How former top jump jockey Phil Tuck has been key in the transformation of Saudi racing
During a 15-year riding career, Cheltenham Gold Cup-winning jockey Phil Tuck was so superstitious he would salute magpies to avoid bad luck. He even called his house ‘The Magpies’.
If at first you don’t succeed … the heartwarming story of a girl who never gave up
There was a young girl from the small town of Haughton, Louisiana. Her mother, a nurse, would drive her daughter to a babysitter before school, on her way to work. When they passed Louisiana Downs racetrack, the 4-year-old would beg her to stop so they could stand by the rail and watch the horses gallop by.
Graham Motion: why U.S. racing desperately needs ‘someone to answer to’
Graham Motion is one of the most respected trainers in the modern era of U.S. racing, renowned both for his spotless reputation and the exploits of several top horses, headed by 2011 Kentucky Derby winner Animal Kingdom, who went on to win the Dubai World Cup at Meydan two years later.
‘Why I left the U.S. for two decades as a multiple champion jockey in Saudi Arabia’
Panamanian Wigberto Ramos has spent the last 22 years riding in Saudi Arabia, where he is a multiple champion jockey. The 51-year-old (pictured below), who rode in the U.S. previously, was on course to clinch the 2019-20 title until he broke his wrist in a fall, which means he will miss the rest of his campaign.
This bumper crop of top older horses means America looks set for a fascinating 2020
Every year the breeding industry’s clarion call for new stallions results in many, if not all, of the best 3-year-olds and older males being retired to pass on their bloodlines to a new set of colts and fillies. This is where the owners in the Sport of Kings have attempted to get ahead, or at least break even, with lucrative stallion deals.
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