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‘Outstanding Race Rider’: Retired Hall Of Famer Gary Stevens Honored At Del Mar

A few minutes before the fourth race on Saturday’s program, Del Mar will honor Hall of Fame jockey Gary Stevens. On Tuesday, Stevens, 55, announced the end of a nearly 40-year career after an MRI exam on Monday showed a vertebra pressing upon his spinal cord, making continued riding too much of a risk regarding […]

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Hall Of Fame Jockey Edgar Prado Celebrates 7,000th Win On Tuesday

With a victory aboard Anthony Merlino’s Thefundsarelow in the 6th race Tuesday afternoon at Parx, jockey Edgar Prado won the 7,000th race of his Hall of Fame career. Inducted into racing’s Hall of Fame in August of 2008, the Peruvian native stands 8th all-time in career wins. A regular on the Maryland circuit, Prado came […]

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Canterbury To Host Jockeys And Jeans Fundraiser Alongside Mystic Lake Festival

With both events set for Saturday, June 23, the inaugural Mystic Lake Northern Stars Racing Festival has five stakes races worth a total $500,000, including the $200,000 Mystic Lake Derby, the richest race of the 70-day season. Jockeys and Jeans will hold its fifth annual fundraiser to benefit the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund beginning at 5:00 p.m. with […]

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Former Jockey Chris McCarron Joins Team Valor International

Chris McCarron has joined Team Valor International and will be part of the executive team of the far-flung organization. He starts this week and will be involved at Churchill Downs, where the operation races three runners (two in stakes) this week in Louisville. “As a Hall of Fame inductee and as the rider of such […]

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PDJF, TVG Teaming Up For April 8 Telethon

The Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund (PDJF) on Sunday, April 8, will host their first telethon live on the TVG Network, in association with Betfair.  America’s racing community will join together to support the great work of the PDJF, which provides benefits to nearly 60 former riders each month who have suffered catastrophic on-track injuries. Superstar […]

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Smart Whips Could Catch What Human Eyes Can’t

There are a few things you count on in horse racing regulation and one of them is that whip rules will always be up for debate. Animal welfare groups and some race followers claim the presence and use of the whip alienates potential racing fans. Jockeys come down on both sides of the issue – […]

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Memorializing A Racing Legend – The JVB Way

Last Monday, Jan. 8, 2018, Caruth-Hale Funeral Home in Hot Springs, Ark., opened its doors to a steady flow of family and friends of John Charles “Jack” Van Berg. The reception area was filled with JVB photos, mementos and a looping video slide show. At the opposite end of the room there was a grim […]

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Celebrity Team Penning Event Friday Night In Kentucky Horse Park

The fifth annual Battle in the Saddle Celebrity Team Penning Event returns to the Kentucky Horse Park’s Covered Arena on Friday, Sept. 29, 2017. The Kentucky Horse Park Foundation is proud to present the 2017 Battle in the Saddle Celebrity Team Penning competition, presented by Boehringer Ingelheim. This exciting event pairs two amateur riders with a celebrity […]

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Old Friends To Auction Racing Memorabilia Items Prior To Fasig-Tipton Turf Showcase

On Sunday September 10, Old Friends, the Thoroughbred Retirement Farm, will host an exclusive live auction of fine art and choice racing memorabilia as a prelude to the inaugural Fasig-Tipton Turf Showcase, Presented by Woodbine Racetrack. The Old Friends auction will be held for one hour, beginning begins at 3:00 p.m. (EST), at the Fasig-Tipton paddocks, located at 2400 […]

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Northern California Trainer Doug Utley Succumbs To Cancer At 79

When jockey R.M. “Bobby” Gonzalez moved his tack to Northern California in the late 1970s, one of the trainers who took notice of his ability to break horses quickly out of the starting gate was Doug Utley. “He gave me first call after I started beating him in a lot of races because I would […]

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