Jennie Rees

‘I Feel So In Tune’: Jockey Chantal Sutherland Ready To Tackle Kentucky Racing At Ellis Park

Chantal Sutherland, who will ride at Ellis Park for the first time this summer, became the first female jockey to win California’s prestigious Santa Anita Handicap and Hollywood Gold Cup, capturing those races in 2011 and 2012, respectively, on Game On Dude. Sutherland also finished second in the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic on the […]

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Ellis Park: Arklow Ekes Out Win In Prep For Kentucky Turf Cup

Bridgmohan made it a four-bagger aboard heavily favored Arklow in the Kentucky Downs Preview Calumet Farm Turf Cup at 1 1/4 miles, a prelude to the $750,000 Calumet Farm Kentucky Turf Cup (G3) in five weeks. A Grade 2 winner enjoying a bit of class relief after solid efforts against the likes of Yoshida and Synchrony […]

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O’Neill Chases Back-To-Back Indiana Derby Victories With Blame The Rider

Doug O’Neill will try to keep up his lofty stats in graded stakes at Indiana Grand. The California-based trainer had never run a horse here when he finished a close second in last year’s Indiana Oaks with Mopotism and immediately afterward won the Indiana Derby with Irap. Now the two-time Kentucky Derby-winning trainer is back […]

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Tom Van Berg Hoping For ‘Fairytale Ending’ With Father’s Last Juveniles

Trainer Tom Van Berg took over the Jack Van Berg racing stable upon the death of his Hall of Fame father on Dec. 27. Previously, Van Berg had been helping his 81-year-old father with his horse operation, including during the huge Ellis Park meet they had last summer to finish third in the trainer standings […]

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NHC Rookie Part 3: ‘It’s A Hard Game’

 Kyle King, a 30-year-old math teacher at a suburban Chicago high school, won Hawthorne’s live-money tournament on the Aug. 12 Arlington Million card to qualify for the first time to the NTRA National Horseplayers Championship (NHC) Presented by Racetrack Television Network, STATS Race Lens™ and Treasure Island Las Vegas. King’s wife, Elizabeth, had their first child, Evelyn, on New Year’s […]

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NHC Rookie: ‘Math Guy’ Kyle King Spent Six Years On His Handicapping Program

Kyle King, a 30-year-old math teacher at a suburban Chicago high school, won Hawthorne’s live-money tournament on the Aug. 12 Arlington Million card to qualify for the first time to the NTRA National Horseplayers Championship (NHC) Presented by Racetrack Television Network, STATS Race Lens™ and Treasure Island Las Vegas. King’s wife, Elizabeth, had their first child, Evelyn, on New Year’s […]

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Arsenault Angling To Become First Two-Time Winner Of National Horseplayers Championship

Reigning champ Ray Arsenault this Friday through Sunday will try to become the first two-time winner of the NTRA National Horseplayers Championship (NHC) presented by Racetrack Television Network, Stats Race Lens and Treasure Island Casino in Las Vegas. Arsenault, who started playing handicapping tournaments in 2003 at Woodbine, was the convincing winner of last year’s […]

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Steffanus, Frakes Earn Media Eclipse Awards; Photography Award To Nancy Rokos

The National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA), Daily Racing Form and the National Turf Writers And Broadcasters (NTWAB) today announced the Media Eclipse Award winners in the Feature Commentary and News Enterprise Writing categories and the Photography category. Jason Frakes of the Louisville Courier-Journal won the Feature/Commentary award for “Gunnevera Trainer Kidnapped Twice, Now in Kentucky Derby,” about trainer Antonio Sano. Denise Steffanus, […]

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Asmussen: Gun Runner ‘Allowed To Develop’ Into Legitimate Classic Contender

Gun Runner might not have been America’s best 3-year-old last year, though he certainly was on the short list and staked a big claim as the most rugged. But the patience shown by trainer Steve Asmussen and his staff and the belief held by owners Winchell Thoroughbreds and Three Chimneys Farm has paid off big-time […]

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Younger Casse Preparing To Start His Own ‘Legacy’

When the Breeders’ Cup comes to Churchill Downs next year, Norman Casse hopes he’s trying to beat his dad instead of helping Mark Casse add to the three championship races the sprawling stable has captured the past two years. Norman — the Louisville native and Bellarmine graduate who encouraged his father to add a major […]

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