Earle Mack

Tickets Available For Pre-Preakness Party

Tickets for the ninth annual ABR Pre-Preakness Party, to be held Wednesday, May 15, at the Mt. Washington Tavern in Baltimore, are now available. Tickets for the event are $35 online or $40 at the door and includes one complimentary drink ticket, complimentary snack platters and access to racing personalities and handicapping experts Registration is also open for the silent auction held in conjunction with the event which benefits the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance. Proceeds from the Pre-Preakness Party will benefit Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance and The Jockey Club Safety Net Foundation....

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Letter To The Editor: It All Begins With Churchill Downs

Horse racing is at an existential moment. Just weeks after a series of breakdowns at Churchill Downs cast a shadow over the Kentucky Derby, a wave of horrifying horse deaths at Saratoga Race Course has once again brought questions about safety to the forefront of public consciousness. This is a tragedy, as every horse that breaks down also breaks our hearts. However, I believe our sport has reached a tipping point, and I predict there will be a Silver Lining emerging from all these tragedies. In the past week, I...

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HISA, Jockeys' Guild To Implement New Jockey Wellness Initiatives

The Horseracing Integrity and Safety Authority (HISA) and the Jockeys' Guild have announced that they have created a Steering Committee to recommend and develop programming in support of the mental health and wellness of jockeys. The announcement comes on the heels of a symposium held last week in Saratoga. The Steering Committee will be co-chaired by Ambassador Earle Mack, a businessman, philanthropist, former U.S. Ambassador to Finland and Thoroughbred owner and breeder, and Dr. Yuval Neria, a professor of Clinical Medical Psychology at Columbia University Medical Center and Director of...

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Letter To The Editor: The Numbers Speak Loudly

After reading the various commentaries over recent days by Ambassador Mack and Bill Finley and the Letters to the TDN Editor on the synthetics debate, I heard Bill say during this week's TDN Writer's Room that we could reduce fatalities by the hundreds with a surface shift. A close analysis shows the numbers are much greater than that. First a step back. The industry needs a revamp in the way we present this discussion to the public at large and those opponents who would have our "social license" go the...

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Letter To The Editor: Do It Right Initially

It was with great interest that I read Earle Mack's recent TDN Letter to the Editor and Bill Finley's Week in Review piece supporting Mr. Mack's opinion that a major switch to synthetic racing surfaces is called for to save the Thoroughbred Industry. Although I do not know either of these men personally, I respect their accomplishments in our business, their intentions, opinions and intellect. With that said, as much as I agree that training and racing surfaces are critical to horse safety and synthetic tracks have lower catastrophic injury...

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The Week In Review: Earle Mack Has The Answer, And We Must Listen To Him

Earle Mack is right. This industry, which is mired in a crisis, can no longer afford to ignore the most obvious solution to its problems, which are synthetic tracks. Mack wrote just that in an Op/Ed that appeared in this publication last week. If you haven't read it yet, please do so now. It is powerful, articulate and well-reasoned and was written by someone whose credentials demand that we respect his opinion. He is a horse owner, a breeder, a former U.S. Ambassador to Finland and a smart and successful...

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Op/Ed: No More Dirt

In the wake of the tragic deaths of 12 horses at Churchill Downs, the Horseracing Integrity and Safety Authority (HISA) has called for an emergency summit. This presents both a moment of leadership for HISA and an important test for the independent directors of the Churchill Downs Corporation to protect shareholder interests and ensure the survival of the entire horse racing industry. They must step up and meet the moment or step down. This can be achieved by ending dirt racing in America and transitioning to synthetic surfaces. These heartbreaking...

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Earle Mack Continues Aid in Ukraine

Operation Heat Ukraine, a humanitarian effort begun by owner/breeder Earle I. Mack, who is also the former Ambassador to Finland, and former New York Governor George E. Pataki, will undertake a fourth mission to Ukraine. Mack and Pataki have already donated and delivered nearly 1,000 industrial and residential heaters benefitting over one million Ukrainian civilians. Operation Heat Ukraine is a non-profit focused on helping those suffering due to the continued Russian attacks. "As we reach the one-year mark of the war in Ukraine, it has never been more important to...

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Mack Provides Ongoing Support With `Operation Heat Ukraine'

Thoroughbred owner and former Ambassador to Finland Earle Mack, in conjunction with former New York governor George Pataki, have launched Operation Heat Ukraine, a nonprofit dedicated to "helping those suffering due to ongoing Russian attacks on critical infrastructure," the organization announced Tuesday. When Ukraine's First Lady Olena Zelenska visited New York, former Gov. George Pataki asked what her country needed most. Her answer was, "heaters, heaters, heaters." As a result, Governor Pataki and Ambassador Earle Mack delivered heaters to Ukraine for 200,000 people on Jan. 12. Each heater can run...

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Star Plus Dies at Old Friends

Argentinian Group 1 winner Star Plus (Arg) (Alpha Plus--Nannar {Arg}), by Big Play) died Saturday following a paddock accident at Old Friends retirement facility in Georgetown. The 20-year-old had been at Old Friends for 11 years. Following a win in the 2007 G1 Joaquin S. deAnchorena, Star Plus was purchased by Earle Mack to race in the United States, where his best finishes were a runner-up effort in the 2008 GIII Turfway Park Fall Championship S. and an allowance victory at Keeneland. Star Plus suffered a major ankle injury and...

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Pataki, Mack Continue Support of Ukraine

Former New York Governor George Pataki and former U.S. Ambassador to Finland Earle Mack, who joined forces for a humanitarian mission to Ukraine last spring, continued their support of the country with the delivery of over one dozen, industrial-grade heaters to refugee shelters. While leading a humanitarian delegation to Ukraine and border areas accepting refugees, Gov. Pataki and Ambassador Mack delivered large-scale portable heaters, each of them able to warm up to 10 families in the various shelters across the region. The temporary shelters, many of which are converted schools...

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Coolmore Comes Out on Top for Gun Runner Colt

Coolmore's M.V. Magnier fended off all challengers Tuesday at Fasig-Tipton to take home hip 186, a $1.4-million son of Gun Runner from the Denali Stud consignment. Bred by Earle I. Mack, the Mar. 12 foal has some interesting inbreeding to late Coolmore stalwart Giant's Causeway. The colt is out of a mare by the "Iron Horse," as is his sire.

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