Trainers

‘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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Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: From Father To Son, A Golden Blue Blanket

On a damp, chilly Thursday morning at Pimlico, most Preakness contenders were being walked around the shed row wearing blankets emblazoned with their name, or perhaps their trainer’s name. One was unique, however. It’s a bright blue and square wool blanket with white edges and big block letters emblazoned across the left side, and it […]

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Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: From Head Injuries To Shingles, Larry Jones Refuses To Quit

A little more than five years ago, trainer Larry Jones suffered a head injury that by all accounts should have ended his riding career. He missed five weeks before he was back on his pony. Last year, Jones broke several ribs in another fall. He didn’t miss a single day of galloping. The only malady […]

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Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: Tom Van Berg On Emotional Ride With Kentucky Oaks Filly

If you ask Tom Van Berg what enticed him back to training after a ten-year hiatus, he’s quick to correct you. He wasn’t coaxed, or tugged, or drawn back into the early mornings and long days; he was grabbed by the hands of fate, and the hands of his father. The year after his return, […]

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Kirkpatrick & Co. Presents In Their Care: Maryland Racing Community Shows Its ‘Heart’ During Trainer’s Family Crisis

Maryland based-trainer Phil Schoenthal used to become upset when things did not go his way in a sport filled with adversity. Not anymore. He remains passionate about winning and the attention to detail that requires, but his perspective radically changed when his son Emerson, then 3 years old, was diagnosed with restrictive cardiomyopathy last spring. […]

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Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: For Hough, Being Around Horses ‘Isn’t Really A Job’

He may have been retired, but Stanley Hough still had a few business interests in the Thoroughbred industry. So when his golf game started to slip, and then long-time mentee Hunter Rankin called with a new opportunity, Hough decided to wade back in. For the past several years, Hough and Sagamore president Rankin have been […]

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Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: Up-And-Coming Irishman ‘On A Heck Of A Ride’

Trainer Jeremiah O’Dwyer saddled his first stakes winner in January, watching a filly he picked out of the Fasig-Tipton Midlantic juvenile sale for $55,000 score in the $150,000 Silverbulletday Stakes. Last Saturday, Needs Supervision raced wide throughout and was knocked around a bit on the far turn to finish fifth in the G2 Rachel Alexandra. […]

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