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South Dakota Horse Racing Pipeline That Produced Bill Mott May Be Shut Down

While the rest of the world debates Saturday’s Kentucky Derby disqualification of Maximum Security, I’m worried about more important things, like how to bring horse racing back to Fort Pierre and Aberdeen in South Dakota. This year, for the first time in 70 years, there will be no horses racing on the bullring track at […]

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Lost and Found Presented by Horseware: Former Trainer Brothers Still Uses Eye For Horses Behind The Scenes

A decade after a seamless transition from Classic-winning trainer to semi-retired bloodstock advisor, Frank Brothers continues to enjoy the Thoroughbred industry. Called “Frankie” by all who know him, his name is forever linked with a long list of high-profile runners topped by Preakness and Belmont winner and 1991 champion Hansel and 1997 Blue Grass Stakes […]

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Jack Van Berg Back In The Winner’s Circle: Horse Named After Trainer Breaks His Maiden At Churchill

The first Breeders’ Cup races haven’t even gone to the post yet, and already there have been happy tears in the Churchill Downs winner’s circle. A 2-year-old colt named Jack Van Berg broke his maiden in the second race on the Breeders’ Cup Friday undercard, decisively drawing away from Captain Von Trapp in the stretch. […]

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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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Tom Van Berg Hoping For ‘Fairytale Ending’ With Father’s Last Juveniles

Trainer Tom Van Berg took over the Jack Van Berg racing stable upon the death of his Hall of Fame father on Dec. 27. Previously, Van Berg had been helping his 81-year-old father with his horse operation, including during the huge Ellis Park meet they had last summer to finish third in the trainer standings […]

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Oaklawn’s Leading Apprentice Morales Rides Eighth Winner Of Meet Friday

Edgar Morales, Oaklawn’s leading apprentice this year, rode his eighth winner at the meeting Friday, guiding Charming Deputy ($51.80) to a neck victory in the fifth race for owner/trainer John Haran. Morales, in the 29th day of the now-scheduled 55-day season, matched the victory total of Katie Clawson, last year’s leading apprentice jockey at Oaklawn. Clawson finished […]

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Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: ‘The Best Offices In The World’

The now-sophomore colt Strike Power made quite an impression when he debuted a few days before Christmas at Gulfstream Park. He stormed to the lead out of the gate and flew home to win the 5 ½-furlong maiden special weight event by eight lengths. Strike Power’s final time of 1:02.67 was awfully close to the […]

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‘Profound Moment’ Gives Trainer Tom Van Berg First Winner Since Father’s Passing

Shortly before trainer Tom Van Berg would saddle his first starter in a decade Jan. 12 at Oaklawn, paddock analyst Nancy Holthus was a few feet away preparing to deliver insight on the fifth race, a third-level allowance/optional claiming sprint for older fillies and mares. What unfolded next was truly a profound moment. Van Berg […]

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Memorializing A Racing Legend – The JVB Way

Last Monday, Jan. 8, 2018, Caruth-Hale Funeral Home in Hot Springs, Ark., opened its doors to a steady flow of family and friends of John Charles “Jack” Van Berg. The reception area was filled with JVB photos, mementos and a looping video slide show. At the opposite end of the room there was a grim […]

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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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