Trainer Mike Mitchell, back at work after a scare last week, was elated with workouts by stable stars Obviously and Camp Victory June 22 and stamped them ready for their respective grade I starts at Betfair Hollywood Park.
Trainer Ron Ellis and owner Nick Alexander are the newest members of the Thoroughbred Owners of California Board of Directors.
There was no catching California-bred Doinghardtimeagain, who ran away with the $150,000 Hollywood Oaks (gr. II) as the odds-on choice in her graded stakes debut June 22 at Betfair Hollywood Park.
Trainer Mike Puype tied a longstanding Betfair Hollywood Park record when he earned his sixth consecutive victory in the nightcap June 22.
California Horse Racing Board investigators looking into the cause of multiple cases of sudden death in racehorses over the past two years have concluded that no foul play was involved.
Claiborne Farm stallion Parading celebrated his first win as a sire June 21 when Raise the Hoof won a maiden claiming test at Betfair Hollywood Park.
A California rule that rescinds the claim of a horse placed on the veterinarian's list following the race in which the claim was submitted resulted in 19 of 229 purchases being voided at three tracks in the first month.
Horsemen in California are pushing ahead with plans to make Los Alamitos Race Course and San Luis Rey Downs full-time off-track stabling sites once Betfair Hollywood Park is no longer available.
Iotapa, runner-up to Beholder in the Santa Anita Oaks (gr. I) and coming off a win in the listed Railbird Stakes, is among the favorites for the $150,000 Hollywood Oaks (gr. II) June 22 at Betfair Hollywood Park.
A fundraiser for Gallyn Mitchell June 15 raised nearly $23,000 as the Washington racing community rallied around Emerald Down's all-time leading rider who suffered a heart attack in April.
Trainer Mike Mitchell was taken to Centinela Hospital Medical Center by ambulance June 16 after collapsing on the track at Betfair Hollywood Park following the sixth race.
California stallion Caros Love was euthanized May 31 at Rancho San Roberto Farm near Bakersfield, due to complications from infirmities of old age. He was 29.
Teamed with Gary Stevens for the first time, stalking Byrama drew off in the stretch to become a grade I winner in the $250,000 Vanity Handicap June 15 at Betfair Hollywood Park.
Two of Emerald Downs' all-time greats--Noosa Beach and jockey Ricky Frazier--will be honored in a joint retirement ceremony at the Seattle-area track July 3.
Returning from a near-death experience last year, Paynter demolished an allowance field June 14 at Betfair Hollywood Park in his first start since winning last July's Haskell Invitational (gr. I).
Because of a violation of his conditional license agreement with the California Horse Racing Board, Betfair Hollywood Park rider Tyler Baze was removed from his five scheduled June 13 mounts at the track.
Stakes winner Indian Evening will begin his stallion career in 2014 at Ellen Jackson's Victory Rose Thoroughbreds in Vacaville, Calif., after his recent purchase from Vinery Stables in Kentucky.
Ross Brinson, who won the Hollywood Gold Cup in 1947 with Cover Up and trained in California for more than 65 years, died in the early morning hours June 13 in Lakewood, Calif. He was 101.
The University of California-Davis Kenneth L. Maddy Laboratory and HFL Sport Science in Lexington became the first two fully accredited laboratories under the RMTC Laboratory Accreditation program June 11.
Santa Anita Park has announced it will be closed for training throughout the upcoming Del Mar race meet, from July 17 to Sept. 4, in order to accommodate renovation projects in both the stable area and grandstand.
Less than a month after upsetting odds-on Lady of Fifty in the Marjorie L. Everett Handicap (gr. II), Open Water will attempt to do it again in the Vanity Handicap (gr. I) June 15 at Betfair Hollywood Park.
California freshman sire Roi Charmant registered his first winner June 8 at Golden Gate Fields when Pheisty Kid gamely captured a maiden special weight sprint in his second effort.
In a surprise announcement June 10, Portland Meadows said it will have live racing from July 21 through Jan. 26, 2014. The track recently was approved to install historical racing machines.
The 2012 Haskell Invitational winner will race for the first time since taking that grade I event, having recovered from a severe illness and ensuing surgery.
Returning from a layoff of a bit more than two months, 8-1 shot Sarach led throughout to win the $150,750 Honeymoon Handicap (gr. IIT) for 3-year-old fillies on turf June 8 at Betfair Hollywood Park.
A pocket trip worked to perfection for Tale of a Champion and jockey Joe Talamo when they outfought favored All Squared Away in deep stretch to post a 10-1 upset in the Charles Whittingham Memorial Handicap (gr. IIT) June 8.
California freshman sire Dixie Chatter was represented by his first winner June 7 when 2-year-old filly Chattering Nikita won a maiden special weight at Canada's Northlands Park in Edmonton, Alberta.
Two committees of the California Horse Racing Board will convene consecutively June 19 in the Sunset Room at Betfair Hollywood Park to address several matters of significance to the state's horse racing industry.
In celebration of Hollywood Park's diamond anniversary, Betfair Hollywood Park will offer special 75-cent pricing Saturday, June 15.
Charlie Em and Scarlet Strike, just a head apart when one-two, respectively in the Senorita Stakes (gr. IIIT) last month, square off again in the $150,000 Honeymoon Handicap (gr. IIT) June 8 at Betfair Hollywood Park.
Slim Shadey returns to his favorite distance of 10 furlongs as the 122-pound highweight in the $200,000 Charles Whittingham Memorial Handicap (gr. IIT) on the turf June 8 at Betfair Hollywood Park.
The Breeders' Cup and Santa Anita Park announced June 3 that tickets are on sale to the general public for the Nov. 1-2 Breeders' Cup World Championships.
First-time starter Sensational Nikki became the initial winner for the sire Zensational when the 2-year-old filly won a maiden special weight event June 2 at Betfair Hollywood Park.
Tiz a Minister, on the mend from a foot bruise a month ago, rebounded for his first graded stakes victory with an eye-catching drive along the inside in the $100,750 Affirmed Handicap (gr. III) June 2 at Hollywood Park.
Jungle Racing's Mizdirection, winner of four consecutive graded stakes, worked five furlongs on turf in 1:00 1/5 June 2 at Betfair Hollywood Park in preparation for the $500,000 Just a Game Stakes at Belmont Park June 8.
Jockey Gary Stevens was off his two mounts June 2 after being unseated in a turf race a day earlier at Betfair Hollywood Park.
Clubhouse Ride, freed from Game On Dude for the first time in five months, finally had his day when he captured the $150,000 Californian Stakes (gr. II) for his first graded stakes win June 1 at Betfair Hollywood Park.
Jockey Victor Espinoza earned the 3,000th victory of his career when favored Flashy Delight easily won the fourth race May 31 at Betfair Hollywood Park.
Prominent Thoroughbred owner-breeder Halsey Minor, who also had expressed interest in becoming a track owner, filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy May 24.
Den's Legacy, taken off the Triple Crown trail by trainer Bob Baffert after a sixth-place finish in the Arkansas Derby (gr. I), should find the company more to his liking in the $100,000 Affirmed Handicap (gr. III) June 2.
Betfair Hollywood Park will have a special Friday night program July 5 in honor of the track's 75th anniversary season.
The Breeders' Cup May 29 announced that the fifth Breeders' Cup Betting Challenge will be held at Santa Anita Park Nov. 1-2 with a purse expected to be upwards of $500,000 (based on 185 players).
Six-S Racing Stable and Niko Petralia's Clubhouse Ride, second to Game On Dude in the $1.5 million Charles Town Classic (gr. II) in his last start, will face six others in the $150,000 Californian Stakes (gr. II) June 1.
Off since Breeders' Cup weekend, Marketing Mix shook off the rust to close gamely between horses in the stretch under Gary Stevens, nipping a hard-charging Tiz Flirtatious in the $250,000 Gamely Stakes (gr. IT) May 27.
Trainer Jerry Hollendorfer won the All American Stakes (gr. III) at Golden Gate Fields with Summer Hit about an hour after claiming the Metropolitan Handicap (gr. I) with Sahara Sky.
Fans looking for drama in the $100,000 Los Angeles Handicap (gr. III) May 27 at Betfair Hollywood Park missed out as 3-5 favorite Comma to the Top seized control early and was never seriously challenged in the sprint.
Jockey Jorge Ricardo became the first to reach the 12,000-victory plateau May 26 when he won three races at the Hipodromo Argentino de Palermo in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Obviously and Lucayan, the first two finishers in the American Handicap (gr. IIT) May 25 at Betfair Hollywood Park, are likely headed for a rematch in the $300,000 Shoemaker Mile (gr. IT).
Odds-on choice Obviously was a no-doubt winner of the $150,000 American Handicap (gr. IIT) on the Betfair Hollywood Park turf May 25, taking the lead shortly after the start and putting the field away in the stretch.
Hudson Landing, who captured the 2012 All American Stakes (gr. III) by a nose over Control Seeker last fall, will try to repeat for trainer Blaine Wright and owner Jared Chappell at Golden Gate Fields on Memorial Day May 27.
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