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Kentucky Steward: Prat Foul Claim Came After Horses Pulled Up On Backside

Some things about last Saturday’s 145th running of the Kentucky Derby may never be crystal clear, including what caused Maximum Security to veer out on the final turn, causing interference to several horses and leading to the unprecedented disqualification of Gary and Mary West’s homebred colt from first to 17th place. One area of confusion […]

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Right Or Wrong? Derby DQ Leaves Unanswered Questions

Kentucky stewards made a controversial decision after the 145th running of the Kentucky Derby… Stop me if you’ve heard this one before. In context of how the rules of racing are written in Kentucky, the stewards made the only possible call in their disqualification of Maximum Security from first to 17th. But was it the […]

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‘It Lends Integrity To Our Signal’: Turfway Park Stewards To Explain Disqualifications

What were the stewards thinking when they took that horse down? The folks upstairs at Turfway Park will tell you, BloodHorse reports. Starting with the current Holiday Meet and continuing into its 2019 Winter/Spring Meet, chief steward Barbara Borden will don a microphone and headset following a disqualification to elaborate on the reasons for the […]

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Rain Prompts Kentucky Downs To Cancel Sunday Card; Program Moved To Wednesday

Kentucky Downs canceled its Sunday card and is moving the 10-race program to Wednesday, Sept. 12, after rain pelted the region. “Unfortunately, due to the early morning rain showers and predicted showers throughout the day, we are canceling the card today,” said Ted Nicholson, Kentucky Downs senior vice president and general manager. We felt it […]

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NYRA Bets Presents Derby Countdown: What’s The Story With Derby 144?

Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert calls the field assembled for the 144th Kentucky Derby “one of the best I’ve seen in years.” That may be an understatement. Baffert’s association with America’s most famous horse race goes back to 1996, when he lost by a nose with his first Derby starter, Cavonnier. He’s won the […]

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Mena ‘A True Hero’ To Help Prevent Serious Equine Incident At Churchill

Jockey Miguel Mena displayed outstanding horsemanship and courage during Saturday’s eighth race at Churchill Downs while helped aid loose rival Marine Pilot on the far turn of the 1 1/8-mile turf race. Marine Pilot dropped his rider Geovanni Franco when he appeared to clip heels with another rival as horses exited the first turn and […]

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Torres Grateful For Gate Crew’s ‘Heroic’ Actions Last Sunday At Ellis

The whole thing took maybe five seconds. But if not for the instantaneous reaction and action of Ellis Park’s starting-gate crew last Sunday, jockey Francisco Torres probably wouldn’t be riding this weekend — maybe never again. Sunday’s scary mishap — when Torres’ mount, Blake Beauties, flipped in the gate and the jockey wound up going […]

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Report: Kentucky Stewards Investigate Ride By Castanon At Ellis Park

According to a Daily Racing Form report, Kentucky officials are conducting an investigation into a ride by jockey Jesus Castanon at Ellis Park July 2. Castanon was aboard the 6-5 favorite, Tizthedream, in the race. According to the chart, the horse, owned and trained by Jack Frost, trailed for much of the race until the final […]

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Tough Call: For Stewards, Officiating The Derby A Tall Order

When the stewards take their places on the seventh floor at Churchill Downs this Saturday, their goal will be to treat the day’s races (including the one heading to the post just after 6 p.m.) just as they would an evening card at Turfway Park. “Going into the day, we strive to officiate it as […]

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Five Stewards Win ROAP Pete Pederson Awards

The Racing Officials Accreditation Program (ROAP) announced today five winners of the 2015 Pete Pedersen Award, which is presented annually to stewards who have made important contributions to the Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse racing industries. The award is named in honor of the longtime outstanding steward and noted journalist Pete Pedersen, who died in August […]

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