After removing its synthetic surface, it was almost cosmically ironic when a downpour, equipped with constant lightning strikes, pounded the seaside racetrack July 18, causing all kinds of havoc at the summer hotspot.
Heading back to Del Mar proved a winning move for Sam Britt and Michael House's Gabriel Charles, who closed to win the $400,500 Eddie Read Stakes (gr. IT) by 3 3/4 lengths July 18 at the seaside racetrack.
While disputes over contested racing dates in Northern and Southern California were again pushed back as expected, the California Horse Racing Board took a step toward modifying its disqualification standards July 17.
The racing debut of Del Mar's new dirt track went off without a hitch July 16, with a crowd of 40,304 packed in to watch the 10-race card.
Ten Broeck Farm's grade I winner Sunset Glow will return to Del Mar July 16, but will try the seaside turf course for the first time in the $200,000 San Clemente Handicap (gr. IIT).
Del Mar track superintendent Richard Tedesco says trainers and jockeys have expressed a variety of opinions on the track's new dirt surface and his only concern is that the new dirt track is safe.
The catalog for the fourth annual Paddock Sale at Del Mar, scheduled to be held July 25, is now online.
After a brief detour to dirt for a run in the Gold Cup (gr. I) June 27 at Santa Anita Park, Finnegans Wake will return to his comfort zone on the Southern California turf for the $400,000 Eddie Read Stakes (gr. IT) July 18.
Hope's Love, the 2-year-old full sister to California Chrome, will be sidelined four to six months with a hairline fracture in her shoulder, trainer Steve Sherman said July 15.
Triple Crown winner American Pharoah was on display for San Diego area media the morning of July 14, about six hours after arrival at trainer Bob Baffert's barn.
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Fan voting for the 2015 ESPYS in two key categories with nominees from Thoroughbred racing closes at the start of the show's live broadcast, Wednesday, July 15 at 8 p.m. ET. Fans are encouraged to vote online at ESPYS.com.
Congressman Paul Tonko (D-NY) sent a letter to President Barack Obama July 14 asking the White House to hold an official ceremony honoring American Pharoah and the team that guided him to his historic Triple Crown.
When Del Mar kicks off its 76th summer season July 16, the seaside California oval will be marking a return to a dirt main surface after eight years with a synthetic track as mandated by the California Horse Racing Board.
H. Paul Boghossian, who campaigned horses in the name of Triple B Farms, died July 9 at his home in Glendale, Calif., after a lengthy battle with cancer. He was 73.
Los Alamitos Race Course's second two-week Summer Thoroughbred Festival saw an increase in all-sources handle and an uptick in wagering on live races from last year's numbers.
California Chrome, the 2014 Horse of the Year and dual classic winner, will likely sit out the rest of the year and may not race again because of a cannon bone bruise, trainer Art Sherman said July 12.
Trainer Kristin Mulhall, who notably saddled Imperialism to a third-place finish in the 2004 Kentucky Derby (gr. I) at just 21 years old, will send a string of horses to South Florida for the first time.
Triple Crown winner American Pharoah logged his final summer workout at Santa Anita Park July 12 before he'll relocate to trainer Bob Baffert's barn at Del Mar. The Zayat Stables colt breezed five furlongs in :59 1/5.
Fantastic Style took command coming out of the turn and then drew off to an easy victory in the $200,000 Great Lady M Stakes (gr. II) Saturday, July 11 at Los Alamitos Race Course.
California-based freshman sire Informed picked up his first winner July 11 when his first starter, juvenile filly Dragon Flower, won her debut by 2 1/4 lengths in the fifth race at Los Alamitos.
In support of providing funding for the rehabilitation, retraining and/or retirement of Thoroughbred horses that have raced in California, CARMA will be hosting its charity fundraiser "Cards 4 CARMA" July 18.
According to the California Horse Racing Board, there were only four Class 1, 2, or 3 medication violations in the state during the 2014-2015 fiscal year, the lowest number in at least 40 years.
Los Alamitos Race Course's final graded stakes of its two-week summer meet will feature a pair of California-bred heavyweights in Warren's Veneda and Sunday Rules.
Industry stakeholders July 8 indicated they plan to push harder for mandatory continuing education programs for Thoroughbred trainers.
Arnold Zetcher's Firing Line, who gave American Pharoah his toughest test of the Triple Crown with a runner-up effort in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), will likely miss the rest of his 3-year-old season.
The 2015 WTBOA summer yearling and mixed sale catalog is now available for viewing at www.wtboa.com.
On the long walk from the Doug O'Neill barn to the track during the mornings at Los Alamitos Race Course, it's no wonder why Passionforfashion draws the attention of anyone with a set of eyes.
Triple Crown winner American Pharoah continued to prep for the William Hill Haskell Invitational (gr. I) with a half-mile work in :47 3/5 at Santa Anita Park July 6.
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The Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association July 6 named many of those who will be honored at its National Awards Dinner Sept. 11 at Hill 'n' Dale Farms near Lexington.
Grade I winner and Central Kentucky stallion Albertus Maximus had his first winner July 5, when first-time starter My Heart Goes On went gate to wire to win the second race at Emerald Downs.
Trying two turns for the first time proved perilous for Fox Hill Farms' Kentuckian, as Gimme Da Lute stalked and held off oncoming Prospect Park by a nose to win the $350,000 Los Alamitos Derby July 4.
Keith Desormeaux will have bigger plans in mind when he saddles Texas Red in the $500,000 Dwyer Stakes (gr. III) July 4 at Belmont Park, as the conditioner plans to keep a string at Saratoga for the first time this summer.
Upon review, the Los Alamitos Race Course stewards determined there were violations under California's new whip rule July 2, the first day of racing featuring the new mandate.
There are 68 yearlings cataloged for the inaugural Barretts select yearling sale to be held Aug. 15 at Del Mar.
The on-track handle of $541,636.30 was up over 2014 ($531,609.10) and the combined total handle was $5,392,680.04 compared to $4,580,023.87 one year ago.
The transition to California's new whip rule appeared seamless on the first racing day under the mandate July 2 at Los Alamitos Race Course.
For the second year in a row, trainer Jerry Hollendorfer appears to have an overwhelming favorite in the $350,000 Los Alamitos Derby (gr. II) July 4 at Los Alamitos Race Course.
Jack Disney, a longtime sports writer who went on to serve as the director of publicity at Hollywood Park, died at his home in Irvine, Calif. June 29 at the age of 80.
California has implemented what it says is the strictest regulation in the country governing the use of riding crops in horse racing, with a new rule to begin July 1.
Santa Anita Park's 39-day spring meet concluded June 28 with gains in both on-track attendance and overall pari-mutuel handle.
Genuine Reward, one of only two living foals produced by 1980 Kentucky Derby (gr. I)-winning filly Genuine Risk, has found a new home at Old Friends Thoroughbred Retirement Center near Lexington.
After three weeks off following his Triple Crown sweep, Zayat Stables' American Pharoah returned to work June 29 with a three-furlong drill in :36 2/5, according to clockers at Santa Anita Park.
In a neck-and-neck contest that came down to the final race of the meeting, Santa Anita Park's trainer title ended in a dead heat, with Doug O'Neill and Peter Miller tied atop the standings with 22 wins apiece.
A week after he ran second in an allowance/optional claiming event, Big Chief Racing's Crucero stunned the field in the $150,000 San Juan Capistrano Stakes (gr. IIIT) June 28 at Santa Anita Park.
Michael Wrona, the regular track announcer at Golden Gate Fields, is returning to Los Alamitos Race Course to call its two-week summer meet, which begins July 2.
Churchill Downs' 141st spring meet, which was highlighted by American Pharoah's victory in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), came to a close June 27 and saw increases in field size and purses.
Even with a pair of grade I races on Santa Anita Park's final Saturday of its spring meeting, the star June 27 was indisputable. American Pharoah was on display on the unusually-muggy Southern California afternoon.
Fanticola nailed down her first graded stakes win Saturday June 27 at Santa Anita Park when she held off Queen of The Sand (IRE) in the stretch of the Royal Heroine Stakes (gr. IIT).
Things have been working out for Victor Espinoza lately; the $500,000 Gold Cup (gr. I) at Santa Anita Park was the most recent example.
Prize Exhibit swept past rivals down the middle of the Santa Antia Park turf course and won the $100,000 Senorita Stakes (gr. IIIT) for 3-year-old fillies June 27 in a swift last-to-first rally.
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