Jockey Miguel Mena Voted First Winner Of Randy Romero ‘Pure Courage’ Award

Jockey Miguel Mena has been chosen as the recipient of the 1st Randy Romero “Pure Courage” Award. In a very close vote, by the “Pure Courage” partners, Miguel was voted the winner over Timmy Thornton, Victor Espinoza and Kendrick Carmouche. Miguel was severely injured on March 18, 2018 at the Fair Grounds in New Orleans, […]

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Tommy Trotter Dies; Longtime Racing Secretary Piled Weight On Racing Greats

Thomas E. (Tommy) Trotter, a longtime racing official who once saddled the great Forego with a 138-pound impost, has died in Florida at the age of 93. A fourth-generation horseman, Mr. Trotter was born Sept. 21, 1926, in Louisville, Ky. He was the son of C.H. (Tobe) Trotter, a trainer who mysteriously was lost at […]

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‘We’ll Be Ready’: Sadler Seeks Historic Three-Peat In Santa Anita Handicap

John Sadler seeks to become the first trainer in 84 editions of the storied Santa Anita Handicap to win the event three straight years when he sends out Gift Box in the mile and a quarter classic on March 7. Seven trainers have won it two years in a row: Bob Baffert, Doug O’Neill, Bobby Frankel, […]

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‘There Was None Like Henry’: Popular Trainer Moreno Dies At 90

Henry Moreno, a California training icon in a career that began more than half a century ago, died 12:25 a.m. Sunday following a lengthy battle with dementia at The Kensington care facility in Sierra Madre. He was 90 years old. Immensely popular among his peers, Moreno was born in Corona, grew up on his father’s […]

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Jockeys Luca Panici, Jose Ortiz To Miss Several Weeks With Fractured Collarbone, Wrist

Jockeys Luca Panici and Jose Ortiz will be sidelined for several weeks. Panici, who rode Sole Volante to victory in the Sam F. Davis (G3) and Ete Indien to a second-place finish behind Tiz the Law in the Holy Bull (G3), is expected to miss several weeks due to a fractured collarbone suffered Friday afternoon […]

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‘Everything Went The Right Way’: Franco Rides Five Winners Saturday At Aqueduct

Jockey Manny Franco won five races on Saturday at Aqueduct Racetrack, including the favorite Desbordes in the ninth-race finale. Franco, the New York Racing Association’s year-end leading rider in 2018 and 2019, piloted the winners in Races 2, 4, 5, 7 and 9. He moved into a tie for second with Eric Cancel with 48 […]

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Apprentice Kody Kellenberger Wins First Start At Fair Grounds With 37-1 Longshot

Kody Kellenberger, a 24-year-old native of upstate New York, began riding horses when he was 16 years old. He graduated to hunter/jumpers, and now Kellenberger is hoping to make his mark on the Louisiana racing circuit as a Thoroughbred jockey. After winning on his first mount at Fair Grounds Race Course and Slots at odds […]

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Mark Glatt, Rick Pitino A Winning Combination With Tamaraandtheboys

Mark Glatt enjoyed a fantastic Friday when he saddled Tamaraandtheboys to win the seventh race at Santa Anita with Assael Espinoza in the irons, after sending out first-time starter Striking a Pose to register a $54.20 upset under Umberto Rispoli in the fifth race. Tamaraandtheboys, a four-year-old daughter of Clubhouse Ride, is owned by Glatt […]

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‘Felt Like Winning The Derby’: Martine Bellocq Sends Out First Winner Since 2017

San Luis Rey fire survivors Martine Bellocq and Grey Tsunami teamed up to give the trainer her first winner since 2017 on Feb. 9, when the 5-year-old Quarter Horse mare won the second race at Los Alamitos. “I was screaming, ‘God, you took my leg, but give me a winner today,’ ” Bellocq told The […]

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