Father’s Day

‘Winning For Him’: Somethingelse Wins Ginger Punch Stakes For Azpurua’s Nephew

Somethingelse held off a two-pronged challenge in the stretch to register a narrow, emotion-charged victory in the $100,000 Ginger Punch Stakes at Gulfstream Park Saturday. The Leo Azpurua Jr-trained filly collected her first career stakes victory while honoring the memory of her trainer’s uncle, Manny Azpurua, the beloved 88-year-old South Florida trainer who passed away […]

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‘A Modern-Day Will Rogers’: Golden’s Fatherly Memories At The Racetrack

Father’s Day is Sunday, when homage is paid to caring and loving paternal members of the family throughout the land. Following is a remembrance of my father that appeared September 1999 in Gaming Today, a weekly publication in Las Vegas: My dad died last week. He had a long and healthy life, until the last […]

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‘Dad Is The Definition Of Tough’: Simms Family Breaking Through Eight-Year Battle With Cancer

For trainers Garry and Zack Simms, Father’s Day holds a special meaning for the father-son team after Garry was diagnosed with cancer nearly eight years ago. Simms, based at Trackside Louisville, Churchill Downs’ satellite training facility located five miles from the main track, left his stable in the hands of his 25-year-old son, Zack, more […]

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Heavy Rain Forces Cancellation Of Second Half Of NYRA’s Saturday Card

Following unexpectedly heavy rain in the New York City metro area, the New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) was forced to cancel the final six races at Belmont Park following the third race on Saturday, June 17 to ensure the safety of all participants. Simulcasting at Belmont Park and Aqueduct Racetrack will remain open through […]

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Father’s Day Decadence: 10 Handicapping Tournaments Available On Sunday

A pair of featured tournaments highlight the total of 10 handicapping contests available at HorseTourneys for dear-old-dad on Father’s Day this Sunday, led by a National Handicapping Challenge and Breeders’ Cup Betting Challenge combo tournament as well as a tournament exclusively for qualifying for the BCBC. Eric Wing at horsetourneys.com has the full rundown on the […]

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Ancient Secret Remains Undefeated In Sunday’s Wild Applause

Making her first stakes start against open company on a picturesque Father’s Day at Belmont Park, Alpha Delta Stable’s Ancient Secret rallied late in the stretch to hold off 16-1 longshot Thundering Sky to remain undefeated in her third career start in Sunday’s $100,000 Wild Applause for 3-year-old fillies. Breaking from post 7 with Irad […]

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Two-Day Pick 6 Carryover Of $78,000 For Father’s Day Card At Belmont Park

The Pick 6 eluded bettors for the second consecutive day at Belmont Park, resulting in a two-day carryover of $78,339 into Sunday’s Father’s Day card. With Saturday’s Pick 6 beginning with $22.60 longshot winner Big Mara in Race 5, the sequence also included $35.20 upset victor Ice Cutter in Race 8 and $11.60 winner The […]

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Record crowd celebrates Father’s Day at Monmouth Park

A record Father’s Day crowd of 27,532 was on-hand at Monmouth Park on Sunday, as a 12-race program of Thoroughbred racing and Family Fun Day activities were in full force. “Monmouth Park has certainly stamped itself the place to be on Father’s Day,” said Bob Kulina, president of Darby Development LLC, operators of the racetrack.  […]

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By Ray Paulick How many of us were introduced to horse racing by our fathers, and how many fathers have cherished memories of being at the track with their children? Bruce C. Spizler, a Maryland senior assistant attorney general who was part of the legal team that kept the Preakness in Maryland, recalls the […]

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