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Could 2015 Be Year for McLaughlin’s Run for the Roses?

Since his days as an assistant to Hall of Famer and four-time Kentucky Derby (Grade I) winner D. Wayne Lukas, a victory in the “Run for the Roses” on the first Saturday in May has been a goal for trainerKiaran McLaughlin. … Continue reading

Irish Jockey Danny Grant Suspended After Cocaine Positive

Jockey Danny Grant has been suspended by the Irish Turf Club after testing positive for traces of cocaine in his system. Grant and his attorneys claim the source of the cocaine was from a tainted herbal tea product, which Grant … Continue reading

Chuckas Resigning as President of Maryland Jockey Club

The Stronach Group announced today that Tom Chuckas, President and Chief Operating Officer of the Maryland Jockey Club, has resigned his position with the company, effective November 30. Chuckas joined the Maryland Jockey Club in May 2008. Over the years, … Continue reading

Indiana: Commission Recommends Three-Year Suspension, Fine for Trainer Norris

The executive director of the Indiana Horse Racing Commission has recommended a three-year suspension and $15,000 fine for trainer Mike Norris, after the trainer was allegedly found to have administered drugs on race day at least five times last spring … Continue reading

Veteran Jockey Hernandez Making the Most of New Opportunities

Although Rafael Hernandez is a new face in the Churchill Downs jockey colony this fall, the veteran rider certainly isn’t a rookie in the saddle. Hernandez has been a mainstay on the Midwest circuit, and for the past seven years … Continue reading

Smith Awarded Second Jockeys’ Guild Jockey of the Week Title

Mike Smith gave Ocho Ocho Ocho a masterful, ground-saving trip in the Grade III Delta Downs Jackpot Stakes to be named the Jockeys’ Guild Jockey of the Week. The title goes to the week’s outstanding jockey in the opinion of … Continue reading

Jockeys Da Silva, Contreras To Compete in Japan

Jockeys Eurico Rosa Da Silva and Luis Contreras, who are both based at Woodbine, will be heading to the Far East this week to compete in Japan. The Daily Racing Form reports that Da Silva will ride Sam-Son Farm’s Up … Continue reading

Trainer Cassidy Celebrates Delta Downs Success

With what does a Southern California-based trainer do to celebrate two big victories in Louisiana? Cajun food or something stronger? “A combination of both,” Jim Cassidy said. “The Scotch was flowing.” Cassidy has had major victories to celebrate in the … Continue reading

Stevens Gets First Victory Since Knee Surgery

Saturday was a big day for three of Del Mar’s quartet of resident Hall of Fame riders. Gary Stevens notched his first victory since undergoing knee replacement surgery when he got Grand Yodeler home for trainer Mike Puype in the … Continue reading

Head Starter Jay Slender Working First Del Mar Meet

There are many heroes in racing’s stories. The winning horse gets a pat on the neck and a garland of flowers. The winning jockey gets applause and fans clamoring for their goggles and an autograph. Everyone usually wants to interview … Continue reading