Linda Rice

Apprentice Taylor Rice Wins Four on Aqueduct Card

Apprentice jockey Taylor Rice, who is riding her first winter in New York, won four races on Monday at Aqueduct Racetrack. It was the first time Rice, a 25-year-old niece of trainer Linda Rice, had won four races on a single card in her career. “It’s awesome. Nothing is better. God is good,” said Taylor […]

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Palace Rallies to Fall Highweight Handicap Victory

New York-bred Palace rallied in deep stretch under Cornelio Velasquez to win the Grade 3 Fall Highweight Handicap by 1 1/2 lengths under 129 pounds in the 4-year-old colt’s first try in graded stakes company. He edged Strapping Groom, with The Lumber Guy third and Caixa Eletronica fourth in the Thanksgiving Day handicap for older […]

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Trainer Linda Rice is part of a long line of horsemen and horsewomen, and grew up breaking and training young horses for father Clyde Rice. She was an exercise rider and assistant trainer for years before taking out her trainer’s license in 1987 at the age of 23. She became the first woman to saddle […]

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Three Chimneys Presents Good News Friday: Continuing the Tradition

Taylor Rice sat completely still aboard 3-year-old Giggle Fit in the stretch of Presque Isle Downs on Sunday … except for her head, which kept turning back to see the field one, two, three and three-quarters lengths behind her. It was Rice’s first start as a jockey, but she may as well have been looking […]

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Velasquez, Rice win spring meet titles at Big A

NYRA Press Release: The battle for the training title at Aqueduct Racetrack’s spring meet came down to the final race on closing day, with favored Thisskysabeauty and jockey Cornelio Velasquez rallying through the stretch Sunday to give Linda Rice a 13-12 victory over Rudy Rodriguez. Velasquez, who had already sewn up the jockey title, finished with […]

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Ehalt: NYRA should implement a ‘pitch count’ for horses

At ESPN New York, Bob Ehalt suggests the New York Racing Association should consider requiring a mandatory rest period for horses between starts, something akin to how Little League baseball restricts the number of pitches young pitchers can throw in a week.  Ehalt says not only would it reduce the strain on horses, but it […]

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Frazil earns first stakes victory in Gravesend

OZONE PARK, N.Y. – Frazil emerged victorious from a three-way duel out of the starting gate and held off a fast-closing Pretty Boy Freud Saturday afternoon to win the 53rd running of the $65,000 Gravesend Handicap at Aqueduct Racetrack, his first stakes triumph. Leaving from post position 4 under jockey Cornelio Velasquez, Frazil quickly moved up […]

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Trainer Rice not having her usual stellar Saratoga

At this year’s Saratoga meet, trainer Linda Rice hasn’t displayed the same form that saw her become the first woman to win the Saratoga training title two years ago and finish second in 2010.  But there’s a reason for it. Rice tells the Albany Times-Union she focused on the Belmont spring/summer meet, where she and […]

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Belmont: Dominguez takes riding title, Rice ties with Pletcher for leading trainer

PRESS RELEASE ELMONT, N.Y. – The jockey and trainer title chases for the Belmont Park spring/summer meet came down to the final two races on closing day, with Ramon Dominguez holding off a furious charge by Javier Castellano to take the riding crown and Linda Rice winning with her final starter of the meet to tie […]

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