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Breakdowns prompt Sunday's turf races to be moved to main track
Sunday, July 27th, 2014
Citing concern over a turf course that has seen three horses fatally injured in the last 48 hours, Joe Harper, the president and chief executive of Del Mar, said Del Mar would move its two grass races on Sunday to the main Polytrack course.
Santa Anita raises purses for 10 stakes at fall meeting
Friday, July 25th, 2014
Santa Anita has raised the purses of 10 stakes run during its autumn meeting from Sept. 26 to Nov. 2, a season that includes the Breeders’ Cup races on Oct. 31 and Nov. 1.
Business strong opening week at Del Mar
Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014
The four-day opening week of the Del Mar summer meeting from Thursday through Sunday showed strong attendance and handle figures compared to opening week in 2013, according to figures released by the track on Sunday.
Hovdey: Opening day at Del Mar, with a horse racing backdropHovdey: Opening day at Del Mar, with a horse racing backdrop
Friday, July 18th, 2014
Opening day at Del Mar is to horse racing what Jackson Pollock is to Da Vinci. It is a madcap abstract of a sporting event, more like an annual hadj for upscale pilgrims, some 42,000 strong.
Two extra days possible for Santa Anita's fall meet
Friday, July 18th, 2014
Santa Anita may add two days of racing to its autumn meeting, and Los Alamitos may move the date of the richest race of its county fair meeting in September, after discussions at Friday’s California Horse Racing Board meeting.
Bejarano returns a winner in comebackBejarano returns a winner in comeback
Friday, July 18th, 2014
For many reasons, jockey Rafael Bejarano was not eager to leave the winner’s circle after $32,000 claimer Affrettando prevailed by a nose in the 10th race on Thursday’s opening-day program.
King: How I'd play Del Mar on Friday, July 18
Friday, July 18th, 2014
It’s on to day two of the summer meet at Del Mar following an exciting opening day. Here is a trio of value plays I plan to support on the card, provided the odds remain attractive.
Well-traveled Summer Front ships again for Eddie Read Stakes
Friday, July 18th, 2014
For a New York-based horse, Summer Front is spending a lot of time in California this year.
Hovdey: Tom's Tribute gets headlining roleHovdey: Tom's Tribute gets headlining role
Thursday, July 17th, 2014
As a racehorse for trainer Jim Cassidy, Tom’s Tribute has developed a reputation as a stalwart supporting player in a very deep West Coast division of middle-distance turf horses. He has faced the likes of Obviously, Winning Prize, Suggestive Boy, ...
Top female grass runner Tiz Flirtatious retiredTop female grass runner Tiz Flirtatious retired
Tuesday, July 15th, 2014
Tiz Flirtatious, the Grade 1 winner who ranked among the top female grass runners in California, has been retired from racing, owner-breeder Pamela Ziebarth said Sunday at Los Alamitos.
Hovdey: Heap hoping to get Del Mar off on a good foot
Tuesday, July 15th, 2014
How tough is it to get pumped for Del Mar? Not very. Just find a place to stand in the sun, close your eyes, and wait for a cool breeze to blow in from the coast. Any coast. Then imagine the sound of Trevor Denman, the aroma of fresh kettle corn, and ...
Big fields for opening day, including 13 for OceansideBig fields for opening day, including 13 for Oceanside
Tuesday, July 15th, 2014
Fueled by high purses, a wider turf course, and the eagerness to race at Del Mar, a total of 123 horses were entered Sunday for the 10-race opening-day card on Thursday at Del Mar.
The millionaire Jeranimo retires to studThe millionaire Jeranimo retires to stud
Monday, July 14th, 2014
Jeranimo, a millionaire and eight-time stakes winner, has been retired from racing and will stand at stud next year, trainer Mike Pender said Sunday.
CHRB investigating Desormeaux over missed Thursday mounts
Wednesday, July 9th, 2014
Kent Desormeaux will ride Friday at Santa Anita while the circumstances that led to him not riding his two mounts Thursday are under investigation by the California Horse Racing Board.
Hovdey: Los Alamitos holds its own on opening day
Sunday, July 6th, 2014
Those 5,702 patrons passing through the turnstiles at Los Alamitos Race Course on Thursday afternoon had no idea they were semi-willing participants in a grand experiment, one designed to gauge the chances of Thoroughbred racing in Southern California ...
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