In Their Footsteps: Teal Albertrani

A daughter of jockey-turned-trainer Tom Albertrani and his wife, former exercising rider Fonda, 23 -year-old Teal Albertrani belies her years with her extensive experience in the Thoroughbred industry. She currently is the director of partner relations for West Point Thoroughbreds. Teal, who currently divides her hour between Florida in the winter, Belmont Park in the spring and autumn, and Saratoga in the summer, got equine experience from a young age. ” It was definitely always horses from the beginning. I guess I was just born into the industry ,” she…

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Smart Strike Firster Gets Up Late at Santa Anita

6th-SA, $56,070, Msw , 5-29, 3yo/ up, f/ m, 6 1/2 fT, 1:13.75, fm. + MEADOWSWEET( f, 3, Smart Strike-Tranquility Lake, by Rahy ), far back early, came with a powerful stretch bid to get up in the last jump and graduate first out at Santa Anita. Demonstrating a promising worktab for the Wygods and trainer Cliff Sise, including a six-furlong spin in 1:11 flat( 1/5) to wrap up preparations May 20 at San Luis Rey, the homebred was given a 6-1 chance and fell back to run in eighth…

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‘Who will do the work? ‘ Trump’s migrant crackdown dangers horse racing’s future

The unglamorous hours in the stables means racing has long relied upon undocumented workers but recent federal raids create pressing questions When it comes to its workforce, American horse racing could be galloping towards a crisis. A visa program that serves the racing industry poorly plus a dearth of US employees willing to do the sports grunt work the grooming, the exercise-riding and the hot-walking of racehorses has long left racing heavily reliant upon undocumented workers from Mexico and elsewhere in Central and South America. But now, the recent spate…

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Why did so many ponies succumb on US racetracks the summer months?

The Del Mar track saw protests after an unusually high number of deaths this year. But that runs against a general trend, and answers are hard to come by It was another torrid summer. During southern Californias Del Mar meet, which operated from July through September, 17 horses were died during training of a morning or racing of an afternoon. On the other side of the country, 10 horses died during train or racing during Saratogas 40 -day meet in New York. This follows a similar scenario in 2014, when…

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