Hall of Famers Smith And Velazquez: Thumbs Up To Maryland Concussion Protocol

Two days before the Preakness, Dr. Kelly Ryan is sitting on a floor in the Pimlico grandstand, staring intently at her computer, responding to texts, and greeting passersby. You’d never know that among the many people who will have to make decisions this weekend—trainers about running, jockeys about strategy, stewards about inquiries, bettors about wagers—she,…

Gaudet, Wolfendale Break New York’s Glass Ceiling

On Thursday, August 10, as the New York Racing Association’s Talking Horses television show began, two women sat behind the desk, ready to handicap that day’s Saratoga card for the thousands on-track and watching on television and the internet. That in itself was noteworthy, given the paucity of women on the NYRA broadcast until recently.…

Home For The Holidays: On the Backstretch

They say that there’s no place like home for the holidays, but when you work at the racetrack, going home—wherever that may be—isn’t always an option.  The difficulty of taking time away and of making small paychecks stretch can make this season not quite like the jolly, lavish scenes that we see splashed across televisions…

Happy Homecoming for Tagg in the Safely Kept

He doesn’t come home very often, but the trip down I-95 was worth it for Barclay Tagg when his three-year-old filly Tale for Ruby won the Safely Kept Stakes at Laurel Park on November 19. A native of Philadelphia who graduated from Penn State with a degree in animal science, Tagg started his racing career…