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‘Stronger Every Day’: Mena Back Working Horses At Churchill Downs

It has been a welcomed sight for many horsemen and jockeys on the backstretch of Churchill Downs as journeyman rider Miguel Mena returned on horseback after fracturing eight bones in his right ankle and heel six months ago. “It feels great to be back on horses and here at the track each morning,” Mena said. […]

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Court Out Seven Weeks After ‘Steel Horse’ Accident; Mena On The Mend

Jon Court, a six-time Ellis Park leading rider and fan favorite, said Saturday that he’ll be sidelined an estimated seven weeks after sustaining what the surgeon called a “peculiar” fracture of his collar bone in a mishap while riding his motorcycle. The 57-year-old said he had surgery Friday in La Grange, Ky., that involved inserting […]

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Larry Wolken, Horse Owner And Longtime Head of Turf Catering, Dies

Larry Wolken, who headed Turf Catering for decades and was a Thoroughbred owner, died on March 30 in Hot Springs, Ark. He was 87. Wolken took over operations of Turf Catering from his father in the mid-1960s, when the company was operating the food concessions at Keeneland, Oaklawn Park, Fair Grounds, and The Red Mile. […]

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Bridgmohan, Cox Secure Titles At Fair Grounds Winter Meet

Trainer Brad Cox and jockey Shaun Bridgmohan added another Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots championship title to their accomplished resumes for the 2017-18 Winter Meet while owners Maggi Moss and Brad Grady tied for winningest owner with 12 victories apiece. Moss won her first title at the Fair Grounds since the Winter Meet in 2014-15, where she scored 15 victories. It […]

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Mobile Bay Rolls To Fifth Consecutive Victory In Star Guitar Stakes

Louisiana legend Mobile Bay continued his domination against homebred stakes company when taking the $75,000 Star Guitar Stakes – the final stakes event for the 2017-18 Winter Meet. Guided by regular rider Diego Saenz, Mobile Bay broke a step slow and was three length wide around the first turn while sitting just off of pacesetter Morning Mischief who set […]

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Trainer Morris Nicks Announces Retirement

Following a successful training career that spanned over five decades, Morris Nicks has announced his retirement. A two-time graded stakes winning trainer, Nicks saddled winners at such caliber like Run Johnny, who took the Grade III Aristides Handicap at Churchill Downs in 1999 as well as Golden Sonata the winner of Oaklawn Park’s Gr. III Oaklawn Breeders’ […]

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With Four Days Left, Cox, Sharp Neck And Neck In Race For Fair Grounds Training Title

With only four racing days left for the Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots Winter Meet, the title for leading trainer appears to be going right down to the wire. In the trainers standings, defending leading conditioner Brad Cox is ahead of Joe Sharp by three wins with 49 victories on the meet including a […]

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Bradley: ‘Great News So Far’ After Surgery For The Player

Owner/trainer Buff Bradley said surgery on The Player went well Monday in Louisiana following a breakdown in Saturday’s New Orleans Handicap. “They have put a plate and 16 screws in his leg,” Bradley wrote in a Facebook post. “This took well over seven hours and getting up took another few hours… “Dr. McCauley and his […]

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No ‘Firm Plans’ For Louisiana Derby Winner Noble Indy’s Path To Kentucky

Saturday’s Grade II Louisiana Derby Presented by TwinSpires.com winner Noble Indy is scheduled to be reunited with trainer Todd Pletcher’s contingent at Palm Beach Downs Training Center in South Florida this upcoming Monday. From there, Pletcher will begin making plans regarding preparation for the Gr. I $2 million Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve on May 5. “We haven’t made […]

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Instilled Regard ‘All Set’ For Big Challenge In Santa Anita Derby

Instilled Regard, prepping for the $1 million, Grade I Santa Anita Derby on April 7, worked seven furlongs at 6:45 Sunday morning at Santa Anita Park. He covered the distance in 1:25.80 in his final move before the West Coast’s major steppingstone to the Kentucky Derby. Going in company with Shackleford Banks, both horses began at the six […]

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