The pros and cons of exchange wagering were among the highlights of the Jan. 24 session of the Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association winter convention in Pasadena, Calif.
Reliving the brilliance of champion Gilded Time in the 1992 Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I).
Trainer Carla Gaines has until Aug. 1 to appeal a 30-day suspension and $2,500 fine adopted by the California Horse Racing Board as a result of two of her 2012 starters testing in excess of accepted levels of testosterone.
The California Horse Racing Board has appointed commissioner Jesse Choper to oversee the current election for the Thoroughbred Owners of California board of directors.
Santa Anita's dirt racetrack will be undergoing renovation in the coming months to bring it back to the combination of sand, silt, and clay initially approved when the new dirt surface was installed late last year.
At a Thoroughbred Owners of California summit meeting Feb. 13 at Santa Anita, the subject of racetrack surfaces dominated all other issues.
Meeting for the first time Jan. 27, the newly-elected board members of the organization representing California trainers announced its support for replacement of the state's synthetic tracks.
A slate of new board members for the California Thoroughbred Trainers is set to take over next week following a special election demanded by members who are unhappy with the state of racing and the organization's direction.
At a meeting Jan. 7 at Santa Anita Park, about 40 trainers met to discuss problems with the track's Pro-Ride synthetic surface.
Trainer Cristopher Vienna was fined $1,000 by an administrative law judge for using a Class 2 prohibited drug substance on a horse in 2005. The case stemmed from a positive involving the tranquilizer fluphenazine and the ruling went into effect May 24.
Trainer Darrell Vienna faces two complaints alleging that Del Mar Derby (gr. IIT) winner Medici Code ran with excessive levels of clenbuterol in his system in the two races prior to the most important victory of his career.
Trainer Darrell Vienna, whose controversial position as a state consultant became part of a political squabble with a California state senator, has resigned.
Star Parade, trained by Darrell Vienna, will be after her second victory in the $175,000-added Milady Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. II) in three years on Saturday at Hollywood Park.
Longtime trainer and attorney Darrell Vienna has been retained by the California Horse Racing Board to help initiate a continuing education program for its members and professional staff to improve the agency's regulatory and oversight performance.
A $100,000 purse boost since last year is helping to lure the deepest field in race history for Monday's Grade III, $400,000 Lone Star Park Handicap.
After a disappointing effort in the Apple Blossom Handicap (gr. I) one month ago, Gary Tanaka's veteran mare Star Parade returned to the familiar surroundings of Hollywood Park to capture the $100,000 Hawthorne Handicap (gr. III) in determined front-running fashion Sunday.
Gary Tanaka's Irish-bred Atlando swept past entry mate King's Drama in mid-stretch, then held off the late surge of T.H. Approval to win the San Luis Obispo Handicap (gr. IIT) in stakes record-tying time on the Santa Anita Park lawn Sunday.
Gary Tanaka's hard-hitting Star Parade suffered through a nine-race losing streak last year, but has now won her last two starts on the dirt after a two-length victory in the $250,000 Santa Maria Handicap (gr. I) for older fillies and mares at Santa Anita Saturday.
Darrell Vienna plans to enter Southern California newcomers Atlando and Don Incauto in Sunday's San Gabriel Handicap (gr. IIT) at Santa Anita Park.
Gary Tanaka's Star Parade, winless in nine races since taking the Milady Breeders' Cup (gr. I) in July 2004, pushed past heavily favored Dream of Summer in the stretch and drew off to an easy win in Sunday's $150,000 Bayakoa Handicap (gr. II) for fillies and mares at Hollywood Park.
The California Horse Racing Board is focusing on increased monitoring of horses shipping in and out of barn areas, executive director Ingrid Fermin told the board's ad hoc security committee during its meeting at Del Mar Aug. 19.
With champion 3-year-old filly and 2004 Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) winner Ashado on the sidelines, Gary Tanaka's Star Parade heads a field of nine entered for the $300,000-added Louisville Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. II) at Churchill Downs Friday.
Two race-day detention barns could be in place in time for the opening of Santa Anita's winter/spring meeting Dec. 26, track general manager Chris McCarron told an ad hoc security meeting of racing officials Sept. 2 at Del Mar.
Roy C. Wood Jr. is expected to resign his position as executive director of the California Horse Racing Board at the CHRB's monthly meeting Thursday at Del Mar.
California Horse of the Year of 2003, Joey Franco has been retired from racing and is expected to enter stud next year.
Gary Tanaka's multiple graded stakes winner Star Parade handled Pesci early and Quero Quero late to register a convincing 3 1/2-length triumph in the $228,450 Milady Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. I) at Hollywood Park Sunday.
Trainer Darrell Vienna hopes his Argentine-bred "Stars" align in two major stakes at Hollywood Park this weekend. Star Parade, a 5-year-old mare, is expected to be second choice to Adoration in the $250,000 Vanity Handicap (gr. I) on Sunday, one day after Star Cross attempts to regain his winning form in the $150,000 Mervyn LeRoy Handicap (gr. II).
Breeders' Cup Distaff (gr. I) champion Adoration, beaten twice by Star Parade before finally getting her rival's measure in their last meeting, will attempt to even the overall score Sunday in Hollywood Park's 250,000 Vanity Handicap (gr. I).
Star Cross can atone for a dismal effort in the Santa Anita Handicap (gr. I) last month, heading a field of seven in the $100,000 San Bernardino Handicap (gr. III) at Santa Anita Saturday.
Amerman Racing's Adoration finally caught the Argentine mare Star Parade in the $300,000 Santa Margarita Handicap (gr. I) at Santa Anita Sunday, returning to the Santa Anita Park winner's circle for the first time since her 40-1 upset in last year's Breeders' Cup Distaff (gr. I).
Island Fashion will vie for her third straight Grade I win in the $250,000 Santa Maria Handicap, part of a loaded Presidents' Day race card at Santa Anita Park on Monday. The $200,000 San Luis Obispo Handicap (gr. IIt), a 1 1/2-mile tilt for older turf horses, also headlines the program.
Jerry Frankel's Joey Franco, who won the Triple Bend Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. I) and the Del Mar Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. II) in 2003, was named the California-bred Horse of the Year.
Southern California horsemen expressed anger and dismay over the decision to slice Santa Anita's overnight purses by 6.5% beginning Jan. 31 and to slash $450,000 from the stakes program.
Argentine-bred Star Cross earned his first career graded stakes victory in Saturday's San Pasqual Handicap (gr. II), edging ahead of Nose The Trade in the late stages to win by a half-length at Santa Anita.
Bob Bone and Jeff Diener's Ancient Title Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. I) runner-up Captain Squire will be pre-entered on Oct. 14 for the Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I), but a decision on whether or not the 4-year-old son of Flying Chevron will run won't come until later, trainer Jeff Mullins said.
Defending Goodwood Handicap (gr. II) champion Pleasantly Perfect, who hasn't raced since March 1 when he was fourth in the Santa Anita Handicap (gr. I), "is coming up to Saturday's Goodwood very good and I expect him to run as good as he can run," trainer Richard Mandella said Wednesday at Santa Anita.
Grade I winner Joey Franco worked six furlongs over Santa Anita's firm turf course Wednesday in preparation for a start over the Oct. 4-5 weekend. It was part of a very busy morning at the Arcadia, Calif. oval as it prepares for the Oak Tree meeting that begins Sunday.
Coming off the worst race of his career, top California sprinter Joey Franco showed his doubters that he can win around two turns in Monday's $178,000 Del Mar Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. II).
Disturbingthepeace, one of the leading sprinters in California at this time a year ago, flashed some of his former brilliance with a front-running victory in the $150,000 Pat O'Brien Handicap (gr. II) at Del Mar Sunday.
Trainer Scott Lake, leading the nation in wins this year with 250 victories but seldom seen in Florida, holds the strongest hand for the $500,000 Smile Sprint Handicap (gr. III) Saturday at Calder Race Course. He starts the team of Robert L. Cole Jr.'s Shake You Down and Richard Englander's My Cousin Matt in the Summit of Speed stakes for horses 3 and up.
Joey Franco moved to the lead with authority on the far turn and went on to post a one-length victory under jockey Patrick Valenzuela in Saturday's $91,325 Ack Ack Handicap at Hollywood Park.
Trainer Darrell Vienna's California-bred sprinters Disturbingthepeace and Echo Eddie finished 13th and 17th, respectively, in Sunday's $1.435-million Takamatsunomiya Kinen on the turf at Chukyo racecourse in Japan.
Echo Eddie and Disturbingthepeace are both in the Orient for the Japan Cup sprint race on March 30.
While organizers insist that the $6-million Dubai World Cup and other graded races at Nad al Sheba Racecourse will be held March 29 despite the possibility of a war between the U. S. and Iraq, the number of American horses that will participate in the program continues to decline.
With claims in recent days that the $6 million Dubai World Cup will be cancelled or postponed due to the impending war in Iraq, World Cup Committee chairman Les Benton has assured that the race will be held as scheduled.
Disturbingthepeace, Captain Squire and Avanzado turned in quick works in southern California Friday as they prepare for a possible journey to Dubai later this month for the Golden Shaheen Sprint.
Jockey David Flores capped a four-win day at Santa Anita on Thursday by guiding Hannibal Lad to a three-quarter length victory in the featured $79,300 seventh race at 1 1/4 mile on turf.
Echo Eddie and jockey Patrick Valenzuela bulled their way past Rocky Bar on the inside and went on to a two-length victory in Sunday's autumn meet-closing $85,970 Dayjur Handicap at Hollywood Park.
Multiple-stakes winning sprinter Echo Eddie heads a field of five in Sunday's $70,000-added Dayjur Handicap, closing day feature of Hollywood Park's 35-day Autumn Meet.
Texas Glitter, a 6-year-old horse who posted the richest victory of his career in the $200,000 Hollywood Turf Express Handicap (gr. III) Friday, will be flown to Hong Kong Tuesday to conclude his career in the Hong Kong Sprint Dec. 15.
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