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A&M Records' Jerry Moss Named to CHRB

Jerry Moss, who co-founded A&M Records, was appointed to the California Horse Racing Board on Feb. 24, replacing longtime television producer Alan Landsburg, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger announced.

Magna's TV Distribution Under Fire Again

Unhappy with the lack of distribution for Magna Entertainment Corporation's Horse Racing Television signals from Santa Anita, Golden Gate Fields and Bay Meadows, California officials vowed Feb. 20 to address the issue when license renewals for the state's three approved account wagering services come up in December.

Van De Kamp to Leave TOC in July

After eight years of service, John Van de Kamp announced that he would be stepping down from his post as TOC president and general counsel on July 1, 2004.

Rebating, Graded-Stakes Mandate Complicate Licensing

Despite concerns the association's signal would be sent to wagering outlets that offer rebates, and the fact there is no contract yet with horsemen, the California Horse Racing Board Oct. 23 approved an application by the Los Angeles Turf Club for its Santa Anita Park meet that begins Dec. 26.

Do Horsemen, Tracks Know Who's Watching?

Do tracks really know who's watching? Racing continues to find new markets for its simulcast signal, but tracks and horsemen need to work together to trace where their product is sent and whether they are getting the revenues due them.

Lobbyists: Tribes, Not Candidates, Wield Power in California

California voters will decide Oct. 7 whether to recall Gov. Gray Davis and replace him with one of more than one hundred candidates. But as far as the three influential Sacrameno lobbyists are concerned, the decision doesn't figure to have much of an impact on Thoroughbred racing in the state.

CHRB Shortens Horsemen's 2004 Christmas Break

It was only a single day on the proposed 271-day Thoroughbred racing circuit in Southern California in 2004. But for representatives of the state's owners and trainers appearing Thursday before the California Horse Racing Board, it was meaningful.

TOC Honors Owners of the Year

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The Thoroughbred Owners of California awarded its Owner of the Year honor to Trudy McCaffery, John Toffan, William S. Farish, and John B. Goodman, the owners of Came Home, at the TOC Annual Meeting August 16 at Del Mar.

Magna, Horsemen Agree to Sunshine Pact

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Magna Entertainment Corp., the originator of the Sunshine Millions, announced Aug. 13 that it has signed an agreement extending the Florida-California Thoroughbred series through 2006.

TOC Looking at Racetrack Slots in California

Thoroughbred Owners of California president John Van de Kamp admitted California could lose its position as a major racing state in the future without additional revenue streams, including expanding gaming at California's racetracks.

Fairplex Park at Forefront of CHRB Meeting

Fairplex Park was at the center of the California Horse Racing Board's attention once more Thursday. Just a couple of months after the CHRB turned down a proposed lease of the Los Angeles County Fair's end-of-summer racing dates to Hollywood Park, Fairplex issues were in the middle of things once more -- on a couple of fronts.

California Workers' Comp Bill Signed by Davis

Legislation allowing California horsemen to use a portion of the money generated from off-track wagering to help defray spiraling workers' compensation insurance costs has been signed into law by Gov. Gray Davis. It's one of several horse racing-related bills in the state approved this week.

California Officials Review Workers' Comp Proposal

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California racing officials were unable to come to an agreement Monday on a formal proposal for a statewide workers' compensation insurance plan, but a representative for horse owners said progress was made following an afternoon-long session at Santa Anita.

McCaffery, Anson Elected to TOC Board of Directors

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Trudy McCaffery and Ron Anson have been elected by the members of the Thoroughbred Owners of California to serve on the organization's board of directors. Ron Charles, Jack B. Owens, and Donald Valpredo were re-elected to the board.

Workers' Comp Crisis Leads to Entry-Box Boycott

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Trainers unhappy with soaring workers' compensation insurance costs refused to enter any horses for the July 3 races at Hollywood Park following a 90-minute meeting with Southern California racing association officials June 29.

Bill Diverts Funds for Workers' Comp Insurance

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California horsemen and racetracks could create a workers' compensation insurance fund with purse money diverted from marketing programs as well as their vanning and stabling program under legislation headed for the state Senate.

Trainer-Representation Bill Clears California Committee

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Trainers in California who own horses will occupy three seats on the board of directors of the organization that represents Thoroughbred owners under an agreement hammered out shortly before a state Senate committee hearing on the issue June 25.

Bill Would Let Trainers Join Owners' Organization

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Negotiations that would allow trainers who also own racehorses to join the Thoroughbred Owners of California are in progress. A state Assembly bill authorizing such a membership change is nearing a committee hearing as well.

TOC Urges 'Careful Look' at Fairplex Dates Plan

With the California Horse Racing Board scheduled to rule June 6 on whether to allow the Los Angeles County Fair to move its 17-day race meet to Santa Anita Park this September, another powerful industry group has signaled its opposition, at least for now.

California to Hash Out Workers' Comp Proposal

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Representatives from the California Thoroughbred industry have scheduled an April 10 meeting at Santa Anita Park to discuss a proposal that would increase pari-mutuel takeout to help pay for spiraling workers' compensation insurance rates.

TOC Extends Van de Kamp's Contract

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The Board of Directors of the Thoroughbred Owners of California, at its March 7 meeting, unanimously voted to extend the contract of TOC president and general counsel John Van de Kamp through 2005.

Free Veterinary Workshop in California

Learn about the latest veterinary treatments and procedures for racehorses at a free workshop March 16, sponsored by the Thoroughbred Owners of California, the California Thoroughbred Foundation, and the Southern California Equine Foundation.

In California, It's Crunch Time for Trainers on Insurance

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Given the state's mandate that trainers at racetracks must carry current workmens' compensation policies, horsemen whose policies expire March 1 were scrambling to find alternatives this week. The crisis threatens to force some trainers out of the business.

California in Quandary Over Workers' Comp

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California horsemen could be facing a hefty increase in the amount they pay toward workers' compensation insurance if they are unable to reach an agreement with a new high-risk policy carrier by the time contracts expire with their current representative March 1.

TOC: Some NTRA Money Should Go to Purses

The Thoroughbred Owners of California is using a deal with Magna Entertainment as leverage in an attempt to garner a greater share of pari-mutuel takeout from account wagers made through the TV Games Network. In question is a share of the money TVG pays to the National Thoroughbred Racing Association.

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