Eugene Roche leading Master Derby into the winner's circle for the 1975 Preakness Stakes. Provided by the Kentucky Racing Health and Welfare Fund.
Eugene Roche, Active Hot Walker, Dies At Age 91

Eugene Roche — perhaps the oldest active hot-walker in the country at age 91 — died Friday, Feb. 24, in Louisville, Ky. Born in 1925 in Tampa, Fla., Roche took his first job walking horses at Sunshine Park when he was 25, spending the rest of his life in horse racing as a hotwalker, groom, […]

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Thierry Jarnet piloted Treve to consecutive victories in the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe (photo courtesy FRBC Twitter feed)
Champion French Jockey Thierry Jarnet Set To Retire

Champion French jockey Thierry Jarnet, who piloted the talented Treve to consecutive victories in the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe in 2013-2014, has announced that he is retiring, effectively immediately. The Racing Post reports that Jarnet, who will turn 50 in March, said that a problem with one of his knees had become too much to allow him to continue riding. […]

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Champion Champagne Room
Champagne Room, Unique Bella Among 96 Fillies Nominated To Central Bank Ashland Stakes

Two West Coast-based stars – champion Champagne Room and dominant two-time Grade 2 winner Unique Bella – lead the list of 96 3-year-old fillies nominated to the $500,000 Central Bank Ashland (G1) on April 8, opening Saturday of Keeneland’s 2017 Spring Meet. The 1 1/16-mile Central Bank Ashland has been a springboard to success in […]

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Three Rules dominates the Dr. Fager division of the Florida Sire Stakes
Three Rules Zips Five Furlongs In Final Work For Fountain Of Youth

Shade Tree Thoroughbreds, Tom Fitzgerald and Geoff Roy’s multiple stakes winner Three Rules put in his final breeze Friday morning for the $400,000 Fountain of Youth (G2) March 4 at Gulfstream Park. With Championship Meet-leading rider Luis Saez aboard, Three Rules was clocked in a swift 58.91 seconds for five furlongs over Gulfstream’s main track, […]

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Jeff Gural speaks at the Stanley Bergstein Award dinner.
Gural’s Allerage Farm Sued By Former Employee Alleging Discrimination

Allerage Farm, the breeding operation belonging to Meadowlands owner Jeff Gural, has been named in a civil suit filed in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York on Feb. 16. Laura Burke claims she was fired several days into maternity leave from her work at Allerage, where she performed daily care of horses […]

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Stewart Elliott
Stewart Elliott Honored With 2017 George Woolf Award

Stewart Elliott, best known for his 2004 Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes wins aboard Smarty Jones, has been selected by a nationwide vote of his peers as the winner of the 2017 George Woolf Memorial Jockey Award. A dominant force for many years in the Mid-Atlantic region, Elliott, 51, shifted his tack on a full-time […]

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Previously one of the track's handicappers, Kevin Schnoor is currently working in Rillito Park's racing office
PariBet Racetrack Industry Student Experience: Designs On Management

This is part of a series profiling participants of the PariBet Racetrack Industry Student Experience (PRISE), a program that allows Race Track Industry Program students the chance to work in paid positions in key roles at Rillito Park. For Kevin Schnoor, horse racing has always been an integral part of his life. His father has owned racehorses […]

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Dr. Larry Bramlage of Rood & Riddle
‘Beaten Down By The PR Machine’: Bramlage On The Best Prescription For Racing

Dr. Larry Bramlage, renowned orthopedic surgeon specializing in Thoroughbred racehorses, said the time has come for those in the racing business to stop expecting the public to see things the same way horsemen do. Speaking at Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital’s annual client education seminar this week, Bramlage was one of a panel of speakers […]

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Keeneland morning scene barn groom hotwalker
‘Galloping Toward A Crisis’? Immigration Crackdown Has Racing Industry Worried

Tightening immigration policies and the recent increase of raids by immigration agents are threatening to lead to a major manpower shortage throughout the U.S. horse racing industry. As Daniel Ross writes in The Guardian, the racing industry – from horse farms to racetrack backstretches – “could be galloping towards a crisis” since it is “heavily reliant upon […]

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Mares Pasture
Donations Still Needed to Fund American Horse Council Economic Impact Study

The American Horse Council Foundation (AHCF) has been working hard to secure pledges and funding necessary to update the National Economic Impact study, and would like express our sincere appreciation for all of those organizations and individuals that have generously contributed so far! However, we are still $150,000 short of our goal, and we need […]

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