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Kentucky Downs Celebrating Grand Reopening March 23

Kentucky Downs is throwing a party to celebrate completion of its extensive clubhouse renovation. The track’s Grand Reopening will be Friday, March 23 to show off Kentucky Downs’ remodeling of the year-round entertainment center that also is America’s most unique horse-racing venue. The event is for those at least 21 years old. As always, admission […]

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Arsenault Angling To Become First Two-Time Winner Of National Horseplayers Championship

Reigning champ Ray Arsenault this Friday through Sunday will try to become the first two-time winner of the NTRA National Horseplayers Championship (NHC) presented by Racetrack Television Network, Stats Race Lens and Treasure Island Casino in Las Vegas. Arsenault, who started playing handicapping tournaments in 2003 at Woodbine, was the convincing winner of last year’s […]

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‘Good Memories’: Asmussen And The 11-Year-Old Tan Suit

 No horse will be better suited for Saturday’s $16 million Pegasus World Cup Gulfstream Park than overwhelming favorite Gun Runner. He’s the Breeders’ Cup Classic winner, riding a streak of four straight dominating Grade 1 victories that are expected to propel him to Horse of the Year honors Thursday and been training up a storm. On top […]

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Yavapai Downs Purchased By Phoenix-Based JACOR; Corey Johnsen Part Of Ownership Group

Yavapai Downs has a new owner: a group led by Phoenix-based JACOR Partners. The Real Estate investment and development company announced at today’s meeting of the Arizona Racing Commission that its affiliate J and J Equine Enterprises LLC has closed on the purchase of the racetrack property. The new owners include brothers and JACOR principals […]

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Castellano Garners JockeyTalk360’s Turf Jockey Of The Year Award

Javier Castellano — whose 20 graded stakes wins and 33 stakes overall on grass lead North America — is the recipient of JockeyTalk360.com’s 2017 Turf Jockey of the Year Award, presented by the performance-fencing company Duralock. Castellano, who was voted into racing’s Hall of Fame this year, captured five Grade 1 races in New York, […]

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‘Cisco’ Torres Will Hang Up His Boots To Pursue Career As Jockey Agent

Having returned from four broken necks to compete at a top level, jockey Francisco Torres said Saturday morning that he is retiring from the saddle after 32 years to pursue another career in horse racing. The catalyst came Nov. 23 — a month after Torres’ return from fractured and dislocated cervical vertebrae and a fractured […]

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Gaffalione To Be Honored As ‘Breakthrough Jockey Of The Year’

Tyler Gaffalione — the 2015 Eclipse Award-winning apprentice rider who this year stamped himself as a major player on the national scene — is the recipient of JockeyTalk360.com’s 2017 Breakthrough Jockey of the Year Award, presented by Betfair/TVG. Gaffalione was selected by the panel of racing experts who vote on Jockey of the Week honors […]

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‘The Latest Step In Our Evolution’: Another Graded Stake Added To Kentucky Downs Meet

Kentucky Downs’ racing program received its fourth graded stakes with the $350,000 Kentucky Downs Ladies Sprint awarded Grade 3 status for 2018. The 6 1/2-furlong turf race became one of only five newly graded stakes in the United States. Graded stakes are those judged the best in America, with Grade I being the very elite, […]

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Rajiv Maragh Honored With ‘Comeback Jockey Of The Year’ Award

Rajiv Maragh — who returned to riding at racing’s top level mere weeks after being sidelined for 15 months with career-threatening injuries — is the recipient of JockeyTalk360.com’s third annual Comeback Jockey of the Year Award, presented by Horsemen’s Track and Equipment. Horsemen’s Track and Equipment president Randy Bloch will present the 32-year-old Maragh the […]

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Clay Whitham To Be Keynote Speaker At 2018 HBPA Convention

When Eric Hamelback, the National HBPA’s chief executive officer, sought a keynote speaker for the organization’s 2018 convention in New Orleans, he wanted someone to follow in the steps of other recent headliners who offered inspiration mixed with constructive insight on how to improve the sport. So he asked Clay Whitham. Whitham co-manages with his […]

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