With a motivation to give its horses and horsemen more time to adapt and transition to its racing surfaces, Del Mar Thoroughbred Club applied for and was granted a later start date for its 2017 summer race meeting.
A substantial group of animal rights advocates, with local television cameras not far behind, made their voices heard at the California Horse Racing Board's full monthly meeting Aug. 25 at Del Mar.
California Horse Racing Board member Madeline Auerbach, at an Aug. 24 meeting of the agency's Medication and Track Safety Committee, called for increased scrutiny on certain trainers through "profiling."
Three Southern California racetracks and the Thoroughbred Owners of California have agreed to a three-year calendar that maintains year-round racing.
The California Horse Racing Board in the near future will begin using biological markers designed to identify the effects of substances administered to racehorses.
The California Horse Racing Board announced July 21 that trainer Steve Miyadi will be suspended 30 days after one of his horses tested for levels of methamphetamine and amphetamine that exceeded allowed limits.
The California Horse Racing Board has denied jockey Patrick Valenzuela a license to ride during races in the state, citing a recommendation made by a hearing officer, according to a July 20 news release from the regulatory agency.
Regulatory body altered verbiage to move into line with court ruling, but issue currently only concerns Quarter Horse racing.
After more than two and a half hours of discussion July 13 during a California Horse Racing Board Race Dates Committee meeting, a racing schedule for 2017 in both Northern and Southern California remained unresolved.
California racing officials June 16 acknowledged a possible communications breakdown in regard to two races being taken off the turf on the final day of the Golden Gate meet and apologized to bettors for how the move impacted the Golden Pick 6.
Though many local veterinarians voiced opposition once again, the California Horse Racing Board approved the third-party administration of race-day Lasix June 16 during a meeting at Santa Anita Park.
Though still early in the process for allocating 2017 racing dates, a California Horse Racing Board Dates Committee meeting June 15 provided a glimpse of what might be ahead.
The California Horse Racing Board will again consider adopting a third-party Lasix administration policy at its regular meeting June 16.
The California Horse Racing Board May 26 advanced a proposal that would alter its current rule restricting whip use by jockeys riding Thoroughbreds.
TOC president Nick Coukos believes surface changes should be made before multi-race wagers are initiated.
A bill that would legalize online poker, and also send $60 million a year in subsidies to the horse racing industry in California, passed unanimously through a state assembly committee April 27.
Despite multiple members expressing frustration with the way the process was handled, the California Horse Racing Board approved a reallocation of dates within the Northern California fair circuit April 21 during a meeting at Golden Gate Fields.
Los Alamitos Race Course intends on running the next edition of the Los Alamitos Derby (gr. II) during its September meet, a track official said during a California Horse Racing Board meeting March 24.
A California Horse Racing Board Medication and Track Safety Committee meeting was often contentious at Santa Anita Park March 16, when topics regarding drug use and documentation were discussed.
The Los Angeles Superior Court determined March 10 that Los Alamitos Race Course house rules on clenbuterol and albuterol testing in Quarter Horse races violated state laws and that the CHRB should not have allowed the rules.
The California Horse Racing Board Feb. 25 approved a proposal from Santa Anita Park to offer gambling on an Arabian race in April, with pending legislation on the topic expected to pass soon in Sacramento.
The Stronach Group and DerbyWars may be on a path to settling their pending lawsuit, according to comments made by each organization's officials Feb. 24 during and after a California Horse Racing Board committee meeting.
Licenses for meets that begin Dec. 26 at Santa Anita and Golden Gate were approved Dec. 17 by the CHRB, but not before lengthy discussions of stabling and vanning issues.
Stabling issues in California, which have been at or near the center of several disputes involving the state's tracks this year, finally came to a head at a California Horse Racing Board meeting Nov. 19.
Los Alamitos Race Course will not be able to support the 2016 editions of the Los Alamitos Futurity (gr. I) and the Starlet (gr. I), track official Brad McKinzie said during a California Horse Racing Board session Nov. 19.
Jockey Pat Valenzuela is scheduled to ride in races for the first time since January 2014 with two mounts Nov. 19 at Delta Downs for trainer Karl Broberg.
The California Horse Racing Board took steps toward new guidelines for medication violators, during its Oct. 22 meeting at Santa Anita Park that would prevent those violators from transferring horses to their employees.
Darrel McHargue, the Eclipse Award-winning jockey who began a new career as a racing official in 1988, was appointed Oct. 22 by the California Horse Racing Board to the newly created position of chief steward.
A national conversation over the legality and viability of daily fantasy sports was at the forefront of the California Horse Racing Board session Oct. 21 at Santa Anita Park.
The California Horse Racing Board Oct. 9 said limits on the amount of the trace element cobalt that can be detected in racehorses officially took effect Oct. 5.
Trainer Julio Canani was suspended by Santa Anita Park stewards Oct. 4, effective Oct. 26 through Nov. 30, 2016, for "conduct detrimental to racing."
California Horse Racing Board commissioner George Krikorian's Big Book has been disqualified from her victory in the July 25 Fleet Treat at Del Mar because of a test that showed elevated levels of acepromazine.
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.
The California Horse Racing Board Medication and Track Safety Committee took a step forward Sept. 4 regarding potential employment of third-party furosemide administration in the state.
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.
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Two days after delaying steps to begin third-party administration of race-day furosemide, members of the California Horse Racing Board said they're still in support -- in concept -- of the proposal.
The Coalition for Horse Racing Integrity said Aug. 21 California's failure to adopt third-party administration of the race-day drug furosemide shows the pitfalls of state-by-state regulation.
After multiple months of delays for negotiations, the 2016 racing calendar for the Northern and Southern California circuits was approved by the California Horse Racing Board Aug. 20 at Del Mar.
A day after the California Horse Racing Board cleared Patrick Valenzuela to exercise horses, the 52-year-old jockey was on the track the morning of Aug. 7 at Del Mar doing just that.
The California Horse Racing Board cleared jockey Patrick Valenzuela to exercise horses Aug. 8 per a settlement between the two parties. His license to ride in races, however, will remain suspended through Oct. 31.
The California Horse Racing Board has rejected a hearing officer's proposed decision concluding jockey Pat Valenzuela should be permitted to work as an exercise rider and also have his license restored once he pays a fine.
Jockey Kent Desormeaux was taken off his final two mounts at Del Mar July 29 because of a failed breathalyzer test, stewards said July 30. Desormeaux said his carbonated water caused a false reading.
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.
Yearling market begins with a Tapit filly topping F-T July and more in the July 18, 2015 issue of Blood-Horse magazine.
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.
Industry stakeholders July 8 indicated they plan to push harder for mandatory continuing education programs for Thoroughbred trainers.
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.
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.
Negotiations over Northern and Southern California racing dates were again in the spotlight during the monthly California Horse Racing Board meeting June 25 at Los Alamitos Race Course.
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