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‘Deeply Concerned’: Pletcher’s Request For 50 H-2B Visas Denied

Top Thoroughbred trainer Todd Pletcher recently applied for H-2B work visas to hire South American staff to care for his racehorses during the upcoming New York race meetings, but due to a 66,000 cap in 2019 the federal government has denied all 50 of his requests, according to the Albany Business Review. This is the […]

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Retired Jockey David Flores Celebrates First Training Victory At Tampa Bay Downs

David Flores had planned to accompany his wife Dawn and their two children to LEGOLAND Theme Park in Winter Haven, Fla., on Friday, but when 3-year-old colt Higgins got into the seventh race at Tampa Bay Downs, Flores decided to enjoy fun of a different sort. Wise move, as the retired jockey scored his first […]

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Diodoro ‘Not Settling For Mediocrity’ At Oaklawn Park

Trainer Robertino Diodoro saddled four winners Friday at Oaklawn Park, including three for leading owner M and M Racing (Mike and Mickala Sisk). Diodoro won the second race with favored It Is Dejavu ($2.60), fourth race with favored Powerful Thirst ($6.60), fifth race with favored Fault Line ($3) and the ninth race with favored Industrialist […]

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Trainer John Ortiz ‘Riding The Wave’ Of Success At Oaklawn

Trainer John Ortiz said his goal was to win 15 races in 2019 at Oaklawn. He may have to adjust that figure. Ortiz scored his 10th victory of the meeting – a single-season personal best in Hot Springs – when Marvella captured Thursday’s third race under Ronald Richard. Ortiz needed only 20 racing days to […]

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Crowder’s Quiet Presence Makes Him ‘One Of Those Masters Of A Wild Horse’

He’ll pull up to the barn in his old green SUV, nodding a greeting and fetching his gear from the tack room. The way he walks, heavy saddle on one hip, bridle in his other hand, is perfectly reminiscent of a cowboy from the old black-and-white Westerns. He’s just a bit bow-legged, and the clinking […]

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Calhoun Celebrates ‘Mind Boggling’ 3,000th Training Victory

Trainer Bret Calhoun scored his 3,000th career victory on Sunday afternoon at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots when Douglas Scharbauer’s Most Mischief got the best of a blanket photo finish in the eighth race. Calhoun, 54, became only the 30th Thoroughbred conditioner to win 3,000 races. “It’s mind boggling,” Calhoun said. “When you compare […]

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Study Shows How Testing For ‘Speed Gene’ Can Maximize A Racehorse’s Earning Potential 

A new study has shown how the Speed Gene can be used by horse owners and trainers to maximize the earnings potential of their racehorses. The study, the first of its kind, which was reported this week in the Veterinary Ireland Journal, matched the Speed Gene Test results of over 1,700 thoroughbred racehorses in the […]

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Jason Barkley Prepares To Saddle First Stakes Starter At Oaklawn

Trainer Jason Barkley is scheduled to saddle his first career stakes starter (Arch Avenue) in Saturday’s $125,000 Martha Washington for 3-year-old fillies, Oaklawn’s first of three major preps for the Kentucky Oaks. Barkley, 29, has already checked off one box this year at Oaklawn, winning last Sunday’s fifth race with Strolling ($8.20). It was Barkley’s […]

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‘No Regrets’: Retired Trainers Stay Connected To Racing Game

For a trio of former Tampa Bay Downs trainers, the cheers have faded to ghostly echoes – long-ago reminders of gallant Thoroughbreds speeding to victory and validating their career choice. Scrapbooks and trophies relive their achievements, but nothing can replace the thrill of leading a horse to the winner’s circle. Carlos Garcia, Lori Smock and […]

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‘The Little People Have A Chance’: Pegasus Is ‘Something Awesome’ For Trainer Jose Corrales

At the height of his career as a jockey, which included more than 1,000 wins during stops and starts between 1981 and 1998, Jose Corrales never earned more purses in a single season than the $972,180 his mounts banked in 1988. With Something Awesome, the horse he helped turn from a former claimer into a […]

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