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Desormeaux: ‘We Don’t Buy Pedigree, We Make Pedigree’

When it comes to shopping for young Thoroughbred prospects, trainer Keith Desormeaux and his team have a saying – “don’t buy pedigree, make pedigree”. Like so many of his recent stars, Night Ops’ bloodlines might not jump off the page, but the connections believe he has what it takes to be competitive in Saturday’s Grade […]

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Trainer Mike Machowsky To Begin New Role As Fasig-Tipton California Representative

Fasig-Tipton has named trainer Mike Machowsky to be the company’s full-time California Representative, effective mid-February. Machowsky will no longer operate his public stable as he begins his new role, which will principally consist of promoting Fasig-Tipton’s inaugural auctions at Santa Anita, which will commence this year. “As we organize our California division, we are pleased […]

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Ruben Fuentes’ Stakes Double Earns Jockey Of The Week Title

One of two jockeys to win two stakes last week, Ruben Fuentes was named Jockeys’ Guild Foundation Detox Jockey of the Week for January 7 – 13, 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 than 950 riders […]

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‘We’ve Got To Get Our Picture’: Matthew Phillips Wins NTRA’s #JustifyandI Selfie Contest

The National Thoroughbred Racing Association in partnership with EquiLottery Games, the company offering Kentucky’s Win Place Show horse racing lottery game set to debut in March, announced today that Matthew Phillips of Gentryville, IN, has been chosen as the winner of the NTRA’s #JustifyandI selfie promotion, earning a free trip for two to Miami for […]

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Santa Anita Paddock Captain John Shear To Turn 98 Years Young

Arguably the youngest “old” man on earth, Santa Anita’s beloved Paddock Captain John Shear will celebrate his 98th birthday on Thursday in predictable fashion, by punching his time clock and settling in for yet another day of managing human and equine traffic in Santa Anita’s picturesque Paddock Gardens. Employed at The Great Race Place for nearly […]

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‘I’m Just Thinking About Winning’: Samy Camacho Setting A Hot Pace At Tampa

With four victories today, Samy Camacho is winning races at a pace that would enable him to better Antonio Gallardo’s single-season Tampa Bay Downs record of 147 set during the 2014-2015 meeting. Camacho has 46 winners through the first 27 days of the current meeting. If he maintains that rate throughout, he would finish with […]

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European Rider Jamie Spencer Takes A ‘Working Holiday’ At Gulfstream Park

European jockey Jamie Spencer started a working holiday in the U.S. at Gulfstream Park Sunday, riding Brendan Walsh-trained Bantu to a fourth-place finish in the ninth race, a one-mile allowance for older horses on turf. “I’m basically on a working holiday. I came do some track work for Brendan Walsh, Wesley Ward. I’ve been galloping […]

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Jockey Trio Escapes Serious Injury In Laurel Spill; McCarthy, Torres To Miss Weekend Mounts

Journeyman riders Horacio Karamanos, Trevor McCarthy and Jomar Torres each escaped serious injury following a three-horse spill in Friday’s sixth race at Laurel Park. All three riders were taken to the hospital for evaluation and released later that night. Karamanos was at Laurel Saturday morning and was scheduled to ride Devine Mischief in the $100,000 […]

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‘You Do This Because You Love Horses’: Owner-Breeder Harvey Clarke Dies At 77

Harvey A. Clarke, breeder of 2012 Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner I’ll Have Another and 2015 Breeders’ Cup Distaff winner Stopchargingmaria, died Thursday night at his home in Franklin Lakes, N.J, after a long battle with cancer. He was 77 years old. Longtime friend and agent Steve Shahinian said of Clarke: “He was beloved in […]

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‘I Taught Her Everything I Know’: 64-Year-Old Reinsman Relishes $41 Upset Victory

Friday’s Tampa Bay Downs racing program listed numerous workouts for first-time starter Snow Forecast, going back to her 5-furlong breeze in 1:03 1/5 on Oct. 21 at Wesfield Farm in Citra, Fla. What the program didn’t mention was that the 3-year-old Florida-bred filly’s jockey, 64-year-old Gilberto Laiz, was aboard for each of her workouts. Most […]

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