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‘Dreams Do Come True’: Army Veteran Mark Simms Gets First Churchill Win

Retired U.S. Army Officer Mark Simms Jr. recorded his first win as a trainer beneath the historic Twin Spires of Churchill Downs on Saturday evening with 3-year-old Kaziranga. Simms, a former assistant to trainer Dale Romans, began his training career in 2017 and has a small stable based at Trackside Louisville, Churchill Downs’ training facility […]

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Former Casse Exercise Rider Cristian Torres Scores First Win

Cristian Torres, a 10-pound apprentice jockey, rode the first winner of his career Sunday at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale Beach, Fla., scoring a front-running victory aboard Dempsey in Race 4. Ralph Nicks-trained Dempsey ($14.60) was the 21-year-old native of Puerto Rico’s seventh mount since launching his riding career at Gulfstream April 6. “I don’t have […]

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Rotstein, Cameron Celebrate ‘Thrilling’ First Training Victories At Tampa

Tyler Rotstein was trying to keep his emotions under control after his 4-year-old gelding Togie won Saturday’s fifth race at Tampa Bay Downs, the 23-year-old trainer’s first career victory in only three tries. “It’s probably the most thrilling experience I’ve had in a long, long time,” said Rotstein, a former strong safety-linebacker for the Bluffton […]

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‘Extra Special’: Cherie DeVaux Saddles First Winner Friday At Gulfstream

Cherie DeVaux saddled the first winner of her training career at Gulfstream Park Friday, visiting the winner’s circle with Traveling ($25.80) after Race 6, a mile turf race for $50,000 maiden claimers. Traveling, a 3-year-old son of Tale of the Cat who had run three prior races, was DeVaux’s 29th starter. “I’m very excited. It […]

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Retired Jockey David Flores Celebrates First Training Victory At Tampa Bay Downs

David Flores had planned to accompany his wife Dawn and their two children to LEGOLAND Theme Park in Winter Haven, Fla., on Friday, but when 3-year-old colt Higgins got into the seventh race at Tampa Bay Downs, Flores decided to enjoy fun of a different sort. Wise move, as the retired jockey scored his first […]

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‘Can’t Beat This Feeling’: Jockey Virginia Tormey Celebrates First Career Winner

Jockey Virginia Tormey, 23, earned her first career victory Friday when she guided Miss Chuckie H to win the first race at Turfway Park by 8 ½ lengths. Breaking from post seven, Tormey positioned Miss Chuckie H just outside the leader before taking over on the turn of the 6 ½ furlong test for older […]

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‘I Can’t Even Explain What It Feels Like’: Rebecca LaBarre Rides First Winner At Laurel

Ejetero LLC’s Empire Panther took the lead at the top of the stretch and held off a late challenge from Ash n’ Em to give jockey Rebecca LaBarre her first professional victory Saturday at Laurel Park. Empire Panther ($4.80), trained by Jose Corrales, ran one mile in 1:40.86 over a fast main track to win […]

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67-1 Longshot Gives 0-For-50 Jockey First Career Winner

Jockey D.B. Fletcher was 0-for-50 in his career, coming into Thursday night’s races at Remington Park, according to Equibase statistics. He was named to ride two horses at this Oklahoma City track on the night, catching a 67-1 first time starter in the third race named Concordes Flash and a 112-1 horse named Darby Says […]

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Agent Nakatani Celebrates Jockey Angel Cruz’ First Victory

It was business as usual Sunday morning for 23-year-old Santa Anita newcomer Angel (pronounced AIN-jell, as in a celestial being) Cruz and his 26-year-old agent, Matt Nakatani, son of Corey Nakatani. Cruz won his first race at Santa Anita Saturday with only his second mount this meet, piloting The Hunted to an impressive 5 ¼-length […]

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‘Dream Come True’: Declan Carroll Celebrates First Career Victory At Keeneland

Two young jockeys – Declan Carroll and Virginia Tormey – had notable performances to begin Friday’s card at Keeneland. In the second race, Carroll recorded the first victory of his career when he rode 16-1 choice B Deb’s Fortune for owner Hubert Payton and trainer Daniel Pitts. The win aboard the 3-year-old Awesome Patriot filly […]

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