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Injured Romero Maragh Visits Gulfstream, Eager To Return To The Saddle

Apprentice jockey Romero Maragh was a most welcome visitor Wednesday at Gulfstream Park. The 19-year-old Hollywood, Fla., native was making his first visit to Gulfstream since being injured in a spill Jan. 31. “I miss the track,” he said. “I couldn't stay away,” Maragh underwent surgery to fuse four vertebrae at Aventura Hospital following the […]

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Equine Fatalities In Kentucky Were Up In 2018, And No One Is Quite Sure Why

Kentucky, which has traditionally tracked slightly better than the national average on race-related fatalities, closed out 2018 with a significant increase, and Kentucky Horse Racing Commission staff are stumped. Figures presented at a KHRC meeting Feb. 19 showed there were 36 fatalities in the state in 2018, compared with 20 the previous year. That figure […]

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Justify’s Half-Sister Finishes Fifth In Career Debut At Tampa Bay

Justify's half-sister was the subject of attention before the eighth race on the turf, but another first-time starter, 3-year-old filly Pep, made a decisive stretch move up the rail under jockey Willie Martinez to pull off a 13-1 upset, defeating Chancetheracer by a length-and-a-quarter. The winner's time was 1:43.02 for the mile-and-a-sixteenth distance. Pep is […]

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Stronach 5 Pool Expected To Eclipse $500,000 Friday

The Stronach 5 will have a record pool Friday when the national wager with an industry-low 12-percent takeout begins with a carryover of $169,305.51. The Stronach 5 will kick off at 4:35 p.m. with the ninth race at Laurel Park. It will be followed by a pair of turf races from Gulfstream Park and a […]

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Optimism, Forgiveness Prevail As Carmouche Eyes Return To The Saddle

Noted orthopaedic trauma surgeon Philip Kregor was blunt when he met with jockey Kendrick Carmouche and his wife, Whitney, following a horrific accident at Kentucky Downs last Sept. 8. According to Whitney, he told them Carmouche's broken right femur was one of the two worst he had ever seen and compared the damage to what […]

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