Trainer Manny Azpurua, a fixture on the South Florida Thoroughbred racing scene since 1980, died June 13 at Florida Medical Center.
New York launches continuing education for trainers
Jim Penney, a charter member of the Washington Racing Hall of Fame who saddled a record five Longacres Mile winners, died Feb. 21 at his home in Edgewood, Wash.
Multiple graded stakes-winning trainer Rene Araya, a veteran on the New York Racing Association circuit, died Jan. 26 in Florida at the age of 73.
Brown won a record 40 races during the Saratoga Race Course meet to end Todd Pletcher’s longstanding dominance at the Spa.
After ranking second in 2014 and 2015, trainer Chad Brown would not be denied in 2016 as he moved to the top of the leading trainers by earnings for the first time.
Thoroughbred trainers and assistant trainers will now be required to fulfill at least four hours annually of continuing education coursework in order to retain their racing licenses with New York state.
California Horse Racing Board commissioner Chuck Winner issued a stay order Sept. 29 to allow Steve Miyadi to resume training after the conditioner was suspended by the regulatory agency Sept. 25.
Jockey Stewart Elliott won his first Southern California riding title, while Hall of Famer Bob Baffert and Doug O'Neill shared training honors at the Los Angeles County Fair meet at Los Alamitos Race Course.
The California Horse Racing Board suspended trainer Steve Miyadi's license Sept. 25, following an incident Sept. 23, in which he shoved CHRB commissioner and active jockey Alex Solis.
Trainer Steve Miyadi was arrested Sept. 23 after he shoved jockey and California Horse Racing Board commissioner Alex Solis during training hours at Santa Anita Park.
In what has to be a first in North American racing, two different 92-year-old trainers--Don Munger and Arturo Arboleda--won races the evening of Sept. 2 at Emerald Downs.
The Laurel Park summer meet training title ended up in a tie between Tim Keefe and Hamilton Smith, but jockey Jevian Toledo easily captured the riding title.
A month after Monique Snowden was found dead in King County, Wash., the local Sheriffs' Office for the first time gave an indication that the trainer's death was "likely a suicide."
Liam Benson, a 21-year-old student of the University of Louisville's Equine Industry Program, is preparing for what he hopes to be the biggest victory of his training career when he saddles Expected Ruler Aug. 4 at Saratoga Race Course.
Following a quiet spring during the Pimlico meet, trainer Tim Keefe has gotten off to a quick start at Laurel Park's summer meet. He's also a triathlete and assists his wife in the area of racehorse aftercare.
Belmont Park's spring/summer meet wrapped up July 17, with jockey Jose Ortiz winning his third straight individual title on the New York Racing Association circuit and trainer Chad Brown earning his first at the 54-day meet.
With two days remaining in the Preakness (gr. I) meet at Pimlico Race Course, trainer Kieron Magee clinched his second consecutive Maryland training title when Mothernaturespell won the fourth race at the Baltimore racetrack June 24.
Thunder and Honey won the seventh race at Canterbury Park June 18 and provided trainer Mac Robertson his 1,000th victory.
Texas-based trainer Danny Pish grabbed the 2,000th victory of his career May 30 when Jerry Durant and Bill Jordan's U S Officer won his debut by three lengths in the second race at Lone Star Park.
Trainer Tim Glyshaw called an audible May 21 at Churchill Downs, and it resulted in the first graded stakes victory of his career with Bullards Alley in the Louisville Handicap (gr. IIIT).
Trainer Barry Abrams, 62, has turned in his license and is taking a leave of absence due to health problems, but he said he might return to training, Santa Anita Park reported May 4.
Trainer Marcus Vitali moved his stable from Gulfstream to Laurel, but he must deal with positive tests for Class 4 and Class 5 medications in Florida before the Maryland Jockey Club will allow him to continue racing horses.
"I don't know if I'm still taking it in, it's still sinking in that we're here," Desormeaux said. "It is one of those subconscious goals that all trainers hope to achieve, but now that I'm here it's just a culmination of what we've put in."
Jockey Jose Ortiz and trainer Rudy Rodriguez wrapped up Aqueduct Racetrack's 19-day spring season April 24 with their second and third straight meet titles, respectively, while Midwest Thoroughbreds was the leading owner.
Apparently Hall of Fame trainer LeRoy Jolley is not the retiring type.
Darien Rodriguez is having a successful Tampa Bay meet with his six-horse stable, which he operates with no employees, and he has begun picking up new owners.
Santa Anita Park saw a significant increase in on-track attendance and a slight decrease in all-sources handle when its 2015-2016 winter meet came to a close April 10.
Trainer Tim McCanna picked up the 2,000th victory of his career April 8 at Golden Gate Fields, when Whiskey Prince captured the third race.
Marcus Vitali, the third-leading trainer at the Gulfstream Park Championship meet with 25 wins, will ship his stable to Laurel Park and spend the spring and summer in Maryland.
Michael Dickinson, who last year announced his return to training at his upgraded Tapeta Farm in Maryland, won April 2 with the first horse he has entered since 2007.
Trainer Larry Jones, who won his first race at Ellis Park in his native Kentucky, bagged his 1,000th win at Turfway Park in Kentucky April 2.
Trainer Todd Pletcher, jockey Javier Castellano, and owners Ken and Sarah Ramsey were honored by Gulfstream Park April 1 for leading their respective standings during the 2015-2016 championship meet.
Twelve-time defending Gulfstream Park Championship Meet leading trainer Todd Pletcher reached a personal milestone March 18, when Eagle Scout won the fifth race to give the trainer his 4,000 victory.
William Mahorney, a former jockey and trainer in Northern California, died March 10 after contracting pneumonia. He was 75.
Today Kiaran McLaughlin has such outstanding horses as grade I winner Frosted, who is gearing up for a Dubai World Cup Run (UAE-I), and top 3-year-old Mohaymen, who runs in Saturday's Fountain of Youth (gr. II).
Gerald Bennett became only the second trainer in Tampa Bay Downs history to start four horses and win with all of them on single card when he did so March 5 at the Florida racetrack.
Michael Dickinson March 1 unveiled a bevy of improvements to his Tapeta Farm in Maryland. As announced last year, he plans to train and race horses off the farm and employ methods he has learned in recent years.
Trainer Bill McLean recorded his 1,000th victory Feb. 7, when Moogie Woogie skimmed the rail to capture the fifth race at Golden Gate Fields.
The trainer is off to a good start this year with three wins in January, including two Jan. 17. One of those came with Majestic Jessica, owned by J and M Racing Stables, for whom Barbara has been training for eight years.
A meet of firsts continued at Turfway Park Jan. 31 when Brett Santangelo won his first race as a trainer. Earlier in the meet two trainer-owner teams won their first stakes.
Arnaud and Leigh Delacour have quietly built their stable, currently based at Tampa Bay Downs, into one of the most successful in the country with a focus on time and patience.
Jockey Chad Lindsay and trainer Karen "Boots" Yanez notched their first wins Jan. 1 at Tampa Bay Downs.
Dale Bennett learned about Thoroughbred training from his father, Gerald, a native of Canada who has won more than 3,500 races in his career and regularly winters at Tampa Bay Downs in Florida.
A Florida administrative law judge has recommended South Florida-based trainer Kirk Ziadie have his racing license suspended for six years and be fined $18,000 for repeated clenbuterol violations in 2012, 2013, and 2014.
At the conclusion of its second fall season since the closure of Hollywood Park, Del Mar saw a decrease in daily average handle for the five-week stand when compared with last fall's four-week slate.
Jockey Corey Lanerie and owners Ken and Sarah Ramsey have locked up the respective jockey and owner titles at Churchill Downs as the 21-day fall meet enters its final day Nov. 29.
Hall of Fame trainer Jerry Hollendorfer won the 7,000th race of his career when Kiss N Scat, who he co-owns with Steve Taub and George Todaro, won the first race at Golden Gate Fields Nov. 26.
Trainer Doug O'Neill earned his 2,000th victory of his career Nov. 22 at Del Mar, when Formally Wild crossed the wire first in a seven-furlong, $8,000 claiming event at the Southern California racetrack.
Maria Borell has filed a lawsuit against the owners of Runhappy, who she trained to victory in the Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I), seeking money from purses the colt earned under her care and also alleging defamation.
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