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.
Heavy favorite Rail Trip returned from a long layoff in the Mervyn Leroy Handicap (gr. II) May 8 looking strong as ever while posting a decisive 3 1/4-length victory at Hollywood Park.
Rail Trip returns to the scene of the biggest win of his career when he kicks off his 2010 campaign at Hollywood Park in the $150,000 Mervyn Leroy Handicap (gr. II) May 8.
Rafael Bejarano is to ride Rail Trip in the $150,000 Mervyn LeRoy Handicap (gr. II) at Hollywood Park May 8, trainer Ron Ellis said.
Trainer Ron Ellis could have something special in Mr Gruff, who sped away from the field en route to a 2 1/4-length repeat victory in the San Simeon Handicap (gr. IIIT) on Santa Anita's hillside turf course April 17.
Grade I winner Rail Trip, last seen finishing third in the Pacific Classic (gr. I) at Del Mar in September, is back in training at Hollywood Park, trainer Ron Ellis said Dec. 30.
Hollywood Gold Cup (gr. I) winner Rail Trip, San Diego Handicap (gr. II) victor Informed, and Eddie Read (gr. IT) winner Global Hunter wrapped up their serious work for the $1-million Pacific Classic with drills on the morning of Aug. 30.
Five incumbents and one new board member have been elected directors o the Thoroughbred Owners of California.
Six years after a state law was passed extending full rights to horse-owning trainers and their spouses in the Thoroughbred Owners of California, the organization is scrambling to rectify an apparent exclusion sent out as part of the current board of directors election ballot.
Participants in Keeneland's April juvenile auction talk about the horses and the new format.
Hibiscus Stables has announced an agreement with Ron Ellis to train its California-based horses as part of its West Coast expansion.
Inside Information features Funny Cide, prisoners and horses working toward rehabilitation, and communication between trainers and jockeys on race day.
Gary Broad's Buzzards Bay, unable to make the Breeders' Cup Classic due to an illness incurred during the recent Del Mar meet, demonstrated his class at Santa Anita Oct. 19 when he bested Siren Lure in Oak Tree's $54,000 allowance feature.
- By Tracy Gantz
Gary Broad, owner of recent Californian Stakes (gr. II) winner Buzzards Bay, purchased the Aldabbagh Ranch at auction June 7 for $7.7 million.
Favorite Buzzards Bay, under strong urging from jockey Jose Valdivia Jr., gamely held off the late charging 25-1 shot Sun Boat to win the $250,000 Californian (gr. II) by a nose on the Cushion Track Saturday at Hollywood Park.
Problems for Declan's Moon, the 2004 juvenile champion, continued to mount with his last-place finish as the 4-5 favorite in a $40,000 allowance feature at Golden Gate Fields Saturday.
Hoping to get Declan's Moon, the 2-year-old champion male of 2004, back on the winning path, Southern California trainer Ron Ellis has entered the gelding in a one-mile allowance event for older horses at Golden Gate Fields Saturday.
Declan's Moon, racing's 2004 juvenile champion, faces six other older horses Saturday in Santa Anita's $150,000 San Pasqual Handicap (gr. II).
Former juvenile champion Declan's Moon is expected to make just his fourth start since March 2005 in the San Pasqual Handicap (gr. II) on Jan. 6. The 1 1/16-mile event is a leading prep for the Santa Anita Handicap presented by San Miguel Indian Bingo & Casino (gr. I) on March 3.
Jay Em Ess Stable's champion Declan's Moon, who finished last of seven as the 3-2 favorite in Sunday's Pat O'Brien Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. II) at Del Mar, bled slightly and emerged from the race with a slight lung infection, trainer Ron Ellis said.
Champion Declan's Moon fell from the ranks of the undefeated in his first start in more than 16 months when Desert Boom nipped him by a nose at the wire of an optional claiming allowance race at Hollywood Park Sunday.
Unbeaten champion Declan's Moon was entered in Hollywood Park's first race Sunday by trainer Ron Ellis. It would be the 4-year-old gelding's first start in more than 16 months.
On the day of the Santa Anita Derby (gr. I), the 2005 winner of that race, Buzzards Bay, continued his comeback story with a romping 6 1/2-length win in the $500,000 Oaklawn Park Handicap (gr. II) Saturday before 29,841 in Hot Springs, Ark.
Southern California-based trainer Ron Ellis hopes to keep his Oaklawn Park record perfect Saturday when he saddles 118-pound highweight Buzzards Bay in the $500,000 Oaklawn Park Handicap (gr. II).
Looking for his first victory since last year's Santa Anita Derby (gr. I), Buzzards Bay kept the pressure on the speedy Trickey Trevor from the outset and then pulled away in the stretch to win the $150,000 All American Handicap (gr. III) Monday at Golden Gate Fields.
Buzzards Bay and Greeley's Galaxy, major stakes winners as 3-year-olds last year who are coming off disappointing efforts in Southern California, can make amends Monday in the $150,000 All American Handicap (gr. III) at Golden Gate Fields.
Declan's Moon, winner of the 2004 Hollywood Futurity (gr. I), will resume training soon, trainer Ron Ellis reported on Sunday.
B. Wayne Hughes' Don't Get Mad raced off the early pace and stormed home in the stretch to capture the $511,300 Indiana Derby (gr. II) by three lengths Saturday night at Hoosier Park.
Jay Em Ess Stable's champion Declan's Moon will be on the shelf for at least the next two months after a recent nuclear scan detected a slight injury to the top of his left cannon bone, trainer Ron Ellis said Saturday.
Jay Em Ess Stable's undefeated champion Declan's Moon will miss his scheduled start in the Oct. 14 Perryville Stakes (gr. III) at Keeneland after coming up slightly body sore following a pair of workouts late last month, trainer Ron Ellis said.
B. Wayne Hughes' Don't Get Mad, winner of the Derby Trial and Northern Dancer Breeders' Cup Stakes (gr. III), tuned up for the $1-million Travers Stakes (gr. I) with a mile work Friday in 1:41 at Santa Anita.
Santa Anita Derby (gr. I) winner Buzzards Bay was purchased by Gary and Wendy Broad for $725,000 Monday at the conclusion of the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky yearling sale in Lexington, Ky.
The dramatic stretch runner Don't Get Mad figures to be a solid favorite over seven rivals in Saturday's $400,000 Swaps Breeders' Cup Stakes (gr. II) for 3-year-olds at 1 1/8 miles.
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