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Noah Abramson Wins First Career Start As A Trainer

Two days after his first starter as a trainer was scratched at the starting gate, Noah Abramson returned to Laurel Park to send out his first career winner in Sunday’s fourth race. Harbortown Stable and breeder Carol Ann Kaye’s Temple Sky, a 3-year-old filly racing for the first time, stalked the early pace on the […]

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Apprentice Medina Wins First Race Of His Career Friday At Gulfstream

Jockey Abimael Medina notched the first win of his career Friday at Gulfstream Park while guiding Sir Hannoun ($4.40) to a decisive victory in the fifth race. A native of Trujillo Alto, Puerto Rico, the 10-pound apprentice moved to South Florida and learned his trade at Gulfstream Park West. “The trainer told me I was […]

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‘This Is My Dream’: 43-Year-Old Apprentice Jockey Rides At Turf Paradise

At 43 years of age, Vanessa Romberg is finally following the dream she had imagined since childhood: she is an apprentice jockey at Turf Paradise. According to the Arizona Republic, the French-born Romberg retired from her successful career as an investment banker at age 39 to begin galloping racehorses at a track in Mexico City. […]

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Borel Back In The Winner’s Circle At Churchill Downs

Hall of Fame rider Calvin Borel, 49, found the winner’s circle once again on Sunday at Churchill Downs. The three-time Kentucky Derby winner had retired suddenly earlier this spring, but returned to race-riding after a five-month stint away from the track. His comeback victory came in Churchill’s final race on the Sunday card, aboard the […]

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Kennedy Garners Riding Double With His First Win At Churchill Downs

Jockey Ty Kennedy not only had his first ever win beneath the iconic twin spires of Churchill Downs on Sunday, but recorded a riding double on the afternoon with wins in both the fifth and sixth races. The 22-year-old hails from Hiawatha, Kan., and began his riding career in 2014. His first win came in […]

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Katie Clawson Relishes ‘Amazing’ First Riding Victory

Churchill Downs’ G.H. MUMM Winner’s Circle was greeted with a new face when 19-year-old jockey Katie Clawson guided Street Thunder, owned by Tom Grether Farms and trained by Kellyn Gorder, to a victory in Friday’s fifth race for the first victory of her career. Clawson, a 10-pound bug from Brazil, Ind., has kicked off her […]

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Jockey Guerrero Wins First Race At Gulfstream Park

Jockey Norberto Guerrero won his first professional race Saturday afternoon, riding Averill Racing LLC’s Baby I’m Worth It to victory in Gulfstream Park’s third race. Trained by Ralph Ziadie, Baby I’m Worth It returned $5.80. Guerrero, a native of Mexico, has been an exercise rider for trainer Jane Cibelli for several years. “I’m very happy,” […]

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Apprentice Rayan Gazader Wins First Race At Gulfstream Park

Apprentice Jockey Rayan Gazader won his first professional race Sunday afternoon, guiding Glotona Again to victory in Gulfstream Park’s seventh race. Trained by Allen Maragh, Glotona Again, a 3-year-old, stalked the pacesetter Miss Regal Light under Gazader before drawing off down the stretch to win by five lengths. It was Gazader’s 17th professional mount. The […]

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Puerto Rican Apprentice Perez Earns First Career Victory At Tampa

Jorge M. Perez, a 20-year-old apprentice jockey from Bayamon, Puerto Rico, earned his first career victory in the fourth race on 4-year-old gelding Gasparilla Invader in a driving, stretch-long duel against runner-up Tai Kai. In this case, horse and rider both did it the hard way. The Florida-bred Gasparilla Invader won for the first time […]

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22-Year-Old Santangelo Scores First Training Victory At Turfway Park

Brett Santangelo, 22, scored his first career training victory Sunday when Charnocks drew in off the also-eligible list and won the third race at Turfway Park. Santangelo has been in the money with all four of his starters this year, including a second and a third from Charnocks in his previous two races. Since taking […]

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