Trainers

John Hertler, Trainer Of Slew O’ Gold, To Present Cigar Mile Trophy At Aqueduct

The New York Racing Association (NYRA) today announced that recently retired trainer John Hertler will present the trophy for the Grade 1, $750,000 Cigar Mile on Saturday, December 7 at Aqueduct Racetrack. The Cigar Mile Racing Festival, which begins on Thursday, December 5, is highlighted by four graded races worth $1.5 million in purse money […]

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Hollendorfer ‘Being Forced To Run At Oaklawn’ Over The Winter

Embattled California-based trainer Jerry Hollendorfer plans to move his stable to Oaklawn Park in Arkansas next month, the Daily Racing Form reported Monday. Hollendorfer was banned from Santa Anita in June after the deaths of four of his horses during a rash of fatalities at the Arcadia, Calif., venue. Courts later ruled that the Stronach […]

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Louisville Equine Industry Grad Jason Barkley Among ‘New Wave Of Trainers’ In Kentucky

University of Louisville graduate Jason Barkley is quickly moving up the training ranks at Churchill Downs as the 30-year-old conditioner leads a “new wave” of horse trainers in Kentucky. “There are a lot of us here in Kentucky that are around the same age and just starting out,” Barkley said. “Guys like Bentley (Combs), Jordan (Blair), Norm […]

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Asmussen Takes Aim On Romans’ All-Time Leading Trainer Title At Churchill Downs

Hall of Fame trainer Steve Asmussen is quickly closing in on Dale Romans’ all-time leading trainer title at Churchill Downs as he now trails the Louisville-native by just 19 wins, 735-716. Asmussen enters Friday’s card at Churchill Downs one win from tying fellow Hall of Famer Bill Mott’s second-place total of 717 wins but it […]

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Churchill Downs: Renay Borel Collects First Training Win With Husband Calvin Aboard

Renay Borel celebrated her first victory as a trainer when $30,000 claimer Flatoutandfoxy defeated a field of seven by 1 ¼ lengths in Wednesday’s fifth race at Churchill Downs. Owned by Carson McCord, Flatoutandfoxy ($17.80) completed the six-furlong race in 1:11.29 with Renay’s husband, Calvin Borel, in the irons. “This one is special,” said a jubilant Calvin Borel after […]

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Cedillo, Prat Tie For Santa Anita Riding Title; O’Neill Tops Trainer Standings

Jockeys Flavien Prat and Abel Cedillo ended the recent Santa Anita Park meet with the same number of victories, resulting in a tie for the meet’s riding title. New to the circuit from Northern California, Cedillo earned his first Southern California title with 21 wins from 121 starts. Prat, a leading rider in the region […]

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‘A Lot Of Pictures’: Turfway Park Trainer Gary Johnson Captures 1,500th Career Win

Trainer Gary Johnson scored his 1,500th career win Tuesday when Sheswildnfree cleared the field by 4 1/4 lengths in the first race at JACK Thistledown Racino. Jose Bracho Jr. was aboard for the milestone ride. “You really don’t think about [milestones] until they happen,” Johnson said. “It’s a lot of pictures, that’s for sure, a […]

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‘King Of Suffolk Downs’: Former Trainer Vinnie Blengs Dies At 90

 Retired trainer Vincent ‘Vinnie’ Blengs, the renowned New England horseman who stabled in Maryland during the 1990s, passed away Oct. 5 in South Florida at the age of 90. According to Equibase statistics, Blengs, known as the ‘King of Suffolk Downs’ during his heyday, won 1,981 races and more than $24 million in purses during […]

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Multiple Grade 1 Winning Trainer Dick Lundy Dies At 71 After Battle With Cancer

Multiple graded stakes winning trainer, Richard “Dick” J. Lundy, passed away on Oct 5th, 2019 after a hard fought bout with cancer.  He was 71 years old. Dick, who was from Mount Kisco, N.Y.,  was an accomplished equestrian training the on the hunter/jumper circuit in California. In the early 1971’s he decided to switch to […]

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Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: From Barbados To Pennsylvania, Joseph Keeps Building On ‘Potential’

Owner John Fanelli called trainer Saffie Joseph, Jr. on January 31 of this year to ask him about claiming a 3-year-old son of Algorithms for a $25,000 tag at Gulfstream Park. “His numbers were progressively getting better,” Joseph said, “and his dam was a Grade 3 winner over a route of ground, and he had […]

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