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Looking Back: Alydar Gave Lucille Markey A ‘Big Thrill’ In 1978 Blue Grass

The post parade of Keeneland’s 1978 Blue Grass left an indelible memory in Thoroughbred racing lore. As the field meandered to the starting gate, jockey Jorge Velasquez steered Calumet Farm’s homebred Alydar to the outside rail, where his owners Lucille and Admiral Gene Markey waited on the Clubhouse lawn. Lucille Markey was 81 and in failing health […]

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Veitch, KHRC End Seven-Year Legal Battle Over Life At Ten Breeders’ Cup Incident

Former Kentucky chief state steward John Veitch reached a settlement with the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission in a mediation session several weeks ago, and according to, that settlement was approved by the KHRC on Tuesday. After nearly a seven-year legal battle, Veitch’s one-year suspension will be removed from his record and the Hall of Fame trainer […]

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Veitch Credits Family Breeding Program For Success In Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup

During his Racing Hall of Fame training career in which he trained 1978 Triple Crown runner-up and Blue Grass (G1) winner Alydar, John Veitch won the Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup a record three times. Now Keeneland’s Assistant Paddock Judge, Veitch attributes his success in the race, a Grade 1, $500,000 stakes presented by Lane’s […]

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Life At Ten Saga Continues: Judge Reverses Decision, Sends Veitch’s Suspension Back To KHRC

The five year court battle between former Kentucky chief steward John Veitch and the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission continued this week, with Franklin Circuit Court Judge Thomas Wingate reversing an earlier ruling and sending the case back to the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission. The battle stems from the 2010 Breeders’ Cup at Churchill Downs, when the […]

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‘Good Standing’: New Kentucky Racing Commissioners Make First Case Decisions

At the first meeting of the newly-appointed Kentucky Horse Racing Commission on Tuesday, members released several decisions about pending cases following an executive session.   The long saga of John Veitch acquired another entry when the commission requested that the former chief steward’s suspension be apportioned, with three months recommended for each of the three […]

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Long And Winding Road: Legal Proceedings In Veitch Case Not Over Yet

Legal proceedings involving John Veitch, the former chief steward of the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission continue to drag on. According to a report in the Blood-Horse, the Franklin Circuit Court once again remanded the case back to the KHRC, after ruling that the racing commission “did not appropriately apportion its penalty to its finding of violations.” The […]

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Effinex Connections Consider Dubai World Cup

Russell Cohen, racing manager of Tri-Bone Stable, told the Daily Racing Form that his family is considering a trip to Dubai in March for their Breeders’ Cup Classic runner-up. The winner of the Clark Handicap last time out, Effinex will ship to Palm Meadows soon to meet up with trainer Jimmy Jerkens. The son of […]

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Veitch: Triple Crown Sweep Comes At Critical Time For NYRA

In a column for the Saratogian, Michael Veitch discusses the last three years of state control of the New York Racing Association (NYRA). “Now that American Pharoah has made history at Belmont Park, it’s time to take a look at the condition of New York racing as the scene gets ready to shift to Saratoga,” […]

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Nine-Month Suspension Recommended for Former Chief Steward Veitch

In the newest turn of events in a long saga involving former Kentucky chief state steward John Veitch, a hearing officer has recommended that Veitch serve a nine-month suspension for his role in a situation involving 2010 Breeders’ Cup Distaff runner Life At Ten. The Blood-Horse reports that Robert Layton, chief hearing officer in Kentucky, […]

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