Lucky Pulpit, Sire of 'Chrome', Dies of a Heart Attack By Eric Mitchell
Lucky Pulpit, Sire of 'Chrome', Dies of a Heart Attack
By Eric Mitchell
Lucky Pulpit, the sire of two-time Horse of the Year California Chrome, died Feb. 13 of an apparent heart attack while covering the first mare of the breeding season, according to Harris Farms, where he's stood his entire career.
Feb 26, 2017, 11:58
REFORMED CLAIMER CUDDLE ALERT SPRINGS SURPRISE IN $100,000 SPRING FEVER HANDICAP, WINNING BY A HEAD
RACE IS PART OF GOLDEN STATE SERIES FOR CALIFORNIA-BRED OR SIRED FILLIES & MARES
ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 19, 2017)–Longshot Cuddle Alert, claimed for $10,000 this past August, rallied late to take Sunday’s $100,000 Spring Fever Handicap at Santa Anita by a head under Agapito Delgadillo while getting six furlongs in 1:09.86. Trained by Melissa Saldana, the 6-year-old California-bred mare by Bedford Falls registered her first stakes win in her 21st career start.
Breaking from the rail in a field of five California-bred or sired fillies and mares, Cuddle Alert was a close fourth while under restraint at the half mile pole, rallied three-wide turning for home and overhauled both heavily favored Sunday Rules and pacesetter Late ‘n Left well inside the sixteenth pole to win.
Feb 21, 2017, 09:14
TVG Pacific Classic Set for August 19 on NBC Sports Network
The 27th running of the $1,000,000 TVG Pacific Classic will be held on Saturday, August 19 at Del Mar and be broadcast live by the NBC Sports Network, it has been announced.
The Grade I mile and one-quarter for 3-year-olds and up, captured last year in spectacular fashion by subsequent Horse of the Year California Chrome, will be the centerpiece of the seaside track’s 78th summer season, which runs from July 19 to September 4. It will air from 5 to 6 p.m. (Pacific).
Feb 21, 2017, 09:09
Tickets for 2017 Breeders' Cup World Championships at Del Mar To Go on Sale March 6
Fans Encouraged to Sign-up for Pre-Sale Access
The Breeders’ Cup today announced that tickets for the 2017 Breeders’ Cup World Championships at Del Mar will go on sale to the public on Monday, March 6. This is the first time that Del Mar, located just north of San Diego, will host the Breeders’ Cup. To purchase tickets, fans should go to BreedersCup.com or call the ticketing center at 877-849-4287 beginning at Noon ET / 9:00 a.m. PT on March 6.
A special ticket pre-sale will be conducted in the days prior to the March 6 on-sale date. Fans are encouraged to sign up now at DMTC.com/Season/Breeders-Cup for pre-sale access as demand for tickets to the 2017 World Championships is expected to be high and reserved seating is likely to sell out quickly.
Feb 21, 2017, 09:05
Undefeated Chief Cicatriz Wins Phoenix Gold Cup - 2/11/2017
Undefeated Chief Cicatriz, now a perfect five-for-five, won the $75,000 Phoenix Gold Cup Saturday at Turf Paradise.
Longshots won the two co-featured stakes: Kera Kera ($29.20) took the $30,000 Sun City Handicap and Aventador ($36.20) won the $30,000 Turf Paradise Handicap.
Slow out of the gate and favored at 9-5, Chief Cicatriz ($5.60) then quickly seized the lead with Daniel Vergara up and was immediately challenged by Ankeny Hill, who tired at the eighth pole to finish third. Chief Cicatriz drew clear to a 1 ½ length victory over a fast-closing Saturdaynitelites in the field of 11 older horses.
Feb 21, 2017, 08:15
Wiener Dog Races Return To Turf Paradise March 11 Paw Power Meets Horsepower
They may not be as fast as the horses, but they’re sure fun to watch. The largest Wiener Dog race in Arizona returns Turf Paradise March 11 in the ultimate display of paw power.
Wiener Mania returns to Turf Paradise Saturday March 11th. Sponsored by Arizona Adopt a Greyhound. The Wiener Dogs will be racing from 11:30am to 5pm in what has become the biggest Arizona race in the Wiener Dog circuit.There will also be a full card of live horse racing along with live music and food and drink specials, including $3 beer and $2 hot dogs. And while you can’t bet on the Wiener Dog races, you can still bet on the horses.
Feb 21, 2017, 08:13
Howdy Kingkowboy Romps in Turf Paradise Derby, McKenzie Honey Duels to Win Az Oaks
Howdy Kingkowboy impressed in winning the $50,000 Turf Paradise Derby while McKenzie Honey dueled to win the $30,000 Arizona Oaks Saturday over a hard-sealed, wet-fast track at Turf Paradise Race Course.
Scott Stevens, tied in a three-way battle for leading rider with Martin Bourdieu and Andrew Ramgeet, with 64 wins each, won the Turf Paradise Derby with Howdy Kingkowboy ($15.00) by over 5 1/4 widening lengths. He’s Munnie finished second and Factored In third in the field of eight, 3-year-old colts and geldings.
Owned by Turner Shiew and trained by Molly Pearson, Howdy Kingkowboy raced the 1 1/16 miles in 1:43.95. It was the second win in six starts for the Kentucky-bred Kingkowboy who now has earnings of $68,477.
Feb 21, 2017, 08:09
Shiny New ‘Chrome’: Love The Chase Delivers Colt By Tapit
Shiny New ‘Chrome’: Love The Chase Delivers Colt By Tapit
Love the Chase, dam of two-time Horse of the Year California Chrome, delivered a colt by Tapit in the early morning hours of Jan. 26.
The Daily Racing Form reports that the colt arrived at midnight at Atlas Farm in Nicholasville, Ky., where Love the Chase has been boarded since selling for $1.95 million at the 2016 Fasig-Tipton Kentucky November sale.
Tom Ryan, who represents S.F. Bloodstock, has been posting updates on the mare on Twitter.
Jan 28, 2017, 19:46
BIG SCORE ULTRA IMPRESSIVE IN WINNING $100,000 ZUMA BEACH BY 3 ¼ LENGTHS WITH PRAT; KRIKORIAN HOMEBRED, TRAINED BY YAKTEEN, GETS MILE ON GRASS IN 1:33.56
SON OF MR. BIG HEADED TO GRADE I, $1 MILLION BREEDERS’ CUP JUVENILE TURF ON NOV. 4
ARCADIA, Calif. (Oct. 10, 2016)–George Krikorian’s homebred Big Score overcame his outside post position and rocketed to a scintillating 3 ¼ length victory under Flavien Prat in Monday’s $100,000 Zuma Beach Stakes at Santa Anita. Trained by Tim Yakteen, the Kentucky-bred colt by Mr. Big negotiated one mile on turf in 1:33.56 and stamped himself a leading candidate for the Grade I, $1 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf at one mile here on Nov. 4.
“I don’t think distance will be any concern,” said Yakteen. “I think he showed that he’s not one dimensional today. He doesn’t have to come from completely out of it (as he did in running second in the one mile Del Mar Juvenile Turf on Sept. 3). The pace was substantially faster today, the first part of the race and Flavien kept him a little closer, but it didn’t seem to compromise his kick…I would love to participate in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf.”
Oct 13, 2016, 08:11
MISS SOUTHERN MISS BLASTS HOME TO WIN $100,000 SURFER GIRL STAKES BY 2 ½ LENGTHS AS ‘THE BROS. DESORMEAUX’ COMBINE FOR ONE MILE TURF WIN IN 1:35.08
WINNER COULD BE HEADED TO GRADE I, $1 MILLION BREEDERS’ CUP JUVENILE FILLIES TURF NOV. 4
ARCADIA, Calif. (Oct. 10, 2016)–Last early in a field of 11 juvenile fillies, Miss Southern Miss rallied five-wide turning for home while displaying a torrid turn of foot to take Monday’s $100,000 Surfer Girl Stakes at Santa Anita by 2 ½ lengths under Kent Desormeaux. Trained by his brother, Keith, Miss Southern Miss covered a mile on turf in 1:35.08.
Most recently fifth in the Grade I, seven furlong Del Mar Debutante on Sept. 3, the Kentucky-bred daughter of More Than Ready tried turf and two turns for the first time on Monday and, given the result, chances are she’ll remain on grass for the foreseeable future. Off at 9-2, she paid $11.60, $6.00 and $4.80.
Oct 13, 2016, 08:09
ART SALE BENEFITING RETIRED RACEHORSES
JOIN US SATURDAY
12:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Join the historic California Art Club, in partnership with CARMA and Santa Anita Park, for an amazing day of artwork, racing and dazzling decor.
Come enjoy a day at the races and fine art in Santa Anita’s famed Chandelier Room on Saturday, October 22.
Oct 13, 2016, 08:07
Absolutely Cool Heads Opening Day’s Bienvenidos Stakes
Defending champion Absolutely Cool heads a field of nine sprinters in the $30,000 Bienvenidos Stakes as Turf Paradise opens its 130-day meet Saturday.
The meet will run from October 15 thru May 7 with racing being conducted primarily on a five-day a week basis, Saturday thru Wednesday with first post at 12:55 pm.
However, the track will run an abbreviated three-day a week schedule – Saturday thru Monday the first two weekends of the meet. The five day a week schedule starts Saturday, October 29.
Oct 13, 2016, 08:04
Arizona’s Premier Horse Track Generates Annual Economic Impact of $91 Million New Study Finds
Considerable Direct, Indirect and Induced Economic Activity Generated By Turf Paradise for Phoenix and Arizona
A study, recently released by economist Dr. Margaret Ray of the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, Virginia found that Turf Paradise Race Course generates an annual economic impact of $91 million to the state of Arizona.
Since its establishment in 1956 as Arizona’s first sports franchise, Turf Paradise has continually been ranked among the state’s Top 5 sports attendance attractions. The racetrack draws horse racing enthusiasts from all across the United States, Canada and Mexico and has served as the center of the Arizona equine industry for more than 60 years.
Oct 13, 2016, 08:03
Turf Paradise Begins Season 61 Opening Day Is October 15th 9/6/2016
The waiting is almost over for horse racing fans. Turf Paradise, Arizona’s first sports franchise, opens its doors for its 61st season Saturday October 15th.
There will be a full card of live horse racing and free t-shirts for the first 5,000 paid admissions. There will also be live music, a kids’ fun park, and a barbecue tent.
Opening day’s feature race will be the $30,000 Bienvenidos Stakes
Gates open at 11am and the first post time is 12:55. As always Grandstand admission is $2 and general parking is free.
Oct 13, 2016, 08:01
California Chrome Wins Again In Awesome Again Stakes
California Chrome Wins Again In Awesome Again Stakes
In what can only be described as yet another effortless performance, racing superstar California Chrome was geared down at the wire to win Saturday's Grade 1 Awesome Again Stakes by 2 1/4 lengths over familiar rival Dortmund. Owned by Perry Martin and Taylor Made Farm under the banner California Chrome LLC, the 5-year-old son of Lucky Pulpit cruised on the front end all the way through race under Victor Espinoza, marking a final time of 1:48.07 for nine furlongs over Santa Anita's fast main track. Trained by Art Sherman, the striking chestnut earned another all-expenses-paid berth to the Breeders' Cup Classic with his victory, along with maintaining his perfect record through the 2016 season.
Oct 1, 2016, 17:25
SANTA ANITA POSTS INCREASED ON-TRACK ATTENDANCE FOR THIRD YEAR IN A ROW; GREAT RACE PLACE TO HOST RECORD NINTH BREEDERS’ CUP WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS IN NOVEMBER
ARCADIA, Calif. (July 10, 2016)–Santa Anita’s combined Winter/Spring Meet drew to a close Sunday, with the track posting a three percent increase in on-track attendance as it gets ready to host the Breeders’ Cup World Championships for a record ninth time on Nov. 4 and 5.
Although handle figures were on par with last year through April 10, Santa Anita was without live racing for a three week period leading into May 5. In addition to the break in live racing, Santa Anita’s turf course was completely removed and replaced, with the hillside component addressed on June 6 and the turf oval on June 20. These factors combined, contributed to a five percent dip in all sources handle.
Aug 16, 2016, 14:57
SANTA ANITA AUTUMN MEET TO OPEN FRIDAY, SEPT. 30, GREAT RACE PLACE TO HOST BREEDERS’ CUP WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS FOR AN UNPRECEDENTED NINTH TIME ON NOV. 4 & 5
NEW TURF COURSE AWAITS FANS & HORSEMEN AS SANTA ANITA OFFERS SIX GRADE I BREEDERS’ CUP PREPS OVER FIRST TWO WEEKENDS & A TOTAL OF 28 GRADED STAKES OVER COURSE OF 23-DAY MEET
ARCADIA, Calif. (Aug. 15, 2016)–Santa Anita Park, which will host the Breeders’ Cup World Championships for an unprecedented ninth time on Nov. 4 & 5, has announced it will offer a total of 28 graded stakes, including 13 Breeders’ Cup events over the course of its 23-day Autumn Meet, which begins Friday, Sept. 30. (A total of 41 stakes, graded and non, have been scheduled.)
Aug 16, 2016, 14:55
The Tale of Zenyatta is Worth Hearing Again and Again
John Shirreffs calls it his Camelot, those days from late 2007 to late 2010 when he was the keeper of a flame that burned so brightly that it set the Thoroughbred racing world aglow with enthusiasm not seen since the sport’s Triple Crown heydays of Secretariat, Affirmed and Seattle Slew.
Referencing Camelot always triggers this: “One shining moment.” In John’s Camelot it was “one shining moment after another shining moment after another …” You know what’s coming. Those multiple moments revolved around the great race mare Zenyatta – 20 in all.
Aug 16, 2016, 14:52
Two Winning Pick Six Tickets at Del Mar Pay $267,461 Each
A pair of Pick Six winning tickets Saturday on Del Mar’s races returned a hefty $267,461 apiece to their lucky owners from a total pool of $773,868 at the shore oval.
The winning sequence -- 6-9-9-5-4-5 – started in Race 5 when favored Seve’s Road (with Rafael Bejarano up) paid $8.20. In Race 6 it was Look Twice (Santiago Gonzalez) at $10.80; Race 7 went to Superior Status (Tyler Baze) $31.60; Race 8 – the Grade II Best Pal Stakes – went to even-money favorite Klimt (Bejarano) at $4.00; Race 9 was captured by Brainspin (Gonzalez) at $21.60, and Race 10 went to X S Heat (Gonzalez) at $23.60. Rider Gonzalez, currently second in the Del Mar jockey standings, had four winners on the afternoon.
Aug 16, 2016, 14:47
Tailor Fit for American Quarter Horse Racing
VanBebber's personal mission is to devote 100 percent of her energy to help the racing industry.
I am Janet VanBebber, the new AQHA Chief Racing Officer.
I am very new to this job (as of two weeks ago), but am a longtime member of the American Quarter Horse racing industry. I am former owner of VanBebber Racing Stables of Ledbetter, Texas, where I was honored to train many talented horses, including world champion Tailor Fit. I am familiar with both track administration and state racing affiliates, and I also bring the experience gained in having owned my own small businesses.
Jul 16, 2016, 10:19