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Gate Dancer: The Derby Disqualification Everyone Saw Coming

Maximum Security’s disqualification in this year’s Kentucky Derby was one of the most significant in the sport’s history, but the ground the situation covered before and after his number came down was not completely uncharted. Objections and inquiries are incredibly rare in the Derby, with this year’s race being the sixth instance in 145 runnings, […]

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PR Special Fasig-Tipton Midlantic Sale: The Original ‘Distracted’ Kentucky Derby DQ’d Horse

The controversy over this year’s Kentucky Derby disqualification refuses to die, even after the running of the second leg of the Triple Crown. In this edition of the PR Special, available here and on the sales grounds of the Fasig-Tipton Midlantic 2-Year-Olds in Training Sale in Maryland, Joe Nevills tells us the story behind the […]

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Breeders’ Cup Countdown Presented By DRF Bets: Future Stars Friday Longshots

Like most handicappers with a pulse, I look forward to the two-day Breeders’ Cup World Championships for one reason — the opportunity to bet on horses whose odds in no way reflect their actual chances of winning. In other words, bombs away! With that in mind, here are a few that strike my fancy on […]

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‘A Wonderful, Wonderful Man’: Friends, Fellow Racetrackers Pay Tribute To Jack Van Berg

Family and friends gathered from near and far in Hot Springs, Ark., on Monday to pay their final respects to Hall of Fame trainer, Jack Van Berg. The Daily Racing Form reports that a crowd estimated at 350 – 400 attended the “colorful ceremony” held in Horner Hall at the Hot Springs Convention Center. Racetrackers from across […]

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Hall Of Fame Trainer Jack Van Berg Dies

Hall of Fame trainer Jack Van Berg, who trained 1988 Horse of the Year Alysheba, died Wednesday morning after a long battle with cancer, according to reports in the Daily Racing Form and BloodHorse. He was 81. Van Berg, a Nebraska native, trained 1987 Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner Alysheba. The talented colt was champion 3-year-old male that […]

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‘Young Horses’ Helping Van Berg Get Back In The Groove

Hall of Fame trainer Jack Van Berg can add onto his best season in years in Kentucky Downs’ rescheduled $350,000 Fasig-Tipton Turf Showcase Juvenile, in which he’s running Northern Trail and Make Noise. Northern Trail, with Channing Hill up for owner Jerry Caroom, nearly pulled off the upset at 81-1 in the $75,000 Ellis Park […]

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‘Old School,’ ‘Kind Of Hard On The Surface’: Van Berg Picking Up At Ellis Park

This is how good things are going right now for Jack Van Berg’s stable: After the nice 2-year-old Make Noise won a maiden race Friday to give the barn its third win in eight races, victory in Saturday’s sixth race dropped into their lap. That came when Cara Blythe finished second behind Sister Kan. But because […]

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Andrew Beyer: Rebel With A Cause

There was no fanfare, no rapturous odes, no good riddance or heartfelt goodbyes. There wasn’t even a traditional gathering in the newsroom, where a ranking editor might offer a rousing speech followed by a round of applause and icing on a cake spelling out the words “Thank You.” When Andrew Beyer ended his career as […]

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Tough Call: For Stewards, Officiating The Derby A Tall Order

When the stewards take their places on the seventh floor at Churchill Downs this Saturday, their goal will be to treat the day’s races (including the one heading to the post just after 6 p.m.) just as they would an evening card at Turfway Park. “Going into the day, we strive to officiate it as […]

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Turning Back Time: Hall Of Famer Van Berg Enjoying Successful Oaklawn Meet

Jack Van Berg normally holds court during training hours at Oaklawn from his pickup truck parked on the grandstand apron. That wasn’t the case on a windy, cold Jan. 4 morning, when the Hall of Fame trainer tested the elements, and his frail body, by taking his horses to the track on a pony. “I […]

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