American Pharoah Victorious in Preakness; Eyes Triple Crown Sweep

May 18, 2015  – American Pharoah added Saturday’s $1.5 million Preakness Stakes to his Kentucky Derby triumph to raise his 2015 earnings to $3,368,800 and keep alive his quest to become the first Triple Crown winner since Affirmed in 1978.

The 3-year-old Pioneerof the Nile colt has become North America’s top money winner for trainer Bob Baffert, jockey Victor Espinoza and owner/breeder Ahmed Zayat.

California Chrome is second with $2,100,000 and Secret Circle is third with $1,240,000.

Todd Pletcher surpassed the $9 million mark in earnings and maintains his position atop the trainers’ standings with $9,442,130.

Baffert is second with $8,671,009 and Jerry Hollendorfer is third with $4,722,766.

Espinoza retains his position atop the jockeys’ standings with a total of $9,921,952. Javier Castellano is second with $7,841,718 and John Velazquez is third with $6,573,773.

Equine earnings are for all starters of at least one race in North America and include earnings from all international races. Trainer and jockey standings are for North American-based individuals but include earnings from select international races.

For a listing of the weekly leaders for horses, trainers, and jockeys through May 17, 2015, click here.
Notable News:

Fair Hill Races back for 81st year

Posted: Thursday, May 21, 2015 4:34 pm
By Dara McBride
Cecil Whig

FAIR HILL — The spotlight will be on the horses and the 350-acre Fair Hill Training Center at this year’s Fair Hill Races.

The races return to Cecil County this Saturday, May 23, for their 81st year. From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, family, friends and horse lovers will be at Fair Hill fairgrounds to enjoy the outdoors and summer food. The first race will be at 1 p.m.

Each year, more than 12,000 spectators turn out to the 5,600-acre former estate of William duPont. The tradition is considered the largest annual single-day event held in Cecil County. It’s also the only Steeplechase race in the country to offer pari-mutuel betting, and all proceeds from the races benefit Union Hospital.

This year, the race is being handled by the Cecil County Breeders’ Fair, a subsidiary Board of the Union Hospital Foundation. So, while funds will still benefit Union Hospital, the Union Hospital Foundation is not as involved as previous years.

“We are horsemen running horse races for the benefit of Union Hospital. The races as a whole have not changed at all,” said Nancy Simpers, an organizer with the Breeders’ Fair. The group will oversee the operation of the races with the support of many volunteers.

Also notable this year, the Maryland Horse Industry Board, a program within the Maryland Department of Agriculture, will present the “Touch of Class Awards.” The presentation will take place at about 2 p.m. in front of the grandstand after the third race.

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Upcoming Industry Events:
  Event Date
* Pan American Conference
Grand Hyatt, New York City, NY
June 3-6, 2015
* Belmont Stakes
Belmont Park, NY
June 6, 2015
* Welfare and Safety of the Racehorse Summit
Keeneland Sales Pavilion, Lexington, KY
July 8, 2015
* International Simulcast Conference
Sheraton Sand Key Resort, Clearwater Beach, FL
October 5-7, 2015
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The scholarship, co-sponsored by Vanderbilt, is awarded annually to an entering freshman at Vanderbilt who plans a career in sports journalism. In order to apply, high school seniors must apply for admission and complete the online Cornelius Vanderbilt scholarship application. Contact the Office of Student Financial Aid and Undergraduate Scholarships, Vanderbilt University, 2309 West End Avenue, Nashville, TN 37203-1721; (615) 322-3591 or email

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