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Minnesota Racing Commission Awards $49,000 for Racehorse Repurposing and Retirement

Minnesota Racing Commission Awards $49,000 for Racehorse Repurposing and Retirement

The Minnesota Racing Commission (MRC) authorized disbursement of $49,000 to three 501(c)(3) non-profit racehorse adoption, retirement and repurposing organizations at its September meeting. The recipients include Bowman Second Chance Thoroughbred Adoptions (BSCTA), This Old Horse and The Communication Alliance to Network Thoroughbred Ex-Racehorses (CANTER) Minnesota. These new funds were generated via fines assessed by the […]

By October 8, 2018 Read More →
Rise of Godolphin

Rise of Godolphin

There is no doubting the domination of the Ballydoyle operation in recent times, but this season has certainly been about the rise of Godolphin. The leading operation, led by master trainer Charlie Appleby out of his Moulton Paddocks stable in Newmarket, has provided the owners with a number of key successes. He was set the […]

By October 8, 2018 Read More →
Indiana Breeders Represented in Thoroughbred Makeover Competition

Indiana Breeders Represented in Thoroughbred Makeover Competition

A breeder will spend hours, if not days, choosing the right cross for their mare, making sure all the boxes are checked for desired traits. Those efforts are then progressed to caring for the mare throughout the breeding and pregnancy–11 months of nerves and excitement. The resulting foal may be raced under that breeder’s silks, […]

By October 2, 2018 Read More →
Will Imperial Hint Go One Better At Breeders’ Cup Sprint?

Will Imperial Hint Go One Better At Breeders’ Cup Sprint?

Imperial Hint has proven in the 2018 season that he is dominant horse in the United States over six furlongs. Luis Carvajal Jr’s charge has been outstanding, delivering three victories over the course of the campaign, but will have to raise the level of his performance to clinch the Breeders’ Cup Sprint crown. There will […]

By October 2, 2018 Read More →
Nominations Open for TRAO Board of Directors Election

Nominations Open for TRAO Board of Directors Election

The nomination process has opened up for the upcoming election for Owner and Breeder 2019-2021 term for the TRAO Board of Directors. If you have anyone that you would like to nominate that is in good standing and a member of the TRAO, you can contact the Election Committee below. Click here for general guidelines […]

By October 2, 2018 Read More →
Services Set for Iconic Oklahoma Breeder and Owner John Smicklas

Services Set for Iconic Oklahoma Breeder and Owner John Smicklas

Prominent Oklahoma breeder/owner and an icon in horse racing in this state in the formative years of pari-mutuel racing, John Smicklas, will be remembered at memorial services Sunday, Oct. 7 in Midwest City, Okla. Smicklas was born on the Fourth of July 1937 in Chicago and passed away at 81 at his home in Norman, […]

By October 2, 2018 Read More →
Oklahoma-bred Welder Defeats Shippers to Take $165,000 David Vance Stakes

Oklahoma-bred Welder Defeats Shippers to Take $165,000 David Vance Stakes

When Welder was a weanling, Clayton Rash and his trainer Teri Luneack fell in love with him at Mighty Acres Farm in Pryor, Okla. He was a punk and a rascal, according to Luneack but now he is wonderful to his owners, trainer and jockey… just mean to his competition. On Sunday, Welder left his […]

By October 1, 2018 Read More →
Lone Star Sailor Wins Three-Horse Photo in Closest Finish in History of Oklahoma Derby

Lone Star Sailor Wins Three-Horse Photo in Closest Finish in History of Oklahoma Derby

When the three top finishers hit the wire together in the Grade 3, $400,000 Oklahoma Derby at Remington Park on Sunday, you couldn’t have squeezed a couple of sheets of paper between their three noses it was so tight; not even the jockey of the winner, Lone Sailor, knew who won. “I had no idea […]

By September 30, 2018 Read More →
Longtime Oklahoma Horseman John Smicklas Passes Away

Longtime Oklahoma Horseman John Smicklas Passes Away

John Earl “Smick” Smicklas of Norman, Oklahoma, peacefully passed away at his home on September 23 at the age of 81. John was born July 4, 1937 in Chicago, IL to John and Frances Smicklas. John was survived by his wife of 40 years, Barbara; 3 sons: Dale and his wife Joanne, Brad and his […]

By September 30, 2018 Read More →
Special Rate Relocated to River Oaks Farms

Special Rate Relocated to River Oaks Farms

Special Rate, a stakes-winning and graded stakes-siring son of Pulpit, will stand the 2019 breeding season at Lori and Francisco Bravo’s River Oaks Farms in Sulphur, Oklahoma. Special Rate’s leading runner is Texas-bred Patrona Margarita, winner of last year’s Grade 2, $200,000 Pocahontas Stakes at Churchill Downs. During her 3-year-old campaign this year, Patrona Margarita […]

By September 25, 2018 Read More →