Marcus Vitali

Marcus Vitali Hopeful Retirement Gig Will Include Growing Pot

Embattled Thoroughbred trainer Marcus Vitali, who was suspended 365 days by the Delaware Thoroughbred Racing Commission in summer 2019, has applied for a special permit to open a marijuana growing business in Attleboro, Mass., according to a report this week by The Sun Chronicle. Vitali told the newspaper that he plans on retiring soon and […]

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Delaware Commission Upholds Stewards’ Suspension Of Vitali

According to The Racing Biz, the Delaware Thoroughbred Racing Commission has voted to uphold a year-long suspension and $2,500 fine handed to Marcus Vitali after the controversial trainer fled security at Delaware Park. Vitali’s attorney Alan Pincus told writer Frank Vespe he did not know whether Vitali would appeal the ruling, which would mean going […]

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The Friday Show Presented By The MATCH Series: Who’s In Charge?

For the horse racing industry, there’s been no respite from protests and media scrutiny in 2019. Things went to another level this week with a vote in Los Angeles on Thoroughbred racing in California. In this edition of The Friday Show, Scott Jagow and Ray Paulick discuss what the racing industry should do — if […]

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Report: Delaware’s Wayne Puts His Foot Down, Denies Vitali Stay Of Suspension

In an unconventional move, the Delaware Thoroughbred Racing Commission’s executive director John Wayne has denied a stay of suspension requested by trainer Marcus Vitali. The Racing Biz first reported the development after yesterday’s news that Vitali had gotten a year’s suspension and a $2,500 fine for interfering with a search in a dorm room. “I […]

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Hogans Holiday Equals Track Record In Miss Liberty Stakes

Late-running Hogans Holiday took full advantage of blazing early fractions and roared from next-to-last place early in the stretch to score a neck victory in track record-equaling time in the $75,000 Miss Liberty Stakes on Sunday at Monmouth Park. Sent off at 11-1 in the field of eight fillies and mares by the crowd of […]

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Pletcher’s Prince Lucky Aiming For Consecutive Graded Success In G2 Gulfstream Mile

When Prince Lucky stepped on the track at Gulfstream Park Feb. 23 for the Hal’s Hope (G3), it had been more than eight months since his previous start. You would have never known it. After pressing the pace set by graded-stakes winner Quip and stablemate Copper Town in the mile event, Prince Lucky took the […]

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‘Heartwarming To See Him Happy’: Millionaire Valid Retired By Jockey Nik Juarez

On Tuesday, jockey Nik Juarez officially announced the retirement of multiple graded stakes-winning millionaire Valid. The 24-year-old Maryland native spent his own money to track down the 7-year-old gelded son of Medaglia d’Oro, and had him shipped back to a farm in Maryland to live out the rest of his days eating grass and occasionally […]

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Jockey Club: Preciado, Sedlacek, Vitali & Vazquez Denied Stud Book Privileges

The Jockey Club announced today that one trainer has been denied all privileges of The American Stud Book for 10 years and that three other trainers have been denied the same privileges for one or two years. All actions became effective January 1, 2017. The denials of privileges include the privilege of registering foals and […]

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Vitali Gets Stay Of Parx Racing Ejection, Seeking Florida HBPA Board Position

Trainer Marcus Vitali received a stay from the Pennsylvania Horse Racing Commission of an eviction notice by Parx Racing and will be permitted to run the horse Eagle of Delight at the suburban Philadelphia racetrack on Saturday. Vitali, who was denied stalls and whose entries were banned at Gulfstream Park and other tracks owned by […]

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