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Jesus’ Team to Prep for Pegasus in Claiming Crown Jewel

Photo by Scott Serio/Eclipse Sportswire/Breeders Cup/CSM Grupo 7C Racing Stables’ Jesus’ Team, who finished second in the $1 million Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile (G1) at Keeneland in his most recent start, is scheduled to make his next start in the $150,000 Claiming Crown Jewel at Gulfstream Park Dec. 5. Trainer Jose D’Angelo will [...]


National HBPA Plans to Reschedule Conference this Spring

The 2021 National HBPA Conference, originally scheduled to be held in February in Hollywood Beach, Florida, and hosted by the Florida HBPA, has been rescheduled with the intention of holding a smaller event in Lexington, Kentucky, this spring. “As we all know, the current health pandemic has affected so many things, including travel and [...]


Godolphin and Thoroughbred Charities of America Launch Mobile App for Industry Workers

Godolphin and Thoroughbred Charities of America (TCA) jointly announced today the launch of a mobile application for backstretch and farm workers. The app, called Cómo, connects Thoroughbred industry employees to the vital services they need through a network of chaplains and Thoroughbred industry organizations. Designed by The Jockey Club Information Systems, sponsored by Godolphin, and [...]


Thoroughbred Industry Employee Awards Winners Announced

The Thoroughbred Industry Employee Awards, now in its fifth year in the United States, concluded Thursday afternoon with winners being announced via a virtual awards ceremony hosted by Studio 46 Media in Lexington, Kentucky. Jill Byrne, Vice President of Racing Operations at Colonial Downs, was once again the master of ceremonies. Jimmy Bell, President of [...]


Claiming Crown Returns to Gulfstream for Ninth Year in a Row

The 22nd edition of the Claiming Crown, a nine-race event offering $835,000 in purses to the blue-collar horses that are the backbone of the Thoroughbred industry’s day-to-day racing schedule, will return to Gulfstream Park for the ninth consecutive year Saturday, Dec. 5. Handle on the Claiming Crown has climbed each of the last eight years [...]


The Interactive, Electronic Edition of The Horsemen’s Journal Fall 2020 Issue is Now Available

The interactive, electronic version of The Horsemen’s Journal’s Fall 2020 issue is now available online. It is an enhanced version of the printed magazine, which is currently being mailed. To view it, click here. Features in the issue include: Two Tracks, One Legacy: The Story of Washington Park (Part 2) Champion horses and horsemen frequented [...]


National HBPA Opposes Horseracing Integrity and Safety Act of 2020

Statement from the National HBPA Board of Directors On September 9, Senator Mitch McConnell (R-KY) introduced the Horseracing Integrity and Safety Act of 2020 (HISA) with Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY). The bill takes regulatory authority from state racing commissions and creates a new regulatory body responsible to the Federal Trade Commission. The new federal [...]


Finalists Announced For 2020 Thoroughbred Industry Employee Awards

The finalists for six of the seven prestigious Thoroughbred Industry Employee Awards have been announced. The winner of the Thoroughbred Industry Community Award, which has one first-place prize, has been decided. This year's recipient is Maria Cristina Vasquez with the New York Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association. Three finalists in each of the six categories, along with [...]

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