North American Racing Academy

‘I Just Want To Enjoy It’: Jockey Glaser Back In The Winner’s Circle At Laurel

There were plenty of well wishes and welcome backs when jockey Lauralea Glaser rode her first winner in nearly two years last weekend at Laurel Park, in just her second mount since the winter of 2017. Truth be told, she hadn’t gone anywhere. Though the 25-year-old Glaser had taken a hiatus from race riding, she […]

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Monmouth Park Trainer Suspended After Discovery Of 30 Hypodermic Needles And Syringes, 80 Vials Of Injectables

Trainer Aparna D. Battula has been summarily suspended by stewards at Monmouth Park in New Jersey after she was determined to be in possession of 30 hypodermic needles and syringes and more than 80 vials of injectable substances. The ruling, issued on Friday by the New Jersey Racing Commission after an Aug. 3-4 hearing, said […]

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Inaugural Horse Industry Safety Summit Promotes Education Among Equestrians

The University of Kentucky Ag Equine Programs, Saddle Up Safely and other partnering organizations will host an inaugural Horse Industry Safety Summit on Tuesday, April 23, prior to the Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event at the Kentucky Horse Park. The event will be held at Spindletop Hall, 3414 Iron Works Pike, Lexington, from 7:30 a.m. […]

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Thayer Files Bill To Fund University of Kentucky, BCTC Equine Programs; Seeks Breeders’ Cup Sponsorship For State

Legislation introduced in Kentucky would make the University of Louisville’s Equine Industry Program share a portion of the existing excise tax on pari-mutuel wagering it receives with equine programs at the University of Kentucky (UK) and Bluegrass Community and Technical College (BCTC). The legislation also would require Breeders’ Cup to give the state’s Tourism, Arts […]

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North American Racing Academy Graduate Mussad Preparing For First Race

At the start of 2015, David Mussad had only ridden a horse a few times. Now, he’s entered in his first race as a professional jockey. Mussad will be aboard Brite Sierra in the eighth race at Sacramento on Saturday, hoping to guide the Marcia Stortz trainee to his first victory. Mussad, 27, was one […]

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Former Jockey Chris McCarron Joins Team Valor International

Chris McCarron has joined Team Valor International and will be part of the executive team of the far-flung organization. He starts this week and will be involved at Churchill Downs, where the operation races three runners (two in stakes) this week in Louisville. “As a Hall of Fame inductee and as the rider of such […]

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Chasing Her Dream: Retired INS Agent Pursues Lifelong Dream Of Becoming A Jockey

Stefanie Vetter has loved horses since she was a child, and she had always dreamed of becoming a jockey. Her career path did not take her anywhere near a racing oval, however. Instead, Vetter went to work for the federal government, retiring two years ago from her job as a special agent for the Immigration […]

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NARA Grad Heery An Integral Part Of Maker’s Queen’s Plate-Winning Team

Chelsea Heery, a top grad of Bluegrass Community and Technical College’s North American Racing Academy (BCTC-NARA), had a winning weekend Sunday, July 3. A horse she exercised and helped train won the $1 million 157th running of the Queen’s Plate, at Woodbine Racecourse in Ontario, Canada. The Queen’s Plate is Canada’s version of the Kentucky […]

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Inside The North American Racing Academy: Leaving The Nest

It feels like spring in Central Kentucky, as rain soaks the track at the Thoroughbred Center and the fields stubbornly remain green. The aisles of the North American Racing Academy’s Barn 30 are still bustling in the morning, but each week sees fewer and fewer students legging up on horses as the riding students finish […]

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Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: ‘Living The Dream’ With 18-Hour Work Days

Elle Harrell has put an awful lot of miles on her car in the past year. A few weeks ahead of the Breeders’ Cup, she ticked over to 100,000 on one of many trips from Louisville to Shelbyville, Ind., where she saddles horses as assistant to Joe Sharp. “I saw that a little more quickly […]

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