Dan Dufford
Trainer/Official Dufford Dies At 66

Longtime Thoroughbred trainer and Monmouth Park racing official Daniel Dufford passed away at his home on Tuesday morning at the age of 66. Dufford, who spent his entire life in the racing industry, was an accomplished trainer.  His top runner was Rumptious, who he saddled to victory in the 1984 Salvator Mile. Following his training […]

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Michelle Payne
Royal Ascot Opportunity Awaits For Melbourne Cup Winner Michelle Payne

Michelle Payne, who made history in 2015 when she became the first female jockey to win the Group 1 Melbourne Cup, will journey to England to ride at Royal Ascot in June. The Racing Post reports that Payne will ride Group 2 winner Kaspersky for her friend, trainer Jane Chapple-Hyam. Kaspersky is targeting the G1 Queen Anne on […]

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Jonathan Little, right, with a Rillito Park security guard, hopes to go into track management
PariBet Racetrack Industry Student Experience: From Father To Son

This is part of a series profiling participants of the PariBet Racetrack Industry Student Experience (PRISE), a program that allows University of Arizona Race Track Industry Program students the chance to work in paid positions in key roles at Rillito Park. The son of a racing fan, Jonathan Little was exposed to the sport at an early […]

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Belinda Stronach To Deliver Keynote Address At Pan Am Conference

The Latin American Racing Channel and The Jockey Club announced today that Belinda Stronach, the chairman and president of The Stronach Group, will deliver the keynote address at the May 17 – 20 Pan American Conference in Washington, D.C. The organizers also announced the conference’s social and networking events. The first version of the Pan […]

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Dubai World Cup winner Arrogate has 23 presences of Man o' War in his pedigree
Smith’s Cool Head In Dubai World Cup Earns Jockey Of The Week Title

Mike Smith’s responsive and talented ride on Arrogate in the Dubai World Cup led the Hall of Fame jockey to be honored as Jockeys’ Guild Jockey of the Week for March 20-26, 2017. The award is voted on by a panel of experts for riding accomplishments by members of the Jockeys’ Guild, the organization which […]

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Finalists Announced For 2016 Dr. Tony Ryan Book Award

In a year of unprecedented quality in addition to quantity, the three finalists for the 11th annual Dr. Tony Ryan Book Award showcase a pair of handsomely researched histories and a top-notch work of photo-journalism. A near-record number of submissions were received for the 2016 competition, many penned by authors well-known both in and outside […]

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Fountain of Youth victor Gunnevera and jockey Javier Castellano
Castellano Hopes Gunnevera Will Be The One That Provides Him With That Elusive KY Derby Win

If Javier Castellano called time today on his riding career there wouldn’t be many boxes left unchecked on his to-do list. Castellano — a winner of four consecutive Eclipse Awards (2013-16), six different Breeders’ Cup races, a plethora of meet titles, 4,600-plus races — recently learned he earned a coveted spot on the ballot for […]

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Wayne Smith
Wayne Smith Named General Manager At Oaklawn Park

Oaklawn President Charles Cella announced today that Wayne Smith has been named General Manager. “Wayne Smith begins an exciting new era for Oaklawn,” said Cella, whose family has owned and operated Oaklawn since its founding in 1904. “It’s been a tremendous pleasure working with Eric Jackson. Because of his dedication and guidance, Oaklawn has become […]

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Britain: Jockey Receives Lengthy Suspension For Misjudging Finish Line & Easing Horse

Jockey James Ridley was suspended 28 days by stewards after he eased up his mount during a race – thinking he had it won – last week at England’s Newbury Race Course. According to a report in The Sun, Ridley was aboard Lookslikerainted in the Hunters’ Chase at Newbury. The duo had a significant lead on […]

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Irad Ortiz, Jr.
Irad Ortiz Caps Aqueduct Riding Title With Five-Win Day On Sunday

Irad Ortiz, Jr. capped off his domination of the jockey standings during Aqueduct Racetrack’s 2016-17 inner-track meet with a five-win day on Sunday’s closing day, while trainer Rudy Rodriguez and owner David Jacobson proved uncatchable as the runaway winners of their respective titles. Well-positioned atop the jockey’s standings going into the final card of the Big […]

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