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NYRA To Honor Galluscio With Fundraiser For Pancreatic Cancer Research

The New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) will honor the legacy of late trainer Dominic Galluscio while raising funds and awareness for pancreatic cancer research during Lustgarten Foundation Day at Saratoga Race Course on Sunday, August 18. The day’s first race will be named in honor of Galluscio, who passed away in 2014 following a […]

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‘Singing In The Rain’: Remembering Birdstone’s Travers Victory

The New York Racing Association is presenting a series of diaries to help celebrate the 150th Runhappy Travers on August 24 at Saratoga Race Course. “In Their Own Words” will feature prominent owners, trainers and jockeys as they re-live some of the most stirring moments in the rich history of the “Mid-Summer Derby.” Marylou Whitney, […]

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Lucky 13: Miguel Arroyo ‘Very Excited’ To Ride First Winner At Gulfstream

Apprentice jockey Miguel Arroyo notched his first career victory Saturday at Gulfstream Park, scoring aboard Stay Again ($17) in Race 4. Stay Again, who benefited from a ground-saving trip under the 10-pound apprentice before rallying in the stretch to prevail by two lengths, was the 13th mount for Arroyo, who rode in his first race […]

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‘Wonderful Thing’: Horsemen Appreciate Latest Oaklawn Park Purse Increase

The track where purses have been steadily rising for 11 straight years is at it again. Oaklawn is increasing all overnight purses, some as much as $6,000, retroactive to the Thursday, Feb. 14 card. Maiden special weights and open allowances are being bumped $6,000 and are now $83,000 and $87,000, respectively. Purses for all claiming […]

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Jason Barkley Prepares To Saddle First Stakes Starter At Oaklawn

Trainer Jason Barkley is scheduled to saddle his first career stakes starter (Arch Avenue) in Saturday’s $125,000 Martha Washington for 3-year-old fillies, Oaklawn’s first of three major preps for the Kentucky Oaks. Barkley, 29, has already checked off one box this year at Oaklawn, winning last Sunday’s fifth race with Strolling ($8.20). It was Barkley’s […]

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Long-Time Friends Moquett And Zito Become Winter Neighbors At Oaklawn Park

Oaklawn had 781 horses on the grounds early Thursday morning, including 20 for a newcomer with quite the resume. According to stall superintendent Beverly Fowler, the contingent for Hall of Fame trainer Nick Zito arrived at 1:45 a.m. (Central) Thursday and was then dispatched to the Citation barn, located directly across from horses housed for […]

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Zito Plans To ‘Give It A Shot’ At Oaklawn Park In 2019

Nick Zito has started only a handful of horses at Oaklawn, but that figures to change in 2019 after the Hall of Fame trainer said Friday afternoon that he will “probably” have 20 horses on the grounds when the scheduled 57-day meet begins Jan. 25. “We thought about this for a while,” said Zito, 70, […]

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Churchill Downs’ September Meet Kicks Off With $5.275 Million In Prize Money

Horse racing on the Kentucky circuit shifts to Churchill Downs on Friday (Sept. 14) with a 10-race program at 12:45 p.m. (all times Eastern) as the famed Louisville racetrack opens its sixth September Meet for an action-packed 11-date run through Sunday, Sept. 30. This year’s three-week, boutique race meeting, presented by Commonwealth Technology, will feature […]

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Old Friends: A P Valentine Euthanized Due To Colic Complications

A P Valentine, a Gr. 1 winner, was euthanized due to complications from colic on September 1 at Park Equine Hospital in Woodford County. The 20-year-old son of A.P. Indy had been pensioned at Old Friends, the Thoroughbred Retirement farm in Georgetown, KY. Campaigned by Rick Pitino’s Ol’ Memorial Stable (formerly Celtic Pride Stables) and […]

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Across The Board With Andy Serling: Hall Of Famer Nick Zito

The latest episode of the Across the Board with Andy Serling podcast features an extended conversation with Hall of Fame trainer Nick Zito from his barn at Saratoga Race Course now available for download. Just prior to kicking off the 2018 meet at Saratoga, Zito joined Serling to talk about his prolific career highlighted by multiple wins […]

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