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Weekly Wire: May 6, 2021

May 6, 2021

TORONTO/MILTON, May 6, 2021 – As a horse racing fan, it can be difficult to keep up with all the major stories and excitement from around the world – that’s why we’ve gone the distance and done the leg work for you, curating the top news and notes from the horse racing industry to keep you in the know.

Thoroughbred News

‘Indescribable’: Rene Diaz Breaks Through with First Winner at Gulfstream

Apprentice jockey Rene Diaz broke through to notch his first career win Thursday at Gulfstream Park after guiding Jessica ($14) to a three-length victory in the afternoon’s third race. The 21-year-old jockey achieved the ever-important milestone in front-running fashion aboard the Michael Yates-trained 5-year-old mare, capturing a seven-furlong sprint for $12,500 filly and mare claimers. (

Jose Santos Revolutionizing Jockey Agent’s Role

Jose Santos became famous for winning races as a jockey. His son wants to become famous for winning races as a jockey agent. The winning formula for Jose “Joe” Santos Jr. is to try and revolutionize the profession through strength in numbers, eventually creating a corporate-like business model. (

Jockey Health Day Planned for Delaware Park

In anticipation of the opening of the 2021 racing season at Delaware Park, The Delaware Jockeys’ Health and Welfare Fund is holding a jockey health day Monday, May 24, in the jockeys’ room immediately after morning training closes. (

Information Morning – Cape Breton with Steve Sutherland: The Cape Breton connection to Canada’s “Horse of the Year”

Meet the Cape Bretoner who cares for the Queen’s Plate winner – Mighty Heart – Canada’s Thoroughbred Horse of the Year! Siobhan Brown, originally from Grove’s Point, is the horse’s groom at the Woodbine Racetrack in Ontario. (

Double Firsts: Trainer Sherry Rhea, Apprentice Albert Lopez Break Their Maidens at Oaklawn

Trainer Sherry Rhea recorded her first career victory in Sunday’s seventh race at Oaklawn when My Little Tipsy ($15) broke his maiden under apprentice jockey Albert Lopez. Rhea, who launched her career in 2020, had been 0 for 61 and was winless in 48 starts at this year’s Oaklawn meeting, according to Equibase, racing’s official data gathering organization. (

Standardbred News

PEI Racing Ready to Kick-Off

Red Shores Racetrack & Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park is pleased to announce the opening date for the Spring harness racing meet is Saturday, May 8th. Post time is 6pm. (

North American Record Set at Harrah’s

The Bar Hopping – Bella Dolce filly Bella Bellini became the fastest three-year-old harness racing trotter in North America so far in 2021 when she won at Harrah’s Philadelphia on Thursday afternoon in 1:53.1. (

Stallion Selected for Party Girl Hill

Hanover Shoe Farms is pleased to welcome recently retired world champion and 2020 Dan Patch Award winner Party Girl Hill to the first-year book of 2020 Dan Patch Horse of the Year Tall Dark Stranger. The phenomenal Party Girl Hill joins these other great race mares (along with countless top producing broodmares) who are being bred to Tall Dark Stranger in what is undoubtedly the best collection of mares ever assembled for a stallion’s initial book. (

Callmethebreeze Flew to Victory in Italy

Callmethebreeze, driven by Andrea Guzzinati, won the $186,000 Gran Premio Tito Giovanardi in Modena, Italy on Sunday (April 25) afternoon. The 3-year-old Trixton son is owned by French trainer Philippe Allaire and Callmethebreeze now belongs in the barn of the owner. Last season, the horse was trained by Alessandro Gocciadoro for whom he won the $265,000 Mipaaf Allevamento Maschi. (

Emotional Results

There were emotional scenes at Geelong Harness Racing Club on Wednesday night as veteran trainer-driver Bob Kuchenmeister won a race struck in honour of his late great mate. Kuchenmeister prepared squaregaiting mare Leanne Leeann to claim her sixth career success with a tough front-running display in the Jack Powles Memorial Trotters Handicap (2570m). (

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