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On Verge Of Another Milestone, Velazquez Thinking About Next Big Horse

As John Velazquez pondered his riding career through the years, he kept two things in mind. He might retire soon after he turned 45; he would surely not ride past 47. Things change. As Velazquez nears his 47th birthday on Nov. 24, there is no hint that a Hall of Fame career that made him the runaway […]

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Apprentice Heriberto Figueroa Rides First Winner At Gulfstream Park

Heriberto Figueroa, a 10-pound apprentice rider from Puerto Rico, earned his first victory in the United States aboard Establo Heluce’s Mr. G T in Thursday’s fourth race. A 3-year-old Florida-bred colt trained by Alexis Cordero-Lopez, Mr. G T ($20.60) held off K K’s Revolver down the stretch of the one-mile claiming event to win by […]

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NYRA Chaplaincy, PDJF Set To Honor Angel Cordero On Night Of Champions

The NY Race Track Chaplaincy in conjunction with the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund is pleased to announce the details of the Night of Champions. The buffet dinner will take place on Sunday, October 29th at 7pm at the popular Long Island Italian restaurant Passione on 231 Old Country Rd, Carle Place, New York, and will be […]

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Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: ‘Old Hard-Back,’ Five-Time Kentucky Derby Winner

It is worn down, stretched a bit thin in places, and bears the subtle scars of 40 years of use. Some of its stitching is frayed, but the smooth, well-oiled grain of the leather suggests there is more than meets the eye. Though it bears little resemblance to its slick and shiny modern cousins decorating […]

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Jose Ortiz, Chad Brown, Michael Dubb Capture Year-End Titles In New York

Jose Ortiz earned his first year-end riding crown, Chad Brown notched his second consecutive training title and Michael Dubb was the leading owner for a third straight year on the New York Racing Association’s circuit in 2016. Ortiz, who leads all North American jockeys by wins in the year, registered 319 wins and compiled earnings […]

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Saratoga Reports Mild Increase In Handle On Opening Day

Opening Day of the 2016 season at Saratoga Race Course featured new attractions, the debut of Saratoga LIVE and an all-sources handle of $17,768,443, a less than one percent increase over last year’s figure of $17,706,202. Total paid attendance for Friday, July 22 was 32,980, a five percent decrease over last year’s figure of 34,783. […]

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At 83, The Time Is Now For Agent To The Stars DeGregory

Vince DeGregory turns 84 on Aug. 29, but he has a lot to celebrate today. On Monday, the veteran agent who now calls the shots for jockey Tiago Pereira at Santa Anita, underwent throat surgery for 90 minutes at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Burbank to remove a growth attached to his thyroid gland that left […]

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Former Rider Straight To Model Bionic Exoskeleton At Gulfstream

Disabled jockey Michael Straight will raise awareness in the advancements of treating paralysis by walking into the winner’s circle at Gulfstream Park Sunday, Jan. 3 with the help of a bionic exoskeleton. Straight, paralyzed from the chest down in a 2009 spill, will walk with the help of the bionic exoskeleton manufactured by Ekso Bionics […]

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Secret Gesture DQ in Arlington’s Beverly D Upheld

The disqualification of Secret Gesture from first to third place in the Grade 1 Beverly D Stakes at Arlington Park on Aug. 15 was upheld Friday in a Director’s Review Conference Report issued by former Illinois Racing Board executive director Marc Laino. Current IRB executive director Domenic DiCera named Laino the designee for this matter. […]

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Jockey Franco Will Return To Saddle Wednesday

Jockey Manny Franco’s agent, Hall of Famer Angel Cordero Jr., reported Franco will return to riding on Wednesday, one week after escaping serious injury in a spill in the fifth race. Franco had two wins from 20 mounts at the Spa before going down. According to Cordero, Franco suffered a minor cut on his left […]

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