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After Decade Away, Longtime Racecaller Robin Burns Returns To Presque Isle Booth

Robin Burns has called 75,000 in his career as a track announcer. He’s planning to add a few more to that total this summer, after 10 years off from the sport. Burns is back in the booth at Presque Isle Downs in Erie, Pa. He had a brief stint at the track in 2008 before […]

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View From The Eighth Pole: Who Wins From Sports Betting?

We woke up in a different world today. Yesterday, outside of the state of Nevada, the only legal “sports” betting in the United States was on horse racing. Today, or more realistically in the coming months and years, Americans will be able to bet on baseball, basketball, football and hockey, among other sports. They’ll be […]

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‘I Like Keeping Busy’: Jockey Gallardo To Compete For Two Riding Titles Simultaneously

Fresh off his fourth riding title at Tampa Bay Downs, jockey Antonio Gallardo hopes to seize on that momentum by challenging for two separate riding titles simultaneously. Gallardo, third in the Monmouth Park jockey standings in 2017 with 50 winners, says he is poised for a big summer at the Shore track, but will also […]

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Full Circle: Veteran Jockey Mario Pino Returning To Delaware Park

Mario Pino, tenth on the all-time list for wins by a jockey in North America with nearly 6,900 victories, plans to return home to Delaware Park, where his remarkable career began nearly four decades ago. The 56-year-old native of Wilmington, Delaware, will be riding full-time at the Stanton oval, when the meet opens on May […]

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Rankin Elected Chairman Of Churchill Downs Inc. Board Of Directors

Alex Rankin has been elected elected chairman of the board of directors of Churchill Downs Inc., effective April 24, when longtime director and current chairman, G. Watts Humphrey Jr., steps down. Humphrey, a prominent Thoroughbred owner and breeder who has served on numerous horse industry boards, opted not to stand for re-election to the CDI […]

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Gallardo Rides Five Winners Friday At Tampa Bay Downs

Trainer Kathleen O’Connell had a hard time expressing her admiration for jockey Antonio Gallardo’s performance after he completed his five-victory effort today with a six-and-a-quarter length victory aboard her 3-year-old Florida-bred gelding Real Fast Music in today’s eighth race at Tampa Bay Downs. “What can you say about that?” said O’Connell, who has been instrumental […]

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Jockey Gallardo: ‘You Can Find A Good Horse Anywhere’

Two seasons ago, Antonio Gallardo rode a 3-year-old first-time starter named Imperial Hint to an eye-opening victory in a 7-furlong Tampa Bay Downs allowance in a sizzling time of 1:22.39. The Luis Carvajal, Jr.-trained Florida-bred colt lowered that time to 1:22.15 in his next start with Gallardo in the irons, the Florida Cup Ocala Breeders’ […]

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Morales: ‘It’s Not What You Did Yesterday, It’s What You Can Do Tomorrow’

About the only time jockeys at Tampa Bay Downs want to come in last is after they win a race, when the winner’s-circle presentation and an extended chat with the trainer delays their return to their dressing quarters. Pablo Morales hasn’t been making that joyful, carefree stroll to the room with as much frequency this […]

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Case Of Equine Herpesvirus Confirmed At Parx; Barn Area Closed

Officials at Parx Racing confirmed on Friday that a horse stabled at the track has tested positive for equine herpesvirus. The sick horse, which was in the care of Blaine Servis, has been removed to Mid-Atlantic Equine Medical Center in New Jersey. No horses will be permitted to leave Parx until the track receives authorization from […]

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Pennsylvania Trainer Rojas Pleads Not Guilty To Wire Fraud, Conspiracy

Pennsylvania trainer Murray Rojas has pleaded not guilty on federal wire fraud and conspiracy charges related to allegations of illegal race-day drugging of horses running at Penn National race course in early 2013. The plea by the two-time leading Penn National trainer came on Tuesday in U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania. […]

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