Rick Violette

New York-Bred Juvenile Stake Highlights Belmont’s Closing Day Card

Corms Racing Stable’s Positively Jean will line up in a field of nine for the $100,000 Lynbrook for juvenile New York-bred fillies at six furlongs on Sunday, which will conclude the stakes action on closing day of the Belmont spring/summer meet. This will be the second career start for Positively Jean, a bay filly by Midshipman. […]

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Diversify Runs Them Off Their Feet In Suburban

Ralph and Lauren Evans’ Diversify had running on his mind this Saturday, flying out of the gate to take the lead and never relinquish it in the Grade 2 Suburban Stakes. The 5-year-old Bellamy Road gelding, sent off at 6-1 odds, turned in a solid final time of 1:59.84 for the 1 1/4 miles over […]

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Manfuso’s Fed Biz Colt Named Champion Of Maryland-Bred Yearling Show

Perennial yearling show participant Robert T. Manfuso took home the Chanceland Farm Challenge Trophy for grand champion when his Fed Biz colt out of the Elusive Quality mare Proficient was picked by judge Rick Violette at the 84th annual Maryland Horse Breeders Association’s Maryland-bred yearling show, held on Sunday, June 24 at the Timonium Fairgrounds […]

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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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