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Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: Tom Van Berg On Emotional Ride With Kentucky Oaks Filly

If you ask Tom Van Berg what enticed him back to training after a ten-year hiatus, he’s quick to correct you. He wasn’t coaxed, or tugged, or drawn back into the early mornings and long days; he was grabbed by the hands of fate, and the hands of his father. The year after his return, […]

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Motion Emotion Bidding For First Stakes Win, Last Chance Kentucky Oaks Points

Motion Emotion bids for her first career stakes victory in the $500,000 Fantasy (G3) for 3-year-old fillies Friday at Oaklawn, the final major local prep for the Kentucky Oaks. The 1 1/16-mile Fantasy goes as the eighth race and headlines a 10-race program to open the annual Racing Festival of the South. Probable post time […]

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Ellis Park’s Growth Over Past 12 Years ‘Nothing Short Of Amazing’

The 30-date Thoroughbred meet at Kentucky’s Ellis Park runs July 1 through Labor Day, with racing Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, plus Wednesday July 4, Thursday July 5 and Monday Sept. 3. There is no racing Saturday, Sept. 1. “This is the 12th year I’ve been here since we bought the track from Churchill Downs right […]

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Tom Van Berg Hoping For ‘Fairytale Ending’ With Father’s Last Juveniles

Trainer Tom Van Berg took over the Jack Van Berg racing stable upon the death of his Hall of Fame father on Dec. 27. Previously, Van Berg had been helping his 81-year-old father with his horse operation, including during the huge Ellis Park meet they had last summer to finish third in the trainer standings […]

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‘Old School,’ ‘Kind Of Hard On The Surface’: Van Berg Picking Up At Ellis Park

This is how good things are going right now for Jack Van Berg’s stable: After the nice 2-year-old Make Noise won a maiden race Friday to give the barn its third win in eight races, victory in Saturday’s sixth race dropped into their lap. That came when Cara Blythe finished second behind Sister Kan. But because […]

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