George Rowand was the author of 'Diary of a Dream'
Author, Horseman George Rowand Dies

George Rowand, former business editor of the Fauquier Times-Democrat, died March 19 after battling cancer. Rowand, a longtime resident of Orlean, Virginia, started as a horse racing columnist with the Times-Democrat, and was the publication’s business editor from 1997 to 2008. In addition, Rowand was an attorney who worked as an associate to Paul Ebert, the Commonwealth Attorney of Prince […]

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Trainer Doug Utley
Northern California Trainer Doug Utley Succumbs To Cancer At 79

When jockey R.M. “Bobby” Gonzalez moved his tack to Northern California in the late 1970s, one of the trainers who took notice of his ability to break horses quickly out of the starting gate was Doug Utley. “He gave me first call after I started beating him in a lot of races because I would […]

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"It seems like I can watch them and I can tell when something isn’t right," Williamson says of his eye for training
Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: A Family Business That ‘Just Gets In Your Blood’

Trainer Brian Williamson had a hard time believing what he was seeing last Saturday, when jockey Irad Ortiz, Jr. elected not to send the heavily-favored Terra Promessa to the lead in Oaklawn’s Grade 2 Azeri Stakes. Chris Landeros, piloting the Williamson-trained Streamline, took advantage, gauging a perfect stalking trip just off the leader, She Mabee […]

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The National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame
Trainer Tom Voss, Champion Good Night Shirt Elected To Racing Hall Of Fame

Good Night Shirt, the Eclipse Award winner for Champion Steeplechase Horse in 2007 and 2008, and the late Thomas H. Voss, a five-time National Steeplechase Association leader in wins and a three-time leader in earnings, have been elected to the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame by the Museum’s Steeplechase Review Committee. Good […]

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Felipe Valdez
Plagued By Injuries, Jockey Valdez Announces Retirement

After a career plagued with injuries, jockey Felipe Valdez told the Paulick Report on Wednesday he has decided to retire. Valdez has not ridden since April of last year, when he broke his collarbone for the second time in five months in a spill at Santa Anita Park. “All the pain I have is horrible […]

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BHA Overhauls Licensing, Training Requirements For Jockeys

The British Horseracing Authority (BHA), in partnership with key industry stakeholders, has today announced a significant overhaul to the jockey licensing and training process, with changes taking place from April 1, 2017. The new approach is designed to produce an enhanced training and development strategy through the jockey licensing framework and is the result of […]

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Special Fighter went gate-to-wire in winning the G1 Al Maktoum Challenge R3 in 2016; in 2017, he was second in this race after a lengthy layoff.
Maria Ritchie Will Be Just The Second Woman To Saddle A Dubai World Cup Contender

Maria Ritchie, a 49-year-old native of New Zealand, will become the second female trainer to have a horse in the $10 million Dubai World Cup this Saturday, when she saddles the 6-year-old Special Fighter. Though the son of Teofilo was fourth in last year’s edition of the Group 1 race, Ritchie has only held her […]

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Frank Mirahmadi
Colorful Race Caller Mirahmadi Grateful For His ‘Bonus Time’

Frank Mirahmadi first drew national media attention when he got the job calling races at Oaklawn Park in 2012. The enigmatic man with a penchant for frighteningly accurate impersonations was a big hit with the locals, an enthusiastic bunch of racing fans. When Mirahmadi turned away from them in 2015 to try for his “dream […]

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Scott Little applies his hospitality background by helping customers with betting machines
PariBet Racetrack Industry Student Experience: No Longer Counting Down To Retirement

This is part of a series profiling participants of the PariBet Racetrack Industry Student Experience (PRISE), a program that allows students at the University of Arizona’s Race Track Industry Program the chance to work in paid positions in key roles at Rillito Park. Scott Little may have taken longer than most to dive into the racing business, […]

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Jockey Rafael Bejarano guides Vale Dori to the winner's circle after their victory in the Grade I, $400,000 Santa Margarita Stakes, March 18
Santa Margarita Victory Helps Propel Bejarano To Jockey Of The Week Title

Rafael Bejarano guided Vale Dori to victory in the Santa Margarita (G1) on Saturday and was named Jockeys’ Guild Jockey of the Week for March 13 – 19, 2017. The award is voted on by a panel of experts for riding accomplishments by members of the Jockeys’ Guild, the organization which represents more than 950 […]

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