Month: May 2019

Horse racing gets its feel-good story – Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

He woke up Sunday morning to find 487 unread text messages on his phone. So he wasn’t dreaming. It really happened. Tyler Gaffalione, 5-3 and 112 pounds, had become the biggest thing in his sport. From the town of Davie, Fla., 30 minutes north of Miami, Gaffalione had just steered War Of Will to victory…

Horse Racing Returns to Arizona Downs This Weekend | Signals – Signals AZ

PRESCOTT VALLEY – Year-round horse racing returns to Arizona on Memorial Day weekend when the newly renovated Arizona Downs racetrack kicks off its inaugural summer racing season. The action begins on Friday, May 24 when the spacious three-floor venue opens its gates to Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse racing, and an entertainment-packed season that continues every…

Closer Look at Preakness Victor War of Will, Looking Ahead to Belmont

Making the Grade, which will run through the 2019 Belmont Stakes, focuses on the winners or top performers of the key races, usually from the previous weekend, who could impact the Triple Crown. We’ll be taking a close look at impressive winners and evaluating their chances to win classic races based upon ability, running style,…

Five Reasons to Attend the 85th Fair Hill Races

The Fair Hill Races are this Friday and Saturday, May 24 and 25, and the event is sure to have something for everyone. Read on for five reasons you need to attend! 1. Celebrate the history! This year marks 85 years for the Fair Hill Races, and the Cecil County Breeders’ Fair added Friday racing. This is…

22 Tennessee racing horses sick with equine blood parasite – New York Post

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Tennessee’s state veterinarian’s office is investigating an outbreak of a blood parasite in a group of racing quarter horses. The office says 22 horses have tested positive for equine piroplasmosis in five locations within Bedford, Rutherford and Williamson counties. It can take up to 30 days for an infected horse to test…

Dying on the track: Horse racing is at a crossroads – The Hill

The fatal heart attack that felled Congrats Gal at Pimlico on Black Eyed Susan Day last week was just the latest sign that horse racing, which has enjoyed substantial social sanction over the centuries, is in serious straits. The death at Pimlico follows a spate of racetrack deaths that promise to diminish racing’s appeal, including…

Bodexpress’ Preakness Stakes ‘assistant starter wasn’t ready’ – Horse Racing Nation

Photo: Eclipse Sportswire Jockey John Velazquez, speaking Monday to CNN, cited “miscommunication between us and the assistant starter” that led to Bodexpress’ bucking beginning to the Preakness Stakes.“When the gates opened, I think my assistant starter wasn’t ready for it,” said Velazquez, who flew high out of the saddle when Bodexpress moved. Beforehand, the colt…

Julie Krone: Always in the Moment

When Julie Krone was riding, it was always on to the next race, on to the next day, on to the next track, allowing precious little time to celebrate her accomplishments, no matter how unprecedented they were. “When you are younger,” she said, “you are so in the moment.” Now that she is 55 years old,…