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‘The Horse That Got Me Going’: Graham Motion Posts Emotional Tribute To Gala Spinaway

Trainer Graham Motion announced via social media that his first graded stakes winner, Gala Spinaway, had to be put to sleep on Saturday. The 31-year-old son of Star Choice gave Motion that hallmark victory in 1993, and lived out his days under Motion’s watchful eye at the Fair Hill Training Center. “He was the horse […]

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Led By Stradivarius, Frankie Dettori Has ‘Tremendous Expectations’ For Royal Ascot Mounts

Frankie Dettori is the most successful current jockey at Royal Ascot with 60 winners and he reflected on how special the Royal Meeting is to him. “I’m really looking forward to the meeting,” Dettori said on Thursday. “Me and John (Gosden) have gathered a pretty decent team and I’ve got some nice outside rides too. […]

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Drury Hoping To Upset Matt Winn With ‘Aggressive’ Armistice Day

Typically trainer Tommy Drury is seen at the Receiving Barn shipping in horses from his main base at the Skylight Training Center, located about 20 minutes from Churchill Downs in Goshen, Ky. However, for the first time this spring, Drury stabled four horses at Churchill Downs and among them is Bruce Lunsford and Lansdon Robbins’ […]

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‘Horses Are Running For Me’: Dylan Davis Continues To Build On Strong 2019 Campaign

Jockey Dylan Davis continues to build off a stellar start to his 2019 campaign, entering Friday tied for second with 25 wins during the Belmont Park spring/summer meet. Davis, who has amassed a 25-14-25 record in 157 mounts, is tied with Kendrick Carmouche, who are both eight wins behind leading rider Jose Lezcano. The success […]

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Three Incumbents Among Five Seats Filled On Maryland Horse Breeders Association Board

The Maryland Horse Breeders Association membership has selected three incumbent members, a former board member and a 2018 presidential appointee to the 2019 Board of Directors, as announced June 13. Dictated by MHBA bylaws, the annually held election fills five open seats on the board. Those elected this year will serve for the next three […]

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Meadowlands To Host Race Announcer Workshop, Open To All Ages

Meadowlands Racing and Entertainment is sponsoring a Race Announcer Workshop on Saturday, July 27, 2019. The workshop, open to all ages, will be conducted by Meadowlands and Freehold Raceway announcer Ken Warkentin, who has called over 200,000 Standardbred and Thoroughbred races, including 19 Hambletonians. Warkentin, who started calling races at age 16, has been on […]

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‘I Feel So In Tune’: Jockey Chantal Sutherland Ready To Tackle Kentucky Racing At Ellis Park

Chantal Sutherland, who will ride at Ellis Park for the first time this summer, became the first female jockey to win California’s prestigious Santa Anita Handicap and Hollywood Gold Cup, capturing those races in 2011 and 2012, respectively, on Game On Dude. Sutherland also finished second in the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic on the […]

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Bruce Swihart Retiring As Fonner Park CEO; Chris Kotulak Named Successor

Bruce Swihart, 67, has announced his retirement as CEO from Fonner Park effective July 31, 2019. Swihart has been employed at Fonner Park in Grand Island, Neb., for 43 years. His father Al Swihart was the Fonner general manager from 1956 until his death in 1983. Bruce also worked as assistant general manager under longtime […]

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Report: Body Found In Lake Believed To Be Jockey Shawn Spikes

Officials with the Alameda County Sheriff’s Office in California told KRON 4 News they believe a body found in Lake Del Valle is that of 22-year-old jockey/exercise rider Shawn Spikes. Spikes was reported missing after he went overboard during a boat trip with friends and disappeared. Spikes was based at Golden Gate Fields, where he […]

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Jockey-Turned-Trainer Vanden Berg Saddles First Winner

Brittany Vanden Berg scored her first victory as a trainer on Sunday June 9 at Arlington when her 5-year-old Trappe Valley won the second race on the Sunday card. Vanden Berg was a jockey for seven years before hanging up her tack to become a full time trainer. She won her first career race as […]

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