Hope's Love, a full sister to 2014 Horse of the Year California Chrome, made a strong debut June 13 at Golden Gate Fields when running second in a 4 1/2-furlong maiden race for 2-year-old fillies.
Hronis Racing's Talco earned his sought-after grade I win in the $400,000 Shoemaker Mile (gr. IT) June 13 at Santa Anita Park, upsetting even-money favorite Midnight Storm to take the turf test at odds of 13-1.
American Pharoah looked strong and fresh in his first exercise as a Triple Crown champion, returning to the dirt June 12 for a clockwise jog before media and adoring fans as the sun rose over Churchill Downs.
After a long absence from the sport, multiple Eclipse Award-winning jockey Garrett Gomez made his retirement official June 8, more than a year and a half after his most recent mount.
Mike Pegram, Karl Watson, and Paul Weitman's Gimme Da Lute assumed command at the top stretch and battle gamely to defeat Prospect Park by a half-length in the $98,000 Affirmed Stakes (gr. III) June 7 at Santa Anita Park.
Trainer Art Sherman has been selected by the Thoroughbred Owners of California to receive the 2014 Ed Friendly Industry Service Award.
Co-owner/breeder Perry Martin revisits the 2014 Belmont Stakes (gr. I) and looks ahead to California Chrome's future at stud.
The grandstand at Hollywood Park, vacant since the fall meet closed in December 2013, was imploded the morning of May 31, clearing the way for a proposed $2 billion football stadium, entertainment, and residential complex.
Spanish Queen continued her upward trajectory May 30 and is now a grade I winner after claiming the $400,000 American Oaks (gr. IT) at Santa Anita Park.
Sentient Jet Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I) winner Texas Red worked an easy five furlongs on Santa Anita Park's main track May 30 as he continues preparations for his comeback from a foot injury.
Six 2-year-olds breezed the fastest furlong in :10 in the first Barretts under-tack preview the company has held at Del Mar Race Course, the California sales company's first sale since moving to Del Mar will be May 28.
Speedway Stable's Hard Not to Like showed a liking for the Santa Anita Park turf course with a come-from-behind victory in the $300,000 Gamely Stakes (gr. IT) on the grass May 25.
G. G. Ryder stormed to the lead in the final sixteenth and won the $100,000 All American Stakes (gr. III) from stablemate Outside Nashville May 25 at Golden Gate Fields.
Richard Mulhall, a former trainer and racing manager of The Thoroughbred Corp., died May 25 at his home in Monrovia, Calif., following a lengthy illness, officials with Santa Anita Park publicity department said. He was 76.
Distinctiv Passion, in his first start since an off-the-board finish in Dubai in late March, popped the gate and never looked back en route to victory in the $100,000 Los Angeles Stakes (gr. III) May 25 at Santa Anita Park.
Arnold Zetcher's Firing Line was out on the track May 23 at Santa Anita Park for his first gallop since a troubled run in the Xpressbet.com Preakness Stakes (gr. I).
Summer Hit will try to win the $100,000 All American Stakes (gr. III) for the third consecutive year May 25 at Golden Gate Fields.
California horses have been more than effective at the highest levels of U.S. racing in recent years, and the May 2 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) was just the most recent example.
Even without two-time Eclipse Award winner Beholder, the May 9 Vanity Stakes (gr. I) provided some drama with My Sweet Addiction delivering an upset to beat 1-9 favorite Warren's Veneda in the $300,000 event.
Horses hoping to ship from Turf Paradise to California racetracks and other facilities in the state will be denied access because of a horse that was confirmed to have vesicular stomatitis at the Phoenix, Ariz., track.
Beholder has been scratched from the May 9 Vanity Stakes (gr. I) at Santa Anita Park because of an illness that appears similar to the one that took her out of the Breeders' Cup Distaff (gr. I) last year.
The Tin Man, a popular multiple grade I-winning gelding who raced through age 9, died April 29 at age 17 in Santa Ynez, Calif.
Before concentrating on what sire I selected for Love the Chase, it's probably best to take a step back and look at the process I used to find him. Again, you have to look at the mare's bloodline first.
Class Racing Stable's Blingismything rallied along the rail to win the $100,000 Wilshire Stakes (gr. IIIT) for fillies and mares April 26 at Santa Anita Park.
With an upset victory, Bolo would make Carla Gaines the first female trainer to win the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr.).
The Simon Callaghan trainee breezed an easy five furlongs in 1:02 1/5 April 25 at Santa Anita Park, then galloped out to three-quarters of a mile in 1:15. He is set to ship to Churchill Downs early April 26.
The 4-year-old Candy Ride gelding is back at his home base of Golden Gate Fields and is expected to be sidelined 60 to 90 days according to Dan Ward, assistant to trainer Jerry Hollendorfer.
Stellar Wind, prepping for the $1 million Longines Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) May 1, worked six furlongs April 24 in 1:12 4/5 at Santa Anita Park for trainer John Sadler.
The Stronach Group announced April 23 that senior vice president Tom Ludt has been appointed to spearhead a key company initiative, while Keith Brackpool will take over Santa Anita Park's day-to-day management.
The son Street Sense will ship to Churchill Downs April 24. Elvis Trujillo has the mount in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I).
Mike Smith likely saved multiple grade I winner Shared Belief from additional injury by pulling him up in the April 18 Charles Town Classic (gr. II), as diagnostic work revealed a non-displaced fracture of his right hip.
Kaleem Shah's Dortmund breezed five furlongs in a bullet :58 4/5 April 18 at Santa Anita Park in his second-to-last timed workout in preparation for the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I).
After sustaining a condylar fracture in his left front leg during his April 18 workout at Santa Anita Park, One Lucky Dane has been removed from consideration for the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I).
Cozmic One, the long-awaited first foal of Zenyatta, looked a lot like his mother through most of his debut April 17 at Santa Anita Park, trailing a group of five other 3-year-olds in last early on in a mile maiden event.
Cozmic One, the first foal out of Zenyatta, has already shown some of what his mother passed onto him -- strength, stamina, and even an aspect of unwieldiness.
One day after Golden Gate Fields threatened closure during a California Horse Racing Board session to modify California racing dates, the Bay Area track's future was again the top subject April 16.
An April 15 California Horse Racing Board discussion regarding the reallocation of 2015 racing dates for the California Fair circuit often shifted to the possibility of Golden Gate Fields closing in the future.
Prominent Southern California conditioner Mike Mitchell, who underwent surgery to remove a brain tumor in June 2012, has died at the age of 66.
Masochistic took home his first stakes score in the $200,000 Kona Gold Stakes (gr. II) April 11 at Santa Anita Park.
Stellar Wind, the 6-5 favorite for the Santa Anita Oaks (gr. I), delivered with a commanding 5 1/4-length win over Luminance April 4 at Santa Anita Park. The daughter of Curlin traveled the 1 1/16 miles in 1:43.26.
California Chrome's jockey and trainer, Victor Espinoza and Art Sherman, received the Hartack Award and the Neiman Award, respectively, at Santa Anita April 2.
Trainer Richard Mandella has changed plans regarding two-time Eclipse Award winner Beholder after her most recent workout April 2 at Santa Anita Park.
Knowing she can always take Bolo back to the turf, trainer Carla Gaines tried him on the main track with success. Gaines also has Curlin's Fox making the move from turf to dirt in the Santa Anita Oaks (gr. I).
Westrock Stables' Sky Kingdom continued to show his affinity for the 1 1/2-mile distance March 28 with an impressive victory in the $100,000 Tokyo City Cup Stakes (gr. III) at Santa Anita Park.
The California Horse Racing Board is exploring out-of-competition testing at sales.
Enrique Cantarell Diaz's Amanecer Serrano was a convincing 2 1/4-length victor March 21 at Hipodromo de las Americas in Mexico while becoming the first winner for California-based freshman sire Sierra Sunset.
Lord Nelson, who appeared to be one of the only challengers to favored Firing Line in the $800,000 Sunland Derby March 22, will not be making the trip to New Mexico, trainer Bob Baffert said March 19 at Santa Anita Park.
After a disappointing sixth-place performance in last year's Sentient Jet Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I), One Lucky Dane made his return to the Santa Anita Park oval a memorable one March 19.
After finishing third in the San Felipe Stakes (gr. II), Bolo will stay on the dirt for his next race, the $1 million Santa Anita Derby (gr. I) April 4.
John McGary is returning as the track announcer for the California Authority of Racing Fairs in 2015. He was the announcer for the fair meets from 2000-05.
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