Frank Stronach Arrested on Multiple Sexual Assault Charges

Eclipse Award-winning owner/breeder and founder of The Stronach Group Frank Stronach was arrested Friday and charged with mulitple criminal offenses according to a press release by the Peel Regional Police in Ontario, Canada. The 91-year-old Stronach has, according to the release, been charged with committing five crimes including rape, indecent assault on a female, sexual assault and forcible confinement and has been released on conditions to appear at the Ontario Court of Justice in Brampton at a later date. The release also notes that the assaults "spanned from the 1980's...

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“We're confident he's going to run,” L & N Racing's Track Phantom Headlines Louisiana Derby

Track Phantom was one of the last yearlings that the L and N Racing crew looked at ahead of the 2022 Keeneland September Sale. The Quality Road colt from the Taylor Made consignment stayed at the forefront of their minds and they took home the yearling, who was the second foal out of 2017 GII Raven Run S. winner Miss Sunset (Into Mischief), for $500,000. "We just fell in love with him," recalled Michael Levinson, the racing manager and one of the four partners that make up L &N Racing....

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Breeders' Cup Runner-Up Jody's Pride Takes Next Step on Oaks Trail

Steve Weston hoped to produce a nice turf horse when he sent his mare Jody's Song (Scat Daddy) to Coolmore's American Pharoah. Jody's Song had been undefeated in two starts on the grass in New York and American Pharoah had already shown his versatility as a sire when he produced several Grade I-winning turfers from his first few crops. Everyone spoke highly of the resulting filly, whom he named Jody's Pride, throughout her early years, but when it came time for the dark bay to make her debut last August...

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Michael Iavarone Joins the TDN Writers' Room

Could this be the year? Michael Iavarone discusses his chances at this year's Pegasus.

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John Stewart Joins the TDN Writers' Room

On this week's TDN Writers' Room, owner/breeder John Stewart discusses his recent shopping spree at the fall breeding stock sales and reveals the name for his new racing and breeding operation. This week's episode is sponsored by Keeneland, the Green Group, WinStar, the PHBA, Lane's End and West Point Thoroughbreds.

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Played Hard Carries the Rigney Motto to Ogden Phipps

One short elevator ride from the top of the Churchill Downs grandstand down to the ground floor was all the time it took for Phil Bauer to officially become a Grade I-winning trainer. On Kentucky Oaks Friday, Bauer was watching from upstairs as his trainee Played Hard (Into Mischief) took the lead going into the stretch of the GI La Troienne S. and, with Johnny Velazquez aboard, fought off last year's Oaks victress Secret Oath (Arrogate) to win by a neck. When Bauer and an elated crew of Rigney Racing...

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Three Grade I Winners Reflect Godolphin's Evolving Program

From Pretty Mischievous (Into Mischief) getting Godolphin their first win in the GI Kentucky Oaks on Friday to Matareya (Pioneerof the Nile) and Cody's Wish (Curlin) both coming home with Grade I scores on Saturday, the first weekend in May was one for the books for Godolphin USA. The global racing powerhouse is coming off back-to-back Eclipse Awards for Outstanding Owner and Breeder, but Godolphin USA's Director of Bloodstock Michael Banahan said that this year's Derby weekend ranks near the top of the list of great weekends for the American...

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Flightline, Born From The Heart of a Lyon

Within minutes of Flightline crossing the wire in another jaw-dropping victory in the Breeders' Cup Classic, the question buzzing across the racing world was whether we would get the chance to see him race again. Many argued against his retirement, saying racing needs a hero and, at least right now and for the foreseeable future, he is certainly it. Some 16 hours later, we got our answer. The unbeaten sensation was retired to the Lane's End stallion barn, where he is already in high demand. Many were saddened to see...

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Reeves On a Roll at Saratoga

Reeves Thoroughbred Racing is enjoying a tremendous summer at Saratoga as they sit near the top of the leading owners list midway through the notoriously competitive race meet. So far, they've celebrated in the winner's circle alongside three stakes winners and an impressive debut-winning juvenile. Dean Reeves, a native of Atlanta and the co-owner of a commercial contracting company in Georgia, formed Reeves Thoroughbred Racing with his wife Patti in 2009. The couple has campaigned a long line of Grade I performers since. Reeves was on the Oklahoma backstretch with...

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Roth Joins Woodbine Board of Directors

Owner and breeder Jaime Roth of LNJ Foxwood Stables has been appointed to the Woodbine Entertainment Board of Directors. "Woodbine is excited to announce the appointment of Jaime to its Board of Directors," said Christine Magee, Chair of the Woodbine Entertainment Board of Directors. "We look forward to working with Jaime and will benefit greatly from her expertise as we leverage her horse racing experience to continue to grow the sport of horse racing in Ontario, and our brand and racing product globally." Roth is a graduate of the University...

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$1.5m Zayat Settlement to Make Small Dent in Overall $19m Debt

The trustee in Ahmed Zayat's personal bankruptcy case has negotiated a $1.5-million settlement to be paid by the debtor's brother, Sherif Zayat, that a court document stated will "resolve all claims and causes of action" related to the multiple mortgages on Zayat's home. The motion for approval of that settlement, if so ordered by a judge in a New Jersey federal bankruptcy court July 6, doesn't mean the end to the complicated, now 21-month-long Chapter 7 petition by the allegedly insolvent former Thoroughbred owner and breeder. But it does mean...

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Owner Marc Detampel Celebrates New Year's Eve

The GII Edgewood S. on the Kentucky Oaks undercard became a milestone victory for owner Marc Detampel when his 'TDN Rising Star' New Year's Eve (Kitten's Joy) rallied from last to first in a competitive 10-horse field to claim the $500,000 turf contest. Detampel, who hails from Chicago, doesn't get the chance to see his racehorses on a regular basis, but when he visited New Year's Eve two weeks ago at Brendan Walsh's barn, his anticipation for the filly's next start grew. "I hadn't seen her in a while and...

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