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Hettel Returning To Oaklawn As Arkansas State Steward

The Arkansas Racing Commission has appointed longtime racetrack executive and steward Bernie Hettel to the position of state steward for the 2020 Oaklawn live season, which runs Friday, Jan. 24 – Saturday, May 2.  “We are thrilled to have Bernie Hettel as the state steward of Arkansas,” Arkansas Racing Commission Chairman Alex Lieblong said. “He […]

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From ‘Ant Hills’ To Upping The Ante: The History Of Kentucky Downs

When the Kentucky Downs Ladies Turf goes to the post Saturday, Kentucky Downs president Corey Johnsen expects to reflect back on the same race a decade earlier. Johnsen and his partner Ray Reid came to Kentucky Downs for the first time to watch their Argentine champion Honey Rose run in the 2006 Ladies Turf. Johnsen […]

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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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Hettel Announces Resignation As Executive Secretary For Virginia Racing Commission

The Virginia Racing Commission announced today that Bernie Hettel has advised he will be stepping down from his post as the Commission’s Executive Secretary.  An effective resignation date has not yet been announced but is expected to occur before the end of March. Mr. Hettel stated, “I have very much enjoyed being part of Virginia’s […]

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