Good News Friday

Three Chimneys Presents Good News Friday: An American Girl in Ecuador

Jockey Ashley Yodice may not have made many starts in the last year, but she is a winner in two countries after capturing the recent Válida Campeonato Internacional de Jockettas “Copa Nature ́s Garden” in Ecuador. The competition pitted female riders from six countries against each other for three races at El Hipódromo Miguel Salem […]

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Three Chimneys presents Good News Friday: Horsemen in the Auction Ring

Californians will see some unusual hip numbers for auction in Del Mar on July 27. For one thing, these 16 sale entries only have two legs. The 2013 Horsemen of All Ages Sale will sell off dates with volunteer bachelors and bachelorettes for the benefit of the Race for Education and the Eddie Gregson Foundation. […]

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Three Chimneys presents Good News Friday: TV Time

Even in the digital age, television remains an essential component of any sport’s business plan. In fact, while live sporting events have always lured advertisers, their stock has risen even higher in an era when TV watchers routinely “DVR” much of their content and fast-forward through commercials. Sporting events appeal because they are somewhat DVR-proof, […]

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Three Chimneys presents Good News Friday: The Belmont Takes Manhattan

For the first time this year, the New York Racing Association is taking the Belmont Stakes on the road. From 8 a.m. to 8 p.m Friday, Vanderbilt Hall at Grand Central Terminal in Manhattan has been transformed into a mini-version of Belmont Park. The set-up includes four interactive “event zones” designed to catch the attention […]

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Three Chimneys presents Good News Friday: A Century and a Half of Memories

When organizers held their first meeting at the Holiday Inn seeking volunteers for the 150th commemoration of Saratoga Race Course, 80 people showed up. That was three years before the anniversary. Ed Lewi, public relations chairman of the Saratoga 150 committee, knew at that moment 2013 was going to be something special. “We said, wow, […]

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Three Chimneys presents Good News Friday: Oklahoma Strong

There was hardly a breath of good news in Moore, Okla. Monday afternoon. The air that had unleashed its spinning fury on the community was too thick in the aftermath with stories of heartbreak and devastation. In the equine community, there were tales of flattened farms, piles of dead animals, and people who lost everything […]

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Three Chimneys presents Good News Friday: Lady Legends

Before Rosie Napravnik started giving male jockeys a run for their money in big races around the country, there were, of course, others who paved the way for female riders to compete at the highest levels of a male-dominated sport. It’s becoming a tradition that on Black-Eyed Susan Day at Pimlico, some of those women […]

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Three Chimneys presents Good News Friday: A New Kind of ‘Preak’

The Preakness InfieldFest has gone through quite a few iterations. For years, “The People’s Party” devolved into a drunken, dangerous mass of humanity that, in 2008, ended with 300 racegoers in the hospital, six arrests and 126 people being ejected. The following year, the Maryland Jockey Club prohibited fans from bringing in their own alcohol, […]

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Three Chimneys presents Good News Friday: ‘Keeneland Green’

Keeneland’s unique flavor comes from its pristine grounds and picturesque setting in the heart of Thoroughbred country, but also from the people who work there. People like Carol Gilbert and Toni Corman. Gilbert and Corman are sisters, and they’ve been employees at the racetrack and sales arena for more than 22 years. The former stay-at-home […]

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Three Chimneys presents Good News Friday: ‘Foot Crazy’

Trainer Todd Pletcher appears to have a formidable hand going into this year’s Kentucky Derby. Or should we say “foot”? If Pletcher wins his second Derby in four years, the man who takes care of his horses’ feet will be one of the first people he thanks. “Like everyone has said for years, ‘no hoof, […]

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