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Merango Tango ‘Always Wanted To Be A Racehorse,’ Wins At Tampa After Five-Year Layoff

Five years can seem like an eternity in horse racing. But when owner-trainer Tim Padilla traveled to Purcell, Okla., early this year to pick up former stable star Merango Tango, it seemed like 2014 all over again, and he devised a plan to get him back to the races. The 8-year-old gelding brought the heartfelt […]

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‘Living My Dream’: Jockey Dean Butler Carries On At 48

Dean Butler doesn’t mind if you think he’s hard-headed for continuing to ride Thoroughbreds at 48. Basically, he agrees. “I’ve had nine concussions in my career. My head has taken a pretty good beating,” said Butler, who was born and grew up in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. Butler was named to ride three horses today, but […]

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Jockey Dean Butler Among Four Inductees To Canterbury Park Hall Of Fame

The Canterbury Park Hall of Fame Committee today announced the Class of 2018 inductees. The four newest members, who will be honored in a Sept. 1 ceremony, include jockey Dean Butler; Minnesota HBPA President and racehorse owner and breeder Jack Walsh; Quarter Horse breeders Rodney and Sylvia Von Ohlen; and retired Minnesota-bred racehorse Heliskier. These inductees […]

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Jockey Dean Butler Suffers Spinal Fractures In Friday Spill At Canterbury

Jockey Dean Butler is out of commission indefinitely after a fall at Canterbury Park on Friday, reports The veteran, leading rider at Canterbury in 2016, went to the ground when his mount Valeski broke down in the fourth race. Butler suffered compression fractures of three vertebrae in his spine, but the injuries did not require […]

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Robertson, Butler Take Canterbury Titles; Meet Handle Up 5.3 Percent

Trainer Mac Robertson ran away with the Canterbury Park training title in 2016, his tenth at the track, defeating local rival Robertino Diodoro, according to Robertson won the title nine consecutive times in a row, beginning in 2005, until Diodoro defeated him in 2014 and 2015. Over the course of the 69-day meet, Robertson […]

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Butler Rides To 2000th Win Under Father’s Watchful Eye

Two weeks after graduating from Saratoga Central Catholic High School in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., in 1990, jockey Dean Butler drove cross-country by himself to work for Jack Van Berg, trainer of the legendary Alysheba. “I had started taking Dean to the racetrack when he was 5, and he always wound up in the jockeys’ room,” […]

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