Local race horse owners hoping to have Breeders’ Cup runner

The recent Saratoga Race Course meet was a solid one for local race horse owners Ralph Durante and John Buckley, both of North Haven, as they hope for the success to continue in the upcoming Breeders’ Cup.

“The meet was great, a million people were in attendance (entire season) for the fifth straight year and the racing overall was exciting,” Durante said. Durante and Buckley are horse-race owners as part of the Donegal Racing syndicate. “Our Donegal Racing group had horses in nine races during the meet. Most of our horses were 2-year-olds and we had one winner, two thirds and a fourth place.

“Everyone showcases their horses at Saratoga at a track where the competition is the best in the world. All the owners want their 2-year-olds to be be viable 3-year-olds to become potential Triple Crown prospects.”

The last day of the Saratoga meet was on Labor Day. A week after the Saratoga meet, Donegal Racing entered Arklow in the $1 million Kentucky Turf Cup at Kentucky Downs. Arklow won the race in 2018…

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Rich Nilsen is a 19-time qualifier to the National Horseplayers Championship (NHC), an event he has cashed in four times. He was the first player to finish in the top 10 of the NHC twice. A former executive with Brisnet.com and a member of the NHC Players’ Committee, Rich is a graduate of the University of Louisville Equine Business Program and is founder of AGameofSkill.com, a site devoted to horse racing education and promotion.

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