- More rain forecast for LA puts Sunday and Monday's cards at Santa Anita in jeopardy after five inches of rain caused racing to be canceled on Saturday. The CHRB will meet on Tuesday to discuss the possibility of moving races to Hollywood Park.
Said [board chairman Richard] Shapiro: "If the problem is something that cannot be corrected reasonably quickly, and if it is going to take weeks to get Santa Anita back in shape for racing, then I certainly would advocate that we as a board adopt an emergency measure so that we could be able to shift racing over to Hollywood Park until the Santa Anita track is once again suitable for racing." [LA Times]It's been wet up north as well, but Golden Gate is having no such problems with their Tapeta surface. "Even with all the rain we've had the past couple of days, we've had a fast track and no problems," Golden Gate Fields spokesman Tom Ferrall said Saturday. [OC Register]
- Hutcheson winner Smooth Air is by Smooth Jazz, a son of Storm Boot (Storm Cat) who stands in syndication at Buckridge Farm in New York for $3,000 (pdf file). Smooth Jazz raced for Pletcher and Michael Tabor, and earned a 117 Beyer (and a '0' on the Ragozin sheets) when he won the Commonwealth over the old Keeneland speedway in 2003. The Toddster is quoted here as saying that he was as fast as any horse I've had, and I bet he's said that about a fair number of other runners he's had.
- As far as I can tell, it's YES for TVG and NO for HRTV as far as NYRA's signal goes, but the State Racing and Wagering Board is said to be negotiating with the latter.
Scott Daruty, the president of TrackNet Media, told a conference in Arizona that “tremendous strides” have been made and that "only about 20% of Thoroughbred content in the United States is considered “exclusive” to certain wagering providers." Among that 20% is Gulfstream Park, and TrackNet apparently cut Florida horsemen a better deal rather than reach an agreement to sell the signal to Youbet.com. The Florida HBPA threatened to withhold the simulcast signal, which is their right, in response to the prospect of losing their share of the $16.5 million handled by Youbet last year. That would have shut TrackNet out from its own content. TVG was not involved in the negotiations; David Nathanson told Bloodhorse they were not contacted. TrackNet claims that TVG has not responded to offers to exchange content.