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Robby Albarado celebrates his 5000th career win at the Fair Grounds
‘I Didn’t Do It Alone’: Albarado Rides 5,000th Winner Sunday

Jockey Robby Albarado joined an elite group on Sunday at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots when earning his 5,000th career victory. The 43-year-old Lafayette, Louisiana, native became only the 33rd rider to reach the milestone when guiding Oak Tree Stables’ Scott Gelner-trained Vivacious V. V. to victory in the day’s first race. Albarado began […]

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Gary Stevens
Stevens ‘Doing Well’ After Hip Surgery, Back In The Saddle Mid-February

Looking fresh and fit as he recuperates from surgery last Dec. 21 for replacement of his left hip, Gary Stevens was on hand at Clockers’ Corner Saturday morning, counting down the time until he can resume his Hall of Fame career. “I’m doing well,” Stevens said. “I’m rehabbing every day, back on my Equicizer which […]

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Rafael Hernandez
Rafael Hernandez To Miss Five Weeks After Spill At Turfway

Veteran jockey Rafael Hernandez was unseated during the second race at Turfway Park on Friday evening, when his mount clipped heels and stumbled down the backstretch. According to the Daily Racing Form, Hernandez suffered a laceration to his right knee which will force him to miss five weeks of racing. Following the race, a stewards […]

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Houlihan Joins Darby Dan As New Director Of Client Development

Darby Dan Farm has hired Hunter Houlihan as its new Director of Client Development to work in all aspects of the farm’s client services and relations. “Hunter has been able to learn many different aspects of the horse business prior to joining us here at Darby Dan,” said John Phillips, owner of Darby Dan. “We […]

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Veteran Dennis Moore to add Del Mar track maintenance to his responsibilities
Dennis Moore To Oversee Del Mar Track Maintenance

Veteran trackman Dennis Moore, the track superintendent at Santa Anita Park, has agreed to accept the additional role of director of track maintenance at Del Mar, it has been announced. Moore, 67, with more than 44 years of experience working racetracks around the world, will continue his full-time role at Santa Anita while also assuming […]

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Vince Viola, named by President-elect Donald J. Trump as Secretary of the Army
Outside The Ring: Viola’s Fasig-Tipton Punch Garners National Attention

Fasig-Tipton’s premier Saratoga Yearling Sale is getting some national publicity, but not for the reasons company officials would prefer. The New York Times on Wednesday reported on an Aug. 8, 2016,  altercation during the Fasig-Tipton yearling sale that would have been more suited to a boxing ring than the sales ring. It involved an unnamed […]

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Cathy Schroeder celebrates with jockey Kent Desormeaux in the winner's circle after Blue Tone's victory in the San Gabriel Stakes
Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: ‘A Kiss On Each Cheek’

When 8-year-old Blue Tone crossed the wire first in the G3 San Gabriel Stakes, there was not a single person in the grandstand cheering louder than Cathy Schroeder. She and her husband, Paul, race under the banner of Schroeder Farm, and Blue Tone had just become their first graded stakes winner. “For him to be […]

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Steve Asmussen celebrates winning his 500th race at Oaklawn Park
Asmussen Marks Milestone At Oaklawn Park: ‘Hopefully, We’ve Got Another 500 Wins In Us Here”

Hall of Fame trainer Steve Asmussen recorded his 500th career victory at Oaklawn in Monday’s seventh race, according to Equibase, racing’s official data organization. Asmussen, 51, reached the milestone when favored Hence, a 3-year-old Calumet Farm homebred colt, broke his maiden at 1 1/16 miles under Ramon Vazquez. The late Bob Holthus – nine Oaklawn […]

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Commentary: Social Media Trolling Intensifies A Jockey’s ‘Battle To Remain Mentally Stable’

Social media has become the wave of the future for racing fans, as they can follow their favorite jockeys, horses and trainers via Facebook and Twitter throughout the day’s races. Inevitably, when one of the individuals involved has a bad race, the social media backlash can turn ugly. An all-too-common example can be found in […]

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Edwin Maldonado
Maldonado’s First Start Since Injury A Winning One At Santa Anita

Edwin Maldonado is back. The 34-year-old Ohio native won his first race Sunday at Santa Anita since recovering from painful injuries suffered more than four months ago in a morning accident at Del Mar Sept. 4. Maldonado piloted first-time starter Pomp and Party to a 3 ½-length victory in Sunday’s second race for owner/breeder H […]

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