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Women in Racing: From the Classroom to Career

I knew it would be hard going, but I didn’t realize how hard. In the early fifties there was considerable prejudice against women going into what was considered “men’s fields.” I became especially conscious of this feeling when… I went … Continue reading

Indiana Commission Says Vet’s ‘Ethical Compass Is Broken,’ Urges 20-Year Ban

Saying he is a veterinarian “whose ethical compass is broken” and who “embodies the worst stereotypes of a racetrack practitioner,” the Indiana Horse Racing Commission has filed an administrative complaint against Dr. Ross Russell, recommending a 20-year suspension and $20,000 fine … Continue reading

Women in Racing: ‘I Was a Woman in a Man’s World’

Growing up in Colorado and Oklahoma, Sandy Hatfield was far removed from the Thoroughbred industry. Horses were a big part of the family’s lives and livelihood, though. Her father, Don Hatfield, made a living by taking people on mounted hunting … Continue reading

McDonald: Love Me Only Was ‘Ouchy,’ Not Lame

Eaton Sales owner Reiley McDonald held his ground on the witness stand Wednesday against persistent questioning on medication and breeding records in a lawsuit filed by Frank and Jane Lyon’s Summer Wind Farm over the disputed $2.1-million sale of the 3-year-old … Continue reading

Love Me Only Trial: Witness Alleges ‘Threatening and Bullying’

The lawsuit over the disputed sale of $2.1 million broodmare Love Me Only being heard by a jury in Fayette Country Circuit Court in Lexington, Ky., figured to come down to a battle of the expert witnesses. But in testimony … Continue reading

Women in Racing: Pens Mightier Than Swords

There may be places on the racetrack where women are still outnumbered, but the press box is no longer one of them. In fact, the glass-fronted rooms usually occupying a spot near the announcers’ booth are increasingly (in some places … Continue reading

Lyon: Love Me Only Lawsuit Was Last Resort

Jane Lyon didn’t want to sue Eaton Sales and Coolmore Stud partners in November 2011 after being told by veterinarians the mare she’d paid $2.1 million for a week earlier was suffering from laminitis. She just wanted her money back. … Continue reading

Women in Racing: ‘I Caused a Sensation, I Know It’

In the process of researching last week’s piece on important, early female owners from the pages of history, I came across a couple of owners who did not campaign influential horses but made international headlines nonetheless. Ada Evans Dean, an … Continue reading

Report on Drug Testing Should Be Sobering Wake Up Call

“Unacceptable.” That’s how James Gagliano, president and chief operating officer of The Jockey Club, described the status quo for drug testing in American horse racing. Gagliano and others from The Jockey Club, along with a handful of reporters, had just … Continue reading

Women in Racing: Wagner Forged Her Own Path in Handicapping World

When Judy Wagner first started making waves in the male-dominated arena of handicapping contests, she heard a few whispers. “Here comes the real handicapper now,” someone would say as her husband walked into the room behind her. “I guess she … Continue reading

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