The Oak Tree Racing Association announced Dec. 29 that it will match donations made to Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation in honor of late Oak Tree co-founder Dr. Jack K. Robbins.
Bettys Bambino closed with a rush in his stakes debut to capture the $100,000 Daytona (gr. IIIT) in the final North American graded race of the year Dec. 28 at Santa Anita Park.
Recent British import Lady Pimpernel landed her first United States victory by a nose when she came from off the pace in the $100,000 Robert J. Frankel Stakes (gr. IIIT) on the turf at Santa Anita Park Dec. 27.
Distinctiv Passion came out running for jockey Mike Smith and was never headed en route to a 1 3/4-length victory in the $100,000 Midnight Lute Stakes (gr. III) Dec. 27 at Santa Anita Park.
After finishing second by a half length as the 7-10 favorite in the La Brea Stakes (gr. I) Dec. 26, Taris was found to have suffered an injury to her right front ankle that will require surgery, trainer Simon Callaghan said.
Both Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) winner Bayern and Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) victor California Chrome posted works Dec. 27 with a possible rematch looming that could include Shared Belief.
Shared Belief bounced back from a horrible trip in the Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) with his third grade I victory of the year, holding off a game Conquest Two Step by a neck in the $300,000 Malibu Stakes (gr. I).
Alert Bay held back a powerful late challenge from Home Run Kitten to prevail in the $201,250 Mathis Brothers Mile (gr. IIT) for 3-year-olds Dec. 26, opening day at Santa Anita Park.
Outsider Sam's Sister ran down a tiring odds-on favorite Taris in the final sixteenth of a mile to win the $300,000 La Brea Stakes (gr. I) for 3-year-old fillies on opening day at Santa Anita Park Dec. 26.
California-bred Bettys Bambino, 3-for-4 on the downhill turf course at Santa Anita Park, makes his stakes debut Dec. 28 in the $100,000 Daytona (gr. IIIT).
Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) winner California Chrome has been selected to receive the 2014 Secretariat Vox Populi Award.
The $200,000 El Camino Real Derby (gr. III), Northern California's official Kentucky Derby prep, headlines the stakes schedule for the 2014-2015 winter/spring meeting at Golden Gate Fields.
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Jockey Martin Pedroza and trainer Richard Baltas will face a meeting with the stewards after reported verbal and physical confrontations at Los Alamitos Race Course Sunday, Dec. 21.
While plenty of connections would gladly take the 2014 season turned in by sprinter Secret Circle, the two-time Breeders' Cup winner on Dec. 27 will look to address the "0" currently listed in the win column for this year.
A deep and competitive field of 12 fillies and mares have been entered for the Dec. 27 Robert J. Frankel Stakes (gr. IIIT) at 1 1/8 miles on turf on opening weekend at Santa Anita Park.
Bob Baffert will take four shots at champion Shared Belief in the $300,000 Malibu Stakes (gr. I), the featured event as Santa Anita Park kicks off its 2014-15 winter/spring meet the day after Christmas.
A two-time graded stakes winner earlier this year at Santa Anita Park, Awesome Baby will put her speed to the test when she returns to action in the $300,000 La Brea Stakes (gr. I) on opening day Dec. 26 at the Arcadia track.
Los Alamitos Race Course ended a successful first winter Thoroughbred meet Dec. 21, averaging $5,640,866 in daily total combined mutuel handle during the 12-day stand, and showing a sizable gain in wagering out of state.
After a rare loss last time out, California-bred Red Outlaw will try to get back to his winning ways in the $200,000 Mathis Brothers Mile (gr. IIT) Dec. 26, opening day at Santa Anita Park.
Odds-on choice Dortmund remained unbeaten by a slim margin as he nipped Firing Line and Mr. Z in a nail-biting finish to the first-ever $500,000 Los Alamitos Futurity (gr. I) Dec. 20.
The California Horse Racing Board is considering a rule change that would result in the scratch of a horse that has been gelded since his last race if that information is not disclosed well in advance of the race.
Average daily purses at Emerald Downs will see an increase of approximately 20% for the 2015 live racing season at the Auburn, Wash. track.
Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) winner Bayern, a leading contender for Horse of the Year and male 3-year-old honors for 2014, worked four furlongs on Santa Anita's fast main track the morning of Dec. 19 in a bullet :46 1/5.
California Chrome drilled a handy half mile in :49 flat at Los Alamitos Race Course Dec. 19 as he prepares for his 2015 debut in the $500,000 San Antonio Stakes (gr. II).
California racing officials have identified a connection in the sudden death of six horses with trace amounts of anticoagulant rodenticide in their systems, the state horse racing board was told Dec. 18.
The catalog for the Barretts 2015 January Mixed Sale, featuring 335 head to be auctioned Jan. 26, is now online and will be mailed later this week.
Seabiscuit jockey Red Pollard's race-worn saddle, which he wore upon the back of the famed champion, is among the rare Seabiscuit memorabilia being offered as part of the Lelands.com sports catalog auction.
Trainer Bob Baffert, who won the Hollywood/CashCall Futurity a record six times at Hollywood Park, has a chance to add to the total with the undefeated Dortmund in the Los Alamitos Futurity (gr. I) Dec. 20.
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A provision that retroactively extends three-year tax depreciation for all racehorses was passed by the United States Senate late Dec. 16.
Kate's Event, winner of the 2013 Tiznow Stakes at Hollywood Park, will begin stallion duties in 2015 at Special T Thoroughbreds in Temecula, Calif.
Offspring of 1996 Kentucky Derby (gr. I) winner Grindstone took three stakes, including the co-featured events for 2-year-olds, on Oregon Championship Day for state-breds Dec. 14 at Portland Meadows.
Acceptance remained unbeaten in three starts with a three-length victory as the 3-10 favorite in the $200,000 King Glorious Stakes for California-bred 2-year-olds at Los Alamitos Race Course Dec. 14.
Many Routes became the first winner for his sire Many Rivers when he came from off the pace to win the first race Dec. 14 at Golden Gate Fields.
Fresh off a grade I victory at Los Alamitos with Take Charge Brandi in the $350,500 Starlet, trainer Wayne Lukas will return to his former Quarter Horse base with Mr. Z in the $500,000 Los Alamitos Futurity (gr. I) Dec. 20.
Trainer Eric Kruljac won his 1,000th Thoroughbred race the night of Dec. 13 when even-money favorite Small Claims Court captured the sixth race at Los Alamitos Race Course.
Favored Take Charge Brandi registered her second grade I win of the year and third graded victory in a row when she narrowly captured the $350,000 Starlet Stakes for 2-year-old fillies Dec. 13 at Los Alamitos Race Course.
Jockey Fernando Perez was unseated after an incident approaching the far turn in the seventh race at Los Alamitos Race Course Dec. 13 and, though he complained of neck pain, was back in the saddle and won a race Dec. 14.
Breeders' Cup Ltd. has filed suit against a New Jersey-based air charter company, claiming the firm breached a contract under which it was to transport attendees back to Lexington following this year's races.
Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert, owner Kaleem Shah, and jockey Martin Garcia combined to set a pair of track records at Los Alamitos Race Course Dec. 11.
After beginning his career with consecutive sprint wins, Acceptance will stretch out to a mile in the $200,000 King Glorious Stakes Dec. 11 at Los Alamitos Race Course.
California steward Kim Sawyer said having the Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) as the final race of the day this year created problems in publicizing the reason for the decision to take no action following the race.
Golden Gate Fields canceled its seven-race live program Thursday, Dec. 11, due to a severe storm that drenched the San Francisco Bay Area with heavy rains and gusty winds.
She's in the driver's seat already, but a win in the $350,000 Starlet Stakes (gr. I) Dec. 13 would mean the checkered flag in the juvenile filly Eclipse Award race for Take Charge Brandi.
As U.S. racing faces the challenge of shaping race days and meets and maintaining field sizes at a time when foal crops are shrinking, experts said tracks and horsemen need to remember to keep the customer in the equation.
Odds-on choice My Fiona registered the third stakes win of her juvenile campaign when she outfought a game Heat the Rocks in a see-saw stretch run to prevail in the $200,000 Soviet Problem Stakes Dec. 7 at Los Alamitos.
Nominations have been released for one of the biggest days of the season at Portland Meadows, Oregon Championship Day for state-breds Dec. 14.
Take Charge Brandi, the surprising winner of last month's 14 Hands Winery Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I), will return to California for the $350,000 Starlet (gr. I) Dec. 13 at Los Alamitos Racecourse.
Odds-on Tiz Midnight proved a popular winner of the $200,000 Bayakoa Stakes (gr. II) at Los Alamitos for former Quarter Horse trainer Bob Baffert, when she battled back along the rail by a head over Warren's Veneda Dec. 6.
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