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Inside Track: Working on a Comeback

Inside Track: Working on a Comeback

Every morning for more than four decades David Vance made the same trek up Interstate I-71 to Turfway Park. Beginning in 1966, his first year as a trainer, Vance's schedule was the same, waking up at the crack of dawn, jumping in his car, and venturing to the Florence, Ky., racetrack to tend to his stable of horses. But Dec. 9, while making the drive for who-knows-how-many-thousandth-time, life changed in an instant.

Triple Crown Talk Blog

BloodHorse staff writer/blogger Jason Shandler takes to the Triple Crown Trail with a look at the "Derby Drought" that has followed three of the best trainers in the world - Bill Mott, Todd Pletcher and Steve Asmussen. Though between them they have more than $420 million in purse money and nearly 10,000 wins, the dynamic trio is a combined 0-for-30 on Derby day.

Running Back to the Track

Running Back to the Track

At 6-foot-1, 220 pounds, Maurece "Moe" Williams is not your typical Thoroughbred trainer. Of course, not too many trainers are former college football stars or retired NFL running backs either. But as unique as it may sound to the general public, Williams' new career is not at all surprising to him. Not when you consider where he was raised.

INSIDE TRACK: Archives

"The Inside Track" - a weekly behind the scenes look at Thoroughbred racing.

Remembering Fitz

By Jason Shandler - As I watched the crowd of several hundred pile into St. Paul's Church in Philadelphia, I found myself asking: I wonder just how many of these people Fitz Eugene Dixon Jr. actually helped? My guess was that the majority benefited in one form or another from Dixon's life.

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