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McCullough Named Announcer At Zia Park Casino

When they kick off their 2016 meet next month, Zia Park Casino, Hotel and Racetrack will do so with a new voice, as California native Jim McCullough has been tabbed as the track’s new announcer for its 12th season of live racing.  McCullough previously served as the track announcer at Evergreen Park in Grande Prairie, […]

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John Veitch
Life At Ten Saga Continues: Judge Reverses Decision, Sends Veitch’s Suspension Back To KHRC

The five year court battle between former Kentucky chief steward John Veitch and the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission continued this week, with Franklin Circuit Court Judge Thomas Wingate reversing an earlier ruling and sending the case back to the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission. The battle stems from the 2010 Breeders’ Cup at Churchill Downs, when the […]

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Seattle Drone Vs Drone O’War: Drones Race From The Gates At Emerald

Fans at Emerald Downs last Sunday were treated to a remarkable Drone Match Race.  The drones were placed into the starting gate and raced five furlongs around the one-mile oval to the finish line. The drones were nicknamed “Seattle Drone” and “Drone O War” and were piloted by staff from Thrust UAV.  The race was […]

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Raul Rodriguez guides California Chrome after his win in the Santa Anita Derby
Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: California Chrome, Songbird Share Family Bond

Last weekend proved to be another highlight in the racing careers of both California Chrome, who picked up his sixth Grade 1 victory in the Pacific Classic, and Songbird, who maintained her perfect 10-for-10 record with a win in the G1 Alabama at Saratoga. Although both horses were racing on opposite coasts for different owners and […]

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Shelbe Ruis (Zoe Metz photo)
‘All In The Family’ Works Well For Young Trainer Shelbe Ruis

It’s only been four months since Shelbe Ruis was elevated to a high management position in a newly-formed, but not brand new, type of family business venture. She’s only 25 years old. But if the family business plan that has been mapped out by her father and mother, Mick and Wendy, and older brother, Mick, […]

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Javier Castellano upset American Pharoah in the 2015 Travers aboard Keen Ice
Communication Breakdown: Castellano, Agent Parting Ways

Javier Castellano, Eclipse Award winning jockey the past three years, is splitting with longtime agent Matt Muzikar at the end of the current Saratoga meet, Daily Racing Form reported on Wednesday. “Any relationship needs good communication,” Castellano was quoted as saying, “and we didn’t have it; that’s part of the problem.” Castellano, currently third in […]

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Trainer Chad Brown celebrates his 1,000th career win with his family and friends at Saratoga Aug. 24
Mr Maybe Provides Trainer Chad Brown With 1,000th Career Win

Prohibitive favorite Mr Maybe came charging through the stretch and powered to a 2 ¼-length victory in Wednesday’s $100,000 John’s Call at Saratoga Race Course, giving meet-leading trainer Chad Brown his 1,000th career victory. Patiently handled by Irad Ortiz, Jr., who tucked the 5-year-old gelding along the rail, Mr Maybe ran in fifth behind My […]

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Thomas Allen Pauly's portrait of Secretariat
Ninth Annual Secretariat Festival To Showcase Bluegrass Farms, Racing Royalty

The Bourbon County Secretariat Festival, which celebrates the life and legacy of the 1973 Triple Crown champion, is set for Sept. 16-18 in Paris, Ky. For its ninth renewal this year, the Festival is moving its epicenter to Main Street in Paris’ historic downtown with excursions to nearby farms and will again draw Thoroughbred racing […]

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Ryan Moore after winning the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf aboard Hit It a Bomb.
‘Very Happy To Be Back’: Moore Booked To Ride At Newmarket Friday

Top international jockey Ryan Moore is set to return to the races for the first time in three weeks when rides in the first race at Newmarket this Friday. The Racing Post reports that Moore will be aboard the 2-year-old filly, Spatial, for trainer Sir Michael Stoute. Moore last rode July 31, when he partnered Alice Springs […]

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Victor Espinoza
Espinoza Loses Track Of Passport, Won’t Travel To Japan This Weekend

Scheduled to fly to Japan for an all-star jockey competition this weekend, Victor Espinoza was forced to abandon the trip when he was unable to find his passport Monday evening, according to the Daily Racing Form. “He went to get TSA paperwork done a couple of weeks ago, and that’s the last time he remembers […]

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