Horse of the Year California Chrome is "preparing himself really well" for a comeback, according to trainer Art Sherman after the Lucky Pulpit colt breezed five furlongs in 1:01 Dec. 5 at Los Alamitos.
Race caller Trevor Denman, the voice of Santa Anita since 1983, has announced his retirement from the Southern California track. He will not return for the 2015-16 race meet, which begins Dec. 26.
The third and final Thoroughbred meet of 2015 at Los Alamitos Race Course begins Dec. 3 with an eight-race program. Racing will be conducted on a Thursday-through-Sunday basis through Dec. 20 with first post at 12:30 PST.
Silver Ranch Stable and Wachtel Stable's Poshsky rallied in the stretch and just got up to defeat longshot Pepper Crown in the $100,000 Berkeley Handicap (gr. III) at Golden Gate Fields Nov. 29.
Nearly three decades of service in the Del Mar stewards' booth will come to an end for steward Tom Ward after the final race Nov. 29 at the California racetrack.
Dortmund pushed his record in Southern California to a perfect seven-for-seven Nov. 28 at Del Mar, taking the $150,000 Native Diver with ease in his first start at the seaside racetrack.
After less-than-ideal runs in his last three graded stakes tries, Midnight Storm returned to form in standout fashion Nov. 27 at Del Mar, but he also showed a slightly different dimension.
Big Cazanova is 3-for-3 on the old synthetic surface at Del Mar, and now trainer Peter Miller will see if he can carry his affinity for an artificial track to the Nov. 29 Berkeley Handicap (gr. III) at Golden Gate Fields.
A full field of juvenile fillies will seek their first graded score in the $100,000 Jimmy Durante Stakes (gr. IIIT) Nov. 28 at Del Mar.
Dressed in Hermes and Manhattan Dan, who raced 1-2 in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf (gr. IT) before fading, head the one-mile Cecil B. DeMille Stakes (gr. IIIT) Nov. 29 at Del Mar.
The Pizza Man, coming off a good fifth-place finish last out in the Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. IT), proved too much for his Hollywood Turf Cup (gr. IIT) field, easily capturing the Nov. 26 race in which he was third a year ago.
Doug O'Neill feels he's playing to Sharla Rae's strengths running in the Hollywood Derby (gr. IT) at Del Mar.
Voting in the online poll, which can be found at Secretariat.com, ends Dec. 6, with the public presentation to the 2015 winner scheduled for Jan. 9, 2016, at Santa Anita Park.
James McIngvale's Runhappy, the Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I) winner, works Nov. 25 at Keeneland toward a start in the Dec. 26 Malibu Stakes (gr. I) at Santa Anita.
Rousing Sermon, California's champion 2-year-old of 2011, has been retired and will stand in 2016 at Rancho San Miguel.
Kaleem Shah's Dortmund didn't ship from California after developing a quarter crack following his Nov. 21 work at Santa Anita Park, according to a Courier-Journal report.
Stabling issues in California, which have been at or near the center of several disputes involving the state's tracks this year, finally came to a head at a California Horse Racing Board meeting Nov. 19.
Pat Thompson of Ridgeley Farms announced Nov. 19 that young stallion He Be Fire N Ice has moved to Southern California and will stand at Ridgeley Farm in Hemet.
Los Alamitos Race Course will not be able to support the 2016 editions of the Los Alamitos Futurity (gr. I) and the Starlet (gr. I), track official Brad McKinzie said during a California Horse Racing Board session Nov. 19.
California Chrome went through another easy breeze the morning of Nov. 14 at Los Alamitos Race Course, with the real work on the horizon.
Jockey Pat Valenzuela is scheduled to ride in races for the first time since January 2014 with two mounts Nov. 19 at Delta Downs for trainer Karl Broberg.
Four stakes for 2-year-olds, including a pair of grade I races, highlight the upcoming winter meet at Los Alamitos Race Course.
Jockey Flavien Prat, who was injured in a Los Alamitos spill in September, had his body brace removed Nov. 12 and could return to riding by January.
Son of Midnight Lute will stand at Lovacres Ranch.
If not for the lights overhead, normally used to brighten up the track for nighttime Quarter Horse racing, California Chrome's first Los Alamitos Race Course workout since March would have been a breezy blur.
Peter Redekop's Alert Bay got all he could ask for in his Nov. 6 allowance prep for the Seabiscuit Handicap (gr. IIT), edging rival G. G. Ryder by a nose in a 1 1/16-mile turf event at Golden Gate Fields.
Champion Shared Belief returned to the track at Golden Gate Fields on Nov. 5, jogging leisurely as he prepares to come back from an injury he suffered in April.
HRTV, acquired by TVG earlier this year, was rebranded as TVG2 effective Oct. 28. In addition, HRTV.com is now TVG2.com.
Jerry and Jan Hawthorne have attended the Breeders' Cup World Championships many times, but this year's renewal marks their debut as participants with TwinSpires Turf Sprint (gr. IT) hopeful No Silent.
Yearlings by Good Journey, Street Boss, and Stormin Fever each brought six figures as the top three prices at the Oct. 27 Barretts Sales fall sale of yearlings, horses of racing age, and broodmares held at Del Mar.
There was only one worker out on the Santa Anita Park main track to kick off the 7:45 a.m. session Oct. 26, but there was still a crowd of horsemen out in the grandstand to watch the horse, as if he were their own.
Under Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith just as the sun peeked over the horizon, 14 Hands Winery Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I) contender Songbird breezed four furlongs in :47 2/5.
Darrel McHargue, the Eclipse Award-winning jockey who began a new career as a racing official in 1988, was appointed Oct. 22 by the California Horse Racing Board to the newly created position of chief steward.
Kaleem Shah's two-time grade I winner Dortmund is scheduled to make his first start since his Triple Crown bid in the $70,000 Big Bear Stakes Oct. 24 at Santa Anita Park.
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Apprentice jockey David Lopez, out since June 6 with a back injury, will return to competition Oct. 22, opening day for Golden Gate Fields' 32-day fall meet.
Cee's Tizzy, sire of two-time Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) winner and successful sire Tiznow, has died at age 28, reports Harris Farms.
Thoroughbred Owners of California announced Oct. 20 that Nick Coukos has accepted the position of president.
Shipping in from Emerald Downs, Belle Hill outdueled fellow stalker Paulina's Love in the stretch to win the $100,000 Autumn Miss (gr. IIIT) by a half-length, claiming her first graded stakes in her first start on turf.
Current leading California sire Bluegrass Cat will stand for a $6,500 fee, Ballena Vista Farm announced Oct. 16.
California Chrome returned to the Los Alamitos Race Course barn of trainer Art Sherman Oct. 13.
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BloodHorse.com is compiling a list of upcoming open house days showcasing stallions for the 2016 breeding season. These open house days will be added to the list below as they are received.
Hronis Racing's Talco, who had a fees-paid berth to the Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT) by virtue of his victory in the June 13 Shoemaker Mile (gr. IT), died while undergoing arthroscopic surgery.
The California Horse Racing Board Oct. 9 said limits on the amount of the trace element cobalt that can be detected in racehorses officially took effect Oct. 5.
Circumference, a 3-year-old colt by Galileo, will stand at Milky Way Farm in Temecula, Calif., in 2016 for a fee of $3,000 live foal guarantee.
Santa Anita clockers caught American Pharoah going five furlongs in 1:01 1/5 "handily," while Beholder went the distance in 1:02 flat and was given the "breezing" label that is not often awarded in Southern California.
Taris, an easy winner of the Rancho Bernardo Stakes (gr. III) at Del Mar in her first start of the year, heads the $100,000 LA Woman Stakes (gr. III) at Santa Anita Park Oct. 4.
Alert Bay, owned by Peter Redekop B.C., rallied late to capture the $200,000 City of Hope Mile (gr. IIT) Sept. 27 at Santa Anita Park.
The auction of 270 horses, including 210 yearlings, will be held Oct. 27 starting at 11 a.m. PDT on the grounds of Del Mar.
Triple Crown winner American Pharoah worked five furlongs in 1:00 at Santa Anita Park the morning of Sept. 27 as the Zayat Stables homebred continues to progress toward the Oct. 31 Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I).
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