A 12.5% increase in the minimum riding fee scale for losing jockeys in California got an unexpected addition from the state's horse racing board Aug. 21.
Jockey Russell Baze, who capitalized on a slew of live mounts to run away with the riding title at the Sonoma County Fair meeting in Santa Rosa, hopes to keep on rolling Aug. 15 at the Golden Gate Fields summer meeting.
The Thoroughbred Owners of California is holding its annual meeting for Southern California members Aug. 23 at 8:30 a.m. in the Veranda CafÃ© at Del Mar.
Del Mar Thoroughbred Club will kick off its 75th summer racing season July 17 with a new racing secretary and veteran team of other racing officials for the 36-day meet that runs through Sept. 3.
Jockey Frank Alvarado, a 45-year-old native of Panama City, Panama, earned his 3,000th victory in North America June 6 when he guided Curly Girly to a 1 1/2-length score in the eighth race at Golden Gate Fields.
Summer Hit, sent off at 3-5 odds, did not disappoint as the gelding went wire-to-wire and withstood a stout challenge from stablemate longshot Longview Drive to win the All American Stakes (gr. III) at Golden Gate Fields.
Shared Belief, the champion 2-year-old male of 2013, kept his unblemished record intact with a comfortable victory versus four older foes in a $35,000 allowance event at Golden Gate Fields May 26.
Shared Belief, the champion 2-year-old of 2013, will make his long-awaited sophomore debut on Memorial Day, May 26, at Golden Gate Fields in a six-furlong allowance race.
After rallying from fourth to win the San Francisco Mile Stakes (gr. IIIT) April 26, Pepper Crown will try for a second straight graded stakes win at Golden Gate Fields Monday, April 26 in the All American Stakes (gr. III).
Apprentice Cesar Salcedo, on his 87th mount, recorded his first career victory May 4 at Golden Gate Fields when he guided 1-2 favorite My Game to a front-running score in the second race.
Alex Paszkeicz scored a triple when Pepper Crown, the longest shot on the board at 46-1, rallied along the rail to win the $100,315 San Francisco Mile (gr. IIIT) on yielding turf at Golden Gate Fields April 26.
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 Oak Tree Racing Association is back in the race business following a 3 1/2-year absence with the approval of its application to conduct the Alameda County Fair meet by the California Horse Racing Board April 25.
Jerry Hollendorfer has a trio of older runners set to go in the San Franciso Mile (gr. IIIT) April 26, led by Summer Hit, as the Hall of Fame trainer attempts to win Northern California's top grass race for the third time.
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.
Cal Expo won a tussle to gain an extra week on the summer fair racing calendar beginning in July 2015 after several months of debate when the California Horse Racing Board approved the dates plan.
Patrick Mackey has been named as racing secretary at Golden Gate Fields, beginning in mid-May.
The $75,000 Alcatraz Stakes has been added to the winter-spring meeting stakes schedule at Golden Gate Fields and the $100,000 Campanile Stakes has been moved from May 31 to June 8, it was announced March 9.
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Tamarando and Dance With Fate, the one-two finishers in the El Camino Real Derby (gr. III) Feb. 15 at Golden Gate Fields, exited the race in good order and will likely make their next starts in Kentucky.
Back on a synthetic surface he seems to prefer, Tamarando closed from last on the far turn to register a half-length triumph over Dance With Fate in the $200,000 El Camino Real Derby (gr. III) at Golden Gate Fields Feb. 15.
Trainer Jerry Hollendorfer lost his leading candidate for the $200,000 El Camino Real Derby (gr. I) Feb. 15 when his undefeated colt Exit Stage Left sustained a training injury. But he had a good back-up plan.
Exit Stage Left, the undefeated colt expected to be among the favorites in the upcoming $200,000 El Camino Real Derby (gr. III) was injured during training at Golden Gate Fields the morning of Feb. 8 and has been declared.
Hall of Fame jockey Russell Baze rode six winners from seven mounts Jan. 31 at Golden Gate Fields.
David Jerkens, currently the racing secretary at Golden Gate Fields, will relocate to Southern California in early June and assume the role of racing secretary at Del Mar, it was announced Jan. 30.
Exit Stage Left kept his record unblemished with his third consecutive stakes victory in the $100,000 California Derby Jan. 18 at Golden Gate Fields, denying favored Enterprising by half a length.
Enterprising, sharp winner of the Eddie Logan Stakes over the Santa Anita Park turf last time out, takes on undefeated local favorite Exit Stage Left in the $100,000 California Derby Jan. 18 at Golden Gate Fields.
After months of discussion, the racing date calendar for Northern California for 2014 was approved Dec. 12 by the California Horse Racing Board.
Exit Stage Left earned his second stakes victory in as many starts when he came from just off the pace to capture the $75,000 Gold Rush Stakes as the 3-5 pick Dec. 7 at Golden Gate Fields.
Synthetic specialist Summer Hit controlled the pace as the 4-5 favorite and drew off in the stretch for a one-sided victory in the $100,000 Berkeley Handicap (gr. III) Nov. 29 on the Tapeta surface at Golden Gate Fields.
Teaks North, a grade I winner on turf and a stakes winner on dirt, will try a synthetic surface for the first time in his 30-race career when he starts in the $100,000 Berkeley Handicap (gr. III) at Golden Gate on Nov. 29.
A memorial service for Kjell H. Qvale, a former majority owner and president of Golden Gate Fields and a longtime owner and breeder of racehorses in California, will be held Nov. 14 at 2 p.m. PST in San Francisco.
Live thoroughbred racing returns to Golden Gate Fields Aug. 16 when the Northern California track opens its 2013 summer meeting, a 19-day affair that runs through Sept. 15.
A California rule that rescinds the claim of a horse placed on the veterinarian's list following the race in which the claim was submitted resulted in 19 of 229 purchases being voided at three tracks in the first month.
Ross Brinson, who won the Hollywood Gold Cup in 1947 with Cover Up and trained in California for more than 65 years, died in the early morning hours June 13 in Lakewood, Calif. He was 101.
California freshman sire Roi Charmant registered his first winner June 8 at Golden Gate Fields when Pheisty Kid gamely captured a maiden special weight sprint in his second effort.
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Trainer Jerry Hollendorfer won the All American Stakes (gr. III) at Golden Gate Fields with Summer Hit about an hour after claiming the Metropolitan Handicap (gr. I) with Sahara Sky.
Jockey Jorge Ricardo became the first to reach the 12,000-victory plateau May 26 when he won three races at the Hipodromo Argentino de Palermo in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Hudson Landing, who captured the 2012 All American Stakes (gr. III) by a nose over Control Seeker last fall, will try to repeat for trainer Blaine Wright and owner Jared Chappell at Golden Gate Fields on Memorial Day May 27.
The California Horse Racing Board takes a first look at a race dates calendar that doesn't include Betfair Hollywood Park next year when it convenes in Sacramento May 23.
A patient ride by Alonso Quinonez paid off for Tigah when he nabbed pacesetter Summer Hit for a neck victory in the $100,000 San Francisco Mile (gr. IIIT) April 27 on the turf at Golden Gate Fields.
Versatile Hudson Landing, upset winner of last year's San Francisco Mile (gr. IT), is back to defend his title in the $100,000 event against nine opponents April 27 on the turf at Golden Gate Fields.
Hall of Fame jockey Russell Baze went 5-for-5 at Golden Gate Fields April 19, a day after he was blanked at the San Francisco Bay Area oval.
Longtime California-based trainer Robert "Bobby" Wingfield died April 13, according to his son-in-law, Darrel McHargue, a racing steward at Golden Gate Fields. Wingfield was 84.
Joe Morris will step down as general manager of Golden Gate Fields to become president of the Thoroughbred Owners of California, The Stronach Group announced April 17.
Luscious Lonna, claimed for $6,250 in 2011, posted a gate-to-wire upset victory in the $61,350 Golden Poppy Stakes at Golden Gate Fields April 7.
Veteran Northern California trainer Dennis Patterson, a well-respected horseman known for his old school approach to conditioning, died at his home in San Mateo on the night of April 4 with his family at his side. He was 77.
A jury in Sacramento, Calif., has convicted a man of first degree murder in the 2010 strangulation of Galen Joseph May, a popular assistant to trainer Jerry Hollendorfer and a well-known figure at Northern California tracks.
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