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World’s Oldest Active Trainer Celebrates 100th Birthday In New Zealand

New Zealand-based trainer Barbara Blackie reached a massive milestone on the weekend, celebrating a century of birthdays with family and friends. “We had the most wonderful celebration for her,” Blackie’s daughter Angie Brott said. “So many people called in to see her and there were wonderful floral tributes from the racing people from Wellington (NZTR) […]

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Prat Seeks Personal Triple Crown ‘Triple’ In Prince Of Wales Stakes

Packing two wins in 2019 Triple Crown events, one each in America and Canada, jockey Flavien Prat will journey on Monday for Fort Erie, Ontario and Tuesday’s Prince of Wales Stakes, second jewel of the Canadian crown. Prat won the Kentucky Derby when Country House was elevated from second via the disqualification of Maximum Security in May. […]

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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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Prat Heads To Fort Erie To Pilot Queen’s Plate Winner One Bad Boy

Packing two wins in 2019 Triple Crown events, one each in America and Canada, jockey Flavien Prat will journey on Monday for Fort Erie, Ontario and Tuesday’s Prince of Wales Stakes, second jewel of the Canadian crown. Prat won the Kentucky Derby when Country House was elevated from second via the disqualification of Maximum Security […]

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Del Mar A Familiar Place For 2019 Intern Class

The five members of the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club intern Class of 2019 all grew up locally. They all have, or are about to, scatter to various parts of the country for collegiate matriculation — two in the Pacific Northwest, two in the Midwest and one about 150 miles up the 405 freeway. Two will […]

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Alfredo Juarez Rides 3,000th Thoroughbred Winner At Albuquerque Downs

Jockey Alfredo Juarez Jr. earned his 3,000th Thoroughbred win at Albuquerque Downs on Saturday, as the veteran rider piloted Vangilder to victory in the $70,000 Charles Taylor Derby for 3-year-olds. Trained by Steve Asmussen for owner Chuck Hovitz, Vangilder covered 1 1/16 miles in 1:43.34, and his winning margin was three-quarters of a length from […]

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Block Scores ‘Humbling’ Milestone Stakes Win At Arlington

Team Block’s Embarrassing drew clear of a field of six fillies and mares on Saturday at Arlington International Racecourse, winning the the Mike Spellman Memorial Handicap to give trainer Chris Block the all-time stakes win record at the Chicago course. Breaking from post 2, jockey Jose Lopez guided Embarrassing to the rail and sat behind […]

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Apprentice Torres Wins Four Of 12 Races Saturday At Gulfstream

Apprentice jockey Cristian Torres, a former exercise rider for Mark Casse, won four races on Saturday’s 12-race program at Gulfstream Park. Torres, currently second in the summer meet jockey standings behind Edgard Zayas, won the second race aboard Frank Alone ($15.80), the fifth on favored Chiseled ($3.80), the seventh on Flashing Diamond ($5), and dead-heated […]

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‘East-vs-West’ Jockey Karaoke Battle Will Benefit PDJF

Jockeys know how to warm up their mounts, but they’re also warming up their vocal chords in Saratoga and Del Mar in advance of the second annual “Riders Up! Battle of East-vs-West” jockey karaoke contests to benefit the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund (PDJF). The Saratoga jockeys are first out of the gate on Sunday, July […]

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Reylu Gutierrez Teams With Agent Muzikar For ‘Once-In-A-Lifetime’ Opportunity

Jockey Reylu Gutierrez has returned to ride regularly at Gulfstream Park, where he will team up with agent Matt Muzikar. “Matt Muzikar is a top agent. He has Tyler [Gaffalione] and had [Javier] Castellano in the past. He’s brought guys to the next level – that’s something in my young career that I hope to […]

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