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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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Long-Time Owner Takes ‘Hands-On’ Approach, Saddles First Winner At Gulfstream

Winning horse races and court cases is nothing new for Michael Laurato, a practicing civil law attorney who has won 40 races as an owner of Thoroughbreds since 2007. The Winter Park, FL native, who maintains law offices in Tampa and Ocala, experienced something new at Gulfstream Park Sunday when he saddled his first winner […]

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First Career Win ‘An Absolute Honor’ For Norm Casse At Churchill Downs

Trainer Norm Casse, longtime assistant to his father Mark, won his first-career race Thursday evening at Churchill Downs when $25,000 claimer Tiznoble romped by 7 ¼ lengths under jockey Julien Leparoux. “It was an absolute honor to win for the first time at Churchill Downs,” Casse said. “It was even more special to team up with Julien for the win. We’ve been […]

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Aubrie Green Scores ‘Dream’ First Win At Keeneland

Aubrie Green beamed as she walked down the tunnel to return to the Jockeys Quarters yesterday after her first Keeneland victory aboard trainer Jose Sanchez’s Mansoor in the first race. “Oh, my gosh – I’m in shock,” Green said. “I kind of want to cry.” Green, who grew up in Ririe, Idaho, rode her own Thoroughbred in […]

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Chilean Champion Medina Rides First US Winner At Gulfstream Park

Super Super Stable’s Hidden to Win ($14.20) was a hard-fought front-running winner of Sunday’s second race at Gulfstream Park to give Chilean champion jockey Jaime Medina his first victory in the United States. A 6-year-old Ontario-bred mare, Hidden to Win dueled for the lead with Indian Chaser through fractions of 24.32 and 47.35 seconds before putting that […]

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Laurel: Karamanos Rides First Winner Since Vertebrae Fracture On Sunday

Sue Mancilla’s Sebray ($18.40) captured Sunday’s seventh race at Laurel Park, a $19,000 claiming event for 4-year-olds and up, to give journeyman Horacio Karamanos his first win since returning from injury over the weekend. Karamanos, a perennial leading rider in Maryland who earned his 2,000th career victory last summer at Laurel, suffered a minor fracture of his T-5 […]

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