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Stewards Hold Hearing Regarding Friday’s Jockey Altercation

Kentucky State Steward John Veitch said a hearing was conducted Saturday morning to look into yesterday’s incident between Calvin Borel and Javier Castellano after the Breeders’ Cup Marathon.  Also present for the hearing was Martin Garcia, who was involved in the on-track interference that prompted Borel to attack Castellano after the race. “We have […]

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Jockey’s Guild elects new Senate members

PRESS RELEASE The Jockeys’ Guild announced today that 27 Guild members have been elected to the organization’s Senate, including three new Senate members, Deshawn Parker, Joe Talamo and Jay Conklin. Among other responsibilities, the Senate determines the levels of dues and assessments and selects Chairman of the Board and other corporate officers.  Senate members […]

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NACK CELEBRATES THE LIFE OF JIMMY GAFFNEY

By William Nack Jimmy Gaffney, Secretariat’s exercise rider for most of the colt’s career, died in his sleep this morning at his home in Commack, Long Island, according to his wife, Mary. Jimmy also rode Riva Ridge until he left trainer Lucien Laurin before Secretariat’s Belmont. But it was Jimmy who rode Secretariat every morning […]

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PENN NATIONAL JOCKEYS TAKE OFF WEDNESDAY RACES WITH GILL HORSES

Beginning with Wednesday night’s program, Penn National again began accepting entries of horses owned by Michael Gill, but at scratch time on Saturday morning, the majority of jockeys named in four races where Gill’s horses were entered opted not to be checked in on the overnight sheet. Jockey Jose Baez, named on Gill’s horses, […]

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AUDIO: GILL TO GET OUT OF RACING ‘RIGHT NOW’

It wasn’t exactly Katie Couric interrogating Sarah Palin during the 2008 presidential campaign when Southern California horseman and radio host Roger Stein invited embattled owner Michael Gill on his show Sunday morning. “Michael Gill has a heart,” Stein said during his introductory remarks, adding that it “bothered me to no end when it looked like […]

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BEJARANO INJURED IN OPENING-DAY SPILL AT DEL MAR

By Ray Paulick Rafael Bejarano, last year’s leading rider at Del Mar, suffered multiple facial fractures in a spill in the third race of the seaside track’s opening day program Wednesday. The accident occurred in the stretch when his mount, the Argentine-bred 8-year-old gelding Mi Rey, suffered a fracture to his right front pastern, […]

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DISABLED JOCKEYS GET $1M FROM FARISH FUND

By Ray Paulick Permanently disabled jockeys got a huge boost today with the announcement that the William Stamps Farish Fund has pledged $1 million to the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund, the organization currently assisting 60 former riders who have been seriously injured in racing accidents.   The president of the Farish Fund is William S. Farish, […]

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MI DEVELOPMENTS UNDER FIRE FOR IGNORING MINOR OFFER

By Ray Paulick MI Developments, the publicly traded real estate concern that is the largest single shareholder in racetrack operator Magna Entertainment, is under fire again from one of its biggest shareholders, this time for ignoring an offer from technology entrepreneur Halsey Minor to buy the outstanding loans Magna Entertainment has been unable to repay […]

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CALIFORNIA RACING PUBLICIST BOB BENOIT DIES

  (From Del Mar Thoroughbred Club)  Robert P. (Bob ) Benoit, 81, died Friday afternoon at Centinela Valley Hospital in Inglewood, Calif., after a lengthy illness. Cause of death was pneumonia. Benoit, a longtime Thoroughbred racing executive in Southern California, founded and  was president of Benoit and Associates, track photographers on the circuit […]

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