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Houlihan Promoted To Director Of Sales At Darby Dan

Darby Dan Farm has named Hunter Houlihan as its new Director of Sales following a successful Keeneland January sale that included the Day 1 session-topper for Darby Dan Sales. “Hunter has quickly learned and adopted our systems – and more importantly our culture – since coming to our team last year,” said John Phillips, owner […]

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Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: Turning Left Into A Bright Future?

For as long as she can remember, 32-year-old Kelsey Danner has been making left turns. It began in her father’s barns at Churchill Downs and Oaklawn Park, scrubbing buckets and leading Thoroughbred racehorses around and around the shed row before school each morning. As she got older, she graduated to riding those same racehorses along […]

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Geroux Voted Jockey Of The Week After Upset Silverbulletday Win

Florent Geroux picked up multiple stakes wins and led all North American jockeys by earnings to be named Jockeys’ Guild Jockey of the Week for January 8-15, 2018. 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 in […]

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Churchill Downs: Visitation, Memorial Service For Mike Hargrave Announced

Visitation and a memorial service for Mike Hargrave, the former director of stabling for Churchill Downs Racetrack for nearly 40 years, will be held Wednesday in Jeffersonville, Ind. Hargrave passed away Saturday in Louisville following a three-week battle with acute pancreatitis. He was 69. Visitation will be held from 2-7 p.m. Wednesday at Legacy Funeral […]

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Charlie Davis, Exercise Rider For Secretariat, Battling Lung Cancer

The Secretariat Team announced today that Charlie Davis, the colorful and engaging exercise rider for 1973 Triple Crown winner Secretariat, has been diagnosed with Stage 3 lung cancer and will immediately begin chemotherapy and radiation treatments to combat it. “Charlie is in good spirits and ready to take on this challenge,” said Leonard Lusky, spokesman […]

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‘One Of The Legends In Racing’: Churchill Stalwart Mike Hargrave Dies At 69

For 30 years, Mike Hargrave oversaw the backstretch beneath the Twin Spires at Churchill Downs. From 1980 through 2010, he assigned stalls to the horsemen stabled at the Louisville oval, and coordinated the locations of incoming equine stars for the Kentucky Derby and several Breeders’ Cups. On Saturday, drf.com reported that Hargrave passed away at Louisville’s Jewish […]

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Kelsey Danner Earns First Career Training Victory At Turfway Saturday

Trainer Kelsey Danner, 32, scored her first career training win Saturday, Jan. 13, when 3-year-old filly Majestic Bold broke her maiden in the first race at Turfway Park. The milestone win came with Danner’s ninth starter. The trainer also counts one second-place finish. A self-described “backside rat,” Danner is the daughter of trainer Mark Danner. […]

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The Filly He Saved Helps Herrick Recover From San Luis Rey Fire

Joe Herrick suffered burns over 23 percent of his body when saving the filly Lovely Finish from the flames at San Luis Rey Downs on Dec. 7, and lost six of his seven racehorses to the fire. Herrick described the harrowing ordeal to the San Diego Union-Tribune: “This fireball just came over the wall and hit […]

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Chilean Jockey Ulloa Chasing His ‘Dream’ At Tampa Bay Downs

Tampa Bay Downs jockey Andres Ulloa got a taste of the big time in 2016 when he traveled to Santa Anita to watch his older brother, Gonzalo Ulloa Perez, ride Chilean-bred Kitcat in the Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Turf. Although Kitcat finished near the back of the pack, Andres soaked up the splendor and […]

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‘It Keeps Me Young’: Santa Anita Celebrates 97-Year-Old Paddock Captain John Shear

The Old Man and the Racetrack. The Gift that keeps on Giving. The Human version of Fine Wine. What more can you say about Santa Anita’s beloved Paddock Captain, John Shear, who is still active every race day at the Great Race Place while approaching his 97th, yes, 97th birthday! Although he’ll officially spin life’s odometer next Wednesday, Jan. […]

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