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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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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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Cauthen Recalls 1978: ‘Alydar Needed Affirmed, And Affirmed Needed Alydar’

As horse racing counts down the weeks to the start of its 37th Triple Crown since Affirmed last swept the series, Hall of Fame jockey Steve Cauthen looked back to the races that defined the 1978 season. Cauthen said he believed that the Kentucky Derby turned out to be the easiest of the three races […]

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Spawr Recalls ‘Marx Brothers Moment’ at Inaugural Cal Cup Classic

When My Sonny Boy won the inaugural California Cup Classic in 1990, the storyline was right out of the classic Marx Brothers’ film, “A Day at the Races.” Difference was, Barry Fitzgerald wasn’t the trainer. It was Bill Spawr. Spawr had Patrick Valenzuela booked to ride the 5-year-old son of To-Agori-Mou in the mile-and-an-eighth race, […]

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Legendary Jockeys Line Up for Belmont Autograph Signing

Jockeys Angel Cordero, Jr., Jorge Velasquez and Richard Migliore, three of the most popular and successful riders on The New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) circuit, will autograph photographs on Saturday during “Big Apple Showcase Day” at Belmont Park. All three “Legends of New York” will be available in the second-floor clubhouse from 12:30 to […]

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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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Cauthen, Velasquez relive 1978 Triple Crown with fans

The unforgettable rivalry between 1978 Triple Crown winner Affirmed and archrival Alydar came alive again at Belmont Park on Saturday afternoon as hundreds of fans lined up for a special autograph session with Hall of Fame jockeys Steve Cauthen and Jorge Velasquez. With paid admission, fans received a postcard of the photo finish of the […]

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Jockeys of Affirmed, Alydar to sign autographs Saturday at Belmont

Hall of Famers Steve Cauthen, who 34 years ago piloted Affirmed to become the 11th and most recent Triple Crown champion, and Jorge Velasquez, who rode runner-up Alydar, will autograph postcards commemorating their unforgettable rivalry Saturday at Belmont Park. The postcards will be given away free, with paid admission, at the Belmont Park entrances. The […]

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JOE HIRSCH REMEMBERED …

The death of Daily Racing Form’s longtime executive columnist Joe Hirsch has brought an outpouring of tributes from people throughout the Thoroughbred industry who remembered him for his dedication to the sport and to his profession, and for his friendship. “Joe Hirsch was much more than just the dean of American racing writers for […]

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