Racing Roundup: Laurel Park Leaders; Stronach Honors; Parx News

Frank Stronach guides his Shaman Ghost and jockey Javier Castellano into the winner's circle after the Grade I $750,000 Santa Anita Handicap on March 11, 2017 at Santa Anita Park, Arcadia, Calif. Credits: BENOIT PHOTO

Frank Stronach To Be Honored

Frank Stronach, whose Stronach Group operates Santa Anita Park, Gulfstream Park, Golden Gate Fields, Lone Star Park and the Maryland Jockey Club tracks at Laurel Park and Pimlico; will receive an Eclipse Award of Merit at the awards banquet on Jan. 25.

Stronach will be honored for his success in Thoroughbred breeding, racing, track ownership and for his support of programs for retired race horses.

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Stronach, a native of Austria who built his fortune in auto components, entered the sport of Thoroughbred racing in 1962. Seven years later he established Adena Springs at Versailles, Ky. as his breeding and racing base.

Working with his daughter Belinda, who serves as chairman and president of the Stronach Group, they carded the first running of the $12 million Pegaus Cup at Gulfstream in 2017.

The second running is scheduled for Jan. 27 with a purse of $16 million.

Gonzalez-Toledo Top Laurel Park Fall Meeting

Claudio Gonzalez and Jevian Toledo have been named to trainer and top rider for the recently concluded Laurel Park fall meeting and for the track's annual championship.

Gonzalez won the fall training title with 33 wins and purse earnings of $1.02 million during the Sept. 8 to Dec. 30 meeting.

He took the annual trophy with 84 wins on the way to dethroning Kieron Magee, the winner of Maryland's last three annual awards.

Toledo won the fall riding title with 61 wins from 349 starts and $1.8 million in purse earnings.

His 144 wins lead mall Maryland riders in 2017.

Parx Is ON Sirius

Sirius XM Radio is now airing a segment on Parx Racing on Sirius Channel 93 and XM Radio 93.

The segment will be part of the satellite systems' “Down the Stretch” program that airs Saturdays from 10 AM to 1 PM (Eastern). The Parx segment is expected to be heard at approximately 11 AM.

Vince Reed Passes Away

Vince Reed, a fixture on the Bucks County, Pa. sports scene and the paddock host at Parx Racing, passed away recently.

Reed, whose real name was Anthony Iacovelli, went to work as a mutuel clerk at the South Philadelphia Turf Club in 1992 while he was broadcasting at WBCB radio station in Levittown, Pa.

Reed went on to host Philadelphia Park Live and the Phonebet account show. He also appeared in the TRN Racing Network.

He is survived by Barbara, his wife of 47 years, two sons, a daughter and their families.

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Equine Events: March & More

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March 11 — Dressage, opportunity for the experienced or green horse and rider to perform a Dressage Test in a fun, no pressure environment. The show is hosted by the Friends of Lord Stirling Stable, 11 divisions will be separated into two sections – one includes those riders with ...

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Sat, March 17

Horse Park Of New Jersey, Allentown

Open Dressage Schooling Series



Sat, March 17, 9:00 AM

Somerset County 4-H Center, Bridgewater

Consignment Tack Sale



Tue, March 20, 10:30 AM

Hunt Cap Farm, Three Bridges

Medal Of Honor Ceremony For Therapy Horse


Zone 2 USHJA Championships To Be Held in NJ and Pa.

March 16, 2018

LEXINGTON, Ky. — The United States Hunter Jumper Association announced the dates for 2018 Zone Horse of the Year, Stirrup Cup and Equitation championships, which provide members with an exciting opportunity to earn Championship Points toward zone year-end HOTY and Stirrup Cup awards. 

The championships are open to all zone competitors who meet the minimum requirements, except the ...

NRHA Derby Seeks Interns

OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. — The application period is now open for 2018 National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Derby interns. Qualified candidates will have the opportunity to gain hands-on experience within the horse industry, learn essential knowledge on event organization and be a part of the third-largest reining event in the world. Internships with NRHA also provide individuals with ...

Junior Summer Workshops To Be Held at Lord Stirling Stables

BASKING RIDGE, N.J. — Somerset County Park Commission Lord Stirling Stable has announced the dates for the Junior Summer Workshops, which are themed five-day programs focusing on riding and horse care. The Stable is located at 256 South Maple Avenue in Basking Ridge.

Junior riders may enroll in Summer Workshops beginning Saturday, March 17, 2018 at ...

Sweet Lou & Trixton Breeding Auction On March 14 Benefits SRF

MILLSTONE TOWNSHIP, N.J. — The Standardbred Retirement Foundation will hold an auction for one breeding to Sweet Lou and one to Trixton for the 2018 season. The auction is on and will open Wednesday, March 14 at 9 a.m. and close Thursday, March 15 at 8:30 p.m.

Trixton stands at Deo Volente Farms in Flemington, N.J. Sweet Lou stands at Diamond ...