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74-Year-Old Trainer Bennett Still Has ‘That Desire To Win’

Less than two weeks into the 2018-2019 Tampa Bay Downs meeting, trainer Gerald Bennett has thrown down the challenge. If any of his rivals have designs on unseating him from the top spot in the standings, they had better get busy. The 74-year-old Bennett, who often hauls his own horses from track to track, has […]

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Rich Mommy, Conquest Panthera Get Top Billing On OBS Day Of Racing

Live racing returns to Ocala on Tuesday, November 20th with a ten-race card highlighted by a pair of six furlong $125,000 OBS Sprint Stakes. First post is at 12:00 noon, and there will be pari-mutuel wagering on the card’s first eight races. The races will be streamed live on the OBS website at obssales.com. Admission […]

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FTBOA, Ocala Jockey Club Announce $1,000 Award For Eventing OTTBs

The Ocala Jockey Club International 3-Day Event organizers and the Florida Thoroughbred Breeders’ & Owners’ Association (FTBOA) have teamed up to announce a new award created to highlight the success of retired racehorses in second careers. The $1,000 award will go to the top-placed Florida-connected horse and rider competing in the Three-Day Event at Ocala […]

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OBS October Yearling Sale Kicks Off Tuesday, Oct. 9

The Ocala Breeders’ Sales Company’s 2018 October Yearling Sale begins Tuesday, October 9th. There are 702 yearlings cataloged for the three-day sale, which gets underway at 12:00 noon with 213 horses offered in the Selected session. The sale continues with Open sessions on Wednesday, October 10th and Thursday, October 11th, beginning at 12:00 noon on […]

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University Of Florida Veterinary School To Open Equine Acupuncture Clinic

On Sept. 4, the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine will open an equine acupuncture clinic. Called the UF Equine Acupuncture Center, the building will consist of 12 stalls, a treatment area and an arena. The clinic will offer acupuncture therapy to horses under the care of Huisheng Xie, B.Sc.V.M., Ph.D., a clinical professor […]

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Long-Time Owner Takes ‘Hands-On’ Approach, Saddles First Winner At Gulfstream

Winning horse races and court cases is nothing new for Michael Laurato, a practicing civil law attorney who has won 40 races as an owner of Thoroughbreds since 2007. The Winter Park, FL native, who maintains law offices in Tampa and Ocala, experienced something new at Gulfstream Park Sunday when he saddled his first winner […]

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Troy Stakes Winner Sandy’z Slew Diagnosed With Suspensory Injury

Vanned off after his victory in Sunday’s Grade 3 Troy Stakes at Saratoga, Sandy’z Slew has been diagnosed with an injury to his suspensory ligament, according to drf.com. Trainer Jeremiah Englehart said that the 8-year-old gelding was resting comfortably on Monday, fitted with a gel cast to keep inflammation down. The ligament will be scanned on […]

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Good Fortune: Klein Homebred Majestic Secret The Result Of Casino Jackpot Score

George and Debbi Klein are hoping to have more good fortune at Gulfstream Park Saturday, when their homebred Majestic Secret is scheduled to go to post for the $100,000 Not Surprising Stakes. Debbi Klein won an $8,000 jackpot in the Casino at Gulfstream Park several years ago, and the Arizona residents with strong ties to […]

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Army Mule Taken Out Of Met Mile Consideration

Impressive winner of the Grade 1 Carter Handicap in April, St. Elias Stable’s Army Mule has unfortunately been ruled out of consideration for the Metropolitan Mile Handicap on the Belmont Stakes undercard. According to drf.com, the 4-year-old son of Friesan Fire is going to get time off in Ocala and point to a late summer campaign. […]

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Proposed Florida Highway Would Cut Through Ocala-Area Farms

The Coastal Connector, a proposed highway connecting north Central Florida and Tampa would cut through a number of Thoroughbred farms in the Ocala area, according to Ocala.com. Reaction to the project from breeders was not favorable. “I think it’s crap,” Fred Brei, owner of Jacks Or Better Farm, told Ocala.com. “I’m left with a strip […]

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