West Region

News and features for Western farm owners, racehorse owners, and breeders

  • Beholder

    Beholder Working Well Toward Zenyatta

    Spendthrift Farm's Beholder turned in what might end up being her final timed workout in preparation for the Sept. 26 Zenyatta Stakes (gr. I) when she covered six furlongs in 1:12 4/5 Sept. 18 at Santa Anita Park.

  • Jockeys Hospitalized After Los Al Spill

    After a spill that sent Flavien Prat and Santiago Gonzalez to the ground Sept. 17 at Los Alamitos Race Course, both jockeys were transported to Long Beach Memorial Medical Center.

  • CHRB Moves Forward on Third-Party Lasix

    Nearly a month after the California Horse Racing Board hit the brakes on third-party administration of furosemide in the state, the governing body spent just more than a minute to move the process along at a meeting Sept. 16.

  • Beholder

    Beholder Will Target BC Classic

    Beholder will target the Oct. 31 Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) and a potential showdown with Triple Crown winner American Pharoah, Ned Toffey confirmed. Her connections have also decided not to offer her at auction this year.

  • Ken (right) and Sarah Ramsey were named National Owner of the Year and National Breeder of the Year.

    Ramseys National Owner, Breeder for 2014

    Ken and Sarah Ramsey were named National Owner of the Year and National Breeder of the Year the evening of Sept. 11 during the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association national awards dinner held at Hill 'n' Dale Farms.

  • Plans Call for Betfair, Paddy Power Merger

    Betfair, the exchange wagering giant and owner of U.S. advance-deposit wagering company and racing channel TVG, plans to merge with Paddy Power to become one of the world's largest public online betting and gaming companies.

  • Los Alamitos

    Juvenile Stakes Highlight Los Alamitos Meet

    The second fall Thoroughbred meet at Los Alamitos that begins Thursday, Sept. 10, will be highlighted by the $100,000 Barretts Debutante for 2-year-old fillies and the $100,000 Barretts Juvenile for 2-year-old males.

  • Corey Nakatani

    Nakatani Taken to Hospital for Observation

    Corey Nakatani took off his mounts for the remainder of the Sept. 7 closing-day card at Del Mar after his mount in the third race, Tirpitz, fell in the stretch of the five-furlong turf race.

  • Ralis wins the Hopeful Stakes.
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    Ralis Rallies to Hopeful Stakes Upset

    Reddam Racing's homebred Ralis shipped into Saratoga Race Course and pulled an upset victory over favored Magna Light in the $350,000 Hopeful Stakes (gr. I) for 2-year-olds Sept. 7.

  • Om wins the Del Mar Derby.

    Om Makes the Grade in Del Mar Derby

    K. B. Sareen's Om took the field gate to wire to win the $250,000 Del Mar Derby (gr. IIT) Sept. 6, flipping the script on rival Prospect Park, who took their last meeting in the La Jolla Handicap (gr. IIIT) Aug. 9.

  • Dortmund

    Dortmund Back to Training After Injury

    Kaleem Shah's Dortmund might have been forgotten by some in the aftermath of stablemate American Pharoah's Triple Crown run, but the massive son of Big Brown could be getting primed for a fall campaign.

  • Prize Exhibit

    Prize Exhibit Takes on Older in Yellow Ribbon

    Eight fillies and mares with graded stakes credentials are scheduled to enter the gate for the $200,000 Yellow Ribbon Stakes (gr. IIT), but only one in the full field of 12 is 3 years old and she may be the one to beat.

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    American Pharoah to Continue Racing

    Despite comments after American Pharoah's runner-up finish in the Travers which indicated he was considering retiring the colt, owner Ahmed Zayat announced the Triple Crown winner will target the Breeders' Cup Classic.

  • Pretty N Cool won the Sorrento by 2 3/4 lengths.

    Del Mar Debutante Field Talented and Diverse

    Bob Baffert-trained Pretty N Cool will draw more than enough attention in the Del Mar Debutante Stakes (gr. I), but the daughter of Scat Daddy will face a group of talented and diverse challengers Sept. 5.

  • CA Stallion Sought After Euthanized

    Well-bred California stallion Sought After, sire of grade I winner Masochistic, was euthanized recently at Joe Daehling's Daehling Ranch after developing laminitis in both front feet. He was 15.

  • Gallant Son to Daehling Ranch in CA

    Grade III winner Gallant Son, a 9-year-old son of Malabar Gold, will take up stallion duty in 2016 at Daehling Ranch in Elk Grove, Calif. Owned by a partnership, he will stand for a $2,000 fee.

  • CTT Pledges Funds for Barn Surveillance

    The California Thoroughbred Trainers Aug. 31 said its leadership unanimously agreed to use $150,000 from reserve funds to facilitate race-day camera surveillance in barn areas at California racetracks.

  • Stellar Wind wins the Torrey Pine Stakes.

    Stellar Wind Dominant in Torrey Pines

    Hronis Racing's Stellar Wind heavily outclassed the rest of the $100,000 Torrey Pines Stakes (gr. III) on paper and showed it on the track at Del Mar Aug. 30 with an easy victory.

  • Run for Retts

    More Than Just a Name for Run for Retts

    "She's running for Rett Syndrome. She's running for my girls and our family. She's going to do amazing things. Nobody can tell me any different. She's the underdog and so are our girls."

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    American Pharoah Arrives at Saratoga

    Triple Crown winner American Pharoah stepped off the van at Saratoga Race Course at precisely 3 p.m. Aug. 26 for his next assignment, the $1.6 million Travers Stakes (gr. I) coming up Aug. 29.

  • Avanzare wins the Del Mar Mile.

    Avanzare Goes Wide to Win Del Mar Mile

    Donato Lanni and John Youngblood's Avanzare shrugged off a nearly seven-month layoff to claim his second straight grade II turf score in the $200,000 Del Mar Mile Handicap Aug. 23.

  • Beholder dominates the Pacific Classic.

    Beholder Blows Away Pacific Classic Foes

    The Spendthrift Farm runner toyed with the field of nine other males and pulled away to win by 8 1/4 lengths in her first start against the boys and her first start at 1 1/4 miles. She is the first female to win the race.