A 12.5% increase in the minimum riding fee scale for losing jockeys in California got an unexpected addition from the state's horse racing board Aug. 21.
Game On Dude has been dominating the ranks of older horses in Southern California for so long it's tempting to believe he's lost a step every time he throws in a bad one.
California Chrome, unlikely hero of the Triple Crown series who won the Kentucky Derby (gr. I) and Preakness Stakes (gr. I), will make his return from a brief layoff in the $1 million Pennsylvania Derby (gr. II) Sept. 20.
TVG has announced it will feature a number of state-of-the-art production enhancements during its 90-minute special telecast of the TVG Pacific Classic (gr. I) at Del Mar Aug. 24.
Shared Belief has been installed the 5-2 morning-line favorite in the TVG Pacific Classic (gr. I) as the undefeated 3-year-old seeks to prevent older horse Game On Dude from a repeat victory in the $1 million race Aug. 24.
After exchanging tight decisions in two recent starts this spring, Fire With Fire and Quick Casablanca clash for a third time in the $200,000 Del Mar Handicap (gr. IIT) Aug. 23 on the Del Mar turf.
Shared Belief, last year's 2-year-old champion male, takes on older horses in the 1 1/4-mile TVG Pacific Classic (gr. I) Aug. 24 at Del Mar.
The National Thoroughbred Racing Association will host its next legislative briefing open to industry stakeholders and other interested parties Aug. 21 in the Del Mar Turf Club director's room.
Judy the Beauty, able to sit off a hot pace duel, swung into action in the stretch and inched away to a clear victory in the $147,000 Rancho Bernardo Handicap (gr. III) Aug. 17 at Del Mar.
Lightly regarded Personal Diary took advantage of a hot pace with a sharp last-to-first move under Corey Nakatani to post a 9-1 surprise in the $300,000 Del Mar Oaks (gr. IT) on the turf Aug. 23.
Alan Landsburg, a television writer, producer, and director who in later years focused on improving horse racing as a California Horse Racing Board commissioner and industry leader, died Aug. 14 at the age of 81.
Istanford, who would have been among the leading contenders in the $300,000 Del Mar Oaks (gr. I), instead romped to victory in the $96,350 Sandy Blue Handicap as the heavy favorite the evening of Aug. 15.
Hall of Fame jockey Gary Stevens was on a bench at Del Mar near the stable area racing office the morning of Aug. 15. The right knee that he had surgically replaced exactly three weeks ago was on display for all to see.
Another California legislative session will draw to close at the end of August without action on an Internet poker bill, but in this instance, it is a victory for the state's racing industry.
Getting back into a regular work pattern, California Chrome put in a maintenance drill at Los Alamitos Racecourse the morning of Aug. 15, covering four furlongs handily in :50 2/5.
Jockey Tyler Baze earned his 2,000th career victory Aug. 14 at Del Mar, snapping an 0-for-46 skid as he attempted to reach the milestone.
California's State Capitol went all Chrome on Thursday, Aug. 14 as proud legislators paid tribute to the state's Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner.
Jockey Russell Baze, who capitalized on a slew of live mounts to run away with the riding title at the Sonoma County Fair meeting in Santa Rosa, hopes to keep on rolling Aug. 15 at the Golden Gate Fields summer meeting.
Reneesgotzip returns to Del Mar Aug. 17 to defend her title in the $150,000 Rancho Bernardo Stakes (gr. III), but the speedster faces a salty cast in her first start since the 2013 Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf Sprint.
Istanford, a game front-running winner of the San Clemente Handicap (gr. IIT) when shipped to Del Mar one month ago from Arlington International Racecourse, heads the field for the $300,000 Del Mar Oaks (gr. IT) Aug. 16.
Jockey Stewart Elliott suffered a fractured rib when kicked by a horse Aug. 11 in the Del Mar stable area and is expected to be out for up to two weeks. The tentative return target is Aug. 24, Pacific Classic day.
The racetrack at California Exposition and State Fair has been renamed for the late Kirk Breed, who served as executive director of the state horse racing board and was formerly general manager of the state fair.
Led by a record-priced Forestry colt for $75,000, results soared across the board at the Northern California yearling and horses of racing age sale Aug. 12.
George Nicholaw, a former California racing commissioner, died Aug. 10 due to complications of an infection. He was 86.
Moulin de Mougin secured the biggest win of her career and gave jockey Mike Smith a reason to celebrate his 49th birthday in the $250,000 John Mabee Stakes (gr. IIT) on the grass Aug. 10 at Del Mar.
Rallying from last on the backstretch, favored Enterprising found room between horses in the drive and powered his way to victory in the $150,000 La Jolla Handicap (gr. IIIT) as racing returned to the turf at Del Mar.
Dual classic winner California Chrome turned in his first workout since the Belmont Stakes (gr. I), breezing three furlongs handily the morning of Aug. 8 at Los Alamitos Racecourse.
The Breeders' Cup announced that registration is now open for the sixth Breeders' Cup Betting Challenge, which will be held at Santa Anita Park Oct. 31-Nov 1.
Argentinian mare Miss Serendipity, who put it all together to eke out a grade I win in the Gamely Stakes in her fifth United States start, returns in the $250,000 John C. Mabee Stakes (gr. IIT) Aug. 10 on the Del Mar turf.
The WTBOA summer yearling and mixed sale will be held Aug. 26, the Tuesday after the Longacres Mile (gr. III), at the Morris J. Alhadeff Sales Pavilion located at Emerald Downs in Auburn, Wash.
Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner California Chrome is expected to return to the worktab for the first time since running fourth in the Belmont Stakes when he breezes Aug. 8 at Los Alamitos Racecourse.
The 2014 Northern California Yearling and Horses of Racing Age Sale, featuring a catalog of 123 horses, is Tuesday, Aug. 12 at the Alameda County Fairgrounds.
Following up on a runner-up effort at Royal Ascot in June, well-traveled Sunset Glow dominated the field in the $200,000 Sorrento Stakes (gr. II) at Del Mar Aug. 6, leading all the way for a 3 1/4-length victory.
Enterprising and Argyle Cut, separated by a neck when first and second, respectively, in the opening day Oceanside Stakes, battle again as turf racing returns to Del Mar Aug. 9 in the $150,000 La Jolla Handicap (gr. IIIT).
Skyway, who gave trainer Mark Casse his first Del Mar victory in Sunday's $200,000 Best Pal Stakes (gr. II), is expected to return in the Del Mar Futurity (gr. I) on the meet's closing day Sept. 3.
After spending his life around horses, Jess Lester Malen died in the city that calls itself the Horse Capital of the World. A retired jockey and trainer, Malen, 93, originally from Nebraska City, Neb., died Sunday, Aug. 3.
Elite turf runner and young California-based stallion Thorn Song, the winner of two grade I races and earnings of more than $1.1 million, has died due to complications of severe laminitis.
Favored Skyway, a recent shipper from Churchill Downs, gave trainer Mark Casse his first victory at Del Mar Aug. 3 with a confident ride by Stewart Elliott in the $200,000 Best Pal Stakes for 2-year-olds (gr. II).
Sunset Glow, runner-up in a group III test that drew 21 competitors at Royal Ascot in June, returns to action for trainer Wesley Ward in the $200,000 Sorrento Stakes (gr. II) Aug. 6 at Del Mar.
Even-money choice Iotapa made it consecutive grade I scores with her victory in the $300,000 Clement L. Hirsch Stakes Aug. 2 at Del Mar, but was all out to get the job done with jockey Joe Talamo.
Trainer Richard Mandella is relishing the prospect of having Bal A Bali, winner of the Brazilian Triple Crown in 2013 and already qualified for a spot in the $3 million Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. IT) Nov. 1, in his barn soon.
Santa Anita Park, which will host the Breeders' Cup for an unprecedented third consecutive year this fall, has a total of 28 graded stakes--including 13 Breeders' Cup events--over the course of its 24-day autumn meet.
Del Mar announced Aug. 1 that it will eliminate turf sprints and no longer conduct grass claiming races as part of its response to a rash of injuries on the new course, which was installed this past winter.
Del Mar Thoroughbred Club announced it will be moving its turf races to the main track through the upcoming weekend after another breakdown on the newly installed course July 31.
Millionaire multiple graded stakes winner Halo Dolly has been retired from racing.
Story to Tell, winner of the recent Willard L. Proctor Memorial Stakes, should get a much sterner test against seven other talented 2-year-olds in the $200,000 Best Pal Stakes (gr. II) Aug. 3 at Del Mar.
For the second year in a row City of Hope, a leading research and treatment center for cancer, diabetes, and other life-threatening diseases, is the primary non-profit beneficiary for the Breeders' Cup World Championships.
In hopes of slowing the track down a little, Del Mar added some wax to its Polytrack synthetic racing surface July 29 for the first time this year, track spokesman C.P. (Mac) McBride said.
Iotapa is the one to beat in the $300,000 Clement L. Hirsch Stakes (gr. I) at Del Mar Aug. 2 following her devastating romp in the Vanity Handicap (gr. I) in June.
Joshua Stein scored a victory with the first horse he started as a trainer when Cleverly Beverly won a nose decision over favored Starfire Mist July 30 at the Sonoma County Fair in Santa Rosa, Calif.
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