Zayat Stables' 2-year-old champion American Pharoah Feb. 9 turned in his second work as he prepares for his 3-year-old debut. The son of Pioneerof the Nile worked three furlongs in :36 2/5.
In the days leading up to the big race between California Chrome and Shared Belief, industry figures and fans shared their excitement about the showdown -- and talked about who they wanted to win.
With an increase in catalog size, more horses were sold and the gross increased at the Jan. 26 Barretts January mixed sale, which experienced declines in average and median.
The first reported foal for multiple stakes winner Gig Harbor is a colt born Jan. 23 at Victory Rose Thoroughbreds in Vacaville, Calif.
There are 116 horses cataloged for the 26th annual Barretts sale of selected 2-year-olds in training to be held Feb. 23 at the Hinds Pavilion at Fairplex Park in Pomona, Calif.
Peter Redekop's Alert Bay survived a lengthy stewards' inquiry to collect his fifth straight stakes score Jan. 24 in the $250,000 California Cup Turf Classic Stakes at Santa Anita Park.
Multiple stakes winner Acceptance, who is unbeaten in three starts for trainer Don Warren, and impressive maiden winner Tough Sunday headline a field of eight Jan. 24 in the California Cup Derby at Santa Anita Park.
Fresh off his most prestigious career win and in search of his fifth consecutive victory, Alert Bay heads a field of 12 older horses bred or sired in California in the $250,000 California Cup Turf Classic Jan. 24.
Grade I winner and defending champ Big Macher, along with multiple stakes winner Rousing Sermon and potential star San Onofre, head a deep and competitive field of nine older horses for the $150,000 California Cup Sprint.
Though she has never raced on turf, 3-year-old Heat the Rocks has run well at a mile, finishing second last out in the Dec. 7 Soviet Problem Stakes. Trainer Jerry Hollendorfer will also sent out Light One.
Galway Downs was approved as an official training facility by the California Horse Racing Board Jan. 15, providing a needed option to small training operations being forced to relocate from Fairplex Park.
Second to Horse of the Year hopeful California Chrome in the Nov. 29 Hollywood Derby (gr. IT) at Del Mar, Queen's Plate winner Lexie Lou heads a field of eight 4-year-old fillies set for the La Canada Stakes Jan. 17.
The 2015 Jockey Club Tour on FOX Sports 1 will begin Feb. 7 with top races at Gulfstream Park and Santa Anita Park, officials said Jan. 14.
The first reported foal for grade I-placed Make Music for Me arrived Jan. 11 at Tommy Town Thoroughbreds near Santa Ynez, Calif. The dark bay or brown filly was bred by Peter O. and Ellen Johnson.
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This time last year, Hoppertunity still had 20 days to go before breaking his maiden. On Jan. 10, the colt who became a grade I winner at the end of the season continued his rise with a solid San Pasqual (gr. II) score.
Game Plan, by five-time champion sire Danzig, was humanely put to sleep and buried at E.A. Ranches after he was found recumbent in his pasture on the morning of Jan. 7. He was 22 years old.
Grade I winner Hoppertunity returns to Santa Anita Park Jan. 10 as the 4-year-old tops the field of 11 older horses in the grade II, $200,000 San Pasqual Stakes at 1 1/16 miles.
The owners of shuttered Hollywood Park and the real estate development firm owned by St. Louis Rams owner Stan Kroenke have revealed plans to build an 80,000-seat NFL stadium on the site.
Tough Sunday defied the odds of a difficult birth and multiple serious health issues as a youngster to finally become a winning racehorse Dec. 28 at Santa Anita Park.
A competitive field of 12 fillies and mares is set to contest the Jan. 4, $200,000 Monrovia Stakes (gr. IIT) at 6 1/2 furlongs on Santa Anita Park's unique downhill turf course.
California-bred Bettys Bambino, 3-for-4 on the downhill turf course at Santa Anita Park, makes his stakes debut Dec. 28 in the $100,000 Daytona (gr. IIIT).
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A deep and competitive field of 12 fillies and mares have been entered for the Dec. 27 Robert J. Frankel Stakes (gr. IIIT) at 1 1/8 miles on turf on opening weekend at Santa Anita Park.
Los Alamitos Race Course ended a successful first winter Thoroughbred meet Dec. 21, averaging $5,640,866 in daily total combined mutuel handle during the 12-day stand, and showing a sizable gain in wagering out of state.
Kate's Event, winner of the 2013 Tiznow Stakes at Hollywood Park, will begin stallion duties in 2015 at Special T Thoroughbreds in Temecula, Calif.
The Keeneland library has acquired the collection of prominent Southern California equine photographer Katey Barrett. The material includes about 12,000 color slides, as well as print photographs and programs.
Los Alamitos Race Course's 12-day winter meet opens Dec. 4 and runs through Dec. 21.
Swung six wide into the stretch, lightly regarded Pepper Crown uncoiled a torrid outside rally and won the $100,315 Berkeley Handicap (gr. III) going away as the longest shot in the field Nov. 30 at Golden Gate Fields.
Conquest Typhoon rallied from last and caught Stormy Liberal in the final strides to score as the even money favorite in the $150,000 Cecil B. DeMille Stakes (gr. IIIT) for 2-year-olds Nov. 30 at Del Mar.
Top racetrack veterinarian Dr. Jack Robbins, a longtime breeder of Thoroughbreds in California and patriarch of an influential racing family, died the afternoon of Nov. 29 at his home in Rancho Santa Fe, Calif. He was 93.
Squeezing through a tight opening along the rail in mid-stretch, Ol' Fashion Gal prevailed over favored Rainha Da Bateria to upset the $151,500 Jimmy Durante Stakes (gr. IIIT) Nov. 29 at Del Mar.
Not a factor in the Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT) earlier this month, Kaigun was an unstoppable force Nov. 28 after unleashing a mighty run through the Del Mar stretch to win the $250,750 Seabiscuit Handicap (gr. IIT).
Willis Horton's Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I) and Delta Princess (gr. III) winner Take Charge Brandi and Zayat Stables LLC's Delta Jackpot (gr. III) runner-up Mr. Z both to have one more start in 2014.
Mona Hour's Longacres Mile (gr. III) winner Stryker Phd heads a group of nine entered for the $100,000 Berkeley Handicap (gr. III) Nov. 30 at Golden Gate Fields.
After finishing third in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf (gr. IT) at Santa Anita Park Oct. 31, Daddy D T appears the one to beat in Sunday's $150,000 Cecil B. DeMille Stakes (gr. IIIT) at Del Mar Race Course.
A field of 11 freshmen fillies have been signed up for the gr. III Durante over turf, and stakes experience is at a premium in the field, with Rainha De Bateria being the only added-money winner.
Salute the Sarge, a multiple graded stakes winner at 2 and sire of grade III winner Salutos Amigos, will stand the 2015 breeding season at E.A. Ranches near Ramona, Calif. His fee will be $1,000.
To prevent overuse of the whip, jockeys in California will no longer be allowed to strike a horse more than three consecutive times without giving the animal a chance to respond.
Six-time leading California sire Unusual Heat will stand in 2015 for $20,000 at John C. Harris' Harris Farms near Coalinga, Calif.
Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) winner California Chrome is expected to conclude his 2014 season and make his turf debut in the Hollywood Derby (gr. IT) at Del Mar Nov. 29.
The Breeders' Cup reported Nov. 12 that all-sources wagering for the World Championships at Santa Anita Park this year totaled $159.1 million, fourth highest in Cup history but down 2.7% from 2013.
Before the inaugural fall meet opened Nov. 7, six-time British riding champion Kieren Fallon had never even been to Del Mar.
He Be Fire N Ice, a stakes winner and twice grade II-placed, will enter stud at Rancho San Miguel near San Luis Obispo, Calif., in 2015 for an advertised fee of $2,500.
Syndicated sports show host Jim Rome, whose Jungle Racing owns part of Shared Belief, said he has moved on from the Nov. 1 Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) but is frustrated by the stewards' decision.
Reacting to strong criticism, California racing steward Scott Chaney, explained the decision to allow the Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) win Nov. 1 by Bayern to stand in spite of obvious interference at the start.
Breeders' Cup reported a 4% bump in attendance and a 3% decrease in total pari-mutuel handle for its Nov. 1 program at Santa Anita Park compared with the Saturday card in 2013.
Bayern mugged Shared Belief shortly after the start of the $5 million Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) and got away with it, outlasting Toast of New York and California Chrome in a thrilling stretch duel Nov. 1 at Santa Anita.
Midwest Thoroughbreds' Work All Week, winner of the grade III Phoenix Stakes at Keeneland in his previous start as the favorite, wheeled right back at 19-1 to win the Xpressbet Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I) Nov. 1.
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