August 6, 2011 |
Linda Toscano has been in the winner's circle at the Meadowlands Racetrack more than any other female trainer. Earning more than $10 million in purses, Toscano has become comfortable there, but the winner's circle at Saturday's 86th edition of the Hambletonian would be foreign territory. Taking home the winner's share of the $1.5 million purse would make Toscano the first female trainer to win the Hambletonian, yet facing 85 years of history doesn't seem to faze her. "They always ask me the gender thing," Toscano said Tuesday at the news conference for the Hambletonian draw.
July 11, 2011 |
JUAN CARLOS GUERRERO arrived from Mexico when he was 14, hoping to get an education. He ended up at the race track. In the next quarter-century, he got a doctorate in horse. In 2010 and 2011, the trainer has put up unprecedented numbers at Parx Racing, winning with 40 percent of his starters. This being horse racing, nobody puts up those kinds of numbers without significant skepticism. The assumption is that Guerrero must have some kind of pharmaceutical edge. The problem with assumptions, of course, is that they are not facts.
June 24, 2011 |
As Buck Brannaman says, he doesn't work with people with horse problems. He works with horses with people problems. The documentary "Buck," directed by Cindy Meehl, follows the horse trainer as he travels across the country and teaches people how to work with their equine mates in ways that are both effective and far-reaching. Several interviewees who attended Brannaman's clinics proselytize about his methods, claiming that they not only learn to train their horses correctly, but his teachings bleed over into their real lives as well, in how they go about their jobs and treat their kids and spouses.
May 19, 2011 |
Eagles coach Andy Reid has a little time on his hands these days so, last Friday, he visited Fair Hill, Md., to see Kentucky Derby winner Animal Kingdom. Brett Veach, an Eagles pro and college scout and longtime horse racing fan, suggested the coach make the trip to the training center, a horse racing Shangri-la. "I'm really not into horse racing, but I'm into the sheer strength and athletic ability [of the horses]," Reid said. "It fascinates me. " The coach took in the scene and said: "I thought it was unbelievable.
May 5, 2011 |
Nancy Alberts, 65, a West Chester native who was once three-quarters of a length away from being the trainer, owner, breeder, and exercise rider of a Preakness Stakes winner, died Tuesday night after suffering a stroke on April 17. Her horse, Magic Weisner, was runner-up at the 2002 Preakness Stakes - a 45-1 long shot that rallied from 11th place to finish less than a length behind War Emblem. Mrs. Alberts had devoted her life to her horses, had four in training at the time of her stroke, and had exercised those thoroughbreds earlier that day at Laurel Park racetrack in Maryland.
May 4, 2011 |
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - No female trainer has ever won the Kentucky Derby. No trainer with a replacement heart has ever won the Derby, either. Kathy Ritvo is trying to do both. Three years ago, Ritvo watched the Derby in a critical care unit of a Miami hospital, waiting for a donor. Six months later, after being tethered to machines that kept her heart functioning, Ritvo got her donor, and her new heart took over for the old one that was completely worn out. Ritvo, 41, is at Churchill Downs this week.
July 29, 2010
Federico Macheda had two early goals, Mexican star Javier Hernandez scored in his debut for the Red Devils, and Manchester United routed the MLS All-Stars, 5-2, in Houston on Wednesday night in the final exhibition game of its North American tour. Darron Gibson and Tom Cleverley added goals for the Red Devils. Houston Dynamo star Brian Ching had a goal and an assist for the All-Stars. In a radio interview, Bryan Colangelo said that whether Bosh was "mentally checked out or, you know, just wasn't quite into it down the stretch, he wasn't the same guy. And I think everybody saw that, just no one wanted to acknowledge it. " Colangelo also asserted that Bosh, LeBron James and Dwyane Wade all had planned to play together years ago, even structuring their contracts so they all could become free agents together.
March 23, 2010 |
Wrapped in a windbreaker, horse trainer Kate DeMasi stood on the rail at Philadelphia Park on a recent morning, bracing against a raw drizzle and watching an exercise rider work his mount on the muddy track. DeMasi, a major trainer at the Bensalem track, was taking stock of her latest prospect, a 6-year-old stallion named Slate. A few yards away in DeMasi's busy barn, Rumrunnin Purgy, a 3-year-old, playfully nipped at the grooms walking horses past his stall. After three races and one fifth-place finish, a tendon injury had abruptly ended Purgy's career.
November 17, 2009 |
Mark Reid called Bobby Frankel "a tormented genius. " Over the last decade, Reid bought some very good horses for his clients and turned them over to Frankel. Medaglia d'Oro and You became stars under one of the great trainers in the history of American racing. Yesterday morning, Frankel, 68, passed away at his home in Pacific Palisades, Calif. He died of lymphoma that he fought off years ago. He had a recurrence this year and virtually disappeared over the final 6 months of his life, talking only to a few very close friends.
May 5, 2008 |
Yesterday morning, trainer Larry Jones had his Kentucky Oaks-winning filly Proud Spell grazing under a tree at Churchill Downs while accepting a stream of condolences for the death of his other great one, Eight Belles. It is a hoary maxim in thoroughbred horse racing: Death is part of this game. "This part right here, I'm going to tell you, this isn't part of the game," Jones said. "You're not supposed to be through with the race and a quarter-mile after the race, your horse does not come back to you. That's not part of the game.