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Tom Harris Takes Over Announcing Duties At Emerald Downs

Emerald Downs Racetrack and Casino in Auburn, Wash., has announced Tom Harris as the track’s new full-time announcer. Harris, who begins his duties Sunday, April 22, 2018, becomes only the third announcer in the track’s 21-year history. He succeeds Matt Dinerman, who was announced earlier this week as the new voice of Golden Gate Fields […]

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Three Special Guys Have Built – And Left – Their Marks On Del Mar

Forty-six years ago Del Mar started a Pick 3 that paid dividends over and over again. This year the three men who made that Pick 3 work are cashing in. Come next month, Robert Sanchez, David Martinez and Gerald (Corky) Riner are hanging up their work boots after giving the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club – […]

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25-Year-Old Dinerman The New Voice Of Golden Gate Fields

Effective opening day, Tuesday, Dec. 26, there will be a new voice by the San Francisco Bay, as Golden Gate Fields has announced the hiring of Matt Dinerman, who has served as track announcer for the past three years at Emerald Downs near Seattle. Dinerman, 25, is regarded as a dynamic young talent who has made […]

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Clay Whitham To Be Keynote Speaker At 2018 HBPA Convention

When Eric Hamelback, the National HBPA’s chief executive officer, sought a keynote speaker for the organization’s 2018 convention in New Orleans, he wanted someone to follow in the steps of other recent headliners who offered inspiration mixed with constructive insight on how to improve the sport. So he asked Clay Whitham. Whitham co-manages with his […]

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Trainer Chris Englehart To Be Inducted Into Finger Lakes Hall Of Fame

Perennial leading Finger Lakes trainer Chris Englehart will be inducted into Finger Lakes Hall of Fame on Saturday, November 18 at the 2017 Awards Dinner Dance. Chris Englehart began his career at Finger Lakes Racetrack in 1967 as a hot walker. He began training in 1973 and earned his first training title in 1985. Since […]

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Florida Owner-Breeder, Industry Leader Stanley Ersoff Dies

Stanley Ersoff, who bred and raced the Grade I winner Charon and served as former president for the Florida Thoroughbred Breeders and Owners Association (FTBOA), passed away earlier in the week. Ersoff was 81. A 1961 graduate from the University of Miami Law School, Ersoff bred and owned Charon. A daughter of Mo Exception whom […]

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Simply Spectacular: Greek Band Pays Tribute To ‘The Bid’ In New Music Video

Racing fans are most likely familiar with Spectacular Bid – champion at ages two, three, and four; Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner; and Horse of the Year in 1980. However, it is quite likely that many people aren’t as familiar with “Spectacular Bid,” the song. “Spectacular Bid” is the latest release from the Greek band, […]

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Auction Of Memorabilia, Trophies From The Late Eugene Klein Collection Brings Over $140,000

The Preakness trophy won by Tank’s Prospect in 1985 brought $41,353 to top the recent auction of racing memorabilia and trophies won by horses owned by the late Eugene V. Klein. Online bidding for the items was held from Oct. 15 through Nov. 4, and was conducted by SCP Auctions. The memorabilia had been part […]

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Prominent Owner-Breeder Robert Courtney Sr. Dead At 96

Longtime horseman and prominent Thoroughbred owner and breeder Robert Courtney Sr. passed away at his home Nov. 14. He was 96. Courtney was born May 15, 1921 to William Henry and Harriet (Upington) Courtney. Courtney’s father served as President of First National Bank and was the founding treasurer of Keeneland. Courtney was 21 when he […]

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Report: Jose Ortiz To Have Knee Surgery; Will Be Sidelined Six Weeks

Jose Ortiz, one of the leading riders in North America, will undergo knee surgery Dec. 5 and will be sidelined at least six weeks, according to a report in the Daily Racing Form. Ortiz missed a week of riding in September after injuring his left knee in a spill at Belmont Park. Jim Riccio Jr., Ortiz’s […]

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