Struggling as it never has before, the California horse racing industry went to the State Capitol in Sacramento March 4 looking for some answers. And surprisingly, racing seemed to get a warm reception.
I really hope it doesn't rain too hard at Santa Anita on Saturday because I am getting tired of these postponements.
- By Tom LaMarra
A steep drop in the number of race days contributed to double-digits declines in pari-mutuel handle and purses in February.
Gone Astray will make his season debut March 6 in the $150,000 Razorback Handicap (gr. III) at Oaklawn Park and face a good field that includes 8-year-old Jonesboro, who won the 1 1/16-mile event back in 2008.
The New York Racing Association, which announced it would cut $4.3 million in stakes purses from last year, has slashed around $1.4 million from its stakes program for the upcoming Belmont and Saratoga meets.
The Racing Medication and Testing Consortium is currently seeking applications for the position of director of research.
Brett Calhoun, who purchased Jody Slew after her third-place effort in the Carressing Handicap at Churchill Downs, said the filly just keeps improving.
With a victory in the 2009 Goodwood Stakes (gr. I) already in the books, Gitano Hernando now has a legitimate chance to win the world's richest race, the $10 million Dubai World Cup (UAE-I) March 27 at Meydan Racecourse.
Eastwood Dacat, a 4-year-old son of Storm Cat, will enter stud at Jeff and Deb Hilger's Bleu Valley Farm near Stillwater, Minn.
Jason, Suzanne, and Tim Holland of twinspires.com preview the Gotham Stakes (gr. III) and the Palm Beach Stakes (gr. III). Watch Video
The first foal by grade II winner Fairbanks is a colt born Jan. 27 at Northview PA near Peach Bottom, Pa.
California trainers with a top 3-year-old should bolt while they still can. Get to a track that won't cancel when it rains. Read Blog
HRTV's Inside Information relays the compelling and tragic story of 1984 Kentucky Derby winner, Swale. For more of HRTV's Inside Information, visit HRTV.com.
Eight of the original 10 entrants for Santa Anita's Sham Stakes (gr. III), a useful prep for next month's Santa Anita Derby (gr. I), remained part of the lineup when the entries were taken for the March 6 makeup date.
Increases include a $500 increase for claiming races, and $2,000 for maiden special weight and allowance events. No purse at Oaklawn will be less than $15,500 for the remainder of the 2010 meet.
Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I) winner Vale of York made a disappointing 3-year-old debut March 4 in Dubai, as he was rank in the early part of the Al Bastakiya Stakes and then flattened out to finish fifth.
Desert Warrior, a multiple graded stakes-placed son of Deputy Minister, has been purchased by Randy Haffner for stallion duty at Don and Dana Myers' Swifty Farms near Seymour, Ind.
Yet another bill authorizing gaming at racetracks has been introduced in the Kentucky General Assembly. With less than a month to go in the session, no action has been taken on any gaming-related legislation.
PORTER ON PEDIGREES, by Alan Porter
Brent Fernung stands to go down in history as a three-time purchaser of "Derby dams" if Backtalk's impressive style carries him to a win on the first Saturday in May.
Second in his last three starts, Misremembered can make amends for trainer Bob Baffert in the $750,000 Santa Anita Handicap (gr. I) March 6. The race that drew 14 entrants.
You might have heard about the value of using medical maggots to clean infected, nonhealing wounds in horses and humans, but did you know they can also help clean up infection in structures deep within the hoof?
The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) has unveiled a new initiative that will aid in the retirement of Thoroughbred racehorses. Six equine rescues and sanctuaries across the country were selected to take up the challenge of saving more Thoroughbreds than ever before.
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