Tracy Gantz

Tracy Gantz is a freelance writer based in Southern California. She is the Southern California correspondent for The Blood-Horse and a regular contributor to Paint Horse Journal, Paint Racing News, and Appaloosa Journal.

Articles by: Tracy Gantz

Rain Shuts Down Santa Anita Racing

Santa Anita officials canceled racing for Jan. 5 after Southern California was hit with the first of a series of rainstorms the previous evening. The Cushion Track synthetic surface, installed at Santa Anita this past summer to replace its main dir

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Weather Complicates Santa Anita Footing Switch

Rain has further delayed renovation of the Cushion Track at Santa Anita Park.

Horses were unable to use the main track Dec. 19, when track officials had hoped to finish the project to address drainage problems with the surface. They had hoped

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Some Southern California Horse Owners Returning Home

Southern California horse and farm owners were beginning to gather information on their animals and property Oct. 24 in the wake of the wildfires that have hit the area. Fires continue to rage in San Diego County, but some evacuated people were

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Polytrack Debuts Successfully at Del Mar

Trainer T.R. (Ray) Bell II and jockey Jon Court had never received so much attention for capturing a maiden event as they did when Special Smoke became the first horse to win a race over Del Mar’s new Polytrack racing surface July 18.

“I had a

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Clenbuterol Use Below Expectations in Calif. Sample

Only about 12% of horses tested for clenbuterol had measurable levels of the medication in 193 blood samples taken recently, according to a report made by Rick Arthur, DVM, Thursday to the California Horse Racing Board medication committee.

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Clenbuterol, Steroids Dominate Southern Cal Talks

The use of clenbuterol and the potential elimination of anabolic steroids were the primary subjects of two meetings Thursday at Santa Anita. California Horse Racing Board Chairman Richard Shapiro, executive director Ingrid Fermin, and equine

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Hong Kong Olympic Equestrian Facilities Progressing

The Hong Kong Jockey Club reported on the progress of its construction of new facilities for the 2008 Olympic equestrian events during the week of its Cathay Pacific Hong Kong International Races. While the 2008 Olympic Games will be held in

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Racehorse Futural Retired to Old Friends

Millionaire Futural, who won the 2001 Mervyn LeRoy Handicap (gr. II) and San Bernardino Handicap (gr. II) and has most recently been running at Hastings Park, is being retired to Old Friends in Georgetown, Ky. Southern California equine

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Stevie Wonderboy’s Return Delayed by Ankle Chip

Eclipse Award winner Stevie Wonderboy had a small chip taken out of his right front ankle a week ago, said trainer Doug O’Neill. The 2005 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile winner had been doing well on the comeback trail, but came out of his last work with

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Cushion Track Praised as Hollywood Park Opens

Victor Espinoza took only two races to become the first jockey to ride a winner over both Hollywood Park’s new Cushion Track and Keeneland’s Polytrack. Second in Hollywood’s autumn meet opener Nov. 1, Espinoza won the second race aboard Robert

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