A winner of grade I turf races on both coasts this season, Hard Not to Like will try for a third straight top-level stakes win when she starts Saturday, Sept. 26 in the Rodeo Drive Stakes (gr. IT) at Santa Anita Park.
Leandro Mora, assistant to trainer Doug O'Neill, is scheduled to be released from Queen of the Valley Hospital in West Covina, Calif. Sept. 23 after suffering a stroke Sept. 18.
Co-owner Jim Rome said on Twitter Sept. 21 that Shared Belief, who hasn't raced since April, is officially back in training.
Millionaire Smart Bid, a two-time graded stakes-winning son of Smart Strike, has been relocated to stand the 2016 breeding season at Milky Way Farm near Temecula, Calif., for a fee of $3,500.
Triple Crown winner American Pharoah returned to the worktab for the first time since his runner-up finish in the Aug. 29 Travers Stakes (gr. I) when he breezed an easy half in :49 4/5 at Santa Anita Park.
The morning after a fall at Los Alamitos Race Course caused multiple fractures in his back, jockey Flavien Prat remains in the Long Beach Memorial Medical Center's intensive care unit.
The registered foal crop for 2015 is expected to reach 22,000. The number of stallions covering mares in 2014 dropped 5.7%, while the number of mares bred increased 1.6%.
Joe Morris, who was general manager at Golden Gate Fields for The Stronach Group from 2011-13, is returning to the company as senior vice president of West Coast operations.
Jockey Victor Espinoza and partner Karina Smirnoff will see how long they last in a televised dancing competition that begins the evening of Sept. 14 on ABC.
With a closing drive aboard 3-year-old filly Nite Delite in a maiden special weight event Sept. 12 at Los Alamitos, jockey Edwin Maldonado claimed his 1,000th victory.
Fox Hill Farm's Songbird upstaged the West Coast's best 2-year-old fillies with a commanding victory in the $300,000 Del Mar Debutante (gr. I) Sept. 5.
The California Horse Racing Board Medication and Track Safety Committee took a step forward Sept. 4 regarding potential employment of third-party furosemide administration in the state.
Kaleem Shah's Dortmund might have been forgotten by some in the aftermath of stablemate American Pharoah's Triple Crown run, but the massive son of Big Brown could be getting primed for a fall campaign.
Barretts will conduct six sales at the Del Mar Fairgrounds in 2016, the first year that all Barretts sales will be held at the Del Mar location.
Santa Anita Park's stable area, which has been closed for renovations since mid-July, will reopen Sept. 4. Horses must be out of the Del Mar stables by Sept. 11.
Well-bred California stallion Sought After, sire of grade I winner Masochistic, was euthanized recently at Joe Daehling's Daehling Ranch after developing laminitis in both front feet. He was 15.
Grade III winner Gallant Son, a 9-year-old son of Malabar Gold, will take up stallion duty in 2016 at Daehling Ranch in Elk Grove, Calif. Owned by a partnership, he will stand for a $2,000 fee.
Los Alamitos Race Course will open a 10-day fall meet to run Thursday, Sept. 10. through Friday, Sept. 25.
The California Thoroughbred Trainers Aug. 31 said its leadership unanimously agreed to use $150,000 from reserve funds to facilitate race-day camera surveillance in barn areas at California racetracks.
Triple Crown champion American Pharoah will parade at Del Mar between races Sept. 6, the next-to-last day of the California track's 40-day summer meet.
Jockey Victor Espinoza has signed up to be one of the contestants in the new fall season of Dancing With The Stars.
Triple Crown winner American Pharoah will head to Saratoga Race Course for the Aug. 29 Travers Stakes (gr. I), his connections announced Aug. 23 after the colt worked at Del Mar.
The Spendthrift Farm runner toyed with the field of nine other males and pulled away to win by 8 1/4 lengths in her first start against the boys and her first start at 1 1/4 miles. She is the first female to win the race.
National Thoroughbred Racing Association officials reinforced the organization's impartial position on potential federal drug oversight in a legislative briefing with horsemen, owners, and horseplayers at Del Mar Aug. 21.
The Coalition for Horse Racing Integrity said Aug. 21 California's failure to adopt third-party administration of the race-day drug furosemide shows the pitfalls of state-by-state regulation.
Anthony Fanticola and Joseph Scardino's two-time grade I winner Obviously will make his 2015 debut in the Del Mar Mile Handicap (gr. IIT), a race he has won twice, Aug. 23 at Del Mar.
Trainer Richard Mandella said he'd try two-time champion Beholder against males in the TVG Pacific Classic (gr. I), as long as she showed she was ready three weeks after her romp in the Clement L. Hirsch (gr. I).
After multiple months of delays for negotiations, the 2016 racing calendar for the Northern and Southern California circuits was approved by the California Horse Racing Board Aug. 20 at Del Mar.
A three-year effort to employ third-party administration of the race-day medication furosemide in California was delayed significantly at a California Horse Racing Board meeting Aug. 20 at Del Mar.
Accomplished veterans Ashleyluvssugar, Big John B, Ganesh, and Finnegans Wake head a talented cast of grass stars going long at Del Mar Aug. 22.
If her workout at Del Mar Aug. 17 was any indication, two-time champion Beholder is ready for the challenge when she faces males for the first time and runs farther than she's ever run in the Aug. 22 TVG Pacific Classic.
Triple Crown champion American Pharoah turned in his first breeze since winning the Aug. 2 William Hill Haskell Invitational (gr. I) when he worked four furlongs in :47 3/5 Aug. 16 at Del Mar.
A son of Harlan's Holiday and a daughter of Tapizar each brought $90,000 to top the inaugural Barretts select yearling sale at Del Mar racetrack Aug. 15.
Sharla Rae rebounded from a disappointing seventh last time out in the Belmont Oaks Invitational Stakes (gr. IT), and notched her first graded victory with a win in the $300,000 Del Mar Oaks (gr. IT) Aug. 15 at Del Mar.
Just more than three weeks into Del Mar's summer meet, opinions still vary on the seaside track's new dirt surface, but most seem to agree the track is beginning to show what could be its lasting form.
California is the third state jockey Santiago Gonzalez has ventured to in his quest to make a place for himself in American racing. It's the place that was his ultimate goal while growing up in Venezuela.
Continuing his recovery from a hip fracture at Pegasus Equine Rehabilitation and Training Center in Redmond, Wash., Shared Belief still doesn't have a timetable for a return to racing.
A little more than an hour after his stablemate wowed the masses on the East Coast, Bob Baffert-trained Gimme Da Lute dominated an overmatched group of California-breds in the $200,000 Real Good Deal Stakes at Del Mar.
Retired trainer Jerry Dutton, a mainstay among California horsemen for decades, died July 30 at the age 87, the Del Mar publicity department announced.
Mr. Big, sire of recent $200,000 Fleet Treat Stakes winner Big Book, will continue his stallion career at E.A. Ranches in Ramona, Calif.
Doug O'Neill's afternoon at Del Mar went as well as it possibly could July 29. Of the six starters the 47-year-old conditioner sent out Wednesday, five ran first, which set the record at Del Mar for most wins in a single day.
American Pharoah's final workout for the William Hill Haskell Invitational (gr. I) appeared intentionally easy July 28 at Del Mar, with the Triple Crown champion recording a :48 4/5 breeze underneath overcast skies.
Triple Crown champion American Pharoah looked primed and ready at Del Mar the morning of July 23, wowing a large group of spectators with a six-furlong work in 1:11 flat.
A third time might be the charm for Westrock Stables' Sky Kingdom, back for yet another run in the $100,000 Cougar II Handicap (gr. III) at Del Mar after finishing second the past two years in a row.
Trainer Dan Hendricks has the colt pointed to the $150,000 La Jolla Handicap (gr. IIIT) Aug. 9, which would be his first start at Del Mar since that standout victory last August.
The Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation has met the $100,000 challenge gift announced by Oak Tree Racing Association in January 2015. The gift and the matching program honor Dr. Jack Robbins, who died Nov. 29, 2014.
California Chrome, the 2014 Horse of the Year, will return to racing for his 5-year-old season, trainer Art Sherman said July 19.
An unusual flash thunderstorm at Del Mar caused no delay of American Pharoah's first workout in San Diego County July 18, as the Triple Crown champion recorded a six-furlong breeze in 1:11 2/5 over the seaside oval.
After removing its synthetic surface, it was almost cosmically ironic when a downpour, equipped with constant lightning strikes, pounded the seaside racetrack July 18, causing all kinds of havoc at the summer hotspot.
Heading back to Del Mar proved a winning move for Sam Britt and Michael House's Gabriel Charles, who closed to win the $400,500 Eddie Read Stakes (gr. IT) by 3 3/4 lengths July 18 at the seaside racetrack.
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