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This Time, Yes? Dennis’ Moment Brings Derby Dreams Back For Albaugh Family

For people who saw the 2-year-old Dennis’ Moment unleash a tour de force in the form of a 19 1/4-length maiden victory Saturday at Ellis Park, the obvious comparison was to another youngster owned by Albaugh Family Stables and trained by Dale Romans: Not This Time, who three years ago rolled to a 10-length triumph […]

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Brazilian Machado Rides Five Winners On Turfway Park Card

Jockey Luan Machado made his way to the winner’s circle five times at Turfway Park in Florence, Ky., on Thursday, scoring for five different trainers and five different owners. Riding eight of the night’s nine races, Machado, 24, won the first four races and the sixth race. Machado brought 6-1 Winners Expedition from off the […]

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Brazilian Newcomer Luan Machado Turning Heads At Turfway

Leading jockey honors at Turfway Park came down to the wire, with Rodney Prescott edging newcomer Luan Machado by one win, 21 to 20. Machado began closing night two behind Prescott and turned up the heat with wins in the second and third races before settling for second place with 20 wins from 106 mounts. […]

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‘Blue-Collar’ Li’l Roc To Serve As Ellis Park’s Paddock Analyst

You probably won’t know Ellis Park’s new paddock analyst by his real name: Robert O’Connor III. On the racetrack, where the 24-year-old Louisvillian has been a fixture since he was a kid, the son of trainer Rob O’Connor II has been known as Li’l Rocco, Li’l Roc or Rocco. His Facebook name is Rocco O’Connor. […]

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Parker Taking Advantage Of New ‘Opportunity’ At Indiana Grand This Season

When Deshawn Parker goes for a walk around the backside of Indiana Grand, a number of trainers may find it hard to reconcile that image with the jockey they see on the track in the afternoon. That’s because Parker stands 5 feet, 10 inches tall, nearly a head above the rest of the jockey colony. […]

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‘Divine Intervention:’ McCarthy’s Blame Angel Wins Ellis Nightcap Day After Trainer’s Death

“Divine intervention in the nightcap,” Ellis Park announcer Jimmy McNerney told the crowd after Blame Angel captured Friday’s eighth race by 2 3/4 lengths over Batten the Hatches. Blame Angel previously ran on Father’s Day at Churchill Downs, winning at 17-1 odds in what proved the last horse to run with Tom R. McCarthy as […]

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Shots Fired! Ellis Park Hosts Independence Day Charity Handicapping Contest

It started out with a tweet announcing that Joe Kristufek will make daily selections for Ellis Park on Brisnet.com: “To play @EllisParkRacing without @JoeyDaKRacing picks is a handicap, not handicapping.” “Unless you’ve got my picks,” came the quick response from Megan Devine (@MissMeganDevine), new paddock analyst for the Ellis meet that runs July 2 through […]

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Apprentice Gallardo Riding Wave From Tampa To Turfway Park

Getting established in a veteran-dominated colony at Tampa Bay Downs seems like a minor task compared with the obstacles apprentice jockey Eduardo Gallardo faced at the start of his career in April of 2012. The native of Oaxaca, Mexico had ridden 32 races in Louisiana without tasting victory when his daughter Perla was born three […]

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Battaglia Ready To ‘Ease Out’ Of Announcing

Racecaller Mike Battaglia told the Daily Racing Form that he is “starting to ease out” of the post he has held since 1972. Those listening to Turfway Park on Saturday night might have expected to hear the veteran’s easily recognizable voice over the loudspeakers, but instead heard Jimmy McNerney, the long-time jockey agent who will […]

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