#Horse Trainer

Sherman Steps Away With One Final Work of Art

He rode Thoroughbreds for 22 years, then trained them for another 43 years. He helped raise a handsome, admirable family that dotes on their patriarch. Dark clouds part when he walks into a room with a never-failing attitude of goodwill and few regrets, despite the fleeting highs and relentless lows of a lifetime in a job with no guarantees. And, if all that was not enough, for 45 miraculous months he was chief caretaker of an equine celebrity whose popularity transcended the boundaries of the game. But now he is going to retire.
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Pair of adopted Shackleford horses prove they have the hearts of champions

GLOUCESTER — Carteret County’s beloved Shackleford horses are known for their wild beauty as they roam Shackleford Banks — not for winning horse shows. But two Banker ponies, adopted by private owners in 2016 through the Foundation for Shackleford Horses Inc., have proven they can compete against the best of domesticated equine breeds.
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Bob Baffert’s lawyer says tests show Kentucky Derby winner wasn’t injected with steroid

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WTVQ) – The lawyer for Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert says tests performed on split samples taken from Kentucky Derby winner ‘Medina Spirit’ revealed the horse’s positive test for betamethasone was the result of a topical ointment, not an injection, therefore, the horse should not be disqualified, according to the Thoroughbred Daily News. Bob Baffert says the ointment was used topically to treat the horse’s skin rash. Betamethasone is a long-acting corticosteroid with immunosuppressive and anti-inflammatory properties.

Letter To The Editor: John Good

An open letter to Ben Huffman, Chris Polzin, Dan Bork, and Tyler Picklesimer, racing secretaries at CD & KEE, IND, ELP and KD, respectively– The Thoroughbred racing industry continues to demonstrate its willingness to embrace technology, innovation and transparency for the long-term good of the sport. Our recent flagship events and race meets have been a credit to the sport– a phenomenal product showcasing the equine and human stars and stories, and generating record handle. There is national TV exposure that we could have once only dreamed of. History will look kindly on those who had the resolve to pursue HISA, and 2022 promises to usher in a new era that will finally standardize regulations and practices within the sport. The much-needed increase in purse money in Kentucky and elsewhere has helped create a more viable environment for owners and trainers, and is finally offsetting years of stagnation in purses, while the costs of raising and training Thoroughbreds appreciated unabated.

Horse Racing Doesn’t Miss a Beat as the Winter Season Arrives

Change is in the air on the thoroughbred racing circuit, with fall meets at the Big A, Churchill, Del Mar giving way to winter meets at the Fair Grounds, Santa Anita and in Florida, at Gulfstream and Tampa Bay Downs. A few top jockey notes for the winter include Hall...

Finding the right gift starts here in the Horsetrader!

What do you give the horse, the rider, the groom, the trainer, etc. who has everything? Well, odds are they don’t have it all, and odds also are that your local feed and tack store probably has it. And, it may even be on sale! Inland Vet Supply, with stores in both Norco and Temecula, is well-stocked for Christmas with items essential to your horse’s health care and also with gift ideas (many on sale! — see ad on page 2). If you didn’t know, Inland Vet Supply has weekly specials on those animal health care essentials. For example, on Tuesdays vaccines are 10 percent off; on Wednesdays, dewormers are 10 percent off, and on Thursdays, pest control is 10 percent off. If you either live or are driving through the neighborhoods of Sixth Street in Norco or Temecula Parkway in Temecula, you’re in Inland Vet Country! Always worth a stop…

In Full Flight: Unbeaten 'Rising Star' Flightline on Target for Malibu

Unbeaten and untested in a pair of blowout victories, 'TDN Rising Star' Flightline (Tapit) is gearing up to make his highly anticipated stakes debut in the GI Malibu S. on Santa Anita's traditional opening day program Dec. 26. Campaigned in partnership by the powerhouse lineup of Hronis Racing, Siena Farm,...

A Breed Apart: One Andalusian’s Journey To Becoming an Event Horse

Eventing is a discipline well-known for being inclusive of many unique and unfamiliar breeds. While disciplines like dressage and show jumping tend to favor warmbloods and various western disciplines feel the same with the quarter horse, event riders are famous for competing on horses of different breeds and varying ages. Since the discipline asks so many individual questions, it seems to be an area where there is no stigma on what horse you ride in on. One such horse is a 9-year-old Andalusian PRE gelding named Romeo. Romeo made his debut at the USEA American Eventing Championships (AEC) presented by Nutrena Feeds in 2021 where he competed at the Training level and, while the event hosted a multitude of breeds, the gelding was a surprising sight for many.

Racing Dudes Divisional Rankings 12/1/21: Maxfield Goes Out A Winner

Welcome to the 2021 Divisional Rankings! Each week, we rank the best thoroughbred horses in America based on their divisions. Let’s take a look at the rankings, including my last vote in the 2021 NTRA Top 10 Poll. Congratulations to Maxfield for going out a winner! Enjoy stud duty. Overall...

Chasing The Claiming Crown: Trainer Frank Russo Enjoying Career Year At Age 79

At the age of 79, Frank Russo is enjoying his time in the sun. That doesn't mean he's content to just watch the time go by. Far from it. The Brooklyn native is in his 46th year training Thoroughbreds, a career that has touched parts of six decades dating back to the mid-1970s. This week it has brought him to seasonable South Florida, where he will send out two strong contenders in Saturday's Claiming Crown at Gulfstream Park.

Barn Tour: Check out Pletcher’s plans for 7 prominent horses

Todd Pletcher, winner of a record seven Eclipse Awards as North America’s leading trainer, is closing yet another strong season. According to Equibase, he ranked fourth nationally with $20,225,861 in earnings through Monday. His horses had won at a 21 percent clip with 179 victories from 849 starts. The newly...

Gun Runner Brother Fortune Ticket to Stand in Maryland

Gun Runner 's full brother Fortune Ticket will stand his first season at stud in 2022 at Anchor & Hope Farm near Port Deposit, Md., Climax Stallions announced. Gun Runner recently broke the first-crop progeny earnings record set by Uncle Mo in 2015, who broke Tapit 's 2008 record. Four-year-old...

We need women who believe in themselves

It has always been much harder to go against the ingrained opinion, the way to go less often, to fight against windmills or to simply say “swim upstream”. This requires great self-confidence and faith in the correctness of one’s decisions. Such elections should be supported and promoted. That is why...

Johnny's Journey

As assistant rider for Olympic gold medalist Beezie Madden and her husband John, Becky Huestis works with remarkable horses every day. None, however, quite like the off-the-track Thoroughbred who’s gone from “nearly dead” early in 2020 to being readied for the Retired Racehorse Project’s Thoroughbred Makeover and National Symposium October 11-17, 2021.

Racetrack Rogues: One Woman’s Story of Family, Love, and Loss in the Horse Racing World

About Racetrack Rogues: One Woman’s Story of Family, Love, and Loss in the Horse Racing World. What if you never had the chance to say I’m sorry?. Nineteen-year-old Dahlia Leggett is a brilliant student but a lousy daughter. Her mother, pioneer female jockey Marilyn Matteo, was once the star of the local sports pages but their relationship is far from stellar. After a nasty confrontation with her headstrong mother, Dahlia vows never to set foot on the racetrack again.