Valenzuela Denied License for a Year

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (July 20, 2016) -- SACRAMENTO, CA – The California Horse Racing Board has accepted a hearing officer's recommendation to deny Patrick Valenzuela a jockey's license for now but he may re-apply in one year, at which time he is advised to present evidence of rehabilitation, including the results of alcohol and drug testing performed on a regular basis, not less than once a week, along with other guidelines.

Report of Mares Bred Due

From The Jockey Club
LEXINGTON, Ky. (July 20, 2016) -- The Jockey Club reminds stallion managers to submit their Reports of Mares Bred (RMBs) for the 2016 breeding season by August 1.

“We ask that RMBs be submitted by August 1 to enable us to provide the most comprehensive breeding statistics possible to industry stakeholders,” said Matt Iuliano, executive vice president and executive director of The Jockey Club.

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.

CHRB Meeting Summary

DEL MAR, Calif. (July 15, 2016) – The California Horse Racing Board conducted its regular meeting Thursday, July 14, at Del Mar Surfside Race Place. Chairman Chuck Winner presided. Vice Chair Richard Rosenberg and Commissioners Madeline Auerbach, Steve Beneto, George Krikorian and Alex Solis also were in attendance.
The audio of this entire Board meeting is available on the CHRB Website ( under the Webcast link. In brief:

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.

Hovdey on Del Mar

By Jay Hovdey,
DEL MAR, Calif. (July 13, 2016) -- Before plunging into the seven weeks of the tequila-fueled bacchanal better known as Del Mar, a few psychological ground rules are in order. Specifically, it is important to keep in mind what Del Mar is, and what it is not.

Reps Push for Pari-mutuel Changes

LEXINGTON, Ky. ( July 13, 2016) – Two U.S. congressmen, Rep. John Yarmuth (D-KY) and  Rep. Charles Boustany (R-LA), have submitted a joint letter to the U.S. Department of Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew urging finalization of proposed rule changes regarding withholding and reporting of pari-mutuel winnings.  The letter to Treasury was submitted on July 12 and was posted today on the official Twitter account of Rep. Boustany (@Boustany).

CARMA Fundraiser Saturday Night

From DMTC Publicity
DEL MAR, Calif. (July 12, 2016) -- Much like horse racing, Texas Hold’em poker takes skill, strategy and a bit of luck to win. Combining the two for the final time, California Retirement Management Account (CARMA), a nonprofit dedicated to funding Thoroughbred aftercare, will host its signature summer CARMA Cares fundraiser on Saturday, July 16 at the Del Mar Hilton at 6:30 p.m.

House Approves Pari-mutuel Revisions

LEXINGTON, Ky. (July 8, 2016) – The U.S. House of Representatives approved the fiscal year 2017 Financial Services and General Government Appropriations bill Thursday evening that includes report language detailing Committee on Appropriations instructions for the U.S. Treasury to “expedite final consideration of the guidance which would modernize the rules governing pari-mutuel wagering.”