Eddie Sweat

In Their Own Words: Turcotte’s Unforgettable Ride Aboard Secretariat

The New York Racing Association concludes a series of diaries to help celebrate the 150th Grade 1, $1.5 million Belmont Stakes presented by NYRA Bets on Saturday at Belmont Park. “In Their Own Words” features prominent owners, trainers, jockeys and horsemen as they re-live some of the most stirring moments in the rich history of […]

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Charlie Davis, Exercise Rider For Secretariat, Dies After Brief Battle With Lung Cancer

The Secretariat Team announced today that Charlie Davis, the charismatic exercise rider for 1973 Triple Crown winner Secretariat, died early this morning from complications of lung cancer. He was 78. Davis, who was born on Feb. 2, 1940, in Orangeburg, S.C., started his vocation by cutting elementary school to watch the Thoroughbreds train on the […]

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Charlie Davis, Exercise Rider For Secretariat, Battling Lung Cancer

The Secretariat Team announced today that Charlie Davis, the colorful and engaging exercise rider for 1973 Triple Crown winner Secretariat, has been diagnosed with Stage 3 lung cancer and will immediately begin chemotherapy and radiation treatments to combat it. “Charlie is in good spirits and ready to take on this challenge,” said Leonard Lusky, spokesman […]

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Unsung Heroes: Museum Director Hopes To Spotlight, Celebrate African-American Horsemen

It began as an offshoot of a current project, but it quickly has become a major endeavor of its own. While conducting research for the future exhibit “Black Horsemen of the Kentucky Turf”, which will open at the International Museum of the Horse at the Kentucky Horse Park in 2018, museum director Bill Cooke realized that there was […]

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GOOD NEWS FRIDAY sponsored by LIBERATION FARM – THE JOCKEY CLUB FOUNDATION

By Bradford Cummings “The fate of Eddie Sweat is one of the great shames of the track.” – Bill Nack, seven-time winner of Eclipse Award for writing and author of “Secretariat: The Making of a Champion.”   And so the story goes with one of the most legendary backside workers in the history of the […]

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