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Less is More

By Ray Paulick - It's too late to change anything for 2007, but California racing will be better served by a serious reduction of racing in 2008 and beyond. It's up to the CHRB to convince the industry it's the right thing to do.

Fairplex Park Dates to be Run at Santa Anita

Fairplex Park and the Los Angeles Turf Club have reached an agreement to move the county fair's annual 17-day end-of- summer meeting to Santa Anita Park beginning this September and have requested a change of venue from the California Horse Racing Board to be heard at its June 6 meeting.

By All Accounts

By Ray Paulick -- Concern for the racing fan and the industry doesn't appear to be driving some of the decisions regarding account wagering in California.

Hollywood Park Meet Off to Good Start

With two weeks of its 31-day autumn meet complete, Hollywood Park reports significant increases in attendance and wagering. Average daily on-track handle of $1,589,326 is up 5.9% through nine racing days, while on-track attendance has increased 8.5% from a year ago.

Hollywood Park Meet Off to Good Start

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With two weeks of its 31-day autumn meet complete, Hollywood Park reports significant increases in attendance and wagering. Average daily on-track handle of $1,589,326 is up 5.9% through nine racing days, while on-track attendance has increased 8.5% from a year ago.

Lights Out For Hollywood Park's Friday Night Racing

Hollywood Park plans to move its Friday night racing to the afternoons to cope with the state's ongoing power crisis. Post time for the first Friday night, April 20, will start at its traditional 7:15 p.m. But the post time for the remaining 12 Fridays during the track's spring meet will begin at 3:30 p.m.

California Board Discusses Horse Shortage

With Northern California-based horses being lured to other racing jurisdictions offering higher purses and increased turf racing during the summer, members of the California Horse Racing Board asked racing leaders Friday to outline their efforts to stem the exodus and prevent fields from shrinking to disastrous levels.

California Considers Stiffer Claiming Rules

Santa Anita Park racing secretary Mike Harlow has noticed a trend for several years, and it doesn't bode well for California's Thoroughbred industry. Harlow said California horses are being claimed by out-of-state trainers who have them shipped elsewhere when a meet concludes. As a solution to the problem, Harlow and other racing secretaries have asked the California Horse Racing Board to amend a rule so that any claimed

Magna Continues With Plans For New California Track

Before heading to New Orleans to accept his four Eclipse Awards, Frank Stronach paid another visit to Dixon, Calif., a possible location for the new home of Bay Meadows.
Last week, Stronach requested a meeting with new Dixon Mayor Mary Ann Courville and Vice Mayor Gil Vega to pitch his dream track again. "It was a very good meeting, productive and friendly," said Dixon city manager Warren Salmons.  "They rolled out a plan for us to look at . They wanted to let us know that they're still seriously interested."

Housing Inspections Now Part of Licensing Process in California

California tracks will have their backstretch housing inspected if they want a license to conduct a horse racing meeting from the California Horse Racing Board. The state's racing board is nearing completion of an amendment to its license application that would require tracks to pass the inspection before the meet is approved. The new regulation is primarily due to a sweep last summer by state inspectors who found backstretch workers often live in substandard conditions.

California Board Increases Jockeys' Mount Fees

The California Horse Racing Board approved a regulatory amendment Thursday increasing by $5 the minimum fee paid to jockeys on mounts that finish worse than third in a race, as requested by the Jockeys' Guild and supported by the horse-racing industry. The amendment also changes the timetable for when the fee is considered earned. Previously the fee was earned when the mount set foot on the racetrack to begin the parade to post. That meant that if a horse was injured in the saddling paddock and had to be scratched from the race, the rider did not earn a fee. Now jockeys will be entitled to the fee when they weigh out for the race with the clerk of scales before they go to the saddling paddock.

California Track Shuffles Schedule Due to Energy Shortage

California Horse Racing Board chairman Robert Tourtelot on Thursday authorized the Los Alamitos Quarter Horse Racing Association to conduct its Friday racing program in the afternoon, beginning with a 12:35 p.m. post. The change, along with permitting the association to race Saturday and Sunday afternoons if necessary, is in the interest of conserving electrical energy during the current shortage, according to a statement from the CHRB.

Santa Anita Braces For Possible Power Outage

Santa Anita officials said racing wouldn't stop, although the tote boards would be shut down, if the track faced a power outage. The wagering information, which is controlled by computers, wouldn't be lost. Furer said there are about 22 tote machines that could be up and running during a blackout. Escalators and elevators would be immediately turned off before the blackout to ensure no one gets hurt or trapped. The track is equipped with an emergency generator that would provide lighting.

Examining the Enigmatic Frank Stronach

Magna Entertainment chairman and interim president Frank Stronach is taking racing by storm, and nowhere is his presence more visible than in California. His company owns Santa Anita Park and both of the major tracks in Northern California. He is proposing a new, state-of-the-art track on 225 acres in Dixon, Calif. to replace Bay Meadows. According to the Sacramento Bee, Stronach's California moves and attempt to influence the country's racing industry have drawn both praise and criticism.

Del Mar Gives $10-Million to State of California

For the second year in a row, the State of California realized a payment of $10 million for the summer race meet conducted by Del Mar Thoroughbred Club on the fairgrounds at Del Mar. In addition to an exact rent payment of $7,170,000 tendered by DMTC for the 2000 racing season, the 43-day session generated net income of $2.8 million in food and beverage sales to push revenues to $10 million, equaling the record mark established in 1999.

California Trainers Issue Report on Integrity, Image

In a report sent to more than 40 members of the industry, the California Thoroughbred Trainers has made 11 recommendations on integrity in racing. Among them are use of surveillance cameras, a five-hour rule, and administration of Lasix by state veterinarians only.

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