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Oak Tree at Santa Anita Meet Set to Begin

Oak Tree at Santa Anita Meet Set to Begin

The Oak Tree Racing Association will kick off its 41st racing season Sept. 30 at Santa Anita, and the highlight of the meeting will no doubt be the 26th running of the two-day Breeders' Cup World Championships, which will be hosted by Oak Tree for an unprecedented second consecutive year on Nov. 6 and 7.

Cahill Road Colt Tops Washington Sale

A son of Cahill Road brought the highest price of $60,000 during the Washington Thoroughbred Breeders Association (WTBA) summer yearling sale Sept. 8 at the Morris J. Alhadeff Sale Pavilion at Emerald Downs. Jill and Dave Heerensperger purchased the bay colt, which is a full brother to The Great Face, winner of the 2007 Longacres Mile (gr. III) and Mt. Rainier Handicaps at Emerald Downs.

Palomar 'Cap Brings Down Curtain at Del Mar

Palomar 'Cap Brings Down Curtain at Del Mar

The 4-year-old fillies Allicansayis Wow and Lethal Heat, second and third respectively against males in the Del Mar Mile Handicap (gr. IIT) late last month, are back with their own sex in a contentious renewal of the Palomar Handicap (gr. IIT) on closing day at Del Mar Sept. 9.

Bejarano to Ride Meteore, Parading at Del Mar

Bejarano to Ride Meteore, Parading at Del Mar

Rafael Bejarano, who was excused from mounts on Sept. 4 and 5 because of an injured thumb on his right hand, has been cleared to ride his two stakes horses -- Meteore in the $350,000 Del Mar Derby (gr. IIT) and Parading in the $1 million Pacific Classic (gr. I) on the Sept. 6 program.

Washington Yearling Sale Set for Sept. 8

The 43rd annual Washington Thoroughbred Breeders Association's summer yearling auction will be held Sept. 8, beginning at 1 p.m. (PDT) at the Morris Alhadeff Sales Pavilion at Emerald Downs. There are 179 horses in the catalog and in addition to yearlings with Washington pedigrees, they include offerings from Kentucky, California, Oregon, and Canada.

Thumb Injury Sidelines Bejarano

Jockey Rafael Bejarano, who missed 27 days of the 37-day Del Mar meeting because of multiple facial injuries suffered in an opening-day spill, was off his mounts Sept. 5 following an injury to his right thumb on only the sixth day after his return from the earlier injury.

CHRB Panel to Examine Latest Safety Equipment

The newly-formed safety committee of the California Horse Racing Board will meet for the first time Sept. 4 to begin the regulatory process to establish new standards and specifications for vests, helmet and whips.

Shapiro Issues Apology Over Keying Incident

Shapiro Issues Apology Over Keying Incident

Former California Horse Racing Board chairman Richard Shapiro, who pled "no contest" Aug. 18 to a misdemeanor charge of vandalism for "keying" the car of racehorse owner Jerry Jamgotchian, issued a written apology Aug. 31.

Rachel Alexandra in Final Woodward Tuneup

Rachel Alexandra in Final Woodward Tuneup

Rachel Alexandra, whose eight-race win streak includes four grade I stakes, turned in her final preparation for the Sept. 5 Woodward Stakes (gr. I) when she breezed four furlongs at Saratoga on the morning of Aug. 31.

Contenders in Final Works for Pacific Classic

Contenders in Final Works for Pacific Classic

Hollywood Gold Cup (gr. I) winner Rail Trip, San Diego Handicap (gr. II) victor Informed, and Eddie Read (gr. IT) winner Global Hunter wrapped up their serious work for the $1-million Pacific Classic with drills on the morning of Aug. 30.

Kathy Walsh to Enter Washington Hall of Fame

Kathy Walsh to Enter Washington Hall of Fame

Kathy Walsh, one of the nation's most successful woman trainers, has been voted into the Washington Racing Hall of Fame for 2009. Jockey Lennie Knowles, 1961 Longacres Mile winner Sparrow Castle, and breeders Wilbur and Marianne Stadelman will join Walsh Sept. 13 at Emerald Downs.

Breeders' Cup, USO to Host American Soldiers

Breeders' Cup, USO to Host American Soldiers

For the first time in the 26-year history of the event, the Breeders' Cup World Championships, in partnership with the United Service Organizations (USO), will host American soldiers and their families for a day of Thoroughbred racing on Nov. 6 at Santa Anita Park.

Tyler Baze Out of Action With Broken Finger

Tyler Baze, second in the Del Mar rider standings to Joel Rosario, is expected to be out of action for a week as the result of suffering a broken little finger on his left hand. Baze was unseated by his mount, R. Bee Ess, as they went to the gate for the 10th race Aug. 22.

Trainer Mulhall Recovering from Surgery

Richard Mulhall, a long-time trainer and for several years the stable manager for Prince Ahmed Salmen's The Thoroughbred Corp., is recovering from major spinal surgery at Huntington Memorial Hospital in Pasadena, Calif.

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