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Santa Anita, CARMA Sponsoring Aftercare Awareness Day Sunday

Santa Anita Park, in conjunction with the California Retirement Management Account (CARMA), will host an event celebrating retired racehorses and those that attend to and develop them, with Aftercare Awareness Day, on Sunday, June 17. CARMA Youth Ambassadors Amanda Gomez (15) and Jolee Craigmyle (14) will be demonstrating the versatility of retired Thoroughbreds in their […]

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‘Ultimate Race Tracker’: Agent Harry Hacek Passes Away

The racing world Sunday mourned the passing of colorful and charismatic agent Harry (The Hat) Hacek, who died Saturday afternoon in a hospice facility near Hot Springs, Arkansas, not far from Oaklawn Park where he had lived in an apartment. He was believed to be in his early 70s, according to fellow agent Vic Lipton, “my best friend for […]

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Steffanus, Frakes Earn Media Eclipse Awards; Photography Award To Nancy Rokos

The National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA), Daily Racing Form and the National Turf Writers And Broadcasters (NTWAB) today announced the Media Eclipse Award winners in the Feature Commentary and News Enterprise Writing categories and the Photography category. Jason Frakes of the Louisville Courier-Journal won the Feature/Commentary award for “Gunnevera Trainer Kidnapped Twice, Now in Kentucky Derby,” about trainer Antonio Sano. Denise Steffanus, […]

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Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: 27 Wins And Counting

Mike Smith may have won 25 Breeders’ Cup races, but there’s still one man who has him beat. If they had a Hall of Fame for jockey agents, Ron Anderson would hold a special place of honor with his total of 27 Breeders’ Cup and 14 Triple Crown race victories. “I’ve been very fortunate,” Anderson […]

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Remembering Garrett Gomez

(With one of the greatest records by a jockey in Breeders’ Cup history [13 victories and 12 second-place finishes from 83 mounts], Garrett Gomez is remembered by the author of his biography The Garrett Gomez Story: A Jockey’s Journey Through Addiction and Salvation. Gomez died from a drug overdose Dec. 14, 2016, and earlier this […]

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Perseverance The Theme Of 2017 Hall Of Fame Induction For Castellano, Espinoza, Gomez

Friday’s induction ceremony to the National Museum of Racing’s Hall of Fame was dominated by stories of determined jockeys asVictor Espinoza, Javier Castellano, and the late Garrett Gomez were all given plaques for their career achievements. The event, held at Fasig-Tipton’s pavilion in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., also included honors for three-time Breeders’ Cup Mile winner […]

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Castellano, Espinoza, Gomez, Goldikova Elected To Hall Of Fame

Three-time Breeders’ Cup Mile winner Goldikova, multiple Eclipse Award-winning jockeys Javier Castellano and the late Garrett Gomez and Triple Crown-winning jockey Victor Espinoza have been elected to the National Museum of Racing’s Hall of Fame in the contemporary category. The electees will be inducted into the Hall of Fame on Friday, Aug. 4 at 10:30 […]

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For His Strength, Record, Garrett Gomez Deserves Hall Of Fame

If Garrett Gomez had cancer, he’d already be in the Hall of Fame. But because he suffered from addiction, a disease most people don’t understand and one that many refuse to even acknowledge, a majority of Hall of Fame voters since 2011 have been weighing the two-time Eclipse Award-winning rider’s perceived moral weakness instead of […]

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Gomez, Shirreffs Among 2017 Hall Of Fame Finalists

Five jockeys, three trainers and three racehorses comprise the 11 finalists on the National Museum of Racing’s 2017 Hall of Fame ballot, as selected by the Museum’s Hall of Fame Nominating Committee. The finalists are: jockeys Robby Albarado, Javier Castellano, Victor Espinoza Garrett Gomez and Craig Perret; trainers Mark Casse, John Shirreffs and David Whiteley; […]

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Medical Examiner: Gomez Died From Accidental Overdose Of Methamphetamine

Dr. Gregory Hess, Chief Medical Examiner in Pima County, Ariz., has ruled the death of former jockey Garrett Gomez an accident due to methamphetamine overdose. Gomez, 44, a two-time Eclipse Award winner who stopped riding in October 2013 and announced his retirement in June 2015, was found in his room at a Native American casino hotel near Tucson, Ariz., on Dec. […]

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