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Award-winning broadcaster Pete Kules dies

HRRN Press Release Pete Kules, an award-winning broadcaster and co-founder of the Horse Racing Radio Network, died the evening of December 19 at Central Baptist Hospital in Lexington, KY. He was 76. Kules, a Massachusetts native and military veteran, attended Princeton before earning his degree at the University of Massachusetts. Kules enjoyed a television and […]

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Hillenbrand Back At It Again

I’d like to think I recognize raw talent when I see it, but if memory serves, I rejected a piece in the late 1980s — back when I was managing editor of the Thoroughbred Times — from a young writer named Laura Hillenbrand. Boy, did she get better after that! Hillenbrand, of course, is the […]

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The Case for Contraction

Churchill Downs Inc. president and CEO Robert Evans made a major keynote address at the University of Arizona Symposium on Racing and Wagering a few weeks ago on the future of racing. The Lexington Herald-Leader followed up with the racing executive to discuss in greater detail his pitch for contraction. “Three years or four years […]

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Trainer Miller has meet of his career at Hollywood Park

career meet with Comma to the Top’s decisive victory in the Grade I CashCall Futurity. Winning with 14 of 35 starters, leading all trainers in purse earnings of $662,420 and tied for second in wins with John Sadler. While Doug O’Neill had two more wins than Miller, O’Neill also had 69 more starters during the […]

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McCoy becomes first racing personality to receive BBC Sports Personality of the Year

Jumps rider Tony McCoy became the first racing personality to win the BBC award ever. The award is based on a popular vote for which McCoy received 293,152 tallies and 42% of the votes. Last year, Ryan Giggs won with 151,842. “To get that sort of recognition from the general public is just wonderful – […]

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Vote for your favorite photog in the Thoroughbred Bloggers Alliance photo contest

The Thoroughbred Bloggers Alliance is holding its second annual photo contest for amateurs and professionals. Visit the link below to see all photos entered into the competition and vote for your favorite. The first round of voting ends on Christmas Day.

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Trainer Peter Miller on Top of the World

Press Release Trainer Peter Miller, who sent out favored Comma to the Top to victory in the $750,000 CashCall Futurity at Hollywood Park Saturday, pinched himself Sunday to make sure the biggest victory of his career was not a dream. “It’s amazing that these races don’t take much out of him,” said Miller after the […]

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HRI – Zast: Can Santa do something about synthetic complainers?

On the seventh day of Christmas, Horse Race Insider Vic Zast is wondering if Santa might be able to stop horseplayers from whining about the difficulty of handicapping synthetic tracks.

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HRI – Christine: Farrier to the rescue

Farriers normally don’t get a lot of attention on race day.  But Saturday at Hollywood Park, a farrier played the role of hero. Horse Race Insider Bill Christine tells us more about him.

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Laurel workers worry about their own futures

Saturday was Laurel Park’s final day of racing for 2010.  Could it be the last day ever? The uncertainty over the future of racing in Maryland has workers at Laurel wondering whether they will even have jobs in the new year.

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