Tracy Gantz

  • Keertana works on the grass at Churchill Downs.
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    Keertana's Trainer Has History On His Side

    Keertana may go off as a longshot in the Emirates Airline Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf (gr. IT), but don't count her out. In 1994, bettors ignored another distaffer trained by Tom Proctor at their peril.

  • Venograms Can Catch Laminitis Early

    Proper blood flow to the laminae of the hoof is critical at all times, but especially when a horse develops laminitis. Diagnostic techniques that can reveal how blood is flowing--or not--can help veterinarians catch laminitis early. Amy Rucker, DVM, of Midwest Equine in Columbia, Mo., discussed the importance of digital venograms in diagnosing and treatin...

  • Santa Anita track resurfacing.

    Santa Anita Starts Surface Replacement

    Removal of Santa Anita's synthetic surface began Oct. 11 as the first step in replacing it with a dirt surface. Track officials are close to deciding the mix of materials to be used as the surface material.

  • TOC Not Pursuing Merger With Trainers' Group

    The Thoroughbred Owners of California is not pursuing a merger with the California Thoroughbred Trainers, the chairman of the official owners' organization said following its annual meeting Aug. 21 at Del Mar.

  • Full House for CARMA Fundraiser

    A full house of about 300 people turned out July 24 for a poker night to raise funds for the California Retirement Management Account (CARMA), which benefits retired racehorses.

  • Global Hunter

    Global Hunter Undergoes Four-Hour Surgery

    Global Hunter, who broke down immediately after winning the July 4 American Handicap (gr. IIT) at Hollywood Park, underwent a four-hour surgery July 5 at Alamo Pintado Equine Medical Center in Los Olivos, Calif.

  • California Flag<br><a target="blank" href="http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fprovider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D8598919%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    California Flag to Begin Campaign in Crosby

    California Flag, winner of the 2009 Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint and third in the 2010 Al Quoz Sprint (UAE-III) in Dubai, is back working for a possible start in the Aug. 1 Bing Crosby Stakes (gr. I) at Del Mar.

  • Lava Man<br><a target="blank" href="http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fprovider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D601496%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Lava Man Settles into Role as Stable Pony

    When trainer Doug O'Neill's charges head to the racetrack during training hours at Hollywood Park, Lava Man, who won three Hollywood Gold Cups (gr. I) during a long racing career, often accompanies them.

  • Eastern Equine Encephalitis Case Confirmed in Florida

    The first 2010 case of Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) in Florida's Marion county was confirmed May 24. A horse in the northwestern part of the county contracted EEE and was euthanized, according to a spokesperson for the Marion County Health Department.

  • War Front Colt Tops Barretts Sale

    A War Front colt sold for $250,000 topped the May 10 Barretts sale of 2-year-olds in training, which saw stable numbers when compared with the same auction one year ago.

  • Leaner Barretts Catalog Offers Variety

    The catalog for the Barretts May sale of 2-year-olds is leaner than in 2009, with 166 head, including 12 supplemental entries, but nevertheless will offer variety in pedigree, consignor, and price range at the May 10 auction.

  • 'Luck' Producer Donates to CA Charity

    David Milch, who is currently involved in shooting the HBO pilot "Luck" at Santa Anita, will donate $10,000 to the Arcadia Campership Program, which provides financial assistance to young people for recreational activities.

  • Barretts March Sale to Follow OBS Sale

    Timing could be crucial for the Barretts March 2-year-old sale. Pushed back to March 22, two weeks later than the 2009 sale, the Southern California auction now follows the large Ocala Breeders' Sales Company sale in Florida.

  • Barretts Horses Perform Well During Preview

    Four youngsters worked a furlong in :09 4/5 at the March 19 under-tack preview of the March 22 Barretts selected 2-year-olds in training sale. Those were the fastest times of the day during the preview at Fairplex Park.

  • Officials: Track Consistency, Maintenance Key

    As people rush to takes sides in the great dirt-versus-synthetic surface debate, Dr. Mick Peterson and Santa Anita Park track superintendent Richard Tedesco suggested consistency and maintenance trump type of surface.

  • Due to inclement weather, live racing has been cancelled for Monday, Jan. 18 at Santa Anita.

    Santa Anita Cancels Card; Stakes Rescheduled

    Santa Anita canceled its Feb. 6 card due to heavy rains in Southern California. The wash out of the program impacts important prep races for both the Santa Anita Derby (gr. I) and Santa Anita Handicap (gr. I).

  • Zenyatta at her farewell ceremony at Santa Anita on December 26.<br><a target="blank" href="http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fprovider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D8719311%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Shirreffs, Moss: Zenyatta is Still Retired

    When Zenyatta worked a half-mile in :48 Jan. 6 at Hollywood Park, speculation continued that she may race again. The more mundane explanation revolved around cold weather in Kentucky and an injured exercise rider.

  • Lava Man faded late and finished last in the San Gabriel at Santa Anita.

    O'Neill, Wood Mull Future for Lava Man

    There was some disappointment in the Lava Man camp after the soon-to-be 9-year-old gelding faded to last in his comeback from retirement in the San Gabriel Handicap (gr. IIT) at Santa Anita Dec. 27.

  • El Gato Malo is ready for the Turf Sprint.

    Door Opened for El Gato Malo in Turf Sprint

    El Gato Malo's owners had entered their Turf Sprint contender in an optional claiming race Nov. 5, fearing they would get shut out of the big dance. But a spot in the Turf Sprint came open and now they feel they have a shot.

  • Noble Court is one of two entries for Trainer John Sadler in the Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint.

    Sadler to Saddle Two in Turf Sprint

    John Sadler wins races by the bushel in Southern California and is more often than not on the top of the trainer standings at each race meet. He has yet to win a Breeders' Cup race, but 2009 could be his year.

  • Cocoa Beach will be vying for the Ladies' Classic title.<br><a target="blank" href="http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fprovider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D6910926%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Cocoa Beach, Music Note are 'Dangerous Duo'

    Cocoa Beach and Music Note have been here before. In 2008, at the end of long campaigns, they were still able to finish second and third, respectively, to Zenyatta in the Breeders' Cup Ladies' Classic (gr. I) at Santa Anita.

  • California Flag in the Morvich Handicap at Oak Tree. <br><a target="blank" href="http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fprovider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D8523823%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    California Flag: Relaxed and Ready for BC

    California Flag has an opportunity that few horses ever get -- a do-over at the Breeders' Cup. A diabolically fast pace cooked him in last year's inaugural Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint, but the improved version of California Flag may be much tougher in this year's running.