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Registration Now Open for TOC's New Owner Seminar

Come listen to a panel of experts discuss acquiring horses at auction and through private sales, claiming horses, and joining racehorse partnerships and syndicates. The seminar will include a tour of the Barretts Sales barns, where participants will get a preview of the horses entered in that evening’s Paddock Sale.

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The Thoroughbred Owners of California hosted their annual Open Forum at the Alameda County Fairgrounds Satellite Wagering Facility on Saturday, June 24th, 2017. The event was well-attended with more than 30 owners coming to listen to TOC staff and directors discuss current events and answer questions about the...Read More »

Extra H-2B Visas to Be Made Available

June 23, 2017

There have been reports this week that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has decided to offer extra H2B visas for temporary, seasonal workers. These visas are used for temporary, non-agriculture workers at a variety of businesses, including members of the horse industry; principally horse trainers and owners...Read More »

Elizabeth Morey Takes on Expanded Role for TOC

Arcadia, California – The Thoroughbred Owners of California (TOC) announces the promotion of Elizabeth Morey to the position of Director of Racing and Northern California Operations, effective immediately.

“Elizabeth is one of the brightest young talents I have seen in my two decades in the industry,” said TOC President and CEO,...Read More »

TOC Members Re-Elect Six Incumbents to Board

TOC’s membership re-elected incumbents Mark Dedomenico, Gary Fenton, Mike Harrington, Terry Lovingier, Jack Owens, and Bill Strauss to its Board of Directors. Dedomenico, Fenton, Harrington, Lovingier, and Strauss were elected to three-year terms, and Owens was elected to a two-year term. The new Board officially takes office on July 1st.

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The June 2017 issue of The Thoroughbred of California magazine is now available for viewing online, courtesy of the California Thoroughbred Breeders’ Association. To access the magazine, click here.

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Letter from Chairman Nick Alexander to TOC Membership

May 31, 2017

To All TOC Members

RE:  Field Sizes

Dear TOC Member

As you may know, California racetracks have been besieged by diminishing field sizes in recent months. For example, the average field size at the current Santa Anita meet is down 6.1% from the same period last year, from 8 horses to...Read More »


TOC wants to hear from you! All horsemen are invited to an OPEN FORUM at Pleasanton on Saturday, June 24th at 10:30 a.m.

Meet TOC staff and directors for a discussion of current events and a chance to have your questions answered. Mark your calendars now for this special event. To register, please Read More »

Santa Anita UnCorked

On Saturday, June 10th, spend a day at spectacular Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, tasting a selection from over 60 fine wines, sampling cuisine from over 20 popular restaurants, strolling through the Fine Art Exhibit and experiencing an exciting day at the races!

Your Santa Anita UnCorked package includes:

California Racing Industry Loses Prominent Sire Unusual Heat

May 18, 2017 – Coalinga, CA – Unusual Heat, the All Time Leading Sire in California Progeny Earnings has passed away at 27 due to complications from arthritis induced laminitis.

“It is with a very heavy heart that I have to report the passing of Unusual Heat today”, said Harris Auerbach, managing...Read More »

Retired Racehorse Performs at CARMA Event

On May 13th, 2017, Dhaamer was featured in an event, sponsored by CARMA (California Retirement Management Acct.), at Santa Anita. Click here to view our We Care YouTube channel and watch him Pole Bend!

If you’d like to know more about We Care, click here.

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Congratulations to Trainer Paddy Gallagher!

Photo Credit: Shane Micheli/ Vassar Photography

Lady Valeur cruised to victory in the $50,000-added Golden Poppy Stakes at Golden Gate Fields Saturday. Trained by Paddy Gallagher for Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners, she was ridden by Ricardo Gonzalez, completing the mile and one-sixteenth in 1:43.17.  Lady...Read More »


Trainer Jim Cassidy having a Q&A session.

Approximately 45 people attended the latest Conformation Clinic held by the Thoroughbred Owners of California at Santa Anita on Saturday morning, May 13th. The very popular clinics are aimed at helping participants develop an “eye” for a horse by identifying conformation strengths...Read More »


The May 2017 issue of The Thoroughbred of California magazine is now available for viewing online, courtesy of the California Thoroughbred Breeders’ Association. To access the magazine, click here.

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May 4, 2017

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Thursday, May 4, 2017) – Important H-2B visa program provisions remain in the bill that Congress passed today to fund federal government through fiscal year 2017. President Trump is expected to soon sign the bill.

One provision in the bill provides possible...Read More »

Don't Forget to Register for TOC's Conformation Clinic!

TOC to Host FREE Conformation Clinic Saturday, May 13th

Arcadia, Calif. – TOC will partner with trainers Jim Cassidy, Matt Chew, Paddy Gallagher and Howard Zucker to offer a FREE “Conformation Clinic” at Santa Anita on Saturday, May 13. The informal workshop is intended to help participants develop...Read More »

Alert Bay took his second consecutive San Francisco Mile at Golden Gate Fields

California-bred Alert Bay took his second consecutive Grade 3 San Francisco Mile Saturday at Golden Gate Fields. Owned by Peter Redekop BC Ltd. and trained by Blaine Wright, Alert Bay came from just off the pace to win by a length and a half with jockey Juan Hernandez aboard.

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The Open Forum attendees at Santa Anita on Saturday, April 22, heard TOC staff and board members speak about the latest updates on ADW/On Track Geo-locations, SCOTWINC, Legislation, Stabling and Vanning, Medication, the TOC Election and the We Care campaign. Joe Morris also gave an update about Santa Anita, and shortly after,...Read More »

Register Now for TOC's Conformation Clinic

TOC is offering a FREE “Conformation Clinic” at Santa Anita on Saturday, May 13th. The informal workshop is intended to help participants develop an “eye” for a horse.

With the assistance of some expert horsemen, attendees will view a variety of horses and identify their conformation strengths and weaknesses. The workshop...Read More »

Jockey Mike Smith and Arrogate honored for their great achievements of Thoroughbred racing in California

On Monday April 17th the California Senate and Assembly recognized the incredible career of Hall of Fame Jockey Mike Smith and North America’s richest racehorse, Arrogate. Smith was invited on the floor of the Assembly by the Governmental Organization Chair, Adam Gray. Gray introduced Smith and spent...Read More »

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