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The Jockey Club Names Amber Florence Vice President Of Finance, Administration

Amber Florence was named vice president of finance and administration for The Jockey Club, effective June 5, 2023. She will be based in the Lexington, Kentucky, office. Prior to joining The Jockey Club, Florence served as the vice president of Corporate Accounting for MiddleGround Capital, where she led the finance operations of the private equity […]

Jockeys And Jeans Names Jim ‘Mattress Mack’ McIngvale Person Of The Year

Jockeys and Jeans, an all-volunteer group, will hold its annual fundraiser at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas on Saturday, June 24 at 6 p.m. and will honor Jim “Mattress Mack” McIngvale as its Person of the Year. To date, the volunteer group has raised more than $2.6 million for the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund (PDJF), […]

Stakes Triple, 11 Winners Lead To Jockey Of The Week Title For Irad Ortiz, Jr.

Reigning Eclipse Award jockey Irad Ortiz, Jr. did some travelling on Friday. After riding the first two races of the day at Belmont Park, he ventured the 180 miles to Penn National Race Course for Friday evening’s 11-race card. Ortiz proceeded to win two stakes races including the Grade 2 Penn Mile. Ortiz then headed […]

Michael Copeland Appointed CEO Of Woodbine Entertainment

Woodbine Entertainment’s Board of Directors has announced the unanimous appointment of sports and business leader Michael Copeland as Chief Executive Officer, effective October 1, 2023. Copeland, who is currently President, Commercial, joined Woodbine Entertainment in 2021 after holding various leadership roles in sports and entertainment, including President and CEO of the Canadian Football League’s (CFL) […]

Toledo, Russell Defend Preakness Meet Titles At Pimlico

Jevian Toledo and Brittany Russell continued their successful partnership by defending their titles as leading jockey and trainer as the Preakness Meet at historic Pimlico Race Course drew to a close Sunday. Toledo went winless with his two mounts Sunday, finishing with a comfortable 10-win margin over co-runners-up Sheldon Russell, Horacio Karamanos, and Victor Carrasco, […]

Valdivia Reaches 2,000-Win Career Milestone At Santa Anita

Jockey Jose Valdivia Jr. reached a career milestone on Saturday at Santa Anita when winning his 2,000th race aboard Mitico for owner-trainer Paula Capestro. Valdivia and Mitico were dispatched as the 2-1 second choice in the sixth race, a six-furlong dirt sprint for $20,000 claimers who have not won three races. Valdivia and Mitico, a […]

Trainer Nick Dilodovico: ‘There’s Still So Much To Learn’

Standing in the winner’s circle at historic Pimlico Race Course, late in the afternoon on a sunny Memorial Day holiday program, the significance of the moment was not lost on Nick Dilodovico. Dilodovico, the 32-year-old son of Laurel Park-based trainer Damon Dilodovico, had just saddled 2021 Maryland Million Sprint winner Air Token to a runaway […]

Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: ‘I Love Horses; That’s The Bottom Line’

It had been nine long years since Randy Morse had last saddled a graded stakes winner, leaving the trainer to walk into the Pimlico saddling paddock on May 19 with plenty on the line for the Grade 2 Black-Eyed Susan Stakes. He was preparing Taxed, the 3-year-old filly by Collected Morse had claimed on behalf […]