Unusual Heat, the all time leading sire in California progeny earnings, has been pensioned from stud duty at Harris Farms near Coalinga, Calif. at the age of 26.
California's State Capitol went all Chrome on Thursday, Aug. 14 as proud legislators paid tribute to the state's Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner.
Led by a record-priced Forestry colt for $75,000, results soared across the board at the Northern California yearling and horses of racing age sale Aug. 12.
- By Jack Shinar
- Thoroughbred Racing, Thoroughbred Breeding, Triple Crown, Northeast Region, West Region
California breeders and the state's entire racing industry could not find a better horse to carry the brand. Or a better name to increase their visibility.
A time of year when tracks across the country are featuring their state-bred stars, California Cup, a fixture on the fall racing calendar at Santa Anita since it was established in 1990, will not be contested this season
The average price at the 2012 Northern California Yearling Sale jumped by 50% over last year during the ninth annual event Aug. 14 at Pleasanton's Alameda County Fairgrounds.
Keith Card, former president of the California Thoroughbred Breeders Association and recently inducted into the state's Racing Hall of Fame, died March 8. He was 83.
The California Thoroughbred Breeders Association plans to work with Santa Anita Park and the state's horsemen to ensure that the California Cup program continues this year, the organization's general manager said.
Keith Brackpool, chairman of the California Horse Racing Board, will be the featured speaker at the Harris Ranch Seminar, which returns this year from a one-year hiatus with the theme, "Marketing the Thoroughbred."
California breeders and owners met with the state's Thoroughbred breeders association management for three hours at Del Mar to discuss issues facing the industry.
Due to the fact the 2008 Breeders' Cup World Championships will be held at Santa Anita Park, the California Thoroughbred Breeders Association (CTBA) confirmed that the 29th California Cup has been moved up nearly a month, to be held Oct. 5, 2008.
California's three major horse racing organizations have endorsed The Shops at Santa Anita, the outdoor, upscale shopping and dining center proposed by Caruso Affiliated at the Arcadia, Calif., track.
It was a case of the sophomore slumps for the second California October yearling sale. The average increased, but the Oct. 3 sale saw declines in number sold, gross, and median.
Last year's inaugural California October yearling sale, co-sponsored by Barretts Equine Limited and the California Thoroughbred Breeders' Association, concluded with solid across the board results. And the two entities hope to build on last year's success for even stronger results during the 2006 edition Oct. 3 at Barretts Fairplex Park facility.
Symphonic Movement, a colt from the first crop of High Demand, lived up to his sire's name and was so in demand with buyers that he topped the California October yearling sale Tuesday at Barretts. The muscular bay brought $290,000.
The Sunshine Millions, matching California-breds against Florida-breds, will be renewed Saturday, Jan. 29 with eight races worth a combined $3.6 million.
The California Thoroughbred Breeders Association and Barretts Equine will combine their respective annual yearling sales in a one-day event to be held Oct. 4 at Barretts' Hinds Pavilion at Fairplex Park in Southern California.
Hoping to rebound from disappointing numbers a year ago, the California Thoroughbred Breeders Association will unveil its 2004 yearling sale at Del Mar Racetrack Monday, August 16 at 7 p.m.
The California Thoroughbred Breeders Association's board of directors on Wednesday approved a plan for the organization to conduct a yearling sale in Northern California later this year if at least 150 horses are entered.
The California Thoroughbred Breeders Association appears ready to lend its backing to a move to re-establish a yearling sale in Northern California.
The California Thoroughbred Breeders Association's Del Mar yearling sale will return to the Del Mar racetrack this year for the first time since 1995. The one-night auction is scheduled for Monday, August 16, when it will kick off Pacific Classic Week.
The California Thoroughbred Breeders Association (CTBA) is making changes to its Del Mar yearling sale in an effort to upgrade the quality of the horses offered.
Major setbacks in the gross revenue, average price, and median price marred the opening of the Del Mar yearling sale in California Sunday night.
Seventy-nine stakes winners, including 56 horses who have won graded events, are among the 145 runners pre-entered Thursday in the inaugural $3.6 million Sunshine Millions at Santa Anita Park and Gulfstream Park on Jan. 25.
The California Thoroughbred Breeders Association ended its two-night Del Mar yearling sale Monday in a virtual statistical dead-heat in average price with last year's all-time record sale.
Gross receipts and average price were down for the first of two nights of the California Thoroughbred Breeders Association's Del Mar yearling sale on Sunday, but the median increased marginally and the session boasted the highest-priced yearling sold by the CTBA in more than a decade.
The California Thoroughbred Breeders Association believes 2001 was a strong year for the California-bred program, with increases in the foal crop and number of mares bred. But officials with the organization indicated the status quo will not do for this year or subsequent years.
The annual Del Mar yearling sale set a record average price of $43,663 this week. The two-day sale at the Del Mar HorsePark sold 104 horses for a total $4,541,000. Monday's session was responsible for elevating the average price. Seven horses sold for $100,000 or more compared to five during last year's entire sale. Tuesday session was weaker overall, but still an improvement over last year's second session.
- By Greg Risling
Drive-through windows at simulcasting facilities and wagering from home are just some of the ideas on the table of the California Thoroughbred Breeders Association. In addition, the CTBA hopes racing-related legislation passes this year.
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