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Rafael Bejarano
Bejarano Expected To Return To Saddle Next Thursday At Santa Anita

Perennial Southern California riding king Rafael Bejarano is scheduled to resume riding at Santa Anita next Thursday after recovering from minor injuries when he was unseated from Eaglemaker in the ninth race on Feb. 18. “He just stayed home and got the (left) knee 100 percent,” said Bejarano’s agent Tora Yamaguchi. “He banged up the […]

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Eugene Roche leading Master Derby into the winner's circle for the 1975 Preakness Stakes. Provided by the Kentucky Racing Health and Welfare Fund.
Eugene Roche, Active Hot Walker, Dies At Age 91

Eugene Roche — perhaps the oldest active hot-walker in the country at age 91 — died Friday, Feb. 24, in Louisville, Ky. Born in 1925 in Tampa, Fla., Roche took his first job walking horses at Sunshine Park when he was 25, spending the rest of his life in horse racing as a hotwalker, groom, […]

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Thierry Jarnet piloted Treve to consecutive victories in the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe (photo courtesy FRBC Twitter feed)
Champion French Jockey Thierry Jarnet Set To Retire

Champion French jockey Thierry Jarnet, who piloted the talented Treve to consecutive victories in the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe in 2013-2014, has announced that he is retiring, effectively immediately. The Racing Post reports that Jarnet, who will turn 50 in March, said that a problem with one of his knees had become too much to allow him to continue riding. […]

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Stewart Elliott
Stewart Elliott Honored With 2017 George Woolf Award

Stewart Elliott, best known for his 2004 Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes wins aboard Smarty Jones, has been selected by a nationwide vote of his peers as the winner of the 2017 George Woolf Memorial Jockey Award. A dominant force for many years in the Mid-Atlantic region, Elliott, 51, shifted his tack on a full-time […]

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Previously one of the track's handicappers, Kevin Schnoor is currently working in Rillito Park's racing office
PariBet Racetrack Industry Student Experience: Designs On Management

This is part of a series profiling participants of the PariBet Racetrack Industry Student Experience (PRISE), a program that allows Race Track Industry Program students the chance to work in paid positions in key roles at Rillito Park. For Kevin Schnoor, horse racing has always been an integral part of his life. His father has owned racehorses […]

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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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One Liner was the 3 1/2-length winner of the Southwest Stakes
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
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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