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Kirkpatrick & Co. Presents In Their Care: Maryland Racing Community Shows Its ‘Heart’ During Trainer’s Family Crisis

Maryland based-trainer Phil Schoenthal used to become upset when things did not go his way in a sport filled with adversity. Not anymore. He remains passionate about winning and the attention to detail that requires, but his perspective radically changed when his son Emerson, then 3 years old, was diagnosed with restrictive cardiomyopathy last spring. […]

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‘He Did More In Less Time Than Any Horse In History’: Recalling Justify’s Triple Crown Run

No competition in the United States compares to Belmont Park’s spring-summer meet in its history-making potential. This year’s 48-day meet offers 59 stakes worth $18.4 million and the hope that maybe, just maybe, a Triple Crown champion will be crowned for the third time in five years after the coronation of American Pharoah in 2015 […]

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Kirkpatrick & Co. Presents In Their Care: The Therapy Of The Backstretch

While Jude Pastor was installing a rock garden on a broiling July afternoon in Louisiana, he could not wait to enjoy a cold soda. When he finally allowed himself a break, he drank deeply, expecting to almost instantly feel refreshed and restored. Instead, he was jolted by pain he never experienced before. “Wow, that hurt,” […]

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Kirkpatrick & Co. Presents In Their Care: ‘This Is What Keeps Me Going’

Mothers know their children – the good, the bad, and the awful – so Fern Augusti knew the call would come one day. Brian, the oldest of her five children, had been resuscitated once before after overdosing on heroin only to plunge again into those depths of despair. When the call came in July 2009 […]

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Kirkpatrick & Co. Presents In Their Care: Ex-Steeplechase Rider Still Jumps At Opportunity To Be On Horseback

Lorna Vincent wanted to die. She had experienced a steeplechase jockey’s worst nightmare in 1986 in her native England. Her mount failed to clear a jump and somersaulted in mid-air, planting the rider into the turf head-first. Vincent immediately lost all sensation from the neck down. Even as doctors and nurses tended to her at […]

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Kirkpatrick & Co. Presents In Their Care: ‘You’ve Got To Have Dreams’

There are times when Niccolo Troiani and his girlfriend, Danni Griggs, feel as though they are foreigners in their native land as they work for accomplished trainer Robertino Diodoro. They have looked after horses at Turf Paradise, Oaklawn Park, Keeneland, Churchill Downs, Saratoga Race Course and Delta Downs – their current home – in the […]

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Kirkpatrick & Co Presents In Their Care: The Story Of ‘Cristina’s Journey’

Trainer Dale Romans describes Cristina Bahena’s position in his bustling operation as “barn mother,” and that is only fitting. Her willingness to walk three days across a Mexico desert in 1991 with two children in search of a better life in the United States surely reflects the strength of a mother’s love. Bahena, then a […]

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Passion For Racing, Friend’s Memory Motivate New York Owner Stritsman

Lucas Stritsman of Troy, N.Y., could hardly be described as a grizzled racing veteran. He is no corporate magnate, either. He and his brother, Evan, own Fire Hearth and Patio, a family business in Colonie, N.Y., that their father, Wayne, started in his garage more than four decades ago. Stritsman, 42, offers a refreshingly fresh […]

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Derby Dreaming: Wesley Ward To Expand Horizons Beyond Royal Ascot

Wesley Ward, celebrated as a masterful trainer of precocious 2-year-olds and for breakthrough success at Royal Ascot, wants to take the next step in his career by targeting the Kentucky Derby as never before. “I sure would like to get some athletes in the barn that can be on the big stage there,” he said […]

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Owner Michael Dubb’s ‘Wildest Dreams’ Coming True At Saratoga

Michael Dubb’s path to Thoroughbred ownership began in a most improbable way – with a night spent sleeping in his van near Saratoga Race Course because he lacked money for a hotel. Dubb and a friend ventured a couple of show bets the following day because their budget was so limited. The part of the […]

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