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‘Scary’ Morning Incident At Belterra Park Brings Safety Protocols Into Question

On June 26 at 7:30 in the morning, Kellie Hedges was breezing a filly alongside a friend at Belterra Park near Cincinnati, Ohio. Without warning, the filly’s front legs gave out from under her, propelling Hedges to the ground and rolling over top of her. The filly got up, apparently unfazed, and was eventually run […]

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Cosequin Presents Aftercare Spotlight: An ‘All-Around Horse’ With A Side Hustle

Recently studies have shown that today’s professionals – especially those in their 20s, 30s and 40s – often have more than one source of income. Commonly referred to as having a “side hustle,” these budding entrepreneurs do everything from waiting tables and tending bar to designing websites, starting small retail business, baking…even writing a weekly […]

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‘Blue-Collar’ Li’l Roc To Serve As Ellis Park’s Paddock Analyst

You probably won’t know Ellis Park’s new paddock analyst by his real name: Robert O’Connor III. On the racetrack, where the 24-year-old Louisvillian has been a fixture since he was a kid, the son of trainer Rob O’Connor II has been known as Li’l Rocco, Li’l Roc or Rocco. His Facebook name is Rocco O’Connor. […]

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Severe Flooding Along Ohio River Forces Belterra To Close Casino; Racetrack Underwater

Formerly known as River Downs due to its picturesque location directly alongside the Ohio River, Belterra Park has been overwhelmed by floodwaters over the past week. River levels are at their highest in more than 20 years, according to WLWT.com, and Belterra’s casino has been closed since Feb. 19. Aerial drone footage shows that the majority […]

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‘Man Of Few Words’ Ouzts Now Racing’s Ninth All-Time Leading Rider

The $750,000 Best of Ohio series takes center stage each year on the Ohio Fund schedule. Five races that cover each division at varied distances all carry a purse of $150,000. Gone almost unnoticed by the crowd at Belterra Park last Saturday, was the fact that they witnessed history in the first race of the […]

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Mo Dont No Sets Track Record In Best Of Ohio Repeat

Mo Dont No’s sparkling victory in the Best of Ohio Endurance was the highlight of the Saturday afternoon, Oct. 7 Belterra Park program that featured five $150,000 stakes for Ohio-bred runners. The 2016 Horse of the Year kept his Best of Ohio crown intact as he blazed to victory by a length in a new […]

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Engelhardt Named Executive Director Of Ohio Thoroughbred Breeders And Owners

John Engelhardt was appointed executive director of the Ohio Thoroughbred Breeders and Owners on Friday.  He has worked in Thoroughbred racing in various capacities for 33 years. “The Board of Directors feel very comfortable with John in this position,” stated O.T.B.O. vice president Tom McCann.  “We believe he will do an outstanding job.  We are […]

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‘Here Are Your Riding Instructions’: Surprise Phone Call At Belterra Park

Globetrotting trainer Wesley Ward elected to make a stop in Cincinnati on Saturday at Belterra Park with his 2014 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf victor Hootenanny.  While he had three horses entered at Kentucky Downs with purses totaling $625,000 that afternoon, he elected to accompany his now 4-year-old colt. “He’s something special to me,” said Ward.  […]

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Belterra Park Jockeys Visit Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Cancer Ward

What a difference a day makes! A group of Belterra Park Jockeys brought some sunshine into the lives of children, families and staff of the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Cancer Ward on Thursday, September 2. On their “day off” Eddie Zuniga, Geovany Garcia, Sophie Rigells, Marco Ccamaque, Jake Radosovich and Rodrigo Vergara brought smiles to the […]

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‘Livin’ The Dream’: Zajac Rides First Winner At Belterra Park

29-year-old Melissa Zajac recorded her first career victory in the fourth race at Belterra Park on Friday.  After breaking from the gate sharply in the one mile event, she pressed the pace setter for the first 6 furlongs, took a slight lead into the stretch and like a veteran rider held off the favorite while […]

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