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Castanon Makes New Preakness Day Memories With Shackira Shackira

Preakness Day has always been special for Jockey Jesus Castanon. In 2011, he guided Shackleford to victory in the Grade I Preakness, the second leg of the Triple Crown. Now, seven years later on Preakness Day, he scored another memorable victory aboard a Shackleford filly that he raised as Shackira Shackira rolled off her second straight win […]

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‘I Want To Send A Message’: Resilience Of Burned Trainer Martine Bellocq On Full Display

On Dec. 7, trainer Martine Bellocq braved billowing black smoke and encroaching flames in an effort to save her beloved horse, Wild Bill Hickory, at San Luis Rey Downs. In the months that followed, she has braved a whole lot more. Through burns over 60 percent of her body, a port in her chest, a […]

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In Their Own Words: ‘Affirmed Willed Himself To The Wire’

The New York Racing Association is presenting a weekly series of diaries to help celebrate the 150th Belmont Stakes on June 9 at Belmont Park. “In Their Own Words” features prominent owners, trainers and jockeys as they re-live some of the most stirring moments in the rich history of the “Test of the Champion.” The […]

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HSUS Humane Horseman Of Year Award To South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham

The Humane Society of the United States announced U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-South Carolina, as its Humane Horseman of the Year. Each year, the group bestows the award on an individual who demonstrates an outstanding commitment to protect American equines. Sen. Graham is being recognized for his ongoing leadership to protect horses and burros from […]

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Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: ‘Blended’ Friendship, Hometown Dreams

There’s a small town in Kentucky called Tompkinsville, nestled into the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains just north of the Tennessee border. A decline in the local garment industry hit the area hard over the past several decades, and a striking 30 percent of the approximately 2,000 locals live at or below the poverty line. […]

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Jose Corrales Hoping Black-Eyed Susan Day Will Be Something Awesome

In case you’ve forgotten about Bodhisattva … oh, wait. Maybe you have. Three years ago, the horse with the hard-to-pronounce name was among seven opponents defeated by eventual Triple Crown winner American Pharoah in the 140th Preakness Stakes (G1). Back then, Maryland-based trainer Jose Corrales called it a “dream” to have been part of the […]

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How It’s Going To Be: Third Eye Blind Headlines Belmont Stakes Festival Line-Up

The New York Racing Association Inc. (NYRA) announced today that acclaimed multi-platinum band Third Eye Blind will headline the entertainment lineup for the 2018 Belmont Stakes Racing Festival. The 3-day Festival will also include a Belmont Stakes Day performance from the hit Broadway musical “A Bronx Tale” as well as a Friday, June 8, performance […]

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Quartarolo Has One Foot In The Harness Bike, One In Churchill Shedrow

There are several new faces on the Churchill Downs backstretch to begin the 2018 Spring Meet, and one is New Jersey native and veteran horseman Anthony Quartarolo. “I never thought I’d love Kentucky as much as I do,” Quartarolo said. “I think I came in at a good time and it’s been great so far […]

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Geovanni Franco Wants Riding Title At ‘The Toughest Circuit’

If Geovanni Franco doesn’t win Santa Anita’s Spring Meet riding title, it won’t be for lack of trying. Even though he starts a four-day suspension tomorrow through May 24, the 27-year-old Mexico City native has more mounts through 18 days than any other rider, 87, and with 16 victories, is only two behind leader Flavien […]

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Prado Named Honorary Postmaster At Thursday’s Alibi Breakfast

Hall of Fame jockey Edgar Prado served as Honorary Postmaster during the annual Alibi Breakfast Thursday morning inside the Terrace Dining Room at legendary Pimlico Race Course, where he was also recognized for reaching a historic milestone this week. Prado, who turns 51 June 12, became just the eighth rider in Thoroughbred history to win […]

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