trees with regards to laminitis can be difficult because researchers are approaching the problem from many different angles, often at the molecular level. At the Sept. 17-18 Laminitis West Conference in Monterey, Calif., Thomas J. Divers, DVM, Dipl. ACVIM, Dipl. ACVECC, professor and Chief of Large Animal Medicine at Cornell Univ...
Corrective shoeing for laminitis doesn't always work, despite veterinarians' and farriers' best efforts, and it's not always clear why a particular shoeing job isn't successful. In-shoe force measurements, however, can show the effects of shoeing on the foot, allowing for timely adjustments and improved treatments. During the Sept. 17-...
As the only child of John and Betty Mabee, Larry Mabee had a ringside seat in the development of one of California's all-time leading breeding and owning operations. Download Now
Santa Anita opened its new dirt track to horses the morning of Dec. 6. With most horses still stabled across town at Hollywood Park, few horses galloped on the new surface, which is a mixture of 90% sand and 10% clay.
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