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The Future Is Here: University Of Kentucky Sports Medicine Program Will Help Jockeys Ride Safer, Better, Healthier

Any longtime rider of horses will tell you: It’s not a question of whether you will fall off but when. For jockeys, the question becomes not whether they’ll get hurt, but how badly (or for how long they’ll be out of the saddle, going without pay, while they recover). A new laboratory at the University […]

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Martine Bellocq Remains In ‘Critical’ Condition; Trainer Suffered Burns In San Luis Rey Fire

Trainer Martine Bellocq continues to be treated at UCSD Medical Center in San Diego for burns she received trying to rescue her horses during the San Luis Rey Downs training center fire in Bonsal Thursday. Her status remains “critical” according to the hospital and her doctors have indicated that it will be at least several more days […]

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Bellocq Vs. Sharp: ‘Equicizer Race’ Benefits Retired Racehorse Project

The Retired Racehorse Project is proud to announce that its “Hoedown at Hagyard” event, held in conjunction with the Rolex 3-Day Event at the Kentucky Horse Park, successfully raised over $12,000 for the 2016 Thoroughbred Makeover. “It was billed as getting a bunch of racehorse people and a bunch of eventers together, who all love […]

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Inside the North American Racing Academy: Final Exams

Early May brings with it warm breezes across the gallop field at the Thoroughbred Center in Lexington, Ky. The grass has grown so long that North American Racing Academy executive director Remi Bellocq and the brightly-painted PVC pipes he’s holding dissolve into a green haze as he marches across the expansive field. Bellocq is setting […]

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Inside The North American Racing Academy: Shaking Hands And Shaking Reins

Late into April, the students in the North American Racing Academy’s introductory riding course are starting to adopt the look of professional exercise riders. Their unsteady circles, formerly punctuated by losses of control, have smoothed into rolling canter figure-eights across the gallop field at The Thoroughbred Center. Daily practice has given the group of eight […]

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Inside The North American Racing Academy: Conquering The Butterflies

As the gallop field at the back of the Thoroughbred Center brightens from brown to green, students in the North American Racing Academy’s introductory Racehorse Riding Skills class are also coming to life. A couple of weeks after midterms, it’s clear the students have entered a new phase of their training. They’ve transitioned from jogging […]

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Inside The North American Racing Academy: Testing Times

The mood in the Thoroughbred Center’s Barn 30, like in many college libraries and coffee shops in mid-March, is decidedly more anxious than usual. It’s the second day of midterms for the nine students in the North American Racing Academy, and none of them is feeling especially confident. Eighty hours of class time, and many […]

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Inside The North American Racing Academy: Warm Ups And Cool Downs

Piloting 1,200 pounds of fire-breathing horseflesh takes more than a gentle hand and good instincts—it requires an athlete. Jockeys are recognized, pound for pound, as some of the strongest professional athletes in all of sports. While tales of Laffit Pincay and his single-peanut diet might stick in the public’s memory, North American Racing Academy executive […]

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YMCA, Racing Academy Announce Partnership

The North Lexington Family YMCA has been named the Healthy Living partner of Bluegrass Community and Technical College’s North American Racing Academy (BCTC-NARA). Through a pilot program established for the Spring 2015 semester, the YMCA will be instrumental in aiding BCTC-NARA students who need help getting in shape for the vigorous jockey training program. Arranged through […]

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Inside The North American Racing Academy: Crashing And Burning

Good horsemen agree that you don’t truly become a rider until you’ve fallen off a few times. At the North American Racing Academy, founder Chris McCarron tells his students that for jockeys it’s not “if” that first (or next) fall will come, it’s “when.” It’s also important, as the old saying goes, to get right […]

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