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Hamel Rides Four Winners At Hastings On Canada Day

It was a Happy Canada Day for the huge crowd at Hastings Racecourse Saturday and even happier for jockey Richard Hamel. Veteran thoroughbred patrons were left shaking their heads wondering, “what’s with this guy?” after Hamel rode four winners Saturday to go along with the four he won the previous Sunday. Not surprisingly, the 48-year-old […]

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Turf Paradise Breakdown: The Other Side Of The Story

It’s been more than 30 years since Valorie Lund got her career started as a Thoroughbred trainer at bush tracks in Elma and Yakima, Wash. Since 1985, according to Equibase, Lund has saddled some 4,667 starters and won 575 races. While her stable consists mostly of claiming horses, she’s had some good ones, including Atta […]

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In Wake Of Fatal Racing Injury, Turf Paradise Seeks To Tighten Rules On ‘Eased’ Horses

Turf Paradise had two catastrophic breakdowns on Jan. 8 – the second and third in a span of 24 races – but Vince Francia, the Phoenix, Ariz., track’s general manager, said there is no evidence track condition was a factor in the two latest fatalities. Francia is pushing for the tightening of an existing rule that […]

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Toews On Ice Gives Lopez First Journeyman Victory In William Walker

Mike Pegram, Karl Watson and Paul Weitman’s Toews On Ice took command at the head of the stretch and cruised home by two lengths over Entertainer to win the second running of the $100,000 William Walker for 3-year-olds on a rainy Saturday night at Churchill Downs to open the 2016 Spring Meet. Trained by Bob […]

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Agent Pegram Has Maldonado, Lopez On A Roll

Don’t look now, but combined, under the aegis of agent J.R. Pegram, Edwin Maldonado and David Lopez have won more races at Santa Anita this meet than individual leader Rafael Bejarano (33) or runner-up Santiago Gonzalez (31). Through 34 racing days, Maldonado had 21 wins, while apprentice Lopez, who has missed the last six days […]

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‘I Never Dreamed I’d Be Doing This Well’: Apprentice Lopez Ranked Third In Santa Anita Standings

Apprentice jockey David C. (for Charles) Lopez is one of the best-kept secrets in Santa Anita’s riding colony. Through 24 days of the Winter Meet, the 26-year-old native of Puerto Rico who was raised in The Garden State and is “a Jersey boy at heart” ranked third in the standings with 14 wins from 76 […]

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Apprentice Rider David Lopez Moving Tack From Golden Gate To Del Mar

Apprentice jockey David Lopez, currently the leading rider at the Golden Gate Fields Fall Meet, is relocating to Southern California and will compete at Del Mar on Friday. Lopez will ride one more day at Golden Gate Fields as he has mounts in five of Golden Gate’s seven races Thursday. The 26-year-old has three mounts […]

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Apprentice Lopez Ready For Post-Injury Comeback At Golden Gate

Apprentice jockey David Lopez, out since June 6 with a back injury, will return to competition Thursday, opening day for Golden Gate Fields’ 32-day Fall Meet. Lopez, who will turn 26 on Saturday, finished fourth in the 2014-15 Golden Gate Winter/Spring Meet jockey standings with 70 wins, despite arriving in the Bay Area more than […]

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Parkers Bluff, Songandabullet Finish in First Dead Heat At Emerald Downs 2014 Meet

The photo finish camera revealed the meet’s first dead heat for win in Friday’s feature race for 3-year-olds and up at Emerald Downs. Parkers Bluff, ridden by Rocco Bowen, and Songandabullet, ridden by David G. Lopez, both ran six furlongs in 1:11.80 on a sloppy track. Parkers Bluff, the 5-to-2 betting favorite, paid $3.60, $3.60 […]

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