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McBride: Commonly Named Mike Smith One Of A Kind In Thoroughbred Racing

Here’s an easy one for most folks: What’s the most common last name in America?  Bet you didn’t even have to Google that one (though you can and they’ll confirm it).  Sure, it’s Smith. The U.S. Census Bureau lists the top surnames in its every-decade-report: Smith is first, again and again and again. Naturally enough, […]

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Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: Lessons From ‘The Deep End’

Jack Sisterson has been out on his own for about a year training for the legendary Calumet Farm, but he had a first last weekend when he sent out stakes winners at two different tracks. Bandua captured the G3 Arlington Handicap as the favorite in Chicago on Saturday, and Lexitonian put up an 18-1 shocker […]

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Emotions Abound For Winning Connections On Del Mar Opening Day

True to the words sung live by track founder Bing Crosby in 1938 that are heard by recording every day, there was “a winner in each race” on opening day Wednesday. Reactions and thoughts from some of them: Trainer Doug O’Neill — For the second year in a row, O’Neill won the first race of the […]

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Trainer Jorge Delgado Living Out His Dream As A Trainer At Gulfstream

Born into Thoroughbred racing, Jorge Delgado always wanted to be a trainer. He just never wanted to follow in the footsteps of his father and uncle in his native Venezuela. After attending a two-year school for training and then saddling just one starter in his homeland, Delgado set out to make his way in the […]

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Rick Hammerle Joins Racing Department At Oaklawn

Rick Hammerle, a highly respected racing official with more than 30 years of experience in the industry, has joined Oaklawn’s racing department as racing coordinator for the Hot Springs, Ark., track. He will work alongside vice president of racing Jed Doro and racing secretary Pat Pope during the 2020 live racing season that runs Jan. […]

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Farrell Receives Bill Handleman Award For Haskell Coverage

Mike Farrell of The Associated Press has been named the winner of the 2019 Bill Handleman Memorial Award for outstanding overage of last year’s TVG.Com Haskell Invitational. Inaugurated in 2012, the Handleman Award honors outstanding media coverage of the Grade 1 Haskell Invitational, Monmouth Park’s premier race. “Mike’s knowledge about Thoroughbred racing, his dedication to the sport […]

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In A Time Of Change, Wingrove Is A Constant At Colonial Downs

In the time that thoroughbred racing last took place at Colonial Downs in 2013 to the time a new era will be ushered in six years later on August 8th, one constant has remained through the regime change and down time. Jeff Wingrove started working at Colonial in 2005 and after serving in various positions […]

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Longtime Horse Racing Writer, Handicapper Bob Fortus Dies At 69

Bob Fortus, an award-winning journalist who covered horse racing for many years in Louisiana, has died due to complications from a car accident in March, reported his former employer, the New Orleans Times-Picayune newspaper. Fortus was 69. He was struck by a car on March 29 while crossing the street near Fair Grounds racetrack and […]

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NYTHA Pledges $25,000 To Mercy House Of Saratoga In Memory Of Rick Violette

Mercy House of Saratoga, Inc., a new non-profit created to provide temporary residences for a wide range of people in need, has received a pledge of $25,000 from the New York Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association (NYTHA) to support and dedicate accommodations for Race Course backstretch workers, it was announced by Gordon Boyd, President of Mercy House. […]

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Sadler Expects ‘Strong Start’ To Del Mar Meeting

Accelerate, Catalina Cruiser and Catapult, all out of the John Sadler stable, accounted for four of the nine divisional champions of the 2018 summer meeting at Del Mar. Accelerate was voted Horse of the Meeting and Top Older Horse while Catalina Cruiser took the Sprinter division and Catapult Top Grass Horse. The trio’s combined five […]

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