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Santa Anita To Install Prototype Data-Gathering Technology On Track Maintenance Equipment

During Wednesday night’s “Racing Surfaces” panel discussion hosted by the University of Louisville’s Equine Industry Program, Dr. Mick Peterson revealed he is working closely with Santa Anita in the lead up to the Breeders’ Cup to install new prototypes of data-gathering technology on the track maintenance equipment. The director of the University of Kentucky Ag […]

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Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: ‘Different Balance’ Brings Trainer Gail Cox Full Circle

Trainer Gail Cox has always loved horses, and her childhood memories are filled with images of riding for Sam-Son Farm back when the Canadian operation bred and raised hunter/jumper horses. Today, the farm is better known as a power-house Thoroughbred operation, for which Cox saddled the biggest winner of her career in last Saturday’s Grade […]

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Honor Roll Presented By Virginia Thoroughbred Association: Zonda, Tass Show Early Dividends For Schera’s Pilot Project

Matt Schera learned about the Virginia Thoroughbred Association’s Virginia-certified program two years ago, and that season he sent his first several yearlings to be started at the Braeburn Training Center located in the foothills of the picturesque Blue Ridge Mountains. In order to qualify for the Certified program, horses must spend a six-month residency at […]

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Honor Roll Presented By Virginia Thoroughbred Association: Braxton Spearheads Godsey’s Eagle Point Farm Program

Virginia-bred Braxton is the flag-bearer for Karen Godsey’s Eagle Point Farm in Ashland, Va., with more than $125,000 in earnings and a special personality. The 5-year-old son of Peak Dancer has also earned an extra $22,000 in the last several seasons courtesy of the Virginia Thoroughbred Association. “He’s doing great,” said Godsey. “We just love […]

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Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: ‘Boss’ Dictates His Own Schedule At Margaux

Every racehorse is different, and what works for one doesn’t always work for another. Totally Boss, for instance, performs at his best when he splits his time between Margaux Farm and trainer Rusty Arnold’s barn at the track. “He seems to be thriving,” said Jim Hill, who owns the colt and Margaux Farm along with […]

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Honor Roll Presented By Virginia Thoroughbred Association: New York-Bred Mr. Buff Racking Up Virginia-Sired Bonuses For Bromans

Four-time stakes winner Mr. Buff may have been foaled in New York, but over the past year the 5-year-old gelding has helped his owner/breeder Chester Broman earn over $140,000 in bonus money from the Virginia Thoroughbred Association. By Virginia-registered stallion Friend Or Foe, Mr. Buff is eligible for the Virginia-sired program. He earns a 25 […]

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Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: Carlos Martin ‘Dancing’ To Family Tradition

As the grandson of a Hall of Fame trainer, Carlos Martin has always had big shoes to fill. Watching Come Dancing waltz her way to an easy victory in the Grade 1 Ballerina Stakes Aug. 24, the 50-year-old feels like he’s doing justice to his family name. “I just want to carry on the tradition,” […]

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‘Tougher Than A Nickel Steak’: Ouzts Recuperating From Shoulder Surgery, But He’ll Be Back

The seventh-winningest jockey in Thoroughbred racing with 7,065 wins to his name, Perry Wayne Ouzts has long been a familiar face on the southern Ohio and Northern Kentucky racing circuits. At 65 years young, Ouzts has been temporarily sidelined by injury, but his faithful fans believe the jockey won’t be out of the saddle for […]

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Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: Veteran Mazza Navigates His Way To First Graded Win Since 1992

Octogenarian Thoroughbred trainer John Mazza can’t imagine stepping away from the sport he loves, especially when he has an up-and-coming talent in his barn like Grade 3 Monmouth Oaks winner Horologist. On Aug. 17, the 3-year-old daughter of Gemologist defeated champion Jaywalk by three-quarters of a length, making a bold move up the rail of […]

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Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: Glatt Homecoming King On Longacres Mile Day

The winner’s circle was filled to bursting with locally-grown family and friends after Sunday’s Grade 3 Longacres Mile at Emerald Downs in Auburn, Wash., in which trainer Mark Glatt saddled Law Abidin Citizen to victory. Glatt was raised in the Evergreen State, as was his father, Ron Glatt, a former leading trainer at the now-defunct […]

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