Puerto Rico

City of Light Represented By First Two Winners

About 24 hours before Lane's End Farm's City of Light (Quality Road--Paris Notion, by Dehere) celebrated his first American winner in the form of Ellis Park second-time starter Roja Ligera, the first-crop stallion was represented by his first winner when the colt City of Knowledge raced away to graduate by daylight in a 5 1/2-furlong allowance over a sloppy strip at Hipodromo Camarero outside of San Juan, Puerto Rico, Saturday, July 30. Sent off the 4-5 second choice in a field of six, the $100,000 Keeneland September yearling and $32,000...

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Team Puerto Rico Wins World Jockey Challenge

Indiana Grand Racing & Casino hosted the seventh annual World Jockey Challenge Thursday with the team of seven jockeys representing Puerto Rico getting the win over a total of nine countries in the competition. Team Mexico was the runner-up while Team United States came in third. A special winner's circle presentation honored Team Puerto Rico with the World Jockey Challenge trophy. The trophy is on display in the grandstand.

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Letter to the Editor: Shipping Horses by Cargo

I am Shelley Blodgett, co-founder of Caribbean Thoroughbred Aftercare Inc. (CTA), a non-profit (501c3) that helps Thoroughbreds racing in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. I live on the U.S. mainland and have also worked here to help Thoroughbreds and other horse breeds in need. I wrote a letter to the editor published in TDN in September, 2017, asking for help following Hurricane Maria's devastation of Puerto Rico and its racetrack, Hipodromo Camarero. The response was swift and impactful. So many individuals and industry entities were moved to help,...

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MGSW Maraud to Stand in Puerto Rico

Maraud (Blame--Unbridled Empire, by Empire Maker), who won or placed in graded stakes from 2017-2020, has been retired from racing and will stand at Potrero Los Llanos in Coamo, Puerto Rico. Winner of the GII American Turf S. and the GIII Palm Beach S., he placed in an additional four graded events and last raced Mar. 11 at Fair Grounds for Collinsworth Thoroughbred Racing and trainer Bret Calhoun. He was a $375,000 Fasig-Tipton 2-year-old purchase in 2017. A half-brother to GISW Arklow (Arch) from the family of champion Silverbulletday (Silver...

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Tacher, a True Jack of All Trades

There is not much Marc Tacher hasn't tried his hand at in the horse racing industry. The native of Puerto Rico breeds, buys and races horses; owns part of a racetrack; and pinhooks. He hopes to enjoy more pinhooking success Wednesday as he sends three juveniles through the ring at the Fasig-Tipton Gulfstream Sale. Growing up in Puerto Rico, Tacher was bit by the racing bug at a young age and made his first investment in the game early in his adult years. "I got into horse racing early. As...

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Stobie & CTA Continue Heroic Acts for Horses Every Day

Based in Puerto Rico, the mission of Caribbean Thoroughbred Aftercare Inc. (CTA), is rehabilitation, retraining, retirement, and adoption for Thoroughbreds in the Caribbean. The organization recently posted on its Facebook page images of the three Thoroughbreds they most recently accepted from Hippodrome Camarero, the Thoroughbred track in Puerto Rico. All three, Salary Cap (Street Boss), Too Fast For Love (Harlington), or Keep Me Grounded (First Samurai) will need rehabilitation and have only a chance at being sound for trail or light riding. Since December, CTA has been looking for a...

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