Martha Claussen

‘Every Win Was Special’: Former Jockey Ardoin Reflects On Louisiana Downs Hall Of Fame Induction

This month’s announcement regarding the inaugural Harrah’s Louisiana Downs Racing Hall of Fame was greatly appreciated by jockey Ronald Ardoin. He and fellow retired rider Larry Snyder are the first two jockeys to be inducted. The July 13 Racing Hall of Fame ceremony will be the fourth Hall of Fame honor for Ardoin, who was […]

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With Suspension Behind Him, Heath Taylor Resumes Career With Gratitude, Patience

It’s been a long and arduous seven years, but on Monday, Jan. 28, trainer Heath Taylor, was restored to good standing by the Louisiana State Racing Commission. His ordeal began in May 2012, when Taylor was cited for a drug violation at Delta Downs.  The drug, Dermorphin, also known as frog juice because it originally […]

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Trainer Danny Pish Sees Rare Pair Of Dead Heats At Louisiana Downs

It was quite an unusual day for trainer Danny Pish Tuesday afternoon at Harrah’s Louisiana Downs. With four starters on the card, Pish’s runners won two races in not one, but two dead heats. In the third race Okbyeceya, a 4-year-old daughter of Into Mischief and Perfect Poet could not be separated at the wire. Three races later, it was […]

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Martha Claussen’s 60th Birthday Request

For many, turning 60 is a milestone that demands lavish gifts. For others, it’s simply an event to be whisked under the carpet. Martha Claussen, who has been involved in the racing industry for close to 20 years, envisioned another way of celebrating the start of her sixth decade on earth. She is asking that […]

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Claussen: Successful Houston Ladies Classic Set for Second Go-Round Saturday

Sam Houston Race Park will present the second running of the $400,000 Houston Ladies Classic, the richest Thoroughbred race in Texas on Saturday, January 25. Last year’s champion, Rick Porter’s Joyful Victory, got her exceptional year underway with a track record-setting performance in the Houston Ladies Classic. She won two graded stakes in 2013, became […]

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Claussen: Texas racing industry stands united in the face of adversity

It’s tough to get a smile out of very many Texas horsemen these days. They continue to fight an uphill battle for legislative changes for  racino revenue that has fueled purses in bordering states Louisiana, New Mexico and Oklahoma. There have been recent national news stories on drug violations, and indictments handed down involving the […]

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Claussen: Profile of a Quarter Horse veterinarian

There are many exceptional veterinarians who care for racehorses in the United States. Some have received national media attention, most notably Dr. Dean Richardson, the equine surgeon at the University of Pennsylvania’s New Bolton Center, who cared for Kentucky Derby winner Barbaro. Dr. Larry, Bramlage of Kentucky’s Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital, has served as […]

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Claussen: Behind the scenes with the starting gate crew

Anyone who has ever watched a horserace has seen the familiar routine of horses preparing for competition. The “Call to the Post” is played, the field enters the racetrack and parades in front of the grandstand. After their warm up, the horses approach the starting gate, are loaded in, the bell sounds and off they […]

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Claussen: Texas rider Landeros relocating to Florida

Jockey Chris Landeros, currently the second-leading rider at Sam Houston Race Park, is shipping his tack to Florida at the conclusion of the current meet on March 12. The 23-year-old rider will ride the final month of the Gulfstream Park season and then set up shop at Calder Race Course. Landeros was born in San […]

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Texas horse rescue ranch sustains severe flooding damage; help needed

A Texas horse rescue group is in need of assistance to recover from severe flooding at one of its ranches near Austin.  The LoneStar Outreach to Place Ex-Racers (LOPE) ranch saw seven to nine inches of rain within one three-hour period, resulting in a major flood.  Texas turf writer Martha Claussen says the ranch, owned […]

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