TOC Nominates Six for Board

From TOC
ARCADIA, Calif. (Apr. 24, 2015) -- The TOC Nominating Committee has announced a slate of six candidates for five open seats in the 2015 Board of Directors election, including incumbents Bob Baffert, Ed Moger, Mike Pegram and Kathy Walsh and new nominees Allen Aldrich and Gary Fenton.

Brackpool Gets Ludt’s Duties

ARCADIA, Calif. (Apr. 23, 2015) -- The Stronach Group announced April 23 that senior vice president Tom Ludt has been appointed to spearhead a key company initiative, the purpose of which The Stronach Group is expected to reveal at a later date. Effective immediately, Ludt will assume control of the creation and implementation of the new national project under development within the company.

NTRA Letter on Tax Modernization

By Alex Waldrop, NTRA
WASHINGTON, D.C. (Apr. 22, 2015) -- We at the NTRA recognize that the engine that drives every aspect of our business and sport is pari-mutuel wagering. That's why it is extremely important for our industry that the United States Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) have announced that they will examine the way winning pari-mutuel wagers are treated for tax reporting and withholding purposes.

Carr Recovering from Head Surgery

OAKLAND, Calif. (Apr. 20, 2015) -- Jockey Dennis Carr, who suffered a blunt blow to the back of his head in a starting gate incident Sunday, April 19 at Golden Gate Fields, was "sitting up and recovering very well" Monday morning after undergoing surgery Sunday night at Highland Hospital in Oakland, Calif.

CHRB Meeting Summary

BERKELEY, Calif. (Apr. 18, 2015) -- The California Horse Racing Board conducted its regular meeting Thursday, April 16, at Golden Gate Fields. Chairman Chuck Winner presided. First Vice Chair Bo Derek, Second Vice Chair Richard Rosenberg and Commissioners Madeline Auerbach, Steve Beneto, and Jesse Choper were in attendance.

Del Mar Releases Stakes Schedule

DEL MAR, Calif. (Apr. 15, 2015) -- Del Mar’s summertime 40-day meeting will feature 43 stakes events, topped by the $1,000,000 TVG Pacific Classic and worth a total of $7,950,000 in black-type purses. The historic track will present its bountiful slate during its 76th season of seaside sport starting on Thursday, July 16 and running through Labor Day Monday, September 7.

Derby Picture Clearing Up

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Apr. 13, 2015) -- After 35 races in which horses could earn points toward a berth in the Kentucky Derby on May 2, the prospective field is largely set, though the final composition of the maximum 20-horse field could undergo a few tweaks over the next 2 1/2 weeks, since there are a handful of horses currently in the body of the race whose status is cloudy.

CHRB Meetings Advisory

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Apr. 13, 2015) -- The dates for two monthly meetings of the California Horse Racing Board have been changed. The meeting originally scheduled May 14 has been changed to May 21. That meeting location remains at Santa Anita Park. The meeting originally scheduled June 18 has been changed to June 25. That meeting location remains at Los Alamitos Race Course. on Derby Preps

By Mike Watchmaker,
If you’re looking to exploit flaws in the winning performances in Saturday’s three big Kentucky Derby preps, you’re time is probably better spent looking elsewhere. I’m as harsh a critic as anyone – a necessary trait in analytical horseplayers – and I couldn’t find anything to complain about in the dominant win by Dortmund in the Santa Anita Derby, the victory by Carpe Diemin the Blue Grass, and the score by Frosted in the Wood Memorial. Nothing of any real significance, anyway.