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34 minutes | Feb 1, 2018
Around the Track 23 – Dr. Bill Rood, CEO Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital
Bill Rood didn't grow up around horses but once he came in contact with "God's kindest creatures," he knew he wanted to care for them as a veterinarian. Along with partner Thomas Riddle, he eventually he turned a "box" on a farm into Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital, a world-renowned facility with locations in Lexington, Ky., Saratoga Springs, NY., and Wellington, Fla. In today's edition of Around the Track, Dr. Rood tells the story of how Rood & Riddle came to be and evolve, the tale of a broodmare and her remarkable mating with Secretariat, and he discusses the past and future of equine medicine. Listen in...
39 minutes | Jan 16, 2018
Around the Track 22 – Trainer Dale Romans
Dale Romans doesn't know what he would've done without horses. Growing up with dyslexia and difficulty learning in a traditional environment made school painful for Romans. After school, though, he could go "home" to the horses in his father's barn at Churchill Downs. Today, Dale still trains at that same barn, and over the course of the last 30 years, he's carved out a training career anyone would be proud to call their own. In this edition of Around the Track, Romans shares stories from his early days, tales of the smartest horse he's ever been around, and discusses issues in the industry.
44 minutes | Dec 29, 2017
Around the Track 21 – Voices and Stories From 2017
Looking back on the voices and stories we heard this year on Around the Track, it’s a satisfying and well-rounded mosaic of racing history and moments, joy and heartbreak, laughter and tears, determination and courage. We heard from jockeys, trainers, owners, breeders, agents, race callers, journalists, and Thoroughbred retirement advocates — each with a unique story of their life in the racing industry but also a shared bond, sewn together by a passion for the sport and for the horses at the heart of it. In this year-end edition of Around the Track, we replay some of the stories we heard.
47 minutes | Dec 19, 2017
Around the Track 20 – Hall of Fame Jockey Ramon Dominguez
At the top of his game, Ramon Dominguez was among the best who ever sat on a horse in a starting gate. His Hall of Fame career, cut short by a devastating spill, began in his native Venezuela and flourished when he came to the U.S. In this episode of Around the Track, Dominguez shares stories from his riding life, a perspective on a professional athlete "in the zone," and he talks about how he transitioned his life when being a jockey was taken away from him.
45 minutes | Dec 1, 2017
Around the Track 19 – New Vocations Thoroughbred Program Director Anna Ford
Having grown up with a fifth generation Standardbred training father and a mother who ran the family's breeding farm, Anna Ford has been around horses since the first day of her life. In her role at New Vocations, a celebrated Thoroughbred retraining and rehoming organization, Ford has helped extend the useful lives of hundreds of ex-racehorses. In this episode of Around the Track, learn about the evolution of the racing industry's involvement in Thoroughbred aftercare, favorite stories of adoption, and more about the challenges and rewards of getting racehorses into second careers.
51 minutes | Nov 17, 2017
Around the Track 18 – Jockey Agent Ron Ebanks, the “Love Man”
Ron Ebanks has led quite the adventurous life. The former jockey and longtime jockey agent has seen it all, from near-death experiences to run-ins with the mafia, to chickens riding racehorses. In this edition of Around the Track, Ebanks tells stories from a life that began in the Caribbean and the bush tracks of Louisiana, a life that could (and will next year) fill a book. Ebanks also speaks candidly about racing behind the scenes, cheating in the game and the struggles jockeys often face on and off the track. Not to mention, where did he get that nickname?
51 minutes | Oct 27, 2017
Around the Track 17 – TVG Host, Former Trainer Simon Bray
Simon Bray grew up in Britain with a father who owned racehorses, so he had the good fortune of connections to the Thoroughbred industry. Bray has also had some tough luck through the years, both in his professional life and with his diagnosis of a rare form of blood cancer. He learned perseverance at a young age, and that helped Bray overcome misfortune and thrive in his career, currently as a popular on-air host at the horse racing network, TVG. In this episode of Around the Track, Bray tells stories from his days with legendary trainers Henry Cecil and Bill Mott, horses like the 'incomparable' Cigar, his battle with Multiple Myeloma, and much more.
56 minutes | Oct 11, 2017
Around the Track 16 – Hall of Fame Jockey Julie Krone
Julie Krone's earliest memories contain horses, and her devotion to understanding the breed helped her become one of the greatest jockeys of all time, not to mention a pioneering athlete who was inducted into the National Women's Hall of Fame. In this episode of Around the Track, Krone tells stories of her rough-and-tumble early days (fighting a male jockey), shares how she re-taught a racehorse in nine minutes in the paddock, talks about what she had to learn before going on David Letterman, and discusses how she recovered from the emotional and physical torment caused by injuries.
50 minutes | Sep 10, 2017
Around the Track 15 – Entrepreneur, Racehorse Owner Mike Repole
Despite his humble roots, Mike Repole's goals have always been lofty, and to his credit, he's achieved many of them. The kid from Queens who was the first person in his family to attend college turned a small beverage company into a $4 billion giant. He dreamed of owning racehorses as a teenager, and he's made that come true as well, winning top-class races like the Breeders' Cup Juvenile and the Travers Stakes. In this edition of Around the Track, we hear the story of how Repole made it big as an entrepreneur, his thoughts on horse ownership and the racing game, and stories like whatever happened to that Travers canoe?
48 minutes | Aug 31, 2017
Around the Track 14 – Racing Historian, President of Equine Research Foundation Ed Bowen
Having written 20 books on Thoroughbred racing, Ed Bowen has an almost unparalleled memory of the sport, its renowned horses and their connections. In recent years, he's also had a strong influence on raising money for equine health research that benefits horses of all kinds. In this episode of Around the Track, Bowen recalls tales from researching his books, tells the story of Ed Bowen the horse and the bicycle he destroyed and delves into research projects that are having a profound impact on equine health problems such as laminitis. Listen in...
52 minutes | Aug 12, 2017
Around the Track 13 – Thoroughbred Owner Sol Kumin
It's hard to envision a racehorse owner with a better start in Thoroughbred racing than Sol Kumin. In a three-year span, Kumin, a 42-year-old Wall Street hedge fund manager, has circled the globe winning races at top-class events, including Royal Ascot, Dubai, the Breeders' Cup, and the Triple Crown. That kind of early success does not come easy in the sport, but Kumin has been quick to share his newfound passion with friends and family, often bringing dozens of them to the track for a big race, and quick to appreciate all the people it takes to help a racehorse win. Tales from his adventure so far, the astonishing comeback of Lady Eli (one of his first horses), and thoughts on what has helped him succeed in this edition of Around the Track.
39 minutes | Jul 29, 2017
Around the Track 12 – Thoroughbred Consultant Ric Waldman, Former Manager of Famous Sire Storm Cat
Ric Waldman knows horses. He's devoted his life to understanding their bloodlines and what it takes to make a great racehorse -- and a great sire. Waldman had the privilege of being connected to two of the most popular sires in history, Northern Dancer and Storm Cat. Ric oversaw the incredible transformation of Storm Cat from a $20,000 stallion to one that commanded a $500,000 fee from all corners of the globe. The tale of Storm Cat, what to look for in a mating and more in this edition of Around the Track with Ric Waldman. Plus, a sneak preview of Equestricon, set for mid-August in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. Listen in...
48 minutes | Jul 10, 2017
Around the Track 11 – Former Jockey Richard Migliore
There's no question Richard Migliore laid it all on the line when he rode racehorses. Nicknamed "The Mig" after the Russian fighter jet for his tenacity on the track, Migliore came within millimeters of being paralyzed or killed more than once. But The Mig never quit and made almost miraculous recoveries, displaying a resilience born of his undying passion for the sport. A well-liked and highly respected rider during his career, Migliore is a self-described racetracker who embraces and appreciates people from all walks of life at the track. In this edition of Around the Track, he shares stories about his favorite horses, the devastating injuries and comebacks and the backstretch life. Listen in...
58 minutes | Jun 27, 2017
Around the Track 10 – Vic Stauffer – Announcer, Steward, Jockey’s Agent
If there's a job in horse racing Vic Stauffer hasn't done, let us know. Enthralled by the sport at an early age, Stauffer skipped high school so he could make the racetrack life his own. From hotwalker to chart caller to jockey's agent, Vic tried everything, all the while focused on his true love of announcing the races. That dream came true as well. Stauffer made a name for himself calling the legendary Zenyatta, a race in the middle of an earthquake and the final, sad day at Hollywood Park. In this edition of Around the Track, Stauffer shares emotional memories of those events, gives us a taste of what it means to be an agent and a steward, plus how did end up owning part of a baseball team?
31 minutes | Jun 14, 2017
Around the Track 9 – New York Racing Paddock Analyst Maggie Wolfendale
Maggie Wolfendale first sat on a horse when she was two years old. Yes, two. Instead of being sent to a day care center, she played in a racetrack barn, where her mother and father (also the progeny of horsemen) trained Thoroughbreds. These days, Wolfendale is a valuable asset to racing fans and bettors as she uses her sharp eye for horseflesh to sort contenders from pretenders in the paddock before races. She was an exercise rider for years, rides horses in other disciplines and is married to trainer Tom Morley, an up-and-coming Englishman trying to make his way on the New York circuit. Life with Maggie Wolfendale, some tips on spotting good horses, and much more in the latest edition of Around the Track.
56 minutes | May 31, 2017
Around the Track 8 – Paulick Report Founder Ray Paulick
Both growing up on a farm in rural Illinois and his early work as a ghostwriter for Jimmy the Greek helped inform Ray Paulick's career path. Horse racing would eventually take him around the world as a journalist, and his most important contribution to the sport, the Paulick Report, has become an industry must-read for those wanting breaking news, features, and investigative pieces about the sport and business of racing. By covering stories that others won't touch, Ray has ruffled his share of feathers but the website's work has led to change in the industry. In this edition of Around the Track, Ray shares stories from the good old days and what it takes behind the scenes to get the goods for some of those investigative pieces (hint: there's a car chase involved).
48 minutes | May 12, 2017
Around the Track 7 – Racing Journalist, Handicapper Andrew Beyer
In his 50-year career, Andrew Beyer created a new category of horse racing journalist, a writer outspoken about the sport and a voice for horseplayers. He also changed handicapping forever with his invention of the Beyer Speed Figure. In this edition of Around the Track, Beyer spins tales about his biggest scores and toughest betting beats; while not a touch-feely horse guy, he admits there was a filly that gave him goosebumps, plus he discusses the making of speed figures, cheating in the sport and some funny encounters he's had. We also hear from Terry Finley of West Point Thoroughbreds, one of the partners in Kentucky Derby winner Always Dreaming, about that experience.
52 minutes | Apr 25, 2017
Around the Track 6 – Trainer of California Chrome, Art Sherman
Art Sherman's life is bookended with the remarkable story of two Kentucky Derby winners that have him in common. First, Swaps in 1955 when Sherman was just a teenager literally sleeping next to the horse on a cross-country train ride, then California Chrome, one of the most popular Derby winners of all time. In this episode of Around the Track, Sherman shares some of his stories from the "old school" and of course, the journey he took with Chrome. Listen in...
53 minutes | Apr 10, 2017
Around the Track 5 – Former Track Announcer Tom Durkin
During his 43-year career, announcer Tom Durkin's electric race calls thrilled fans and stamped historic moments with unforgettable words. He could make you laugh, too. In this episode of Around the Track, Durkin tells stories about his humble beginnings at the track, relives some of his most memorable calls, and details the craft and stresses of calling races like the Kentucky Derby. Listen in...
56 minutes | Mar 25, 2017
Around the Track 4 – NBC Sports Broadcaster, Former Jockey Donna Barton Brothers
For nearly two decades, Donna Barton Brothers has played an integral role in NBC Sports' coverage of the Kentucky Derby and other important races. Her interviews on horseback have captured some of the most dramatic moments horse racing has to offer. In this episode of Around the Track, Brothers gives us a peek behind the scenes of the broadcasts, takes us on an emotional rollercoaster with Triple Crown winner American Pharoah, and shares stories of her time as one of the most accomplished female jockeys in history.
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