Two of Southern California's standout horses of 2015 took early steps toward their season debuts May 10 at Santa Anita Park, and both figure to return to racing sometime over the summer at Del Mar.
A California Horse Racing Board Medication and Track Safety Committee meeting was often contentious at Santa Anita Park March 16, when topics regarding drug use and documentation were discussed.
Trainer Ron Ellis could only shake his head with a slight grin after watching Masochistic's final Santa Anita Park workout Oct. 25 before shipping to Keeneland for a run in the Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I).
Speed should again be on display July 26, as Masochistic will seek his third straight graded stakes sprint win and second consecutive grade I in the $300,000 Bing Crosby Stakes (gr. I) at Del Mar.
The on-track handle of $541,636.30 was up over 2014 ($531,609.10) and the combined total handle was $5,392,680.04 compared to $4,580,023.87 one year ago.
California-bred Masochistic, owned by Los Pollos Hermanos Racing and Jay Em Ess Stable, made short work of six foes to win the $300,000 Triple Bend Stakes (gr. I) June 27 at Santa Anita Park.
Under the tutelage of trainer Ron Ellis, Masochistic will try the top level of competition in the $300,000 Triple Bend Stakes (gr. I) June 27 at Santa Anita Park.
Masochistic took home his first stakes score in the $200,000 Kona Gold Stakes (gr. II) April 11 at Santa Anita Park.
Masochistic, the horse at the center of recent controversy involving former trainer A.C. Avila, will make his graded stakes debut under new trainer Ron Ellis in the $200,000 Kona Gold (gr. II) April 11 at Santa Anita Park.
While plenty of connections would gladly take the 2014 season turned in by sprinter Secret Circle, the two-time Breeders' Cup winner on Dec. 27 will look to address the "0" currently listed in the win column for this year.
At only six furlongs, the Xpressbet Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I) raises more questions regarding post positions than do many of the longer races. Yet historically Sprint wins have been scattered throughout the starting gate.
No one claiming a horse for $12,500 does so thinking that the horse will participate in a Breeders' Cup race. But that didn't stop Seeking the Sherif from earning his way into the Xpressbet Breeders' Cup Sprint Nov. 1.
Dignity will take a back seat to charity at Del Mar Sept. 3, when several trainers are slated to line up for a race on children bouncey balls to benefit retired racehorses.
Grade I winner Teddy's Promise attempts to end her racing career successfully with a repeat victory in the Santa Monica Stakes (gr. II) Jan 25 at Santa Anita Park.
Grade I winner Rail Trip is headed for retirement at Old Friends farm in Kentucky, owner Samantha Siegel confirmed Jan. 5.
Grade I winner Centralinteligence underwent successful surgery after sustaining a condylar fracture during the Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile (gr. I) Nov. 1 and has an excellent chance to return to racing, said trainer Ron Ellis.
Include Me Out, the multiple graded stakes winner campaigned by Samantha Siegel's Jay Em Ess Stable has been retired. Having made the announcement via Twitter on Oct. 14, Siegel told The Blood-Horse that she retires sound.
Trainer Ron Ellis is taking a patient approach with Include Me Out as the 5-year-old mare prepares to defend her title in the $300,000 Clement L. Hirch Stakes (gr. I) Aug. 3 at Del Mar.
A return trip to the Breeders' Cup Ladies' Classic after she was third last year is the goal for Jay Em Ess Stable's 5-year-old, says owner Samantha Siegel.
Book Review made a three-wide bid in the final strides of the A Gleam (gr. II) at Betfair Hollywood Park to prevail by a decisive 2 1/2 lengths over Teddy's Promise.
Grade I winners Teddy's Promise, Byrama, and Book Review head eight for the $200,000 A Gleam Handicap (gr. II) July 13 at Hollywood Park, with the winner guaranteed a fees-paid berth in the Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Sprint.
Centralinteligence could be bound for the Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile (gr. I) after he swept past pacesetter Comma to the Top en route to his first stakes win June 29 in the Triple Bend Handicap (gr. I) at Hollywood Park.
Trainer Ron Ellis and owner Nick Alexander are the newest members of the Thoroughbred Owners of California Board of Directors.
Teddy's Promise, recent winner of the Santa Monica Stakes (gr. II), is a clear standout among eight older fillies and mares set for the $100,000 Las Flores Stakes (gr. III) March 10 at Santa Anita Park.
Treasury Bill is among six 3-year-olds entered in the $150,000 San Vicente Stakes (gr. II) Feb. 17 at Santa Anita Park, but trainer Ron Ellis said the seven-furlong event is a starting point for the son of Lemon Drop Kid.
Jockey Victor Espinoza put favored Teddy's Promise on the outside where she likes to be and the daughter of Salt Lake did the rest, rolling to an easy victory in the $250,000 Santa Monica Stakes (gr. II) at Santa Anita Park.
Breeders Maryann and Kevin Donohue are excited to see their grade I winner Rail Trip battle in the Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile (gr. I) Nov. 3 at Santa Anita Park.
An interesting mix of talented fillies and mares, headlined by 2012 grade I winners Include Me Out, Love Theway Youare, and Love and Pride, and will go postward in the Sept. 29 Zenyatta Stakes (gr. I) at Santa Anita Park.
Casino Host, a recent addition to the Southern California male turf division, conquered the 1 3/8-mile distance in his first try with a late-running victory in the $200,000 Del Mar Handicap (gr. IIT) Aug. 25.
Favored Include Me Out, benefiting from a rail-skimming ride under Joe Talamo, was all out to deny Star Billing in the $300,000 Clement L. Hirsch Stakes (gr. I) Aug. 4 at Del Mar for her second grade I win of the season.
Grade I winner Rail Trip posted his first victory in more than two years when he outlasted a determined John Scott by a half-length in the $200,000 San Diego Handicap (gr. II) July 28 at Del Mar.
Rail Trip will be making his first start at Del Mar in nearly three years when he lines up in the outside gate for the $200,000 San Diego Handicap (gr. II) July 28.
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.
Rail Trip, back in the Southern California barn of Ron Ellis, gets back into action in the $100,000 Los Angeles Handicap (gr. III) May 28 at Betfair Hollywood Park.
Favored Include Me Out nailed down her third consecutive graded victory this year after overcoming pacesetter Ellafitz narrowly in the $150,000 Marjorie L. Everett Handicap (gr. II) at Betfair Hollywood Park May 19.
Include Me Out blew past odds-on choice Ellafitz on the turn for home and became a grade I winner with an easy victory in the $300,000 Santa Margarita Stakes March 17 on a sloppy track at rainy Santa Anita.
Teddy's Promise, upset winner of the La Brea Stakes (gr. I) last month, puts her three-race victory streak on the line in the $300,000 Santa Monica Stakes (gr. I) at Santa Anita Jan. 28.
Making her first start around two turns, Include Me Out registered a convincing 4 1/4-length victory in the $150,000 La Canada Stakes (gr. II) at Santa Anita Jan. 22.
She had never won a stakes race, but you could never have guessed it watching Teddy's Promise pull away from the field to easily capture the $300,000 La Brea (gr. I) at Santa Anita Dec. 31.
Mace Siegel, whose racing operation was one of California's most prominent for decades, died Oct. 26 at the age of 86.
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.
TVG has released its schedule of special Belmont Stakes (gr. I) programming, much of it from New York's Belmont Park on June 10-11.
Vison in Gold scored the first stakes win of her career when she held off Zardana by a neck with a front-running effort in the $150,000 Santa Maria(gr. II) Feb. 12 at Santa Anita Park.
Rail Trip has a minor issue with his right hind foot and his status is day to day.
Mace Siegel announced that millionaire Rail Trip will be changing barns, going from Ron Ellis in California to Rick Dutrow in New York.
Defending Hollywood Gold Cup (gr. I) winner Rail Trip will carry top weight of 123 pounds when he attempts to become just the third multiple winner of the prestigious race in its 71-year history July 10 at Hollywood Park.
The race will be run at Hollywood Park in California July 10.
The gelding will try to win the race for the second year in a row after capturing the 2009 edition by three lengths.
Making his stakes debut, odds-on choice Golden Itiz caught Skipshot in the final strides to post a half-length victory in the $100,000 Affirmed Handicap (gr. III) June 19 at Hollywood Park.
Odds-on choice Rail Trip reinforced his position atop of California's handicap division with a facile victory in the $150,000 Californian (gr. II) at Hollywood Park June 12.
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