‘Get Them To Play For You’: Hank Allen Can Recognize Talent In Baseball And Thoroughbreds

Going back as far as he can remember, horses have always been there for Harold ‘Hank’ Allen. So has baseball. The two passions have alternated as dominant parts of his life for nearly eight decades, and now the pendulum is swinging back again. Living in the same Upper Marlboro, Md. home he built during his […]

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Yankee Great, Baseball HOF Inductee Mariano Rivera To Be Honored On Saratoga Opening Weekend

The New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) will host National Baseball Hall of Fame inductee and legendary New York Yankees pitcher Mariano Rivera at Saratoga Race Course on Friday, July 12 as part of Opening Weekend festivities for the 2019 summer meet. The special visit to Saratoga Race Course comes one week before Rivera heads […]

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World Series: Baseball Legends Inspire Thoroughbred Names

As the breed registry for North American Thoroughbreds, The Jockey Club is responsible for reviewing and approving all Thoroughbred names. Last year, the registry reviewed more than 35,000 names, with about 73% of those getting approved. Famous names and expressions from sports often inspire the names submitted for equine athletes, and baseball is no exception. […]

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Monmouth ‘Grand Slam’ Covers Three Stakes And A Baseball Game

Monmouth Park will offer New Jersey’s first-ever combined racing and sports bet during Sunday’sHaskell Invitational card, with bettors required to pick the winners of three designated races as well as a designated baseball game. “The Grand Slam” wager for Sunday will be available for advance betting starting Saturday, July 28, in the Monmouth Park Sports Book by William Hill. […]

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Big Papi Needs A Job: Retired Red Sox Star David Ortiz Visits Gulfstream Park

Future baseball Hall of Famer David ‘Big Papi’ Ortiz visited Gulfstream Park on Friday to film a segment for his reality show, Big Papi Needs a Job, which debuted Jan. 31 on Fusion TV. In the episode, Ortiz explores the ins and outs of being a thoroughbred owner, including a visit to trainer Mark Hennig’s barn, the jockey’s room […]

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Velazquez, Castellano To Throw Out Ceremonial First Pitches At Tuesday’s Mets Game

The New York Racing Association Inc. announced that Hall of Fame jockey John Velazquez and four-time Eclipse Award-winning rider Javier Castellano will throw out the ceremonial first pitches on Tuesday at Citi Field before the Mets play the Milwaukee Brewers. The first pitch ceremony will take place at approximately 7:01 p.m. ET on Tuesday. Velazquez […]

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Marlins Man’s Real ‘Favorite Sport’ Is Horse Racing

Known to Major League Baseball fans as “Marlins Man,” Laurence Leavy has become an easily-recognizable fixture at sporting events across the country, wearing the blood-orange jersey and visor of the Miami Marlins. On Saturday, according to, Leavy was tougher to recognize at Gulfstream Park, wearing an understated navy blue polo. “It’s the first time […]

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Home Run: Horses Named For Baseball Legends Face Off At Penn National

The Sport of Kings met America’s Pastime Thursday when two horses named for legendary names in baseball finished 1-2 in a race at Penn National. “Did you hear about the race?” asked longtime Dodgers broadcaster Vin Scully. Going off favored was Scully’s equine namesake, but beating him to the wire was Duke of Flatbrush, named […]

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