Bobby Neuman – “Calling the races has always been my passion and I believe I will bring an accurate, entertaining, and professional approach to the fans watching Prairie Meadows racing on-track, in the simulcast outlets, and at home.” “I see the horses, the jockeys, the trainers, and the owners as the stars of the show,” Neuman added. “It’s the job of a good announcer to put the spotlight on their accomplishments on the race track.” Neuman earned a degree in… Read More »

Thomas Kearney – Currently the track announcer at Shenandoah Downs and have been interested in horse racing since I was 7 years old. When I came to the conclusion I wouldn’t be a jockey due to my height, I turned to race calling upon the advice of a friend’s older sister. I called my first professional race over a loudspeaker at Monmouth Park in New Jersey when I was 17 and after becoming an overnight sensation with fans, horsemen, and… Read More »

Couples combat the effects of PTSD with the help of empathetic horses Wounded Warriors Canada employs a special kind of therapy to address relationships JH By Jessica Dee Humphreys Special to the Star Sun., Aug. 29, 2021timer4 min. read Psychologist Jim Marland lives on a horse ranch, so he knew horses were intensely empathetic. “We had just lost a grandson,” he says gruffly, “and I went to feed the geldings. They normally shove their noses at me to demand hay. But, that… Read More »

One for the Books: A Racetrack Life Like No Other Frank Courtney’s career at Woodbine, including Horsemen’s Bookkeeper for 32 years, spanned seven decades both on and off the track. Frank Courtney. (Michael Burns photo) By: Chris Lomon | August 30, 2021 It is a horse racing life well lived, and one that many are grateful to have been part of. Frank Courtney’s career, one that reached the finish line on a picture-perfect day at Woodbine, spanned seven decades, and spawned a multitude… Read More »

Paddy Power unveil a 25ft statue of Rachael Blackmore at Cheltenham Festival By Staff on Tuesday, March 12, 2019 One of the only elite sporting events where men and women will compete as equals. Based on a 3D body scan of leading rider Rachael Blackmore, the statue is an emblem for female jockeys in general – its name is a hat tip to the ‘Fearless Girl’ of New York. The inscription etched into the plinth at her feet aims to remind them… Read More »

Trainer Rachel Halden & Owner/Breeder Christopher Harris January 24, 2020 ownathoroughbred Trainer Rachel Halden is staying home this winter, forgoing her yearly circuit of winter in Florida and early spring in Kentucky in an effort to obtain her Citizenship to Canada.  This is the first time this dedicated horsewoman has taken any significant time off since her young teenage years and she is not sitting idle as she is hoping to expand her stable at Woodbine in 2020. Rachel is preparing… Read More »

Thanks to The History of Jockey Silks With the Triple Crown upon us, did you ever wonder why jockeys wear colorful “silks” in a horse race?  And the “silks” are now nylon. Like many things, it all started with the Romans.  In chariot races, distinctive colors and designs on shirts and hats were a way to identify horse and rider ownership. Individual silk colors are first mentioned in 1515 in the UK when Henry VIII occupied the throne. The… Read More »

Chris Husbands is no stranger to the Garrison or the Gold Cup for that matter. Born and raised in Barbados, the 30-year-old jock has ridden in five Gold Cup races over the last 14 years. His last mount was Derby Kitten in the 2016 edition of the race. On March 7, he will pilot Rising Star in hopes of claiming Gold Cup glory as well as securing the $60,000 US ($120,000 BDS) purse attached to the win. Rising Star and… Read More »

Down the Stretch for August 23, 2021Down The Stretch Podcast Listen on Apple Podcasts  For the 1st time in 2 years, racing fans were allowed into Woodbine to watch the Queen’s Plate, all of them conducting themselves safely as they watched Safe Conduct and Irad Ortiz win the 162nd edition of the Plate. By a stroke of outrageous coincidence, Safe Conduct was actually the 2nd horse with that name to win a Stakes race last week. The other was a 2 year-old… Read More »

Acosta took out his jockey’s license in 2002 and earned his first stakes victory later that year in the West Virginia Futurity. A native of Puerto Rico, Acosta won a career-best 322 races in 2008 and earned a career-best $6,019,153 that year. In 2009, Acosta scored his first graded stakes win with No Advantage in the Grade 3 William Donald Schaefer Stakes at Laurel Park. Jockey J. D. Acosta rode his 3000th career winner in Wednesday’s first race at Charles… Read More »