CHRB Meetings Advisory

DEL MAR, Calif. (Aug. 21, 2016) -- The California Horse Racing Board will conduct its regular monthly meeting Thursday, August 25, preceded by committee meetings Monday and Wednesday, all at Del Mar’s Surfside Race Place and open to the public.

CHRB Steps Up Drug Testing

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Aug. 18, 2016) -- The California Horse Racing Board has stepped up drug testing in Southern California with industry cooperation and soon things will be going really high tech with a new focus on biological markers supported by The Jockey Club.

City Zip Colt Tops NorCal Sale

PLEASANTON, Calif. (Aug. 16, 2016) – A colt by City Zip brought a sale-topping $50,000 and a pair of California-bred colts by stallion Acclamation were close behind in Tuesday’s 2016 Northern California Yearling and Horses of Racing Age Sale at the Alameda County Fairgrounds.

The high-bid colt is out of the stakes-placed Runaway Groom mare Mama Ruth, who also has produced a full brother that earned $150,050. He was bred by H & E Ranch and was purchased by Robert Hess, Jr. H & E Ranch also bred the topper at the sale two years ago.

Trainer, Former Jockey Diaz Passes

ALBANY, Calif. (Aug. 16, 2016) -- Antonio L. “Tony” Diaz, a top Northern California rider and trainer died of cancer Monday at age 67.

Diaz was the leading rider on the Northern California circuit during the 1970s prior to the arrival and development of Russell Baze. He won a number of riding titles at both Golden Gate Fields and Bay Meadows while scoring 2,505 career wins before his retirement in 1992. His mounts earned more than $20 million.

Barretts August Catalog Online

From Barretts
DEL MAR, Calif. (July 17, 2016) -- The catalog for the second annual Barretts August Select Yearling Sale is now on-line and will be mailed soon.  This auction of 72 yearlings will be held on Tuesday August 30 starting at 2:00 p.m. in the Surfside Race Place located on the grounds of the Del Mar Racetrack in Del Mar, California.  We believed that last year’s yearlings were a very good group of yearlings in terms of quality and we believe that this year’s group is stronger.  Last year’s select yearling group has already started strong from limited starters including the sensational Hot Perfection.

California Chrome to Run for Cancer Research

DEL MAR, Calif. (July 14, 2016) -- Majority owners Perry and Denise Martin and Taylor Made Stallions announced July 14 that 2014 Horse of the Year California Chrome will run to benefit the V Foundation for Cancer Research, as a portion of his earnings through the remainder of his racing career will be committed to the charity.