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Cushion Track Praised as Hollywood Opens

California horsemen, who have been nearly unanimous in their praise of the new Hollywood surface in recent weeks of training, continued to give Cushion Track a thumbs up after the first day of racing at the fall meeting.

Senior Citizens Ripe for Breeders' Cup

Entered in this year's Breeders' Cup Championships is a horse who has not let the increasing years of his life affect his racing career. Perfect Drift, still going strong at age 7, has aged like fine wine, continuing to post impressive efforts as Nov. 4 rapidly approaches.

Old Timers Day on Tap Saturday

When the dust settles following Saturday's major stakes, we could be saluting the geriatric set if 8-year-old The Tin Man and 7-year-olds Perfect Drift and Meteor Storm come away with victories in their respective races.

The Tin Man Well-Oiled for American Return

The 8-year-old gelding The Tin Man will attempt to win the $250,000 American Invitational Handicap (gr. IIT) four years after he first captured the nine-furlong grass event at Hollywood Park for trainer Richard Mandella.

HRTV to Air Unique Horseracing Documentary

HRTV to Air Unique Horseracing Documentary

Racing fans will be treated to a unique, behind-the-scenes look at Thoroughbred racing when HorseRacing TV presents the documentary, "On The Muscle," in a three-part series, beginning on Feb. 28 at 5 p.m. ET.

Congrats Heads Mixed Bag in San Carlos Handicap

Three entrants who have distinguished themselves in distance races, Congrats, Imperialism and Surf Cat, will have to deal with a pair of sharp and improving 5-year-old sprinters in Major Success and Jet West at seven furlongs in Santa Anita's $150,000 San Carlos Handicap (gr. II) on Saturday.

Unbridled Energy Turns It On in San Fernando

Doug Cauthen's Unbridled Energy, rallying from far back, wore down favored Greeley's Galaxy in the lane and held off an unlucky Canteen close to home for a three-quarters of a length victory in the San Fernando Breeders' Cup (gr. II) for 4-year-olds at Santa Anita Saturday.

Del Mar Execs Take Polytrack Plan to Agricultural Board

Executives with the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club have taken a first step toward installing Polytrack at the popular seaside racetrack when they made a presentation to the 22nd District Agricultural Association during its board meeting Jan. 10.

Del Mar Execs Take Polytrack Plan to Agricultural Board

Executives with the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club have taken a first step toward installing Polytrack at the popular seaside racetrack when they made a presentation to the 22nd District Agricultural Association during its board meeting Jan. 10.

Horses Going for Green at Santa Anita Park

The season's first round of turf workouts took place Wednesday morning at Santa Anita Park when 34 horses breezed at distances from four furlongs to one mile. Opening day at Santa Anita is Dec. 26 and all workers were relegated to the outside portion of the course, 48 feet from the inner rail.

Calif. Trainers Protest Poor Track Surfaces

Calif. Trainers Protest Poor Track Surfaces

Track operators pledged their support to improving the conditions of racing surfaces in the state after about 25 trainers descended on the California Horse Racing Board meeting Dec. 1 at Hollywood Park to seek the commission's assistance.

New York Stallion Phone Trick Dead

New York Stallion Phone Trick Dead

Phone Trick, sire of champions and Breeders' Cup winners Favorite Trick and Phone Chatter, died Oct. 10 of natural causes. The 23-year-old son of Clever Trick stood at Dr. Jonathan Davis' Milfer Farm near Unadilla, N.Y

Improving Osidy Seeks Cinema Success

Osidy, a Kentucky-bred son of Storm Cat, seeks his second successive graded stakes victory in Hollywood Park's $150,000 Cinema Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. IIIT) on Sunday when facing five other 3-year-olds in the 1 1/8-mile turf event.

Mullins Says Columnist Used Quotes Out of Context

Mullins Says Columnist Used Quotes Out of Context

Trainer Jeff Mullins, center of controversy over comments made in Sunday's Los Angeles Times, expressed regret that his remarks offended anyone and contended that the article's author, columnist T.J. Simers, used his quotes entirely out of context.

Action This Day Flops in Turf Debut; Whilly Wins

Made the favorite in his turf debut Sunday at Santa Anita Park, 2003 juvenile champion Action This Day failed to fire while finishing ninth. In other stakes on opening day of the winter meeting, Whilly prevailed in the $112,700 Sir Beaufort Stakes and Uncle Denny took the $138,625 California Breeders' Champion Stakes.

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