Natalie Voss

Bullet Train presents Derby Dreams: Ive Struck a Nerve

As the horses went to post in the Grade 2 Risen Star Stakes on Feb. 23, trainer Keith Desormeaux wasn’t particularly surprised to find his entry, Ive Struck a Nerve at astronomical odds of 135-1. “It was quite understandable,” said Desormeaux. “We had a lot to prove. Conformation-wise and pedigree-wise the horse had the ability […]

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Inside the Jockey Club: A Horse by Any Other Name

The deadline to submit names for Thoroughbred foals has just passed, and the registrar’s office at the Jockey Club is buzzing with phone calls and clacking keyboards. Names specialist Kim Brixey enters requested names into specially-designed software that cues up phonetically or typographically similar names already in use. Brixey commands a three-screen labyrinth of databases, […]

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Family, Groom Band Together to Form Davy Jones Equine Memorial Foundation

A former groom for Monkees singer Davy Jones’ horses, together with Jones’ four daughters, has formed the Davy Jones Equine Memorial Foundation to raise funds to care for the singer’s horses. Marion Nguon, a native German who cared for the horses until Jones’ death, said she had no idea who the Monkees were when she […]

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E. J. Perrodin’s Widow to Attend Hall of Fame Ceremony

Jockey E.J. Perrodin’s widow and son are looking forward to the rider’s induction to the Fair Grounds Hall of Fame on Mar. 4. Perrodin, who died last year of brain cancer, had won 3,083 races and $41,402,415 in earnings during his career, which spanned 37 years. Perrodin will be inducted along with owner Ray Salmen […]

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Bullet Train presents Derby Dreams: Itsmyluckyday

For Eddie and Laurie Plesa, this year’s Kentucky Derby could become a family affair. Eddie Plesa, Jr. trains contender Itsmyluckyday for wife Laurie and partner Trilogy Stable. It wasn’t until she was standing in the Gulfstream winner’s circle after the Grade 3 Holy Bull Stakes on Jan. 26 that Laurie realized the couple may have […]

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Rachel Alexandra ‘doing as best as we can expect’ after long surgery

Specialists at Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital were cautious to speculate Thursday on the outlook for Rachel Alexandra following a long surgery to address complications from the birth of her Bernardini foal Tuesday morning. “I think right now it’s too early to say,” said Dr. Bonnie Barr, internal medicine specialist.  “We need to see how […]

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Straight from the horse’s ‘Tweet’: Four-legged social media

It seems that these days, the second a promising two-year-old scores a stakes win (or even a high-level maiden or allowance victory), they aren’t just Tweeted about—they’re Tweeting. Many farms are already using Facebook and Twitter to promote stallions at stud, but the motivations for keeping current runners on news feeds can be very different. […]

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Three Chimneys presents Good News Friday: ‘She’s Always With Me’

As the racing world’s attention turns to the Kentucky Derby trail and the parade of graded stakes winners begins galloping across television and computer screens, few will be biting their nails in anticipation of today’s optional claiming race at Oaklawn Park. But trainer Pete Pizzo will head to the Oaklawn paddock with nervous excitement, as […]

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WinStar’s Fantasy Derby game returns for another year

WinStar Farm’s StableMates program will begin the 2013 edition of its popular Fantasy Derby game for fans on February 2. The game, which is free to enter, allows players to pick three horses in pre-determined groups for a stable totalling 12 horses. Selections are locked in after the contest closure at noon on February 2, […]

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Delacour Stable comes to aid of seriously injured exercise rider

Delacour Stable representatives have established an aid fund for exercise rider Erasmo Tranquilino, who was injured in an accident on the backstretch over the weekend. It’s still not clear exactly what happened, but Delacour Stable’s Leigh Delacour says he may have fallen off the back of a golf cart and hit his head. Tranquilino has […]

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