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Trainer James DiVito Gets 1,000th Win

Trainer James DiVito earned his 1,000th career win Saturday at Hawthorne Race Course with Jazzy Sun in the eighth race, according to The Blood-Horse. Jazzy Sun was ridden to victory by Tim Thorton for owner/breeder Kathleen Halleran and paid $5.40 … Continue reading

Former Jockey Swatuk Dies at 65

Brian Swatuk, a Canadian jockey who won 1,074 races between 1976 and 2003, died Dec. 13 from cancer at an Ontario hospice, according to the Daily Racing Form. He was 65 years old. Swatuk won several important races in Canada … Continue reading

Albarado, Asmussen Team Up for Four-Win Day at Fair Grounds

It took jockey Robby Albarado and trainer Steve Asmussen little time to begin their march towards a big Saturday at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots when they teamed up for a victory by Corrine and William Heiligbrodt’s Grade III … Continue reading

Leading Maryland Rider McCarthy Breaks Wrist in Laurel Spill

Leading rider Trevor McCarthy was unseated when his mount swerved to miss a fallen horse as both were galloping out after the second race. His agent Scott Silver, who was transporting McCarthy to the hospital, said his rider had suffered … Continue reading

Donna Brothers Honored by Sports Illustrated as Year’s ‘Best Sideline Reporter’

NBC’s Donna Brothers was named 2014′s “Best Sideline Reporter” in a column by Sports Illustrated‘s Richard Deitsch honoring notable members of sports media this year. Deitsch mentions Brothers’ coverage of this year’s Breeders’ Cup Classic, when she promptly spoke with … Continue reading

Travis Stone Named Churchill Downs Track Announcer

Travis Stone, the race-caller at Monmouth Park in 2014 and backup announcer at the New York Racing Association this winter, has been named the new track announcer at Churchill Downs Racetrack and voice of the world-famous Kentucky Derby Presented by … Continue reading

Top Trainers Gearing Up for Santa Anita’s Winter Meet

With more than $30 million in purse money up for grabs, it’s no wonder a deep and competitive group of some of America’s top trainers have lined up to compete at Santa Anita’s upcoming Winter Meet, which begins Friday, Dec. … Continue reading

‘Seabiscuit’ Author Hillenbrand ‘Unbreakable’ in Face of Illness

As a film adaptation of her latest book hits theaters this week amid Oscar buzz, author Laura Hillenbrand sat down with New York Times Magazine to discuss the health struggles that have kept her house-bound for much of the past two … Continue reading

Goldencents Out, O’Neill in at Santa Anita

Goldencents went out in style, capturing the Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile for the second straight year before being retired as a stallion at Spendthrift Farm in Lexington, Ky. “He left after the Breeders’ Cup (Oct. 31),” said Dennis O’Neill, brother … Continue reading

Tom Durkin To Receive Eclipse Award of Merit

Capping an extraordinary career as one of North America’s premier race track announcers and one of the most popular personalities in Thoroughbred racing, the National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA), Daily Racing Form and the National Turf Writers And Broadcasters today … Continue reading