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‘Like A Mechanic Checking Your Car’: Ferrer Riding High At Tampa Bay Downs

More than 30 years ago, when he was making a name for himself as a top rider in New Jersey, Jose Ferrer had the good fortune to learn from some of the best. Jockeys such as Ferrer’s uncle, Carlos Lopez, Sr., and his cousin, Charles “C.C.” Lopez, were eager to share their insights. And when […]

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Reunited: Gallardo, Moran Back Together For Monmouth Park

Antonio Gallardo, second leading rider by wins in North America in 2015 and 2016, is getting back together with agent Mike Moran for the beginning of the Monmouth Park meeting that opens May 13. Last September, Gallardo and Moran planned to move their business to Southern California where Moran rode during part of his 20-year […]

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Trainer/Official Dufford Dies At 66

Longtime Thoroughbred trainer and Monmouth Park racing official Daniel Dufford passed away at his home on Tuesday morning at the age of 66. Dufford, who spent his entire life in the racing industry, was an accomplished trainer.  His top runner was Rumptious, who he saddled to victory in the 1984 Salvator Mile. Following his training […]

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Navarro Takes Pride In Sharp Azteca’s ‘Amazing’ Recovery From Freak Hoof Injury

Ask Jorge Navarro about the left-front foot injury Sharp Azteca (USA) sustained and you will probably be treated to a series of gruesome cell-phone images. There is no recognisable horse anatomy, just an abstract mass of hair and blood. The trainer does not show off these images for shock value; to him you need to […]

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Colorful Race Caller Mirahmadi Grateful For His ‘Bonus Time’

Frank Mirahmadi first drew national media attention when he got the job calling races at Oaklawn Park in 2012. The enigmatic man with a penchant for frighteningly accurate impersonations was a big hit with the locals, an enthusiastic bunch of racing fans. When Mirahmadi turned away from them in 2015 to try for his “dream […]

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‘He Taught Me Everything’: Jockey Bocachica Will Honor Father’s Memory On The Track

The first person Orlando Bocachica thanked after learning of his selection as the Hampton Inn & Suites Jockey of the Month at Tampa Bay Downs was his father, who died at home in the Miami area Wednesday morning of a heart attack. Orlando Bocachica Lugo, who was employed as an assistant to Gulfstream Park trainer […]

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Impending Snowstorm KO’s Simulcasting At Monmouth Park For Tuesday

With the forecast of significant snowfall beginning this evening across the Garden State, Monmouth Park Racetrack as well as the Woodbridge and Hillsborough OTWs will be closed for simulcasting on Tuesday, March 14. A blizzard warning has been issued for most of New Jersey, including the locations of the racetrack and off-track wagering facilities. All […]

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G1 Haskell Invitational Headlines Monmouth Stakes Schedule

With the $1 million, Grade 1 betfair.com Haskell Invitational leading the way, Monmouth Park will offer a $3,725,000 stakes schedule for the 2017 racing season, which kicks off on Saturday, May 13. Set for its 50th renewal on Sunday, July 30, this year’s golden anniversary Haskell will once again be sponsored by Betfair, the world’s […]

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Report: Monmouth Park Eyes Cutting Back On Number Of Racing Dates

In an effort to increase field sizes and maintain purse levels, Monmouth Park officials are planning to reduce the number of live racing days for 2017. According to the Asbury Park Press, Monmouth plans to run 50 days this year, with an additional six days of turf races planned for this fall at the Meadowlands. If the reduction in […]

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‘He’s Such A Fighter’: Injured Jockey Beaucamp Flies Home To France To Begin Rehabilitation

Jockey Laurent Beaucamp was severely injured in a fall at Monmouth Park on Sept. 5, 2016. The 41-year-old French native made a move up the inside rail on the turf course aboard Irresistible Me, but the horse appeared to bounce off of the temporary rail, then to attempt to jump it. The move unseated Beaucamp, […]

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