12/26/14 - 07/01/15


12/26/14 - 06/15/15


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Santa Anita—Main Office
(626) 447-2145 Office
(626) 446-0270 Fax

Del Mar
858) 792-4488 Office
(858) 792-4484 Fax

Hollywood Park
(323) 243-9379

Golden Gate Fields
(510) 524-3081 Office
(510) 524-5280 Fax

New Year-Around Ship & Win Program
(Notice date: March 27, 2015)

New year-around Ship & Win program provides incentives for you!

Purse bonuses and cash incentives - see attached or below - are provided for a horse's first start in California (first-time starters excluded), whether or not the owner or trainer are currently based in Southern California.

This program is an ongoing opportunity for Southern California trainers and their owners to be rewarded for bringing new stock to California to race at Santa Anita, Del Mar, and Los Alamitos.

Act now!

Program begins April 2, and provides for a 30% purse bonus, plus $1,000 for first Southern California start. See the details attached.

Annual Pension Sign-Ups Are Underway!
(February 23, 2015)

For trainers and those employed by a CHRB licensed trainer(s) at a CHRB designated thoroughbred racetrack or licensed training facility in California in one of the following occupations: Assistant Trainer, Exercise Rider, Pony Rider, Groom, Foreman/Lady, Night Watchman/Lady, Stable Employee/Hot Walker.

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Insoluble problems?
(Fall, 2014)

We are continually faced by great opportunities, brilliantly disguised as insoluble problems.

Or so goes the old saying.

Those of us who survived the ongoing decline of racing in California, with the recent closure of major tracks in both the north and the south (Bay Meadows and Hollywood Park), and the imminent abandoning of racing and training at the Los Angeles County Fairgrounds at Pomona by year’s end, will soon be finding out if the opportunities really do outdistance the problems.

On June 29, Santa Anita reached the end of its first six-month season in history, racing without significant interruption from Christmas onward. Its ownership reaped enormous gains – a veritable windfall – from on-track attendance and total handle when compared with Hollywood Park's previous numbers for ten incremental weeks this spring, including the Triple Crown dates. With Los Alamitos racing the final two of Hollywood's former summer weeks bridging into the traditional Del Mar seven-week season, the net impact for the industry’s financial health, especially purse generation, is yet to be seen.

TOC, CTT Endorse THA Open Letter Regarding Lasix LASIX INFO
August 9, 2014

Del Mar, Calif. – Thoroughbred Owners of California (TOC) and California Thoroughbred Trainers (CTT) stand together in support of the open letter distributed by Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association (THA) on August 6, 2014, regarding Lasix.

Memberships of both organizations overwhelmingly support current initiatives to implement uniform medication guidelines including use of Lasix. A broad coalition of racing entities has been working within the Racing Medication Testing Consortium (RMTC) on this issue for several years. For the first time, the Thoroughbred industry became united in its efforts to join all racing jurisdictions under the same medication guidelines. This major initiative and step forward ought not be disturbed.

Instead, a united sport needs to continue its work until these guidelines have been adopted in every racing state. Dr. Mark Dedomenico’s efforts to fund additional research on Exercise Induced Pulmonary Hemorrhage (EIPH) require support. Objective scientific research rather than political posturing must guide policy-makers and regulators to the next steps. Making arbitrary changes to rules or policies, not founded in objective science, would only result in additional turmoil and failure.

DEL MAR LOGO David Jerkens To Become
Racing Secretary at Del Mar
(January 30, 2014)

David Jerkens, currently the racing secretary at Northern California’s Golden Gate Fields, will relocate to Southern California in early June and assume the role of racing secretary at Del Mar, it has been announced.

Jerkens, 35, is being brought on at Del Mar to strengthen the racing department headed by Tom Robbins, the track’s executive vice president for racing and industry relations, as well as its long-time racing secretary. Robbins will continue to work out of the seaside track’s racing office, but will turn over the racing secretary duties there to Jerkens so he (Robbins) can dedicate more time to other track assignments, including several national and international projects and committees that demand his attention. Additionally, Del Mar will hold a second fall meeting this year covering the month of November, putting more requirements on the track’s racing office and its personnel.

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Trainer Profile
Ron McAnally
Fall, 2014
by Steve Schuelein, Turf Writer

"Like fine wine…" flowed the words from emcee Ted Bassett at the annual Eclipse Awards Dinner to announce that John Henry had been named 1984 Horse of the Year at the advanced age of nine.

The same words today could describe octogenarian Ron McAnally, John Henry’s Hall of Fame trainer and poster boy for the geriatric set. McAnally, who celebrated his 82nd birthday on July 11, ages gracefully while continuing to pump out Grade 1 stakes winners.

"Seated at a Clocker’s Corner table one morning in June near the end of the extended Santa Anita Park meet and looking forward to Del Mar, McAnally made only a few minor concessions to Father Time while continuing his lifelong love affair with his job.

CTHF Clinics Now Available to Treat
Work-Related First Aid Injuries
(January 31, 2013)
CTHF Clinics Now Available to Treat
Work-Related First Aid Injuries

Working with Finish Line Self-Insurance Group and the California Thoroughbred Trainers, the California Thoroughbred Horsemen's Foundation (CTHF) will begin treating workers' compensation cases at the medical clinics beginning February 1, 2013.

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The Case for Using Lasix
(May 17, 2012)
The Case for Using Lasix

There have been many calls for the banning of raceday Lasix in Thoroughbred racing. The grandees of the sport, in the form of The Jockey Club, the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association, etc. have decided that Lasix must go. Fortunately for the horses, the effort to bar Lasix in North America seems to have stalled.

Tuesday, the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission delayed action on a proposal to ban Lasix in that state. Wednesday, the New York State Racing and Wagering Commission was overwhelmed with thousands of comments opposing a proposed Lasix ban, including 500 pages of documentation from the New York Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association, representing owners and trainers.

A year ago, I was uncertain about the Lasix issue. Since then, I've studied the science, notably a South African study financed but now disavowed by the Jockey Club that shows (a) that some 80 percent of horses have at least internal bleeding when they race and (b) that Lasix helps eliminate or reduce the level of bleeding. The more I learned, the more I'm convinced that Lasix is the most humane solution to a persistent problem. In fact, I've become so convinced that I was deeply involved in drafting N.Y.T.H.A.'s response to the state.

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Horses bleed. While only a few (1 percent to 5 percent) bleed visibly through the nose or mouth, many more have internal bleeding in the lungs and trachea. And that internal bleeding causes cumulative damage. The more horses bleed, the more likely they are to bleed in the future. At the extremes, severe bleeding can cause a horse to die on the racetrack.

Lasix works. All the studies show that a modest dose of Lasix greatly reduces the incidence and severity of bleeding. Since Lasix was introduced in New York in 1995, severe, visible bleeding has been reduced by 76 percent. Whatever the cause of the far-too-many fatalities at Aqueduct this winter, it wasn't Lasix. As Hall of Fame jockey Jerry Bailey said on this year's Kentucky Derby telecast, "I've never had a horse break down under me because of Lasix."

Unlike (now-barred) steroids and other illegal drugs, Lasix doesn't enable a horse to perform beyond its natural ability, only to be more likely to reach that ability. And whatever the situation may have been years ago, Lasix no longer interferes with testing for other illegal drugs. New York now tests racehorses for some 900 illegal substances, and leading equine toxicologists unanimously agree that Lasix doesn't mask any of those drugs.

If Lasix is barred, trainers will revert to the cruel and illegal methods used in the past to limit bleeding. They'll withhold water, and perhaps food, from horses for 24 hours or more before a race. They'll use illegal, and less effective, drugs like "Kentucky Red" or tranexamic acid – both of which have been detected in "Lasix-free" jurisdictions. Or they'll use trainer Woody Stephens's old trick of giving his grooms red towels to wipe off the blood before anyone noticed.

New York's horsemen support getting tough on the drug cheaters. We've proposed to the State Racing Board that they tighten limits on painkillers, corticosteroids and clenbuterol, and that they make permanent the current arrangements under which Lasix is administered in specified dosages by veterinarians who work for the state or the racetrack, not the trainers. But we don't support a Lasix ban that would inflict unnecessary pain on the horses that we love and that would serve no purpose other than the ego gratification of a few of the 1 percent.

This article does not necessarily represent the views of either N.Y.T.H.A. or B.E.S.T.

Steve Zorn, a lawyer and law professor in New York, is the racing manager of Castle Village Farm thoroughbred partnerships and a director of the New York Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association and the Backstretch Employees Service Team. He writes the Business of Racing blog.

Racing News
Stable Notes
Racing News
Stable Notes
California Horse Racing Board
1010 Hurley Way, Suite 300
Sacramento, CA 95825
(916) 263-6000

Date: February 19, 2015
ARCADIA, CA – The California Horse Racing Board conducted its regular meeting Wednesday, February 18, at Santa Anita Park. Chairman Chuck Winner presided. Second Vice Chairman Richard Rosenberg and Commissioners Madeline Auerbach, Steve Beneto, Jesse Choper and George Krikorian were in attendance.
The audio of this entire Board meeting is available on the CHRB Website (www.chrb.ca.gov) under the Webcast link. In brief:
  • The Board approved for public notice a proposed regulatory amendment requiring that authorized bleeder medication be administered only by approved third-party veterinarians.
  • The Board approved for public notice a proposed regulatory amendment requiring that claims be voided for horses that are placed on the veterinarian’s list for having visibly bled. This provision would be in addition to the existing criteria for voiding claims.
  • The Board continued its discussion of possible changes to the rule that governs disqualifications in races. The matter will be referred to the Stewards’ Committee. A related issue pertaining to reckless riding that endangers other jockeys and horses is being referred to an ad hoc committee.
  • The Board waived a regulatory requirement pertaining to synthetic surfaces at the request of Del Mar, which is in the process of installing a new dirt main track. The synthetic surfaces provision itself is in the process of being eliminated.


The Horse Report from
UC Davis Equine Health Center

The Horse Report Current Issue
Winter 2014
861 KB pdf - 16 pages
Equine Health Report

  • Pigeon Fever: Varying Forms of Infection in Horses
  • Director's Message
  • External Abscesses
  • Internal Abscesses
  • Ulcerative Lymphangitis
  • Prevention
  • The Role of Ultrasound in Abdominal Pigeon Fever Infections
  • 29th Annual Charles Heumphreus Memorial Lecture
  • Winner of the 2014 Rowen Fellowship


The leaves are beginning to fall and the nights are getting cooler, but show season is still in full-swing. Does your horse still have the potential for gastric ulcers? Join us in October as our expert, Dr. Jean-Yin Tan, answers your questions concerning equine gastric ulcers on AAEP's "Ask the Vet" forum.

(November 28, 2012)
Study: Identifying Signs of Humeral and Scapular Fractures

Dr. Erin McKerney, in collaboration with Dr. Susan Stover from the J.D Wheat Veterinary Orthopedic Research Laboratory, at UC Davis is conducting a study to better understand the events that lead to catastrophic fractures of the humerus and scapula in racehorses. These injuries can happen suddenly, unexpectedly and often without warning to horses under the care of a large variety of trainers. Complete fractures of the scapula and humerus are almost always fatal; but, when recognized early, the predisposing incomplete stress fractures can heal and horses are able to successfully return to racing.

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