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Report: Trainer Duarte Hospitalized With COVID-19

Former jockey-turned-trainer Jorge Duarte was hospitalized last week while battling COVID-19, according to a report from The Racing Biz. Duarte posted to social media about his illness on March 26, indicating it was his eighth day battling the virus. “Day 8 with #COVID19 hasn’t been easy and not out of the woods yet,” Duarte tweeted, […]

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Pletcher Back Atop Gulfstream Standings; Irad Ortiz Jr. Repeats As Leading Rider

After having his streak stopped at an unprecedented 15 consecutive titles last winter, Todd Pletcher ended Gulfstream Park’s 2019-2020 Championship Meet in his familiar perch atop the trainer standings. A winner with one of five starters in four races on Sunday’s 10-race Closing Day program at the Hallandale Beach, Fla., track, Pletcher finished with a […]

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53-Year-Old Jockey Delivers 20-Year-Old Owner First Stakes Victory

Owner Carson McCord, 20, collected her first career stakes victory in Saturday’s $100,000 Nodouble Breeders’ at Oaklawn with favored K J’s Nobility ($5.60), who rolled to a three-length victory in the 6-furlong race for Arkansas-breds under 53-year-old Hall of Fame jockey Calvin Borel. “I’m so happy,” McCord said moments after leading her prized 6-year-old gelding […]

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Talamo Reflects On First Oaklawn Meet, Strange Circumstances

Jockey Joe Talamo, previously based in Southern California, has made a huge splash in his first season as an Oaklawn regular. Through Friday, the 37th day of the scheduled 57-day meeting at the Hot Springs, Ark., track, Talamo led all jockeys in stakes victories (six) and ranked second in purse earnings ($2,281,058). “I really didn’t […]

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Steve May Named Executive Director Of Minnesota Racing Commission

Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz has announced the appointment of Steve May of Georgetown, Ky., as the next executive director of the Minnesota Racing Commission. May will assume his new duties in late April, succeeding Tom DiPasquale, who retired in February after serving as director since 2013. May is the Director of Pari-Mutuel Wagering and Compliance […]

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Christophe Clement Celebrates 2,000th Victory Friday At Gulfstream

Trainer Christophe Clement notched his 2000th career victory with Gufo ($6.20) in Friday’s last race at Gulfstream Park. Gufo scored by a half-length under Joel Rosario in the optional claiming allowance for 3-year-olds an 1 1/8 miles on turf to give his trainer the milestone victory. Clement, a son of a successful French trainer Miguel […]

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Luis Saez: Ride Five Winners At Gulfstream Park; Rinse, Repeat

Luis Saez, who rode five winners Thursday, won five more races Friday at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale Beach, Fla. Saez opened the day with back-to-back victories aboard Rhythm Section ($12.40) in Race 1 and Miz Chaplin ($3.80) in Race 2 before scoring aboard Azrael ($14.80) in Race 6, Money Moves ($12.40) in Race 9, and […]

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Jockey Scott Spieth Embracing His Opportunities To Compete

Scott Spieth seems to have been born with a passion for race-riding. “I did it through high school and college, and I’m still doing it,” said the 53-year-old SenÞor Tequila Mexican Grill Jockey of the Month at Tampa Bay Downs. “Any day can have its challenges, but when I get on a horse, that goes […]

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Smith Loses Appeal On Suspension, Fine For Whip Violations In Saudi Cup

Mike Smith has lost his appeal against the lengthy ban and huge prize-money penalty he received on a costly trip to the Saudi Cup meeting. The Hall of Fame jockey received nine days in bans for breaching Saudi whip rules after riding Midnight Bisou into second place behind Maximum Security in the $20 million Saudi […]

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