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Thoroughbred Owner Duncker Elected To Jockey Club Board Of Stewards

C. Steven Duncker has been elected to the board of stewards of The Jockey Club, filling the vacant position left by Ogden Mills (Dinny) Phipps. Stuart S. Janney III, the chairman of The Jockey Club, was reelected to the board. Duncker is a retired partner of Goldman Sachs & Company. He is the founder and […]

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Irad Ortiz Pilots Five Stakes Winners To Jockey Of The Week Title

Five stakes wins at two different tracks, three of which were graded, was enough to solidify Irad Ortiz, Jr. as Jockeys’ Guild Foundation Detox Jockey of the Week for August 6-12, 2018. The award is voted on by a panel of experts for riding accomplishments by members of the Jockeys’ Guild, the organization which represents […]

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Owner Michael Dubb’s ‘Wildest Dreams’ Coming True At Saratoga

Michael Dubb’s path to Thoroughbred ownership began in a most improbable way – with a night spent sleeping in his van near Saratoga Race Course because he lacked money for a hotel. Dubb and a friend ventured a couple of show bets the following day because their budget was so limited. The part of the […]

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Nancy Polk, Breeder Of Daddys Lil Darling, Dies After Bout With Pneumonia

Nancy Polk, the owner of Normandy Farm and breeder of both Breeders’ Cup winner Mongolian Saturday and millionaire Daddys Lil Darling, passed away on Saturday shortly before the later filly finished fourth in the Grade 1 Beverly D. Stakes at Arlington Park. Trainer Kenny McPeek announced her passing on the NBC broadcast. Polk has been […]

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Burgart To Remain Los Alamitos Announcer Through 2019

Ed Burgart, the voice of Los Alamitos Race Course, will continue as the track announcer for the night racing action here through the end of 2019 calendar year he announced during a live interview on Saturday night’s “The Quarters” show on TVG. “I had a great conversation with Ed Allred, the owner of Los Alamitos […]

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Long-Time Owner Takes ‘Hands-On’ Approach, Saddles First Winner At Gulfstream

Winning horse races and court cases is nothing new for Michael Laurato, a practicing civil law attorney who has won 40 races as an owner of Thoroughbreds since 2007. The Winter Park, FL native, who maintains law offices in Tampa and Ocala, experienced something new at Gulfstream Park Sunday when he saddled his first winner […]

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Judge Grants Espinoza Stay Of Suspension For Careless Riding

Judge Timothy M. Casserly awarded a stay of his 10-day suspension to apprentice jockey Assael Espinoza in San Diego County Superior Court on Thursday, according to agent Brian Beach. The suspension was originally handed down by stewards for an incident in which Espinoza caused interference in Saturday’s final race at Del Mar; jockeys Corey Nakatani […]

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Dennis Ward Saddles 1,000th (And 1,001st) Career Winner Thursday At Gulfstream

Dennis Ward notched the 1,000th victory of his training career Thursday at Gulfstream Park, saddling Greely Is Back for a half-length score in the fifth race. Ward came right back in the sixth to saddle winner Dreaming of J C, who won by three lengths. Both winners are owned by Ridenjac Racing. Ward, the father […]

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Geovanni Franco Living The Dream In California

The name, Geovanni Franco, registers as Italian. The birthplace listed in the Del Mar jockey roster says Mexico City. The word Franco received recently from a family sage took him to yet another place. “I had to go back to Mexico last year for an emergency, I got to talk to my grandfather and ask […]

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TOBA Announces New Board Of Trustees; Richardson Re-Elected Chairman

The Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association announced the re-election of Dr. J. David Richardson as chairman of its Board of Trustees. Also joining Richardson on the Board of Trustees to serve three-year terms as new members are Greg Bensel, Robert Edwards, Jr., Tanya Gunther and Walker Hancock. Re-elected to three-year terms were current trustees Price Bell […]

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