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‘Hearts Reaching Out’ Golf Tournament Benefitting Race Track Chaplaincy To Be Held March 6

Thoroughbred racing fans have an opportunity to meet some of the track’s top jockeys and horsemen by participating in the 25th annual “Hearts Reaching Out” Golf Tournament, Dinner and Charity Auction on Monday, March 6. The event benefits the Race Track Chaplaincy of America—Tampa Bay Downs Division and individuals served by the RTCA. The “Hearts […]

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Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: Southwest Winner’s Dam A Keeper For Pinhooker Wachman

For Roderick Wachman and David Egan, the 10-year-old Cherokee Run mare Cayala is a gift that keeps on giving. Egan pinhooked Cayala as a weanling in 2007, paying $75,000 for her at the Keeneland November breeding stock sale and re-selling the filly for $140,000 the following September at Keeneland’s yearling sale – a tidy profit. […]

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Rhea P. Loney Appointed Chair of RCI’s Regulatory Attorneys Committee

Rhea P. Loney, who led the successful “frog juice” prosecution of Quarter Horse trainers in Louisiana, has been appointed chair of the Association of Racing Commissioners International’s regulatory attorneys committee, ARCI chair Judy Wagner announced. Loney is a state assistant attorney general who has been a member of the regulatory attorneys committee since she began […]

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Shelbi Kurtz undergoes traditional initiation from the Turfway Park jockey colony after riding her first winner Feb. 22
‘Fancy’ Victory: Apprentice Kurtz Notches First Career Win At Turfway Park

Apprentice jockey Shelbi Kurtz, 22, scored her first career win Wed., Feb. 22, when she guided Fancy Is My Name to a half-length victory after a hard-fought stretch battle in the third race at Turfway Park. Fancy Is My Name, a 4-year-old filly owned by Susanne Swank and William E. Tidd, is trained by Kurtz’s […]

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Jim Penney
‘He Was More Than A Trainer’: Washington Icon Jim Penney Passes

Jim Penney, a charter member of the Washington Racing Hall of Fame who saddled a record five Longacres Mile winners, died Tuesday at his home in Edgewood. Penney, who ranked at or near the top of every major training category at Emerald Downs, Longacres and Yakima Meadows, was 82 years old. According to son-in-law Bryson […]

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James R. Jones
‘Unsung Hero,’ Natural Horseman James Jones Dead At 52

Retired trainer Frank Brothers remembers putting James Jones on some of his toughest horses when Jones worked as his assistant during the 1990s. “He’d get on all the bad ones and straighten ‘em out,” Brothers recalled of the one-time bull rider. “When anyone else would ask, ‘What about that horse?’ He’d always smile and say, […]

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David Switzer
Former KTA/KTOB Executive Director David Switzer Joins WHOA

David L. Switzer, a graduate of the University of Kentucky with a BS Animal Science, has been associated with the Thoroughbred industry since 1958 working in both the breeding and racing areas. From 1979 to 1992, he owned Lexington, Ltd, an equine insurance and bloodstock agency. Mr. Switzer acted as the Executive Director of the […]

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Hillary Neese
PariBet Racetrack Industry Student Experience: Neese Is ‘Ready For Anything’

This is part of a series profiling participants of the PariBet Racetrack Industry Student Experience, a program that allows Race Track Industry Program students the chance to work in paid positions in key roles at Rillito Park. Hillary Neese’s passion for horse racing took a few years to develop, but once it did, she was hooked for […]

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Churchill Downs, Norton Cancer Institute To Partner On Local Women’s Breast Health Program

Churchill Downs and Norton Cancer Institute Tuesday announced a new charitable partnership to raise funds to help provide care for women in our community who lack access to necessary breast health screenings and services. One in eight women will develop breast cancer in her lifetime, so this partnership presents significant potential to women who can benefit […]

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Justin Nixon
Brotherly Love: Nixon Lends A Helping Hand During Brother’s Cancer Treatment

Justin Nixon is sitting on a stool in the Woodbine paddock trying to figure out an issue with a friend’s iPhone. An error message pops up. “I’m a Blackberry guy,” smirked Nixon. Taking a moment to sit down hasn’t happened too often lately for Nixon. He finds himself constantly on the go in an attempt […]

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