Marylou Whitney and John Hendrickson
Fading Star Power: Derby Eve Prompts Look Back At Society Bashes Gone By

As Kentucky Oaks day fades into Derby Eve, the Lexington Herald-Leader took a look back at Derby parties gone by, recounting the pageantry of Anita Madden and Marylou Whitney’s soirees. Anita Madden’s annual Derby party was a benefit for the Bluegrass Boys’ Ranch and was known to attract such celebrities as Chuck Norris, Mike Conners, […]

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Aaron Gryder
Gryder Gets Another Derby Shot With Trojan Nation

On Saturday, Trojan Nation will attempt to make history as the first non-winner in more than 80 years to break his maiden in thoroughbred racing’s most famous race, the Kentucky Derby. For veteran jockey Aaron Gryder, however, the challenge aboard the Grade 1 Wood Memorial runner-up is a welcome one. A respected journeyman on the […]

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After 37th ‘Little Kentucky Derby,’ 10 Lexington School Families Have Rooting Interest In Big Race

The Lexington School in Lexington, Ky., will host the 37th running of the Little Kentucky Derby Friday morning as preschool students ages 3 through 5 make a “run for the roses” Lexington School style. This year, half of the real Kentucky Derby horses are connected in some way with Lexington School families – 10 out of 20 […]

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Barry Abrams
Trainer Barry Abrams Taking Leave Of Absence

Like Ted Cruz, Barry Abrams has suspended his campaign. The 62-year-old trainer has turned in his license and is taking a leave of absence due to health problems. “I might go back to training, I might not. At this point, I’m officially not training any horses,” said Abrams, who has battled cancer for the past […]

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Maryland Gives Vitali Green Light After Trainer Reapplies For Florida License

The Maryland Jockey Club has begun accepting entries again from Marcus Vitali after the trainer began the process of reapplying for the Florida license he voluntarily relinquished last month, a move that allowed him to temporarily dodge administrative complaints filed against him for seven alleged medication violations at Gulfstream Park. Vitali has four horses entered […]

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Racing Fans, Photographers Encouraged To Enter Photography Contest In Honor Of Tony Leonard

If you’re on social media in Kentucky this month, you’re sure to see photographs of spring at its finest: families in their Derby duds, jockeys in colorful silks, and horses. Lots and lots of horses. It’s the season that master photographer Tony Leonard loved best. The Tony Leonard Collection is celebrating the Derby and all […]

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Godolphin Launches Thoroughbred Industry Employee Awards In U.S.

Godolphin announced May 4th the launch of the Thoroughbred Industry Employee Awards (TIEA), in partnership with the National HBPA, Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association (TOBA) and The Jockey Club. The awards are open to anyone working in horseracing and breeding across the USA in order to recognize and reward the dedicated, hard-working people who are the […]

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Paulick Report Story On Vitali Licensing Case Nominated For Bergstein Award

Team Valor International has nominated a story from the Paulick Report on the license status of trainer Marcus Vitali in Florida and Maryland for the Stan Bergstein Writing Award. Ray Paulick’s April 29 piece revealed that Vitali voluntarily turned in his license in Florida rather than face penalties for seven recent medication violations. The state […]

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DeShawn Parker, along with family and the Mountaineer Park jockey colony, celebrate his 5,000th career win
Jockey Deshawn Parker Notches 5,000th Career Victory

Deshawn L. Parker hasn’t memorized the names of all the horses he’s ever ridden. But it’s a safe bet that he’ll forever remember Be Nice, the four-year-old filly he booted to a 4 ¼-length score in Monday’s third race at Mountaineer Casino Racetrack & Resort. It was career win number 5,000 for the 45-year-old Parker, […]

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James E. (Ted) and Lucy Gay Bassett
Breeder Lucy Bassett Dies At 87

Lucy Gay Bassett, the wife of James E. “Ted” Bassett III died at her home at Lanark Farm in Woodford County May 1. She was 87. Born in Lexington in 1928, Bassett was the daughter of the late A. B. and Elizabeth Simms Gay of Spring Station, Ky. Bassett owned Lanark Farm and was a successful Thoroughbred […]

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