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Horse racing, with its problems, returns to Bay Area

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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 five-eighths of a mile down the charcoal-colored track at Golden Gate Fields.

Thursday marked the beginning of the fall racing season at the track, on the eastern shore of San Francisco Bay. Sherman...Read more

Dale Earnhardt Jr., wife involved in plane crash in Tennessee

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Retired NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. and his wife, Amy, were involved in a plane crash in Tennessee on Thursday afternoon, multiple media outlets reported.

Neither were hurt, Elizabethton Fire Chief Barry Carrier told station WJHL.

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Filly suffers fatal breakdown in training at Del Mar

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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, Bri Bri, suffered a broken pelvis during a scheduled three-furlong workout out of the starting gate under exercise rider Abel Hernandez (who was not injured). Bri Bri was prepping for an ...Read more

Third horse dies in training at Del Mar

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

Bowl Of Soul, a 3-year-old filly trained by Bob Baffert, broke down Monday with an injury to her right hind fetlock, which is similar to an ankle. The horse was euthanized, according to Dr. Rick Arthur, equine ...Read more

Myracehorse website allows average people to own a piece of action

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DEL MAR, Calif. -- If not for Myracehorse.com, Robin Hoffos wouldn't have taken off on a 31-hour round trip odyssey from his home in Ramona to Indiana.

He wouldn't have boarded a plane early in the morning of July 17 at Lindbergh Field, flown to Indianapolis and paid a ride-share driver to haul him 36 miles to Shelbyville.

There, in the middle...Read more

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

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SAN DIEGO -- Jerry Hollendorfer will be allowed to train horses at Del Mar after a ruling by a San Diego Superior Court judge was affirmed in a hearing Friday morning.

In a three-page tentative ruling filed Thursday, Judge Ronald Frazier concluded the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club should not deny Hollendorfer's stall application or his ability to ...Read more

Hearing for trainer Hollendorfer's case against Del Mar pushed back

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SAN DIEGO -- A San Diego Superior Court judge on Thursday pushed back a ruling on a complaint by horse racing trainer Jerry Hollendorfer against the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club and 22nd Agricultural District.

Judge Ronald Frazier said in a court hearing that the arguments filed by both sides in the case this week were too voluminous for him to ...Read more

Two horses killed at Del Mar in freak training accident

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DEL MAR, Calif. -- Two horses died Thursday morning in a freak training accident at Del Mar, track officials confirmed.

Mac McBride, director of media for Del Mar Thoroughbred Club, said one of the horses, Carson Valley, was an unraced 3-year-old trained by Hall of Famer Bob Baffert. The other horse, a 2-year-old named Charge a Bunch, was ...Read more

After Santa Anita horse deaths, uncertainty clouds the Del Mar summer racing season

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LOS ANGELES -- To understand how this year has been like no other in California horse racing, look at the cover of the Del Mar Owners-Trainers-Jockeys 2019 source book.

There in the bottom left corner is a picture of trainer Jerry Hollendorfer giving instructions to a jockey, something he can no longer do since he is currently not allowed to ...Read more

Horsemen looking for fresh start at Del Mar after Santa Anita crisis

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DEL MAR, Calif. -- In the six years that David Jerkens has been the racing secretary for the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club, he hadn't quite seen such a traffic jam of horses.

Not on the track, but at the entrance to stables on the backstretch as Del Mar officially opened for business late on Thursday night. By early Friday morning, the long-legged ...Read more

Hollendorfer assistant to train horses at Del Mar in his place?

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SAN DIEGO -- Five days before its summer meet opens, the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club remained mostly silent on the access to racing for Hall of Fame trainer Jerry Hollendorfer. There was, however, an indication of which way the track officials are leaning.

As the first group of horses began to settle into their stalls on Friday, DMTC CEO Joe ...Read more

Santa Anita numbers say reforms were successful, but foes question the figures

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LOS ANGELES -- There's an expression popularized by Mark Twain that there are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies and statistics.

It's upon that premise that the public should be cautiously viewing one of the battle fronts on the future of horse racing: the counting of the equine dead. On the surface, it should be simple. But, with so much ...Read more

Del Mar becomes third California track to ban famed trainer Jerry Hollendorfer

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Hall of fame trainer Jerry Hollendorfer, who was banned from running horses at two California racetracks last month, has now been told he cannot run horses at a third track, Del Mar, which opens its summer season July 17.

The third ban puts Hollendorfer's 40-year career in jeopardy, his lawyer, Drew Couto, who is based in San Diego, told this ...Read more

Del Mar strengthens safety standards following Santa Anita horse deaths

Sports / Horse Racing /

SAN DIEGO -- Del Mar Thoroughbred Club staged the safest horse racing among major tracks in the country in 2018, but after a recent meet with 30 horse deaths at Santa Anita Park, Del Mar's leadership hardly felt like it could go about business as usual.

For the 36-day summer meet that begins July 17, Del Mar is adding a number of safety and ...Read more

Talks between Maryland Jockey Club and Baltimore raise hopes of keeping Preakness at Pimlico

Sports / Horse Racing /

BALTIMORE -- Officials negotiating the future of Pimlico Race Course told the Maryland Racing Commission on Thursday that talks have been progressing positively enough the Preakness Stakes could be run in Baltimore beyond 2020, which many feared could be its last year in the city.

Baltimore city government and Maryland Jockey Club officials ...Read more

Breeders' Cup board agrees to keep this year's event at Santa Anita

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LOS ANGELES -- The Breeders' Cup gave Santa Anita some positive news and an affirmation of its reform measures on Thursday by voting unanimously to keep the event at the Arcadia track.

The Los Angeles Times confirmed the decision through Craig Fravel, president and chief executive of the organization. The Breeders Cup made a formal announcement...Read more

Hall of fame horse trainer Jerry Hollendorfer says he wasn't warned before being banned

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Hall of fame trainer Jerry Hollendorfer said Wednesday he was given no warning by the owners of Santa Anita Park and Golden Gate Fields before being banned from the tracks, after a fourth horse trained by him died at Santa Anita last weekend.

In an interview on Wednesday with this news organization, Hollendorfer, 73, said the Stronach Group, a ...Read more

Bill allowing horse racing to be suspended approved by California Legislature

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LOS ANGELES -- The power of the California Horse Racing Board grew on Monday when the state Legislature unanimously approved a bill that would grant the regulatory body the authority to suspend or move racing days without a 10-day public notice period.

If this bill (SB 469) had passed a few weeks ago, the CHRB would have had the ability to shut...Read more

Banned from Santa Anita, trainer Jerry Hollendorfer can still race horses in New York

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ARCADIA, Calif. -- Hall of Fame trainer Jerry Hollendorfer, banished from Santa Anita and Golden Gate Fields, will be allowed to run his horses in New York.

"Mr. Hollendorfer is currently utilizing stall space at Belmont Park and was approved for stalls at Saratoga Race Course for the 2019 summer meet," said Pat McKenna, the New York Racing ...Read more

After another horse death at Santa Anita, Hall of Fame trainer Hollendorfer is banned

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LOS ANGELES -- Hall of Fame trainer Jerry Hollendorfer was ruled off the Santa Anita track after a fourth horse in his care died while racing or training.

American Currency on Saturday suffered a life-ending leg injury to his left-front fetlock (ankle) while running over the training track, according to Rick Arthur, chief equine veterinarian ...Read more

 

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