Natalie Voss

The Jockey Workout: How Riders Get Fit After Injury

Following the advice of his doctors, Ramon Dominguez still hasn’t set a timetable for his return to the saddle following a skull injury sustained in a January 18 spill. Even after he’s declared physically sound to return to work, Dominguez will face another challenge—getting physically fit for riding. But what does that mean, exactly? Not […]

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Bullet Train presents Derby Dreams: Verrazano

For Verrazano part-owners Kevin Scatuorchio and Bryan Sullivan of Let’s Go Stables, the last year has taken a storybook turn even they couldn’t have predicted. Sullivan, 36, and Scatuorchio, 31, who launched Let’s Go in 2006, decided to inspire investors with a Derby Dreams partnership.  They bought a group of 2-year-olds hand-picked by trainer Todd […]

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Nurse Mares: Four-Legged Mary Poppins to the Rescue

When veterinarians discovered a bacterial infection following exploratory abdominal surgery on champion race mare Rachel Alexandra, her 2013 Bernardini filly was immediately transferred to a nurse mare. Although they aren’t well-publicized players in the breeding industry, nurse mares are much-appreciated surrogates in a variety of situations. Most commonly they are brought in by Thoroughbred breeders […]

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Bullet Train presents Derby Dreams: Vyjack

David Wilkenfeld has never been afraid to dream big, and Kentucky Derby contender Vyjack is no exception. Wilkenfeld, who races under Pick Six Racing, said he wanted to find a way to get more involved in the game after cashing several Pick 6 tickets worth six and seven figures over the years. Business gambles have […]

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America’s Best Racing Tour Gets Rolling With Stop at South By Southwest Festival

America’s Best Racing will kick off its eight-month ABRV tour with a stop at the South by Southwest Festival on March 14. Six brand ambassadors will hop aboard the custom tour bus for an itinerary that takes them to major stakes races across the country, from Derby preps to the Breeders’ Cup. The bus will […]

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‘Follow That Horse!’ Details Emerge About Turfway Horse’s Escape

A maiden runner’s unscheduled detour made headlines on Sunday when he apparently escaped the Turfway Park track and went running through the streets of Florence, Kentucky. Officials say the horse, Joseph the Catfish, who was making his first start, has only one eye, which may explain his visibly stressed demeanor before and during the race. The […]

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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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