The $500,000 Los Alamitos Derby (gr. II) July 5 and the $200,000 Great Lady M Stakes (gr. II) July 12 will highlight the stakes schedule during the inaugural summer Thoroughbred meet.
Grade II winner Kobe's Back meets Puerto Rican powerhouse Tonito M. in the $100,000 Lazaro Barrera Stakes (gr. III), to be run for the first time at Santa Anita Park May 10.
Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer signed advance-deposit wagering legislation into law May 5.
Rebel Stakes (gr. II) winner Hoppertunity is off the Triple Crown trail after undergoing minor surgery at Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital near Lexington, Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert confirmed May 5.
Apprentice Cesar Salcedo, on his 87th mount, recorded his first career victory May 4 at Golden Gate Fields when he guided 1-2 favorite My Game to a front-running score in the second race.
Odds-on pick Nashoba's Gold, half sister to multiple grade I winner Noshoba's Key, unleashed a terrific closing kick to win the $200,000 Honeymoon Stakes (gr. IIT) impressively on the Santa Anita Park turf May 4.
Apprentice rider Gonzalo Nicolas, injured at Santa Anita Park May 2, is at Huntington Memorial Hospital recovering from a fracture in his sternum in the breast plate area, according to his agent, Vince DeGregory.
Maybe California Chrome felt the needed boost of Art Sherman's old-time mount in the final furlong of the longest race of his life on Saturday, maybe he got there on heart and class alone.
Heavily favored Fury Kapcori earned his first graded stakes win and his fourth victory in a row with a front-running romp in the Precisionist Stakes (gr. III) on the Kentucky Derby day card May 3 at Santa Anita.
California breeding sustained a big hit May 1 when Tribal Rule, the state's leading sire, died from an apparent heart attack while covering a mare at Ballena Vista Farm in Ramona, Calif.
Nashoba's Gold has done little wrong in three starts since debuting in February, and the half sister to the superb mare Nashoba's Key will get another chance to hone her brilliance in the $200,000 Honeymoon Stakes (gr. IIT).
Fate has indeed brought together a far-reaching partnership group that races Blue Grass Stakes (gr. I) winner Dance With Fate, who ships in from California in a bid to take his second grade I race in three weeks in Kentucky.
Fury Kapcori, on a three-race win streak for trainer Jerry Hollendorfer, looks for his first graded stakes victory in the $100,000 Precisionist (gr. III), the featured event at Santa Anita Park on Derby day May 3.
He'd never been on an airplane before, so California Chrome didn't necessarily know how to get off one, either.
Parranda seems to be enjoying California after her first start for trainer Jerry Hollendorfer, coming from off the pace to win the $100,000 Wilshire Stakes (gr. IIIT) going away on the Santa Anita Park turf April 27.
Improving Awesome Return took control in the stretch and held sway in the final furlong to earn his first stakes win in the $250,000 Snow Chief, the featured event on the California Gold Rush day card at Santa Anita April 26.
Alex Paszkeicz scored a triple when Pepper Crown, the longest shot on the board at 46-1, rallied along the rail to win the $100,315 San Francisco Mile (gr. IIIT) on yielding turf at Golden Gate Fields April 26.
Blue Grass Stakes (gr. I) winner Dance With Fate drilled four furlongs on Santa Anita's main track April 26 in :47 flat for trainer Peter Eurton, his final major workout before shipping out for the Kentucky Derby.
With many fans making their first-ever visit to Los Alamitos just to see him, California Chrome put in his final work April 26 before he heads to Louisville for the May 3 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I).
Chilean-bred Quick Casablanca landed his first North American win when he overcame a slow start to nip Fire With Fire and favored Rookie Sensation in the $100,000 Last Tycoon Stakes (gr. IIIT) on the Santa Anita Park turf.
Over the next several months, the Los Angeles County Fair plans to phase out its racing-related activities at Fairplex Park, chief executive officer James Henwood told the California Horse Racing Board April 25.
The Oak Tree Racing Association is back in the race business following a 3 1/2-year absence with the approval of its application to conduct the Alameda County Fair meet by the California Horse Racing Board April 25.
Breeders' Cup said April 25 it has scrapped the Breeders' Cup Marathon and has made changes to its foal nomination program, including a 20% drops in the fee charged to register North American foals between Aug. 1 and Oct. 15.
A bill that would allow legal advance deposit wagering in Arizona beat the legislative deadline in the early morning hours April 24 and has been sent to Gov. Jan Brewer for her signature.
Trainer Tom Proctor heads into the $100,000 Wilshire Handicap (gr. IIIT) April 27 on turf at Santa Anita Park with a pair of sharp recent allowance winners in Theatre Star and Premier Steps.
Although his Derby Trail run ended with disappointment, grade I winner Tamarando has a chance to claim a lucrative consolation prize as the likely favorite in the $250,000 Snow Chief Stakes April 26 at Santa Anita Park.
- By Frank Angst
- Racing, Breeding, Triple Crown, Northeast Region, Midwest Region, Southeast Region, Southwest Region, West Region, Kentucky
Likely Kentucky Derby (gr. I) favorite California Chrome will try to become the first California-bred to win the Louisville classic since Decidedly in 1962, but six other Derby hopefuls were also foaled outside of Kentucky.
Santa Anita Park's first-ever spring meeting will get underway Friday, April 25, when the track will present an eight-race program with a twilight first post time of 3 p.m. PDT.
The Breeders' Cup Challenge series this year will consist of 73 automatic qualifying races into the Oct. 31-Nov. 1 Breeders' Cup World Championships, with 46 challenge races to be held in the U.S. and Canada.
Los Alamitos Racing Association, in partnership with the California-based insurance brokerage firm Bolton & Company, will offer a $1 million bonus tied to the new $500,000 Los Alamitos Derby (gr. II) July 5.
Jerry Hollendorfer has a trio of older runners set to go in the San Franciso Mile (gr. IIIT) April 26, led by Summer Hit, as the Hall of Fame trainer attempts to win Northern California's top grass race for the third time.
The California Horse Racing Board will hear a report April 25 on the proposed transfer of the Los Angeles County Fair's 2014 race dates from Fairplex Park to Los Alamitos Race Course.
Los Alamitos is embarking on a series of improvements designed to help the Cypress, Calif., racetrack play a more major role in the Southern California Thoroughbred picture.
Fire With Fire, winner of the San Luis Rey Stakes (gr. IIT) March 22, will bid for a third consecutive win April 25 in an intriguing field for the $100,000 Last Tycoon Stakes at Santa Anita April 25.
Prominent California stallion Benchmark, sire of champion Points Offthebench and several other grade I winners, has been pensioned from stud duty due to fertility issues, Ballena Vista Farm announced April 21.
Fairplex Park announced its intention April 21 to transfer its Los Angeles County Fair Thoroughbred racing dates beginning this fall to Los Alamitos Race Course in Orange County.
Handle from all-sources during Santa Anita Park's winter meet was up 4% when the Arcadia, Calif., track concluded the meet April 20.
Dual champion filly Beholder coasted to an easy win in her 2014 debut on a hot, sunny Easter Sunday at Santa Anita Park, taking the $75,000 Santa Lucia Stakes from four overmatched rivals.
California Chrome, early favorite for the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) took another step forward when he cruised four furlongs at his Los Alamitos headquarters the morning of April 19 in :47 4/5.
Reddam Racing's Bond Holder, at one time a contender on the road to the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), has lost his battle with laminitis, according to an April 19 announcement by trainer Doug O'Neill.
The stable of leading Southern Californian conditioner Mike Mitchell will be restructured starting April 21, with his longtime assistant Philip D'Amato taking over the reins as head trainer.
"Now, more than ever, we as track operators, horsemen, and regulators must come together to do everything we can to prevent any abuse of our Thoroughbred athletes," Stronach said.
The catalog for the Barretts May sale of 2-year-olds in training and horses of racing age is now online and will be mailed soon.
Grade II winner Awesome Baby handily completed five furlongs in 1:01.40 April 14 at Santa Anita Park as the daughter of Awesome Again continues preparations for the Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) May 2 at Churchill Downs.
Heaven Szent, a 14-year-old who never won a race under his registered name of General Attack, was the star of the April 12-13 Thoroughbred Classic Horse Show at the Los Angeles Equestrian Center in Burbank, Calif.
Two-time Eclipse Award champion filly Beholder towers over six older fillies and mares in the Santa Lucia Stakes at 1 1/16 miles April 20, her first start since winning the Breeders' Cup Distaff (gr. I) at Santa Anita Park.
Favored Sweet Swap became a graded stakes winner over his favored hillside turf course with a front-running tally in the $100,000 San Simeon Stakes (gr. IIIT) April 13 at Santa Anita Park.
Favored Stormy Lucy made her new connections look good when she came from off the pace to catch Miss Serendipity in the final strides to win the Santa Barbara Handicap (gr. IIIT) by a neck April 13 on the turf at Santa Anita.
Big Macher prevailed in a thrilling finish to the $200,00 Potrero Grande Stakes (gr. II) April 12 at Santa Anita Park, denying 7-5 favorite Wild Dude by a nose for his first graded stakes win.
California-bred Tribal Spy successfully stepped into open stakes company April 12 when she came from slightly off the pace to win the $100,000 Las Cienegas (gr. IIIT) at 11-1 odds on the hillside turf course at Santa Anita.
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