Kellyn Gorder

View From The Eighth Pole: Regulatory Fairness Left At Starting Gate In Minnesota

In her written decision recommending dismissal of any sanctions against the owner and trainer of a horse testing positive for minuscule levels of methamphetamine at Monmouth Park in 2017, Administrative Law Judge Susan M. Scarola said New Jersey Racing Commission steward Stephen Pagano testified in the case that he had never heard of a meth […]

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‘Nothing Can Handicap Her’: Miss Ximena Brings Renewed Outlook To Ortiz’s Biggest Fan

It was only the first start for Miss Ximena on Saturday at Indiana Grand, but she was carrying far more on her back than just jockey Alex Canchari. The two-year-old daughter of Flat Out is named in honor of Trainer John Ortiz’s sister, Karla Ximena (pronounced He-mena) Ortiz, who is afflicted with the autoimmune disease […]

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Favorite Red Ruby Delivers Prime Performance In Delaware Oaks

For the second race in a row, Sandra Sexton and Brandi Nicholson’s Red Ruby put in an impressive performance. This Saturday, the 3-year-old daughter of Tiznow blew away the G3 Delaware Oaks field by open lengths, clocking 1 1/16 miles over the fast track in 1:42 2/5. Ridden by Paco Lopez for Kellyn Gorder, Red […]

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Red Ruby Relishes Slop, Dominates Black-Eyed Susan

Steve and Brandi Nicholson and Sandra Sexton’s homebred Red Ruby put on a dominating performance in Friday afternoon’s Grade 2 Black-Eyed Susan Stakes at Pimlico, clearly relishing the sloppy conditions as she splashed home a 4 3/4-length winner. The 3-year-old Tiznow filly was racing for the first time since March 10, but extended her record […]

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Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: Meet The New Leading Rider At Indiana Grand

Katie Clawson is making history this year at Indiana Grand. The jockey title at the Shelbyville, Ind., track has never been won by a female rider, nor has it ever been won by an apprentice; 20-year-old Clawson is en route to changing both of those statistics. Clawson has won 33 races since the start of […]

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Oaklawn: Apprentice Clawson Scores First Riding Double Friday

Apprentice jockey Katie Clawson had her first career riding double Friday, winning the first race aboard Fireupthejet ($14.20) for trainer Randy Morse and the fifth race aboard Goingtogive’emhale ($36.20) for trainer James Victor Hale. “It was something I was shooting for,” Clawson said Saturday morning. Clawson, 20, worked as exercise rider for trainer Kellyn Gorder […]

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Report: Gorder Begins 60-Day Suspension For Drug Violation

Trainer Kellyn Gorder began a 60-day suspension Sunday, almost two years after the horse he trained tested positive for a prohibited substance at Churchill Downs. The Daily Racing Form reports that Gorder began serving the suspension after a settlement was negotiated with stewards. Gorder was originally suspended 14 months after one of his horses tested positive for […]

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Former Assistant To Gorder, Motion ‘Grateful’ For Opportunity To Go Out On His Own

Third time could be the charm for new trainer John Ortiz when he saddles Sully’s Dream in Wednesday’s ninth race at Churchill Downs. With only two starts under his belt as a trainer, the former assistant to Kellyn Gorder is anxious to make his first trip to the winner’s circle and has always had ambitions […]

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All Right Holds On To Break Maiden In Kentucky Downs Juvenile

He wasn’t All Right. He was Aaalllll Riiggght!! Especially if you bet him in Saturday’s $342,855 Kentucky Downs Juvenile. At 44-1 odds, All Right, who had been a good second in his only start, pushed the pace before taking the lead in deep stretch and having enough left to hold off the late-running Parlor by […]

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