Dynamic Host, claimed for $40,000 last summer, became a graded stakes winner when he held off British import Dhaamer by a neck in the $100,000 Tokyo City Cup (gr. III) at Santa Anita Mach 24.
Ultra Blend, an ultra-consistent California-bred 5-year-old mare, became a grade I winner with a hard-fought neck victory over Zazu in the $300,000 Clement L. Hirsch Stakes at Del Mar.
Every time he's asked her, trainer Art Sherman says Ultra Blend has met the challenge. In the $300,000 Clement L. Hirsch Stakes (gr. I) at Del Mar Aug. 6, the 5-year-old California-bred mare will take her biggest step yet.
A starting spot in the Sentient Jet Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Sprint (gr. I) is at stake when a field of nine lines up for the $200,000 A Gleam Handicap (gr. II) at Hollywood Park July 16.
Stewards disqualified even-money choice St Trinians from a 1 1/4-length victory for interference in the stretch run of the $150,000 Milady Handicap (gr. II), making 8-1 shot Ultra Blend the winner at Hollywood Park May 21.
With no standout for the $150,000 San Juan Capistrano Invitational Handicap (gr. IIT), 10 trainers are taking a shot in Santa Anita's traditional closing-day turf feature April 17.
With marathon turf division stalwarts Champ Pegasus and Bourbon Bay aiming for Dubai, Haimish Hy could be the biggest benefactor in the $150,000 San Luis Rey Stakes (gr. IIT) at Santa Anita March 20.
Haimish Hy rallied from last on the final turn for jockey Garrett Gomez, winning the $250,000 Hollywood Derby (gr. IT) in the final couple of strides by a head over favored Sebastian Flyte on the turf Nov. 28.
The California Horse Racing Board plans to meet in closed session prior to its general meeting July 23 to consider complaints and appeals that have been filed against the board challenging Ingrid Fermin's appointment as a steward at Del Mar this season.
Bay Meadows Race Course, whose final spring meeting ends next month, is hosting a reunion of retired jockeys and other racing personnel during its April 26 racing program, which is headlined by the $125,000 Bay Meadows Breeders' Cup Handicap.
Trainer Art Sherman is serving a 10-day suspension and he was fined $7,500 as part of a stipulated agreement with the California Horse Racing Board after two horses in his care were found to have raced with an excessive amount of total carbon dioxide in their systems.
Hall of Fame jockey Russell Baze, North America's all-time leading rider, faces a stewards' disciplinary hearing at Bay Meadows after his horse broke down Aug. 23 in the first race nearing the wire as the jockey whipped him. Trainers Art and Steve Sherman support Baze and voiced outrage over the possible disciplinary action.
Trainer Art Sherman won four straight races Sunday at the San Mateo County Fair and in the process achieved a milestone -- his 2,000th victory.
Trainers Art Sherman and Brian Koriner face California Horse Racing Board complaints for allegedly exceeding regulatory thresholds in post-race medication tests reported by the University of California-Davis' Maddy Laboratory.
Stewards at Golden Gate Fields fined trainer Art Sherman $3,000 for a Class III violation of California rules after a horse in his care, Fargoabargain, tested in excess of the permitted level for clenbuterol.
Siren Lure, whose three consecutive sprint stakes wins last year included the Triple Bend Invitational Handicap (gr. I), is pointing for the Feb. 17 San Carlos Handicap (gr. II) at Santa Anita.
The California Horse Racing Board has filed complaints against trainers Art Sherman and Wesley Ward for medication violations.
Sizzling Siren Lure ran down the pacesetting Pure as Gold at the sixteenth pole to win the $298,000 Pat O'Brien Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. II) by 2 1/4 lengths at Del Mar Sunday. Declan's Moon, the 3-2 favorite, was eased on the turn of the seven-furlong race.
Champion Declan's Moon fell from the ranks of the undefeated in his first start in more than 16 months when Desert Boom nipped him by a nose at the wire of an optional claiming allowance race at Hollywood Park Sunday.
Carthage, who knocked off champion sprinter Lost in the Fog in April, continued to climb the ranks of the nation's top sprinters with his victory in the $108,125 Bay Meadows Breeders' Cup Sprint Handicap (gr. III) Sunday for his fifth successive win.
Carthage, coming off an upset victory over 2005 Eclipse Award winner Lost in the Fog, is the 120-pound high weight among five entered in Sunday's $125,000 Bay Meadows Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. III).
Jockey Alex Solis completed a sweep of the three graded stakes races on the Hollywood Park program Saturday when he guided the former claiming horse Siren Lure to an unlikely victory in the $100,000 Los Angeles Handicap (gr. III).
The former claimer Siren Lure carries top weight of 120 pounds when he faces seven opponents in the $100,000 Los Angeles Handicap (gr. III), a six-furlong test at Hollywood Park on Saturday.
Carthage crashed Lost in the Fog's welcome back party. The former claimer defeated last year's champion sprinter by three lengths Saturday in the $100,000 Oakland Tribune Golden Gate Fields Sprint.
Siren Lure, carrying top weight of 122 pounds, seeks his fourth consecutive win in Saturday's $100,000 San Simeon Handicap (gr. IIIT) at about 6 ½ furlongs on Santa Anita's hillside turf course.
Lost in the Fog, the nation's champion sprinter last year, will carry 125 pounds when he faces four rivals Saturday in his 2006 debut in the $100,000 Oakland Tribune Golden Gate Fields Sprint.
Owner Robert D. Bone, capping an unprecedented sweep of all six stops on the Southern California circuit in one year, hopes to finish with more victories during closing weekend at the Hollywood Park fall/winter meeting. Bone is the runaway leader in wins at the session.
Desert Boom, a well-traveled son of Boomerang owned by Robert Bone and trained by Art Sherman, is the 2-1 morning line favorite for the Oak Tree Racing Association's marquee finale on Sunday, the $250,000 California Cup Classic.
Art Sherman equaled the Northern California record for most wins on a single card by a trainer Friday at Bay Meadows when his starters won five races at the San Mateo County Fair.
Robert Bone's Desert Boom, a grade III winner in his last start, broke on top and never looked back in capturing the $138,000 Claiming Crown Jewel, the central attraction of Saturday's annual series of races for Thoroughbred racing's blue collar workers at Canterbury Park.
Lord of the Game and Desert Boom highlight a field of six pointed toward Saturday's $150,000 Claiming Crown Jewel, going 1 1/8 miles at Canterbury Park.
Siren Lure rallied to beat favorite Stormin' Lyon by a neck in Sunday's $79,500 Robert Kerlan Memorial Handicap for 3-year-olds and up at Hollywood Park.
Desert Bloom, coaxed to the front soon after the start by jockey Roberto Gonzalez, was able to dictate the pace and held on through the drive to post a mild upset in the $100,000 Berkeley Handicap (gr. III) at Golden Gate Fields Saturday.
Seawolf Stables, a unique fundraising endeavor for Sonoma State University athletics, got off to a noteworthy debut when its 2-year-old gelding Irish Dodger finished a surprising second at odds of 29-1 Aug. 7 in his first start at Santa Rosa.
Kevin Radke celebrated the greatest accomplishment of his riding career Sunday when he finished atop the jockey standings at the 2003-2004 Golden Gate Fields meeting.
Doug O'Neill broke Bob Baffert's record for most victories at Santa Anita's brief Oak Tree meeting when he saddled Long Gone Con to victory in a $62,500 optional claiming allowance event Wednesday.
Northern California's top two speedsters, Presidio Heights and El Dorado Shooter, will meet in Saturday's $150,000 Bay Meadows Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. III).
A classy field of eight, headed by Santa Ana Handicap (gr. IIT) winner Noches de Rosa, is entered for the $150,000 Yerba Buena Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. III) for fillies and mares on the Bay Meadows turf Saturday.
Presidio Heights put on a dazzling display of speed Saturday at Golden Gate Fields and upset 3-5 favorite El Dorado Shooter in the $67,400 Danville Handicap.
Locally based Lindsay Jean took the lead from pacesetter Neon Queen entering the stretch and then held off Southern California invaders Bush Triumph and Crazy Ensign to win the $100,000 Brown Bess Handicap (gr. IIT) by 1 1/2 length Saturday at Golden Gate Fields.
Trainers John Sadler, Art Sherman and Gil Matos have been added to the board of directors of the Thoroughbred Owners of California.
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