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California Ponders Offshore Betting Options

Frustrated with the lack of federal prosecution of illegal offshore gambling operations, the California Horse Racing Board is considering action to curtail the advertising and promotion of such activity by publications and broadcasters.

Prominent Owner Bob Lewis Dead; Services Set for Thursday

Prominent Owner Bob Lewis Dead; Services Set for  Thursday

Bob Lewis, whose upbeat personality in winner's circles nationwide showed Thoroughbred racing in its best light throughout the 1990s and into the 2000s, died at his Newport Beach, Calif., home Friday at 2 a.m. PST. Funeral services have been scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 23.

CHRB to Require Polytrack Installation at Tracks

California racing associations that operate meets of at least four continuous weeks would be required to install a synthetic racing surface by the end of 2007 or face a loss of dates, the state's horseracing board decided Feb. 16.

Stevie Wonderboy Doing Great After Surgery

Even standing in his stall, two days after being operated on for a condylar fracture, Stevie Wonderboy continues to amaze trainer Doug O'Neill, who said the colt's surgery Wednesday went perfectly and he "looks fantastic."

Stevie Wonderboy Surgery Set for Wednesday

Stevie Wonderboy Surgery Set for Wednesday

Stevie Wonderboy, 2-year-old male champion of 2005 who suffered a condylar fracture of the right front ankle in a workout at Hollywood Park Monday, is scheduled to undergo surgery Wednesday morning, trainer Doug O'Neill said.

Penny Chenery to Receive Eclipse Award of Merit

Helen "Penny" Chenery, whose captivating charm and enthusiasm as the owner of 1973 Triple Crown winner Secretariat earned her the unofficial title of "First Lady of Racing," will be honored with the Eclipse Award of Merit for a lifetime of outstanding achievement in Thoroughbred racing.

Pedroza Captures First Hollywood Riding Title

Jockey Martin Pedroza wrapped up the first major riding title of his 23-year career when he piloted California-bred Young Luck to win the fourth race at Hollywood Park closing day Dec. 19. The 40-year-old Pedroza, who finished the 27-day meet with 31 wins, became the oldest first-time title winner in the track's 67-year history.

Jockeys' Guild Moves Tack to New Offices

In a further attempt to cut ties with former Jockeys' Guild president Dr. Wayne Gertmenian and his consulting firm Matrix Capital Associates, the Guild, under its new management, moved offices this week.

No Charges Filed After Fracas at Guild Office

Soon after the Jockeys' Guild senate elected a new board that voted to terminate the management contract of Matrix Capital Associations Nov. 15, a few Guild members and employees were involved in an altercation with deposed management representatives at the Guild office in Monrovia, Calif.

Bay Meadows Demolition OK'd; New Site Sought

The San Mateo, Calif., City Council has approved a developer's plan to demolish Bay Meadows racetrack, while an earlier announcement the track's landowner is seeking a new site for a racino in the outer Bay Area was met with skepticism by opponents.

Hollywood Park Sale Gives CDI Big Quarter

Churchill Downs Inc. reported net earnings of $71.6 million for the third quarter of 2005, up from a loss of $3.8 million for the same period last year, thanks to the sale of Hollywood Park in Southern California.

Lobbyist Broad Drops Jockeys' Guild

A labor lobbyist and lawyer in Sacramento, Calif. who has represented the Jockeys' Guild for 11 years dropped the organization as a client Oct. 21 after its management came under sharp criticism at a Congressional sub-committee hearing earlier in the month.

CHRB to Assume Bicarbonate Testing

CHRB to Assume Bicarbonate Testing

The California Horse Racing Board takes over testing for bicarbonate levels in racehorses Oct. 19, meaning that, in addition to an ongoing detention barn program for offenders, licensees whose horses exceed allowed levels for alkalizing substances face automatic purse forfeiture as well as possible fines and suspensions.

Teenager Gets 6 Months in Horse Shootings

A Central California teenager received six months of juvenile hall confinement in connection with the shooting deaths of five horses earlier this year, including a yearling half-brother to the grade I winning filly Leave Me Alone.

Churchill Downs Completes Sale of Hollywood Park

Churchill Downs Inc. and Bay Meadows Land Company completed the sale of Hollywood Park racetrack and surrounding acreage at the Inglewood, Calif., site to Hollywood Park Land Company, an affiliate of BMLC, for $257.5 million. CDI will use the proceeds of the sale to pay down debt.

CHRB Seeks Emergency Rule on Surveillance

The California Horse Racing Board is seeking to enact a rule that would allow for increased surveillance and security at any facility under its jurisdiction. The rule would go into effect by the middle of the upcoming Oak Tree at Santa Anita Park meet.

California Relief Campaign Tops $250,000

California Relief Campaign Tops $250,000

The "Racing With Heart" fundraising campaign being conducted by the California horseracing industry will continue indefinitely at various racetracks and wagering locations throughout the state in support of victims of Hurricane Katrina.

Preliminary OK Given Bay Meadows Plan

The Bay Meadows development plan gained approval from the San Mateo Planning Commission at its Sept. 8 meeting and has been sent to the City Council for consideration later this month.

California Racing Industry Joins Relief Effort

California's racing industry has joined forces during the Labor Day weekend to help raise funds for victims of the Hurricane Katrina disaster in the Gulf States. Racing venues throughout the state are serving as collection centers for the effort with all funds raised being earmarked for the American Red Cross.

TVG/TOC Announce Winners of Film Contest

TVG Network and the Thoroughbred Owners of California (TOC) have announced the winners for the first TVG/TOC Short Film Contest, in which amateur filmmakers producing short films about Thoroughbred horseracing competed for $20,000 in cash prizes and an internship at TVG.

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