Rick Violette

Jockey Club Gold Cup Winner Diversify Kicks Off 5-Year-Old Season In $1.2 Million Charles Town Classic

Lauren and Ralph M. Evans’ Diversify leads a field of seven who will break from Hollywood Casino at Charles Town gate Saturday night in a quest to snare the winner’s share in the $1,200,000, Grade 2 Charles Town Classic.  The Charles Town Classic is the marquee attraction on the track’s 13-race card that gets under […]

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Charles Town Classic Nominees Led By Hoppertunity, Diversify

Headlined by Grade 1 winners Diversify, Girvin and Hoppertunity, a total of 48 horses have found their way into the nominations for the $1,200,000 Charles Town Classic to be run over the Charles Town oval coming up on April 21.  The Grade 2, 1 1/8 mile test will anchor a 13 race program at Charles Town that kicks off with a […]

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Appelbaum Elected President Of Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association

New York owner, breeder and ace handicapper Joseph Appelbaum, the newly elected president of the New York Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association, has been elected president of the Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association. Appelbaum, who was unanimously elected by the THA board of directors, succeeds longtime THA president Rick Violette Jr., who retired from the NYTHA board. “Joe became […]

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New York Workers’ Compensation Premiums To Decrease In 2018

The New York Jockey Injury Compensation Fund today announced that there will be a premium reduction of more than $750,000 for 2018. It is the first time in more than a decade that the NYJICF has seen a decrease in the premium for the workers’ compensation insurance policy for jockeys and exercise riders in New […]

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NYRA, New York Horsemen Collaborate On Insurance Credit Program To Offset Cost Of Racing At Aqueduct

The New York Racing Association and New York Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association are collaborating on a program to provide a $300 per Aqueduct starter credit to connections’ accounts with the New York Jockey Injury Compensation Fund, according to a report from the Daily Racing Form. NYRA officials hope the move will increase field size, as the credit […]

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NYRA, NYTHA Initiate ‘Per Start Credit’ Program To Help Offset Workers’ Comp Costs

The New York Racing Association, Inc. and the New York Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association have announced a new “per start credit” program for owners and trainers to further enhance horsemen participation and help offset the costs of workers’ compensation during the 2017-2018 winter meet at Aqueduct Racetrack. All owners and trainers, including those shipping in from […]

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Diversify To Skip Breeders’ Cup Classic, Point To Clark Or Cigar Mile

Jockey Club Gold Cup winner Diversify will not enter the Breeders’ Cup Classic, the Daily Racing Form‘s David Grening reported via Twitter on Sunday morning. The 4-year-old New York-bred by Bellamy Road breezed at Belmont Park Saturday morning, clocking a bullet half-mile in :46.88 under exercise rider Rodney Paine. Trainer Rick Violette was concerned about the […]

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New York Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association Announces 2017 Candidates For Election

The New York Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association has announced the slate of candidates for its 2017 election for President and Board of Directors. The NYTHA Board is comprised of five Owner/Directors and five Trainer/Directors. All seats on the Board come up for election every three years. This year, there is one candidate for President, 10 candidates […]

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Irad Ortiz Rides Pair Of Grade 1 Winners To Jockey Of The Week Title

Two wins in Grade 1 events and top rankings by total and stakes earnings secured Jockeys’ Guild Jockey of the Week Honors for Irad Ortiz, Jr. for the week ending October 9, 2017. The award is voted on by a panel of experts for riding accomplishments by members of the Jockeys’ Guild, the organization which […]

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No Decision Yet On Breeders’ Cup Classic For ‘Stable Star’ Diversify

Ralph M. and Lauren Evans’ New York-bred Diversify emerged from his one-length victory in Saturday’s Grade 1, $750,000 Jockey Club Gold Cup at Belmont Park in good order, as the connections mull whether to send the 4-year-old Bellamy Road gelding to the Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Classic. “So far, so good,” said Ralph Evans by […]

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