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Legendary trainer King T. Leatherbury was selected to receive the University of Louisville’s John W. Galbreath Award for Outstanding Entrepreneurship in the Equine Industry, given in recognition of approaches to management that are both innovative and successful, as well as for high character and industry leadership.

The 77-year-old trainer spoke candidly (as always) with writer Vinnie Perrone about his decades-long career. And said a life without racing is a world without light.

“That’s all I am,” he said. “I’m just a horse trainer and if I stop doin’ that, I wouldn’t be anything. I wouldn’t be King Leatherbury.”

  • Charles John “Chick” Lang, a prominent figure in Maryland racing for more than 50 years, died at 83. Serving as Pimlico’s director of racing before becoming vice president and general manager, Lang’s most lasting legacy was the promotion of the Preakness. The opening of the infield on Preakness day, which more than tripled the day’s attendance and handle, was his brainchild.

  • Cable Boy, a 6-year-old son of Jump Start whose dazzling performances in his first three career starts at Monmouth Park put him on the fast track to Grade 1 competition, retired to stud to Colonial Farms in Colts Neck, N.J.

    In six small crops, Cable Boy sired 24 foals, including multiple stakes winners and $400,000-plus earners Liz’s Cable Girl and She’s Hot Wired. He died unexpectedly in 2017.

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