Before Zenyatta leaves for a new stage of her life as a broodmare at Lane's End Farm in Kentucky, Hollywood Park will stage an appreciation day for the brilliant mare Dec. 5.
Jockey Mike Smith has been chosen as the 2010 winner of the organization's Big Sport of Turfdom Award, the Turf Publicists of America announced Nov. 18.
The Pamplemousse, one of the early favorites for the 2009 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), has been retired from racing and will stand in 2011 at Tom and Nancy Clark's Rancho San Miguel near San Miguel, Calif.
Jockey Joe Crispin had a huge day at Portland Meadows Nov. 17, winning seven races on the nine-race card to equal his own record for wins on one program.
Florida shipper High Level Jeff attempts to remain unbeaten against another undefeated colt, Premier Pegasus, in the $100,000 Hollywood Prevue Stakes (gr. III) for 2-year-olds at Hollywood Park Nov. 20.
Santa Anita Park, which is returning to a natural dirt track this season, has added $450,000 to its 3-year-old program. The track opens for its winter/spring season Dec. 26, and will offer 46 graded stakes.
Graded stakes winner Double Honor will stand in 2011 at Chad and Tracey's McCallum's McCallum View Farm near Moriarty, N.M.
Portland Meadows will host the second XpressBet Jockey Challenge Nov. 29. It will feature four riders at the Oregon and four from Southern California.
Retired trainer Eric J. Longden, son of Hall of Fame jockey Johnny Longden, died Nov. 8 at his Carlsbad, Calif., home.
Unusual Suspect snapped his 16-race losing streak when he overcame pacesetter Temple City in the final strides to win the $250,000 Hollywood Turf Cup (gr. IT) Nov. 13 at Hollywood Park.
William E. Morey earned his 1,000th career training victory Nov. 11 at Golden Gate Fields when his 7-year-old gray mare Sports Edition captured the seventh race.
Grade II winner Treat Gently can become just the second female in 28 renewals to win the Hollywood Turf Cup (gr. IT) on the turf course at Hollywood Park Nov. 13.
A decision on what to do with autumn race dates traditionally held by the Oak Tree Racing Association was put off by the California Horse Racing Board until a meeting next month.
MI Developments received two waivers from the California Horse Racing Board Nov. 9 allowing it to move forward with the operation of Santa Anita Park and Golden Gate Fields and complete its new dirt track at Santa Anita.
Halsey Minor has made an offer to buy all MI Developments assets for $300 million to $320 million.
Wagering at the recently concluded Oak Tree Racing Association meet, operated for the first time at Hollywood Park, was roughly off by nearly 12% for all sources.
In support of Zenyatta's attempt for a 20th straight victory in the $5 million Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I), Hollywood Park in Inglewood, Calif., has placed a 20'x 150' sign on its rooftop that reads, "...Good Luck, Zenyatta!"
Barbara Walter, who with late husband Robert was honored for a quarter century of successful breeding by induction into the California Thoroughbred Breeders Association Hall of Fame earlier this year, died Oct. 31,
Ted O'Neill, who owned Ann Marie Farm near Paris, Ky., with his wife, Noreen, died Oct. 3 in San Francisco after battling a respiratory disease.
Champ Pegasus, a two-time graded stakes winner this year, is ready to take on foreign contenders in the Nov. 6 Emirates Airline Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. IT) at Churchill Downs.
Briecat led all the way for jockey Patrick Valenzuela to score a 13-1 upset by a neck in the $150,000 Las Palmas Handicap (gr. IIT) on closing day of the Oak Tree meet Oct. 31 over the Hollywood Park turf.
Multiple stakes winner Lookin at Lucky worked five furlongs on Hollywood Park's Cushion Track in :59 3/5 Oct. 31 in preparation for the Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) Nov. 6 at Churchill Downs.
Soul Candy made a success of his first synthetic start when he ran down favored Enriched in deep stretch to win the $150,000 California Cup Classic going away by 1 1/4 lengths Oct. 30 at Hollywood Park.
In her final work before she heads to Kentucky, undefeated Zenyatta drilled a fluid six furlongs in 1:11 4/5 on morning of Oct. 30 at Hollywood Park for trainer John Shirreffs.
Turning Top, a three-time winner on the Hollywood Park turf, is the 119-pound high weight for the $150,000 Las Palmas Handicap (gr. IIT) on closing day of the Oak Tree Racing Association meet Oct. 31.
With the pilot for HBO's highly anticipated "Luck" already complete, production for season-one will resume at Santa Anita Oct. 31. Both the pilot and first season are scheduled to air in the fall of 2011.
A reduced California Cup program featuring seven stakes for state-bred horses worth a total of $700,000 are on tap for the Oak Tree Racing Association's 21st annual event to be held at Hollywood Park Oct. 30.
Trainer John Shirreffs may start training Zenyatta on the dirt this week in preparation for the upcoming Breeders' Cup Classic.
Graded stakes winner Olmodavor will stand in 2011 in the state where he did his best racing.The 11-year-old stallion will hold court in California at Rich and Gaby Sulpizio's Magali Farms near Santa Ynez.
Top 3-year-old colt Lookin At Lucky fired a bullet six-furlong workout at Hollywood Park Oct. 25 as he continues his preparations for the Nov. 6 Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) at Churchill Downs.
After experimenting with night racing on Thursdays during the Oak Tree Racing Association meet, Hollywood Park announced Oct. 23 that it will return to the afternoon for its final Thursday card of the meet.
Funeral services were held Oct. 23 for longtime jockey agent Bob Meldahl, who represented Laffit Pincay Jr. for the final decade of the Hall of Fame rider's career.
Probable Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) favorite Zenyatta turned in a seven-furlong work in company with a pair of stablemates at Hollywood Park Oct. 22.
Twirling Candy will stay in California to prepare for the Strub series instead of contesting the Breeders' Cup at Churchill Downs.
Back with members of her own age group, Go Forth North found things easier in the $100,000 Harold C. Ramser Sr. Handicap (gr. IIIT) at Oak Tree/Hollywood Park.
Fantastic Pick, the longest shot in the field at 22-1, edged pacesetter Blue Panis after an eighth of a mile long battle to win the $150,000 Oak Tree Derby (gr. IIT) at Hollywood Park Oct. 16
A full field of a dozen 3-year-old fillies take to the turf for Oak Tree's $100,000 Harold C. Ramser Sr. Handicap (gr. IIIT) Oct. 17 at Hollywood Park.
Grade II winner Neko Bay has been retired from racing and will enter stud in 2011 at John Greely IV's Wintergreen Stallion Station near Midway, Ky.
Zenyatta, who will defend her title in the Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) next month at Churchill Downs, turned in a five-furlong breeze at Hollywood Park on Oct. 14.
Barretts' California Cup Yearling Sale showed strength in a two-day format Oct. 12-13. Led by a $105,000 topper at the first session, the auction averaged $14,128, an increase of 13.8% over 2009.
A modest group of eight 3-year-olds attempt to break through for a first graded stakes victory in the $150,000 Oak Tree Derby (gr. IIT) on the Hollywood Park turf course Oct. 16.
Trainer John Shirreffs has outlined a tentative plan for Zenyatta as the undefeated mare prepares to defend her title in the Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) at Churchill Downs on Nov. 6.
Bloodlines from leading California breeders Martin and Pam Wygod dominated the Barretts California Cup yearling sale at Fairplex Oct. 12.
Quick Enough lived up to his name in the Morvich Handicap (gr. IIIT) Oct. 11 as he gave jockey Patrick Valenzuela his first Oak Tree stakes win in nearly four years with a 1 1/2-length score in the six-furlong turf event.
Removal of Santa Anita's synthetic surface began Oct. 11 as the first step in replacing it with a dirt surface. Track officials are close to deciding the mix of materials to be used as the surface material.
Smiling Tiger, reunited with jockey Russell Baze, earned his second grade I win of the season when he put away Cost of Freedom in the stretch and held on for a half-length victory in the $250,000 Ancient Title Stakes (gr. I).
Liberian Freighter outfought Colgan's Chip in deep stretch for a nose victory at 22-1 odds in the $150,000 Oak Tree Mile (gr. IIT) Oct. 9 on the turf at Hollywood Park.
The $100,000 Morvich (gr. IIIT), a six-furlong contest on Hollywood Park's turf course Oct. 11, is a designated "Win and You're In" race for the Nov. 6 BC Turf Sprint at Churchill Downs.
The California Cup yearling sale will get an added boost this year from a dispersal of California breeding stock owned by Martin and Pam Wygod.
Favored Sidney's Candy has been withdrawn from the Oak Tree Mile (gr. IIT) Oct. 9 at Hollywood Park because he is due to be sold.
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