Citing the American concept of free enterprise, the owner of Santa Anita and Golden Gate racetracks is seeking more dates and the right to choose when to conduct live racing.
Quiet Cash, a three-time stakes winner at Hastings Racecourse, sired his first winner when his son Cash Land scored at Hastings July 25 in his initial start.
Santa Anita Park began repair work on its synthetic main track on July 26 and embarked upon significant scheduled maintenance of its stable area as well.
In preparation for Golden Gate's 2010 summer-fall meeting, which begins Aug. 25, scheduled maintenance was performed on the Tapeta Footings artificial surface July 24-25.
Preakness Stakes (gr. I) winner Lookin At Lucky, preparing for the IZOD Haskell Invitational (gr. I) Aug. 1 at Monmouth Park, drilled a quick five furlongs July 26 at Del Mar.
A full house of about 300 people turned out July 24 for a poker night to raise funds for the California Retirement Management Account (CARMA), which benefits retired racehorses.
Favored Evening Jewel swept to victory in the $150,000 San Clemente Handicap (gr. IIT) July 25, giving trainer James Cassidy and jockey Victor Espinoza a sweep of the graded turf stakes on the opening weekend at Del Mar.
Jockey Tyler Baze, who suffered facial fractures July 24 when his mount in the fifth race reared up and threw his head back into Baze's face, remained in Scripps Memorial Hospital in La Jolla a day later.
The Usual Q. T., ridden patiently by Victor Espinoza, made easy work of strong field in the $300,000 Eddie Read Stakes (gr. IT) over the Del Mar turf for the second grade I victory of his career July 24.
California breeders and owners met with the state's Thoroughbred breeders association management for three hours at Del Mar to discuss issues facing the industry.
Southern California trainer Peter Eurton was back at Del Mar on the morning of July 24 after he was savaged three days earlier during a gate training session.
A Sacramento horse owner and the silks custodian at Cal Expo are in trouble with the California Horse Racing Board for allowing a horse to improperly race in the colors of the Confederate flag at the state fair meet July 15.
Arnold Zetcher was elected the new chair of the Thoroughbred Owners of California during a meeting of the board of directors July 23 at Del Mar.
High Brite, the sire of 33 stakes winners, was euthanized July 17 at John Harris' Harris Farms in Coalinga, California due to the infirmities of age.
Jockey Patrick Valenzuela, "permanently" suspended by the California Horse Racing Board in September 2008 following a drunk driving conviction, was authorized to return to action in the state July 22.
Thoroughbred racing in California remained uncertain about the future following a state horse racing board meeting July 22 in which major track owner MI Developments refused once again to provide a glimpse of its plans.
Led by two-time grade I winner Evening Jewel, a field of 10 sophomore fillies was entered in $150,000 San Clemente Handicap (gr. IIT) July 25 at Del Mar.
Zenyatta worked six furlongs in 1:12 2/5 July 22 at Hollywood Park as she continues to prepare for her next race.
Del Mar canceled training on its main track the morning of July 22 when it was determined that there had been some separation of its Polytrack materials in the stretch area causing some inconsistencies in the surface makeup.
Odds-on choice Twirling Candy lived up to his billing when he pulled away from Macias to win the $112,500 Oceanside Stakes as summer action got underway at Del Mar July 21.
Trainer Bob Baffert was less than enthused about the Del Mar track condition as Preakness Stakes (gr. I) winner Lookin At Lucky worked six furlongs in 1:13 3/5 over the Polytrack in the mist on the morning of July 21.
Four grade or group I winner are among the compact field of seven set to contest the $300,000 Eddie Read Stakes (gr. IT), the first graded stakes on the Del Mar summer program July 24.
James Gammon, who campaigned homebred grade II winner Penny Blues, died July 16 in California of cancer.
Salt Lake, a successful stallion first in Kentucky and then in California, was euthanized July 20. He stood at the Mabee family's Golden Eagle Farm near Ramona, Calif.
Favored Marlang galloped to victory on the front end for meet-leading rider Joel Rosario in the Sunset Handicap (gr.IIIT) July 18 as Hollywood Park dropped the stakes curtain on the 2010 spring/summer season.
Three-time stakes winner Macias is the most accomplished runner in a field of 10 3-year-olds entered for the $100,000 Oceanside Stakes on opening day of the Del Mar season July 21.
A determined Skipshot collared the tiring Sidney's Candy just before the wire to upset the 1-5 favorite by a frantic head in the $196,000 Swaps Stakes (gr. II) at Hollywood Park July 17.
Sweet August Moon returned to the winner's circle for the first time in more than 17 months when she took an inside path to defeat odds-on favorite Free Flying Soul by 1 3/4 lengths in the $150,000 A Gleam Handicap (gr. II).
Cable network Home Box Office has approved a new series, "Luck," a cutting-edge depiction of life on the racetrack, for an inaugural season with shooting to commence at Santa Anita either this fall or early in 2011.
Looking for his first victory in nearly two years, Canadian classic winner Marlang joins a seven-horse field for the $100,000 Sunset Handicap (gr. IIIT), the traditional closing-day feature at Hollywood Park July 18.
Soviet Sojourn, a graded stakes winner and dam of successful sire Indian Charlie, was euthanized June 30 because of complications from the infirmities of old age.
Sandy Downs in Idaho is experimenting with live video streaming and online wagering through IdaBet.com, the only advance deposit wagering system based in Idaho.
Beryl Threewitt, wife of retired California trainer Noble Threewitt, died July 12 at age 98.
After finishing far behind Rachel Alexandra in the Fleur de Lis (gr. II) last month at Churchill Downs, Made for Magic returns to the scene of her biggest win in the $150,000 A Gleam Handicap (gr. II) at Hollywood Park.
Sidney's Candy, in his first start since the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), is the clear standout among five 3-year-olds for the $200,000 Swaps Stakes (gr. II) July 17 as Hollywood Park.
Mace Siegel announced that millionaire Rail Trip will be changing barns, going from Ron Ellis in California to Rick Dutrow in New York.
Zenyatta turned in her third work since clinching her record-breaking 17th consecutive victory last month, this time clocking six furlongs in 1:14 2/5 July 13 at Hollywood Park.
Grade II winner Whatsthescript, who stood the first part of the year at Tom and Debi Stull's Tommy Town Thoroughbreds near Santa Ynez, Calif., finished third in the July 10 Battlefield Stakes at Monmouth Park.
The popular four-man band Weezer and Rock and Roll Hall of Famers ZZ Top are among the music acts booked for California's Del Mar racing season that begins July 21.
One month after a record-setting victory in her debut at Arlington Park, Dawnie Macho made a successful transition to California, leading throughout to win the $100,000 Landaluce Stakes July 11 at Hollywood Park.
Global Hunter, who broke down after winning the American Handicap (gr. IIT) at Hollywood Park July 4 and underwent surgery on his right front ankle the following day, continues to make an encouraging recovery.
Santa Anita Derby (gr. I) winner Sidney's Candy drilled seven furlongs in 1:25 3/5 in his final work July 11 for the upcoming $200,000 Swaps Stakes (gr. II) at Hollywood Park.
Veteran gelding Awesome Gem reached the pinnacle of his career when he rallied along the inside to upset odds-on favorite Rail Trip by a half-length in the $500,000 Hollywood Gold Cup (gr. I) July 10.
E Z's Gentleman, scraping paint for jockey Martin Pedroza, shook free in the homestretch to defeat his stablemate Sangaree and give trainer Bob Baffert the top two spots in the $250,000 Triple Bend Handicap (gr. I).
Lookin At Lucky is back on schedule for the Haskell after 1:12 3/5 work July 10 at Santa Anita.
Well Monied, a grade II stakes winner who was placed in two grade I races, has been retired from racing.
Shipping to the West Coast from Belmont Park for the Godolphin Racing team, Gayego is the one to beat in his 2010 North American debut in the $250,000 Triple Bend Handicap (gr. I) July 10 at Hollywood Park.
Joe Baze, a patriarch of the Baze racing dynasty, heads the 2010 class voted into the Washington Thoroughbred Racing Hall of Fame.
Defending Hollywood Gold Cup (gr. I) winner Rail Trip will carry top weight of 123 pounds when he attempts to become just the third multiple winner of the prestigious race in its 71-year history July 10 at Hollywood Park.
A San Clemente, Calif., tavern moved one step closer July 6 to becoming the state's first bar or restaurant to offer wagering on horse races under a law authorizing "mini-satellites" passed in 2007.
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