Jeremy Balan

Jeremy Balan

Online News Editor

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Jeremy Balan came to BloodHorse from the Orange County Register, where he covered prep sports and horse racing. Before his time in Orange County, he worked for the San Francisco Chronicle and San Francisco Examiner, and founded the non-profit SanFranPreps.com, which was the only publication to cover high school sports in San Francisco on a daily basis during the three years it operated.

  • Run Away wins the Best Pal

    Run Away Dominant in Best Pal Stakes

    Without any asking from his jockey, the Simon Callaghan-trained Run Away breezed by the early leader to take command, and by the top of the stretch, the race was all but decided.

  • Sharp Samurai wins the 2017 La Jolla Handicap (G3T)

    Sharp Samurai Wins 'Messy' La Jolla

    With the race scenario quickly changing in the backstretch of the $150,000 La Jolla Handicap (G3T), Gary Stevens and favored Sharp Samurai had to change things up as well.

  • Zennor wins the 2017 Fasig-Tipton Lure Stakes

    Zennor Upsets Graded Winners in Lure

    Godolphin's Zennor didn't bring the back class others did into the $100,000 Fasig-Tipton Lure Stakes Aug. 5 at Saratoga Race Course, but he brought an aptitude of finding the wire first.

  • Avenge

    Avenge Back at Del Mar for Yellow Ribbon

    Ramona Bass' Avenge began her ascent to a top-level turf female on the West Coast during the summer meet at Del Mar in 2016 and the 5-year-old mare will return to the seaside turf course Aug. 5 in the $200,000 Yellow Ribbon Handicap (G2T).

  • David Flores aboard Zenyatta in 2008

    Jockey David Flores Retires From Riding

    David Flores got a handshake from Del Mar president Joe Harper and a pat on the back from fellow jockey Gary Stevens just after the second race, but he lingered around the winner's circle for a while July 30 to soak in the moment with his family.

  • Ransom the Moon (inside) wins the Bing Crosby, with Roy H, Moe Candy (outside), and a riderless Drefong just behind

    Ransom the Moon Wins Wild Bing Crosby

    A few strides into the $300,000 Bing Crosby Stakes (G1) at Del Mar, champion sprinter Drefong dropped jockey Mike Smith to the main track. Even though he was ineligible to win after that point, the colt had an undisputed impact on who won the race.

  • Jockey Victor Espinoza celebrates after his victory aboard Accelerate in the San Diego Handicap

    Accelerate Pointing for Pacific Classic

    A week after stunning Arrogate, the world's top-rated horse, with Hronis Racing's Accelerate in the TVG San Diego Handicap (G2), trainer John Sadler is already eyeing a potential rematch with the gray.

  • Stellar Wind (outside) and Vale Dori duel to the wire in the Beholder Mile

    Stellar Wind, Vale Dori Face Off Again in Hirsch

    Unlike the TVG San Diego Handicap (G2), when Hronis Racing, trainer John Sadler, and jockey Victor Espinoza upset Arrogate with Accelerate, the connections will occupy the pre-race spotlight in the Clement L. Hirsch (G1) Sunday at Del Mar.

  • Accelerate soars clear as Arrogate can be seen finishing far back to his outside

    Accelerate Springs Stunning Upset as Arrogate Falters

    Hronis Racing's Accelerate stunned the world July 22 with a dominant upset in the $300,000 TVG San Diego Handicap (G2). Jockey Victor Espinoza sent the horse to a gate-to-wire victory as Mike Smith was unable to get heavily favored Arrogate going.

  • Horses head for home at Golden Gate Fields

    CHRB Discusses Cutting Back Racing Dates

    For the second time in 2017, the California Horse Racing Board's Race Dates Committee bandied about the idea of restricting the amount of racing dates in the state, and again roundly faced opposition by industry stakeholders in attendance.

  • A potential rule change would restrict horses claimed in California from running outside the state

    CHRB Discusses 'Jail-Time' Claiming Rule Change

    With concerns regarding field size on the forefront in both regions of California, the California Horse Racing Board discussed a potential rule change that would restrict horses claimed in the state from running outside the state.

  • Del Mar's track management is led by Dennis Moore, new director of track maintenance

    Del Mar Addressing Safety, Field Size Concerns

    The presence of the Breeders' Cup in early November in many ways frames the 36-day summer meet, with the iconic seaside racetrack taking on safety issues and field size challenges that the region and overall racing industry also are confronting.

  • In his previous start, Arrogate faltered early to run last, but made up ground to take the Dubai World Cup

    Arrogate Begins Del Mar Journey in San Diego Handicap

    Trainer Bob Baffert wants the four-time graded/group 1 winner to add two more top-level wins to his résumé in the Aug. 19 TVG Pacific Classic (G1) and Nov. 4 Breeders' Cup Classic (G1), but the journey begins in the San Diego Handicap (G2).

  • Irap captures the Indiana Derby

    Irap Dominant in Indiana Derby

    If his score in the Toyota Blue Grass (G2) was a fluke and his nose win in the Ohio Derby (G3) was just enough, Irap's five-length win in the $500,000 Indiana Derby (G3) was the best evidence yet that Reddam Racing's Tiznow colt is the real deal.

  • Frostmourne is all alone at the finish of the Kent Stakes

    Frostmourne Coasts to Kent Stakes Victory

    Green Lantern Stables' Frostmourne broke through for his first graded win in the June 3 Penn Mile Stakes (G2T) and put in a repeat performance July 15 in the $200,000 Kent Stakes (G3T) at Delaware Park.

  • American Gal wins the July 9 Victory Ride at Belmont by 4 3/4 lengths

    American Gal Impresses in Victory Ride

    After favored runs in two grade 1 races on her home soil in Southern California, Kaleem Shah's homebred American Gal broke through for her first graded win on the opposite coast July 9 with a determined victory in the Victory Ride Stakes (G3).