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Stevens: ‘I’m Not Going to Try. I Am Coming Back’

Gary Stevens will resume his riding career, no ifs, ands or buts. “I am coming back,” Stevens said unequivocally, less than two months since replacement surgery of his right knee July 25. “I’ve had people ask me, ‘Are you going … Continue reading

Horseplayer Mike Mayo Dies at 59

Mike Mayo, a handicapping tournament mainstay and the longtime Chairman of the NHC Players’ Committee, passed away Thursday, September 18 after a brief illness. Mike and his wife, Marsha, were familiar faces at racetracks and handicapping tournaments around the country, … Continue reading

Kentucky Horseman Tom Harbut Dies

The Blood-Horse reports that longtime horseman Thomas Harbut, son of Man o’ War’s groom, Will Harbut, died Sept. 15 in Lexington, Ky. He was 94. Mr. Harbut, who was one of 12 children born to Will and Mary Harbut, followed … Continue reading

New Zealand: Seven Year Ban for Jockey Involved in Betting Scandal

David Walker, one of the top riders in New Zealand, has been banned from horse racing for seven years after being found to have deliberately prevented one of his mounts from winning a race after having placed a bet on … Continue reading

Dale Romans Voices Support for Children With Learning Disorders

Trainer Dale Romans voiced his support for children battling learning disorders in an interview with CBS 6 in Albany on Thursday, revealing that he has been coping with dyslexia himself for most of his life. Romans recalled that he was given … Continue reading

Ricardo Tops Baze by One Point in ‘Champions Challenge’

Despite his early lead in the ‘Champions Challenge’ at Cristal Racetrack, jockey Russell Baze finished just one point behind rival Jorge Ricardo at the end of five races. Ricardo crossed the wire with 37, while Baze had 36. Race 1: Baze: First … Continue reading

Los Alamitos: Wrona to Call Final Three Days of Meet

Michael Wrona, the talented track announcer at Golden Gate Fields, will take over for Frank Mirahmadi the final three days of the Fall meet at Los Alamitos. A native of Australia, Wrona, who has also called races at Hollywood Park, … Continue reading

KY Farm Managers Club Renames Award to Honor Longtime Chairman Bates

Effective September 2014, the Kentucky Thoroughbred Farm Managers’ Club Farm Manager of the Year Award has been renamed the Ted Bates Farm Manager of the Year Award in honor of life member, 1968 President and 1979 Farm Manager of the … Continue reading

John Mattos Returns as Official Artist of the 2014 Breeders’ Cup

The Breeders’ Cup today announced that multi-award winning illustrator John Mattos has been named the official artist for the 2014 Breeders’ Cup World Championships. The Mattos collection features two brilliant art deco images celebrating the 31st running of the event … Continue reading

Plastic Surgeon Gets Castro Back in the Tack

Jockey Eddie Castro, winner of the Eclipse Award for Outstanding Apprentice in 2003, is riding again after an injury, thanks to some help from a reconstructive surgeon. Castro was mounting a first-time starter at Monmouth in late June when the horse … Continue reading

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