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Lost And Found Presented By Horseware: For Retired Jockey Bourque, Home Is Where The Heart Is

Family has always come first with Kenny “Chopper” Bourque. During much of his race-riding career, he opted to stay close to his family rather than competing on out-of-state circuits. In his semi-retirement, he savors time with them at and near the home he and Mary, his wife of nearly 50 years, have between Louisville and […]

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Risen Star, Louisiana Derby, Lecomte Will All Be Longer In 2020

Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots has announced that 56 stakes worth a combined $7.13 million will be offered during the upcoming 2019-20 racing season, which is set to begin Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 28. “We are proud to once again continue our growth and support of the thoroughbred racing industry with our purse allocations […]

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Beschizza Enjoying ‘Fruitful’ Five-Win Meet At Kentucky Downs

Jose Ortiz, Kentucky Downs’ defending leading rider, enjoys a substantial three-win advantage in the standings heading into Thursday’s final day of the RUNHAPPY Meet at Kentucky Downs, with eight victories overall. Tied for second with five wins are past meet champions Florent Geroux and Julien Leparoux as well as Adam Beschizza. It’s already been a […]

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Consistent Synchrony Seeks Grade 1 Status In Woodbine Mile

Synchrony was flawless in his first appearance at Woodbine, overcoming a less than ideal trip to get up for a one-length score in the Grade 2 King Edward on June 29, Queen’s Plate Day. “We were experimenting with the one-turn mile, because he hadn’t done that,” said Michael Stidham, who trains the son of Tapit […]

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Longtime Horse Racing Writer, Handicapper Bob Fortus Dies At 69

Bob Fortus, an award-winning journalist who covered horse racing for many years in Louisiana, has died due to complications from a car accident in March, reported his former employer, the New Orleans Times-Picayune newspaper. Fortus was 69. He was struck by a car on March 29 while crossing the street near Fair Grounds racetrack and […]

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‘I’m A Fighter’: Back From Ankle Injury, Mena Now Tied Atop Churchill Standings

One year ago jockey Miguel Mena was laying on his couch not knowing if he’d ever ride again after severely breaking his ankle in March 2018. Entering Sunday’s nine-race program at Churchill Downs, Mena left no doubt he was back in top form as he was tied atop the jockey standings with Corey Lanerie. “I’m […]

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Shakopee Town Gives Attard First Stakes Win Of Woodbine Season In Whimsical

And they’re off… The 2019 Thoroughbred meet kicked off on Saturday afternoon at Woodbine Racetrack and trainer Kevin Attard picked up where he left off as Shakopee Town was victorious in the first stakes event of the season. Attard, who won the final stakes of the 2018 meet with Al and Bill Ulwelling’s Valedictory champion […]

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Champion Monomoy Girl Resting At WinStar After Colic Episode

Breeders’ Cup Distaff winner and Eclipse champion Monomoy Girl will not make her 2019 debut in the G1 La Troienne on May 3 as her connections originally planned. According to bloodhorse.com, the 4-year-old daughter of Tapizar suffered a mild case of colic after she was shipped from the Fair Grounds up to Churchill Downs. Monomoy Girl […]

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Ortiz Doubles Up As Plus Que Parfait Digs In For UAE Derby Triumph

Trainer Brendan Walsh made a radical decision when Plus Que Parfait didn’t fire in the G2 Risen Star Stakes on Feb. 16, moving the 3-year-old from the Fair Grounds to South Florida. He began planning a trip to Dubai for the son of Point of Entry, and on Saturday the Imperial Racing-owned ridgling delivered a […]

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Sophie Doyle Upsets Fair Grounds Oaks En Route To Jockey Of The Week Title

After landing the biggest stakes win of her career, Sophie Doyle was selected as Jockeys’ Guild Foundation Detox Jockey of the Week for March 18 – 24, 2019. 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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