It was a bad week for California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, who found himself stumping for voter support for his overdue 2004-05 budget plan at Mary's Pizza Shack in rural Dixon, along Interstate 80 west of Sacramento.
Drew Couto, one of the founding directors of the Thoroughbred Owners of California, has been named president of the organization. He succeeds John Van de Kamp, who has been elected president of the State Bar of California.
Hollywood Park stewards will conduct a formal hearing concerning the summary suspension of jockey Pat Valenzuela on Thurs., July 15, at Hollywood Park, the California Horse Racing Board announced.
Pam Berg, who single-handedly runs a ranch in Northern California that is home to 28 retired racehorses and also works full-time as a racing steward, has been awarded the 2004 Dogwood Dominion Award, Dogwood Stable president W. Cothran "Cot" Campbell announced July 6.
A series of rules designed to change the longstanding scale of weights for jockeys in California has been posted by the state horse racing board for the legislatively mandated 45-day public comment period.
California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger says he will "get rid of" a racing-sponsored initiative that could bring slot machines to tracks, but backers of the measure vowed to press their case with the voters.
Smarty Jones will have to do a lot to win as impressively as Bear Fan. The 5-year-old mare set a track record in taking the Vagrancy (gr. II) by nine lengths in the first of six consecutive graded stakes today at Belmont Park that will culminate with a run for the Triple Crown.
A California initiative that could result in five racetracks getting slot machines has qualified for the Nov. 2 general election ballot.
California-based bloodstock agent Mike Loomer died May 25. Services will be held in Hemet, Calif., on June 2. He was 62.
John Van de Kamp, who will be leaving his position as president of the Thoroughbred Owners of California July 1, was elected president of the California Bar Association Tuesday.
A Magna Entertainment Corp. official, conceding the company's control of Bay Meadows Racetrack will soon end after five years of operation, said the Toronto-based racing giant wasn't given the opportunity to negotiate a lease extension for 2005 with the track's owner.
California trainer Frank Monteleone and assistant trainer Linda Mikus have been found liable for compensatory and punitive damages plus interest totaling $635,000 as the result of a civil suit brought against them by two horse owners who were clients of Monteleone's.
An In Excess filly was among the standout performers Saturday during the second session of the under tack show for the Barretts May sale of 2-year-olds in training.
A Lite the Fuse colt turned in the fastest quarter-mile work Friday during the first session of the under tack show for the Barretts May sale of 2-year-olds in training.
The juvenile selling action moves to Southern California Tuesday for the Barretts May auction at Fairplex Park.
A bill aimed at easing the strain of workers' compensation insurance costs for California horsemen by raising pari-mutuel takeout on exotic wagers by a half of a percentage point cleared the state Assembly by unanimous vote May 3. It is headed to Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger for his signature.
Legislation that would authorize a pari-mutuel takeout hike to defray workers' compensation costs passed the California Senate by a 31-6 vote April 22 and is headed to the state Assembly, where it is expected to be addressed the week of April 26.
The Southern California jockey colony April 22 expressed its displeasure with the April 16 decision by California Horse Racing Board chairman John Harris to grant jockey Patrick Valenzuela a stay of his recent suspension that allows him to ride while he appeals the termination of his conditional license.
More than $1.3 million in purses are up for grabs Saturday and the best California-breds will duel it out over an entire day at Hollywood Park as part of the Citibank Gold Rush V program. A total of 100 horses were entered for the 10-race card, which is headlined by the $250,000 Citibank Snow Chief Stakes, a nine-furlong main track event for sophomores.
TV Games Network rolled out new graphics and features, which began appearing in conjunction with the opening of Hollywood Park's spring/summer season, at the April 22 California Horse Racing Board meeting. It also announced an increase in the number of viewers and a slight shift toward experienced racing fans.
Former jockey Corey Black has resigned his position as a racing analyst/ with the TV Games Network in order to pursue a career as full-time agent for jockey Patrick Valenzuela.
Backers of a California initiative that could bring slot machines to several racetracks and card clubs submitted more than a million signatures Friday to county election officials around the state to qualify the measure for voter consideration Nov. 2.
The National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) will hold the 34th annual Eclipse Awards ceremony, honoring Thoroughbred racing's divisional Champions for 2004, on Jan. 24, 2005, at the Regent Beverly Wilshire in Beverly Hills.
The National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) announced that the 34th annual Eclipse Awards ceremony will be held Jan. 24, 2005, at the Regent Beverly Wilshire in Beverly Hills, Calif.
The California Thoroughbred Trainers, in a charitable evening to benefit the Edwin J. Gregson Foundation, gathered to honor retired Hall of Fame jockeys Eddie Delahoussaye and Laffit Pincay Jr. at a dinner April 5 at the Twin Palms restaurant in Pasadena. Nearly 400 people attended the event, which raised more than $75,000.
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.
Jockey Pat Valenzuela, who has had a history of drug related problems during his career, today had his current suspension extended through the remainder of 2004 by the Santa Anita stewards.
Catalogue includes the offspring of Chief Seattle, Fusaichi Pegasus, and Distorted Humor.
California horsemen, saddled with heavy workers' compensation insurance loads, may finally be getting some legislative relief, an industry lobbyist said Tuesday.
Random pre-race testing for "milkshakes"--the loading of bicarbonates through a stomach tube to reduce fatigue-causing buildup of lactic acid--began at Santa Anita Park in late February, but the California Horse Racing Board is referring to the program as a survey because no penalties will be applied if a horse tests positive.
A California gambling authority told a group of satellite wagering representatives Monday that he believes a racetrack-sponsored slot machine initiative has little or no chance of passage should it qualify for the November ballot.
Michael Tabor and Derrick Smith's grade I winner Lion Heart, in preparation for his probable start in the April 3 Santa Anita Derby (gr. I), worked one mile in 1:42 2/5 in company with stablemate Tarkovsky March 22 on Santa Anita Park's fast main track.
The TV Games Network, The Race For Education, and the National Thoroughbred Racing Association have joined forces to create a three-month summer internship with TVG's production department for a college sophomore or junior studying broadcasting or journalism.
The Thoroughbred Owners of California, working in collaboration with California racetracks, has changed allowance conditions in an effort to increase the horse inventory and improve average field size.
An equine surgery fund has been established in the name of the late trainer John W. Russell for the Tranquility Farm, a California-based retirement facility, has established an equine surgery fund in the name of the late trainer John W. Russell.
The California Thoroughbred Breeders Association's board of directors on Wednesday approved a plan for the organization to conduct a yearling sale in Northern California later this year if at least 150 horses are entered.
Meadowlands in New Jersey will team with Capitol Racing in California on a new Wednesday pick six designed to tie into all wagering outlets in the Golden State, where the bet traditionally has generated the most action.
Eight-time stakes winner Taiaslew is the 123-pound highweight in a field of nine entered for the $100,000 Phoenix Gold Cup Handicap for 3-year-olds and up at six furlongs March 13 at Turf Paradise in Arizona.
Trainer Richard Mandella, who last year saddled Halfbridled and Action This Day to wins in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I) and the Bessemer Trust Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I), respectively, will look to make history this weekend by scoring a weekend double in Saturday's $300,000 Santa Anita Oaks (gr. I) and Sunday's $250,000 San Felipe Stakes (gr. I) with his pair of juvenile champions.
The March 6 Santa Anita Handicap highlighted the first of six two-hour presentations of horse racing from Santa Anita Park on HDNet, a television network dedicated to the high definition format.
The Thoroughbred Corp. is finished as a racing operation, according to its president, Richard Mulhall.
A Lord Carson filly blazed an eighth of a mile in 9.7 seconds Monday at Fairplex Park in preparation for the Barretts March select sale of 2-year-olds in training. The time is believed to be a North American record, and possibly a world record, for a juvenile auction work.
To sell well, 2-year-olds in training need to perform well. But the horses in Tuesday's Barretts select auction have faced some significant disruptions in their preparation.
Who are the hot horses at Barretts? Because of wet weather, drag racing, and the delays in the under tack shows, it's difficult to tell. But keep an eye on Sequel's Tiger Ridge colt.
The under tack show for the Barretts March Sale select sale of 2-year-olds in training has been postponed from Sunday to Monday. It will begin at 9:30 a.m. (PST).
There has been "real solid interest" from prospective buyers in the Barretts March select sale of 2-year-olds in training, according to the company's president Jerry McMahon.
The richest stakes schedule in Del Mar's history - 27 major races worth $6,325,000 - will serve as the centerpiece for the seaside track's 65th summer racing season starting July 21. The traditional 43-day meeting will run through Sept. 8.
Magna Entertainment Corp., in conjunction with New York City Off-Track Betting, has launched a half-hour preview show that will air race days on OTB's cable television channel.
Churchill Downs Inc., which owns Hollywood Park in Inglewood Calif., is considering building a new racetrack in the Golden State at an abandoned Marine Corps air base about 45 miles south of Hollywood in Irvine.
Youbet.com has agreed to pay TV Games Network $725,000 and withdraw its proposed staggered board and supermajority voting proxy material in exchange for TVG dropping all pending litigation and related arbitration.
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