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Maryland Jockey Club Creates Social Media Campaign Celebrating ‘Backstretch Heroes’

While the spotlight regularly shines on the horses and horsemen that bring national and international attention to Maryland’s Thoroughbred industry, the Maryland Jockey Club has launched a campaign to recognize the people whose passion and work behind the scenes play a large part in that success. Created by administrative manager Erin McElwee, “Backstretch Heroes” is […]

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New Vocations Receives $30,000 In Grants From ASPCA Help A Horse Home Challenge

New Vocations Racehorse Adoption Program has received a total of $30,000 from the ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) as part of its annual Help a Horse Home Challenge. The nationwide competition for equine rescues, shelters and sanctuaries is designed to increase equine adoptions around the country. New Vocations earned a $25,000 prize […]

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Equine Vets Feel A Variety Of Pressures

 Equine veterinarians enter the profession because they love the horses. Even though many vets are too busy to ride or compete, let alone spend time with family, friends or in personal endeavors, their driving force is still the same: the horses and the people who love them. Most equine veterinarians are under intense pressure, but […]

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Come On, Friend: Horse Refuses To Start At Ripon Races

A Thoroughbred named Gurkha Friend made his opinions quite clear on Sunday at Ripon Races in Yorkshire, poking just his head out of the starting stalls before planting his feet and watching the rest of the field gallop away down the course. According to thesun.co.uk, Gurkha Friend was the third-choice for the Wilmot-Smith Memorial Handicap. When […]

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Bad Bobby! Trainer Jamie Osborne’s Whippet An ‘Accidental Sensation’

Jumps-jockey-turned-Thoroughbred-trainer Jamie Osborne had a more exciting morning than he planned on January 28, when his female dog took off down the gallops, chasing a line of racehorses led by Toast of New York. Osborne then delighted the Twitter-verse with video evidence of the incident: I am afraid we had a dog malfunction this morning! […]

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Kentucky HBPA Introduces New Website, #KyBCKids Twitter Initiative

The Kentucky HBPA has launched a redesigned website, kyhbpa.org, along with its latest social-media initiative, #KyBCKids, as part of the organization’s mission to serve horsemen and promote thoroughbred racing. The Kentucky HBPA, a division of the National Horsemen’s Benevolent & Protective Association, represents about 6,000 thoroughbred owners and trainers and is the only organization negotiating […]

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Desormeaux Officially Sanctioned For ‘Failure To Give His Best Effort’

Jockey Kent Desormeaux has officially been handed a three-day suspension by the Del Mar stewards, reports drf.com, regarding an incident in the fourth race on Aug. 25. Desormeaux was aboard Take A Leap, who was in second position for most of the stretch but got nailed on the wire to end up finishing third. A social […]

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Kentucky Downs Launches Social Media Contest To Win Trip To Track

It’s post time at Kentucky Downs! While the 2018 live meet isn’t until September, America’s most unique racecourse has launched a social-media contest where fans can earn a trip to Kentucky Downs by posting on Facebook and/or Twitter about the track. The #LiveAtKyDowns Post Time Contest is free. Simply post on Facebook, Twitter or both […]

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Purina Launches Site To Reconnect Owners With Former Horses

Every horse rider or owner has that one horse they will never forget. Between sales, barn moves and life changes, it’s easy to lose track of a horse and become separated from our beloved partners. In honor of the bonds that can’t be broken and the horses we won’t forget, Purina Animal Nutrition has launched […]

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Gaffigan On Horse Racing: Funny Or Ignorant?

Comedian Jim Gaffigan performed a controversial set on the “Sunday Morning” show on CBS this week, calling out horse racing and the Triple Crown as an excuse for gambling. His routine included jokes about the attire worn at the Kentucky Derby, the use of the whip, and even horseback riding in general. “There’s always an […]

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