Horses Top Stories

April 9, 2019

OZONE PARK, N.Y. — Juddmonte Farms' Tacitus punched his ticket to the Kentucky Derby, overtaking Tax in the stretch with an impressive move from the outside and closing strong for a 1 ¼-length win in the 95th running of the Grade 2, $750,000 Wood Memorial presented by NYRA Bets on Saturday at ...

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OZONE PARK, N.Y. — Prestigious stakes races in New York can often trace its history back decades — and in some cases centuries — in serving to link the present to the past. But the 95th running of the Grade 2, $750,0000 Wood Memorial presented by NYRA Bets on April 6 looked a lot different from the ...

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WESTPORT, N.Y. — Volunteers come in all sizes as proven by three young, dedicated Essex County 4-H members who were honored for their work at a horse rescue. On April 1, just before National Volunteer Week, the Essex County Board of Supervisors recognized Paige Montville, 9; Natalie Mc Daniels, ...

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LOGAN TWP., N.J. — The Children’s Benefit Horse Show was held April 5 to 7 at the Gloucester County Dream Park. The show is hosted by the United Professional Horsemen’s Association, Chapter 15. The show featured Saddlebreds, Morgans and Hackneys shown by equestrians of all ages. The ...

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ANDERSON, Ind. — The deadline for HHYF scholarship applications is approaching fast — completed applications are due at the HHYF office by April 30, but early submission is encouraged. Log on to https://www.hhyf.org/hhyf-scholarships.html to access the applications and each scholarship’s ...

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RARITAN TOWNSHIP, N.J. — Each year, thousands of volunteers in New Jersey donate their time and energy to make their communities a better place to live. These volunteers will be among the millions across the nation who will be spotlighted during National Volunteer Week, April 7–13. In January, ...

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HACKETTSTOWN, N.J. — College-bound equestrians exploring equine science and career-focused liberal arts colleges and universities will have an opportunity to experience Centenary University firsthand. Known for their world-class equestrian program, Centenary University will partner with College ...

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FLEMINGTON. N.J. — Ken Berkley and Scott Stewart of River's Edge Farm are executive producers of a new documentary with Harry & Snowman and Life In The Doghouse filmmaker, Ron Davis. The film, To Serve & Protect, will chronicle a paradigm shift in efforts by law enforcement through the ...

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SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. — The National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame’s newest exhibition, Fabulous and Fast: The Female Horses of the Hall of Fame, is now open in the Museum’s Contemporary Racing Gallery. This spotlight on the 66 Hall of Fame fillies and mares features photographs, art, ...

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DEVON, Pa. — New for 2019, the National Dressage Pony Cup (NDPC) Sport Horse Breeding Championship division will be held at Dressage at Devon, being held Sept. 24-29 in Devon, Pa. Historically part of NDPC’s roster of official Partner Shows, last year Devon announced the addition of an all-new ...

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Sports betting fans are encouraged to come out to the Meadowlands Racetrack and meet the man who was instrumental in bringing sports wagering to New Jersey. Former New Jersey State Senator Ray Lesniak will be at the Meadowlands Racetrack FanDuel Sportsbook Monday, April 8 ...

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BEDFORD, N.Y. — Dressage4Kids will be in Pennsylvania and New York in the next few weeks. A benefit schooling show will be held at the Bucks County Horse Park on April 13. TEAM clinics will be held in Quakertown, Pa. and Goshen, N.Y. May 11 and 18, repectively. The Dressage4Kids’ TEAM Program ...

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OZONE PARK, N.Y. — The New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) Board of Directors announced the unanimous appointment of David O'Rourke as NYRA CEO and President. O'Rourke, who has been serving as Interim NYRA CEO since Jan. 23, will assume the role effective immediately. "David has made ...

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WACO, Texas – The conference championships concluded and the bracket for the National Collegiate Equestrian Association’s national tournament has been set. Local riders helped their teams get on the bracket. The National Collegiate Equestrian Association Championships take place April 17-20 in ...

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SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. — The board of directors of Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation announced today that it has authorized expenditure of $1,338,858 to fund eight new projects at seven universities, nine continuing projects, and three career development awards to fund veterinary research to ...

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MONTICELLO, N.Y. — The United States Harness Writers Association (USHWA) President, Shawn Wiles, announced that Communicator Hall of Famer Steven Wolf has been selected to be on the USHWA’s Hall of Fame Screening Committee for a six-year term. Wolf, 63, is a 1974 graduate of Hunterdon Central ...

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WELLINGTON, Fla. — On the final day of the 2019 Adequan® Global Dressage Festival on March 31, freestyle music sounded throughout the venue as competitors rode their last tests of the season. Topping the FEI Intermediaire-1 Freestyle CDI3* presented by Vita Flex were Betsy Steiner and Swiss ...

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HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. —Gary and Mary West’s homebred, Maximum Security, trained by New Jersey resident and Monmouth Park regular, Jason Servis, surprised in the $1 million Xpressbet.com Florida Derby (G1) at Gulfstream Park. The win earned 100 points and a spot in the Kentucky Derby for the ...

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BENSALEM, Pa. — It’s difficult to get much better than perfect. Racing eight times last year, Joseph Besecker’s Aztec Sense won all eight races, including five stakes, and at the annual horsemen’s awards banquet Wednesday evening, he was honored as the top thoroughbred in Pennsylvania for ...

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SOURLANDS, N.J. — The NJ Conservation Foundation is conducting a survey is to obtain feedback for the preparation of a stewardship plan for the new Preserve in the Sourlands, which is nearly 1,200 acres and includes lands owned by New Jersey Conservation Foundation and Somerset County. There are ...

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CHURCHILL DOWNS, Ky. — The Kentucky Derby which is the first leg of the Triple Crown series is about to unfold on the 4th of May. This will take place in the dirt race track of Churchill Downs, Louisville, Ky., Surely, this year’s edition of the Kentucky Derby will be attended by a lot of horse ...

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DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — Exercise rider Amelia Green and New York-bred Dubai World Cup contender Audible have turned heads during morning track work at Meydan Racecourse in Dubai. Audible, trained by Todd Pletcher for China Horse Club, Head of Plains Partners, Starlight Racing and WinStar ...

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Robert Ridland, Peter Doubleday, Colonel John W. "Gyp" Wofford and Bold Minstrel to be Inducted in Annual Ceremony at Devon Horse Show LEXINGTON, Ky. — The Show Jumping Hall of Fame is pleased to announce the results of its annual elections which resulted in the election of four new inductees — ...

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SARATOGA, N.Y. — Dr. Carolyn Karlson, Ph. D. of Sartoga has been elected as chair of the Retired Racehorse Project’s board of directors. Sue Smith was also elected vice chair and Graham and Anita Motion joined the board. Karlson is a longtime racehorse owner, owning horses both in partnership ...

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – Driver Dexter Dunn was electric at the Meadowlands on March 23, and so was the action, as Dunn scored four times on the program and wagering reached the magic $3-million mark for the fifth time in 2019. Dunn got his night off to a quick start, sweeping the Early Daily ...

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ALEXANDRIA TWP., N.J. — Riding with HEART is an equine assisted therapeutic riding center in Hunterdon County, N.J.  A donor is willing to match $100,000 to help the organization build an indoor arena so lessons can go one rain or shine. Riding with HEART — Hunterdon Equine Assisted Recreation ...

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LEXINGTON, Ky. — Trainers from New Jersey, Pennsylvania and New York are planning to attend the Extreme Mustang Makeover in Lexington, Ky., June 20-22. Emma Minteer, of Naples, N.Y., Kayla O’Leary of Center Moriches, N.Y., James Duffey of Garwood, N.J., Gerardo Garro of Washington, N.J., Dawson ...

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WASHINGTON, Pa. — Dew A Little Dance powered to the lead at the quarter and rolled to an unchallenged victory in the $25,600 championship of the Walter Russell Memorial Pace at The Meadows on March 22, completing his sweep of the series for 3- and 4-year-old colts, stallions and geldings. When ...

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ANDERSON, Ind. — The Harness Horse Youth Foundation will host events in New Jersey, Pennsylvania and New York. Preregistration is required for all events. Applications and more information are available at  https://www.hhyforg/schedule-applications.html. Dates, type of event, and locations ...

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LEXINGTON, Ky. — The U.S. Hunter Jumper Association opened applications for more than 50 Zone grants and scholarships, offering over $90,000 in funding to support members’ aspirations. Each USHJA Zone Committee establishes grants and scholarships that support the needs of members in their area.

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