Santa Anita’s Track Replaced

From DMTC
ARCADIA, Calif. (Aug. 25, 2014)—Under the direction of Track Superintendent Dennis Moore, Santa Anita’s one mile main track has been totally renovated and its original sand and clay mix has been replaced by a single-source natural material known as El Segundo Sand. The track, which has been closed to training since July 11, will reopen for use on Sept 2, in advance of Santa Anita’s 2014 Autumn Meet, which begins Sept. 26.

CHRB Meeting Summary

From CHRB
DEL MAR, Calif. (Aug. 22, 2014) – The California Horse Racing Board conducted its regular meeting Thursday, August 21, in the Del Mar Surfside Race Place. Chairman Chuck Winner presided. 1st Vice Chair Bo Derek, 2nd Vice Chair Richard Rosenberg and Commissioners Madeline Auerbach, Steve Beneto, Jesse Choper and George Krikorian were in attendance.

Los Alamitos Bets on Racing’s Future

By OrangeCoast.com
CYPRESS, Calif. (Aug. 19, 2014) -- Here on the backside of Los Alamitos Race Course, trainers lean against the rail outside Schwanie’s Grill at the Gap, timing their mounts galloping past. The morning air is filled with the sounds of snorting horses and thudding hooves—and a sense of excited change: Among the familiar muscular quarter horses speeding past are longer, leaner thoroughbreds. And around me are some of the top trainers and jockeys on the national racing scene. Thanks to a bold gamble by track owner Ed Allred, Los Alamitos now features daytime thoroughbred racing for the first time in two decades.

Personal Diary, Nakatani Win Oaks

DEL MAR, Calif. (Aug. 16, 2014) -- Out of action for the previous three days while battling the flu,  jockey Corey Nakatani emerged from his sick bed for a single mount Saturday and he didn’t squander the opportunity, guiding 9-1 Personal Diary to a sparkling victory in the featured Grade I $300,000 Del Mar Oaks for three-year-old fillies.

FOX to Carry G1 Stakes

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (Aug. 14, 2014) -- The Jockey Club Tour on FOX makes its third visit of the summer to historic Saratoga Race Course this Sunday with coverage of the 40th running of the Sword Dancer Invitational and the 2nd running of the Alydar Stakes.

NBC to Air Breeders’ Cup Preps

By DRF.com
ARCADIA, Calif. (Apr. 21, 2014) -- Eighteen of the major preps giving horses an automatic berth in a Breeders’ Cup race will be televised live on NBC or NBC Sports this summer and fall under a new agreement between Breeders’ Cup Ltd. and the network’s parent company, according to an announcement by both parties Monday.