O'Rourke named CEO at NYRA

The New York Racing Association, Inc. Board of Directors today announced the unanimous appointment of David O'Rourke as NYRA CEO and president. O'Rourke, who has been serving as interim NYRA CEO since Jan. 23, will assume the role effective immediately.

Picks & Preview: Jump season opens at Aiken

All right, let’s figure out some winners. The 2019 steeplechase season starts Saturday with the annual Aiken Steeplechase in Aiken, S.C. The TIHR handicappers wish they were there, but will have to watch from afar while trying to decipher who’s going to win – and who’s not.

The Saturday Special – March 23

March Madness and the Road to the Final Four went into high gear this week and the path to another major destination – Churchill Downs and the first Saturday in May – also takes another big twist with this weekend’s Louisiana Derby at Fair Grounds.

New year, same goal for Hendriks barn

Trainer Ricky Hendriks’ bid for a National Steeplechase Association championship came up just short last year as Jack Fisher made off with a 22-21 win and the earnings crown by about $50,000.

The Special expands for 2019

Extra time in upstate New York this coming summer for the Saratoga Race Course meeting means extra editions of The Saratoga Special on tap for 2019.

Still winning, 3-year-old Alwaysmining stays on target

It takes 5 minutes and 36 seconds to walk to the track from trainer Kelly Rubley’s barn at Fair Hill Training Center. Make the walk to and from with two sets, and the conversation topics start to add up.