Dettori Heartbroken By COVID-19’s Impact On His Native Italy

Everyone has been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, but for top European jockey Frankie Dettori, who hails from Italy, the virus hits even closer to home. “It’s heart-breaking,” said Dettori, speaking on BBC’s podcast The Guest List this weekend. “It seems endless. Every day we hope we can reach something better, but it doesn’t seem […]

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Report: Trainer Duarte Hospitalized With COVID-19

Former jockey-turned-trainer Jorge Duarte was hospitalized last week while battling COVID-19, according to a report from The Racing Biz. Duarte posted to social media about his illness on March 26, indicating it was his eighth day battling the virus. “Day 8 with #COVID19 hasn’t been easy and not out of the woods yet,” Duarte tweeted, […]

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Pletcher Back Atop Gulfstream Standings; Irad Ortiz Jr. Repeats As Leading Rider

After having his streak stopped at an unprecedented 15 consecutive titles last winter, Todd Pletcher ended Gulfstream Park’s 2019-2020 Championship Meet in his familiar perch atop the trainer standings. A winner with one of five starters in four races on Sunday’s 10-race Closing Day program at the Hallandale Beach, Fla., track, Pletcher finished with a […]

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53-Year-Old Jockey Delivers 20-Year-Old Owner First Stakes Victory

Owner Carson McCord, 20, collected her first career stakes victory in Saturday’s $100,000 Nodouble Breeders’ at Oaklawn with favored K J’s Nobility ($5.60), who rolled to a three-length victory in the 6-furlong race for Arkansas-breds under 53-year-old Hall of Fame jockey Calvin Borel. “I’m so happy,” McCord said moments after leading her prized 6-year-old gelding […]

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From Pine Bench To Golden Gate Fields Winner’s Circle: Desormeaux Happy To Be On ‘Live’ Mounts Again

Hall of Fame jockey Kent Desormeaux has won 6,049 races in North America, including the Kentucky Derby and Preakness three times each, the Belmont Stakes and six Breeders’ Cup events. So what is he doing these days riding cheap claimers at Golden Gate Fields in Albany, Calif.? “We got great offers from the leading outfits […]

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Steve May Named Executive Director Of Minnesota Racing Commission

Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz has announced the appointment of Steve May of Georgetown, Ky., as the next executive director of the Minnesota Racing Commission. May will assume his new duties in late April, succeeding Tom DiPasquale, who retired in February after serving as director since 2013. May is the Director of Pari-Mutuel Wagering and Compliance […]

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Christophe Clement Celebrates 2,000th Victory Friday At Gulfstream

Trainer Christophe Clement notched his 2000th career victory with Gufo ($6.20) in Friday’s last race at Gulfstream Park. Gufo scored by a half-length under Joel Rosario in the optional claiming allowance for 3-year-olds an 1 1/8 miles on turf to give his trainer the milestone victory. Clement, a son of a successful French trainer Miguel […]

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Luis Saez: Ride Five Winners At Gulfstream Park; Rinse, Repeat

Luis Saez, who rode five winners Thursday, won five more races Friday at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale Beach, Fla. Saez opened the day with back-to-back victories aboard Rhythm Section ($12.40) in Race 1 and Miz Chaplin ($3.80) in Race 2 before scoring aboard Azrael ($14.80) in Race 6, Money Moves ($12.40) in Race 9, and […]

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Jockey Scott Spieth Embracing His Opportunities To Compete

Scott Spieth seems to have been born with a passion for race-riding. “I did it through high school and college, and I’m still doing it,” said the 53-year-old SenÞor Tequila Mexican Grill Jockey of the Month at Tampa Bay Downs. “Any day can have its challenges, but when I get on a horse, that goes […]

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