Thoroughbred trainers

‘We Are Ready For Change’: Top Thoroughbred Trainers Voice Support For Horseracing Integrity Act

The following is an “Open Letter to the Thoroughbred Community” submitted to media outlets Friday from a group of 16 trainers:  Horse racing is at a pivotal moment in its long history in the United States. The past six months presented a string of events at venerable Santa Anita Park that have shaken public confidence […]

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Stidham Back To South Florida Roots For Gulfstream’s Summit Of Speed

Nearly four decades and 2000 winners later, trainer Michael Stidham will return to his South Florida roots for Saturday’s Summit of Speed at Gulfstream Park, where he is scheduled to saddle Saguaro Row for the $250,000 Princess Rooney (G2) and Proforma for the $250,000 Smile Sprint (G3). ”I was raised in Miami Springs. In the […]

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Southern California Trainer Louis Bradvica, 91, Dies

The racing community in Southern California mourns the passing of trainer Louis Andrew “Lou” Bradvica, who died at his home in Riverside June 4 at the age of 91. “Lou was a farmer at heart, and while he loved all plants and animals, he loved the horse the most,” said his nephew, George Bradvica. “It […]

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Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: ‘I’ve Bought A Lot Of Slow Ones, Too’

It was his 898th training victory, but easily the one that meant the most to Canadian-born Don Schnell. His Escape Clause won the G3 La Canada Stakes at Santa Anita Park on Saturday by 5 ½ lengths, then jogged back to meet her owner and trainer in the winner’s circle for his first graded stakes […]

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Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: Catholic Boy’s Victory Brings Young Trainer Thomas Full Circle

No one could blame Jonathan Thomas, 37, if he had been jumping for joy as the Grade 3 With Anticipation field entered the stretch at Saratoga on Aug. 30. After a bumpy exit from the starting gate, Thomas trainee Catholic Boy found a gap in traffic and inched steadily to victory through the final sixteenth […]

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‘It’s Been A Real Struggle’: Many Small Stables Fight To Keep Afloat In Industry

Todd Pletcher. Bob Baffert. Steve Asmussen. All have large training stables in the U.S., and their names are familiar to both casual and passionate racing fans. Unlike those three men, most people have likely never heard of Anthony and Jennifer Saavedra, a married couple that have a small stable of 10 horses at Santa Anita. In a recent column for Thoroughbred […]

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Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: A ‘One In Two Million’ Opportunity

He operates a stable of just six horses at Parx Racing, but 44-year-old trainer Luis Carvajal Jr. is currently on his way to contest the biggest race of his career. Imperial Hint, a 4-year-old son of Imperialism, is taking his connections on the ride of a lifetime as they travel to the United Arab Emirates […]

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Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: Building A ‘Family’ Business

At age 28, trainer Aaron West has built a solid, mid-sized, family-run Thoroughbred operation in southeastern Kentucky, just 20 minutes north of the Tennessee border. West’s definition of family, however, extends a bit beyond his wife and two daughters. The Indiana native first got a taste for racehorses when his uncle and grandfather made a […]

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Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: ‘I Never Thought I’d Have The Horse’

The number of trainers who can strike with 34 percent of their runners during a meet is very small, and far smaller for those who can accomplish such a feat at Saratoga. And yet, that’s exactly what Charlton Baker did this year, winning with 10 of his 29 entrants at the Spa. “Definitely I would […]

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