California racing officials June 16 acknowledged a possible communications breakdown in regard to two races being taken off the turf on the final day of the Golden Gate meet and apologized to bettors for how the move impacted the Golden Pick 6.
Though still early in the process for allocating 2017 racing dates, a California Horse Racing Board Dates Committee meeting June 15 provided a glimpse of what might be ahead.
View moments from the historical career of jockey Russell Baze.
Hall of Fame jockey Russell Baze, racing's all-time winningest rider, has announced his retirement, effective immediately, according to media officials at Santa Anita Park.
Under California Horse Racing Board regulations, two races moved from turf to the Tapeta surface at Golden Gate Fields June 12 necessitated a change in the Golden Pick 6 jackpot bet.
Golden Gate Fields officials expect a total Golden Pick 6 jackpot pool of more than $4 million when the Northern California track wraps up its winter/spring meet June 12.
A single winning ticket resulted in a Santa Anita Park Pick 6 payout of $1,478,942 May 30.
HnR Nothhaft Racing's Living The Life ran her Golden Gate Fields record to two-for-two with a victory over males in the $100,000 All American Stakes (gr. III) on the Tapeta surface May 30.
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George Todaro and Jerry Hollendorfer's G. G. Ryder will seek his second straight victory in the All American Stakes (gr. III) May 30 at Golden Gate Fields.
Angela Hermann has been named the Golden Gate Fields track announcer for the remainder of the 2016 winter/spring meet. She will be the first full-time female track announcer in the United States.
Freshman sire Coil got his first winner from his first starter at Golden Gate Fields May 1 when his daughter Recoiling won a 4 1/2-furlong maiden special weight event in near gate-to-wire fashion by 1 3/4 lengths.
Alert Bay shook off pacesetter G. G. Ryder in the stretch and dug in to repel good-closing graded winners Gabriel Charles and Bal a Bali to win the $100,000 San Francisco Mile (gr. IIIT) April 30 at Golden Gate Fields.
Although he'd ideally like to have a softer landing spot, trainer Jeff Mullins is just happy to get grade I winner Gabriel Charles back to racing April 30 in the $100,000 San Francisco Mile (gr. IIIT) at Golden Gate Fields.
Despite multiple members expressing frustration with the way the process was handled, the California Horse Racing Board approved a reallocation of dates within the Northern California fair circuit April 21 during a meeting at Golden Gate Fields.
Hall of Fame jockey Russell Baze suffered a broken right collarbone in a third-race spill April 16 at Golden Gate Fields.
Trainer Tim McCanna picked up the 2,000th victory of his career April 8 at Golden Gate Fields, when Whiskey Prince captured the third race.
Golden Gate Fields will offer increased purses, free shipping to and from Santa Anita Park, and guaranteed late Pick 4 pools during its inaugural three-week Turf Festival.
Jockey Shawn Spikes won the first race of his career March 13, when he guided Game Seeker to victory in the first race of the day at Golden Gate Fields.
William Mahorney, a former jockey and trainer in Northern California, died March 10 after contracting pneumonia. He was 75.
Golden Gate Fields will begin to broadcast its races using high-definition cameras and video March 17, The Stronach Group announced March 10.
If all goes as planned, Santa Anita Park will have a new turf course when the Breeders' Cup arrives later this year.
Eclipse Award-winning rider Kyle Frey suffered hematomas and crush injuries to his muscles covering his femur and humerus during a fifth-race spill Feb. 20 at Golden Gate Fields.
Jockey Juan Hernandez won three consecutive races Feb. 20 at Golden Gate Fields, picking up his 1,000th victory in the United States in the process.
Apprentice jockey Kevin Orozco won the first race of his career Feb. 19 by scoring aboard Elle Woods Too in finale at Golden Gate Fields.
Reddam Racing's Frank Conversation put together back-to-back victories in a big way Feb. 13 when he rallied to take the $200,000 El Camino Real Derby (gr. III) at Golden Gate Fields.
Trainer Graham Motion and owner Team Valor International, who teamed to win the 2011 Kentucky Derby with Animal Kingdom before later going their separate ways, are back with another promising 3-year-old in Kasseopia.
Team O'Neill hopes to get another Paul Reddam-owned colt, Frank Conversation, on the Triple Crown trail in the $200,000 El Camino Real Derby (gr. III) Feb. 13 at Golden Gate Fields.
Reddam Racing's Frank Conversation made his Northern California debut a winning one with a victory in the $100,000 California Derby Jan. 16 at Golden Gate Fields.
David Taylor Jr.'s Mana Strike will seek his second consecutive Golden Gate Fields stakes in the $100,000 California Derby Jan. 16 at the Bay Area racetrack.
Minutes after 2014 Horse of the Year California Chrome makes his 5-year-old debut in Santa Anita's San Pasqual Stakes (gr. II), his full sister Hope's Love will return from a seven-month layoff in a maiden special weight.
Golden Gate Fields experienced a 3.08% year-over-year increase in total all-sources handle in 2015 despite racing three fewer days.
Licenses for meets that begin Dec. 26 at Santa Anita and Golden Gate were approved Dec. 17 by the CHRB, but not before lengthy discussions of stabling and vanning issues.
The 35th running of the $200,000 El Camino Real Derby (gr. III) heads a list of 12 stakes worth a combined $1.025 million at Golden Gate Fields' 2015-16 winter-spring meet.
Champion Shared Belief died Dec. 3 after a colic episode. He was rushed to UC-Davis but surgery could not fix a rupture.
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.
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.
Hall of Fame trainer Jerry Hollendorfer won the 7,000th race of his career when Kiss N Scat, who he co-owns with Steve Taub and George Todaro, won the first race at Golden Gate Fields Nov. 26.
Jockey Ricardo Gonzalez had X-rays come in negative Nov. 20 following a fall well beyond the wire after Friday's fifth race at Golden Gate Fields.
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.
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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.
Alert Bay, recent winner of the City of Hope Mile (gr. IIT) at Santa Anita Park, will prep for the $250,000 Seabiscuit Handicap (gr. II) Nov. 27 at Del Mar with a loaded no-conditions allowance race Nov. 6 at Golden Gate.
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.
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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.
Shared Belief, who has not raced since suffering a non-displaced hip fracture in the Charles Town Classic April 18, is in training with expectations that he could return to the races at Santa Anita Park's winter meet.
Nearly a month after the California Horse Racing Board hit the brakes on third-party administration of furosemide in the state, the governing body spent just more than a minute to move the process along at a meeting Sept. 16.
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.
Code Warrior turned in an impressive debut score in the sixth race Aug. 28 at Golden Gate Fields to give trainer Manny Badilla an emotional and notable victory.
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.
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