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Churchill plans to expand paddock in time for 2024 Kentucky Derby

Daily Racing Form - Wed, 2022-04-27 19:55
Churchill Downs will expand and renovate its existing paddock to incorporate premium seating and suites, a project that will also allow the paddock to hold more than double the number of people than it does presently, the track announced on Wednesday.

Lisa Giannelli Trial Begins

Thoroughbred Daily News - Wed, 2022-04-27 19:51

Jury selection kicked off April 27 in the trial of a Delaware woman who prosecutors say helped veterinarian Dr. Seth Fishman supply illegal performance-enhancing drugs to trainers who used them to secretly dope horses to win races.

By day's end, a jury of eight men and four women was sworn in to hear the case against Lisa Giannelli in U.S. District Court in New York.

Judge Mary Kay Vyskocil scheduled opening statements for Apr. 28. The government has two FBI agents lined up to testify as their first witnesses.

Giannelli was in court for the jury selection.

One of the jurors chosen is a 60-year-old woman who said during voir dire that she has attended the GI Kentucky Derby “numerous times.”

Giannelli, of Felton, worked for Fishman and his Florida company Equestology as a sales representative. They were arrested two years ago following a lengthy FBI investigation into suspected backstretch horse doping that nabbed more than two dozen others.

Those charged included prominent Thoroughbred trainers Jorge Navarro and Jason Servis. Navarro pleaded guilty last year and was sentenced to five years in prison. Servis is awaiting a trial that has been pushed back to early 2023.

Giannelli's case is being heard in the same courthouse where Fishman was convicted Feb. 2 on two counts of conspiracy to violate adulteration or misbranding laws after an 11-day trial. She is charged with one of those crimes.

Fishman and Giannelli have been the only ones in the case to take their chances at trial. There have been nine other guilty pleas since the arrests, including Navarro's.

Giannelli was to be tried with Fishman, but after opening statements and testimony from the government's first witness, a mistrial was declared in her case after her lawyer Louis Fasulo tested positive for COVID-19, preventing him from proceeding.

She faces five years in prison if convicted. She is free on $100,000 bond.

At a conference Apr. 25, Fasulo said his client would be testifying in her own defense. He also said she would be his only witness. Fishman didn't testify, and his lawyers called no other witnesses.

Fasulo told Vyskocil that he was “100% certain” Gianelli would take the stand.

“I never make that commitment, but we know it's going to happen,” he said.

In court papers last month, prosecutors spelled out their case against Giannelli.

They said she had traveled to racehorse training facilities in the northeast U.S., offering to sell Fishman's drugs “on demand, without regard to the existence of any prescription, the medical need for such drugs or the legality (or propriety) of selling such drugs directly to racehorse trainers.”

In court papers, Fasulo has signaled his intent to put on a “good faith” defense.

“A person acts in good faith when he or she has an honestly held belief, opinion, or understanding that as part of her experience in the horse racing industry veterinarians were allowed to sell drugs they compounded or manufactured and it was the trainer's responsibility to follow withdrawal times, even though the belief, opinion or understanding turns out to be inaccurate or incorrect,” Fasulo wrote in a proposed instruction that he wants the jury to hear before it begins deliberations.

At the previous trial, Fasulo sought to distance his client from Fishman, a tactic he is expected to take this time around.

“We sit here today after hearing the government's opening statement that Lisa Giannelli is a lone wolf in a herd of sheep,” he said as he began his opening remarks to the prior jury. “This case will prove that Lisa was a sheep herded by the sheep master.”

Fasulo said then that Giannelli had been a groom and a trainer before she went to work for Fishman. He said they had worked together for 18 years.

Fasulo said his client had no ability to create the products that Fishman manufactured and had no ability to label them.

“She took no responsibility as to the products as they were presented to her, other than they were presented by a veterinarian who was licensed in the states in which she was dealing,” he said.

At the end of his remarks, he said they don't hide from the fact that Giannelli worked for Fishman.

“What the government found in her home were products given to her by Seth Fishman, the veterinarian, and you will hear that she believed those products to be okay to transport to others,” he said.

The trial is expected to last two weeks.

   The Thoroughbred industry's leading publications are working together to cover this key trial.

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La Carrera del Día de DRF - 28 de abril 2022

Daily Racing Form - Wed, 2022-04-27 17:50
DRF presenta La Carrera del Dia, un micro en el que Roberto Rodríguez y Ramón Brito ofrecen sus detallados análisis y pronósticos sobre dicha competencia.

Freehold: Eight enter Dexter Cup; no elims needed

Daily Racing Form - Wed, 2022-04-27 17:39
Eight horses were entered for the Dexter Cup, the first Grand Circuit event of the season for 3-year-old male trotters, making eliminations unnecessary this Saturday at Freehold Raceway. All eight horses advance directly to the Dexter Cup final, which will go for a purse of $150,505, on May 7 at the half-mile track in central New Jersey.

Meadowlands: Summer Meet Survival Challenge starts May 6

Daily Racing Form - Wed, 2022-04-27 17:30
The Meadowlands Summer Meet Survival Challenge kicks off Friday, May 6, 2022. Cash prizes and World Harness Handicapping Championship seats are prizes in this free online competition.

Early Voting Targets Preakness

Thoroughbred Daily News - Wed, 2022-04-27 17:00

Klaravich Stables' Early Voting (Gun Runner) is possible to make his next start in the May 21 GI Preakness S. at Pimlico, although trainer Chad Brown may opt to enter the GIII Withers S. winner Monday in the GI Kentucky Derby if there is a strategic defection. The four-time Eclipse Award-winning trainer will be represented by Keeneland's GI Blue Grass S. winner Zandon (Upstart) at Churchill Downs for the Derby.

“Right now the horse is still in New York preparing for the Preakness,” Brown said of Early Voting. “If the complexion of the Derby field changes a certain way before the race, it's not out of the question that I go ahead and ship him over to Churchill and enter him in the Derby. But right now we're planning on running in the Preakness.”

He continued, “We have the points [to get in the Derby]. The horse is doing well. We have the flexibility to keep it as an option. No one is forcing us to make a decision earlier than we want. I don't want to make a 'final' decision and then change your mind. That's worse than delaying. Things happen. Horses drop out, the pace scenario could change, things like that. Seth [Klarman] and I want to handle it intelligently. We want the flexibility. But if everything stays the way it is right now with the field, I plan on running the horse in the Preakness.”

Early Voting has raced only three times: winning a one-mile maiden race at Aqueduct Dec. 18, followed by a 4 1/2-length victory over Un Ojo (Laoban) in the Withers Feb. 5 before finishing second to Mo Donegal (Uncle Mo) in the GII Wood Memorial Apr.9. Un Ojo subsequently won the GII Rebel S. at odds of 75-1 at Oaklawn Feb. 26.

“With only three starts under his belt, putting him in a 20-horse field not even knowing what post you're going to draw and bringing him all the way over here [to Churchill], I didn't feel was a good gamble for the future of the horse. Seth feels the same way. However, if the field changes in such a way where it looks like he's moving up to be one of the main contenders and maybe one of the only pace horses in the race, then I would change my mind.”

Early Voting's path to the Preakness is similar to that of former Brown charge, Cloud Computing, who captured the Classic in 2017. Also owned by Klaravich, Cloud Computing also ran three times, winning his debut at Aqueduct in February, finishing second in the GIII Gotham S. before coming home third in the Wood. He also skipped the Derby before winning the Preakness.

“We've won the Preakness before, obviously,” Brown said. “With Seth being a Baltimore native, it's a very important race to him and he'd be honored to win it a second time, he tells me. So it's not a disappointing goal to shoot for. We hold the race in high regard, and we want to do the right thing for the horse for the future, too, beyond the Derby and the Preakness.”

He added, “This horse has a big career ahead of him. Right now he's a beautiful, sound, improving horse. We want to continue to develop him.”

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Fueled by casino growth, Churchill Downs Inc. business up in first quarter

Daily Racing Form - Wed, 2022-04-27 16:58
Churchill Downs Inc. had net income of $42.1 million in the first quarter of 2022, the company announced on Wednesday, after seeing revenue from its casinos in Kentucky and elsewhere enjoy strong growth compared to the first quarter of last year, when some pandemic-related restrictions were still in place.

Gana en Keeneland con ElPotroRoberto - Abril 28

Daily Racing Form - Wed, 2022-04-27 16:55
ElPotroRoberto ha sido reconocido como uno de los pioneros en el movimiento que ha impulsado la difusión del hipismo en Norteamérica para los hípicos de habla hispana. A continuación, presentamos nuestras selecciones para este jueves 28 de abril en Keeneland. Recuerden suscribirse a los canales de YouTube de DRF en Español y Keeneland en Español.

Secret Oath Could Try Preakness After Oaks

Thoroughbred Daily News - Wed, 2022-04-27 16:26

Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas indicated Secret Oath (Arrogate) may take another shot against the boys in the GI Preakness S. at Pimlico May 21 following tilt at the May 6 GI Kentucky Oaks. Secret Oath finished third in the GI Arkansas Derby in her first start against males.

“We had no intention of running in the [GI Kentucky] Derby; running a mile and a quarter, in a 20-horse field,” Lukas said. “Whether you could make a case or not that she's one of the better 3-year-olds in the country–which you can–we had no intention of that.”

He continued, “We were running in the Arkansas Derby because the race was [worth] $1.25 million. That in itself was the incentive. If she had won the Arkansas Derby, we wouldn't have run in the Kentucky Derby. We were pretty adamant that we were going to run in the [Kentucky] Oaks and have the best filly in the country.”

The second jewel in the American Triple Crown is contested over 9 1/2 furlongs.

“That's what the nomination was for,” Lukas said. “That's what we thought: If we have a big Oaks, now we cut back in distance. We go to a 14-horse field versus 20. We go on a different surface, tight turns, where speed would be good. It changes the whole game when you go to the Preakness.”

Lukas has won the Preakness on six occasions, most recently with Calumet Farm's Oxbow in 2013. The Preakness also gave Lukas his first Triple Crown victory, that coming with Codex in 1980.

“I have good luck at the Preakness,” said Lukas, who also has won the Derby and GI Belmont S. four times apiece. “I always have had.”

Secret Oath, by champion Arrogate, won the Martha Washington S. and GIII Honeybee S. this winter at Oaklawn earlier this season. She ranks with 80 points for the May 6 Oaks.

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Dark Angel Firster Impressive At Keeneland

Thoroughbred Daily News - Wed, 2022-04-27 15:30

4th-Keeneland, $75,045, Msw, 4-27, 3yo/up, f/m, 5 1/2fT, 1:03.01, gd, 1/2 length.
CHARDY PARTY (IRE) (f, 3, Dark Angel {Ire}–Spiritual Lady {GB} {SW-Eng}, by Pastoral Pursuits {GB}), off a step slow from the inside gate at 4-5, raced mid-pack in ninth along the rail behind early front-runner Peligroso (Honor Code). She remained stuck inside, marred by traffic trouble, into the far turn. Passing the eighth pole and still several lengths off the lead, she swung out off the rail into the four path and kicked on, catching the pace-setting Peligroso in the final strides to just get up by a half-length. Chardy Party (Ire) is the third winner for owner Stonestreet Stables procured from the Tattersalls October Sale by Ben McElroy. Sales History: 110,000gns Ylg '20 TATOCT. Lifetime Record: 1-1-0-0, $33,945. Click for the chart or VIDEO, sponsored by TVG.

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Derby Hopeful Crown Pride Works

Thoroughbred Daily News - Wed, 2022-04-27 15:17

Teruya Yoshida's Crown Pride (Jpn) (Reach the Crown {Jpn}) worked a bullet half-mile in :46.40 at Churchill Downs Wednesday morning in advance of the May 7 Kentucky Derby. With regular morning partner Masa Matsuda aboard, Crown Pride cut out fractions of :11.60, :23.20 and :46.40, galloping out in 1:00.20 and 1:14.80 while working in company with the 4-year-old Southern Passage. Crown Pride left Japan Mar. 17 to travel to Dubai where he won the G2 UAE Derby before arriving in Louisville Mar. 30. Wednesday's work was his fourth since his arrival in Kentucky. Before the work, Crown Pride warmed up in the mile chute while the track was undergoing a harrow break and following the work had a leisurely trip back to the quarantine barn.

“That is a typical Japanese training regimen,” said Japan-based representative for the Kentucky Derby Kate Hunter. “Masa was very pleased with the work. He said Crown Pride moves well over the surface with no extra effort.”

Crown Pride's previous works here were six furlongs in 1:18.60 Apr. 16, a half-mile in :49.80 Apr. 19 and a half-mile in :49.20  Apr. 24. He is scheduled to work again Sunday.

Trainer Koichi Shintani is scheduled to arrive in Louisville Sunday night and will be in attendance at the post position draw Monday afternoon. Jockey Christophe Lemaire is scheduled to arrive in Louisville on Monday.

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Aqueduct Spring Draws over $115M in Handle

Thoroughbred Daily News - Wed, 2022-04-27 13:26

The recently concluded 15-day spring meet at Aqueduct Racetrack generated $115,750,073 in all-sources handle, a 35.5 percent increase over the 11-day spring meet held in 2021, according to The New York Racing Association, Inc. Wednesday.

On-track handle for the 2022 Aqueduct spring meet, which includes wagering from New York State residents utilizing NYRA Bets, was $11,332,663. The 2021 Aqueduct spring meet, which was conducted without fans in attendance, saw on-track handle of $5,734,531. Average daily handle for the spring meet was $7,716,672 compared with $7,765,368 in 2021. The 2022 Aqueduct meet included 134 races with 37 on the turf. A total of 95 races were held with 29 on the turf. Average field size was 7.00 in 2022 compared with 7.16 in 2021.

The spring/summer meet at Belmont Park kicks off Apr. 28. First post is 1:20 p.m. EST.

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Bidding Opens For Todd Dispersal on Fasig-Tipton Digital

Thoroughbred Daily News - Wed, 2022-04-27 12:20

Bidding for Phase I of the dispersal of the Estate of Glen Todd is now open at This first phase of the dispersal includes horses of racing age, 2-year-olds in training and yearlings. Pegasus Training Center will be acting as agent for the dispersal.

A fixture on the racing scene in British Columbia, Canada, John Glendon 'Glen' Todd passed away Mar. 27 at the age of 75. Todd was involved with Thoroughbred racing for the better part of 50 years and since 2006, campaigned nearly 50 black-type winners in the name of North American Thoroughbred Horse Co., as well as in his own name and in partnership.

“Glen Todd was a titan of the British Columbia Thoroughbred industry and a wonderful supporter of Thoroughbred racing and breeding as a whole,” said Leif Aaron, Fasig-Tipton Director of Digital Sales. “We are honored that his estate has entrusted Fasig-Tipton Digital with the dispersal of his stable.”

Some 31 horses will be offered–without reserve–over the next week on the Fasig-Tipton Digital Platform, including 10 horses of racing age, 14 2-year-olds in training and seven yearlings. All the juveniles have been broken and are galloping. Bidding will close at 2 p.m. EDT Tuesday, May 3. All horses are located at the Pegasus Training Center in Redmond, WA, and are available for inspection. Prospective buyers may contact Pegasus at (425) 898-1060.

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NYRA Hearing Officer Recommends Two-Year Suspension for Baffert

Thoroughbred Daily News - Wed, 2022-04-27 12:00

Judge O. Peter Sherwood, the retired New York Supreme Court justice who served as the hearing officer in NYRA's dispute with Bob Baffert, has issued his report, recommending that Baffert receive a two-year suspension.

“NYRA has reasonably concluded that it will not condone Baffert's reckless practices, outrageous behavior and substance violations, each of which compromises the integrity of the sport,” Sherwood wrote. “I conclude that NYRA has reasonably determined that he should be excluded from the Racetracks for a lengthy period.”

The report has been sent to a three-person panel that has been convened to consider whether or not Baffert should be penalized by NYRA. Each side will have 14 days to respond to the report. After the 14 days, the panel will have 10 days to make a final decision.

The panel consists of attorney John Carusone Jr., New York Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association Executive Director Will Alempijevic and Humberto Chavez, who heads the New York Racetrack Chaplaincy of America program.

On May 17, NYRA suspended Baffert, but had to drop the ban when a federal judge ruled that NYRA could not take such steps without first holding a hearing for Baffert or for anyone else the racing organization sought to suspend. Because of its affiliation with the state of New York, NYRA, unlike privately owned tracks like Churchill Downs, does not necessarily have the right to ban someone without due process. Churchill's two-year ban of Baffert is currently in place. He is also currently serving a 90-day suspension handed down by the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission.

The hearing commenced in January with NYRA attorney Henry Greenberg stating that Baffert had taken a “wrecking ball” to the sport's integrity because of his record of repeated drug violations. NYRA charged that during a 14-month span, Baffert-trained horses tested positive for prohibited medications seven times. The most high-profile offense occurred in the 2021 GI Kentucky Derby in which Medina Spirit (Protonico) tested positive for betamethasone.

NYRA released Sherwood's 54-page report Wednesday.

In asking the hearing officer to recommend a suspension for Baffert, NYRA said that his conduct was detrimental to the best interests of racing, the health and safety of the horses and NYRA business operations. Baffert's team countered, arguing that NYRA's characterizations of the offenses were misleading and that NYRA “grossly overstates” the seriousness of the substances involved in the many positive drug tests. Citing expert testimony presented at the hearing, Baffert contended that the substances were not performance-enhancing and would not mask injury.

Sherwood did not seem to give much merit to those arguments or any others made by the Baffert team, writing that NYRA had met its burden of proof in respect to all charges it made against Baffert.

“NYRA maintains (and the record shows) that Baffert has engaged in a pattern and practice of unlawful conduct that has no parallel in the modern history of Thoroughbred racing,” Sherwood wrote.

He continues: “NYRA also proved that each time Baffert was charged with a violation he provided an implausible excuse, and blamed others for conduct that he, as the trainer, was responsible for as a matter of law.”

Sherwood agreed with NYRA's contention that a failure to suspend Baffert would have negative consequences for the racing association and the sport in general.

“In NYRA's reasonable judgment, a failure to suspend Baffert could result in public scandal and ultimately a decrease  in spectatorship, loss of revenues to the State and NYRA's racetracks and even a decline of Thoroughbred racing as a sport,” Sherwood wrote. “I find that NYRA need not continue to suffer Baffert's defaults and to bear the risk of loss of public confidence.”

He continues: “In NYRA's reasonable judgment, a failure to suspend Baffert could result in public scandal and ultimately a decrease in spectatorship, loss of revenues to the State and NYRA's racetracks, and even a decline of Thoroughbred racing as a sport. I find that NYRA need not continue to suffer Baffert's defaults and to bear the risk of loss of public confidence.”

NYRA had proposed that Baffert be banned for “a lengthy period” and did not suggest a specific length of suspension. Citing the Churchill suspension and writing that “Baffert has not established grounds for any shorter period of exclusion at the NYRA Racetracks,” Sherwood recommended the two-year suspension.

The panel could give Baffert credit for the 59 days he was suspended before the judge ruled that NYRA had to give him a hearing. Should the panel vote to suspend Baffert, his NYRA ban would go into effect on July 2, following the end of his 90-day suspension issued by the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission. That would mean the next running of the GI Belmont S. that he can participate in would be in 2025.

Baffert attorney Clark Brewster issued a statement that read: “Despite the fact that Bob has never had a single medication violation in New York, we expected this interim recommendation to the panel, which is not NYRA's final decision. We will contest this recommendation until we ultimately find a neutral, detached decision-maker that doesn't rubber stamp the NYRA lawyers' demands.”

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Churchill Unveils New Derby Day Multi-Race Wagers

Thoroughbred Daily News - Wed, 2022-04-27 11:45

As part of its wagering menu for Kentucky Derby day May 7, Churchill Downs will offer an 'All 3-Year-Old' Pick 3 and an all-dirt Pick 5 wager, both of which close with the Run for the Roses.

The 3-year-old Pick 3 will have a minimum $3 stake and includes the $500,000 GII American Turf and the GII Pat Day Mile before concluding with the Derby. Like all rolling 50-cent Pick 3s, the wager will have a 22% takeout.

An all-dirt, all-stakes Pick 5 will have a 50-cent minimum and 15% takeout while including the $160,000 Knicks Go S., the $750,000 GI Derby City Distaff, the $750,000 GI Churchill Downs S., the Pat Day Mile and the Derby.

Along with the track's jackpot bet, the Derby City 6, Churchill will once again offer the two-day Oaks/Derby Pick 6 with a $2 minimum (2019 handle $479,561). The wager begins on Friday, May 6 with the $750,000 GI La Troienne S. and the $1.25-million GI Longines Kentucky Oaks before concluding on Saturday with the Derby City Distaff, Churchill Downs S., the $1-million GI Old Forester Bourbon Turf Classic and the Derby.

There will be four traditional Pick 5 and Pick 4 wagers on Kentucky Derby Day. The third Pick 5 (2019 handle: $3,980,809) and third Pick 4 (2019 handle: $4,091,771) will feature an all-stakes sequence and culminate in the Derby.

Superfecta wagers will be a $1 minimum on Kentucky Derby and Oaks days but will be a 10-cent minimum on all other days.

For the full wagering menu and post times, click here.

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Saratoga’s Single-Day Tickets on Sale May 4

Thoroughbred Daily News - Wed, 2022-04-27 11:13

The New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) will make single-day tickets for reserved seats in the clubhouse, grandstand, and Cutwater Stretch for the summer meet at Saratoga available Wednesday, May 4, at 10 a.m. In addition, single-day tickets for reserved tables in the Miller Time Fourstardave Sports Bar, with tables for two, four, or six, will be available Wednesday, May 11. The Pick Six Picnic Paddock, with tables available with paid reservation and accommodating up to six, will be on sale Wednesday, May 18. Tailgate at the Turn tickets, which has 16 sections for six people each, will also be available May 18.

Tickets can be purchased through

The Saratoga meet opens Thursday, July 14, and continues through Monday, Sept. 5, which is also Labor Day. Following a four-day opening weekend, racing will be conducted Wednesdays through Sundays, until the last week when the meet concludes on Labor Day.

For more information, visit

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Jockey Club’s Scholarship Recipients Named

Thoroughbred Daily News - Wed, 2022-04-27 10:46

The Jockey Club (TJC) has selected the recipients of its five annual academic scholarships, which will be awarded for 2022-23. TJC's college scholarships total $76,000 for the upcoming academic year that begins in the fall.

“We received a deep pool of applicants for this cycle of scholarship applications and are pleased to be able to assist the five selected individuals in funding their education,” said James L. Gagliano, president and chief operating officer of The Jockey Club. “Our goal in administering these awards is to support dedicated individuals from a range of backgrounds to reach their academic and career goals.”

The Jockey Club Scholarship, which provides $15,000 to a student who is pursuing a bachelor's degree or higher at any university and has demonstrated interest in pursuing a career in the Thoroughbred industry, will go to Julia DiFiore. The veterinary student at Mississippi State University hopes to focus her practice on Thoroughbreds.

The $20,000 Jockey Club Advancement of Women in Racing Scholarship will be given to Elisabeth Carter. Carter graduated with honors from the University of Arizona in 2020 with bachelor's degrees in veterinary science and law. She will begin law school this fall, with an interest in equine regulatory law.

Autumn Charley will be awarded $20,000 The Jockey Club Vision Scholarship for students from a minority racial or ethnic group who are pursuing a career in the Thoroughbred industry. Charley is working toward her Master of Business Administration through an online program at Arizona State University while working as a racing official at tracks around the country and hopes to focus on marketing upon graduation.

The Jockey Club Benevolence Scholarship, worth $15,000, is a need-based award to enable a student to attend a full-time program at a college, university, or trade program, with preference given to children of backstretch and farm workers. The winner, high school senior Efrain Cortes, Jr., whose family works on the New York racing circuit, is interested in becoming a physical therapist.

For the third straight year, Eric DeCoster has been selected for The Jockey Club Jack Goodman Scholarship. Worth $6,000, it is awarded annually to a student enrolled in the University of Arizona Race Track Industry Program (RTIP). DeCoster is currently a sophomore in the RTIP and would like to pursue a career in racing operations.

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Jockeys’ Guild Reinstates Benefits for Monmouth Riders

Thoroughbred Daily News - Wed, 2022-04-27 10:10

With the New Jersey Racing Commission (NJRC) last week voting to rescind the whip ban, which had been in place at Monmouth Park since the 2021 season, the Jockeys' Guild Board of Directors has voted to reinstate benefits to its members who choose to ride at Monmouth in 2022. The Guild had not been covering insurance policies for Monmouth riders since July 1. New Jersey was the only state in the country where whipping was banned.

The NJRC had adopted Monmouth's request for a “House Rule,” allowing riders to utilize the riding crop in an overhand fashion for six times in a race, though not more than two times in succession without a pause. The House Rule is in line with the Use of Riding Crop Regulation established by the Horseracing Integrity and Safety Act (HISA), which is set to supersede regulations put in place by state racing commissions this summer.

“While the Monmouth Park House Rule for the riding crop addresses our safety concerns, the decision by the NJRC to implement the House Rule's more extreme penalties than those called for under the HISA Riding Crop Rules are a concern,” said Terry Meyocks, President and CEO of the Jockeys' Guild. “Members should be aware of these excessive penalties should they choose to ride at Monmouth Park.”

The 2022 Monmouth meet begins May 7.

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Princess Zoe Sets Sights on Sagaro Stakes, Gold Cup

Blood-Horse - Wed, 2022-04-27 00:56
Princess Zoe is bidding to become the first horse since Estimate in 2013 to win the Sagaro Stakes (G3) and then go on to land the Gold Cup.

Go Bears Go Bids to Build on Strong Juvenile Season

Blood-Horse - Wed, 2022-04-27 00:56
Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf Sprint (G2T) runner-up Go Bears Go looks to build on his strong juvenile season when he takes on four rivals April 27 in the Commonwealth Cup Trial Stakes (G3) at Ascot.


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