Around the Track is a bi-weekly podcast featuring personalities and stories from the world of Thoroughbred racing. Jockeys, trainers, owners, and others in the business talk about how they got their start, share funny and poignant tales from their careers and discuss issues important to the industry. Host Scott Jagow is editor-in-chief of the Paulick Report, an award-winning online publication that covers the sport and business of horse racing.
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...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?