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Irad Ortiz Takes Home Aqueduct Spring Meet Title

Irad Ortiz, Jr. added another riding crown to his resume, securing the Aqueduct Racetrack 2017 spring meet title following Sunday’s closing day at the Big A. Linda Rice and Rudy Rodriguez both saddled 12 winners to share the training title. There was also a four-way tie for the leading owners, as Michael Dubb, Midwest Thoroughbreds, […]

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Updated: Albarado’s Broken Ankle To Keep Him Out Of Kentucky Derby

Veteran jockey Robby Albarado, who was named to ride J Boys Echo in the Kentucky Derby on May 6, suffered a fractured ankle during an incident in Sunday’s eighth race at Keeneland. Albarado’s mount, Chiltern Street, threw him over his shoulders when the Wesley Ward trainee stumbled out of the starting gates, and the replay […]

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Espinoza Believes Gormley Has A Chance In ‘Wide Open’ Run For The Roses

Gormley will attempt to become the 11th Santa Anita winner to capture the Kentucky Derby when the son of Malibu Moon trained by John Shirreffs runs in the first leg of the Triple Crown Classic May 6 at Churchill Downs. Aboard the bay colt owned by Jerry and Ann Moss will be Hall of Fame […]

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Paolucci Sets Claiming Price Record At Tampa Bay Downs

Laur Net turned in an impressive performance to win today’s fifth race at Tampa Bay Downs, the Lambholm South Race of the Week for older fillies and mares at a mile on the turf course. As the 6-year-old mare entered the winner’s circle, heads turned again when track announcer Richard Grunder revealed the Illinois-bred had […]

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Keeneland: Kent Sweezey Kicks Off Training Career With Timber Town Homebred

Entered in Saturday’s 10th race, the 3-year-old First Samurai filly Lela’s Gift will become Kent Sweezey’s first starter as a trainer. “I woke up at 2:30 (this morning). I couldn’t sleep,” he said. “I thought about how cool it would be to win a race at Keeneland in front of everybody here.” In many ways, […]

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Castrenze, Russell Return From Injuries To Ride At Laurel Park

Apprentice jockey Ashley Castrenze picked up her second win since returning from a lengthy absence due to injury when she piloted the Mark Reid-trained Circle of Light to a 4 ¾-length victory in Friday’s sixth race at Laurel Park. Castrenze, 20, made her 2017 debut April 14 at Laurel and had gone winless in her […]

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California Legislators Honor Mike Smith, Arrogate, Thoroughbred Racing With Special Resolution

Jockey Mike Smith was honored by the California legislature earlier this week with a special resolution recognizing his Hall of Fame career, along with his leadership and sportsmanship as a professional athlete. ACR 63, introduced by Assemblymember Adam Gray of District 21 in California’s Central Valley, also recognizes the history and importance of Thoroughbred racing in the Golden State, […]

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ARCI Conference Honors Hopkins, RMTC; Jeff Colliton New Chairman

The Racing Medication and Testing Consortium and long-time Maryland Racing Commission executive director Michael J. Hopkins have received the highest awards given by the organization that represents racing regulators. The Association of Racing Commissioners International honored the RMTC with its William May Award and Hopkins with the Len Foote Award at its awards luncheon Thursday, […]

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Theater Review: ‘Pure Confidence’ An Unsettling Tale Of Slavery, Civil War And Black Jockeys

Here’s one of the great ironies of American sports vis-a-vis horse racing. As, one by one, our prime professional sports integrated, horse racing moved in the other direction. There just aren’t many black jockeys anymore. But before the Civil War, black riders dominated. They also were slaves. Because the best black jockeys had the ability […]

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McGraw Wins Dr. Tony Ryan Book Award for “Here Comes Exterminator”

Eliza McGraw has won the 11th annual Dr. Tony Ryan Book Award for her masterful equine biography “Here Comes Exterminator! The Longshot Horse, the Great War, and the Making of an American Hero.” McGraw, who has written for the New York Times and Washington Post, and who previously authored two acclaimed academic books, received a […]

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