Santa Anita Tries New Race Conditions

From Santa Anita PublicityARCADIA, Calif. (Dec. 1, 2017)–Santa Anita Park has announced that it will be offering a couple of new and innovative race conditions in an effort to stimulate entries and boost pari-mutuel handle, effective opening day of its Winter/Spring Meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 26.

With full fields for gamblers and more opportunities for horsemen of paramount concern, Santa Anita has instituted the following changes:

Stevens to Winter at Oaklawn

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (Nov. 28, 2017) -- Oaklawn Park will be home to Hall of Fame jockey Gary Stevens and his family this winter, reports Stevens plans to ride the opening day card at Santa Anita Park, then ship down to Arkansas.

“I'm riding here at Santa Anita opening day,” he said. “I've got three major stakes races to ride in, so I plan to ride them and be on my way. I want to be there by Dec. 31st or Jan. 1st, depending on weather.”

Stevens plans to arrive by Jan. 2, and will be represented by Jay Fedor.

Del Mar Closes Out Successful Fall Meet; All-Sources Handle Sees Increase, Attendance Down Slightly From 2016

by Del Mar Thoroughbred Club
Del Mar, CA (November 27, 2017)-The highly successful first Breeders' Cup at Del Mar – which has drawn rave reviews from coast to coast – got the track's fall meeting off to a rousing start and that momentum carried through the four-week season, which concluded Sunday. The track's fall meet numbers were the strongest since it began autumn racing in 2014.

Jockey Alex Solis Announces Retirement

DEL MAR, Calif. (Nov. 26, 2017) – Hall of Fame jockey Alex Solis announced his retirement on Sunday.

Solis, 53, said his decision was based on a slow recovery from August hip replacement surgery and the desire to spend time with his family, including two grandchildren.

Solis was elected to the Racing Hall of Fame in 2015. He retired with 5,035 races won and horses he rode earned more than $238 million, 10th on the all-time list.

‘Vox Populi’ Award Voting Now Open: Finalists Include Ben’s Cat, Lady Eli, Patch

by Paulick Report
Online voting is now open for the eighth annual winner of the Secretariat Vox Populi Award. Created by Secretariat's late owner Penny Chenery, the Vox Populi, or “Voice of the People,” Award recognizes the racehorse whose popularity and racing excellence best resounded with the public and gained recognition for the sport during the past year.

Dinerman Hired by Golden Gate

ALBANY, Calif. (Nov. 17, 2017) -- There will be a new voice of racing by the San Francisco Bay Dec. 26, as Golden Gate Fields announced the hiring of Matt Dinerman as track announcer Nov. 17.

Dinerman, 25, has served as track announcer for the past three years at Emerald Downs.

Employed just four summers ago as a press box steward at Del Mar, Dinerman began calling races into a tape recorder at age 20.

CHRB Meeting Summary

DEL MAR, Calif. (Nov. 17, 2017) -- The California Horse Racing Board conducted its regular meeting Thursday, November 16, at Del Mar Race Track. Chairman Chuck Winner presided. Vice Chairman Madeline Auerbach and Commissioners Jesse Choper, Fred Maas, Araceli Ruano and Alex Solis also were in attendance.