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‘Living My Dream’: Jockey Dean Butler Carries On At 48

Dean Butler doesn’t mind if you think he’s hard-headed for continuing to ride Thoroughbreds at 48. Basically, he agrees. “I’ve had nine concussions in my career. My head has taken a pretty good beating,” said Butler, who was born and grew up in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. Butler was named to ride three horses today, but […]

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Foreman Relishes Match Series Return, Sees Further Potential In ‘Big-Event’ Focus

After considering 2018 a “trial balloon” from several standpoints, founder Alan Foreman is excited to have the Mid-Atlantic Thoroughbred Championship Series return for the second year of its revival, ready to really take flight. The 2019 MATCH Series kicks off Saturday on the Spring Stakes Spectacular program at Laurel Park with a quartet of $100,000 […]

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Ricardo, Cohen Down To The Wire For Oaklawn Riding Title

Ricardo Santana Jr. normally has the Oaklawn riding title sewn up by Arkansas Derby Day. But, this is not a normal year at Oaklawn since the meeting has been extended three weeks to May 4 (Kentucky Derby Day), a window of 11 racing days that will decide whether Santana secures his seventh consecutive Oaklawn riding […]

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Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: Cambra Enjoying Ride With ‘The Coolest Dude’

Taylor Cambra may be just 21 years old, but he sounds significantly older when he speaks about his horses. It could be because he has spent nearly every day in a saddle since before he was able to walk, that he spent time on the rodeo circuit riding bucking horses, or because he grew up […]

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Carol Cedeño Chases Fifth Riding Title In Last Six Years At Delaware Park

When the Delaware Park live racing season begins on May 4, the defending leading jockey Carol Cedeño hopes to write another winning chapter in her already impressive book of accomplishments at the Stanton oval. The 28-year-old native of Puerto Rico, who has been the leading rider four of the last five years, regained the title […]

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PariBet Racetrack Industry Student Experience: ‘Positive Changes’ In Store

Though Hugh Alan Drexler was born in Massachusetts, his family is deeply rooted in Puerto Rico’s thoroughbred racing scene. Around the time his father lost his bug allowance as a jockey, the family relocated to Massachusetts. Due to his frequent family visits back to Puerto Rico, Hugh is an English-Spanish bilingual who appreciates all aspects […]

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Sophie Doyle At The ‘Dinner Table’ With Kentucky Oaks Contender Street Band

When Sophie Doyle decided to leave her native England to continue her horse racing jockey career in America, she never thought she would be riding a Kentucky Oaks (G1) contender. “It was in my mind to gently let my career come into its own and pick up on its own,” Doyle, who is riding at […]

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Mahoning Valley Teams With Mike Manganello To Benefit PDJF

In 1970 Dust Commander won the Kentucky Derby with jockey Mike Manganello on board and on Saturday, Manganello joined Hollywood Gaming, the Mahoning Valley Racecourse jockey colony, and the track’s patrons in an event to support the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund. 2019 marked the first year Mahoning Valley Racecourse and the PDJF have partnered to […]

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Grade 1 Double Nets Mike Smith Jockey Of The Week Title

With two Grade 1 wins at Oaklawn last weekend, Mike Smith was voted Jockeys’ Guild Foundation Detox Jockey of the Week for April 8-14, 2019. 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 North America. […]

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Josie Carroll Becomes First Female Trainer Inducted Into Canadian Horse Racing Hall Of Fame

She loves racing, has a passion for horses and is great at winning not just any race, but the historic races such as the Queen’s Plate. It should therefore come as no surprise that veteran horse conditioner Josie Carroll finds herself being inducted into the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame amongst a superb fleet […]

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