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Kirkpatrick & Co. Presents In Their Care: Longtime Blacksmith Norman Devoted To ‘Way Of Life’

No one would blame Steve Norman if he retired tomorrow. He is 67. He has been a blacksmith for 49 years. Kate, his wife of 35 years, would welcome the opportunity to spend more time with him. So would their three daughters — Sarah, Samantha and Meredith – and his three grandchildren. Norman has nothing […]

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Funny Cide Owners ‘Would Love To Get Back To The Derby,’ To Skip Juvenile With 2020 Contender

Rev up the yellow school bus. Sackatoga Stable, whose members famously arrived at Churchill Downs in a yellow school bus to watch their longshot Funny Cide win the 2003 Kentucky Derby, is gearing up for another run at the roses. Sackatoga, with a reconfigured partnership, is on the Road to the Derby with another New […]

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Kirkpatrick & Co. Presents In Their Care: Second Chances Shows ‘You Still Can Be Trusted’

It seems fitting that the Abundant Life Chapel sits not far from the pastoral setting where inmates work in the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation’s Second Chances Program at Blackburn Correctional Complex in Lexington, Ky. The program is all about life, extending the lives of retired Thoroughbreds who might otherwise have met awful ends while restoring hope […]

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Kirkpatrick & Co. Presents In Their Care: ‘Best Trackman In The Country’ Still Seeks Perfection At 83

Glenn Thompson never cared much for formal education and said he quit school in the sixth grade. When it comes to life experience, the masterful job he has done caring for Ellis Park’s racetrack for the last 69 years merits an honorary degree from any of the nation’s finest universities. Veteran trainer Larry Jones, three-time […]

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Kirkpatrick & Co. Presents In Their Care: Modzelewski Fulfills ‘Big Dreams’ With Hands On Horses

Toni Modzelewski grew up in the suburbs of Chicago and knew at a young age she wanted to work with horses. She quit Grant Community High School in Fox Lake, Ill., at the end of her junior year to pursue her passion, much to her parents’ consternation. Modzelewski can still hear the voice of her […]

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‘She Was A Voice For Us’: Backstretch Appreciation Program An Ongoing Reminder Of Marylou Whitney’s Legacy

Paul Ruchames, executive director of the Backstretch Employee Service Team in New York, compares the late Marylou Whitney to Johnny Appleseed. “She’s put these seeds all over that will outlive her and keep her good works going,” he said. One of her great works and one her husband, John Hendrickson, remains deeply committed to continuing […]

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Amoss Brings ‘Trainer’s Perspective,’ Expertise To Saratoga Live

Fans can be sure to find an insider’s view this summer by tuning in to Saratoga Live and hanging on Tom Amoss’ every word. Amoss has worked at every level of the game since he took out his trainer’s license in 1987, and his operation has grown from five horses to more than 70. He is playing […]

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Kirkpatrick & Co. Presents In Their Care: ‘All I Know Is They’ve Given Me Life’

Although Mayola never made it to the races, she accomplished something far more important for Scott Woerner. She helped bring her owner back to life. Woerner was a middle-age man who started to wonder if he had a reason for being after extreme difficulty breathing led to the diagnosis of rheumatoid arthritis that was affecting […]

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Saratoga Live Takes Viewers ‘Behind-The-Scenes’ During 2019 Meet

More eyes will be on Saratoga’s prized summer meet than ever before thanks to a landmark agreement between the New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) and FOX Sports. As part of the most expansive television programming deal in horse racing history, the critically acclaimed Saratoga Live will appear on FOX, FS1 and FS2 for an […]

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Kirkpatrick & Co. Presents In Their Care: ‘Special Kay’ Kreidel’s Career Marked By Determination, Fast Horses

When outrider Kaymarie Kreidel weaved through horses and humans to retrieve loose Bodexpress at the end of the Preakness Stakes, her ability to defuse a dangerous situation drew national attention. But the former jockey has endured much worse than that. Kreidel broke her back three times in riding accidents in the early 1990s when she […]

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