Trainers

Laurel Park: Cancer In The Rear View, Gonzalez Closes In On Another Training Title

In just his sixth full season of training Thoroughbreds, Claudio Gonzalez never envisioned having the kind of success that has resulted his emergence as a dominant force in Maryland and has him a weekend away from formally claiming his fourth title in the last five Maryland Jockey Club meets. Gonzalez, 41, enters the final three […]

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Navarro Could Shatter His Own Record For Monmouth Park Wins

Jorge Navarro’s training accomplishments at Monmouth Park continue to sound like a broken record. With three horses entered on Thursday’s card, the 43-year-old Navarro can set the track record for victories for the third straight year if he manages to win all three races. Even if he falls short he still has 13 racing cards left starting on Friday. Navarro, currently […]

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‘Hanging In There’: At 85, Leatherbury Poised To Reach 6,500 Victories

Hall of Fame horseman King Leatherbury will reach the 6,500 mark with his next victory, which could come as soon as Saturday at Laurel Park. Leatherbury, 85, has Norman Lewis’ Chateau de Vizille entered in Race 8, a second-level $42,000 allowance for 3-year-olds and up scheduled for 1 1/16 miles over the Exceller turf course. Co-highweighted at […]

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New York Officials Reject Proposal To Shorten Dutrow’s 10-Year Ban

The New York State Gaming Commission voted 4-2 Monday to dismiss an appeal from supporters of suspended trainer Rick Dutrow, according to the Daily Racing Form. Chairman Barry Sample said commission members met before their meeting on Monday to discuss a request to reconsider the 10-year ban from racing Dutrow has been serving since 2013. […]

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The Friday Show Presented By The Match Series: A ‘Super’ Problem?

One of the issues in racing that’s gotten quite a bit of attention in 2018 is similar partnerships owning several horses in a race. Much was made of the subject after some questionable tactics in the Belmont Stakes. Hand-in-hand with that, huge stables dominating the sport is another topic on the minds of many. Bill […]

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Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: ‘Blue Collar’ O’Connell Embraces New Goals

Imagine you’re an 18-year-old girl in Detroit in the late 1960s. It’s your senior year of high school, where you’ve accumulated a 3.8 GPA and are in the top 15 percent of your class. You have four years of 4-H and any number of after-school sports on your resume. Your dream is to go to […]

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Commentary: A Fateful Decision One Night In Oklahoma?

On June 2, Special Candy High flew out of the gate at Remington Park to take the lead in the $1,024,840 Heritage Place Futurity, a Grade 1 event at 350 yards. It was the undefeated 2-year-old Quarter Horse’s third career start for trainer Clinton Crawford, and it would prove to be his last. Shortly after […]

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Trainer Brad Cox, Jockey Florent Geroux Could Collect First Keeneland Titles

With three days remaining in the 2018 Spring Meet, trainer Brad Cox has 12 wins and jockey Florent Geroux has 18 wins to lead their respective standings as they take aim on their first Keeneland titles. The two have teamed to win nine races this season. Cox has 12 wins, putting him one win ahead […]

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Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: After ‘Actively Watching,’ DeVaux Ready For Next Step

A favorite subject of racing photographers, Cherie DeVaux has become well-known for her emotional journey with the iron-hearted champion Lady Eli. The mare won the Grade 1 Belmont Oaks in 2015 but stepped on a nail when she was leaving the test barn. Lady Eli developed laminitis, and her chances of survival seemed slim. DeVaux […]

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Former Orb Exercise Rider Patterson On Her Own Training At Keeneland

After making a name for herself as a key assistant to Hall of Fame trainer Shug McGaughey, Jenn Patterson has begun training Thoroughbreds in her own name. “After being an assistant for so long and learning so much over the years, I thought I would give training on my own a try instead of doing […]

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