Longtime California racing official Dick Wheeler died Jan. 3 at his Monrovia, Calif., home. He was 69.
On April 15, friends who worked with trainer Mike Mitchell over the years recalled the life of the iconic trainer who worked in Southern California for nearly 40 years.
Barretts will hold its final sale in Pomona, Calif., Feb. 23 before relocating to Del Mar with its selected 2-year-olds in training sale.
Three horses breezed an eighth-mile in :09 4/5 at the under-tack preview for the Barretts selected 2-year-old sale Feb. 20, the quickest of the day at the Fairplex Park racetrack in Pomona, Calif.
There are 116 horses cataloged for the 26th annual Barretts sale of selected 2-year-olds in training to be held Feb. 23 at the Hinds Pavilion at Fairplex Park in Pomona, Calif.
Galway Downs was approved as an official training facility by the California Horse Racing Board Jan. 15, providing a needed option to small training operations being forced to relocate from Fairplex Park.
The catalog for the Barretts 2015 January Mixed Sale, featuring 335 head to be auctioned Jan. 26, is now online and will be mailed later this week.
The first fall Thoroughbred meet at Los Alamitos ended Sept. 21 with average daily all-sources handle of $5,768,238 for 11 days, a 26.3% increase over the 13-day meet a year earlier conducted by Barretts at Fairplex Park.
The catalog for Barretts October Yearling Sale, featuring 259 yearlings to be sold Oct. 7, is now online and will be mailed soon.
The California Horse Racing Board gave approval for the Los Angeles County Fair to move its three-week meet to Los Alamitos Race Course after 75 years of racing at the Pomona fairgrounds.
Fairplex will remain open as part of Southern California's off-site stabling through the Breeders' Cup World Champions this fall rather than closing July 10 as earlier planned.
The Los Alamitos Racing Association was granted a license to operate its first Thoroughbred meet July 3-13 at the Orange County racetrack by the California Horse Racing Board.
The Barretts May 2-year-old sale is riding a wave of momentum that includes a March sale topper of $1,150,000 and a May 2013 sale that grew in every category over the previous year.
Over the next several months, the Los Angeles County Fair plans to phase out its racing-related activities at Fairplex Park, chief executive officer James Henwood told the California Horse Racing Board April 25.
The California Horse Racing Board will hear a report April 25 on the proposed transfer of the Los Angeles County Fair's 2014 race dates from Fairplex Park to Los Alamitos Race Course.
Fairplex Park announced its intention April 21 to transfer its Los Angeles County Fair Thoroughbred racing dates beginning this fall to Los Alamitos Race Course in Orange County.
The catalog for the Barretts May sale of 2-year-olds in training and horses of racing age is now online and will be mailed soon.
The catalog for the 25th annual Barretts March Sale of Selected Two-Year-Olds in Training, featuring 141 juveniles March 3, is now online and will be mailed soon.
The catalog for the Barretts January mixed sale that will be held Jan. 27, 2014, at the Hinds Pavilion in Pomona, Calif., is now online and will be mailed soon. The sale on the grounds of Fairplex Park begins at 11 a.m. PST.
Moving day will soon be here as the closure of Betfair Hollywood Park draws close, and the California Horse Racing Board got an update from industry leaders Dec. 12 on the situation.
The California Horse Racing Board is to hold its final meeting of 2013 on Dec. 12 at Santa Anita Park with several items on the agenda related to racing in the state next year after the closure of Betfair Hollywood Park.
The California Horse Racing Board put its stamp on the racing industry's plan for stabling Thoroughbreds in the immediate post-Betfair Hollywood Park era during its meeting Oct. 24.
As they have for the past several months, post-Hollywood Park racing plans will dominate the agenda for the California Horse Racing Board when it meets Sept. 19 in Pomona beginning at 9:30 a.m. PDT.
The catalog for the Barretts October Yearling Sale, featuring 249 youngsters Oct. 8, is now online and will be mailed soon.
Barretts Race Meet at Fairplex begins its 75th season Sept. 6 and will run through Sept. 22 during the Los Angeles County Fair in Pomona, Calif.
Horsemen in California are pushing ahead with plans to make Los Alamitos Race Course and San Luis Rey Downs full-time off-track stabling sites once Betfair Hollywood Park is no longer available.
The framework for a Southern California racing calendar over the next two years with the impending closure of Betfair Hollywood Park was approved by the California Horse Racing Board May 23.
Betfair Hollywood Park, in a May 9 letter, said it told the California Horse Racing Board it won't seek 2014 racing dates and will close at the end of its fall meet Dec. 22.
The catalog for the Barretts May Sale of Two-Year-Olds in Training is now available on-line and will be mailed soon.
With Fairplex Park announcing it is pulling back on expanding its racetrack, Santa Anita Park and Del Mar are likely to host the 2014 Southern California racing circuit should Betfair Hollywood Park shut down.
California Thoroughbred Trainers officials met with members March 21 to update them on industry discussions for an alternative to Betfair Hollywood Park when it eventually closes for expected development.
The president of the California Thoroughbred Trainers wants a more transparent process for selecting the track that will eventually succeed Betfair Hollywood Park and is calling for renewed consideration of Fairplex Park.
A week after Barretts extended its brand to include racing at Fairplex Park, the auction company will host its March sale of selected 2-year-olds in training in Pomona, Calif. The March 4 sale has cataloged 138 youngsters.
Eleven youngsters shaded 10 seconds for a furlong at the March 1 under-tack preview for the Barretts March sale of selected 2-year-olds in training in Pomona, Calif. Two went in :09 3/5 for the fastest previews.
Barretts Equine Limited and Fairplex Park have been combined and renamed Barretts Sales & Racing. The Thoroughbred auction house and racetrack name change is effective immediately.
Los Alamitos Race Course officials were planning to meet Feb. 1 with the city of Cypress, Calif., to begin discussing expansion of the Orange County facility to accommodate Thoroughbred racing and training.
Fairplex Park, one of two locations under consideration as a replacement for Betfair Hollywood Park, is out of the running for now, says the president and chief executive officer of the Los Angeles County Fair facility.
Barretts has cataloged 137 juveniles for its March sale of selected 2-year-olds in training that will be held March 4 in the Hinds Pavilion located on the grounds of Fairplex Park in Pomona, Calif.
Ending much speculation about its immediate future, Betfair Hollywood Park will operate its annual fall meet in 2013, track president Jack Liebau said in an appearance before the California Horse Racing Board Jan. 17.
Like dealing with a bad tooth, California racing representatives are coming to terms with the fact that Betfair Hollywood Park will eventually have to be replaced.
The California Horse Racing Board and Thoroughbred Owners of California are discussing plans about what to do if Betfair Hollywood Park shuts down.
Barretts officials hope to conclude their 2012 selling season with a strong yearling auction.
The California Horse Racing Board is following up on a discrepancy in the payoff for a Sept. 16 Pick 5 payout from Fairplex Park to make sure that no bettors were shorted as the result of takeout computation errors.
The California Horse Racing Board, looking to improve upon a rule it approved last year, is considering a change that would void the claim of a horse that is later placed on the official veterinary list for being unsound.
Rules governing exchange wagering gained initial approval from the California Horse Racing Board at its meeting Sept. 20, more than a year after the commission had announced its intention to promulgate them.
Fairplex Park in Pomona, Calif., has been accredited by the The National Thoroughbred Racing Association Safety and Integrity Alliance following a complete review of all racing operations at the facility.
The Fairplex Park meet begins its 74th season Sept. 7 and will run through Sept. 23, featuring 12 stakes with purses totaling $750,000.
A Sky Mesa filly sped an eighth-mile in :09 4/5, the quickest of the day at the May 11 under-tack preview for the Barretts May sale of 2-year-olds.
Barretts has cataloged 116 horses for its May sale of 2-year-olds in training. The auction will be held May 14 at Barretts' Hinds Pavilion at Fairplex Park in Southern California, beginning at 6:30 p.m. (PDT).
Two colts previewed in :09 4/5 at the under-tack preview for the Barretts March sale of selected 2-year-olds in training March 2. The sale is March 5 beginning at 6 p.m. at the Hinds Pavilion at Fairplex Park.
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