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Amy Zimmerman, Jay Privman Join CARMA Board

California Retirement Management Account (CARMA), a nonprofit organization that provides funding for the retirement of Thoroughbred racehorses in California, has announced the addition of two new board members. Amy Zimmerman and Jay Privman have been appointed to the board to fill vacancies left by the resignation of Candace Coder-Chew and the untimely passing of Howard […]

Clocker-Turned-Trainer Schleis Sends Out First Career Winner At Oaklawn

After trading his stopwatch for a trainer’s license, Casey Schleis recorded his first career victory when Hoping for a Ring captured last Saturday’s fourth race at Oaklawn under Elvin Gonzalez. According to Equibase, racing’s official data gathering organization, Hoping for a Ring ($15.40) represented the fifth career starter for Schleis, 47, previously a longtime clocker […]

Carroll, Co-Breeder Of Champion Female Sprinter Maryfield, Passes At Age 72

Mike Carroll, co-breeder of 2007 U.S. champion female sprinter Maryfield and former owner of Grandview Farm, died Feb. 22 in Guelph, Ontario, the Canadian Thoroughbred reports. He was 72. A lifelong horseman, Carroll began his connection to Thoroughbreds in the 1970s when he started working for renowned owner and breeder Robert Sangster. He joined E. […]

‘Every Win Here Is Special’: Manny Franco Celebrates Five Wins Friday At Aqueduct

Manny Franco extended his lead atop the jockey standings by notching five wins from seven mounts on Friday’s eight-race card at Aqueduct Racetrack. Franco, who equaled a NYRA record by winning with 6-of-7 mounts on January 6 here, leads all riders at the Aqueduct winter meet with 56 wins. “It means a lot to me. […]

‘Why I Stole His Flying Dismount’: Frankie Dettori Recounts Riding Lesson With Angel Cordero

Top international jockey Frankie Dettori spoke with Barry Irwin for the Thoroughbred Racing Commentary this week, reflecting on his career and some of its most-memorable moments. One story fans may not have heard was that of a riding lesson with Hall of Fame jockey Angel Cordero at Belmont Park in 1990. “In 1990 I came to […]

Sisters Katie, Jackie Davis To Compete In Camarero’s ‘Jockette Challenge’

Jockeys Katie and Jackie Davis, both regular riders on the NYRA circuit, will head to Puerto Rico on Sunday to compete in Camarero Race Track’s second annual Jockette Challenge, a multi-race competition for female jockeys on the eight-race card. The Jockette Challenge, which was first contested in March 2020, returns after being canceled in 2021 […]

From COVID To HISA, Nebraska’s Tom Sage Back As ARCI Chair

Tom Sage, the executive director of the Nebraska Racing and Gaming Commission, is the new chairman of the Association of Racing Commissioners International (ARCI), the umbrella organization representing governmental regulators of horse and greyhound racing. While ARCI chairs serve one-year terms, Sage actually has experience in the board’s top spot. He first served as chairman […]

Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: ‘Educated Risk’ Proves A Practical Move

Leslie Amestoy walked away from the OBS auction ring when bidding rose above $180,000. That was the budget she and her husband, Pierre, had considered for the son of Practical Joke, after all. Minutes later, Pierre Amestoy returned to the table and showed his wife the sales ticket: he’d bought the colt for a final […]

Alex Canchari’s Brain To Be Examined For Signs Of Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy

Following the tragic suicide of 29-year-old jockey Alex Canchari last week, his family told television station KMSP that they have decided to send the rider’s brain to the Boston University Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) Center. The hope is to determine whether Canchari suffered from CTE. Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy, or CTE, is a disorder caused by […]

Fair Grounds: ‘Up-And-Coming’ Jockey Reylu Gutierrez Closing In On First Riding Title

Throughout the 2022 – 2023 meet at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots, Reylu Gutierrez, Jareth Loveberry, and James Graham have been at the top of jockey colony, battling for the riding title. With 14 race cards left in the meet, Gutierrez leads all with 59 wins. Loveberry has won 46 races but is sidelined […]