Rick Violette

Violette, Lukas Among National Turfwriters And Broadcasters Honorees

The late trainer Rick Violette, a fierce advocate for horsemen throughout the country, will be honored posthumously along with Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas, Tim Wilkin and Caton Bredar during the National Turf Writers And Broadcasters 60th annual Awards Dinner on Oct. 30. The awards dinner, held during Breeders Cup week, will be at […]

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NYTHA Pledges $25,000 To Mercy House Of Saratoga In Memory Of Rick Violette

Mercy House of Saratoga, Inc., a new non-profit created to provide temporary residences for a wide range of people in need, has received a pledge of $25,000 from the New York Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association (NYTHA) to support and dedicate accommodations for Race Course backstretch workers, it was announced by Gordon Boyd, President of Mercy House. […]

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Race Named For Violette, CC American Oaks Among Week 2 Highlights At The Spa

A list of events, races and betting opportunities during the second week of the 2019 Saratoga annual meet: WEEK 2 HIGHLIGHTS The New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) will celebrate the legacy of Richard A. Violette, Jr., the longtime NYRA trainer and former president of the New York Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association, with the debut of a […]

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‘A Real New York Guy’: Motion Seeks Win In Inaugural Rick Violette Stakes

Flaxman Holdings’ turf maiden winner Torres Del Paine, trained by Graham Motion, will shift to the main track for Wednesday’s inaugural $100,000 Rick Violette, a six-furlong sprint for New York-bred juveniles at Saratoga Race Course. Previously known as the Rockville Centre, the race was renamed in honor of the late Richard A. Violette, Jr., the […]

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Suspensory Issue Forces Retirement Of Grade 1 Winner Diversify

Ralph and Lauren Evans’ two-time Grade 1 winning New York-bred millionaire Diversify has been retired due to a suspensory injury. A wire-to-wire winner of the Grade 1, $1.2 million Whitney Handicap last year at Saratoga Race Course, Diversify was voted the 2018 New York-bred Horse of the Year. The 6-year-old gelded son of Bellamy Road, […]

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Supercommittee Dominates Ginger Punch Under Victor Lebron

Although he has ridden infrequently at Gulfstream Park, jockey Victor Lebron did achieve a career milestone at the historic South Florida track while scoring his 1000th victory on Feb. 2, 2011. Lebron made a visit to the Gulfstream winner’s circle Saturday that may well lead to the native of St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands spending […]

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Diversify ‘On The Muscle’ In Return To Work Tab; Catholic Boy Possible For Dixie

With only one start through the first two weeks of the Belmont spring/summer meet, trainer Jonathan Thomas will look to increase his productivity in the coming weeks with multiple Grade 1-winners Diversify and Catholic Boy preparing to return to action with several other stakes contenders in tow as well. Diversify, the 2018 New York-bred Horse […]

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G1 Winners Catholic Boy, Diversify Training Forwardly For Jonathan Thomas

Conditioner Jonathan Thomas, who last year managed 4-year-old multiple graded stakes winner Catholic Boy to three wins from six starts, including a pair of Grade 1 victories in the Runhappy Travers and Belmont Derby Invitational on the turf, reported the More Than Ready colt has continued to mature over the winter at Bridlewood Farm after […]

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New York Horsemen Sponsor New Vocations Stall In Memory Of Trainer Rick Violette

The New York Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association (NYTHA) is sponsoring a stall at the New Vocations Racehorse Adoption Program’s Lexington, KY, facility, and it has been named in honor of the late Rick Violette Jr. An accomplished trainer and former president of the NYTHA, Violette was a steadfast supporter of New York’s horsemen and backstretch workers. […]

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Jonathan Thomas Named New Trainer Of Dual Grade 1 Winner Diversify

Ralph and Lauren Evans’ Diversify will be trained by Jonathan Thomas in 2019, reports drf.com, succeeding the late Rick Violette. The two-time Grade 1 winner was most recently fifth in the Jockey Club Gold Cup on Sept. 29, and has been at Patricia Hogan’s Fair Winds Farm in Cream Ridge, N.J., since the fall. “One of the […]

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