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Mena Scores Hat Trick On Opening Day At Ellis

Miguel Mena won three races on the opening day card at Ellis Park, capped by Dixiana Farm’s 4-year-old filly Brie’s Lucky Charm taking the nightcap, a $50,000 maiden special race on turf. Mena, who missed last year’s meet while recovering from heel and ankle fractures resulting from a spill in mid-March at the Fair Grounds, […]

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‘There Is No Better Time’: New Initiative Launches To Engage And Channel Passion Of Young People In Racing

Amplify, a dynamic initiative to engage and channel the passion of young members of the Thoroughbred industry, is ready to launch. A transformation of the Kentucky Thoroughbred Association’s Vision 2020, Amplify will be the platform to connect people enthusiastic about careers in racing with resources, mentors, and actionable opportunities within the sport.  “The KTA-KTOB marketing […]

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‘Come Back Strong’: Returning From Injury, Zayas Tops Gulfstream’s Spring Meet

Exactly six months after seeing his Championship Meet end with a serious leg injury, jockey Edgard Zayas celebrated as the leading rider at Gulfstream Park’s 2019 spring meet, which ended Sunday. Zayas, who turned 26 June 27, completed the 54-day stand with 70 victories, 13 more than runner-up Emisael Jaramillo (57). The native of Rio […]

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Video: Kimura Miraculously Regains Seat After Hanging From Horse’s Neck At Woodbine

Apprentice jockey Kazushi Kimura somehow managed to regain his seat in the saddle in a display of true athleticism at Woodbine during Sunday’s sixth race. Riding a slightly rank Red Rollin down the backstretch, Kimura appeared to be unable to settle his mount. As frontrunner Red Queen’s Court crossed over toward the rail, Red Rollin […]

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‘I Hope I Can Inspire Other Female Riders’: Women Jockeys’ World Cup Won By Japan’s Nanako Fujita

The Women Jockeys’ World Cup Victory was seized by Japan when the country’s only female rider, Nanako Fujita, was crowned champion at Bro Park, Stockholm, on Sunday. The 22-year-old who arrived in Sweden with 62 winners to her credit won the points-based competition which is staged over five legs with a total of 48 points […]

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Steve Asmussen Extends Churchill Record To 21st Training Title

Hall of Fame conditioner Steve Asmussen dominated the trainer standings at Churchill Downs’ 2019 Spring Meet with 27 victories to win his record-extending 21st leading trainer title at the Louisville track. Asmussen, 53, enters Saturday’s card ready to eclipse 180 starts for the 38-day meet, smashing his previous record of 130 starters at the 2011 […]

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Lanerie ‘Back On Track’ With 17th Leading Rider Title At Churchill

Veteran jockey Corey Lanerie entered Saturday’s closing day program at Churchill Downs with a commanding 41-29 win lead over Miguel Mena in the jockey standings and clinched his 17th leading rider title at the 38-day Spring Meet. Lanerie, 44, has won six of the last eight Spring Meet riding championships. Lanerie was poised to win […]

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Brian Hernandez Rides 600th Winner Beneath Churchill’s Twin Spires

Brian Hernandez Jr. became only the 13th jockey in Churchill Downs history to ride 600 winners at the home of the Kentucky Derby when the 33-year-old won Friday’s featured 10th race aboard Twelfth Labour for trainer Dallas Stewart. “It certainly means a lot to get this accomplishment,” Hernandez said. “I started riding at Churchill the […]

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Merrill Scherer Surprised With Family, Friends For Early 80th Birthday Celebration

When trainer Merrill Scherer attended Friday’s races at Churchill Downs, one of the biggest surprises met him when family and friends from across the country surprised the veteran conditioner for an advance celebration of his 80th birthday. “I can’t believe I was swindled in to coming over for this,” Merrill joked. “This is unbelievable. I […]

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Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: ‘It’s Like Watching Your Family Compete In Sports’

First and foremost, Bob Hess, Jr. didn’t grow up passionate about horse racing. He was simply a little boy who idolized his father, Bob Hess, Sr., and would do anything to spend time with dad. The elder Hess, who turns 85 this year, has been training racehorses since the 1960s and is still active in […]

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