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

Santa Anita Surface Overhaul in Progress

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

Former Claimer Lava Man Retired After Stellar Career

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

Horse Finds Help in California Fire

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

Racetrack Enacts Zero-Tolerance Slaughter Policy

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

Racehorse Rehabilitator Helps Transition to New Careers

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

Millionaire Racehorse Nashoba's Key Euthanized

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

Santa Anita to Conduct Flood Test on New Track Surface

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

Santa Anita to Replace Racing Surface

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

Q&A on Santa Anita Footing Fix

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

Pro-Ride Touts Liquid Binder to Fix Track Surface Drainage Program

Ian Pearse of Pro-Ride Racing Australia stands ready to begin fixing Santa Anita's beleaguered Cushion Track surface as soon as the final race is completed Feb. 3.

"On Sunday afternoon after the races, we'll harrow the track and break up Read More

More Rain, More Cancellations at Santa Anita

After getting a break in the weather enabling the Sunshine Millions program to go forward Jan. 26, Santa Anita announced it has canceled its live racing programs for the next two days after more rain hit the track Read More

Santa Anita Trying New Synthetic Material to Fix Drainage Woes

Synthetic material that includes a liquid binder will be added to Santa Anita Park's main surface in an effort to improve drainage, the Southern California racetrack announced Jan. 15.

After several days of testing material manufactured by Read More

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 Read More

Track Records Set on New Santa Anita Synthetic Footing

It took only two races over Santa Anita's renovated Cushion Track for a horse to set a track record. Although times were quick, horses won from a variety of positions on opening day, Dec. 26, and the racing appeared to be formful. More Read More

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 Read More

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 Read More

Farms and Del Mar Offering Shelter from California Wildfires

Wildfires continued Oct. 23 to threaten homes and horse farms in Southern California, particularly in San Diego County.

Scoop Vessels' Vessels Stallion Farm is among the facilities that have taken in evacuated people and horses, even whil Read More

Cushion Track Gets Thumbs-Up at Opening of Oak Tree Meet

Safety was the watchword as Santa Anita became the third and final major Southern California racetrack to unveil its synthetic surface. Though Santa Anita's times Sept. 26--the opening day of the Oak Tree Racing Association meeting--were Read More

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 Read More

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. Read More

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 Read More

California Vets Provide EHV-1 Update, Offer Prevention Advice

While one barn at Los Alamitos remains under quarantine due to equine herpesvirus-1 positives, the situation in California appears to have calmed down considerably. Rick Arthur, DVM, the California Horse Racing Board equine medical director, Read More

EHV-1 Update: Golden Gate Horse Positive; Quarantine Issued

Golden Gate Fields, Bay Meadows and Pleasanton were placed under quarantine Dec. 29 after a horse from Golden Gate was diagnosed as positive for the neurogenic strain of equine herpesvirus-1 (EHV-1).

The California Horse Racing Board Read More

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 Read More

Ouija Board Withdrawn From Final Start Due to Soreness

Ouija Board has been withdrawn from the Cathay Pacific Hong Kong Vase (HK-I) at Sha Tin Racecourse Sunday due to soreness in the splint bone of her left foreleg.

The mare had been expected to conclude her Read More