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Down Doug O’Neill’s Dubai Shedrow: Trainer Makes History With First Locally-Based American String

Trainer Doug O’Neill has long been one of the pioneers of the collective American training colony and this year he is taking that to another level by sending 11 horses for the Dubai World Cup Carnival. On Monday morning, the winner of 38 Grade/Group 1 races, two editions of the Kentucky Derby (G1), five Breeders’ […]

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‘The Basics Are The Most Important Things’: Mandella Reflects On Hall Of Fame Career

Richard Mandella built his Hall of Fame career on consummate horsemanship, a no-frills, all-class approach to training Thoroughbreds that has produced enduring success spanning more than four decades. “It’s always amazed me,” and Mandella, who saddled his first horse in 1974 and was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2001. “Since I first started […]

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‘Proud’ Hamilton Smith Saddles 2,000th Career Winner Friday At Laurel

Sweet Home Dixie swept past her rivals on the far turn and powered through the stretch to run her win streak to five races and give trainer Hamilton Smith his 2,000th career victory Friday at Laurel Park. Bred an owned by Smith’s older brother and ridden by Maryland’s 2019 champion jockey Trevor McCarthy, Sweet Home […]

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Joe Sharp Hoping For His Next ‘Big Star’ In 2020

When the curtain closed on last year, Joe Sharp’s stable landed $1,072 purse dollars short of the career best season they enjoyed in 2017 ($4,554,157). It was a successful campaign by any standard, particularly for an operation that has only been in existence for six years, but Sharp’s aspirations know no boundaries. “That was my […]

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‘A Real Honor’: Northern California’s Bill Delia Named CTBA Trainer Of The Year

Last month, Golden Gate based conditioner Bill Delia was notified that he had won the prestigious, 2019 California Thoroughbred Breeders Association Trainer of the Year award. A ceremony honoring Delia and other various award winners will be held in Southern California on Monday, February 24. “It was a pleasant surprise,” said Delia. “It’s a real […]

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‘Competitive Spirit’ Continues To Drive Trainer Karl Broberg

It seems like much longer than ten years that Karl Broberg has been training racehorses. He embarked on his career in 2009 when he acquired the Texas-based stable of John Locke, who gave up his veterinary practice to train horses full time. Locke was well-respected at each of the Texas tracks, garnering stakes wins with […]

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‘The Kindest Person’: Northwest Trainer Pat Mullens Dies At 92

Hilbern R. “Pat” Mullens, a trainer in the Northwest for nearly a half-century, died December 28 after a long illness. Mr. Mullens was 92. A trainer at Emerald Downs since its opening in 1996, Mullens was among the most successful and popular horsemen at the track. He saddled 243 winners, including six stakes wins, and […]

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‘The Most Wonderful Time’: Santa Anita Remembers Bobby Frankel On Saturday

Google Bobby Frankel and it comes up “American horse trainer,” but he was much more than that. Infinitely more. Irascible, cantankerous, gruff would seem to fit his exterior demeanor, but deep down, in crunch time, when push came to shove, Frankel’s best side came to the fore. He was humane. Take it from Marcelo Polanco, […]

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‘More To Come’: Ralph Nicks Starts Out Hot At Gulfstream’s Championship Meet

Trainer Ralph Nicks celebrated his torrid start for the 2019-2020 Championship Meet in the Gulfstream Park winner’s circle following the first two races on Saturday’s program. Nicks saddled the winners of the early Daily Double – both 2-year-old first-time starters sired by Khozan. The Daily Double sweep gave the 52-year-old Avery, Texas native four wins […]

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Denied Restraining Order, Hollendorfer Will Now Seek Injunction Against Santa Anita

Attorney Drew Couto told the Daily Racing Form on Friday that he will be seeking a preliminary injunction against Santa Anita Park on behalf of his client, trainer Jerry Hollendorfer. Banned from all Stronach Group-owned properties in late June, the trainer turned to the court system in order to race his horses at Santa Anita. […]

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