thoroughbred racing

‘A Little Weird’: Master Fencer Stumbles, Pulls Up Quickly After Belmont Breeze

Katsumi Yoshizawa’s homebred Master Fencer, a Japanese-bred son of Just a Way trained by Koichi Tsunoda, breezed five furlongs in 1:01.48 on Wednesday morning on the Belmont Park main track in preparation for the Grade 1, $1.5 million Belmont Stakes presented by NYRA Bets, slated for Saturday, June 8. Jockey Julien Leparoux was scheduled to pilot […]

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Win Machine Vasilika Claims Second Grade 1 Triumph In Gamely

Winning for the 12th time in 14 starts since being claimed by Hall of Fame trainer Jerry Hollendorfer for $40,000 in February 2018, Vasilika rallied late to win Monday’s Grade 1 Gamely Stakes by one length over East Coast invader Rymska at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, Calif. Ridden by Flavien Prat, the 5-year-old mare […]

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No Place Like Home For Southern Californian Aaron Gryder

Aaron Gryder has ridden all over the globe, but like Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz, he ultimately found there’s no place like home. That’s why Gryder, who turns 49 on June 5, is plying his trade full time now at Santa Anita in Arcadia, Calif., less than 10 miles as the crow flies from […]

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Avelino Gomez Award To ‘King Of The Bullrings’ Frank Barroby

Frank Barroby is a lifer at the horse racing game. Countless honors as both a jockey and trainer have rolled his way. And now he’s been chosen as the 2019 recipient of the Avelino Gomez Memorial Award for his contributions to Canadian jockeydom and the sport. The 75-year-old Saskatchewan native (his hometown of Ravenscrag is […]

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Apprentice Declan Carroll Nearing Return To Races At Churchill Downs

Apprentice rider Declan Carroll has been sidelined since March with a back injury suffered at Fair Grounds in New Orleans, La., but the 19-year-old hopes to be back riding races in two weeks at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky. “I’ve been wanting to get back riding so badly,” Carroll said. “The doctors gave me the […]

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Colonial Downs Names Jason Beem New Track Announcer

Colonial Downs officials announced that veteran race caller Jason Beem will be the official track announcer for the 2019 Colonial Downs meeting, Aug. 8 – Sept. 7. Beem, who began calling races in 2006, is currently the race caller at Monmouth Park through late June. Beem, raised in Washington state, was the race caller at […]

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Baffert Has Formidable Contingent Pointing To Belmont Stakes Racing Festival

Remaining on target for the Grade 1, $1.2 million Runhappy Metropolitan at Belmont Park in Elmont, N.Y., on June 8 is multiple graded stakes winner McKinzie. The 4-year-old son of Street Sense owned by Karl Watson, Michael Pegram, and Paul Weitman, has made three starts this year for trainer Bob Baffert, beginning his 2019 campaign with […]

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Spinoff, Intrepid Heart On Target For Belmont; Game Winner On Fence

Trainer Todd Pletcher added Spinoff to the list of probable entrants for the Grade 1 $1.5 million Belmont Stakes presented by NYRA Bets on June 8 after an 18th-place effort in the Kentucky Derby. A Wertheimer and Frere homebred, the 3-year-old son of Hard Spun didn’t take to the sloppy track conditions in the Derby, according to […]

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Hall Of Famer Hollendorfer Branching Out With New York Division

Hall of Fame trainer Jerry Hollendorfer will stable up to 20 horses in New York this spring/summer under the care of assistant trainer Don Chatlos. The first three Hollendorfer trainees –  Brill, Rowayton and Oggonis, owned by Larry Best’s OXO Equine – arrived at Belmont Park on Saturday and the veteran conditioner said he hopes to fill 20 stalls. “We’re aiming […]

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Louisiana-Breds In The Spotlight On ‘Legends’ Night AT Evangeline Downs

The best Louisiana-bred Thoroughbreds will be in the spotlight at Evangeline Downs this Saturday night for Louisiana Legends Night. The annual celebration will be a 10-race program with the first post time set for 5:50 p.m. (CST). There will be eight stakes races on the card and Evangeline Downs bettors will surely be focused on […]

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