exercise riders

Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: Cambra Enjoying Ride With ‘The Coolest Dude’

Taylor Cambra may be just 21 years old, but he sounds significantly older when he speaks about his horses. It could be because he has spent nearly every day in a saddle since before he was able to walk, that he spent time on the rodeo circuit riding bucking horses, or because he grew up […]

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Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: ‘I Got My Eyes Closed, I Can See It All Over Again’

His hands are the thing I notice first. The disparity of strength and frailty is alarming: perpetually curled, the man’s long, slender fingers are a sharp contrast to the gnarled knuckles and calloused palm that graces mine when he nervously shakes my hand. The man’s face might not reveal the truth about his age, but […]

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Kirkpatrick & Co. Presents In Their Care: Ex-Steeplechase Rider Still Jumps At Opportunity To Be On Horseback

Lorna Vincent wanted to die. She had experienced a steeplechase jockey’s worst nightmare in 1986 in her native England. Her mount failed to clear a jump and somersaulted in mid-air, planting the rider into the turf head-first. Vincent immediately lost all sensation from the neck down. Even as doctors and nurses tended to her at […]

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Culp, First Woman To Receive Exercise Rider License, Dies

Carol Culp, the beloved wife of the late Thoroughbred trainer Harvey Culp, passed quietly at home April 11 surrounded by family and loving friends. Born July 23, 1933 in Peterborough, N.H., she was the first daughter of Norman and Kay Hall. Culp is survived by her daughters Charlene (Tony) Weber of Dousman, Wisc., and Cathleen […]

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Kirkpatrick & Co. Presents In Their Care: ‘Sacalo’ Sings And Listens

Paulick Report is introducing a new monthly feature by Tom Pedulla, “Kirkpatrick & Co. Presents In Their Care,” a behind-the-scenes look at some of the men and women who work in anonymity on the backstretch of racetracks across the country but play an integral role in the sport. Exercise rider Finley Bishop has no vision […]

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NYRA, New York Horsemen Collaborate On Insurance Credit Program To Offset Cost Of Racing At Aqueduct

The New York Racing Association and New York Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association are collaborating on a program to provide a $300 per Aqueduct starter credit to connections’ accounts with the New York Jockey Injury Compensation Fund, according to a report from the Daily Racing Form. NYRA officials hope the move will increase field size, as the credit […]

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‘I’m Screwed’: Maryland Case Of Missing Workers’ Comp Illustrates Problems With Costly System

On Dec. 15, 2016, the stewards at Laurel Park issued a brief statement following the hearing of trainer Wayne Potts. Potts, who is based in Maryland and Delaware and has trained since 2004, was found to have operated his racing stable without workers’ compensation insurance from Aug. 31, 2015 to March 16, 2016. The trainer, […]

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NYTHA Offering Exercise Riders $125 Each For Safer Helmet, Vest Purchases

The New York State Gaming Commission is launching a program to ensure that the safety equipment worn by exercise riders – helmets and safety vests – meet current safety standards. The safety equipment will be subject to random inspections by the NYS Gaming Commission. The safety equipment program is one of many core recommendations from […]

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Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: ‘I Never Thought I Could Actually Do It’

Serious doubts accompanied Mshawish as he entered the gate for the Grade 3 Hal’s Hope Stakes last Saturday; he went off as the third choice in the field of five. The Grade 1 winner on turf had only one prior start on the dirt — a fourth in the Cigar Mile. When Mshawish rallied from last […]

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‘Algo Esta Mal Con Mi Cerebro:’ El Peligro Que Está Acechando De Conmociones Cerebrales Para Jockeys

The following is a Spanish translation of our article,’Something’s Wrong With My Brain:’ The Lurking Danger Of Concussions For Jockeys, which ran Dec. 30. It is our hope that offering the article in Spanish will better inform jockeys and exercise riders of the dangers associated with repeated head trauma, even if English is not their […]

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