According to the California Horse Racing Board, there were only four Class 1, 2, or 3 medication violations in the state during the 2014-2015 fiscal year, the lowest number in at least 40 years.
Los Alamitos Race Course's final graded stakes of its two-week summer meet will feature a pair of California-bred heavyweights in Warren's Veneda and Sunday Rules.
Industry stakeholders July 8 indicated they plan to push harder for mandatory continuing education programs for Thoroughbred trainers.
Arnold Zetcher's Firing Line, who gave American Pharoah his toughest test of the Triple Crown with a runner-up effort in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), will likely miss the rest of his 3-year-old season.
The 2015 WTBOA summer yearling and mixed sale catalog is now available for viewing at www.wtboa.com.
On the long walk from the Doug O'Neill barn to the track during the mornings at Los Alamitos Race Course, it's no wonder why Passionforfashion draws the attention of anyone with a set of eyes.
Triple Crown winner American Pharoah continued to prep for the William Hill Haskell Invitational (gr. I) with a half-mile work in :47 3/5 at Santa Anita Park July 6.
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The Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association July 6 named many of those who will be honored at its National Awards Dinner Sept. 11 at Hill 'n' Dale Farms near Lexington.
Grade I winner and Central Kentucky stallion Albertus Maximus had his first winner July 5, when first-time starter My Heart Goes On went gate to wire to win the second race at Emerald Downs.
Trying two turns for the first time proved perilous for Fox Hill Farms' Kentuckian, as Gimme Da Lute stalked and held off oncoming Prospect Park by a nose to win the $350,000 Los Alamitos Derby July 4.
Keith Desormeaux will have bigger plans in mind when he saddles Texas Red in the $500,000 Dwyer Stakes (gr. III) July 4 at Belmont Park, as the conditioner plans to keep a string at Saratoga for the first time this summer.
Upon review, the Los Alamitos Race Course stewards determined there were violations under California's new whip rule July 2, the first day of racing featuring the new mandate.
There are 68 yearlings cataloged for the inaugural Barretts select yearling sale to be held Aug. 15 at Del Mar.
The on-track handle of $541,636.30 was up over 2014 ($531,609.10) and the combined total handle was $5,392,680.04 compared to $4,580,023.87 one year ago.
The transition to California's new whip rule appeared seamless on the first racing day under the mandate July 2 at Los Alamitos Race Course.
For the second year in a row, trainer Jerry Hollendorfer appears to have an overwhelming favorite in the $350,000 Los Alamitos Derby (gr. II) July 4 at Los Alamitos Race Course.
Jack Disney, a longtime sports writer who went on to serve as the director of publicity at Hollywood Park, died at his home in Irvine, Calif. June 29 at the age of 80.
California has implemented what it says is the strictest regulation in the country governing the use of riding crops in horse racing, with a new rule to begin July 1.
Santa Anita Park's 39-day spring meet concluded June 28 with gains in both on-track attendance and overall pari-mutuel handle.
Genuine Reward, one of only two living foals produced by 1980 Kentucky Derby (gr. I)-winning filly Genuine Risk, has found a new home at Old Friends Thoroughbred Retirement Center near Lexington.
After three weeks off following his Triple Crown sweep, Zayat Stables' American Pharoah returned to work June 29 with a three-furlong drill in :36 2/5, according to clockers at Santa Anita Park.
In a neck-and-neck contest that came down to the final race of the meeting, Santa Anita Park's trainer title ended in a dead heat, with Doug O'Neill and Peter Miller tied atop the standings with 22 wins apiece.
A week after he ran second in an allowance/optional claiming event, Big Chief Racing's Crucero stunned the field in the $150,000 San Juan Capistrano Stakes (gr. IIIT) June 28 at Santa Anita Park.
Michael Wrona, the regular track announcer at Golden Gate Fields, is returning to Los Alamitos Race Course to call its two-week summer meet, which begins July 2.
Churchill Downs' 141st spring meet, which was highlighted by American Pharoah's victory in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), came to a close June 27 and saw increases in field size and purses.
Even with a pair of grade I races on Santa Anita Park's final Saturday of its spring meeting, the star June 27 was indisputable. American Pharoah was on display on the unusually-muggy Southern California afternoon.
Fanticola nailed down her first graded stakes win Saturday June 27 at Santa Anita Park when she held off Queen of The Sand (IRE) in the stretch of the Royal Heroine Stakes (gr. IIT).
Things have been working out for Victor Espinoza lately; the $500,000 Gold Cup (gr. I) at Santa Anita Park was the most recent example.
Prize Exhibit swept past rivals down the middle of the Santa Antia Park turf course and won the $100,000 Senorita Stakes (gr. IIIT) for 3-year-old fillies June 27 in a swift last-to-first rally.
California-bred Masochistic, owned by Los Pollos Hermanos Racing and Jay Em Ess Stable, made short work of six foes to win the $300,000 Triple Bend Stakes (gr. I) June 27 at Santa Anita Park.
Washington-based stallion Coast Guard picked up his first winner when Kiss My Lulu won her maiden special weight debut June 27 at Emerald Downs.
Finnegans Wake has found success running on grass late in his career, but trainer Peter Miller feels it is time to send him back to dirt for the $500,000 Gold Cup (gr. I) at Santa Anita Park June 27.
Jockey Fernando Perez was released from the hospital only hours after his mount in the fifth race at Santa Anita Park June 25 fatally broke down and sent him crashing to the ground.
Former trainer Sanford "Sandy" Shulman, who won 804 races during his 29-year career, died June 21 at the age of 78, according to Santa Anita Park publicity.
Charles Fipke's homebred Golden Soul, who was second in the 2013 Kentucky Derby (gr. I), will ship west for the first time for the $150,000 San Juan Capistrano Stakes (gr. IIIT) June 28 at Santa Anita Park.
A field of nine 3-year-old fillies will seek their first graded stakes victory in the $100,000 Senorita Stakes (gr. IIIT) June 27 at Santa Anita Park.
The Edwin J. Gregson Foundation will host a charity fundraising dinner honoring Hall of Fame jockeys Mike Smith and Gary Stevens for their racing accomplishments and contributions in horse racing.
Negotiations over Northern and Southern California racing dates were again in the spotlight during the monthly California Horse Racing Board meeting June 25 at Los Alamitos Race Course.
Graded stakes-placed Fanticola and graded stakes winner Blingismything head a field of 10 in the $200,000 Royal Heroine Stakes (gr. IIT) June 27 at Santa Anita Park.
Under the tutelage of trainer Ron Ellis, Masochistic will try the top level of competition in the $300,000 Triple Bend Stakes (gr. I) June 27 at Santa Anita Park.
The second summer Thoroughbred meeting at Los Alamitos Race Course begins July 2. The eight-day meet will continue through July 12, with racing conducted on a Thursday-Sunday basis. Post time will be 2:15 p.m. PT.
Triple Crown winner American Pharoah and his jockey, Victor Espinoza, have been nominated for two ESPYS to be presented July 15 during ESPN's annual awards show, the sports broadcast company announced June 24.
Actor Dick Van Patten, a longtime racing fan, owner, and horseplayer, died June 23 at Saint John's Hospital in Santa Monica, Calif., from complications of diabetes. He was 86.
If American Pharoah's connections stick to the current plan of returning to the races Aug. 1 or 2, it would be a similarly timed schedule to the most recent Triple Crown winner, Affirmed in 1978.
Thoroughbred Owners of California's membership recently elected Allen Aldrich and re-elected incumbents Bob Baffert, Ed Moger, Mike Pegram, and Kathy Walsh to its board of directors.
American travel website company TripAdvisor has awarded Emerald Downs a 2015 Certificate of Excellence--an award that can only be earned through consistently great reviews on the world's largest travel site.
In an effort to give Texas Red a true training test in preparation for the $500,000 Dwyer Stakes (gr. III), trainer Keith Desormeaux sent out the colt for a mile workout June 21, in between races at Santa Anita Park.
Blood-Horse Publications received several awards June 20 at the American Horse Publications (AHP) Annual Awards Program held at the Menger Hotel in San Antonio, Texas.
Found Money gave owner Paul Reddam his seventh 2-year-old winner during Santa Anita Park's spring meet June 21, when he outdueled Doug O'Neill stablemate Mrazek by 1 3/4 lengths to win the $125,000 Santa Anita Juvenile.
U.S. Horse of the Year California Chrome will return to the United States after missing the Prince of Wales's Stakes (Eng-I) at Royal Ascot with a bruised foot, Racing Post reports.
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