"Doc" Richardson and wife, Maxine, at the 2018 Aiken Races. ©Tod Marks

J. David Richardson, a renowned Louisville surgeon, horse owner, and racing executive — familiar to both the flat and steeplechasing communities — died on Tuesday in Saratoga Springs. According to DRF, “Doc” Richardson was admitted to the hospital with pneumonia following a Covid-19 diagnosis, and subsequently experienced cardiac arrest. Here’s a link to the full


Iroquois photo recap

The National Steeplechase Association spring season came to an exciting conclusion with the 80th running of the Iroquois Steeplechase Races in Nasvhville, Tod Marks has the photo recap.

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