Rick Violette

Kirkpatrick & Co. Presents In Their Care: Cohen ‘A Shining Example Of What’s Really Great About This Business’

Melissa Cohen finally allowed time for herself. After caring for Thoroughbreds since she began grooming them at 15, after assisting demanding but well-respected trainer Rick Violette for 15 years in the pressure-cooker New York market, after caring for Violette through some awful days before he lost his battle to lung cancer on Oct. 21, 2018, […]

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Take The Lead Living Up To Its Name In Racehorse Aftercare

Fourteen years ago, the New York Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association (NYTHA) created the Take the Lead program to assist with the rehabilitation and retraining of Thoroughbreds retiring from the state’s racetracks. Rick Schosberg, chairman of the NYTHA Aftercare committee, has overseen the program since its inception, reports the Thoroughbred Daily News. Aftercare of retired racehorses has […]

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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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‘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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