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Cicero Farms: Catching Up All the Time

There are certain basic principles that are as universal to business as the nighttime stars are to sailors on the high seas. Throughout their decades navigating the energy sector, owners Ron and Barbara Perry have proven shrewd captains of these principles, steering their company Commercial Energy towards what it is today: a mainstay of the western energy markets, its oars dipped into the supply and delivery of electricity and natural gas to thousands of businesses. And now, against the backdrop of lightbulbs glowing and air conditioners whirring, the Perrys are...

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Celebrated Equine Artist Peter Williams Passes Away

New Zealand-born artist Peter Williams, a familiar figure in the paddocks of the most famous racetracks in the world, died at the age of 84 at his home in Goshen, Kentucky Aug. 13 after a prolonged battle with the debilitating effects of Lyme disease and advancing dementia for several years. Born March 22, 1934 at Ruatoria, a small east coast village on the North Island of New Zealand, Williams was brought up in the family business of raising livestock on expansive sheep stations near Gisbourne, NZ. An education at Hereworth...

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Brown Looks Forward After Banner Day

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. - In what is a very good summer in another strong year, Saturday, August 11, 2018 was a day of days for trainer Chad Brown. Not only did he complete the GI Arlington Million-GI Beverly D. S. double for the second consecutive year at Arlington Park, Brown saddled the first three finishers in the Beverly D, ran 1-2 in the Million and finished second in the GI Secretariat S. with Analyze It (Point of Entry). But wait. There's more While Sistercharlie (Ire) (Myboycharlie {Ire}) was taking the...

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Duncker Elected to Board of The Jockey Club

C. Steven Duncker has been elected to the Board of Stewards of The Jockey Club, filling the position left vacant by the late Ogden Mills (Dinny) Phipps. Stuart S. Janney III was reelected to the board. A retired partner of Goldman Sachs, Duncker is the founder of an eponymous foundation, which is dedicated to providing educational opportunities for disadvantaged children. He also serves on the board of directors of the New York Racing Association, The Jockey Club Information Systems and the Equibase Management Committee. Duncker is also an owner racing...

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NY Race Track Chaplaincy to Honor Troutts

Lisa and Kenny Troutt, owners of WinStar Farm, will be honored by the New York division of the Race Track Chaplaincy of America Wednesday in Saratoga for their dedication and commitment to backstretch workers on the New York Racing Association circuit. Brunch will take place from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Saratoga National Golf Club. "Kenny Troutt has been a generous supporter of the Race Track Chaplaincy of America for the past 17 years," said Humberto Chavez, the chaplain of the New York division. "He continues to work behind...

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Suffolk To Add September Racing

Suffolk Downs in East Boston, MA, will conduct a fourth weekend of live racing after being granted permission from the Massachusetts Gaming Commission. Funding for the races will come from the Racehorse Development Fund. The final live racing and food truck festival weekend will take place Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 15 and 16. "These festival weekends have proven to be successful in attracting fans and wagering and for giving local horsemen a chance to compete for purse money," said Chip Tuttle, Chief Operating Officer at Suffolk Downs. "We're looking forward...

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Fasig-Tipton Waya to Retain Listed Status

Following a review by the American Graded Stakes Committee of the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association, last Sunday's GIII Fasig-Tipton Waya S., rained onto the main track and therefore automatically downgraded, will not have its Grade III status reinstated. The victorious Tricky Escape (Hat Trick {Jpn}) is credited with a listed success, while placegetters Mom's On Strike (First Dude) and Lottie (Arch) each receives listed black-type.

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Saez Storms the Spa

SARATOGA SPRINGS, NY—It's easy to get overlooked in the Saratoga jockeys' room. Between Hall of Famers like John Velazquez and Javier Castellano, superstars like the Ortiz brothers and up-and-comers like Manny Franco and Ricardo Santana, Jr., one could be a successful rider, indeed one of the most successful in the country, and fly under the radar. That's been the case with Luis Saez, the 26-year-old Panamanian who perennially finishes in the top 10 in earnings despite not receiving first or second-call mounts for any powerhouse barns. This meet, however, Saez...

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Aug. 15 Insights

7th-SAR, $85K, Msw, 3yo/up, f/m, 1 1/16mT, 4:24 p.m. ET Joe Allen homebred CIVIL UNION (War Front) makes her career bow in this spot for trainer Chad Brown. A full-sister to GSW & G1SP War Dispatch, the sophomore is out of the unraced Photograph (Unbridled's Song), who is a half-sister to GISW War Flag (War Front), Hong Kong champion Lines of Battle (War Front) and Group 1 winners Homebound (Dixie Union) and Blue Exit (Pulpit). This is also the family of leading sire Dynaformer, Grade I-winning sire Offlee Wild, Irish...

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Larger Than Life: A Tribute to Nick Columb

Australia can appear to be the envy of the racehorse-owning world, with New South Wales and Victoria often seemingly competing against each other to see which can be the more owner-friendly state.  Few, if any, figures can take more credit for this happy state of affairs than Nick Columb, the former long-term President of Victoria's Thoroughbred Racehorse Owners' Association who passed away last weekend, aged 72. Columb arrived in Melbourne from Europe with his parents at the age of four, the family disembarking at Station Pier in 1950.  They had...

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