Even-money choice Lady of Shamrock was best by far in the $300,000 Del Mar Oaks (gr. IT), taking the overland route from last to a half-length victory Aug. 18.
A game winner of the American Oaks (gr. IT) one month ago, Lady of Shamrock can make it back-to-back grade I wins when she takes on nine sophomore filly rivals in the $300,000 Del Mar Oaks (gr. IT) on the turf Aug. 18.
Modestly-bred Scherer Magic, a $50,000 claim who captured a graded stakes in just his second start, takes another big step in his progression with the $150,000 Best Pal Stakes (gr. II) for 2-year-olds at Del Mar Aug. 5.
Fresh off a victory in the A Gleam Handicap (gr. II), dual grade I winner Switch wheels right back for trainer John Sadler while returning to two turns in the $300,000 Clement L. Hirsch Stakes (gr. II) Aug. 4 at Del Mar.
Trainer John Sadler reported that Holy Candy, pulled up as the favorite in the second division of the opening day Oceanside Stakes at Del Mar July 18, has undergone successful surgery for a bone chip in his right front ankle.
Favored Holy Candy, pulled up in the final furlong as the favorite in the second division of the Oceanside Stakes at Del Mar July 18, apparently was not seriously injured.
In what was a pivotal race for her, favored Switch rallied in deep stretch on the outside to capture the $200,000 A Gleam Handicap (gr. II) at Betfair Hollywood Park July 14.
Jockey Mike Smith gambled at the rail with favored Lady of Shamrock and it paid off with a convincing victory in the $350,000 American Oaks (gr. IT) on the turf July 14 at Betfair Hollywood Park.
Scherer Magic was in the garden spot when odds-on favorite Amarish gave way in the stretch, and the former claiming horse captured the $150,000 Hollywood Juvenile Championship (gr. III) July 14 at Betfair Hollywood Park.
Son of Scat Daddy's two wins, including the Willard Proctor Memorial Stakes, puts him atop the field for the $150,000 Hollywood Juvenile Championship (gr. III). The six-furlong event goes as the second race July 14.
Dual grade I winner Switch, seeking her first victory of 2012, carries top weight of 122 pounds in the $200,000 A Gleam Handicap (gr. II) at Betfair Hollywood Park July 14.
My Gi Gi, Lady of Shamrock and Stormy Lucy, the 1-2-3 finishers in the June 9 Honeymoon Handicap (gr. IIT) at Betfair Hollywood Park, will square off again July 14 in the $350,000 American Oaks (gr. IT).
Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) winning jockey Mario Gutierrez returns to Emerald Downs for the $50,000 Kent Handicap July 15, then plans to ride for the remainder of the summer at Hastings Racecourse.
California Thoroughbred Trainers seated three directors and unanimously elected James Cassidy as its new president at its annual transition meeting July 6 held at Betfair Hollywood Park.
Grade I winner Include Me Out puts her three-race victory streak on the line in the $250,000 Vanity Handicap (gr. I) Jan. 16 at Betfair Hollywood Park.
Lady of Shamrock, impressive winner of the Providencia Stakes (gr. IIIT) two months ago, looks to extend her winning streak to three in the $150,000 Honeymoon Stakes (gr. IIT) at Betfair Hollywood Park June 9.
John Sadler, president of the California Thoroughbred Trainers, told the state horse racing board his group objects to exchange wagering and is not prepared to sign an agreement with the Del Mar for the upcoming meet.
Sister Moon, a runaway winner in two of her three lifetime starts, steps into graded stakes company for the first time in the $100,000 Railbird (gr. III) on the Preakness day program at Betfair Hollywood Park May 19.
Grade I winners Zazu and Include Me Out will battle in the $150,000 Marjorie L. Everett Handicap (gr. II) at Betfair Hollywood Park May 19 in a race that also attracted multiple grade II winner Ellafitz.
After battling with favored Chips All In for the lead all the way around, Stoney Fleece overcame a two-length disadvantage at mid-stretch to get up in the final bob of the $75,000 Alcatraz Stakes on the turf at Golden Gate.
Crossing The Line, a New Zealand import who was a grade II winner at Del Mar, has been retired from racing at age 10
Four contenders for the April 14 Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (gr. I) went through their final preparations for the 1 1/8-mile test that is one of the final preps for the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I).
Odds-on favorite Lady of Shamrock burst through an opening in deep stretch to win the $150,000 Providencia Stakes (gr. IIIT) going away April 7 on the turf at Santa Anita Park, earning her first graded stakes victory.
Trainer John Sadler declared his 3-year-old Holy Candy fit for the trail leading to the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) following the colt's impressive maiden special weight at a mile March 23.
Eight of 10 incumbents are among the 15 individuals that won election to the Thoroughbred Owners of California board of directors.
Home Sweet Aspen looms a solid favorite in the $100,000 Las Flores Stakes (gr. III) at Santa Anita March 8 when the recent grade I winner takes on five opponents.
Exchange wagering in California drew some strong opposition from The Stronach Group and several horsemen's organizations during its first California Horse Racing Board committee hearing Feb. 9 at Santa Anita.
Little-known Home Sweet Aspen, a California homebred racing for Craig Stables, refused to give in when headed past mid-stretch and got up in the final couple of strides to win the $300,000 Santa Monica Stakes (gr. I).
Kettle Corn, glued to the rail by jockey Garrett Gomez, slipped by favored Tres Borrachos in deep stretch and held on tenaciously for a half-length victory in the $100,000 Native Diver Handicap (gr. III) at Hollywood Park.
Stoney Fleece, closing with aplomb, won the $100,000 Generous Stakes (gr. IIIT) going away at Hollywood Park Nov. 27 for his first stakes victory.
As director of sales at Gainesway Farm near Lexington, Michael Hernon works hard to make sure the nursery and its clients enjoy success with their horses. But this year, he had some notable achievements of his own to savor.
Santa Anita Park posted gains across the board during the recently concluded 24-day fall meet, led by an 8.7% jump in all-sources handle when compared to the corresponding days in 2009.
California-based Turbulent Descent will go off the likely favorite in the Nov. 4 Sentient Jet Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Sprint (gr. I), but the Golden State will also be providing a major threat to that one in Switch.
Gladding, winner of the San Antonio Handicap (gr. II) at Santa Anita in February, will carry top weight of 117 pounds against six rivals Nov. 4 in the $100,000 Ack Ack Handicap (gr. III) at Churchill Downs.
Trainer John Sadler said that dual grade I winner Switch will be entered in the Sentient Jet Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Sprint (gr. I) following her quick five-furlong drill at Churchill Downs Oct. 30.
Alan Grossbard, who has owned Thoroughbreds for 11 years, wrote the feature film 'And They're Off' about his experiences around the racetrack.
Twirling Candy, who was being aimed for the Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile (gr. I) at Churchill Downs Nov. 5, has been retired from racing because of an injury.
Jerry and Ann Moss' three-time graded stakes winner Zazu will not start in the Nov. 4 Cup Ladies' Classic (gr. I) at Churchill Downs. The filly would have likely been one of the favorites in the $2 million race.
Zazu, coming from far out of it, charged down the center of the course to defeat Ultra Blend in the $250,000 Lady's Secret Stakes (gr. I) as 13-10 choice Blind Luck failed to fire at Santa Anita Oct. 1.
Celtic New Year, coming from off the pace, got through an opening in the stretch and held off heavy favorite Bourbon Bay and Imponente Purse in a tight finish in the $200,000 Del Mar Handicap (gr. IIT) on the turf Aug. 28.
With ownership partners Jenny Craig and Marty Wygod looking on from a grandstand box, potential TVG Pacific Classic (gr. I) favorite Twirling Candy worked a mile in 1:37 4/5 over the main track at Del Mar Aug. 21.
Cozi Rosie used a splendid rail-skimming ride from Garrett Gomez to capture the $250,000 John C. Mabee Stakes (gr. IIT) by a half-length on the Del Mar turf Aug. 14.
A reduction in the allowable level of the common pain reliever phenylbutazone in post-race tests was approved on a split vote by the California Horse Racing Board July 21 over the objections of horsemen.
Trainers Jim Cassidy and Ron Ellis have been elected and Glory Haley re-elected to the board of California Thoroughbred Trainers. Voting was conducted in June to fill three positions on the nine-member CTT board.
Twirling Candy, considered the best of a so-so group of older handicap horses nationally in 2011, will have an opportunity to dazzle his critics as the favorite in the $500,000 Hollywood Gold Cup (gr. I) July 9.
Zazu won a rematch with Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) winner Plum Pretty when she scraped the rail at the top of the stretch and drew off in the final strides to win the $147,000 Hollywood Oaks (gr. II) June 25
Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) winner Plum Pretty, coming off an illness that knocked her out of consideration for the Mother Goose Stakes (gr. I) in New York June 25, was entered instead in the $150,000 Hollywood Oaks (gr. II).
Sidney's Candy turned in his first official workout since being acquired by WinStar Farm and transferred to the barn of Todd Pletcher, breezing four furlongs June 19 at Belmont Park.
Trainer Jerry Hollendorfer is hoping his champion filly Blind Luck can give him the perfect 65th birthday present June 18 -- a victory in Hollywood Park's $250,000 Vanity Handicap (gr. I).
Grade I winner Sidney's Candy has been purchased by a partnership headed by Kenny Troutt's WinStar Farm and turned over to trainer Todd Pletcher.
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