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Louisville Equine Industry Grad Jason Barkley Among ‘New Wave Of Trainers’ In Kentucky

University of Louisville graduate Jason Barkley is quickly moving up the training ranks at Churchill Downs as the 30-year-old conditioner leads a “new wave” of horse trainers in Kentucky. “There are a lot of us here in Kentucky that are around the same age and just starting out,” Barkley said. “Guys like Bentley (Combs), Jordan (Blair), Norm […]

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Del Mar Returns Marines’ ‘Toys For Tots’ Program To Racetrack

For the third year in a row, Del Mar will host a “Toys for Tots” event and gift-gathering program as part of a highly successful U.S. Marine Corps-backed charity program that has been ongoing for more than 70 years. The hometown Marines – many of whom will be onsite in their sharp dress blue uniforms […]

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Illinois Seeks Chief State Steward For Fairmount Park

The Illinois Racing Board announced this week it has begun a search for a chief state steward to be based at Fairmount Park in Collinsville, Ill. The position is a six-month seasonal position running from March to September 2020. The IRB is seeking candidates with college degrees, ideally in racetrack management or business, current accreditation […]

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Lost and Found Presented By Horseware: Former Jockey Sellers Still ‘In The Game’ With New Farm Role

Former jockey Shane Sellers’ daily routine is far different than his previous lifestyle, yet he’s only 15 miles from Keeneland where he had some of his most successful moments on the track. In a career that closed in 2013 after 30 years, counting a five-year premature retirement, Sellers won 4,393 races. His mounts, including Hall […]

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‘Jumping In With Both Feet’: Jockey Talamo Moving From SoCal To Arkansas, Kentucky

Like fellow veteran Southern California jockey Martin Garcia, Joe Talamo has decided to pick up and move east, seeking more riding and bigger purse opportunities, reports the Daily Racing Form. Talamo tells DRF he plans to arrive in Arkansas for the start of the Oaklawn meeting Jan. 24. From there, he plans to ride on […]

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Gaffalione Will Try To Defend Fall Meet Title At Churchill Downs

With just 11 days remaining in the 2019 Fall Meet at Churchill Downs, 25-year-old jockey Tyler Gaffalione trails perennial leading rider Corey Lanerie by four wins (19-15) in an attempt to defend his 2018 crown. “Sometimes as jockeys we get into a zone where we just keep winning races,” said Gaffalione, who recorded five wins […]

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Jockey Joe Talamo: Milestone Victories ‘Don’t Come Easy’

Jockey Joe Talamo, two shy of his 2,000th career victory, is scheduled to ride four mounts on Saturday in quest of the milestone. Records show Talamo, 29, won No. 1,000 on April 4, 2012 in the fourth race at Santa Anita aboard Splendid Fortune, an Arnold Zetcher homebred trained by Bob Baffert. The 2-5 favorite […]

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‘Feel Like We Belong’: Drury’s Small Stable Producing Big Numbers

Through the back roads of rural Highway 42, just past Goshen, Ky., lies Skylight Training Center – the place trainer Tommy Drury has called home for more than 30 years. Drury’s small stable of about 20 horses has primarily operated from Skylight – located 27 miles northeast of Churchill Downs – but has produced winning […]

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‘It Still Gives Me Goosebumps’: Lerner Relishes The Challenge In Weekend Stakes

Up-and-coming young trainer Andrew Lerner will be seeking his first graded stakes victory in a 2 ½-year career when he sends out Rager in Saturday’s Grade III $100,000 Bob Hope Stakes at Del Mar. On Sunday, Lerner, 30, will saddle Queen Bee to You in the $100,000 Betty Grable Stakes. The competition features runners from […]

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‘She Taught Me A Lot’: Prat Bids Farewell To ‘Special’ Mare Vasilika

Flavien Prat had answered the questions and provided comments on his victory aboard Toinette in the Goldikova Stakes on Sunday, November 3, closing day of the Santa Anita fall meeting, when another item of business was brought up. He was asked for his thoughts on the retirement of Vasilika, the 5-year-old mare that Prat had […]

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