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‘Unparalleled Reputation’: Benson Appointed Chief Veterinary Officer For Stronach

The Stronach Group has announced that well-respected equine veterinarian Dr. Dionne Benson has been appointed as the Chief Veterinary Officer for The Stronach Group. For the past seven years, Dr. Benson has been the Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer for the internationally-renowned Racing Medication and Testing Consortium (RMTC) in Lexington, KY. “We are thrilled […]

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‘Real Wow’: Serengeti Empress Confirmed ‘A Go’ For Kentucky Oaks

CHAMPAGNE ANYONE – Six Column Stables and Randy Bloch's Champagne Anyone visited the starting gate and jogged once around the main track under exercise rider Kara Lee for trainer Ian Wilkes. Winner of the Gulfstream Park Oaks (GII) in her most recent start, Champagne Anyone had worked five furlongs in :59.80 on Monday. LADY APPLE […]

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Medallion, MyRacehorse Acquire Interest In Fair Grounds Oaks Winner Street Band

Medallion Racing and MyRacehorse have acquired an interest in leading Kentucky Oaks (G1) candidate Street Band. The daughter of Istan is the recent winner of the G2 Fair Grounds Oaks, and currently ranks third on the Kentucky Oaks leaderboard. She is trained by Larry Jones, who campaigns the Kentucky homebred filly with his wife, Cindy […]

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Gorajec’s Plea For Whip Reform: Horse Racing’s Warts Have Been Exposed

Whip reform in horse racing is inevitable, former racing regulator Joe Gorajec writes in his InsideRacingRegs blog published at the The Jockey Club and Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association's Horse Racing Reform website. Citing the recent proposal by The Stronach Group (TSG) to limit use of the riding crop at its California tracks for safety […]

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Gaining Debuts For Brad Cox In Friday’s Bewitch Stakes

Juddmonte Farms' homebred Gaining (GB) will make her North American debut as the 120-pound highweight in the field of 10 entered Tuesday for Friday's 58th running of the $150,000 Bewitch (G3) for fillies and mares, 4-year-olds and up, going 1½ miles on Keeneland's turf. The Bewitch will go as the ninth race on closing day […]

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Jorge Vargas Voted Jockey Of The Week With Trio Of Stakes Victories

With more stakes wins than any other North American jockey last week, Jorge Vargas, Jr. was chosen as Jockeys' Guild Foundation Detox Jockey of the Week for April 15-21, 2019. The award is voted on by a panel of experts for riding accomplishments by members of the Jockeys' Guild, the organization which represents more than […]

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Almost A Century Old, Thistledown Set For 100-Day Meet

JACK Thistledown Racino kicks off its 2019 racing season Monday, April 29. This will be the first of 100 days of live Thoroughbred racing at the historic Cleveland-area track that first opened its gates in 1925. Director of Racing Operations Patrick Ellsworth will card eight races each Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday through Oct. 19. […]

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Racing Returns To Belmont Park For Spring/Summer Meet With Nearly 60 Stakes Races

Live Thoroughbred racing will return to Belmont Park on Friday, April 26 for its 48-day spring/summer meet, featuring 59 stakes races worth $18.4 million, that runs through Sunday, July 7. First post time is 1:30 p.m. on Friday, Opening Day, and admission gates will open at 11:30 a.m. General admission is $5 and general parking […]

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Kentucky Derby Notes: Anothertwistafate To Skip Derby, Point For Preakness

Trainer Blaine Wright said via text Tuesday morning that Peter Redekop's Anothertwistafate would be flying back to his home base at Golden Gate in Northern California and train there for the Preakness (GI). Anothertwistafate finished second in the Lexington (GIII) at Keeneland April 13 to boost his point total on the Road to the Kentucky […]

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