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Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: No Slowing Down For ‘Droopy’ Rodriguez

Alberto Paz Rodriguez loved the racetrack while growing up in Panama City, Panama. His parents thought he loved it a little too much. “My folks were concerned I would get involved with gambling. The racetrack didn’t have the best reputation back then,” recalled Rodriguez, 79, who is better known by his childhood nickname “Droopy” – […]

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Saratoga Race Course: Dos Historias Del “Cementerio De Los Campeones”

Cada verano el hipódromo de Saratoga, ubicado en Saratoga Springs, NY, abre sus puertas para albergar lo más selecto de la hípica norteamericana. Los mejores ejemplares, los profesionales y propietarios más destacados, las carreras más relevantes. Clase y belleza que conforman un espectáculo único en el deporte hípico que trasciende a nivel internacional. Pero Saratoga también […]

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Over 600 Attend Opening Of New Vocations Barn At Mereworth Division

On April 29, both the Thoroughbred and sport horse industries came together to celebrate the opening of Phase One of New Vocations at Mereworth Farm. Over 600 guests toured the new facility, enjoyed a southern-style BBQ dinner and fantastic music from local band Frontier. Guests toasted the new Whirlwind Poppy barn donated by Elise Durbin […]

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Forever Young: Hall Of Famers Jolley And Vasquez Together Again At Keeneland

Apparently, Hall of Fame trainer LeRoy Jolley is not the retiring type. “I got bored. I don’t play golf anymore and I don’t fish, so I went back to doing what I know,” the 78-year-old Jolley said Wednesday morning at Barn 5 at Keeneland. Jolley, who had no starters in 2013 and 2014, resumed training […]

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At 83, The Time Is Now For Agent To The Stars DeGregory

Vince DeGregory turns 84 on Aug. 29, but he has a lot to celebrate today. On Monday, the veteran agent who now calls the shots for jockey Tiago Pereira at Santa Anita, underwent throat surgery for 90 minutes at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Burbank to remove a growth attached to his thyroid gland that left […]

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Ten Preakness Moments: Controversy Strikes, 1980

The 1980 Triple Crown season began with a stunner – Genuine Risk, at odds of 13-1, became the first filly to win the Kentucky Derby since 1915. Two weeks later, a record crowd of 83,455 turned out at Pimlico to see if Genuine Risk, owned by the Firestones and trained by LeRoy Jolley, could take […]

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Pat Day, Ramon Dominguez Among Jockeys Slated to Appear at Tampa Bay’s PDJF Benefit

Hall of Fame jockeys Pat Day, Jacinto Vasquez and Walter Blum, along with recently retired rider Ramon Dominguez and Kentucky Derby-winning jockey Mike Manganello, will be among the attendees March 29 during racing at Tampa Bay Downs for the inaugural Jockeys and Jeans fundraiser under the big tent in the Backyard Picnic Area. Jockeys and Jeans is […]

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Hall of Famers Pincay, Cordero, among those to meet fans at Gulfstream Jan. 19

Hall of Fame jockeys Laffit Pincay Jr., Jorge Velasquez, Angel Cordero and Jacinto Vasquez will spend Saturday, Jan. 19 at Gulfstream Park signing autographs, memorabilia and getting their pictures taken for the benefit of the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund. The four Hall of Fame riders will participate in question and answer session moderated by Ron […]

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HAWLEY STILL A DANDY

By Ray Paulick I’m sure I wasn’t the only one holding his breath when the gates opened for the fourth race Saturday at the Oak Tree Racing Association meeting from Santa Anita. Seven “old” men and one still young woman, all of them Living Legends who have retired from professional race riding, were set to […]

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A ‘GENUINE’ PLACE IN HISTORY

By Ray Paulick In the winter and spring of 1980, as a relatively new racing fan living in Southern California I was confident that I had discovered the certain winner of that year’s Kentucky Derby: a colt named Rumbo, who had a few mental quirks but possessed a powerful stretch run. Rumbo finished second in […]

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