Grade I winners Teddy's Promise, Byrama, and Book Review head eight for the $200,000 A Gleam Handicap (gr. II) July 13 at Hollywood Park, with the winner guaranteed a fees-paid berth in the Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Sprint.
Emollient, winner of the Ashland Stakes (gr. I) this spring, makes her turf debut against seven rival 3-year-old fillies in the $350,000 American Oaks (gr. IT) on closing weekend July 13 at Betfair Hollywood Park.
Smiling Tiger, a multiple grade I winner and millionaire, has been retired from racing. The son of Hold That Tiger will stand at Premier Equine near Oakdale, Calif., in 2014 for a fee of $5,000
Jockey Tyler Baze, who has a history of problems with alcohol abuse, has been suspended by stewards at Betfair Hollywood Park for 120 days for two violations of California rules of racing.
Del Mar Thoroughbred Club and California Retirement Management Account have announced a new matching funds program beginning with the upcoming 2013 race meeting at the seaside track opening July 17.
Millionaire Eddington, a 12-year-old, grade I-winning son of Unbridled, has been relocated to Don and Karen Cohn's Ballena Vista Farm in Ramona, Calif.
Trainer Bob Baffert indicated July 8 that Zayat Stables' Paynter, who won his comeback race June 14, could resurface in the San Diego Handicap (gr. II) July 27 at Del Mar.
Jockey Russell Baze extended his all-time leading win total to 12,000 when he achieved the milestone aboard Handful of Pearls in the 11th race July 7 at the Alameda County Fair meet.
Juddmonte Farms' Emollient, winner of the Ashland Stakes (gr. I) April 6 at Keeneland, heads an expected field of seven for the upcoming 12th running of the American Oaks (gr. IT) at Betfair Hollywood Park.
Game On Dude, who successfully defended his title in the Hollywood Gold Cup (gr. I) July 6, came out of the race in great shape, according to Mike Marlow, assistant trainer to Bob Baffert.
Southern California trainer Robertino Diodoro agreed to a pay a $2,500 fine July 6 after a horse in his care tested positive for the prohibited adjunct bleeder medication carbazochrome, also known as "Kentucky Red."
Left alone on the lead, heavy choice Game On Dude won the $500,000 Hollywood Gold Cup (gr. I) July 6 for the second year in a row under a measured ride from jockey Mike Smith at Betfair Hollywood Park.
Favored Schiaparelli, making her first start around two turns, held on gamely in the $150,000 Royal Heroine Mile (gr. IIT) July 6 at Betfair Hollywood Park for her initial graded stakes score.
Betfair Hollywood Park, which will cease live racing at the end of this year, has earned re-accreditation from the National Thoroughbred Racing Association's Safety and Integrity Alliance.
Chief Havoc, enjoying a big tactical advantage over his three rivals, went gate to wire as the odds-on choice to capture the $147,000 Swaps Stakes (gr. II) July 4 at Betfair Hollywood Park.
Lava Man, one of two three-time winners of the Hollywood Gold Cup (gr. I), will lead the post parade when Betfair Hollywood Park's signature race is run for the 74th time July 6.
Jockey Ricky Frazier and 7-year-old gelding Noosa Beach -- who combined for a dominating victory in the 2010 Longacres Mile Handicap (gr. III) -- retired simultaneously in a winner's circle ceremony July 3.
The catalog is now online for the 2013 Northern California Sale Aug. 13 at the California Thoroughbred Breeders Association website.
With the top turf mares in Southern California missing the race, My Gi Gi is the 121-pound highweight in the $150,000 Royal Heroine Mile (gr. IIT) July 6 at Betfair Hollywood Park.
The $500,000 Hollywood Gold Cup (gr. I) July 6 is all about Game On Dude, who goes for a repeat victory against just four opponents in the West Coast classic's final renewal at Betfair Hollywood Park.
Defending champion Game On Dude drew top weight of 127 pounds for the $500,000 Hollywood Gold Cup (gr. I) July 6.
Veteran jockey David Flores, a three-time winner of the Hollywood Gold Cup, will miss the final renewal of the prestigious race at Betfair Hollywood Park July 6. He's leaving June 30 to compete in Singapore for two weeks.
Obviously was simply too sharp for his four rivals in the $300,000 Shoemaker Mile (gr. IT), going gate-to-wire by 3 1/4 lengths June 29 to hand trainer Mike Mitchell his 900th career victory at Betfair Hollywood Park.
Centralinteligence could be bound for the Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile (gr. I) after he swept past pacesetter Comma to the Top en route to his first stakes win June 29 in the Triple Bend Handicap (gr. I) at Hollywood Park.
Grade I winner Java's War will make his California debut for trainer Ken McPeek in the $150,000 Swaps Stakes (gr. II) July 4 against just three opponents at Betfair Hollywood Park.
Charles Fipke's Java's War, winner of the Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (gr. I) April 13, heads a field of five or six likely starters in the upcoming $150,000 Swaps Stakes (gr. II) at Betfair Hollywood Park.
Hall of Fame jockey Eddie Delahoussaye will be presented the 10th annual Laffit Pincay Jr. Award during the Hollywood Gold Cup program July 6 at Betfair Hollywood Park.
Betfair, the world leader in betting exchange technology and owner of U.S.-based advance deposit wagering platform and racing channel TVG, reported a loss of US$75.4 million in its annual report.
One of the better sprints of the 2013 season is on tap in the $250,000 Triple Bend Handicap (gr. I) June 29 at Betfair Hollywood Park, featuring defending champ Camp Victory, Comma to the Top, and Jimmy Creed.
A return to firm turf should help Jeranimo June 29 as the 7-year-old goes for a repeat victory in the $300,000 Shoemaker Mile (gr. IT) at Betfair Hollywood Park.
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.
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