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South Dakota Horse Racing Pipeline That Produced Bill Mott May Be Shut Down

While the rest of the world debates Saturday’s Kentucky Derby disqualification of Maximum Security, I’m worried about more important things, like how to bring horse racing back to Fort Pierre and Aberdeen in South Dakota. This year, for the first time in 70 years, there will be no horses racing on the bullring track at […]

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Memorializing A Racing Legend – The JVB Way

Last Monday, Jan. 8, 2018, Caruth-Hale Funeral Home in Hot Springs, Ark., opened its doors to a steady flow of family and friends of John Charles “Jack” Van Berg. The reception area was filled with JVB photos, mementos and a looping video slide show. At the opposite end of the room there was a grim […]

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Turning Back Time: Hall Of Famer Van Berg Enjoying Successful Oaklawn Meet

Jack Van Berg normally holds court during training hours at Oaklawn from his pickup truck parked on the grandstand apron. That wasn’t the case on a windy, cold Jan. 4 morning, when the Hall of Fame trainer tested the elements, and his frail body, by taking his horses to the track on a pony. “I […]

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