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‘It Means The Whole World To Me’: Eclipse Contender Hamilton Continues Family Tradition

There’s a strong tradition, both in his family and on his circuit, which preceded Weston Hamilton when he began riding professionally last December – one the newly minted journeyman is poised to continue. Hamilton, who turned 20 Nov. 19, rode for the last time as an apprentice Dec. 21, winning two of his five mounts […]

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Champion Close Hatches’ First Foal Breaks His Maiden At Aqueduct

The first foal out of champion racemare Close Hatches won his first race at Aqueduct on Saturday. Racing for owner/breeder Juddmonte Farm, the Tacitus came from off the pace to win by a neck under jockey Jose Ortiz. The 2-year-old son of Tapit covered a mile over the “good” main track in 1:38.69. Trained by […]

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Bellafina Found To Have Been In Season During Fourth-Place Juvenile Fillies Effort

Sent off as the 9-5 favorite in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies on Friday, Bellafina finished a disappointing fourth for owner Kaleem Shah and trainer Simon Callaghan. The 2-year-old daughter of Quality Road was apparently in season during Friday’s race at Churchill Downs, Callaghan later told drf.com. “She’s come out of the race fine, sound,” Callaghan […]

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Distaff, Likely Eclipse Award Winner Monomoy Girl ‘Always Had A Mind Of Her Own’

On horse racing’s biggest global stage, Monomoy Girl became only the third Kentucky Oaks winner to also take the $2 million Longines Breeders’ Cup Distaff in the same year. She further entrenched her status as the country’s best 3-year-old filly in Saturday’s length victory over Wow Cat at Churchill Downs. “That’s what you’re looking for, […]

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Career Milestone Earns Castellano Jockey Of The Week Title

After reaching a milestone of 5,000 career victories last week, Javier Castellano was named Jockeys’ Guild Foundation Detox Jockey of the Week for October 15 – 21, 2018. The award is voted on by a panel of experts for riding accomplishments by members of the Jockeys’ Guild, the organization which represents more than 950 riders […]

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Hall Of Fame Jockey Castellano Celebrates 5,000th Career Victory

Hall of Fame rider Javier Castellano rode back-to-back winners on Saturday’s Empire Showcase Day card at Belmont Park to notch his 5,000th North American victory. The 41-year-old native of Maracaibo, Venezuela, a four-time Eclipse Award winner for Outstanding Jockey and 12-time leading rider on the New York Racing Association circuit, piloted Offering Plan in Race […]

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Jose Montano Nets Stakes Double, Jockey Of The Week Title

One of only two jockeys to win multiple stakes last week, Jose Montano was named the Foundation Detox Jockeys’ Guild Jockey of the Week for October 8 – 14, 2018. The award is voted on by a panel of experts for riding accomplishments by members of the Jockeys’ Guild, the organization which represents more than […]

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Horse Of The Year: Does Accelerate Have A Chance At Title?

A victory by Accelerate in the Breeders’ Cup Classic would enhance his resume, but whether it would be enough to outpoll undefeated Triple Crown winner Justify for Horse of the Year honors ain’t necessarily so. “I’ll take my hat off to Accelerate,” said private clocker and bloodstock agent Gary Young. “He’s done something few horses […]

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Does A Four-Month Triple Crown-Winning Campaign ‘Justify’ An Eclipse Award?

Justify became the 13th winner of Thoroughbred horse racing’s Triple Crown this year, beginning and ending his career in the span of four short months for trainer Bob Baffert. The 3-year-old son of Scat Daddy has since been retired to stud having developed a filling in one leg. Charles Hayward opined at thoroughbredracing.com that winning the […]

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Carrasco Makes Long-Awaited Return To The Saddle Sunday At Laurel Park

Journeyman rider Victor Carrasco, the Eclipse Award-winning apprentice of 2013 sidelined for the past nine months by injury, will launch his latest comeback with a pair of mounts on Sunday’s 10-race program at Laurel Park. Ranked among Maryland’s leading riders since coming to the U.S. from his native Puerto Rico in March 2013, Carrasco has […]

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