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Del Mar’s Superintendent Moore Preparing For A Fourth Breeders’ Cup

Dennis Moore took over the track superintendent role at Del Mar in early 2017, beginning with an overhaul of the dirt surface ahead of the summer meet. According to the San Diego Union Tribune, Moore’s efforts, coupled with new protocols for training hours and officials, helped to decreased the number of equine fatalities from the massive […]

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Eclipse Award-Winning Apprentice Kyle Frey Returns To The Saddle At Santa Anita

Eclipse Award-winning apprentice jockey of 2011 Kyle Frey is expected to resume riding at Santa Anita shortly, according to his agent, Mark North. A 25-year-old native of Tracy, California, Frey (pronounced FRAY) last rode during the first week of Del Mar’s Bing Crosby meet before he was sidelined with an abscess caused by an infection […]

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‘You Could Never Count Him Out’: Jerkens Reflects On Career Of Late Stallion Effinex

Trainer Jimmy Jerkens recalled the remarkable career of multiple graded stakes winner Effinex, who died suddenly from a ruptured pulmonary artery just before 9 p.m. on October 18. Jerkens saddled the New York bred for 21 of his 28 starts winning the Empire Classic Handicap, the Grade 3 Excelsior, the 2015 and 2016 Grade 2 […]

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‘A Marvelous Achievement’: O’Brien Reflects After Record-Equaling 25th Group 1 Victory In 2017

Aidan O’Brien is likely to throw plenty of ammunition at the three Group One races in Europe next weekend in an attempt to claim the world record for most top-level victories in a year outright. The master of Ballydoyle drew level on 25 victories with the late Bobby Frankel when Hydrangea won the British Champions […]

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Yutani, Jones join Florida Thoroughbred Breeders’ And Owners’ Association Board

Bobby Jones and Dr. Fred Yutani, both of Ocala, Fla., have been named to the Florida Thoroughbred Breeders’ and Owners’ Association board of directors while Barry Berkelhammer, Gil Campbell and Greg Wheeler, return to the board, it was confirmed at the FTBOA annual meeting Thursday. Each of them will serve three-year terms that will run […]

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Jockey Provides Lasting Memory For Young Cancer Survivor

Cancer survivor Casey Wright has met countless celebrities in his young life but none has literally swept him off his feet as veteran jockey Richard Hamel did last Saturday afternoon at Hastings Racecourse. Having been introduced in the private jockeys dressing quarters by former rider Tommy Wolski, Western Director of the Jockeys’ Benefit Association of […]

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Santa Anita: Jockeys Talamo, Ocampo Injured In Spill

Jockeys Joe Talamo and Israel Ocampo were hospitalized following a spill Thursday afternoon at Santa Anita. The BloodHorse reports that both men were transported to Huntington Hospital in Pasadena as the result of an incident in the seventh race on the card. According to the BloodHorse, Ocampo’s mount, Warrenscrystalized, broke down near the finish line in the sprint race, […]

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Report: ‘Super Trainers’ Making It Tougher Than Ever For Smaller, Younger Horsemen To Compete

According to an in-depth report by The Blood-Horse, the modern era of “super trainers” has made it tougher for new or mid-sized operations to compete. The report indicates “super trainers” (defined as those with more than 400 starts in a given season) won almost a third of total available purses in the United States last […]

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Travis No Longer A ‘Rolling’ Stone: Track Announcer Reduces Workload, Gives Up NYRA Gig

Track announcer Travis Stone, who for the last three years has shared announcing duties at Aqueduct through the winter with John Imbriale, has decided not to return to the New York Racing Association this year. Stone, who is the regular announcer at Churchill Downs, told the Daily Racing Form that he was growing tired of moving so […]

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Man Convicted Of Second-Degree Murder In Slaying Of Pimlico Security Guard

A Maryland man is facing up to 50 years in prison after being found guilty in a Baltimore court in the 2015 shooting of a Pimlico Race Course security guard. The Daily Racing Form reports that Keith Davis Jr., 26, was convicted of second-degree murder in the shooting of Kevin Jones, 22. According to the report, Jones […]

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