In Their Care

Kirkpatrick & Co Presents In Their Care: McFarlane’s Loyalty To The Jerkens Family Runs Deep

Junior McFarlane wanted to work at the racetrack so badly that he was willing to say pretty much anything to gain an opportunity in the early 1990’s. After handling a series of odd jobs that did not amount to much, the avid racegoer decided his best hope was to seek an interview with Allen Jerkens. […]

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Kirkpatrick & Co. Presents In Their Care: Ramsey Found Love, Family And Freedom At The Track

For a time, it seemed Danny Ramsey was star-crossed from birth. His father, Donald, died when he was seven. His mother, Rubel, passed a year later. While other of his five siblings were raised by loving relatives, he wound up living with an older brother, Auston, then 19, in their native Nassau of the Bahamas. […]

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Kirkpatrick & Co. Presents In Their Care: Cohen ‘A Shining Example Of What’s Really Great About This Business’

Melissa Cohen finally allowed time for herself. After caring for Thoroughbreds since she began grooming them at 15, after assisting demanding but well-respected trainer Rick Violette for 15 years in the pressure-cooker New York market, after caring for Violette through some awful days before he lost his battle to lung cancer on Oct. 21, 2018, […]

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Kirkpatrick & Co. Presents In Their Care: Merritt ‘A Gem’ From The Rough Side Of Town

When Adriane Merritt visits Laurel Park and watches her son, Dominick, work as an exercise rider, she believes a mother’s prayers were answered. Adriane and her husband, Gary, raised Dominick and his two older siblings, Michelle Branch and Delvon Merritt, in an inner-city neighborhood on the east side of Baltimore that no one would choose. […]

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Kirkpatrick & Co. Presents In Their Care: Castellanos Lives ‘The American Dream Plus’

Saul Castellanos, a top assistant to trainer Mark Hennig and a recent winner of a Thoroughbred Industry Employee Award, said of his life and career, “I live the American Dream plus.” Plus? “Plus is like more than I thought,” he explained. “This country gives you opportunities and it is up to you to take that. […]

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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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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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