The Hall of Fame jockey fractured a vertebrae in his neck in a training accident last summer at Del Mar that left him paralyzed for a short time. Less than six months later, he’s just weeks away from resuming riding.
I asked for your thoughts on horse racing’s worst problems as we turn the calendar to 2019 and boy did you respond. I heard from ardent horseplayers, workers in the industry and even a few people who don’t give a damn about the sport.
Readers are invited to submit their biggest complaints about racing as well as what they love about the sport for use in two year-end columns looking at the good and bad aspects of the Sport of Kings.
After battling through injury and grief, David Cohen, who grew up in Las Vegas and graduated from Bonanza High School, returned this week to collect the Comeback Jockey of the Year Award at the annual Jockeys’ Guild Assembly.
The Stronach Group hires a new head of its entertainment division to “engage the next generation of horse racing fans,” but sports betting fans present a much bigger opportunity for the sport to begin rebuilding its fan base.
Hall of Fame jockey Gary Stevens announced his sudden retirement after learning he had sustained a spinal injury, while Santa Anita race-caller Michael Wrona was unceremoniously sacked by track management.
Kentucky Racing Acquisition, a new company co-founded by Ron Winchell and Marc Falcone, did not reveal terms of the acquisition of the track in Franklin, Kentucky, which it hopes to complete by early 2019.
Backers say the winner of the Breeders’ Cup Classic accomplished more over the year than the 13th Triple Crown winner, but history says their arguments will fall on deaf ears.
Softish turf course should aid European runners, who are more accustomed to those conditions, but it also can provide big surprises when horses who have never run on an “off” track discover they really like it.