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PariBet Racetrack Industry Student Experience: ‘It’s Like March Madness Only It’s Every Single Race Day’

Illinois-bred Abel Zander grew up outside Chicago, so it’s fitting that his interest in racing sprang from a trip to Arlington Park. After cashing a ticket on Sarava in the 2002 Belmont, his interest in racing reached a crescendo when he enrolled in the Race Track Industry Program in 2016. Since enrolling at the University […]

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PariBet Racetrack Industry Student Experience: ‘Positive Changes’ In Store

Though Hugh Alan Drexler was born in Massachusetts, his family is deeply rooted in Puerto Rico’s thoroughbred racing scene. Around the time his father lost his bug allowance as a jockey, the family relocated to Massachusetts. Due to his frequent family visits back to Puerto Rico, Hugh is an English-Spanish bilingual who appreciates all aspects […]

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PariBet Racetrack Industry Student Experience: An Eye On Equine Wellness

Elisabeth Carter has been riding horses as long as she can remember. She has competed in rodeos since junior high all the way to the collegiate level and has competitively barrel raced for over ten years. She currently serves as vice president of the Southern Arizona Barrel Racing Association. Carter also trains her own horses […]

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PariBet Racetrack Industry Student Experience: Learning (Yet) Another Language

New Mexico-bred Kietzecume Garcia is no stranger to the horse. He spent much of his childhood working with horses on the ranches around Santa Ana Pueblo where he grew up. Garcia’s interest in racing started to gather after trips with his family to Albuquerque Downs and the New Mexico state fair races. Rillito’s resident multilingual […]

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PariBet Racetrack Industry Student Experience: ‘The Industry Is Changing, Not Dying’

Florida native Mitch Gerson has much more experience in the horse racing industry than his 24 years would indicate. He has worked for multiple trainers, including Charles Simon, Todd Pletcher, and Kiaran McLaughlin. Gerson has also filled many roles during each of his four Rillito Park race meets. Starting as a timing and photo finish […]

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PariBet Racetrack Industry Student Experience: A Great ‘Triple Crown On The Radio’ Story

Growing up in a military family, Taylor Owens has moved all over the country. When she was only eight years old, she visited Prairie Meadows in Iowa to see her uncle’s horse run. From that visit, she knew she wanted a career as a racehorse trainer. When she was old enough, Owens spent summers learning […]

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PariBet Racetrack Industry Student Experience: ‘Fresh Eyes, Fresh Ears, And Enthusiasm’

Tucson native Claudia Alvarez is seeking her second bachelor’s degree from the University of Arizona through the Race Track Industry Program. Her first degree is in Visual Communications, with an emphasis on graphic design and illustration. At the time of her first graduation, she had still not been bitten by the racing bug. Since entering […]

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PariBet Racetrack Industry Student Experience: ‘More And Better Turf Racing’ A Positive

Growing up, Jacob Shepard was a city boy who was a fan of racing. He watched racing on TV, had a subscription to The Blood-Horse and would go to racetracks and breeding farms in Kentucky with his parents on spring break from school. Around age 14, his family moved to a small farm south of […]

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