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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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Amoss, Catalano Remember Van Berg As The Man Who Gave Them Their Starts

Following the recent passing of Hall of Fame trainer Jack Van Berg, several horsemen at the Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots have shared stories of the conditioner and how he has influenced their training careers. A native of Columbus, Nebraska, Van Berg is the all-time leading trainer at the Fair Grounds having won ten […]

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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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Morales, Canchari Score Breakthrough Wins At Keeneland Sunday

Alex Canchari, who decided this year to ride regularly in Kentucky, clinched his first Keeneland victory in Sunday’s first race when he rode Boxer Boy for trainer Doug Anderson, who owns the 3-year-old Algorithms gelding with Nelson McMakin and Fred Dolezal. At odds of 13-1, Boxer Boy won the 1 1/16-mile race by a neck […]

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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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Friday Triple Moves Court Into Clear Second In Ellis Park Standings

Jon Court, the six-time Ellis Park riding champion and only jockey to win the title five straight years, ultimately might not have enough firepower behind him to run down Corey Lanerie for the 2017 crown. But Court certainly is on the 2016 champ’s heels. Court won three straight races Friday, the fifth on Frigidish to […]

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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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‘I Haven’t Forgotten Anything’: Van Berg Returns To Churchill Downs

Hall of Fame trainer Jack Van Berg has returned to Churchill Downs for the 2016 Spring Meet with high hopes for his stable of 30 horses following a successful winter at Oaklawn Park. “We got some decent horses,” Van Berg said. “We claimed some and got a good stable put together and got some really […]

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Hall Of Famer Van Berg Makes His Return To Training Count At Oaklawn

At 79 years of age, Hall of Fame trainer Jack Van Berg is back in the shed row at Oaklawn Park. A botched real-estate deal that should have supported his retirement is the reason he has returned to training full-time, Van Berg told the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. Though a respiratory issues and a bad back and […]

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