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CURRENT RACE MEET
Los Alamitos
11/29/17 - 12/19/17

CURRENT RACE MEET

10/18/17 - 12/19/17

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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.


Now, about Pegasus . . .
(Spring, 2017)
ALAN BALCH PHOTO

NO, I'm not talking about the Pegasus World Cup. Not yet, anyway. I've been a fan of the original Pegasus since my earliest memories around horses, when he was the symbol of the American equestrian governing body. As drawn by George Ford Morris, he appeared on the engraved medals and embossed certifi cates for horsemanship we were all trying to win.

For those of us interested in pedigree, he was sired by Poseidon . . . Greek god of horses, incidentally, along with the sea, earthquakes, and storms. And never underestimate the infl uence of the bottom line: his dam was the hideous, winged, venomous monster Medusa, no doubt the source of his own lovely, powerful wings, but not his handsome countenance. Nor his stunning white purity.

His jock was Bellerophon, who invented the riding helmet and safety vest, and, needing no whip, had his hands instead on a shield and golden spear.

Bellerophon was sent on the original Mission Impossible (well understood by every single one of today's riders, no doubt) – to slay the ferocious, fire-breathing, hybrid monster Chimera, whose very sighting was an omen for disaster. Pegasus was his vehicle, and the necessary if not suffi cient condition for vanquishing evil.

In short, the horse came fi rst. Still does. Without Pegasus, the jockey was nowhere. And the monster would live.

So it is quite fitting, at least in one sense, that the world's richest race would bear the name of the heroic and inspirational Pegasus, thunderbolts and all.

In another sense, sadly, it simply calls attention to the chaos we face in American racing, particularly in California . . . top and bottom of that Pegasus pedigree, by the way, trace back to Chaos. Repeatedly.

According to media reports, the 473-ton, 110-foot tall, dark steel and bronze depiction of Pegasus stomping a dragon (absent his jock) cost $30million to construct at Gulfstream Park in Florida. The World Cup purse there was $12million in 2017, and is being elevated to $16million in 2018.

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
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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: October 27, 2017
SUMMARY OF CHRB ACTIONS AND DISCUSSIONS 10-26-17
ARCADIA, CA - The California Horse Racing Board conducted its regular meeting Thursday, October 26, at Santa Anita Park. Chairman Chuck Winner presided. Vice Chairman Madeline Auerbach and Commissioners Fred Maas 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 approved for 45-day public notice a proposed regulatory amendment to prohibit horses from running within five days of receiving an intra-articular injection (glucocorticosteroid/cortisone). The Board also approved for notice a proposed rule to require the veterinarian administering the injection to create a record and to require the trainer to maintain that record for the purpose of assisting the pre-race veterinary examination. Vice Chairman Auerbach, who chairs the Medication and Track Safety Committee, said these changes are in the best interest of horses and their riders.
  • The Board allocated 2018 racing dates for standardbred and quarter horse meets and the Northern California thoroughbred and fair racing circuit. These allocations complete the 2018 racing calendar, as the Board allocated dates for the Southern California circuit in September. The standardbred dates at Cal Expo run from December 26, 2017, through May 12, 2018, and then from October 20 through December 23. The quarter horse dates at Los Alamitos run from December 26, 2017, through December 16, 2018.

EQUINE HEALTH


The Horse Report from
UC Davis Equine Health Center

Equine Health Report
Emergency Response Expert

  • Center for Equine Health Hosts Emergency Response Expert
  • Unraveling a Common Neurological Disease
  • Regenerating Equine Athletes with Stem Cells
  • Leave a Legacy While Planning for the Future
  • A Horse Lover’s Commitment to Equine Health
  • ...and More



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.

 



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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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