Trainers

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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Kentucky Rules Committee Approves Changes To Absolute Insurer Requirement

At a meeting on Monday, the rules committee of the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission voted to move forward on revised language to the absolute insurer requirement for trainers on drug positives. The meeting was well-attended by horsemen, owners, and jockeys and prompted considerable but civil discussion on the difficulties of properly assigning blame for drug […]

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Congress Passes Bill That Could Nearly Double Available H-2B Visas

Congress early this morning passed a Fiscal 2018 omnibus appropriations bill which includes language that could almost double the number of H-2B visas available, potentially improving a dire situation for Thoroughbred trainers, many of whom depend on these visas for the industry’s sizable foreign temporary workforce. The bill provides the Secretary of Homeland Security the authority to raise the cap […]

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Former Jockey David Flores ‘Ready To Run’ With Training Career

David Flores, who enjoyed a highly successful career as a jockey while riding the winners of 3,608 races and more than $150 million in purses, is in the process of earning a trainer’s license. The 49-year-old native of Tijuana, Mexico is expected to saddle his first starter within two weeks at Gulfstream Park. “We’ve got a horse […]

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Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: Fed Ex, A Leap Of Faith And A ‘Martini’

Trainer Keith Nations and his stable star Martini Glass were quickly dismissed when Nations entered the daughter of Kitalpha in her first graded stakes race last summer. It was the G1 Delaware Handicap, and champion Songbird drew all the attention. To the surprise of many racing fans, Martini Glass gave Songbird a run for her […]

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NYRA Announces ‘Under 20s Claiming Challenge’ For 2018 Belmont Meet

The New York Racing Association has announced an “Under 20s Claiming Challenge” for modest-sized stables to compete for cash prizes during the upcoming 2018 Belmont spring/summer meet. The Under 20s Claiming Challenge is open to all trainers stabled at NYRA facilities with 20 or fewer horses in their care nationwide at the start of the […]

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Trainer Blacker Joins WHOA, Calls Lasix ‘Tip Of The Iceberg’

As the WHOA membership roster continues to grow, it is particularly encouraging to see young trainers joining the initiative and getting involved in the conversation, as the future of our sport is ultimately in their hands.  California conditioner Dan Blacker is the latest to support the Water Hay Oats Alliance.    In a statement to […]

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Trainer Ron Ellis Returns To Backstretch After Suspension, Seeks Stalls

Trainer Ron Ellis has come off his 60-day suspension and is working to get stalls at Santa Anita, reports the Daily Racing Form. “I’m working on getting some stalls,” Ellis told the DRF. “We’ll see how many they give me.” Ellis’s suspension and $10,000 fine came as the result of Masochistic testing positive for the […]

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