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
March 16, 2010
As people rush to takes sides in the great dirt-versus-synthetic racetrack surface debate, Mick Peterson, MS, PhD, and Santa Anita Park track superintendent Richard Tedesco suggested consistency and maintenance trump type of surface.
February 14, 2010
When it comes to issues affecting California racing, nothing supersedes track surfaces. While panelists at the Thoroughbred Owners of California (TOC) summit meeting Feb. 13 at Santa Anita first spoke about the failing economic model of the sta Read More
February 01, 2010
Your horse needs certain nutrients in his diet, but they don't work unilaterally on his body. Instead, they help each other to help your horse. If you understand how these nutrients support each other, you can make better feeding choices. Read More
January 10, 2010
When Zenyatta worked a half-mile in :48 Jan. 6 at Hollywood Park, speculation continued that she may race again. The more mundane explanation revolved around cold weather in Kentucky and an injured exercise rider.
"Steve Willard Read More
November 01, 2009
A variety of equine organizations offer benefits that reach beyond breed and discipline barriers to any owner. Read More
September 23, 2009
Lava Man, the former claimer who earned more than $5 million, has returned to training at Doug O'Neill's Hollywood Park barn. The 8-year-old gelding worked three furlongs in :36 flat Sept. 23 at Hollywood, his first official work.
O'Neill, Read More
August 01, 2009
Vets can better diagnose problems in our horses because of the array of equipment they have in their arsenals. Read More
July 30, 2009
Six horses have died from catastrophic injuries at Del Mar during a 10-day span that includes the first week of racing. Three occurred during morning training on Polytrack, two happened during races on Polytrack, and one was in a turf race. Read More
May 01, 2009
How can you tell if your horse is just starting to go lame? Read More
January 05, 2009
With five catastrophic injuries, including three fatalities, in the first five days of racing, Santa Anita's synthetic surface has again come under the microscope.
Santa Anita officials and horsemen were concerned that the Pro-Ride surface Read More
October 06, 2008
With trainer Steve Asmussen looking on, Curlin worked over the Pro-Ride synthetic surface at Santa Anita early the morning of Oct. 6. Fresh off his victory in the Sept. 27 Jockey Club Gold Cup at Belmont Park in New York, Curlin went an easy Read More
September 30, 2008
Curlin, racing's $10 million horse, arrived at Santa Anita on Sunday, Sept. 28, and settled in at Barn 27. Sherwood Chillingworth, executive vice president of the Oak Tree Racing Association, was on hand to welcome Curlin and Scott Blasi, Read More
September 29, 2008
It didn't take majority owner Jess Jackson and trainer Steve Asmussen long to make plans for Curlin, winner of the Sept. 27 Jockey Club Gold Cup Invitational at Belmont Park. The colt departed Belmont Park Sunday morning and is on way to Santa Read More
September 02, 2008
Horses are back in training, with several galloping, on Santa Anita's newly reconstituted racing surface Aug. 31. Most of the Southern California horses have not yet returned from Del Mar, so few horses are currently housed at Santa Anita. Read More
August 22, 2008
Although Tropical Storm Fay attacked the Palm Beach Equine Clinic in Wellington, Fla., with a vengeance on Aug. 19, no people or horses were injured. The veterinarians were quickly back at work, and the clinic was running fairly normally as of Read More
August 19, 2008
Look in the winner's circle after any offspring of Unusual Heat wins a race and you'll likely see a petite, brown-haired woman hugging the jockey, high-fiving the trainer, or congratulating the owner. Madeline Auerbach fiercely champions her former Read More
August 03, 2008
Large piles of material dot Santa Anita's backside parking lot, as work continues on the overhaul of the track's synthetic surface. Repairs to the drainage system are expected to be finished soon, with the next step being the placement of the Read More
July 31, 2008
Lava Man, the only horse to sweep the Santa Anita Handicap, Hollywood Gold Cup and Pacific Classic in the same year, has been retired.
Lava Man won grade I races on dirt, turf, and synthetic surfaces and joined Native Diver as the only Read More
July 26, 2008
When a horse lost amid the 3,043-acre Mill, Calif., fire happened upon a band of tired firefighters July 15, it was the most fortuitous encounter of his life. The firefighters, local veterinarian Sheri Cronin, DVM, and John Madigan, DVM, MS, Read More
July 03, 2008
Sending racehorses to slaughter will not be tolerated at Suffolk Downs racetrack in Boston. Track management will now deny trainers stalls if they sell a horse for slaughter. This latest move bolsters other efforts underway to protect Read More
July 02, 2008
Hundreds of former racehorses owe their second careers to Leigh Gray. Manager of Dr. Don Shields' lay-up facility, Winner's Circle Ranch in Bradbury, Calif., Gray not only rehabilitates racehorses for a living, she does it in her spare time. Read More
May 29, 2008
Millionaire and multiple grade I winner Nashoba's Key was involved in a freak accident in her stall at Hollywood Park and had to be euthanized May 28.
The 5-year-old daughter of Silver Hawk fractured her left hock when she kicked the Read More
May 25, 2008
A two-day flooding of Santa Anita Park's synthetic surface is one of the final tests management plans before making a decision on the future of the main-track surface. Track president Ron Charles said the surface will be flooded following Read More
February 21, 2008
Experts from all avenues of the racing industry presented statistics and opinions on synthetic surfaces before a standing-room-only crowd during a six-hour special meeting called by the California Horse Racing Board (CHRB) Feb. 20. While some Read More
February 05, 2008
Ian Pearse of Melbourne, Australia, is receiving plenty of attention these days as the man expected to fix Santa Anita's troubled Cushion Track synthetic surface. Founder and president of Pro-Ride Racing Australia, Pearse this week begins what i Read More