West Region

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

  • Casino Host holds off Dhaamer to win the Del Mar Handicap.

    Casino Host Feels At Home in Del Mar 'Cap

    Casino Host, a recent addition to the Southern California male turf division, conquered the 1 3/8-mile distance in his first try with a late-running victory in the $200,000 Del Mar Handicap (gr. IIT) Aug. 25.

  • The Jockey Club Sanctions Trainer Aguirre

    Trainer Paul Aguirre will be denied all privileges of The American Stud Book for one year (effective Jan. 1, 2013) for altering the foal papers for the horse Doc Can Dance, The Jockey Club announced Aug. 24.

  • Game On Dude, trained by Bob Baffert, is the 5-2 morning line favorite for the Pacific Classic.

    Baffert 'Moving Forward' in Pacific Classic

    The Aug. 26 edition of the $1 million TVG Pacific Classic (gr. I) at Del Mar is about more than a trophy for trainer Bob Baffert, who last week lost two-time Classic winner Richard's Kid in a swiftly-orchestrated sale.

  • Z Fortune

    Z Fortune Dies of Heart Attack

    Grade III winner Z Fortune died suddenly of a heart attack the morning of Aug. 23, his owner, HRTV reporter Carolyn Conley reported via her Twitter account.

  • Bodemeister
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    Classic-Placed Bodemeister Retired

    Bodemeister, who thrilled race fans with his speed while placing in both the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) and the Preakness Stakes (gr. I) has been retired. He will enter stud at WinStar Farm.

  • Taylor Said wins the Longacres Mile.

    Gutierrez, Taylor Said Take Longacres Mile

    Red-hot Taylor Said, back in action just 13 days after setting a track record at Hastings Racecourse, held off Winning Machine in the final strides Aug. 19 to capture the $200,000 Longacres Miles (gr. III) by a head.

  • Winding Way wins the Rancho Bernardo.

    Winding Way Aces Rancho Bernardo Test

    Favored Winding Way emerged as a female sprinter to watch this season when she overcame a hopelessly tardy start to win the $150,000 Rancho Bernardo Handicap (gr. III) at Del Mar Aug. 19.

  • Richard's Kid Purchased, Transferred to Mora

    Leading TVG Pacific Classic (gr. I) contender Richard's Kid was sold privately Aug. 18 and has been transferred from the barn of Bob Baffert to Leandro Mora and Doug O'Neill a week before the renewal of the $1 million race.

  • Little Mike cannot be caught in the Arlington Million.

    Little Mike Milks Arlington Million Win

    Under a crafty front-running ride from Ramon Dominguez, Little Mike led every step of the way to claim the 30th running of the $1 million Arlington Million (gr. IT) Aug. 18 on the Arlington Park turf.

  • Golden Gate Starts Short Summer Meet Aug. 17

    Golden Gate Fields opens its brief 2012 summer meeting Aug. 17 with a "Happy Hour" racing program that features half-price admission, food and drink specials, and live music between races.

  • Lady of Shamrock will try to add another Grade I to her resume in the Del Mar Oaks.

    Lady of Shamrock Looks Solid in Del Mar Oaks

    A game winner of the American Oaks (gr. IT) one month ago, Lady of Shamrock can make it back-to-back grade I wins when she takes on nine sophomore filly rivals in the $300,000 Del Mar Oaks (gr. IT) on the turf Aug. 18.

  • Acclamation

    Acclamation Likely Out of Pacific Classic

    Acclamation came out of an Aug. 13 gallop with slight swelling in his left front ankle which owner E.W. "Bud" Johnston said will prevent a title defense in the $1 million TVG Pacific Classic (gr. I) Aug. 26.

  • Bodemeister

    Bodemeister Sent to Kentucky for Evaluation

    Grade I winner Bodemeister has been sent to WinStar Farm near Versailles, Ky.,and will be evaluated by Dr. Larry Bramlage of Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital in the coming days, WinStar president Elliott Walden confirmed.

  • Xpressbet to Sponsor Breeders' Cup Sprint

    Breeders' Cup and Xpressbet announced they have entered into a multi-year agreement which makes Xpressbet the official wagering partner of the World Championships and the title sponsor of the Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I).

  • Executiveprivilege holds off Speedinthruthecity to win the Sorrento at Del Mar.

    'Executive' Sweet in Sorrento

    Executiveprivilege runs to her 2-5 backing facing seven 2-year-old fillies in Del Mar's Sorrento Stakes, defeating Speedthruthecity by 1 1/4 lengths.

  • Monarchos

    Monarchos to Remain at Hagyard

    Monarchos, who underwent colic surgery July 31 at Hagyard Equine Medical Institute near Lexington, won't be returning Wednesday, Aug. 8, as planned to Charles Nuckols III's Nuckols Farm near Midway, Ky.

  • Know More wins the Best Pal Stakes.

    Debuting Know More Surprises Best Pal Rivals

    J. Paul Reddam and trainer Doug O'Neill have been known to take their chances, and their latest paid off when first-time starter Know More surged late to prevail in the $150,000 Best Pal Stakes (gr. II) Aug. 5 at Del Mar.

  • Include Me Out holds off Star Billing to take the Clement L. Hirsch Stakes at Del Mar.

    Include Me Out All In for Clement Hirsch Win

    Favored Include Me Out, benefiting from a rail-skimming ride under Joe Talamo, was all out to deny Star Billing in the $300,000 Clement L. Hirsch Stakes (gr. I) Aug. 4 at Del Mar for her second grade I win of the season.

  • Landaluce winner Executiveprivilege takes on 8 in the Sorrento Stakes.

    Executiveprivilege Faces Eight in Sorrento

    Executiveprivilege, perfect in two starts including an easy victory in the Landaluce Stakes at Betfair Hollywood Park last month, will be a solid favorite in the $150,000 Sorrento Stakes (gr. III) at Del Mar Aug. 8.

  • TOC Sets Annual Meeting for Members Aug. 25

    Thoroughbred Owners of California invites all members to the Southern California Annual Meeting Aug. 25 at 8:30 a.m. in the Veranda Café at Del Mar.