Derby Day Fundraiser Produces More Than $40,000 for Disabled Jockeys
May 26, 2016 - A Kentucky Derby Day silent auction fundraising campaign held on May 7 at tracks and racing venues across the U.S. raised more than $40,000 for the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund (PDJF).

The auction was a collaborative effort by the Thoroughbred Racing Associations (TRA), PDJF, JockeyTalk360, and the Jockeys’ Guild.

Each participating venue held a silent auction of framed, autographed photographs of Secretariat’s Belmont Stakes victory (signed by jockey Ron Turcotte), American Pharoah under the Twin Spires at Churchill Downs (signed by trainer Bob Baffert), American Pharoah at the finish line of the Kentucky Derby (signed by jockey Victor Espinoza), and a collage of American Pharoah’s Triple Crown victories (signed by trainer Bob Baffert).

PDJF President Nancy LaSala said, “We sincerely thank the participating facilities along with Reed Palmer Photography and the Secretariat Foundation, trainer Bob Baffert, and jockeys Victor Espinoza and Ron Turcotte for their assistance in making this event a success.”

TRA-member tracks participating included: Arlington Park, Belmont Park, Churchill Downs, Ellis Park, Finger Lakes, Gulfstream Park, Harrah’s Louisiana Downs, Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races, Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course, Hollywood Gaming at Mahoning Valley Race Course, Horsemen’s Park, Keeneland, Kentucky Downs, Laurel Park, Lone Star Park at Grand Prairie, Parx Racing, Prairie Meadows, Remington Park, Sam Houston Race Park, Santa Anita Park, Tampa Bay Downs, and Turfway Park.

Non-TRA participants were Emerald Downs, Golden Gate Fields, Horse Races Now, Los Alamitos, Sports Haven OTB, Will Rogers Downs, Wyoming Horse Racing, and Zia Park.

PDJF is a 501(c)(3) public charity providing financial assistance to former jockeys who have suffered catastrophic on-track injuries. Since its founding in 2006, the fund has disbursed more than $7 million to permanently disabled jockeys, most of whom have sustained paralysis or brain injuries. Visit its website at

For more information about the fundraiser, contact Jane Murray at the TRA, (410) 392-9200, ext. 222 or
Exaggerator Nears $2 Million after Preakness Win

May 23, 2016 - Exaggerator’s victory in Saturday’s $1.5 million Preakness Stakes at Pimlico and moved him into third place on the North American equine standings with 2016 earnings of $1,988,000 for owners Big Chief Racing, Head of Plains Partners and Rocker O Ranch. He is trained by Keith Desormeaux and was ridden by his brother, Kent.

California Chrome continues to lead with $6,210,000 and Kentucky Derby winner Nyquist, who finished third in the Preakness, is second with $3,505,600.

Todd Pletcher continues to lead the trainer standings with $8,991,744. Steve Asmussen moved into second with $6,690,009 and Art Sherman dropped to third with $6,501,955.

Javier Castellano maintains his position atop the jockey standings with $7,991,458. Jose Ortiz moved into second with $7,545,903 and Victor Espinoza dropped to third with $7,259,568.

Equine earnings are for all starters of at least one race in North America and include earnings from select international races. Trainer and jockey standings are for North American-based individuals but include earnings from select international races. 

Click here for the leaders through May 22, 2016.

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Strangles Leads to ThistleDown Quarantine

By Tom LaMarra, May 26, 2016 2:03 PM - Blood Horse

Officials at JACK ThistleDown Racino have quarantined one barn because two horses recently tested positive for strangles.

In a notice on the track overnight sheet, officials said Barn 24 was quarantined and disinfected. Two horses in the barn were removed from the property at the northeast Ohio track, and all other horses in the barn are being monitored on a daily basis.

Strangles, a bacterial infection in the upper respiratory tract of horses, causes fever and swelling of the jaw. Officials said PCR tests performed on the two horses came back positive for the condition.

Any horses that were in contact with the two removed from the grounds have had negative PCR test results.

ThistleDown officials have adjusted training hours in light of the situation. Regular training is permitted from 5:30-8 a.m. EDT and 8:30-9:30 a.m. From 9:45-10:30 a.m., only horses stabled in Barn 24 are permitted on the racetrack.

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Upcoming Industry Events:
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June 12-15, 2016
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June 28, 2016
* TRA-HTA International Simulcast Conference
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December 5-7, 2016
* Eclipse Awards
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January 21, 2017
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Fred Russell-Grantland Rice TRA Sports Writing Scholarship

The Fred Russell-Grantland Rice Scholarship, begun in 1956, originally was named in honor of the late Grantland Rice, a Vanderbilt alumnus and one of the best known sports writers of the 20th century. In 1986, the name was changed to also honor the late Fred Russell, another Vanderbilt alumnus who helped guide the scholarship and its recipients. A $500,000 grant was made on behalf of the TRA in 1986 to ensure the future of this valuable stipend. Click here for a list of previous winners.

The scholarship, co-sponsored by Vanderbilt, is awarded annually to an entering freshman at Vanderbilt who plans a career in sports journalism. In order to apply, high school seniors must apply for admission and complete the online Cornelius Vanderbilt scholarship application. Contact the Office of Student Financial Aid and Scholarships, Vanderbilt University, 2309 West End Avenue, Nashville, TN 37203-1721; (615) 322-3591 or email

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