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Hall of Fame trainer Mack Miller dies at 89

Former trainer Mackenzie “Mack” Miller died Saturday in Lexington, Kentucky at the age of 89.  He was hospitalized last week after suffering a stroke. Miller trained the 1993 Kentucky Derby champion Sea Hero among his 72 stakes winners. Though he won many big races for his longtime client, the Rokeby Stables of Paul Mellon, it […]

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HRI – O’Meara: Zenyatta will win HOTY, but she shouldn’t

What if Zenyatta had lost a race early in her career?  Would that have prompted her owners to take more risks with her campaign?  Would she have taken more shots against the boys? Brendan O’Meara at Horse Race Insider writes that it surely would have made a difference.  But as it stands, O’Meara says, Zenyatta […]

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And the winner of the Funniest Horse Racing Video Contest is…

The University of Arizona’s Racetrack Industry Program sponsored a Funniest Horse Racing Video Contest this year, and the results were announced Thursday at the Symposium on Racing and Gaming in Tucson. The winners were chosen through an online voting process. The bronze medal goes to… “Bird Ball” starring 2009 Kentucky Derby winner Mine That Bird: […]

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Former jockey will plead guilty in Tampa betting conspiracy

Attorneys say former jockey Ricardo Valdes will plead guilty to sports bribery charges involving fixing races at Tampa Bay Downs in 2005 and 2006.  Two Detroit area businessmen were also charged in the case for paying jockeys to influence the outcome of races.

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Former trainer Weckerle dies at age 93

Former New York trainer George Weckerle Jr. died November 30 in Arcadia, California, his family announced.  He was 93. Weckerle’s most well-known stakes winner was Arbees Boy, who upset Forego at 60-1 in the 1974 Metropolitan Mile at Belmont Park.

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For local owners, Louisiana Champions Day is like the Breeders’ Cup

Saturday is Louisiana Champions Day at Fair Grounds – with a card devoted entirely to Louisiana-bred horses.  For some horse owners, it’s the biggest day on the racing calendar.

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Buffalo News: Holiday gifts for the racing fan

Buffalo News racing blogger Gene Kershner has come up with his holiday shopping list for the racing fan.  You might want to pass it along to friends and family members – hint, hint.

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Trainer Smithwick returns to work after near-fatal fall

Trainer Daniel Smithwick Jr. will go back to work this weekend at Turfway Park after being released from the hospital Wednesday.  Smithwick has been recovering from serious injuries sustained during a fall down a flight of stairs several weeks ago.

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The Onion: A new kind of Thoroughbred training

The news spoof website, The Onion, reports that horse racing organizations are funding a new program to train “inner city and deliquent horses.” From the story: “Let’s face it: Horse racing is for the privileged few, the kind of thoroughbreds who never had to worry about where their next bale of hay was coming from, […]

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British man sent to prison over jockey deaths

Peter Brown, a 37-year-old laborer from North Yorkshire, England, was sentenced Friday to seven and a half years in prison for setting a fire that resulted in the deaths of two young jockeys. Brown started the blaze in September, 2009 after he was refused entry to a party.  The fire spread through the block, killing […]

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