Halstrom Named VP, General Manager Of Racing At Indiana Grand

Longtime racing executive Eric Halstrom has been named Vice President, General Manager of Racing at Indiana Grand Racing & Casino, pending all regulatory approvals. Halstrom becomes only the second individual to hold the position, succeeding Jon Schuster, who had been with the facility since its inception in 2002. Schuster passed away in late 2019. “Eric […]

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Journeyman Marcos Meneses Doubles Up On Longshots Sunday At Gulfstream

Journeyman Marcos Meneses is making the very most of his opportunities during the 2019-2020 Championship Meet at Gulfstream Park, where he made his way into the Top 10 with his upset scores aboard Forever Marta ($37.20) in Race 4 and Drinks On Me ($17.60) in Race 9 on Sunday’s program. “I’ve worked very hard every […]

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Midcourt Carries Kobe’s Colors Into The Santa Anita Winner’s Circle

Victor Espinoza rode back toward the finish line, in purple and gold finery. He was returning from a nice Saturday drive. Midcourt, the 4-year-old, lunged to the front in Santa Anita’s San Pasqual Stakes and never slowed down, winning by a widening three-and-a-half lengths. The physicality was obvious. But Lee Searing, the steel executive from […]

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Trainer Reeve McGaughey, Son Of Hall Of Famer, ‘Excited’ For First Career Starter

Trainer Reeve McGaughey will have to wait another day for his first career starter. McGaughey’s initial Oaklawn entrant, Fast Talking, was scratched from Saturday’s ninth race after failing to draw in from the also-eligible list. Now, McGaughey is scheduled to be a “trainer of record” for the first time in Sunday’s featured eighth race, a […]

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Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: ‘When I Win, Everybody Wins’

Upon learning of his nomination for the 2020 George Woolf Memorial Award, which recognizes riders whose careers and personal character garner esteem for the individual and the sport of Thoroughbred racing, jockey Luis Quinones found himself feeling overwhelmed. “I don’t know how to explain how it makes me feel,” Quinones said. “There’s a lot of […]

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Fair Grounds Stewards Suspend Adam Beschizza 15 Days For Careless Riding

For the second time in 18 months, jockey Adam Beschizza has been suspended for careless riding for an incident that left a fellow rider hospitalized with serious injuries. Stewards at the Fair Grounds in Louisiana handed Beschizza a suspension spanning 15 calendar days, running from Jan. 30-Feb. 13, inclusive, for careless riding while aboard Confederate […]

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Collmus Out As NYRA Announcer, Imbriale Takes The Mic Full-Time

The New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) has appointed John Imbriale to the position of race caller and track announcer. In this role, Imbriale becomes the voice of NYRA at Aqueduct Racetrack, Belmont Park and Saratoga Race Course. Imbriale succeeds Larry Collmus and follows a long line of legendary New York announcers, including Tom Durkin, […]

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Eclipse Award, Pegasus Win Net Irad Ortiz Jockey Of The Week Award

After receiving his second straight Eclipse Award for Outstanding Jockey on Thursday night and winning the prestigious $3 Million Pegasus World Cup on Saturday, Irad Ortiz, Jr. was voted the Jockeys’ Guild Foundation Detox Jockey of the Week for January 21-26. The award is voted on by a panel of experts for riding accomplishments by […]

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Owner Michael Hui ‘Struck Gold’ With Claim Of Pegasus Turf Winner Zulu Alpha

Michael Hui called it “almost an out-of-body experience” winning his first Grade 1 stakes as Zulu Alpha kicked off his 7-year-old season Saturday with a two-length victory in Gulfstream Park’s $1 million Pegasus World Cup Turf. The gelding had already given Hui his first $1 million win 4 1/2 months earlier in Kentucky Downs’ Grade […]

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