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California Regulator Approves Southern California Dates  BloodHorse.com

The 2019-20 winter-spring meet at Santa Anita will include three weeks down time, 12 race days to be determined, under a plan approved Aug. 22 by the ...

Racing! CHRB to take up new racing dates  Los Angeles Times

Hello, my name is John Cherwa and welcome back to our horse racing newsletter as we ponder fewer racing dates in 2020.

Local News Activists, supporters clash over horse racing Natay Holmes 11:56 AM, Aug 22, 2019  10News

After the recent horse deaths at the Del Mar Racetrack, a small group of animal activists is proposing a ban on horse racing. Local supporters of the track are ...

LA considers banning horse racing after deaths at nearby racetrack  New York Post

Los Angeles is reportedly taking measures to ban horse racing in the city — a move that comes as dozens of race horses have died this season at nearby Santa ...

Los Angeles Board Effort To Oppose California Horse Racing Falls One Vote Short - Horse Racing News  Paulick Report

Efforts by the Los Angeles Board of Animal Services to send a non-binding recommendation to the city council opposing horse racing in California fell one vote ...

More Troubles in Horse Racing as Gelding Euthanized After Injury at Los Alamitos  Times of San Diego

Always Checking died after suffering injury during a race at Los Alamitos Race Course this weekend, state horse racing officials confirmed.

Thoroughbred Owners Of California Seeks Alternative Federal Legislation - Horse Racing News  Paulick Report

Four years ago at the annual membership meeting of Thoroughbred Owners of California, then-president Joe Morris said the TOC's board of directors was “100 ...

Horse Racing Has No Concussion Protocol. California Wants To Create One.  KPBS

Head injuries are common among jockeys. But unlike other sports horse racing has no plan to treat or prevent them.

Jockey Seriously Injured, Horse Euthanized After Accident at Humboldt County Fair  Lost Coast Outpost

A horse had to be euthanized after an accident at the Humboldt County Fair on Sunday, according to racing publicist Ellis Davis. The jockey, Luis Alberto Godoy, ...

Gorajec: A Way Forward On Regulators And Possible Conflicts Of Interest - Horse Racing News  Paulick Report

Horse racing consultant Joe Gorajec writes in his InsideRacingRegs blog that he was “bewildered, befuddled, baffled and bemused” over a recent issue in ...

3rd Race Horse Dies During Training at Del Mar in 2 Weeks  KTLA Los Angeles

A third thoroughbred race horse has died during training at Del Mar, which opened its summer meet less than two weeks ago. Bowl Of Soul, a 3-year-old filly ...

Feinstein staff, Atkins visit Del Mar amid horse racing safety concerns  Del Mar Times

Following a spate of horse deaths in Santa Anita over the last year, state Sen. President Pro Tempore Toni Atkins (D-San Diego) and a team from U.S. Rep.

4 horses have died in less than a month at Del Mar racetrack in California  CNN

The latest death was that of a 3-year-old filly named Bri Bri, who was euthanized after suffering a serious pelvis injury during training, the Del Mar Thoroughbred ...

Horse racing, with its fans and its problems, returns to Bay Area  East Bay Times

Trainers try to be extra careful with their horses as fall season at Golden Gate Fields begins.

Racing! It’s a wide open Pacific Classic  Los Angeles Times

Hello, my name is John Cherwa and welcome back to our horse racing newsletter as we get ready for Del Mar's best racing day of the meeting. If you are going ...

Dismal Del Mar summer meet another blow to horse racing  OCRegister

I wish I had better news to report, but facts are facts: Nearly halfway through its 80th summer meet, Del Mar is headed toward its worst season betting-wise since ...

Thoroughbred Industry Organizations' Statements On Current Crisis - Horse Racing News  Paulick Report

It began with a media death watch during a cold and wet winter at Santa Anita Park. As the number of racing and training fatalities increased at the Arcadia, Calif.

PG&E play emerges, Newsom visits Paradise, race tracks jockey for position  CALmatters

Good morning, California. “If you're always kind, you'll never be sent to the principal.”—Gov. Gavin Newsom to a second-grade class at Paradise Ridge ...

County fair horse racing challenged by declining interest, animal deaths  Santa Rosa Press Democrat

The issues facing the sport of horse racing — from declining attendance and wagering to the deaths of horses — aren't just reflected at the Sonoma County Fair ...

Racing! Will the downhill turf races return?  Los Angeles Times

Hello, my name is John Cherwa and welcome back to our horse racing newsletter as we start the second week of Del Mar racing. Last week at the California ...

Racing! Pacific Classic looking to be competitive  Los Angeles Times

We're down to only one $1-million race for older horses in Southern California, and it comes up Saturday with the Pacific Classic at Del Mar.

Stake in horse by state regulator and Santa Anita exec raises questions  Los Angeles Times

State racing regulator Madeline Auerbach and Santa Anita executive Timothy Ritvo were business partners in the ownership of a horse, raising eyebrows.

Racing! Favorite stewards’ ruling of the year  Los Angeles Times

Hello, my name is John Cherwa and welcome back to our horse racing newsletter as we congratulate a gutty performance by Ollie's Candy. As I foreshadowed ...

Report: Hollendorfer Seeking Relief In Court From Golden Gate Fields Exclusion - Horse Racing News  Paulick Report

Hall of Fame trainer Jerry Hollendorfer is seeking emergency relief from the Alameda County Superior Court to lift a ban preventing him from stabling or racing at ...

By The Numbers: Hollendorfer's Fatality Rate On Par With National Average - Horse Racing News  Paulick Report

Only one active Thoroughbred trainer has more lifetime starts or wins than Jerry Hollendorfer, who was inducted into the National Museum of Racing Hall of ...

Racing! Big win for Jerry Hollendorfer and CTT  Los Angeles Times

Hello, my name is John Cherwa and welcome back to our horse racing newsletter as Rob Henie digs deep on today's Del Mar analysis. As most know by now, ...

Aidan Butler To Head Stronach Group's California Racing Operations - Horse Racing News  Paulick Report

Continuing its push to reform and modernize horseracing, The Stronach Group has announced that Chief Strategy Officer Aidan Butler – a longtime technology, ...

Bleeding, breakdowns and sudden death: An interim solution for Californian horseracing?  Horsetalk

Professor Bob Cook proposes a solution to the spate of catastrophic breakdowns in US racing.

'The sport is at a tipping point': Inside US horse racing’s deadly crisis  The Guardian

The future of horse racing in America is at a crossroads amid the headline-grabbing rash of fatalities at Santa Anita Park, yet the consequences of a wholesale ...

Hollendorfer 'radioactive'? Documents detail Del Mar ban  Horse Racing Nation

Del Mar's summer meet began last week with Dan Ward, former assistant to Jerry Hollendorfer, saddling the recently banned trainer's horses. Among them was ...

Racehorse death confirmed at Los Alamitos track  fox5sandiego.com

A 4-year-old racehorse died last month after suffering a shoulder fracture in a race at Los Alamitos Race Course, track officials confirmed to City News *Service* ...

Racing! Remembering Arrogate’s stellar Travers  Los Angeles Times

Bob Baffert and Mike Smith discuss the day that Arrogate smashed the track record in the Travers.

The Jockey Club Adds Six New Members - Horse Racing News  Paulick Report

The Jockey Club announced the election of six new members: Shannon Bishop Arvin, Gary Barber, Terry Finley, Pope McLean Jr., Jaime Roth, and Chuck ...

Racing! Congrats to Cistron  Los Angeles Times

Hello, my name is John Cherwa and welcome back to our horse racing newsletter as we decided to release our poll results a day early. I was originally going to ...

Why Are So Many Race Horses Dying At Santa Anita & Across The US?  KALW

On this edition of Your Call, we'll discuss why 30 horses have died at the Santa Anita racetrack in Southern California since last December.

Grants Pass horse racing boosts local business  KOBI-TV NBC5 / KOTI-TV NBC2

GRANTS PASS, Ore – Local horse racing company 'TMB Racing' signed a contract with Josephine County yesterday to use a portion of the fairgrounds this fall.

Racing! More talk about conflicts  Los Angeles Times

Hello, my name is John Cherwa and welcome back to our horse racing newsletter as we get to the middle of the Del Mar meeting. With a five-day racing week at ...

Banned horse trainer wins in court, beating track that banned him for his deadly record  USA TODAY

SAN DIEGO – Embattled horse trainer Jerry Hollendorfer won a big battle for his livelihood in court here Friday, beating back a big-time race track that tried to ...

Local News Third horse dies during training at Del Mar Racetrack City News Service 9:13  10News

A third thoroughbred race horse has died during training at Del Mar, which opened its summer meet less than two weeks ago.

Racing! Trying to answer heady questions  Los Angeles Times

Hello, my name is John Cherwa and welcome back to our horse racing newsletter as we can't believe the participation of the New York survey. A story in ...

Hall of fame trainer asks courts to let him race at Golden Gate Fields  The Mercury News

Hall of Fame trainer Jerry Hollendorfer is asking an Alameda County Superior Court judge to lift a ban against stabling or racing horses at Golden Gate Fields.

Santa Anita will keep signature furlong downhill turf course closed for fall meeting  Los Angeles Times

Santa Anita will keep its signature 6½-furlong downhill turf course closed to sprints for its six-week fall meeting it was announced Thursday. The course has been ...

Filly suffers fatal breakdown in training at Del Mar  Los Angeles Times

A horse suffered a catastrophic injury Monday morning in training at Del Mar and had to be euthanized. Trainer Jim Cassidy said the unraced 3-year-old filly, ...

Asmussen: Special Horses Bring Out Special Feelings | Horse Racing News  US Racing

By Richard Rosenblatt The revelation for trainer Steve Asmussen came 11 years ago in California, just after his soon-to-be two-time Horse of the Year Curlin…

Del Mar's Best Pal Honors California Legend, Draws 7 Juveniles  US Racing

By Margaret Ransom. Fore Left – Photo by Daniella Ricci. Saturday's $200,000 Best Pal Stakes (G2) at Del Mar is the first graded stakes event for juveniles in ...

Racing! Congrats to Pacific Classic winner Higher Power  Los Angeles Times

Higher Power gave trainer John Sadler and owner Kosta Hronis back-to-back wins in the Pacific Classic.

Prospect Watch: California Chrome's half-brother may debut  Horse Racing Nation

Another week of racing at Del Mar and Saratoga is set to bring promising 2-year-olds into the spotlight, with half-brothers to Grade 1 winners West Coast and ...

Thoroughbred Deaths Cast Shadow Over Golden Gate Fields New Season  CBS San Francisco

ALBANY (CBS SF) — On opening day of the fall horse racing season at Albany's Golden Gate Fields, horse trainers and owners are characteristically nervous ...

Racing! A new day at Santa Anita  Los Angeles Times

The Stronach Group announced Thursday that Aidan Butler is the new acting executive director of California racing operations.

Racing! Del Mar revs up for third week  Los Angeles Times

Hello, my name is John Cherwa and welcome back to our horse racing newsletter as we catch up on some odds and ends. It's been a while since I've gotten ...

Racing! Welcome back to Golden Gate  Los Angeles Times

Racing returns on Thursday for a short seven-week summer race meeting before a couple of weeks off.

Horse racing, with its problems, returns to Bay Area  Finger Lakes Times

ALBANY, Calif. - Early Thursday morning, Steve Sherman leaned on a rail with a stopwatch in his hand and watched Rebel At Heart and Koa Cat gallop ...

What we learned: Higher Power's Pacific Classic tough to predict  Horse Racing Nation

After switching from Michael Stidham to the John Sadler barn earlier this year, he finished an even fifth in the Gold Cup at Santa Anita (G1), a neck behind ...

Mr. Money’s camp embraces Pennsylvania Derby challenge  Horse Racing Nation

Mr. Money returned to the work tab Wednesday morning at Churchill Downs toward a defining race for the streaking 3-year-old. A winner of four straight races in ...

Wine Country Racing hoofs it to start line  Sonoma West

Jerry Hollendorfer has been to thoroughbred racing in Northern California what the Golden State Warriors recently have been to the NBA: the gold standard.

Can They Do That? The Legal Precedent (Or Not) Behind Hollendorfer's Exclusion - Horse Racing News  Paulick Report

In the wake of announcements from The Stronach Group (owner of Santa Anita Park and Golden Gate Fields in California, Gulfstream in Florida and Laurel and ...

Judge: Del Mar must allow Hollendorfer to train, race horses at track  Del Mar Times

A San Diego Superior Court judge on Friday, July 26, granted a preliminary injunction that allows Jerry Hollendorfer to race and train horses at Del Mar for the ...

Midshipman Colt Tops Washington Summer Sale For $120,000 - Horse Racing News  Paulick Report

The annual Washington Thoroughbred Breeders and Owners Association Summer Yearling and Mixed Sale was held on Aug. 20 at the WTBOA Sales Pavilion ...

Josephine County signs lease agreement, extends horse racing  KOBI-TV NBC5 / KOTI-TV NBC2

GRANTS PASS, Ore.– A new deal to bring more horse racing to southern Oregon has reached the finish line. On Tuesday afternoon, the Josephine County ...

Maryland racing industry wrestles with scrutiny on horse deaths in wake of Santa Anita crisis  Rapid City Journal

In Maryland, regulators and horsemen are discussing a series of safety reforms, even as they face increased scrutiny from animal-rights groups such as PETA.

Racing! Stewards’ rulings are back  Los Angeles Times

Horse racing newsletter. Jockey Kent Desormeaux was fined $200 for using the riding crop more than three times.

PD Editorial: To keep horse racing healthy, make it safer  Santa Rosa Press Democrat

The annual Sonoma County Fair is underway, and it's proving as fun as ever — for the humans. Horses, not to anthropomorphize them, might worry about ...

TSG Names Butler Acting Executive Director in CA  BloodHorse.com

Continuing its push to reform and modernize horse racing, The Stronach Group announced Aug. 9 that chief strategy officer Aidan Butler will additionally serve ...

Travers Stakes notes: A 'huge step,' but Scars Are Cool likes distance  Horse Racing Nation

Although he might be a David among Goliaths in Saturday's Grade 1, $1.25 million Travers Stakes, Scars Are Cool has given trainer Stanley Hough confidence ...

Wests' Game Winner, Maximum Security to Miss Travers  BloodHorse.com

The complexion of the 150th Runhappy Travers Stakes Presented by NYRA Bets (G1) took an unexpected turn Aug. 15 when it was learned that both Game ...

Washington Summer Yearling And Mixed Sale Set For August 20 - Horse Racing News  Paulick Report

The beauty of Mt. Rainier, the excitement of Emerald Downs racing and the quality of the yearlings and breeding stock entered in the Washington Thoroughbred ...

More horses die as racing continues  Los Angeles Times

Three horses have died within two weeks of the Del Mar Race Track opening for the summer season. On July 18, two horses, trained by Carla Gaines and Bob ...

Judge's tentative ruling sides with Hollendorfer vs. Del Mar  Horse Racing Nation

Hall of Fame trainer Jerry Hollendorfer can return to stabling and racing horses at Del Mar if a tentative ruling by judge Ronald F. Frazier holds up Friday in a ...

Bloodlines: Medaglia d'Oro's Grade 1 Del Mar Double - Horse Racing News  Paulick Report

The Darley stallion Medaglia d'Oro sired the winners of both Grade 1 events in California on Saturday, Aug. 17: the Pacific Classic and the Del Mar Oaks. One of ...

$172,000 Raised For Retired Racehorses At CARMA's Hoedown For Horses - Horse Racing News  Paulick Report

The iconic Del Mar Paddock was transformed into a country-western themed bash on the evening of Sunday, July 21, to host the California Retirement ...

Japan battles past Crystal Ocean in final strides to win Juddmonte International  The Guardian

Japan, the 5-1 third-favourite, clawed his way past Crystal Ocean in the final strides to win the Juddmonte International Stakes at York.

1982 Travers: Spectacular Upset by Runaway Groom | Horse Racing News  US Racing

By John Furgele It's time for the Travers, also known as the Mid-Summer Derby. It was first run in 1864 and this year, will be run for the 150th time.

Racing! Game Winner out of Travers  Los Angeles Times

The Travers, the signature race of the Saratoga summer season, was supposed to be a meeting of Eclipse Award-winning Game Winner and Maximum Security.

Champion Stormy Liberal Routed To Kentucky Downs' Turf Sprint - Horse Racing News  Paulick Report

Stormy Liberal, the two-time winner of the Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint, is scheduled to run in the $700,000, Grade 3 RUNHAPPY Turf Sprint, one of five graded ...

Fasig-Tipton California Fall Yearlings Sale Catalog Now Online - Horse Racing News  Paulick Report

Fasig-Tipton has cataloged 285 yearlings for its California Fall Yearlings Sale, to be held on Thursday, Sept. 26, at Fairplex in Pomona, Calif. The sale will begin ...

Even as top trainers issue letter of support for reform bill, horse racing remains at odds  Courier Journal

Four Kentucky Derby-winning trainers have endorsed a horse racing reform bill opposed by Churchill Downs.

Racing! Santa Anita downhill course to stay closed  Los Angeles Times

Hello, my name is John Cherwa and welcome to our horse racing newsletter as we try and figure out what the new appointments at The Stronach Group actually ...

Asmussen, Baze Storm Through Both Juvenile Stakes At Ellis Park - Horse Racing News  Paulick Report

Two storm surges pushed through Ellis Park late Sunday afternoon: Trainer Steve Asmussen and jockey Tyler Baze swept both 2-year-old stakes but in between ...

Bill allowing horse racing to be suspended approved by California Legislature  Los Angeles Times

The California legislature unanimously approved a bill that would allow the California Horse Racing Board to suspend or move racing days.

California Horse Racing Board gets more authority  ESPN

A bill signed by California Gov. Gavin Newsom on Wednesday gives the state's horse racing board the authority to suspend racing and meet licenses in order to ...

Michael Wrona set to be full-time track announcer at Los Alamitos  Los Angeles Times

Michael Wrona will replace the retiring Ed Burgart as the full-time Los Alamitos track announcer at the end of the year.

Racing! Michael Wrona is back  Los Angeles Times

Hello, my name is John Cherwa and welcome back to our horse racing newsletter as we have a handicapping lesson from Rob Henie and a preview of the ...

Seeking The Soul Slight Favorite Vs. 9 In Del Mar's Pacific Classic - Horse Racing News  Paulick Report

Charles Fipke's well-travelled Seeking the Soul drew Post 5 Tuesday in a field of 10 and was installed the 3-1 morning line favorite for Saturday's 29th edition of ...

Postcard From L.A.: Del Mar always brings out the social crowd. This year, protesters also showed up  Los Angeles Times

As historic Del Mar begins another racing season, the alluring track draws its usual party-prone crowd -- and protesters. I would never bet against this track.

Editorial: California horse-racing deaths demand industry reforms  The Mercury News

Race tracks need greater transparency, tough standards on drug use and harsher penalties for abuses.

Enable, Magical Renew Breeders' Cup Rivalry In Thursday's Yorkshire Oaks - Horse Racing News  Paulick Report

Prince Khalid Abdullah's super mare Enable (GB) and Derrick Smith, Mrs. John Magnier and Michael Tabor's multiple Group 1- winning filly Magical (IRE) are ...

Hollendorfer returns to work at Del Mar; 'We haven't given up'  Horse Racing Nation

After two more horses run Sunday at Del Mar in the name of Dan Ward, assistant to Jerry Hollendorfer, the Hall of Fame trainer plans to get himself back in the ...

Nearly 100 horses reach finish at 64th Tevis Cup, 18-year-old takes first place (VIDEO)  Sierra Sun

Early last Saturday morning, 184 horses and their riders raced out underneath a nearly full moon, leaving Robie Equestrian Park for the beginning of the 64th ...

California considers the unthinkable: Canceling horse racing at Santa Anita Park  The Washington Post

The unexplained deaths of 23 horses at the fabled track since late December have prompted calls by animal rights experts to ban the sport.

Dan Ward: Fresh Challenge, Difficult CircumstancesDan Ward: Fresh Challenge, Difficult Circumstances  Thoroughbred Daily News

By Dan Ross. Back in 2006, Dan Ward was still oiling the gears of a near decade-long sabbatical from horse racing when a gun was held to his head. He was ...

Sonoma County Fair horse racing starts Thursday  Santa Rosa Press Democrat

The thundering hooves of horse racing will return to the Sonoma County Fairgrounds starting Thursday with the first of eight days of Wine Country Racing.

Thoroughbred Owners of California discuss wisdom of four-day weeks for Santa Anita, Del Mar  Daily Racing Form

Del Mar and Santa Anita intend to run four days a week during their fall meetings even though the population of Thoroughbreds in Southern California has ...

Acclimate punches Breeders' Cup ticket with Del Mar Handicap upset  Horse Racing Nation

Acclimate continued his big summer with a front-running victory in the Grade 2, $250,000 Del Mar Handicap at Del Mar on Saturday. With the win, the 5-year-old ...

Josephine County horse racing season may extend to fall  KOBI-TV NBC5 / KOTI-TV NBC2

GRANTS PASS, Ore. — The Josephine County Fairgrounds may soon have a longer horse racing season. The fairgrounds director says they are in negotiations ...

Jockey Cedillo Proving Able In First Del Mar Season - Horse Racing News  Paulick Report

The motivation for Abel Cedillo to leave a good business and comfortable situation based at Golden Gate Fields in San Francisco, and venture full-time to Del ...

Frank Lucarelli Saddles 1,000th Career Winner At Emerald Downs - Horse Racing News  Paulick Report

Crest Drive rolled to a 14 ½-length victory in race five Sunday to give trainer Frank Lucarelli his 1,000th victory at Emerald Downs. A five-time Emerald Downs' ...

Future of horse racing in California discussed at tension-filled meeting  Los Angeles Times

The monthly meeting of the California Horse Racing Board was filled with hyperbolic rhetoric over what should be the future of horse racing in California.

With its racing 'on the rise,' Golden Gate Fields returns Thursday  Horse Racing Nation

Live racing will return to Golden Gate Fields on Thursday, when the California track will open its 28-day Summer Meeting with a seven-race program that will get ...

Covfefe receives final race assignment before Breeders' Cup  Horse Racing Nation

Newly minted Grade 1 winner Covfefe will dip into non-graded company to prep for the Breeders' Cup. Trainer Brad Cox said this week that Covfefe is pointing ...

Here’s Why California Can’t Just Close the Santa Anita Race Track After 29 Horse Deaths  KTLA Los Angeles

Two more horses died over the weekend at Santa Anita Park in California, bringing the total number of horses to be euthanized there since the start of the racing ...