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The Cougar And The Iceman: Seabiscuit’s Two Canadian Jockeys

In December 2016, the United States will mark the 75th anniversary of its entry into World War II following the bombing of Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. Many years ago, as a young Canadian, I asked my father when … Continue reading

Jesse Choper Reappointed To CHRB

Jesse Choper, 79, of Orinda, has been reappointed to the California Horse Racing Board, where he has served since 2006. Choper has been the Earl Warren professor of public law at the University of California, Berkeley School of Law since … Continue reading

Japan: Jockey Handed 30-Day Ban For Using Twitter

French jockey Christophe Lemaire was given a 30-day ban by stewards at Hanshin Racecourse for using Twitter during quarantine at the track, according to a story by the Racing Post. “It is prohibited for riders to contact people outside during … Continue reading

Trainer Rodriguez Handed Suspension For Banamine Overages

The Daily Racing Form reported Saturday that trainer Rudy Rodriguez was suspended 25 days and fined $2,500 by the New York Gaming Commission due to two horses with overages of Flunixin, an anti-inflammatory also known as Banamine. Majestic Marquet, winner … Continue reading

Illinois Racing Board Appointments Announced

According to The Blood-Horse, state Gov. Bruce Rauner has announced four appointments to the Illinois Racing Board, including a new chairman. Jeffrey Brincat, a consumer loan executive and political campaign contributor, was appointed chairman of the board. The other three … Continue reading

California Officials Increase Fine, Suspension For Avila In Masochistic Case

The California Horse Racing Board released the following update on trainer Antonio “A.C.” Avila on Friday. Avila trains Masochistic, who tested positive for acepromazine at nearly 40 times the legal limit after a fifth-place finish on March 15. Stewards later investigated … Continue reading

Trainer Hushion Hospitalized For ‘Serious Issue’

The Daily Racing Form reported Friday that trainer Mike Hushion, 66, has been admitted to a hospital in Florida for a “serious health issue.” Barry Schwartz, client and friend to Hushion, declined to elaborate on the problem but revealed that the … Continue reading

Semi-Finalists For Dr. Tony Ryan Book Award Announced

Now in its ninth year, the Dr. Tony Ryan Book Award again drew a broad assortment of well-penned entries, from scholarly histories and biographical works—both human and equine—to fast-paced novels, witty short stories, and vintage photo collections. The contest, which … Continue reading

Matt McCarron Named New Trainer At Merryland Farm

Two-time champion steeplechase jockey Matt McCarron has been named as the new trainer at the Pons family’s Merryland Farm in Hydes, Maryland, as of March 1.  He succeeds veteran trainer J.R. Walsh, who is retiring after 11 years at the … Continue reading

Ricardo Santana Jr. On A Roll At Oaklawn

Two-time defending Oaklawn riding champion Ricardo Santana Jr. became the first jockey at the meeting to surpass $1 million in purse earnings when he guided Bold Conquest to a fourth-place finish in Sunday’s eighth race, the $300,000 Southwest Stakes (G3) … Continue reading

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