Craig Fravel

Santa Anita to Increase Overnight Purses by 10% for 2020-21 Season

Santa Anita Park announced Saturday that overnight purses for its 2020-21 season, which begins in its traditional Dec. 26 card, will be raised by 10% to a daily average of $533,000. The meet will run through June 20, 2021. Six stakes on opening day include the GI Malibu S., GI La Brea S. and GI American Oaks. Other meet highlights include the GI Santa Anita H. Mar. 6 and GI Santa Anita Derby Apr. 3. Click for a complete stakes schedule, pending approval by the Thoroughbred Owners of California. "Building...

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Aidan Butler Appointed to COO, 1/ST Racing and President, 1/ST Content

The Stronach Group's Aidan Butler has been appointed to Chief Operating Officer, 1/ST RACING and to President, 1/ST CONTENT, 1/ST announced Thursday. Butler joined The Stronach Group in 2018 and has been front and center in California leading the racing operations teams at Santa Anita Park and Golden Gate Fields as the Acting Executive Director of California Racing Operations. In addition, he also served as Chief Strategy Officer for The Stronach Group. Butler will work directly with Craig Fravel, Chief Executive Officer, 1/ST RACING, to further develop the company's racing...

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Preakness Added To Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series

Officials at Breeders' Cup Limited and The Stronach Group have announced that the Oct. 3 GI Preakness S., the final leg of this year's reconstituted Triple Crown, has been added to the Breeders' Cup Challenge series and will offer the winner an all-expenses-paid berth in the starting gate for the GI Longines Breeders' Cup Classic at Keeneland Nov. 7. It will mark the first time that a Triple Crown races is part of the series. Owing to the COVID-19 pandemic, the traditional first leg of the Triple Crown was postponed...

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Foal and Stallion Nominators Elect 19 Breeders’ Cup Members

The Breeders' Cup announced Tuesday that 19 individuals were elected to serve as Breeders' Cup Members. Voting for the 2020 Member election by Breeders' Cup 2019 foal and stallion nominators was concluded at 5:00 p.m. ET June 8. The following individuals, listed alphabetically, received the most votes of the Breeders' Cup nominators to fill 19 Member seats. Each Member will serve a four-year term: Conrad Bandoroff Barbara Banke Jimmy Bell Boyd Browning Doug Cauthen Craig Fravel Eric Gustavson Dr. Andreas Jacobs W. Gray Lyster IV Clem Murphy Maria Niarchos-Gouazé David...

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Thoroughbred Safety Committee Announces 2020 Safety Protocols

The Thoroughbred Safety Committee announced three new recommendations to the industry to further improve the health, welfare, and safety of its equine athletes. The recommendations call for: - Increased self-reporting statistics from the Equine Injury Database - Mandatory stand-down period for horses in the care of trainers determined to be in possession of or intending to administer illegal substances to racehorses - Banning the presence of clenbuterol in Thoroughbred racehorses and Thoroughbreds consigned for public auction The full text of the recommendations can be found on The Jockey Club website....

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Craig Fravel Joins TDN Writers’ Room

As the overseer of two of the biggest tracks still running races in the midst of the coronavirus crisis, The Stronach Group's CEO Craig Fravel has a lot of responsibility right now. As Saturday's GI Curlin Florida Derby at Gulfstream nears and the GI Santa Anita Derby follows next weekend, Fravel stopped by the TDN Writers' Room podcast presented by Keeneland to talk with Bill Finley about this tumultuous time. "Things seem to change on an hourly basis," Fravel said. "I think I was in Florida a week and a...

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TDN Writers’ Room for March 26, With TSG’s Craig Fravel

Santa Anita and Gulfstream are only two of the six tracks still racing in the U.S. This week, we check in with Craig Fravel from the Stronach Group to talk about the precautions they're taking. Also, the writers talk about the latest developments in horse racing with the coronavirus, and the challenges horsemen face.

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Badgett Rejoins The Stronach Group

Bill Badgett, former General Manager of Gulfstream Park and current President of the Florida Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association, will rejoin The Stronach Group, effective immediately, in the capacity of Executive Director, Florida Racing Operations. "We are thrilled that Bill will be returning to lead our 1/ST Racing operations in Florida," said Craig Fravel, Chief Executive Officer, 1/ST Racing. "Florida is a key priority for our company and Bill's daily presence and expertise will be instrumental as we grow our racing program with the highest of integrity and modern-thinking." Badgett...

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Ritvo Leaving The Stronach Group

Tim Ritvo, who has served The Stronach Group in a variety of executive capacities since 2011, is leaving his role as chief operating officer of the company effective immediately, according to a release issued Monday afternoon. The company has no immediate plans to fill his position, the release said. "I am honored to have been part of The Stronach Group and am proud of the accomplishments that we have made for the industry across our racing and training programs," Ritvo said. "As a former jockey, passionate fan and life-long horseman,...

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