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History-Making Jockey Ray York Dies at Age 86

One of the most famous jockeys in American Thoroughbred racing died this week at the age of 86. Ray York retired in 1992 and battled with health issues for the last year of his life, finally succumbing to pneumonia on February 23 near his home in Bakersfield, California. York was a Kentucky Derby-winning jockey who […]
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Pennsylvania Governor Proposes Racing Industry Cuts

Governor Tom Wolf of Pennsylvania must make tough decisions. Each year, he must make budget proposals that lessen funding for one sector to help another sector. This year, one of those decisions is getting under the hooves of many in Pennsylvania’s horse racing industry. Wolf recently proposed taking $204 million from the Pennsylvania Race Horse […]
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$20,000,000 Saudi Cup Nominations

The $20 million Saudi Cup and preliminary events run on February 29, 2020. Hundreds of horses have been nominated for the races, with over 140 for the main event. The Saudi Cup is the brainchild of the Jockey Club of Saudi Arabia. The centerpiece of the event offers the highest payout in the world. The […]
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Horse Racing Odds

Trainer Linda Rice Reaches 2,000 Career Wins

On the second Sunday of 2020, Linda Rice won her 2000th race as a trainer. Rice joins Kathleen O’Connell (2,127 wins) and Kim Hammond (2,280 wins) in the 2,000 wins female club. These three women show that females can compete just as well as men in this male-dominated industry. Rice offered the following statement about […]
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Jonathan Thomas Replaces Catholic Boy with Xenobia

It was a truly emotional and eventful week for trainer Jonathan Thomas that thankfully ended on an optimistic note. Last week, Jonathan Thomas had to bid farewell to Catholic Boy, the two-time grade 1 winner, who was retiring prior to starting a stud career in 2020 at Claiborne Farm. Catholic Boy managed to earn a […]
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Animal Kingdom Acquired by Japan

American classic champion and winner Animal Kingdom has recently been sold to Japan. The news was revealed as a tweet from Naoya Yosida, the owner of Winchester Farm, and confirmed by Darren Fox, head of stallion nominations, who stated that the stallion was purchased by the Japan Bloodhorse Breeders’ Association. According to Darren Fox, Arrowfield […]
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Horse Euthanized at Santa Anita Park During Fall Meet

A horse that was participating in a race at Santa Anita Park in California on Saturday was injured following a bad step and had to be euthanized on the race track, making it the 32nd equine death that occurred at the famous horseracing track since last December. The three-year-old colt, by the name of Emtech, […]
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