Why can't all of California racing be more like Del Mar? Keith Brackpool, who took over as chairman of the California Horse Racing Board earlier this year, challenged his state to embrace racing's fun factor.
Zenyatta worked six furlongs at Hollywood Park in 1:13 4/5 Sept. 25. Her next start is the Lady's Secret Stakes Oct. 2.
Zenyatta, who has won all 18 of her starts for owners Jerry and Ann Moss and trainer John Shirreffs, is among 14 fillies and mares nominated to the $250,000 Lady's Secret Stakes Presented by TVG (gr. I).
Hall of Fame jockey Russell Baze returns to his homeland when he rides Cherokee Notion in the $150,000 British Columbia Derby (Can-III) at Hastings Park Sept. 26.
The California Horse Racing Board deferred action Sept. 23 on its race dates calendar for 2011 as well as a waiver of state regulations requested by MI Developments to allow it to operate more than one pari-mutuel entity.
Jockey Christian Santiago Reyes, the top apprentice rider in North America last year, has been suspended 30 days for violating California racing rules pertaining to weighing out.
California legislation increasing the takeout rate for exotic wagers beginning this winter and making the state the first in the nation to approve exchange betting was signed by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger Sept. 23.
Keith Brackpool, chairman of the California Horse Racing Board, will be the featured speaker at the Harris Ranch Seminar, which returns this year from a one-year hiatus with the theme, "Marketing the Thoroughbred."
The breeding career of Square Eddie, one of the leading 2-year-olds of 2008, was short-lived. The son of Smart Strike is back in training with Doug O'Neill.
Hollywood Park will restore four stakes to the schedule when its autumn meeting opens Nov. 4, including the $250,000 Hollywood Turf Cup (gr. IT) Nov. 13.
Santa Anita applied for the traditional Oak Tree Racing Association dates for 2011 during a Sept. 22 California Horse Racing Board race dates committee meeting.
On the same day paralyzed Northern California jockey Michael Martinez learned he is not a candidate for using embryonic stem cells to treat his severed spinal cord in a clinical trial, he became a father.
Trainer Howard Belvoir has been named the 2010 winner of the Martin Durkan Award and will be honored in a special ceremony Sept. 25 at Emerald Downs.
California Retirement Management Account, a charitable organization dedicated to assisting local Thoroughbred rehabilitation and retirement organizations raised more than $71,000 at its annual poker event.
Del Mar Thoroughbred Club announced Sept. 21 that it will pay its horsemen a retroactive purse distribution estimated to be between $850,000 and $900,000.
Caracortado, the California-bred gelding who won the first five races of his career including the Robert B. Lewis Stakes (gr. II), breezed three furlongs Sept. 21 at Hollywood Park in his first work since the Preakness.
When Martin and Pam Wygod decided last June to sell their River Edge Farm near Buellton, the California breeding industry reeled. River Edge, after all, stood some of the state's leading stallions. Read More
- By Blood-Horse Staff
- Breeding, International, Northeast Region, Midwest Region, Southeast Region, Southwest Region, West Region, Kentucky
The Jockey Club has reported that 3,130 stallions covered 49,404 mares in North America during 2009.
California grade II winner Pretty Unusual died because of complications from emergency surgery Sept. 19.
Iconic Noble Threewitt, who trained horses for 75 years and was a venerated backstretch presence in California, has died at the age of 99, his grandson confirmed Sept. 18.
Undefeated Zenyatta prepared for her next start, the Lady's Secret Stakes, with a six-furlong work at Hollywood Park Sept. 18.
Noosa Beach, who earned a spot in the Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile (gr. I) Nov. 6 at Churchill Downs when he won the Longacres Mile Handicap (gr. III) at Emerald Downs last month, has instead been turned out for the winter.
A fund for jockey Michael Martinez, seriously injured in a spill Sept. 12 at Golden Gate Fields, has been established to help provide financial aid to the 24-year-old rider and his family.
Jockey Michael Martinez, who ranks second in the rider standings at Golden Gate Fields, was in critical but stable condition Sept. 13 after nearly 11 hours of emergency surgery overnight at Oakland's Highland Hospital.
Greinton, a leading West Coast runner in the mid-1980s, has died in Germany.
- By Eric Mitchell
- Northeast Region, Midwest Region, Southeast Region, Southwest Region, West Region, Kentucky, TOBA
Thoroughbred Breeders and Owners Association names Jerry and Ann Moss the leading owners for 2009. Edward Evans is TOBA's national breeder of the year, and Hi Card Ranch is the top small breeder of the year.
Oak Tree Racing Association received license approval Sept. 10 to move its 2010 meet to Hollywood Park.
Undefeated mare Zenyatta worked six furlongs in 1:13 1/5 at Hollywood Park on Sept. 10 as she continues to prepare for her next start in the Oct. 2 Lady's Secret Stakes (gr. I) at Hollywood Park.
As Del Mar closed its 2010 race meeting, Joe Harper, CEO of the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club, discussed the possible new horizons of California racing.
Todd and Shawn Hansen purchased English Channel yearling filly for $80,000 from Griffin Place, agent.
Del Mar Thoroughbred Club ended its 37-day meet Sept. 8 with a 4.2% increase in average daily attendance and a 6.8% decline in average daily wagering.
J P's Gusto an impressive winner in Del Mar Futurity.
Lookin At Lucky turned in his first work since winning the IZOD Haskell Invitational (gr. I) Sept. 8 at Del Mar, working an easy half-mile in :49 2/5 at Del Mar.
Stakes-placed Run to Victory came through with his initial winner when his son Victor Man won at Northlands Park Sept. 6 in his first start.
The California Horse Racing Board said Sept. 7 it is working with Santa Anita Park management and horsemen on a waiver for the MI Developments-owned racetrack to replace its synthetic surface with dirt.
Even-money choice Gotta Have Her survived a stretch-long duel with the outsider Go Forth North to score a repeat victory by a neck in the Palomar Handicap (gr. IIT) on the Del Mar turf Sept. 6.
Undefeated Twirling Candy, as expected, easily won the $300,000 Del Mar Derby (gr. IIT) as the 1-5 favorite, but his backstretch antics in the Sept. 5 turf event caused some controversy.
Three-time stakes winner J P's Gusto heads a field of 11 juveniles entered for the $250,000 Del Mar Futurity (gr. I) Sept. 8, the closing day of the popular 37-day summer meet.
With only one favorite among the six winning horses, the Del Mar recoord Pick Six pool of $6,656,591 provided payoffs of $35,553.40 to 124 bettors with perfect tickets Sept. 4.
Last on the turn for home, Tell a Kelly swept to an eye-catching victory in the $250,000 Darley Debutante (gr. I) at Del Mar Sept. 4 in her first try against winners.
Authorities have arrested a 26-year-old man in connection with the alleged murder of Galen May, a popular assistant to trainer Jerry Hollendorfer and a well-known figure at Northern California racetracks.
Hollywood Park and the Oak Tree Racing Association have already agreed to a second fall meet in 2011. The racing dates still require approval by the California Horse Racing Board.
Gotta Have Her, coming off a big effort in the John C. Mabee Stakes (gr. II) last month, defends her title in the Palomar Handicap (gr. II) against four rivals on the Del Mar turf Sept. 6.
Tom Braly, owner of two-time grade I stakes winner Evening Jewel, died on the morning of Sept. 3 at his home in Palm Desert, Calif., after a long battle with cancer. He was 72.
Undefeated Twirling Candy, who scored easily in his stakes and turf debut last out, leads a field of six in the $300,000 Del Mar Derby (gr. IIT) Sept. 5 in Southern California.
Undefeated mare Zenyatta worked five furlongs in a bullet 1:00 1/5 at Hollywood Park on Sept. 2 as she continues to prepare for her next start in the Oct. 2 Lady's Secret Stakes (gr. I).
With Zenyatta expected to run in the race, the Zenyatta Stakes has been changed back to its original name, the Lady's Secret Stakes, which will be run Oct. 2 at Oak Tree at Hollywood Park meeting.
Fresh off an eye-catching win in her bow at Del Mar last month, the Richard Mandella-trained Avid jumps right into the deep end of the pool in the $250,000 Darley Debutante (gr. I) at the seaside track Sept. 4.
California legislation that would redirect perhaps as much as $70 million from winning bets to purses and make the state the first in the nation to approve head-to-head wagering on horse races gained approval Aug. 31.
The Hall of Fame trio of trainer Bob Baffert and jockeys Mike Smith and Laffit Pincay Jr. will sign limited edition collectible jerseys at Del Mar on Labor Day, Sept. 6.
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