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Hall Of Fame Trainer Reade Baker Embarks On ‘New Challenge’ In Bloodstock Industry

Canadian Hall of Fame trainer Reade Baker announced via Facebook on Tuesday that he will be embarking on a new career in the bloodstock industry. “It’s time for a new challenge,” Baker wrote. The Sovereign Award-winning trainer in 2005, Baker’s training career has spanned 13 champions, two Horses of the Year (Fatal Bullet and Biofuel, […]

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Brothers Calvin, Cecil Borel Planning Oaklawn Comeback In 2019

Hall of Fame jockey Calvin Borel was getting on horses Monday morning at Oaklawn in preparation for the 2019 meeting that begins Jan. 25. A fixture in Hot Springs, Borel, 52, was Oaklawn’s leading rider in 1995 and 2001, but didn’t ride at the 2018 meeting, opting to winter at Fair Grounds because of business […]

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‘A Good Friend Of Mine’: Racetrackers Remember Bobby Frankel

The Grade III Robert J. Frankel Stakes honoring the late Hall of Fame trainer will be run tomorrow at Santa Anita Park, and there’s barely a race tracker alive in Southern California or elsewhere who doesn’t have a tale about the legendary horseman who died at the age of 68 on Nov. 16, 2009. Tony […]

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Stidham Appreciates ‘Kind And Safe’ Surfaces At Tampa Bay Downs

Although his is a relatively new face to most Tampa Bay Downs regulars, Michael Stidham first trained horses here in 1980 when his late father, George Stidham, sent him to Oldsmar with about 10 run-of-the-mill horses and specific instructions. “He told me to go learn something and not bring any back with me – either […]

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Zito Plans To ‘Give It A Shot’ At Oaklawn Park In 2019

Nick Zito has started only a handful of horses at Oaklawn, but that figures to change in 2019 after the Hall of Fame trainer said Friday afternoon that he will “probably” have 20 horses on the grounds when the scheduled 57-day meet begins Jan. 25. “We thought about this for a while,” said Zito, 70, […]

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Reavis Saddles 2,000th Winner Saturday At Hawthorne

Michael Reavis scored his 2000th training victory with favored Mckinli’sbabyblues on Saturday afternoon at Hawthorne Racecourse, though the victory was in doubt until the final stride. Rider Carlos Marquez Jr. had Mckinli’sbabyblues in perfect stalking position, saving ground along the rail, swung out midstretch but ArticVortex got the jump on her while Reminisce, who led […]

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74-Year-Old Trainer Bennett Still Has ‘That Desire To Win’

Less than two weeks into the 2018-2019 Tampa Bay Downs meeting, trainer Gerald Bennett has thrown down the challenge. If any of his rivals have designs on unseating him from the top spot in the standings, they had better get busy. The 74-year-old Bennett, who often hauls his own horses from track to track, has […]

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Asmussen Achieves New Training Records At Remington Park

National Racing Hall of Fame trainer Steve Asmussen broke his own record for money earned for horses in a single Remington Park season on Saturday night when his two runners in the third race finished first and third. That gave him $2,238,781 for purse money earned by his horses for the current meet, passing last […]

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Deadline To Enter NYRA ‘Under 20’s Claiming Challenge’ Set For Dec. 2

The deadline to enter the New York Racing Association’s unique ‘Under 20’s Claiming Challenge’, which offers local trainers an opportunity to compete for cash prizes during the upcoming Aqueduct winter meet, is set for December 2. A concept launched in April at the Belmont spring/summer meet, the Under 20’s Claiming Challenge is open to trainers […]

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‘Not A One Man Show’: Cox Celebrates 1,000th Win At Fair Grounds

Trainer Brad Cox was pretty anxious to get career win number 1,000, but the defending two-time leading trainer at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots finally did just that in the fifth race on Sunday afternoon with Play On. “It seemed like over the last few weeks we had a hard time getting there, but […]

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