‘A Real New York Guy’: Motion Seeks Win In Inaugural Rick Violette Stakes

Flaxman Holdings’ turf maiden winner Torres Del Paine, trained by Graham Motion, will shift to the main track for Wednesday’s inaugural $100,000 Rick Violette, a six-furlong sprint for New York-bred juveniles at Saratoga Race Course. Previously known as the Rockville Centre, the race was renamed in honor of the late Richard A. Violette, Jr., the […]

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Memorial For Trainer Rick Violette To Be Held Nov. 26 At Belmont Cafe

The New York Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association will host a memorial for Rick Violette Jr. from 5-7 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 26, at the Belmont Café at Belmont Park. Rick, the long-time president of NYTHA, passed away last month. We welcome everyone, from the backstretch and the frontside, to attend this celebration of Rick’s life. Donations […]

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Cosequin Presents Aftercare Spotlight: Where Restrictions Create Opportunities

For nearly as long as Thoroughbreds have raced against one another in organized pari-mutuel events, there have been breed and age restrictions to qualify for certain races. The same is true for the horse show world. Classes can be (and often are) restricted by age, level of training of the horse, rider and breed. In […]

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New York Will Require Owner Education About Responsible Aftercare

Beginning on February 1, racehorse owners registered in the state of New York will be required to watch a video detailing responsible aftercare practices, according to ABC News 10 in Albany. Presented by the New York Horseracing and Gaming Commission, the video is hosted by track announcer Larry Collmus and features Michael Blowen of Old […]

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TAKE2 Thoroughbred League Set For Second Season

The TAKE2 Second Career Thoroughbred Program today announced the qualifying period for the TAKE2 Thoroughbred League’s 2016 season, which will run *Sept. 29, 2015 through Oct. 2, 2016. The qualifying period will apply to TAKE2 Hunters and Jumpers. The TAKE2 Thoroughbred League, a member-based initiative that rewards participating Hunters and Jumpers with the chance to […]

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Cosequin presents OTTB Showcase: Safe From Danger

Unbridled Danger was well-bred and full of promise when he was a yearling. His breeders are known to often present their best yearlings to purchase on the public market, and in 2004, the steel gray dropped the hammer for $120,000 at the Keeneland September Sale. He went to trainer Eddie Woods in Ocala, Fla., to […]

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TAKE2 Program Expands Schedule, Boosts Awards for 2014

The TAKE2 Second Career Thoroughbred Program Inc., unveiled in 2012 at just eight horse shows in three states, has quickly taken off in the sport horse community. Offering prize money in hunter and jumper classes restricted to Thoroughbreds, TAKE2 will highlight the prize lists at more than 90 top-level shows in 21 states this year. […]

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Retired Racehorse, Sterling, Shines at Kentucky National Horse Show

Demonstrating just what retired racehorses can do, Sterling captured first- and second-place finishes in the TAKE2 Jumper classes at the Kentucky National Horse Show last week, surging to the lead in the last event on the program’s schedule to earn the TAKE2 High-Score Thoroughbred Jumper Award for 2013. “I’m so proud of him!” said his […]

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