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Sheikh Mohammed Encounters Few Employees, Many Empty Desks On Surprise Visit To Government Offices

Several government officials and office supervisors in Dubai will have some explaining to do after the country’s ruler, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum did a “surprise spot check” on Sunday, which revealed many empty offices and very few workers. Bloomberg reports that Sheikh Mohammed – who was accompanied by a camera crew – made unannounced visits to government offices […]

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Ty Kennedy
Jockey Ty Kennedy Wins With First Two Mounts In Kentucky

While all the attention was on three-time Kentucky Derby winner Calvin Borel finishing third in his first race in five months in Ellis Park’s sixth race Saturday, Ty Kennedy quietly won for his second victory in his first two starts in the state. Kennedy won aboard Chargin Storm, his only mount on the card. The […]

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Why Two and jockey Norberto Arroyo, Jr.
Norberto Arroyo Making The Most Of Opportunities At Del Mar

Jockey Norberto Arroyo, Jr., arrived in California about five days before the start of the Del Mar meeting. He made his presence known by working horses a couple of mornings at Santa Anita,  then headed south with his brother/agent Nelson. “I came here with no business whatsoever. None whatsoever,” Norberto said Sunday morning. “This has […]

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Longtime McLaughlin Assistant Artie Magnuson Saddles Second Starter Monday At Saratoga

As the longtime assistant to trainer Kiaran McLaughlin, Artie Magnuson has been around plenty of good horses for countless big races. Even so, the 50-year-old native of nearby Clifton Park, N.Y. admits he will be a bit nervous for Monday’s seventh race at Saratoga. Magnuson will saddle Kirsten Morehouse’s 2-year-old homebred gelding Callant for his […]

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Mirco Demuro
Mirco Demuro Defeats Yutaka Take In Japan’s World All-Star Jockey Competition

Mirco Demuro, after tying with Yutaka Take at the end of Day One with 40 points each, dominated the series with great riding skills, registering two wins and two fifth-place finishes in the four-race World All-Star Jockey Competition, held at Japan’s Sapporo Racecourse. “I am really happy to have won the overall title and contribute […]

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Edmonton Oilers' centre Ryan Nugent-Hopkins in the winner's circle Friday at Hastings Racecourse flanked by his girlfriend Brianne (left) and trainer Barb Heads following his win with Yukon Belle in the $50,000 CTHS Sales Stake for 2-year-old fillies.  (Patti Tubbs Photo)
Hockey’s Nugent-Hopkins Celebrates Thoroughbred Stakes Win At Hastings

By trade, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins is a star centre in the NHL with the Edmonton Oilers.  And while hockey has always been his number one passion since he was honing his skills at the Burnaby Winter Club, his love for horse racing has never been stronger. The soft-spoken, almost shy ‘Nudge” as he’s known in hockey […]

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Apprentice Ramon Romero gives a jubilant fist pump as he crosses the wire with his first career winner.
Ramon Romero Rides First Winner At Indiana Grand

Ramon Romero had a lot to celebrate Saturday, Aug. 27. He guided Lisa’s Cat Nap to an upset win in the second race of the night at Indiana Grand, recording his first career victory. The rookie from Puerto Rico started his career at Indiana Grand earlier in the summer and had a lot to celebrate. […]

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Calvin Borel signs autographs on his "Un-Retirement Day" at Ellis Park
‘Like Riding A Bike’: Borel Runs Third, Fourth On Un-Retirement Day At Ellis

Three-time Kentucky Derby winner Calvin Borel resumed his race-riding career Saturday at Ellis Park, with a third and fourth in two mounts, and you’d think he’d been retired five years rather than five months from the love-fest he received. Fans lined up for more than the scheduled hour autograph and picture-taking session in the grandstand […]

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Owner Mike Repole (center) embraces trainer Todd Pletcher and jockey John Velazquez after Outwork wins the Wood Memorial
Pletcher, Velazquez Team For Four Wins Friday At Saratoga

At the start of the afternoon Friday, trainer Chad Brown had a firm lead on the race for leading trainer at Saratoga. With 31 wins over the summer 2016 meeting, Brown held a 10-win lead over veteran Todd Pletcher. However, a four-win afternoon for Pletcher saw that margin shrink to just seven at the end […]

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Calvin Borel hanging out on Buff Bradley's pony at Churchill
‘Win, Lose, Or Draw, I’m Ready’: Borel Back In The Saddle Saturday At Ellis

Even with the wildly popular Wiener Dog Championship taking place, the top dog Saturday at Ellis Park figures to be three-time Kentucky Derby winner Calvin Borel, who will make his return to racing after a five-month retirement. Borel rides one race, the sixth (post time 3:24 p.m. Central). He’ll be on No. 4 Kiss My […]

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