Mark Johnston

British Trainer Johnston: ‘The Whip Is Not There For Safety And Correction’

Britain’s winningest trainer spoke out this week on limitations of whip use, telling Racing Post’s Andrew Dietz he believes a whip ban would threaten the existence of racing. Unlike American riders, who have resisted whip bans or limitations on the grounds that crops help them control a horse’s direction in an emergency, Mark Johnston believes […]

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Lost And Found Presented By Horseware: Jockey Johnston Rolls On With Championship Career In Rear-View Mirror

Despite profound changes in his life, Mark Johnston is fundamentally the same. He still loves horses, the racetrack, winning and camaraderie. In his past, Johnston enjoyed those experiences as a jockey who won 3,085 races and the 1990 Eclipse Award as outstanding apprentice. These days from his Paris, Ky., base, he gains similar satisfaction using […]

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Filly & Mare Turf: No Breeders’ Cup For Nyaleti, Fatale Bere

There will be no Breeders’ Cup for 3 Batterhams and Reay’s Nyaleti (IRE), who finished third in Saturday’s Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup Presented by Lane’s End (G1). “We are heading back to Europe,” said Hayley Kelly, exercise rider for the Mark Johnston-trained filly. “She is going to run next in Italy (in the Nov. 4 Premio Lydia Tesio-G1 at a […]

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‘Different Mindset’: British Vets Question Volume Of Therapeutic Drugs Used In American Racing

This is the third and final piece in a three-part series on British medication use and regulation. Find Part 1 here and Part 2 here. In the course of his usual morning rounds to the training yards around Newmarket in Suffolk, England, Dr. Mike Shepherd visits a horse who is scheduled to leave his trainer’s […]

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‘No Desire To Run On Lasix’: British Trainers Rely On Minimalistic Medication Regimens

This is the second in a three-part series examining differences in medication policy and use in Great Britain versus the United States. See Part 1 here. When medication reform is discussed in the United States, horsemen’s advocates often resist tighter restrictions on therapeutic medications, citing the need to treat horses for the myriad aches and […]

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‘You Don’t Know What To Feel’: Johnston Pays Tribute To Stable Star Permian, Lashes Out At Twitter Trolls

Trainer Mark Johnston paid tribute on Sunday to his talented 3-year-old colt Permian, who died after suffering a broken leg as he was being pulled up after the G1 Secretariat Stakes at Arlington Park on Saturday. In an interview with the Racing Post, Johnston lashed out at the ‘trolls’ on Twitter and other social media sites, that had been harsh […]

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Buick Suffers Fractured Vertebrae In Arlington Spill; No Surgery Required, Jockey ‘In Great Spirits’

Jockey William Buick was aboard the Mark Johnston-trained Permian in Saturday’s Grade 1 Secretariat Stakes at Arlington Park when the colt suffered a fatal breakdown shortly after the wire. Buick, conscious but in pain, was loaded onto an ambulance and taken to Northwest Community Hospital, and according to racingpost.com he was diagnosed with a fractured T-12 […]

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Frankel Four: Frankuus Becomes Sire’s Fourth First-Crop Winner

Undefeated champion and now first crop sire Frankel continues to have success on the race course, with the Mark Johnston-trained Frankuus becoming the stallion’s fourth winner from five starters. Despite running a bit greenly, Frankuus drew off for a 1 3/4-length victory in a seven-furlong maiden contest at Haydock June 9. The grey colt was […]

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Hello, Larry! Collmus Named New Track Announcer at Churchill Downs

When Churchill Downs Racetrack (“CDRT”) unveils its 15,224 square foot LED “Big Board” and an enhanced audio system on the “Opening Night” of its April 26-June 30 Spring Meet, a new voice will be calling the action, highlighted by an on-track call of the biggest race of them all: the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! […]

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UK Trainer Johnston Fined After Mepivacaine Positive

The British Horseracing Authority has fined trainer Mark Johnston £1,000 after traces of two prohibited substances were found in his only runner that competed over jumps last season. According to the Racing Post, the BHA held a disciplinary inquiry on Thursday after Mepivacaine and Hydroxy Mepivacaine were discovered in a post-race urine sample taken from […]

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