Matthew Schera

Virginia-Certified Program Distributes $1,357,730 In Additional Earnings In 2019

The Virginia Thoroughbred Association’s residency program hit a new gear in 2019 as $1,357,730 in bonus monies were distributed from 338 victories at tracks in the Mid-Atlantic region. A total of 156 different owners, who had a horse spend at least six months at a registered farm in the Commonwealth prior to Dec. 31st of […]

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Former Claimer Island Commish Makes The Grade In Kitten’s Joy

Matthew Schera’s Island Commish, returning to stakes company for the first time since last summer off back-to-back wins to end his juvenile campaign, kicked off the new year by becoming a graded-stakes winner in Saturday’s $100,000 Kitten’s Joy (G3) at Gulfstream Park. The eighth running of the 7 ½-furlong Kitten’s Joy was its first since […]

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Pegasus Turf On The Radar For G1 Winner Glorious Empire

An injury kept Matthew Schera’s Grade 1 winner Glorious Empire out of the inaugural $7 million Pegasus World Cup Turf Invitational (G1) at Gulfstream Park, but his connections are hoping to be there for the second go-around in January. Trainer James ‘Chuck’ Lawrence II said the 1 3/16-mile Pegasus Turf for 3-year-olds and up – […]

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Lawrence Rewarded With ‘Dream-Come-True Season’ After Working To ‘Understand’ Glorious Empire

Glorious Empire won five of nine starts in Europe, but after winning just one of his first 10 races in North America, it seemed as though the son of Holy Roman Emperor would never realize his full potential. Claimed out of his seventh North American start for $62,500, the Irish-bred gelding won at first asking […]

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John Jones Targets Three-Peat In $75,000 Jennings Stakes At Laurel Park

Winless in seven starts this year, Matthew Schera’s multiple stakes winner John Jones looks to end that drought in a familiar place as he goes after his third consecutive victory in the $75,000 Jennings Stakes Saturday at Laurel Park. The Jennings, for 3-year-olds and up, is the first of two stakes for Maryland-bred/sired horses on […]

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Glorious Empire Makes A Statement In Front-Running Fort Lauderdale Win

Matthew Schera’s Glorious Empire proved his mettle once before at the sport’s highest level, winning the G1 Sword Dancer for trainer James Lawrence. After a 13th-place showing in the Breeders’ Cup Turf, run over a very soft turf, the 7-year-old was overlooked in Saturday’s G2 Fort Lauderdale Stakes at odds of 7-1 as rain hit […]

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Support For Equine Aftercare: 47 Breeders’ Cup Contenders Pledge Their Support To New Vocations

A growing list of prominent owners and trainers are stepping up to support racehorse aftercare by participating in the New Vocations Breeders’ Cup Pledge. Now in its ninth year, the Pledge has raised over $480,000, with 100 percent of funds raised supporting the program’s rehabilitation, retraining and rehoming efforts. “New Vocations is a program the […]

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Thundering Sky Takes Inside Route In De La Rose

Thanks to a ground-saving trip by jockey Rajiv Maragh, Thundering Sky was in perfect position in the final moments to capture the $100,000 Fasig-Tipton De La Rose for fillies and mares 4-years-old and up by a neck on Saturday at Saratoga Race Course. Breaking from the rail, Thundering Sky sat in third position tracking longshot […]

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Isotherm Nets Prat Stakes Double In San Marcos

A bold late run helped Matthew Schera’s Isotherm to score in Saturday’s G2 San Marcos Stakes at Santa Anita, running down Itsinthepost to win by a short neck on the wire. The 4-year-old son of Lonhro gave jockey Flavien Prat the late stakes double; he won the previous race aboard Hoppertunity and a total of […]

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