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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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Apprentice Cory Orm gets 1st win on 66-1 shot

Press Release Apprentice jockey Cory Orm, 21, scored his first career win Thursday, bringing home 66-1 shot Lexi’s Ready in the first race at Turfway Park . Orm, a Louisville native, is a 2009 graduate of the North America Racing Academy (NARA) in Lexington but was well schooled in racing long before entering the jockey […]

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Asmussen to have 30 horses at Santa Anita

Trainer Steve Asmussen says he plans to stable 30 horses at Santa Anita for the winter meet, featuring a new dirt surface.

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Focused Filly: Protecting our pastime and fortune

The blog, Focused Filly, writes that while wagering handle is down again in the U.S. this year, there is still $11-$12 billion coming into racing’s coffers.  And that is a treasure that should be protected.

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Ladies in Racing: Needless injuries can be prevented

The blog, Ladies in Racing, notes that some states do not have mandated pre-race exams, but those states should at least be doing a better job of looking out for the horses before they run. Case in point: A injury that occurred at Mountaineer last weekend should have and could have been prevented.

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Canadian trainer William Lane dies at age 55

Longtime Ontario horseman William Lane died this week after a long battle with cancer.  He was 55.

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Jockey Jason Gracia showing significant improvement

Press Release According to the jockey advocate of The New York Racing Association, Inc., jockey Jason Gracia is doing very well and has shown significant improvement over the past few days. With the exception of a single IV line, all of the tubes that he has needed since being hospitalized after a spill at Aqueduct […]

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Jockey Ryan Moore crowned Hong Kong challenge winner

Last year, Ryan Moore shared the Hong Kong International Jockeys’ Championship in a three-way tie. This year the British jockey stood alone with 24 points and two wins in the four-race challenge.

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Jockey Valdes makes deal in race-fixing case

Jockey Ricardo Valdes, charged with conspiring to fix horse races, plans to plead guilty in Detroit, Mich. due to a plea deal reached with Assistant US Attorney David Morris. He was charged with conspiring with two Detroit-area businessmen to influence the outcome of races at Tampa Bay Downs and Delaware Downs in 2005-2006.

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Chillingworth: We don’t know…whether we’ll be at a track at all

According to Ed DeRosa of the Thoroughbred Times, Oak Tree Racing Association Executive VP Sherwood Chillingworth gave a less than optimistic assessment of the situation on the horizon for his organization. “We won’t know until next year or December 16 what track we’re going to go to or whether we’ll be at a track at […]

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