Irad Ortiz Jr. was leading jockey at the 2015 Saratoga meet
Hot Start At The Spa Nets Irad Ortiz Jockey Of The Week Title

Jockey Irad Ortiz Jr. won four races on opening day at Saratoga Racecourse on Friday and captured two graded stakes in the first three days of the meet on his way to this week’s Jockeys’ Guild Jockey of the Week award for July 18- July 24.  The award is voted on by a panel of […]

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Steve Asmussen's assistant Christy Hamilton
Assistant Hamilton ‘Stoked’ To Be Leading Ellis Meet For Trainer Asmussen

Christy Hamilton wasn’t sure what to expect when her boss called to say her Indiana Grand stable was relocating to Ellis Park. Hamilton, after being an exercise rider and barn foreman, this year became an assistant trainer to new Hall of Famer Steve Asmussen’s far-flung operation. She moved 18 horses in Indiana to Ellis shortly […]

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Corey Lanerie wins the camel race at Ellis Park
Lanerie Nets Ostrich, Camel Double At Ellis Park

Too bad for Corey Lanerie that Ellis’ annual exotic animal races – this time an ostrich and camel heat – didn’t count toward his career win total, which stands at 3,966. Lanerie won the ostrich race for the second time, but was breaking his maiden in the camel division. He was jokingly asked which was […]

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Evelyn Poehl of Italy hustled Michael Dubb’s Peppermint Stick from the gate and stayed in front to win Saturday’s FEGENTRI International Federation of Gentlemen and Lady Riders race at Laurel Park.
Italian Poehl Captures Amateur Race At Laurel Park

Evelyn Poehl of Italy hustled Michael Dubb’s Peppermint Stick from the gate and stayed in front to win Saturday’s FEGENTRI International Federation of Gentlemen and Lady Riders race at Laurel Park. Trained by Rudy Rodriguez and favored at 2-1 in a field of seven for the $27,000 maiden claiming event, Peppermint Stick ($6.40) ran 5 […]

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King Leatherbury
Medication Violation Results In Suspension For Hall-Of-Famer Leatherbury

King Leatherbury, 83, has been suspended for a medication violation at Laurel Park, according to the Daily Racing Form. His trainee Classic Wildcat tested positive for Mepivacaine after winning a $7,000 claiming race at Laurel on April 22. The Hall of Fame trainer has been fined $500 by the Laurel Park stewards, and was also […]

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Florent Geroux
Geroux ‘Excited’ About First Saratoga Victory

Spending his first full meet riding at Saratoga this summer, jockey Florent Geroux picked up his first win at the historic race course on Friday in his second of five mounts for the day aboard LNJ Foxwoods first-time starter, 2-year-old filly Bowie for trainer Steve Asmussen in Race 6. Born in France, the 30-year-old jockey […]

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Arturo Aparicio wins his first US race at Ellis Park aboard National Girl
Aparicio ‘Very Emotional’ After First US Victory At Ellis Park

Arturo Aparicio, an 18-year-old apprentice from Panama, still is beaming after getting his first and second wins in the United States last Sunday. That came  when first-time starter National Girl defeated heavily-favored Pinky Promise by a neck in the first race and Knee Pads was moved up to victory three races later upon the disqualification […]

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Monique Snowden (far left) with best friend Shauna Morrissey (closest to Snowden in plaid shirt) and other friends at Emerald Downs
‘She Didn’t Want Anybody To Know:’ Snowden’s Tragic Death Devastates Friends, Family

Mental illness is an extraordinarily difficult subject, but this week’s devastating news regarding the death of Emerald Downs trainer Monique Snowden brought that subject into the national spotlight. Her close friend Shauna Morrissey told the Everett, Wash., Herald Net that the 37-year-old Monique had suffered with depression, triggered several years ago by her mother’s cancer diagnosis […]

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Didiel Osorio won four races on opening day of Ellis Park's 2016 meeting
‘He’s Like My Brother:’ Young Jockey-Agent Team On The Rise At Ellis Park

Didiel Osorio and his agent Jose Santos have been working together since they were introduced by Ricardo Santana Jr. in 2014, reports the Evansville Courier & Press. Last summer, Osorio took home the leading rider title at Ellis Park in Kentucky. Returning to the home of that triumph, the pair are in the race to […]

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Tyler Gaffalione
Meet-Leading Gaffalione Adds Four More Winners On Friday Card

Jockey Tyler Gaffalione added four more victories to his Summer Meet-leading total Friday at Gulfstream Park, where he has ridden 13 winners over the span of the last four racing days. The 21-year-old Davie, FL native, who was honored with an Eclipse Award as North America’s top apprentice jockey in 2015, pulled off an upset […]

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