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Santana Gets 500th Winner, Back On Top Of Oaklawn Jockey Standings

Ricardo Santana Jr. rode four winners Sunday at Oaklawn, including the 500th in his career for Hall of Fame trainer Steve Asmussen, to regain the lead in the jockey standings. Santana, Oaklawn’s leading rider the last six years, reached the milestone with Asmussen when favored Bayerd ($5.60) captured the ninth race, a starter-allowance sprint for older […]

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Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: ‘Ageless’ Jon Court Riding A Rebel High

A conversation with veteran jockey Jon Court is full of joy and laughter – he’s just that kind of guy. On Tuesday, the thrill-seeking 58-year-old answered the phone in the middle of a bicycle ride up and down the hills of Hot Springs, Ark., and never missed a breath while talking about his latest triumph […]

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Racing Communications Veteran Jeff Lowe Joins West Point Thoroughbreds

Long-time Turf writer and publicist Jeff Lowe has joined West Point Thoroughbreds in a communications and marketing role. Lowe comes to the partnership company after seven years in a similar position at Team Valor International. He previously spent nine years at Thoroughbred Times, serving as the publication’s lead writer for the Triple Crown and Breeders’ […]

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Jon Court’s Picture-Perfect Rebel Ride Nets Jockey Of The Week Title

With a surprise win in the first split of the Rebel Stakes at Oaklawn, Jon Court was chosen as Jockeys’ Guild Foundation Detox Jockey of the Week for March 11-17, 2019. The award is voted on by a panel of experts for riding accomplishments by members of the Jockeys’ Guild, the organization which represents more […]

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PariBet Racetrack Industry Student Experience: A Great ‘Triple Crown On The Radio’ Story

Growing up in a military family, Taylor Owens has moved all over the country. When she was only eight years old, she visited Prairie Meadows in Iowa to see her uncle’s horse run. From that visit, she knew she wanted a career as a racehorse trainer. When she was old enough, Owens spent summers learning […]

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John Messara Honored With Longines, IFHA International Award Of Merit

Industry leader John Messara has been chosen to receive the 2019 Longines and IFHA International Award of Merit, which recognizes distinguished horsemen and horsewomen for lifelong contributions to Thoroughbred racing. He will be honored during a ceremony Thursday, 11 April, in advance of the Longines Queen Elizabeth Stakes (G1) that Saturday in Sydney. Representatives from […]

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‘You Dream Of This’: Four-Win Day For Meet Leading Trainer Claudio Gonzalez

Joseph Besecker’s Nyx Warrior ($16.80) came with a steady rally on the far outside to edge Moon Virginia at the wire in Sunday’s fifth race and complete a perfect afternoon for Laurel Park’s winter meet-leading trainer Claudio Gonzalez. Gonzalez won with each of his starters Sunday, taking four of the first five races including three […]

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Tyler Baze Moves His Tack To Oaklawn Park Through May

Tyler Baze, among the top jockeys on the Southern California circuit, was scheduled to ride three horses Sunday in his first day as a regular at Oaklawn. Baze, 36, will be represented by agent Joe Santos, who has booked mounts at the meet for David Cabrera, Israel Rodriguez and apprentice Luis Fuentes. Arkansas Racing Commission […]

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Marylou Whitney, Norm Casse Share Special Moment In Gulfstream Winner’s Circle

Legendary Saratoga socialite and philanthropist Marylou Whitney visited the Gulfstream Park winner’s circle alongside husband John Hendrickson Saturday, celebrating homebred Mischievous Bird’s impressive 3 ¾-length triumph in the fifth race. The 93-year-old thoroughbred owner and breeder, who has been battling health issues during the winter months, was all smiles when greeted by winning jockey Julien […]

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Veteran Rider Bisono Remains Hospitalized After ‘Freak Accident’ At Parx

Veteran jockey John Bisono remains hospitalized as of Saturday morning following a freak accident after the third race at Parx on Monday afternoon. Having just finished second aboard In Equality, Bisono was unseated from his mount in the gallop out and fell. Details of the incident are sketchy. Bisono sustained five broken ribs, a collapsed […]

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