Tracy Gantz

  • A sale horse at the Barretts January mixed sale at Fairplex

    CTBA Considers All Options for Future Sales

    While Barretts Sales will continue to run under the auspices of the Los Angeles County Fair Association at least through the end of 2018, the CTBA is discussing other options to ensure California has a year-round sales schedule in 2019 and beyond.

  • Hip 14, the sale-topping Uncle Mo colt, breezes a quarter-mile in :21 1/5

    Uncle Mo Colt Tops Barretts Spring 2-Year-Old Sale

    A California-bred son of Uncle Mo sold for $600,000 to top the April 4 Barretts spring 2-year-old sale at Del Mar. The sale was a combination of horses traditionally offered at Barretts in March and May, as the company merged the two sales.

  • Warren B. Williamson

    Successful California Owner-Breeder Williamson Dies

    Warren "Spud" Williamson, who with his wife, Alyce, bred and raced such top runners as millionaire Nashoba's Key, multiple graded winner Nashoba's Gold, graded stakes winners Tiz Elemental and Texas Ryano, died March 16. He was 89.

  • West Coast Regional: Leading the Way

    Family to Clay Murdock extends to the team at Rancho San Miguel, the California farm Murdock has managed for more than 30 years, and to the offspring of the farm’s stallions.

  • Hip 164, a Quality Road colt, topped the Barretts January sale at $120,000

    Barretts January Sale Topped by 2-Year-Olds

    Adrian Gonzalez's Checkmate Thoroughbreds sold three of the four highest-priced horses at the Barretts mixed sale Jan. 17 in Pomona, Calif. All were 2-year-olds and went to three different buyers.

  • Options for Assisting San Luis Rey Fire Victims

    The Stronach Group, in conjunction with Santa Anita Park and The Del Mar Thoroughbred Club, has established a GoFundMe account page to help pay for hospital and rehabilitative costs incurred by those injured in the Dec. 7 devastating Lilac Fire.

  • Giant Expectations trains toward the Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile at Del Mar Nov. 1

    Giant Expectations Has Giant Shoes to Fill

    Giant Expectations, whose owners Ryan Exline and Justin Border also co-own Champagne Room, will shoot to give his owners more Breeders' Cup luck when he goes in the Las Vegas Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile Nov. 3

  • Imperial Hint is on the muscle as he gallops ahead of the Breeders' Cup at Del Mar

    Imperial Hint a Fortunate Impulse Buy for Connections

    Owner Raymond Mamone likes to race a horse or two with trainer Luis Carvajal Jr., and if the 2-year-old filly he planned to race in late 2015 had been ready, Carvajal might not be at the Breeders' Cup with Florida-bred Imperial Hint.

  • (l to r) Panel moderator Simon Bray, John Philips, John Harris, David Ingordo, and Alex Solis II

    Breeding Strategy Discussed at OwnerView Conference

    Despite the many tools available to help with breeding decisions, it's still important to know your horses and look at stallions. That was one of the many tips a panel of experts shared at the OwnerView Conference at the Del Mar Hilton Oct. 31.

  • George Bolton (right) and other partners who co-own Lady Aurelia accept the trophy for her King's Stand win from the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge at Royal Ascot

    Positives of Partnerships Discussed at OwnerView

    In the "Partnerships, Syndicates & Racing Clubs" panel at the 2017 OwnerView Conference, George Bolton, Little Red Feather's Gary Fenton, and Churchill Downs Racing Club's Gary Palmisano discussed their ownership experiences.

  • Hip 94, a Smiling Tiger filly, sold for $220,000 at the Barretts October sale

    Smiling Tiger Filly Tops Barretts Sale for Hull

    Stormy Hull once hoped he would one day sell a horse for $50,000. At the Oct. 17 Barretts October fall mixed sale in Pomona, Calif., Hull topped the action with a $220,000 yearling filly he hauled to Southern California himself.

  • Piedras Negras, the dam of La Traviata (pictured), will be offered at the upcoming Barretts fall sale

    Songbird Breeder Antonelli Plans Dispersal at Barretts

    John Antonelli, breeder of champion filly Songbird, will offer Piedras Negras, dam of graded winner La Traviata and granddam of group 1 winners Seventh Heaven (IRE) and Crusade, as part of his California dispersal at the Barretts fall sale.

  • Hip 78, a daughter of Bodemeister out of the Jump Start mare North Freeway, set a Barretts record when she sold for $300,000

    Strong Cal-Breds Shine at Barretts Select Yearling Sale

    Three yearlings—all California-breds—sold for six figures each at the Barretts select yearling sale Aug. 29 at Del Mar. A daughter of Bodemeister brought $300,000, an Unusual Heat filly sold for $200,000, and Mucho Macho Man colt brought $120,000.

  • Hip 35, a colt by Animal Kingdom, was the sale topper at the Barretts paddock sale

    Animal Kingdom Colt Tops Barretts Paddock Sale

    Shortly after Curlin Road, a $95,000 Barretts May 2-year-old sale graduate, captured the July 26 Cougar II Handicap (G3) at Del Mar, Barretts conducted its paddock sale. Three sold for $100,000 or more, topped by a $180,000 colt by Animal Kingdom.

  • Hip 6, a Lucky Pulpit filly, clocked an eighth-mile in :09 4/5

    Two Juveniles Post Fastest Times at Barretts

    A filly by Lucky Pulpit and a colt by Justin Phillip recorded the fastest times at the Barretts under-tack preview at Del Mar March 27. The filly worked a furlong in :09 4/5, followed by the colt who worked a quarter-mile in :20 3/5.

  • Barretts sale horses work over the track at Del Mar

    Juvenile Sales Scene Moves West to Barretts

    After several juvenile sales this year in Florida, buyers on the West Coast will get the chance to shop closer to home when Barretts conducts its select 2-year-old sale March 29 at Del Mar, the second year at that location.

  • Bruno DeBerdt of Excel Bloodstock

    DeBerdt, Excel Bloodstock Target Barretts Sale

    Following its business plan of purchasing mid-priced yearlings with the pedigrees and athleticism to move forward as both pinhooks and as racehorses, Excel Bloodstock targets the Barretts March sale each year.

  • West Coast Regional: Hello, Daehling

    Joe Daehling has mastered the art of practicality in a way that makes his Daehling Ranch near Elk Grove, Calif., run at peak cost-efficiency while providing horses with room to run, develop, and grow into athletes.

  • Gloryzapper working at Santa Anita Park Oct. 18

    Heberts' Pride Gloryzapper in F&M Sprint

    Jeff and Kathleen Hebert fell in love with a Kentucky-bred daughter of Ghostzapper at the 2013 Keeneland yearling sale. She had some veterinary issues, which scared enough bidders away that the couple got her for just $15,000.

  • Spain Burg's co-owners Dean Reeves (left) and Randy Hill at Santa Anita Park.

    Must-Have Filly Takes Owners to Breeders' Cup

    Dean Reeves cut short a Bahama vacation to buy Spain Burg out of this year's Arqana Arc sale for €1.5 million. He and partner Randy Hill now have a starter in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf (gr. I).

  • Spreading the Risk Key for New Owners

    When deciding to get into horse ownership, go slowly and spread your risk, advised a panel of experts at the opening session of the Thoroughbred Owner Conference Oct. 31 at Santa Anita Park.

  • Masochistic worked five furlongs from the gate in 1:00

    Masochistic Relaxed in BC Sprint Workout

    Masochistic worked five furlongs from the gate in 1:00 with jockey Mike Smith aboard in a relaxed manner that had all of his connections pleased with the Oct. 29 move at Santa Anita Park.