Horse Racing

September 20, 2018

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. — The National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame has named Cate Johnson as its acting director. Johnson, formerly the Museum’s director of development, takes over for Cathy Marino, the Museum’s director since 2016. Marino will continue to work for the Museum as project leader ...

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FREEHOLD, N.J. — Soon to be Hall of Fame member, Foiled Again was the star of the Open Space Pace at  Freehold Raceway on Sept. 15. The Open Space Pace is a nonprofit organization with a mission to celebrate the horse, New Jersey’s official state animal, and to promote open space in the nation’s ...

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ELMONT, N.Y. — Jockey Irad Ortiz, Jr. added to an impressive month when he notched his 2,000th career victory on Sept. 15 at Belmont Park. The 26-year-old piloted Gambler's Fallacy (No. 8) to the winner's circle in the sixth race, a 1 1/16-mile allowance on the inner turf, giving him his second ...

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HARRISBURG, Pa. — Pennsylvania’s State Horse Racing Commission has partnered with Delaware Valley University to conduct an economic impact study to analyze the current status of the industry. Standardbred and Thoroughbred stakeholders are encouraged to take the survey, which only takes a few ...

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SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. — Woodside Charm shattered the North American record for 2-year-old trotting fillies at Saratoga Casino Hotel on Sept. 13. Woodside Charm and trainer-driver Verlin Yoder turned in a scintillating 1:53.4 mile on Thursday at Saratoga Casino Hotel. Drawing the rail in the ...

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NEW YORK, N.Y. — The Jockey Club recently elected six new members: Craig Bandoroff, Michael Del Giudice, Staci Hancock, James Lawson, Maria Niarchos-Gouazé, and Ogden Phipps II. Craig Bandoroff owns Denali Stud, which he founded in 1990. Denali is one of the nation’s leading consignors, and the ...

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CHESTER, Pa. — What race horse trainer would not love to have a million dollar earner in their barn? Recently, it appears several people want a particular one named Southern Allie.  When one is racing in races where the purse is $500,000 or $1 million each, it doesn't take long for a top horse ...

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SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. — A bronze sculpture of Hall of Fame jockey Julie Krone, the first woman elected to the Hall of Fame, has been gifted to the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame by Krone, artist Linda Stinson and her husband, Michael. Currently on display in the Museum’s Sculpture ...

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SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. — With Hall of Fame rider John Velazquez in the saddle for Red Oak Stables and Madaket Stables’, Mind Control took the lead early and stayed on to win Saratoga's $350,000, Grade 1 Hopeful Stakes on closing day. Shortly after the bell, Mind Control was hooked by Nitrous and ...

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SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. — The New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) welcomed four-time Eclipse Award-winning and two-time Triple Crown-winning trainer Bob Baffert to the Walk of Fame at Saratoga Race Course on Aug. 24. The Walk of Fame, which opened in 2015, honors and showcases the ...

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YONKERS, N.Y. — Stay Hungry moved one step nearer the Pacing Triple Crown with a win in  Messenger Stakes at Yonkers Raceway on Spt. 1 while trainer-driver Ake Svanstedt enjoyed a record-setting night in trotting stakes action for 3-year-olds by capturing the Yonkers Trot with Six Pack and Hudson ...

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SARATOGA SPRINGS., N.Y. — The Japanese-bred Yoshida, a colt who had never before raced on a dirt track, took the lead inside the eighth pole and went on the win the $750,000, Grade 1 Woodward Stakes on Saratoga's closing weekend. In his 10 previous starts, the 4-year-old colt recorded four wins ...

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SARATOGA SPRINGS., N.Y.— After spending the early days of his horse racing career honing his craft under Hall of Fame trainer Bobby Frankel, trainer Chad Brown went out on his own in November, 2007. With some success under his belt, he applied for stalls for the 2008 Saratoga meeting with the ...

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SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. — Jockey Willie McCarthy prevented a major robbery when he and the Irish-bred Dark Gemini came from last place to win Saratoga's final steeplechase of the 2018 season. When the flag dropped for the $65,000 allowance race at 2-3/8 miles over nine National Fences, Bernie ...

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SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. — The stated mission of the Race Track Chaplaincy of America in New York is to serve workers who toil behind the scenes in support of the thoroughbred racing industry at Belmont Park, Aqueduct Race Track, and Saratoga Springs Race Course. “The New York Race Track ...

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SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. — The New York Racing Association put up $1.1 million in purse money for six stakes races to salute New York's horse racing breeding program on Aug. 24 and Sea Foam took the first and biggest slice of the swag. Racing in the colors of John Merriweather's Waterville Lake ...

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SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. — Grade 1 races were the order of the day for Saturday, Aug. 25 at Saratoga. Not only the Travers, but five others worth a total of $3.4 million were on the docket — any of which could be the signature races for many other race tracks. But big purses were not the only ...

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OCEANPORT, N.J. — A spur-of-the-moment entry turned into a win for Amatteroftime in the $60,000 New Jersey Breeders Handicap on New Jersey-bred day at Monmouth Park. The New Jersey Breeders Handicap was the first of three stakes for New Jersey-breds carded for Aug. 26. After the race, trainer ...

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SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. — ”And the others don't have a prayer.” That was track announcer Larry Collmus' call as Catholic Boy galloped home the winner of Saratoga's $1.25 million, Grade 1 Runhappy Travers Stakes. On a day when the weather was ordered by the Chamber of Commerce, Catholic Boy, who ...

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LEXINGTON, Ky. — Horse Racing Reform, an industry initiative led by The Jockey Club and Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association, has launched an updated website, www.horseracingreform.org, designed to better inform and educate the general public, racing fans, and industry personnel on safety, ...

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SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. — Optimus Prime, a horse that was purchased sight unseen by George Mahoney's Rosbrian Farm at Glyndon, Md. and trainer Ricky Hendriks, overtook the pace setters around the final turn and went on to win Saratoga's $175,000, Grade 1 New York Turf Writers Handicap on Aug.

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SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y.— Unique Bella, the Eclipse Award winning champion female sprinter of 2017, has been retired. The 4-year-old daughter of Tapit, who was bred by Mrs. Malcom (Betty) Moran's Brushwood Stables at Malvern, Pa., was diagnosed with a fractured sesamoid following a workout on Aug. 18 ...

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SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. — Question: What happens when your horse wins a race at Galway in Ireland that's worth $292,000 with your jockey carrying 153 pounds for the famed Irish trainer Gordon Richards? Answer: Americans buy your horse and ship him to Saratoga to run in the $175,000, Grade 1 New ...

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SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. — Eskimo Kisses barged her way into the top ranks of currently racing Thoroughbred fillies when she charged to the front passing the eighth pole and galloped home the winner of Saratoga's $600,000, Grade 1 Alabama Stakes on Aug. 18. The chestnut filly took three cracks at ...

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SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. — The New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) celebrated women and their contributions to the thoroughbred industry while raising funds to support The Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF) during Fabulous Fillies Day at Saratoga Race Course. As a new element to the ...

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OCEANPORT, N.J. — ”I'm walking on air right now,” The speaker is Thoroughbred trainer Jorge Navarro after Find the Money staged a hard fought battle to win the eighth race on Thursday's Monmouth Park card. That win gave the Panamanian-born conditioner 66 winners for the season to break the old ...

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SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. — The New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) will welcome racing fans to get an up-close look at the new Triple Crown trophy in conjunction with Lustgarten Foundation Day at Saratoga Race Course on Saturday, Aug. 18. The afternoon will feature the running of the Grade 1, ...

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SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. — The Saratoga 150 Committee announced the two newest inductees to the Hoofprints Walk of Fame at Saratoga Race Course: champion horse Checkmate and Travers winner General Assembly. Modeled after the Hollywood Walk of Fame, the Hoofprints Walk of Fame was installed outside ...

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SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. — Call Paul, a 2-year-old son of Friesan Fire from the Forestry mare Avanti Force, survived a bumping incident in the home stretch and went on to a 1-3/4 length win in Saratoga's $200,000, Grade 2 Saratoga Special on Aug. 12. The colt, who was bred in Pennsylvania by ...

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ARLINGTON HEIGHTS,  Ill. — Chad Brown became only the third trainer of Thoroughbred horses to send out the winner of the Grade 1 Arlington Million, Arlington Park's signature race three times, when Carlos E. Lavin's Chilean-bred Robert Bruce won the 36th running of North America's first million ...

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