MI Developments announced Sept. 7 the Black-Eyed Susan 2.2, a bonus program similar to its Preakness 5.5 bonus unveiled in last August.
Kristin Finkel has been promoted to the position of director of marketing at Golden Gate Fields, track general manager Robert Hartman announced Aug. 20.
Santa Anita is about to become the first California racetrack to abandon the 2006-mandated synthetic surface experiment and return to dirt.
Frank Stronach, chairman of MI Developments and owner of Santa Anita Park and Golden Gate Fields, has called a meeting with California horsemen Aug. 18 at Del Mar Surfside Race Place, the track's simulcast wagering facility.
In preparation for Golden Gate's 2010 summer-fall meeting, which begins Aug. 25, scheduled maintenance was performed on the Tapeta Footings artificial surface July 24-25.
Sent off at odds of nearly 20-1, Mercedes Stables' homebred Run It dug in along the rail to post a head victory over heavily favored Bold Chieftain in the $100,000 Berkeley Stakes (gr. III) at Golden Gate Fields.
Pointing to an insufficient number of entries, Hollywood Park announced that it has canceled its May 26 program. Live racing will resume at the Inglewood, Calif., track on May 27.
As was announced May 20 by MI Developments, longtime Santa Anita Park general manager George Haines has been named interim president of the track and will oversee all of MID's California racing operations.
The California Horse Racing Board got an opportunity to address recent actions of the state's newest track owner, MI Developments, at its May 20 meeting.
The bankruptcy reorganization plan for Magna Entertainment that includes the transfer of Santa Anita, Gulfstream, and Golden Gate to MID Developments has been implemented, effective at 5:01 p.m. (EDT) April 30.
The resumption of turf racing and the first 2-year-old event of the season make for an interesting racing program at Golden Gate Fields April 8.
The California Horse Racing Board disputes more than $3 million that it contends belonged to off-track wagering entities when Magna Entertainment Corp. filed for bankruptcy one year ago.
Golden Gate Fields in Northern California is the 15th racetrack to be fully accredited by the National Thoroughbred Racing Association Safety and Integrity Alliance.
The top three finishers in the Jan. 16 California Derby -- Ranger Heartley, Connemara, and Thomas Baines -- top the 10-horse field entered for the Feb. 20 El Camino Real Derby (gr. III) at Golden Gate Fields.
Due to downturn in handle at its current meet, Golden Gate Fields is reducing purses by an average of 7.5%, canceling three stakes and reducing the purses of two other stakes, the track announced Feb. 12.
The California Horse Racing Board finally gave approval to a Northern California fair racing dates program for 2010 during its meeting at Santa Anita Park Jan. 15, though not everyone was happy with the much-delayed action.
Steve Miyadi recorded his 1,000th training victory Jan. 2 when his 3-year-old filly Shesgoinghollywood won the first race at Golden Gate Fields.
Joanne Chandler, a 79-year-old trainer who maintains a small racing stable, made a long-awaited return to the winner's circle Dec. 9 at Golden Gate Fields.
Golden Gate Fields, the largest Thoroughbred racetrack in Northern California, has been awarded the "2009 StopWaste Partnership Business Efficiency Award" for excellence in environmental performance.
It was more than business as usual as the California summer fair racing season commenced its annual run in the northern half of the state on June 18.
Citing the decision by Hollywood Park to adopt a four-day racing week that eliminated Wednesday racing programs as well as the card scheduled for Thursday, May 28, Golden Gate Fields announced May 22 that it is dropping the racing programs scheduled for Thursday, May 28; Wednesday, June 3; and Wednesday, June 10.
Veteran 54-year-old jockey Roberto Gonzalez will be sidelined indefinitely after breaking the C-2 vertebrae in his neck and his left ankle in a spill at Golden Gate Fields April 29.
Association of Racing Commissioners International president Ed Martin said April 23 a wagering system foul up April 22 poisoned wagering pools in five states affecting bettors across the country.
CARMA invited representatives from several California rescue organizations to a roundtable April 8 at Santa Anita to discuss ways the groups could work together to save Thoroughbreds and rehabilitate them for second careers.
Jockey Leslie Mawing, who sustained compound fractures of both the tibia and fibula in his left leg in a spill at Golden Gate Fields,had emergency surgery on the leg the evening of April 1 at Highland Hospital in Oakland, Calif.
Jockey Leslie Mawing sustained compound fractures of both the tibia and fibula in his left leg when his mount, Pasta Time, crashed through the inner rail during the stretch run of the seventh race at Golden Gate Fields April 1.
Jockey Anisete Leon, a veteran jockey from the Dominican Republic, recorded his first U.S. victory March 18 at Golden Gate Fields when he guided Archie T to a three-length victory in the sixth race.
Golden Gates Fields is not in any immediate danger of being closed and could possibly remain a racing operation indefinitely, a leading official with MI Developments said March 12.
The parent company of Magna Entertainment Corp. disclosed March 10 it does not intend to keep on a long-term basis the racing assets upon which it is bidding in MEC's Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization, including its "immediate" intention of redeveloping Golden Gate Fields into a commercial property if the bid is successful.
A representative from the Magna Entertainment Corp. assured the California Horse Racing Board March 6 that the company "is not going out of business" in spite of its bankruptcy petition and that horsemen purse accounts and customer winnings will be paid on an ongoing basis.
Magna Entertainment Corp. announced March 5 it filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, and also unveiled a plan to sell many of its assets, including Gulfstream Park in Florida, Golden Gate Fields in California, and Lone Star Park in Texas.
With Magna Entertainment Corp. reportedly in financial peril, the California Horse Racing Board has called an emergency meeting March 6 to determine the status of the MEC-owned tracks in the state, Santa Anita Park and Golden Gate Fields, as well as the company's licensed advance deposit wagering entity, XpressBet.
Since a rash of five horse breakdowns in the opening five days of racing at the current Santa Anita meet -- resulting in four fatalities -- there has been just one race-related death since Dec. 31, Dr. Rick Arthur told the California Horse Racing Board.
A dispute over hub-fee agreements has left some Churchill Downs Inc.-owned tracks and related off-track betting facilities without racing signals from California.
Team Portland Meadows dominated its fellow riders from Golden Gate Fields in winning the first "XpressBet Jockey Challenge" at its home track Jan. 7.
TrackNet Media Group has granted an extension of its racing signals to Nevada casinos following a meeting held Jan. 7.
Horses returned to the Golden Gate Fields main track for gallops on the morning of Jan. 7 after the synthetic course was closed to training for two days for refurbishment.
TrackNet Media Group is poised to cut off its signals to more than 80 Nevada casinos Jan. 7 unless a new agreement is met for what the content company feels are more equitable fees.
Golden Gate Fields will give horse racing fans a present the day after Christmas when it opens its 118-day winter/spring season Dec. 26. Post time is 12:15 p.m.
Golden Gate Fields will host a total of 181 days in 2009, including 29 during the summer on behalf of the California Authority of Racing Fairs, under a dates allocation plan approved by the California Horse Racing Board Nov. 18.
Travis Stone, a 24-year-old track announcer at Harrah's Louisiana Downs in Bossier City, La., will call the action at Golden Gate Fields Nov. 12-16.
Stewards at Golden Gate Fields have disqualified a pair of horses trained by Jerry Hollendorfer and ordered a redistribution of purses in separate medication cases announced by the California Horse Racing Board Nov. 1.
Industry stakeholders received a tongue-lashing from Richard Shapiro, chairman of the California Horse Racing Board, as the agency took its first swipe at a race dates calendar for 2009.
Jockey Frank Alvarado, known as a strong finisher, displayed his skill while recording his 2,000th career victory Sept. 18 at Golden Gate Fields.
Golden Gate Fields, the only major racing facility in Northern California at the present time with the closure of Bay Meadows, opens its 2008 fall/winter meeting Sept. 17.
McCann's Mojave, fourth in the Hollywood Gold Cup, took a step toward the Aug. 24 Pacific Classic (gr. I) at Del Mar the morning of Aug. 10 with a sizzling six-furlong move in 1:10.60 at Golden Gate Fields for trainer Steve Specht.
William E. Morey ended a string of 32 consecutive training titles won by Jerry Hollendorfer at Golden Gate Fields as the East Bay track's 30-day spring meeting came to a close June 22.
Trainer Cirilo Sierra was fined $4,000 by stewards at Golden Gate Fields after a horse in his care was found to have exceeded the regulatory threshold for the commonly used bronchodilator clenbuterol, the California Horse Racing Board announced June 20.
MI Developments has announced a special shareholders meeting in Toronto July 24 to consider the reorganization proposal that could result in Magna Entertainment Corp. being sold to an entity controlled by founding chairman Frank Stronach.
Magna Entertainment Corp. has been granted a one-month extension on a $40-million loan that was due to mature March 31, a credit agreement that is secured by the assets of the company's Golden Gate Fields and Santa Anita Park.
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