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New Exhibit Honoring Penny Chenery To Open At The Meadow, Secretariat’s Virginia Birthplace

She was revered as “The First Lady of Racing” and “The Mistress of The Meadow.”  Penny Chenery, who owned and raced legendary Triple Crown champion Secretariat, passed away last year on September 16 at the age of 95. To honor her legacy at The Meadow, birthplace of Secretariat, (now known as The Meadow Event Park), […]

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Jockey Perry Ouzts Celebrates 7,000 Career Victories

64-year-old jockey Perry Ouzts picked up a mount in Friday’s third race at Belterra Park to earn his 7,000th career victory, just the ninth rider to do so in North America. Ouzts rode Emmy’s Candy for trainer Gary Patrick in the hallmark triumph. Ouzts still starts four or five mornings a week galloping and breezing […]

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Shirley Day Smith Dies; Beloved NYRA Press Office Assistant Was 99

Shirley Day Smith, who spent more than 60 years as the administrative assistant in the press office for the New York Racing Association and its predecessors, died Thursday, September 20, 2018, after a brief illness at South Nassau Communities Hospital in Oceanside, N.Y.  She was 99 years old. Smith had retired from NYRA in the […]

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MATCH Series: For Daylight Ahead Owners, An Unexpected Bonus After Difficult Season

Stewart Nickel is well aware of the ups and downs of racehorse ownership, and he experienced them yet again this year with the mare Daylight Ahead. But as the 2018 MATCH Series concludes, Nickel and his partners ended up with a pleasant surprise. Daylight Ahead, bred and owned by Winners Circle Partners VIII, got some […]

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Jockey Doyle Gets Four Wins On Arlington’s Thursday Card

Sophie Doyle equaled her North American best on Thursday afternoon at Arlington International Racecourse when recording four wins on a single card for the second time in her career. After taking the opener by almost 10 lengths aboard Gary Broad’s Student Body ($8.60) for trainer Chris Davis, Doyle went on to capture race three for trainer Brian […]

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Injured Victor Espinoza Continues To Make Progress, Plans To Return To The Saddle

Victor Espinoza continues his lengthy recovery from a fractured vertebra in his neck suffered in a training mishap at Del Mar on July 22. Recognized worldwide for his Triple Crown sweep aboard American Pharoah in 2015 and as the regular rider of two-time Horse of the Year California Chrome, the popular 46-year-old Hall of Fame jockey […]

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New Owners Celebrate First Trip To Indiana Grand Winner’s Circle

To most, the fourth race of the day at Indiana Grand was a regular claiming event, but for three individuals, the race was one that they will never forget. Joni Patterson, Richard Hyde and Don Kehrt earned their first win as new Thoroughbred owners at Indiana Grand. The trio of owners had the opportunity to […]

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Anonymous Owner Donates $5,000 Of Kentucky Downs Winnings To Assist Injured Jockey Carmouche

A stakes-winning owner during Kentucky Downs recent meet is donating $5,000 for assistance to Kendrick Carmouche, the jockey who sustained a severely fractured leg when his mount fell after being forced to clip heels. “Our group was fortunate enough to win a large purse at Kentucky Downs,” said the owner, who did not want to […]

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Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: Attard Patiently Takes Former Claimers To New Heights

Trainer Kevin Attard was still riding the high of a graded stakes win on Sunday morning, the day after former claimer Starship Jubilee picked up the Grade 2 Canadian Stakes at Woodbine. It was the 5-year-old mare’s second graded win, but hardly the first for Attard, who passed up the chance for a raucous celebration […]

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Bernardini Tops Trainer Standings At Suffolk Downs

The 2018 live racing season at Suffolk Downs concluded after eight days of live racing spread over the course of four weekends from June through September. The boutique meet, held in conjunction with food truck festivals each weekend, featured over $4 million in purses and awards including stakes races for Massachusetts-bred horses. Trainer Jay Bernardini, […]

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