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‘Like Kentucky Derby Day’: Davis Recounts Riding Stakes Races In South Korea

Regular NYRA circuit jockey Dylan Davis is back at Belmont Park following an eye-opening trip to South Korea, where he rode for the first time outside of North America in the Group 1 Keeneland Korea Sprint on September 10. While riding at Saratoga Race Course this summer Davis was approached by trainer Kenny McPeek about […]

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Secretariat Owner Penny Chenery Dies After Complications From Stroke

Helen “Penny” Chenery, owner of 1973 Triple Crown winner Secretariat, who became a well-loved figure in her own right as a champion of Thoroughbreds and women in business and sports, died on Saturday, Sept.16, in her Colorado home following complications from a stroke. She was 95. Penny’s children announced her death through Leonard Lusky, her […]

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Hernandez: ‘Memorable Day At The Office’ Included Spill, Four Victories

Trainer Bret Calhoun and jockey Brian Hernandez Jr. had a memorable Saturday at Churchill Downs that ultimately led the duo to the winner’s circle with longshot Patrona Margarita in the $200,000 Pocahontas (Grade II), securing the top spot on the early “Road to the Kentucky Oaks” leaderboard. Hernandez’s day started out with three victories in […]

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Pair Of Longshots Propel Gazader To Journeyman Rank

South Florida native Rayan Gazader was the only jockey on Friday’s card at Churchill Downs to win more than one race and, by doing so, has moved from an apprentice to journeyman rank. “It was a great day yesterday,” Gazader said. “I’ve been having a great time so far in Kentucky and the business is […]

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Five-Horse Wreck At Charles Town Sends Two Jockeys To The Hospital

Friday evening’s sixth race at Charles Town saw five of the 10-horse field involved in a wreck that sent two jockeys to the hospital. In the 6 1/2-furlong, $5,000 claiming race, Majestic Cat stumbled and fell at the eighth pole, unseating jockey Ramon Maldonado. Maldonado, a 46-year-old native of the Dominican Republic, had to be […]

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Roussel Records 1000th Career Victory With Homebred Heavens Whisper

Trainer Louie Roussel, III recorded his 1,000th career training victory in Friday’s fourth race at Arlington International Racecourse with his homebred Heavens Whisper. “Thanks, and praise the Lord,” Roussel said. “Everyone has been so kind to me my whole life in this business. I want to thank the valets, the gate crew, the exercise guys, […]

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Drefong Owners Charles, Susan Chu Donate $10,000 To Old Friends

Champion sprinter Drefong crushed the competition in the Grade 1, $600,000 Forego Stakes at Saratoga on August 26.  His gate-to-wire score also did much for Thoroughbred aftercare. Charles and Susan Chu of the Baoma Corporation, owner the 4-year-old son of Gio Ponti, donated $10,000 of Drefong’s winnings to Old Friends, the Thoroughbred retirement facility based […]

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Reserve Not Attained: Auction For Johnny Depp’s Kentucky Farm Ends Without A Buyer

A Kentucky horse farm owned by actor Johnny Depp failed to sell at an auction Sept. 15 after several bids were rejected for being too low. The Lexington Herald-Leader reports that the 41-acre property, which is located on Versailles Road just past Keeneland, had been listed at $2.9 million. The top bid at the auction Friday was $1.4 […]

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Kentucky Downs: Ramseys, Maker, Leparoux Come Out On Top In Fall Meet Standings

Ken Ramsey accomplished his goal of presenting the trophy of Kentucky Downs’ newly renamed Ramsey Farm Stakes to himself. Well, actually, Jeff Ramsey presented his dad with the trophy after heavy favorite Kitten’s Roar roared to a 2 1/4-length victory over the late-running Tricky Escape in the $350,000 race on closing day at Kentucky Downs. […]

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Carrasco, Ferrer Injured In Five-Horse Spill At Delaware Park

Five jockeys were thrown from their mounts in the third race at Delaware Park on Thursday in a chain-reaction spill that left only two of the original seven starters to finish the race. Two of the five jockeys, Victor Carrasco and Jose Ferrer, suffered broken bones in the accident. The incident occurred going into the […]

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