Rick Violette

Memorial For Trainer Rick Violette To Be Held Nov. 26 At Belmont Cafe

The New York Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association will host a memorial for Rick Violette Jr. from 5-7 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 26, at the Belmont Café at Belmont Park. Rick, the long-time president of NYTHA, passed away last month. We welcome everyone, from the backstretch and the frontside, to attend this celebration of Rick’s life. Donations […]

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Former NYTHA President Rick Violette Jr. Passes After Battle With Lung Cancer

Trainer Rick Violette Jr., who retired in 2017 after 10 years as President of the New York Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association and more than 25 years as a member of the NYTHA Board, passed away this morning at his home in Delray Beach, Florida, after a battle with lung cancer. He was 65. Violette was born […]

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No Breeders’ Cup Classic For Two-Time Grade 1 Winner Diversify

For the second consecutive year, Whitney Stakes winner Diversify will skip the Breeders’ Cup Classic, owner Ralph Evans tells the Daily Racing Form. Evans said several things went into the decision, including the fact that trainer Rick Violette has been in the hospital in recent weeks with an illness. In his last race, Diversify finished […]

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‘Another Great Breeze’ For Diversify Ahead Of Jockey Club Gold Cup

Lauren Evans and Ralph M. Evans’ multiple Grade 1 winner Diversify wrapped up his major preparations for his title defense in the Grade 1, $750,000 Jockey Club Gold Cup at Belmont Park with a five-furlong breeze Friday morning, covering the distance in 58.97 seconds, his second bullet work in as many weeks. Diversify worked solo […]

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Saratoga Law Conference: New Immigration Policy Creating A ‘Disaster’ For Trainers

“It’s really a disaster out there.” That was the consensus from trainer Rick Violette and a panel of attorneys at The Albany Law School’s 18th annual Saratoga Institute on Equine, Racing, and Gaming Law Conference Tuesday. The panel checked in on what has and hasn’t changed since last year’s conference examined the complexities of immigration […]

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Diversify Jumps To Third In NTRA Top Thoroughbred Poll

New York-bred gelding Diversify became a multiple Grade 1 winner while leading every step inSaturday’s Grade 1 Whitney Handicap at Saratoga Race Course, an effort that confirmed his status as the East Coast’s leading older horse and moved him to third in the NTRA Top Thoroughbred Poll. The 3 1/2-length score over a sloppy track came one month […]

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‘Pretty Special’ Diversify A Late Blessing For Violette

In describing Laura Evans and Ralph M. Evans’ Diversify following his dominant victory in Saturday’s Grade 1, $1.2 million Whitney, trainer Rick Violette could have easily been talking about himself. “He was tired, but content,” Violette said Sunday morning. “He’s a pretty happy camper.” The same could be said for Violette, who has overcome health issues in recent years and right […]

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Diversify Shakes Loose For Sloppy Whitney Score; Mind Your Biscuits Second Again

Ralph and Lauren Evans’ Diversify led a New York-bred exacta in Saturday’s Grade 1 Whitney Stakes, leading the field throughout to cross the wire 3 1/2 lengths in front of Mind Your Biscuits. After waiting out a lengthy rain delay in the paddock, the 5-year-old gelding by Bellamy Road clocked nine furlongs over Saratoga’s sloppy […]

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‘Enthusiastic’ Chad Brown Appointed To B.E.S.T. Board

There was a time more than a decade ago when Chad Brown was an aspiring horseman who lived on the backstretch of Belmont Park during the summer months. Now, two Eclipse Awards as the nation’s outstanding trainer and 10 Breeders’ Cup victories later, Brown has been appointed to the Board of Directors of the Backstretch […]

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‘Pretty Fancy’ Breeze Puts Diversify Back In Whitney Conversation

Ralph and Laura Evans’ Diversify zipped through a five-furlong work in 59 seconds over Saratoga’s main track Sunday morning, prompting trainer Rick Violette to reconsider an earlier plan to skip the Grade 1, $1.2 million Whitney August 4. Regular exercise rider Roddi Aly was up for the breeze, which was the first work for Diversify, a gelded 5-year-old son of […]

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