If there was ever a time to celebrate, July 30 was the day for trainer John Sadler, who saddled Stellar Wind to an upset victory over Beholder in the Clement L. Hirsch (gr. I) on his 60th birthday.
Few horses in recent years have generated as much buzz before ever competing in a race as American Cleopatra, who will debut July 31 in the third at Del Mar.
Three-time champion Beholder July 24 worked five furlongs in :59 1/5 at Del Mar and seemingly could not have done it easier.
California Chrome and California Diamond were the stars of the Barretts paddock sale July 23, held immediately after the races at Del Mar.
Nick Alexander's homebred Enola Gray continued her blitz through the Californa-bred ranks July 22 in the $150,000 Fleet Treat Stakes at Del Mar.
Officials at Del Mar reported increases in attendance and pari-mutuel handle for the California track's opening three-day weekend.
Regulatory body altered verbiage to move into line with court ruling, but issue currently only concerns Quarter Horse racing.
After more than two and a half hours of discussion July 13 during a California Horse Racing Board Race Dates Committee meeting, a racing schedule for 2017 in both Northern and Southern California remained unresolved.
Champion Nyquist will seek to get back on the winning track in the $1 million Betfair.com Haskell Invitational at Monmouth Park July 31. He has won eight of nine starts and more than $5 million.
Barretts will hold its fifth racehorse sale at Del Mar July 23 and expects up to 40 horses to be offered.
Santa Anita Park reported a 3% increase in on-track attendance and a 5% decrease in all-sources pari-mutuel handle for its 99-day winter/spring meet, which ended July 10.
Thoroughbred owner and NBC Sports horse racing and hockey analyst Eddie Olczyk will deliver the keynote address at OwnerView's third Thoroughbred Owner Conference at Santa Anita Park in California Nov. 2, 2016.
Trainer Ted H. West, 43, announced his retirement July 8. A licensed trainer in his own right for the past 17 years, West started with his father, retired trainer Ted West, when he was a young boy.
Owners of horses of racing age currently not nominated to the Breeders' Cup program can nominate their runners at discounted rates on or before July 15 for competition in this year's Breeders' Cup World Championships Nov. 4-5 at Santa Anita.
Trainer Doug O'Neill continues to put the foundation under Reddam Racing's champion Nyquist for his first start since a third in the May 21 Preakness Stakes (gr. I), although exactly where that race will be has not yet been revealed.
Only in the United States for two weeks, the 23-year-old jockey from Arequipa, Peru, which is the same hometown as perennial leading Southern California jockey Rafael Bejarano, won in his first day of racing at Santa Anita Park July 2.
Santa Anita Park June 29 completed the installation of its new turf course, which will be ready for use for the Southern California track's fall meet, which begins Sept. 30.
Rood & Riddle, one of the world's leading equine veterinary practices, will begin its second year as the Official Equine Hospital of the Breeders' Cup World Championships and Title Sponsor of the 2016 Breeders' Cup post-position draw.
Another week, another performance from Los Alamitos Race Course's resident superstar in front of some of his most loyal fans.
Champion Nyquist, unraced since his third in the May 21 Preakness Stakes (gr. I), will work five furlongs prior to the first race at Santa Anita Park June 25, according to trainer Doug O'Neill.
Vyjack, previously trained on the East Coast by Bill Mott, logged a half-mile drill in :47 2/5 June 23 at Santa Anita Park, the fastest of 68 works at the distance in his first move for D'Amato.
Lord Nelson steps back into graded company and Kobe's Back hopes to rebound in the $300,000 Triple Bend Stakes (gr. I) June 25 at Santa Anita Park.
Legislation that would divert up to $57 million a year to horse racing from Internet poker operations cleared the California Assembly Committee on Appropriations June 22.
As Art Sherman prepares California Chrome for his next start in the $200,000 San Diego Handicap (gr. II) with weekly timed workouts, the trainer seems to be more concerned with what happens after the wire than before.
Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert sent American Cleopatra—the 2-year-old full sister to Triple Crown champion American Pharoah—through her first official breeze at Santa Anita Park June 17.
California racing officials June 16 acknowledged a possible communications breakdown in regard to two races being taken off the turf on the final day of the Golden Gate meet and apologized to bettors for how the move impacted the Golden Pick 6.
Though still early in the process for allocating 2017 racing dates, a California Horse Racing Board Dates Committee meeting June 15 provided a glimpse of what might be ahead.
Greg Avioli, who has served as a senior adviser to the Thoroughbred Owners of California board of directors, has been named to the new post of chief executive officer of the organization effective July 16.
View moments from the historical career of jockey Russell Baze.
Hall of Fame jockey Russell Baze, racing's all-time winningest rider, has announced his retirement, effective immediately, according to media officials at Santa Anita Park.
Golden Gate Fields officials expect a total Golden Pick 6 jackpot pool of more than $4 million when the Northern California track wraps up its winter/spring meet June 12.
California Chrome took his weekly step toward his next start in the San Diego Handicap (gr. II) with a five-furlong workout in 1:01 June 11 at Los Alamitos Race Course.
American Cleopatra began her early conditioning at McKathan Brothers Training Center, and graduated to Santa Anita Park last week. She is expected to breeze there Belmont Stakes (gr. I) weekend, one year after her full brother swept the Triple Crown.
Photographer Neil Latham's journey to capture the essence of the Thoroughbred.
Tickets for this year's two-day Breeders' Cup World Championships at Santa Anita Park are now on sale to the general public, officials said June 6.
Midnight Storm lost the $400,000 Shoemaker Mile (gr. IT) last year by a half-length, but this time he would not be denied.
Songbird's fractional times were :36 2/5, :48 2/5, and 1:00 4/5, with a gallop out to six furlongs in 1:28.
The California Horse Racing Board will again consider adopting a third-party Lasix administration policy at its regular meeting June 16.
Spendthrift Farm's three-time champion Beholder and 2015 champion 3-year-old filly Stellar Wind will face talented sprinters stretching out in the two-turn Vanity Mile (gr. I) June 4 at Santa Anita Park.
Heart to Heart could find his way back to the winner's circle for his first grade I victory in the $400,000 Shoemaker Mile (gr. IT) June 4 at Santa Anita Park, a Breeders' Cup Challenge "Win and You're In" race for the Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT).
A single winning ticket resulted in a Santa Anita Park Pick 6 payout of $1,478,942 May 30.
Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners' Illuminant got the jump on heavily favored Wekeela on the far turn and pulled away to win the $300,000 Gamely Stakes (gr. IT) May 30 at Santa Anita Park.
HnR Nothhaft Racing's Living The Life ran her Golden Gate Fields record to two-for-two with a victory over males in the $100,000 All American Stakes (gr. III) on the Tapeta surface May 30.
Fox Hill Farms' undefeated Songbird worked five furlongs in 1:00 on Santa Anita Park's fast main track shortly after daybreak May 29 with exercise rider Edgar Rodriguez aboard.
Homebreds and pinhooks at just about every price range make up the catalog for the Barretts May sale of 2-year-olds in training and horses of racing age.
Spendthrift Farm's Beholder threw down a warning to her rivals May 25 at Santa Anita Park, when she clocked a five-furlong bullet in :59 2/5 and earned the "breezing" tag rarely awarded on the South California circuit.
Two horses and seven people were inducted May 24 into the Arcadia Historical Society Thoroughbred Racing Walk of Champions.
The June 18 Summertime Oaks (gr. II) at Santa Anita Park is the hopeful target for Songbird's return, if all goes well as she gears up in training. After that, owner Rick Porter said, "there's a lot of good races on the East Coast."
Trainer Gary Sherlock, now 70 years old, is making his first classic start with high-school friend Tom Mansor.
Ramsey Farm's homebred stallion gets three graded stakes winners May 6-7
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