Angela Hermann has been named the Golden Gate Fields track announcer for the remainder of the 2016 winter/spring meet. She will be the first full-time female track announcer in the United States.
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.
Golden Gate Fields will offer increased purses, free shipping to and from Santa Anita Park, and guaranteed late Pick 4 pools during its inaugural three-week Turf Festival.
As the rain subsided at Santa Anita Park March 11 following a short but heavy rainstorm, track officials announced the final three races of the Friday card would be canceled.
Golden Gate Fields will begin to broadcast its races using high-definition cameras and video March 17, The Stronach Group announced March 10.
If all goes as planned, Santa Anita Park will have a new turf course when the Breeders' Cup arrives later this year.
The Thoroughbred Racing Associations of North America Board of Directors elected Joe Wilson as the organization's 37th president at its March 1 meeting in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
Santa Anita Park plans a complete overhaul of its turf course, and officials will meet Feb. 25 to decide details and timing of the plan.
After a worldwide search saw applications submitted from nearly every continent, the management of Santa Anita Park has invited two international race callers to join the audition process later in February.
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.
Race caller Trevor Denman, the voice of Santa Anita since 1983, has announced his retirement from the Southern California track. He will not return for the 2015-16 race meet, which begins Dec. 26.
Thoroughbred Owners of California announced Oct. 20 that Nick Coukos has accepted the position of president.
Joe Morris, who was general manager at Golden Gate Fields for The Stronach Group from 2011-13, is returning to the company as senior vice president of West Coast operations.
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.
Reservations are being accepted for the fourth annual "Chipping in for Johnny" Morris Golf Tournament, set for Oct. 12 at the University Club of Kentucky near Lexington.
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.
A three-year effort to employ third-party administration of the race-day medication furosemide in California was delayed significantly at a California Horse Racing Board meeting Aug. 20 at Del Mar.
An April 15 California Horse Racing Board discussion regarding the reallocation of 2015 racing dates for the California Fair circuit often shifted to the possibility of Golden Gate Fields closing in the future.
An incentive program to attract out-of-state horses to race in California that has had success over the past four seasons at Del Mar will expand to the entire Southern California racing circuit April 2.
Galway Downs was approved as an official training facility by the California Horse Racing Board Jan. 15, providing a needed option to small training operations being forced to relocate from Fairplex Park.
Panel discusses field-size challenges and possible solutions on the first morning of the 2014 University of Arizona Global Symposium on Racing & Gaming Dec. 9 in Tucson, Ariz.
The National Thoroughbred Racing Association Aug. 8 announced four new appointees to the organization's board of directors unanimously elected at the morning's quarterly board meeting in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.
In response to several top trainers calling for the end of race-day furosemide, horsemen's groups throughout the country say they will continue to support the use of the diuretic to prevent or reduce the severity of EIPH.
Fairplex will remain open as part of Southern California's off-site stabling through the Breeders' Cup World Champions this fall rather than closing July 10 as earlier planned.
- 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.
Fairplex Park announced its intention April 21 to transfer its Los Angeles County Fair Thoroughbred racing dates beginning this fall to Los Alamitos Race Course in Orange County.
Cal Expo won a tussle to gain an extra week on the summer fair racing calendar beginning in July 2015 after several months of debate when the California Horse Racing Board approved the dates plan.
Increasing purses and reducing costs were primary topics at the Thoroughbred Owners of California open forum held at Santa Anita Feb. 8.
The pros and cons of exchange wagering were among the highlights of the Jan. 24 session of the Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association winter convention in Pasadena, Calif.
Moving day will soon be here as the closure of Betfair Hollywood Park draws close, and the California Horse Racing Board got an update from industry leaders Dec. 12 on the situation.
An eBay auction that includes racetrack packages and a basketball signed by University of Kentucky coach John Calipari to benefit the John Joseph Morris Fund is scheduled to end Friday, Oct. 19.
Slated to close for development Dec. 22, Betfair Hollywood Park is planning to stay open for training through Jan. 31--and perhaps longer, the California Horse Racing Board was told Aug. 22.
Horsemen in California are pushing ahead with plans to make Los Alamitos Race Course and San Luis Rey Downs full-time off-track stabling sites once Betfair Hollywood Park is no longer available.
The framework for a Southern California racing calendar over the next two years with the impending closure of Betfair Hollywood Park was approved by the California Horse Racing Board May 23.
The Thoroughbred Owners of California will join regulators from eight states in the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast by committing to implement the Mid-Atlantic Uniform Medication Program in January 2014.
Joe Morris will step down as general manager of Golden Gate Fields to become president of the Thoroughbred Owners of California, The Stronach Group announced April 17.
The California Horse Racing Board, looking to improve upon a rule it approved last year, is considering a change that would void the claim of a horse that is later placed on the official veterinary list for being unsound.
Golden Gate Fields has earned re-accreditation from the National Thoroughbred Racing Association Safety and Integrity Alliance.
Golden Gate Fields achieved increases in its on-track attendance and handle averages in 2011, a year in which the Berkeley, Calif. racetrack conducted 157 days of racing compared to 174 in 2010.
Golden Gate Fields reported Dec. 21 that the Northern California track enjoyed double-digit percentage increases in daily on-track handle and on-track attendance during the 2011 fall meeting.
Golden Gate Fields officials will have to wait until next year to find out if the Albany track will be the preferred site for the second campus of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in the Bay Area.
Sean Greely, racing secretary at Golden Gate Fields, has been laid off from his position along with several other employees in an economic-related cutback, according to Daily Racing Form.
Robert Hartman, the general manager at Golden Gate Fields for the past six years, is leaving his post at the conclusion of the current fall meet Oct. 2.
Joe Morris is leaving the NTRA a second time to become MI Developments' vice president of operations and sales.
Joe Morris is returning to the National Thoroughbred Racing Association as senior vice president of NTRA Advantage, a position he held about three years ago.
- By Tom LaMarra
Joe Morris is leaving his job as president of the National Thoroughbred Racing Association's group purchasing division.
The National Thoroughbred Racing Association announced Oct. 26 that a John Deere X304 riding mower tractor with a retail value of $3,499 will be given away at the November 4 Breeders' Cup World Championships at Churchill Downs.
The United States Trotting Association and Harness Tracks of America will become partners in NTRA Purchasing, officials announced May 25.
National Thoroughbred Racing Association commissioner D.G. Van Clief Jr. will address the Kentucky Thoroughbred Farm Managers' Club May 3.
- By Tom LaMarra
NTRA Purchasing, which has reached out to equine organizations outside the Thoroughbred industry, is close to signing up the United States Trotting Association, which has more than 25,000 individual members and 45 member racetracks.
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