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Hertrich Re-Elected Breeders’ Cup Chairman; Bret Jones New Vice Chairman

At its meeting on Thursday, the Breeders’ Cup board of directors unanimously re-elected Fred W. Hertrich III as board chairman. Hertrich, owner of Watercress Farm in Paris, Ky., was elected as chairman in 2017. He will serve a two-year term. Bret Jones of Airdrie Stud, a Breeders’ Cup Director since 2011, was elected vice chairman. […]

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Newsom Appoints Pair To California Horse Racing Board, Including Union-Backed Official

California Gov. Gavin Newsom made two appointments to the California Horse Racing Board on Tuesday, Sept. 10: Oscar Gonzales, 51, of Davis; and Wendy Mitchell, 48, of Los Angeles. Gonzales has been vice president of government and community relations at Aura Financial Corporation since 2017. He was a consultant for the Cal State Los Angeles […]

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Sisterson Looking For Big Finish For Calumet Runners At Kentucky Downs

Jack Sisterson, the former University of Louisville soccer player turned horseman, could have his biggest day as a trainer on Thursday’s closing card of the RUNHAPPY Meet at Kentucky Downs. As private trainer for Calumet Farm, Sisterson is running Coachwhip in the $500,000 Ramsey Farm Stakes, followed by Lexitonian in the $500,000, Grade 3 Nevada […]

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Top Turf Writer Layden Inks Deal With NBC Sports

Award-winning sports journalist Tim Layden has signed an exclusive agreement with NBC Sports Group to produce longform articles, major-event stories and columns, as well as video work for NBC Sports’ television and digital platforms. Throughout the year, Layden will seek out compelling and distinctive stories across the sports world with creative storytelling and in-depth analysis, building upon […]

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Beschizza Enjoying ‘Fruitful’ Five-Win Meet At Kentucky Downs

Jose Ortiz, Kentucky Downs’ defending leading rider, enjoys a substantial three-win advantage in the standings heading into Thursday’s final day of the RUNHAPPY Meet at Kentucky Downs, with eight victories overall. Tied for second with five wins are past meet champions Florent Geroux and Julien Leparoux as well as Adam Beschizza. It’s already been a […]

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Australian Hall Of Fame Trainer David Hayes Returns To Hong Kong Racing

David Hayes is returning to Hong Kong as a Hong Kong Jockey Club licensed trainer. The Australian Hall of Famer will rejoin the trainers’ roster at Sha Tin for the start of the 2020/21 season.   The Jockey Club officially unveiled Hayes during a media conference at Sha Tin Racecourse this morning, Tuesday, 10 September. “My […]

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Four Stakes Wins Propel Jose Ortiz To Another Jockey Of The Week Title

With double the number of stakes victories of any other jockey last week, Jose Ortiz was voted Jockeys’ Guild Foundation Detox Jockey of the Week for September 3-8, 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 […]

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Longtime Florida Trainer Rene Mendez Dies At 84

Former Florida-based trainer Rene E. Mendez passed away on Saturday, Sept. 7 in Daytona Beach, FL. He was 84 years old. Mendez, a Cuban-born jockey in the 1950s, later was an exercise rider for a number of East Coast trainers in the 1960s before becoming a trainer himself in 1975. With his wife Janet Mendez […]

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Jose Ortiz Doubles Up In Dueling Grounds Derby, Oaks

Jockey Jose Ortiz missed opening day of the five-date RUNHAPPY Meet at Kentucky Downs, but the track’s 2018 riding champion has made the most of the three days he has ridden, including sweeping Sunday’s $600,000 Exacta Systems Dueling Grounds Derby under Social Paranoia and the $348,250 Fifth Third Insurance Dueling Grounds Oaks with Princesa Carolina. […]

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Trainer Frank Lucarelli Saddles First Five Winners On Saturday’s Card At Emerald

Trainer Frank Lucarelli added another chapter to his record-breaking season Saturday evening at Emerald Downs. Lucarelli swept the first five races on an eight-race card while breaking the single-season record for most wins at Emerald Downs with 67. Gentle Prince and jockey Javier Matias capped the remarkable run with a narrow victory in race five, […]

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