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Bennett Goes Four-For-Four At Tampa Bay Downs

Gerald Bennett is a realist. And on the far turn of the eighth race, with his 5-year-old gelding Lucky Rascal languishing near the back of the nine-horse field, he was prepared to savor his three earlier victories on the card. But Lucky Rascal and jockey Erick Rodriguez had other ideas. The duo staged a whirlwind […]

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‘Disappointing’: Congress Poised To Sign Spending Bill – Without H-2B Visa Provision

Congress appears poised to sign an emergency spending bill that would keep the government funded through April without a provision that would renew an exemption to the H-2B visa cap. McClatchy DC reports that the National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) has joined other organizations and businesses in pushing to have the H-2B visa returning worker exemption reinstated. […]

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James Ward, worked as jockey's valet for more than 40 years.
Retired Valet Jim Ward, Husband Of Kentucky Equine Medical Director, Dead At 64

James “Jim” William Ward, 64, a retired jockey’s valet and husband of Dr. Mary (Scollay) Ward, equine medical director for the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission, passed away Sunday, Dec. 4, 2016, in Frankfort, Ky. Mr. Ward was born Aug. 31, 1952, in Chicago Heights, Ill., to the late Bill and Janice Witt Ward.  He worked […]

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Uniform Rules, National Replay Review Board Among Variety Of Topics Discussed During ROAP Conference

The Racing Officials Accreditation Program’s (ROAP) Conference on Officiating Horse Racing concluded yesterday in Tucson, Az. in conjunction with the University of Arizona Global Symposium on Racing & Gaming at the Loews Ventana Canyon Resort. The day long conference attracted more than 75 participants including stewards, racing officials, regulators and industry professionals. The morning session […]

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Classic Empire (Pioneerof the Nile) wins the Claiborne Breeders' Futurity (G1) at Keeneland. Julien Leparoux up, Mark Casse trainer, John Oxley owner.
Classic Empire Returns To Training At Palm Meadows

John Oxley’s Classic Empire stepped onto the road to the Kentucky Derby Wednesday at Palm Meadows Training Center, where he galloped for the first time since capturing the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1) at Santa Anita Nov. 5. “He started back today. He’s back doing some exercise under tack,” said trainer Mark Casse, whose […]

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Leparoux, Elliott Among Finalists For George Woolf Award

Santa Anita Park has announced five finalists for the 2017 Santa Anita George Woolf Memorial Jockey Award, with the winner to be announced in February following a vote of jockeys nationwide. Veteran jockeys Kerwin Clark, Stewart Elliott, Julien Leparoux, Glen Murphy and Scott Stevens are the finalists for the prestigious trophy that has been presented […]

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Randy Rouse, approaching his 100th birthday (12/30), has been awarded the National Steeplechase Association's F. Ambrose Clark Award, American jump racing's highest honor, for his many contributions to the sport.
Rouse To Receive F. Ambrose Clark Award

Randolph D. Rouse, a Virginia horseman who guided the National Steeplechase Association through some of its most challenging days in the 1970s and inaugurated one of the sport’s most important innovations, has been awarded the F. Ambrose Clark Award, American jump racing’s leading honor. Rouse, who continues to establish racing records as he approaches his […]

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Mr Timothy Fok Tsun Ting (second from right), President of the Sports Federation & Olympic Committee of Hong Kong, China, presents the trophy to Hugh Bowman, winner of the LONGINES International Jockeys' Championship.
Aussie Hugh Bowman Takes Top Honors In The Longines International Jockeys’ Championship

Australian ace Hugh Bowman made all the running to hold off his rivals and secure his first win in a dramatic LONGINES International Jockeys’ Championship at Happy Valley on Wednesday night. It was a case of third time lucky for the jockey after finishing out of luck in 2009 and 2015. Bowman got his challenge […]

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Limited-edition prints of American Pharoah are being sold to benefit the Georgia Horse Racing Coalition
American Pharoah Portrait To Benefit Georgia Horse Racing Coalition

The Georgia Horse Racing Coalition unveiled today a portrait of the 2015 Triple Crown winner American Pharoah and winner of the 2015 Breeders’ Cup Classic, painted by award-winning Georgia artist Len Jagoda. “Selecting Len, a Georgia artist well known for his equine portraitures of important race horses, for this project was an easy decision. We […]

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Javier Castellano collected his third consecutive Eclipse Award for Outstanding Jockey earlier this year
‘Really Looking Forward To The Future’: Castellano Has New Agent, Same Winning Attitude

Though he missed the opening weekend of Gulfstream Park’s 2016-2017 Championship Meet with commitments out of town, jockey Javier Castellano is gearing up for a return to South Florida with his sights set on a sixth consecutive riding title. He enters the country’s premier winter thoroughbred meet in similar fashion as past years, leading the […]

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