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12/26/17 - 6/26/18

CURRENT RACE MEET

12/26/17 - 6/12/18

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OFFICE LOCATIONS

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
Santa Anita—Main Office
(626) 447-2145 Office
(626) 446-0270 Fax
Email:

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

Hollywood Park
(323) 243-9379

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

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ATTENTION THOROUGHBRED TRAINERS

(Notice date: December 8, 2017)
HORSEMEN HELPING HORSEMEN


In the aftermath of the tragedy at San Luis Rey, horsemen Joe Herrick and Martine Bellocq were very seriously injured trying to save their own horses and others. Several other horsemen also suffered injuries as a consequence of their dedication to their horses and fellow horsemen.

California Thoroughbred Trainers is working with California Thoroughbred Horsemen's Foundation to secure funding to assist our brave fellow horsemen. To make contributions of any amount, visit CTHFcares.org and follow the prompts. You may designate the intended recipient of your contribution, or not, as you see fit.

In addition, members of the backstretch community are in need of material support. Please visit www.santaanita.com or www.dmtc.com to understand their needs.

For more information, or to make suggestions, please don't hesitate to contact the CTT Office at (323) 243-9379 / acarmona@caltrainers.org or Cliff Goodrich at the CTHF at (626) 446-0169.


"YOU NEVER KNOW..."
(April, 2018)
ALAN BALCH PHOTO

"You never know how much you can do until you try to undo what you just did." So proclaimed my old riding teacher, one of the world's greatest horsemen. Constantly. He was talking about teaching and training horses, of course, but the same wisdom applies to business, all business, and in our case, the plight of racing today in America, especially California.

We have made so many mistakes, and taken so many wrong turns; that we seem to continue to do so is of constant wonder to me. And I include myself in the "we," since I was part of track management for so long, and for the last eight years have been leading the staff of California's trainers' organization. I've had an up-close chance to see what's been happening since 1971, in one role or another.

I readily confess that in my early days, although I came from a horse background, I shared the prevailing management view that "the horsemen" – meaning owners and trainers combined as they were in one California organization in those days – just did not (and quite possibly could not) understand the decision making process we went through in track management. In my first few years, racing at Santa Anita was threatened as it had never been before, due to a combination of circumstances. Its future was cloudy. Return on investment from our 440 acre property was grossly insufficient, especially for a publicly held company. Our stock price was suffering. The horsemen didn't understand the necessity for our development of about 110 acres for a regional shopping center that would provide year-round income. About 20 weeks of racing a year couldn't carry the whole load.

HERBAL AND HOMEOPATHIC REMEDIES: UNDERSTANDING THE RISKS
(Notice date: June 27, 2017)
Recommendations for use of herbal
products and homeopathic remedies


Homeopathy is the practice of treating disease by administering small amounts of a substance that when given in larger amounts to healthy patients would cause the same effects as the disease being treated.

"All natural" identifies the origin of a substance and is, in generic terms, the opposite of "synthetic." It does not mean that a product is safe and it does not indicate purity, potency or effect. It does not mean free of prohibited substances. "All natural" also does not mean healthy or organic...


CTT LOGO ATTENTION THOROUGHBRED TRAINERS
CTT Pledge $150,000 for Urgent
Surveillance Program Initiative

(Notice date: August 31, 2015)
ATTENTION SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA HORSEMEN


ARCADIA, CALIF. . The leadership of California Thoroughbred Trainers (CTT) has voted unanimously to pledge $150,000 from its reserves to initiate and assist in leading a comprehensive race day camera surveillance and security program in stable areas at Thoroughbred tracks in California.


Trainer Profile
David Hofmans
Spring, 2017
by Ed Golden
Photos: Eclipse Sportswire, Horsephotos
TRAINER PHOTO

David Hofmans marches to his own drummer, and the beat is always double time. On any given morning at Santa Anita, the 73-year-old Hofmans and his 34-year-old nephew, Brent Fabbri, his assistant for 15 years, are in lockstep, David at 5-11 and Brent at 6-2, bald pates gleaming in the Southern California sun, as they march to a lookout point on the grandstand steps to watch their horses work.

This is a routine that began for Hofmans more than four decades ago, when he saddled his first winner, Nu Kali, at Santa Anita in 1974. He since has gone on to establish a résumé some Hall of Fame members might envy, considering his achievements.

They include three eyebrow-raising Breeders' Cup upsets: with Adoration, at 40-1 the longest shot on the board in the 2003 Distaff under Patrick Valenzuela; the 2008 Turf Sprint at 36-1 with Desert Code, ridden by Richard Migliore; and Hofmans' signature Breeders' Cup triumph, the $4 million Classic in 1996 when Alphabet Soup, ridden by Chris McCarron, toppled two-time Horse of the Year Cigar at Woodbine, paying $41.70 to win.

Hofmans hasn't lost his touch. On March 12, 2016, he saddled 16-1 outsider Melatonin to win the storied Santa Anita Handicap, leading all the way under Joe Talamo. It was Hofmans' sixth victory in a race worth at least a million dollars.


CTT LOGO ATTENTION THOROUGHBRED TRAINERS
"Ship and Win" Program Even
More Lucrative in 2017 at Del Mar

(Notice date: April 6, 2017)
ATTENTION SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA HORSEMEN


Del Mar's simple, yet highly effective, "Ship and Win" program, where owners and trainers are given incentives to import out-of-state horses to race locally, will be back for its seventh summer at the seaside oval with a notable bonus increase providing even more encouragement to – literally – ship and win.

Previously, "S&W" horses received an automatic $1,000 check when they made their first start at Del Mar, along with an additional 30% bonus on top of whatever their purse earnings were in that initial outing. Starting in 2017, though, that automatic check has been enhanced by 50% to $1,500, with the 30% purse bonus continuing to be part of the stimulus formula.

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.



SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA NEWS
Stable Notes
Racing News
Photos
NORTHERN CALIFORNIA NEWS
Racing News
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NEWS FROM THE CHRB
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California Horse Racing Board
1010 Hurley Way, Suite 300
Sacramento, CA 95825
(916) 263-6000

Date: April 20, 2018
SUMMARY OF CHRB ACTIONS AND DISCUSSIONS 4-19-18
ARCADIA, CA - The California Horse Racing Board conducted its regular meeting Thursday, April 19, at Santa Anita Park. Vice Chair Madeline Auerbach presided. Commissioners Fred Maas, Araceli Ruano and Alex Solis also 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 opened public discussion of an announced decision by Golden Gate Fields to cease contracting with the organization that has been providing staffing, supervision and other services to the entire simulcasting network in Northern California (Northern California Off Track Wagering Inc., or NCOTWINC). Golden Gate will provide details on how it will support simulcasting in Northern California when it submits its license application for the meet that begins August 23, which requires Board approval. In the meantime, the various stakeholders impacted by the decision, including the Pari-Mutuel Employees Guild that traditionally negotiates contracts through NCOTWINC, will continue discussing the ramifications of the move and possible alternatives.
  • Vice Chair Auerbach, who chairs the Medication, Safety and Welfare Committee, reported on a discussion Wednesday about the proposed transfer of certain veterinary records to the new owner (s) when horses are claimed (purchased), particularly records of any joint injections. She said her principal concerns are the health and welfare of horses and those who ride them. CHRB Executive Director Rick Baedeker and Dr. Rick Arthur, the CHRB's equine medical director, will continue discussions with horsemen and veterinarians to work out the details of this transfer. They also will be discussing a more comprehensive proposal to create a digital database of equine health records.

EQUINE HEALTH


The Horse Report from
UC Davis Equine Health Center

Equine Health Report

  • Leading the Way in Equine Protozoal Myeloencephalitis (EPM) Testing
  • New Hope for Eliminating Eye Cancer
  • How Computers Aid in Mapping Equine Pain
  • One Horse's Transition from the Racetrack to Show Ring
  • ...and More




2018 Research Review

With the help of generous donors, the UC Davis Center for Equine Health has worked to fund research that has advanced veterinary medicine and provide a knowledge base, establishing several focused research initiatives to concentrate resources, expertise, cutting-edge technology and state-of-the-art equipment in certain areas of scientific research over the past 45 years.

AAEP

 
The decision to geld or castrate a colt or stallion is ultimately the choice of the owner. However, questions and concerns about the procedure, aftercare and future career may be warranted. Learn more about castration by posing your questions to our experts, Drs. Jen Reda and Stephanie Regan, during the month of November.
AAEP

 
STUDY: IDENTIFYING SIGNS OF HUMERAL
AND SCAPULAR FRACTURES
(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.

 



FEATURES
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The California Thoroughbred Horsemen's Foundation, Inc.
cthfcares
Providing medical, dental, and optometry services for eligible backstretch workers, and their primary dependents, who care for Thoroughbred and Quarter horses at racetracks and approved training centers throughout California.



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