New York Central Ekes Out Saudi Arabian Sprint Score

After setting North America on fire with his riding in recent years, Irad Ortiz Jr. took his hot-riding ways to King Abdulaziz Racetrack in Saudi Arabia Feb. 29 and came away with a victory aboard New York Central in the SAUDIA Sprint. Source

Prat Sets High Goals as Kentucky Derby Season Returns

The 2019 Kentucky Derby (G1) victory led to the greatest year of Prat’s career. His mounts earned more than $19.6 million in purses, and he won at his highest rate for a full season (23%) and took down 19 graded stakes, including six grade 1s. Source

New CHRB Regulations Upset California Trainers

A memo distributed by the CHRB Feb. 27 announcing strict pre-race treatment restrictions of horses at the state’s racetracks, effective March 1, was met with surprise and hostility from many of the region’s trainers, according to Eoin Harty. Source

Spiced Perfection Again California Horse of the Year

Spiced Perfection became the first female to repeat as California-bred Horse of the Year, which was announced Feb. 25 at the California Thoroughbred Breeders Association Annual Meeting and Awards Dinner at the Sheraton San Gabriel. Source