Linda Rice

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 to host day of racing for Special Olympics

Press Release On Saturday, July 9, Belmont Park will play host to a day of racing for the athletes of Special Olympics New York. More than 250 athletes and their families and friends will gather in the Marquee Tent in Belmont ‘s backyard for the celebration, which begins at 11:30 a.m. Donations to Special Olympics […]

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Baffert: I think they need to leave (weight assignments) alone

The natural reaction when hearing about jockeys dying from complications surrounding trying to keep their weight down is to argue for a higher weight assignments. After all, if the jocks aren’t required to keep such a low weight, then flipping and drug use will be things of the past, right? “I think they need to […]

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GOOD NEWS FRIDAY sponsored by Liberation Farm: O CAPTAIN! MY CAPTAIN!

By Marion E. Altieri I’m thinking tonight of D. Wayne Lukas, and adjectives such as “intense,” “sexy” and “gentlemanly” come to mind.  Oh, yes, and the phrase, “a great Thoroughbred trainer.”  Gary Contessa brings a smile to my  heart as I think about one of the kindest horsemanitarians I know, a genuinely good soul—and, oh, […]

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GOOD NEWS FRIDAY sponsored by Liberation Farm – NOT YOUR DADDY’S NYRA

By Bradford Cummings As I have said many times before on the Paulick Report, I am an outsider looking in on a sport I have grown to love and admire. Like when I had that first drink with my now wife, I could not shake the sentiment “where have you been all my life?” And […]

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