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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‘A Better Horseman Than I’ll Ever Be’: Former Trainer Richard Hazelton, ‘The King,’ Dies At 88

Richard Hazelton, who won nearly 4,800 races in his career based at Turf Paradise and in Chicago, died Tuesday at age 88, according to TVG, where his son Scott works as an on-air host. A former jockey whose father was also a trainer, Richard Hazelton’s career spanned more than five decades beginning in the 1950s. […]

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Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: Lessons From ‘The Deep End’

Jack Sisterson has been out on his own for about a year training for the legendary Calumet Farm, but he had a first last weekend when he sent out stakes winners at two different tracks. Bandua captured the G3 Arlington Handicap as the favorite in Chicago on Saturday, and Lexitonian put up an 18-1 shocker […]

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Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: Arnold Has ‘Stood The Test Of Time’

Consistency and tradition are two of the pillars on which George “Rusty” Arnold’s training stable has been built, and they are also two of the reasons that he has been in business for 40 years. Concrete Rose’s domination of last Saturday’s Belmont Oaks gave Arnold his first Grade 1 win in 2019 and had the […]

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Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: ‘Most People Aren’t As Fortunate As Us’

Last-to-first bursts seem to be a theme for Michael Trombetta trainees this week. On Saturday, David Palmer’s Wet Your Whistle stepped up to capture the Grade 1 Highlander Stakes at Woodbine, his fourth win in a row. Then on Thursday, Live Oak Plantation’s Triple Crown contender Win Win Win followed suit with a switch to […]

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Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: ‘It’s Like Watching Your Family Compete In Sports’

First and foremost, Bob Hess, Jr. didn’t grow up passionate about horse racing. He was simply a little boy who idolized his father, Bob Hess, Sr., and would do anything to spend time with dad. The elder Hess, who turns 85 this year, has been training racehorses since the 1960s and is still active in […]

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‘Always See Something New Every Day’: Trainer Merrill Scherer Approaches 80

Merrill Scherer is only a few weeks away from his 80th birthday but the lifelong horseman with more than six decades of experience in the sport continues to show a sharp eye for conditioning horses. “I’ve done a lot and seen a lot in this game but you always see something new every day,” Scherer said as […]

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Charles ‘Scooter’ Dickey Enjoying ‘Good Life’ Of A Trainer In 57th Year

One of the longest-tenured trainers on the backstretch of Churchill Downs is Charles“Scooter” Dickey. At age 78, Dickey continues to train horses and is always searching for the next star to join his stable. “This truly is the good life,” Dickey said as he sat on a stool in the corner of the backstretch clocker stand with […]

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Monmouth Trainer Jose Delgado ‘Emotional’ Over Becoming U.S. Citizen

As a former jockey who turned to training on his own in 2017, Jose Delgado has had his share of memorable moments. But none compared to what happened on Tuesday, when the Panama native officially became a U.S. Citizen during a ceremony at the lighthouse in Sandy Hook National Park. “It was very emotional for […]

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British Study: Workload For Those In Racing ‘Unsustainable Individually Or Organisationally’

A British study finds the week-to-week workload for jockeys, grooms, and trainers in racing there “potentially seems unsustainable individually or organisationally” based on long working hours, lack of overtime pay, and a normalization of a lack of work/life balance. The majority of those surveyed reported they were currently experiencing stress, anxiety or depression related to […]

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