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Britain: Officials Launch Investigation After Jockey Accused Of Swapping Urine Samples

The British Horseracing Authority has launched an investigation after the Kempton stewards reported Graham Gibbons to have swapped a urine sample with that of another jockey on Wednesday evening. Gibbons had one ride on the card and was asked to provide the sample after finishing sixth on Button Up in the second division of a […]

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Promising juvenile Mastery and the Oklahoma City Thunder's Russell Westbrook have given Dobson plenty to cheer about lately
Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: ‘Sports Junkie’ Dobson Enjoys Ride With Mastery, Thunder

When asked how he got into the Thoroughbred industry two decades ago, Everett Dobson gives the simplest of answers. “I bought a racehorse.” Things have gotten considerably more complex since then. The Oklahoma native purchased quite a few more racehorses, then a farm, then started a breeding operation. He also bought a top-class golf course […]

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Dr. Emily Champion
Report: Ryan Champion Pleads Guilty In Murder Of Family, Accomplice

Ryan Champion, who was charged with four counts of murder and one count of kidnapping in the 2014 murders of his family and an accomplice, entered guilty pleas on all charges in a court appearance Dec. 8. WKDZ Radio reports that Champion, 38, appeared before Judge C.A. Woodall in Trigg County Circuit Court Thursday morning. Champion was charged […]

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John Ortiz saddled first career winner at Turfway Park
Red Charm Gives Trainer Ortiz First Career Victory

John A. Ortiz earned his first career training win Wednesday when Julie Burke guided Red Charm to victory in the fifth race at Turfway Park. Born Feb. 24, 1986, in Colombia, Ortiz was toddling around the racetrack at the age of two, cheering on his father, jockey Carlos Ortiz. The top apprentice rider in Colombia, […]

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Dr. Maryjean Wall and Jim McKay, elected to the Joe Hirsch Media Roll of Honor at the National Museum of Racing in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.
Wall, McKay Elected To Joe Hirsch Media Roll Of Honor At National Museum Of Racing

Esteemed media members Dr. Maryjean Wall and the late Jim McKay have been elected to the Joe Hirsch Media Roll of Honor at the National Museum of Racing in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. Wall, a three-time Eclipse Award winner and the first woman to be accepted to the National Turf Writers and Broadcasters Association, grew up in […]

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Corey Johnsen
KY Downs’ Johnsen To Be Keynote Speaker At National HBPA Convention

Corey Johnsen, president and part-owner of Kentucky Downs, will give the keynote address at the National HBPA’s 2017 convention March 8-11 at Las Vegas’ South Point Hotel and Casino. Johnsen heads the management team that has taken Kentucky Downs from novelty to industry leader, offering some of the most lucrative purses in America during its […]

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Bennett Goes Four-For-Four At Tampa Bay Downs

Gerald Bennett is a realist. And on the far turn of the eighth race, with his 5-year-old gelding Lucky Rascal languishing near the back of the nine-horse field, he was prepared to savor his three earlier victories on the card. But Lucky Rascal and jockey Erick Rodriguez had other ideas. The duo staged a whirlwind […]

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James Ward, worked as jockey's valet for more than 40 years.
Retired Valet Jim Ward, Husband Of Kentucky Equine Medical Director, Dead At 64

James “Jim” William Ward, 64, a retired jockey’s valet and husband of Dr. Mary (Scollay) Ward, equine medical director for the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission, passed away Sunday, Dec. 4, 2016, in Frankfort, Ky. Mr. Ward was born Aug. 31, 1952, in Chicago Heights, Ill., to the late Bill and Janice Witt Ward.  He worked […]

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Julien Leparoux at Keeneland after winning the Claiborne Breeders' Futurity (G1), with Classic Empire.
Leparoux, Elliott Among Finalists For George Woolf Award

Santa Anita Park has announced five finalists for the 2017 Santa Anita George Woolf Memorial Jockey Award, with the winner to be announced in February following a vote of jockeys nationwide. Veteran jockeys Kerwin Clark, Stewart Elliott, Julien Leparoux, Glen Murphy and Scott Stevens are the finalists for the prestigious trophy that has been presented […]

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Randy Rouse, approaching his 100th birthday (12/30), has been awarded the National Steeplechase Association's F. Ambrose Clark Award, American jump racing's highest honor, for his many contributions to the sport.
Rouse To Receive F. Ambrose Clark Award

Randolph D. Rouse, a Virginia horseman who guided the National Steeplechase Association through some of its most challenging days in the 1970s and inaugurated one of the sport’s most important innovations, has been awarded the F. Ambrose Clark Award, American jump racing’s leading honor. Rouse, who continues to establish racing records as he approaches his […]

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