Florida horse racing

Report: High Costs May Drive McLaughlin Out Of New York

The Daily Racing Form reports that while trainer Kiaran McLaughlin is preparing to ship his stable south for the winter, he won’t be leaving his usual string behind in New York — and he may not be coming back. David Grening spoke with McLaughlin, who cited rising employee costs and labor board investigations as the […]

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‘There’s No Thrill Like It’: Racing Is Always On Trainer Bennett’s Mind

In a sport in which luck can play a disproportionate role, trainer Gerald Bennett tries to leave as little to chance as possible. On Mondays, when there is no racing and the Tampa Bay Downs backstretch is as quiet as a forest glen, Bennett will walk his entire shed row, checking the condition of each […]

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Jockey Centeno Finding Balance Between Family And Work After Personal Loss

After riding two horses at Laurel Park in Maryland on Nov. 9, jockey Daniel Centeno took a two-week vacation to spend time with his daughter, 11-year-old Jazmyn, on a Disney cruise. “We spent three days in the Bahamas and at a private Disney island and had a lot of fun,” Centeno said. A short break […]

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Bodexpress Shatters Track Record In Gulfstream Park West Allowance

Top Racing LLC and Global Thoroughbreds LLC’s Bodexpress, who made his name by running in the Triple Crown as a maiden, continued to build a reputation as a serious racehorse Wednesday at Gulfstream Park West, breaking an 18-year-old track record while romping to a 6 ¾ -length victory in a mile allowance race. The Gustavo […]

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The Friday Show Presented By The MATCH Series: States Of Disruption

The dominos continued to fall this week for the U.S. horse racing industry from coast to coast. In this edition of The Friday Show, Scott Jagow and Ray Paulick discuss developments in California, Illinois and Florida and what they might mean for the sport going forward. Watch The Friday Show below and share your thoughts.

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Florida Horsemen Incensed By Latest Tactics At Oxford Downs

Horsemen’s organizations in Florida say the latest development at Oxford Downs has eliminated any shred of credibility the racetrack had left, and it didn’t really have any to begin with. Oxford has been running “races” for the past five years to maintain a card room license. During that time, the track has taken in more […]

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Gulfstream Park: Lakow To Take Over As VP Of Racing Operations

The Stronach Group announced today that Mike Lakow has been appointed Vice President of Racing Operations at Gulfstream Park. Lakow brings extensive knowledge and experience to Gulfstream Park and its world-renowned racing program in all facets of the industry.  Most recently he served as Racing Secretary for the New York Racing Association at Saratoga Race […]

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Longtime Florida Trainer Rene Mendez Dies At 84

Former Florida-based trainer Rene E. Mendez passed away on Saturday, Sept. 7 in Daytona Beach, FL. He was 84 years old. Mendez, a Cuban-born jockey in the 1950s, later was an exercise rider for a number of East Coast trainers in the 1960s before becoming a trainer himself in 1975. With his wife Janet Mendez […]

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Gulfstream Rainbow 6 Carryover Up To $497K For Friday Twilight Card

The Rainbow 6 will offer a $497,629.11 carryover jackpot for Friday’s 2:15 p.m. twilight program at Gulfstream Park. The popular multi-race wager went unsolved for the 19th consecutive program Thursday, when multiple tickets with six winners were each worth $2.042.34. The carryover jackpot is only paid out when there is a single unique ticket sold with […]

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