ST Publishing’s Tom Law set for pre-Saratoga panel

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ST Publishing Managing Editor Tom Law will join three-time Eclipse Award-winning jockey Ramon Dominguez, Kentucky Derby-winning trainer Graham Motion and Starlight Stables founder Jack Wolf as a panelist at the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame’s annual Saratoga Preview Wednesday, July 20.

The free event, which is open to the public and starts at 7 p.m. in the Museum’s Hall of Fame Gallery, will feature an audience-driven discussion with the panelists. Each attendee of the program will receive a complimentary copy of the Museum’s 2016-17 Hall of Fame Guide. Brien Bouyea, the museum’s communications officer, will moderate the event.

Law is managing editor of ST Publishing Inc. and senior writer of Mid-Atlantic Thoroughbred magazine. He started his career in his hometown of Saratoga Springs, working as a sports writer and handicapper for The Saratogian before a nearly 15-year stint in Lexington, Ky., working as a writer and editor for Thoroughbred Times. A former president of the National Turf Writers and Broadcasters Association, Law earned an Eclipse Award for his coverage of the 2011 Breeders’ Cup and he’s won the Red Smith Kentucky Derby Writing Award, Joe Hirsch Belmont Stakes Writing Award and the Bill Leggett Breeders’ Cup Writing Award.

Dominguez, a native of Caracas, Venezuela, who will be inducted into the Hall of Fame in August, won 4,985 races in a career that spanned from 1996 through 2013. The Eclipse Award-winning jockey in 2010, 2011 and 2012, Dominguez won 160 graded stakes during his career – including 44 Grade 1 events – and had purse earnings of more than $191 million. Dominguez won 20 riding titles on the New York Racing Association circuit, including the 2012 meeting at Saratoga when he set a record with 68 wins and tied the track record with six wins on a single card. Dominguez led all North American jockeys in earnings in each of his Eclipse Award years and was the overall leading rider in New York each year from 2009 through 2012.

Motion, a native of Cambridge, England, has won 2,100 races with purse earnings of more than $101 million (through Wednesday) in a training career that began in 1993. Motion won the 2011 Kentucky Derby and 2013 Dubai World Cup with Animal Kingdom and has trained multiple Eclipse Award winner Main Sequence, as well as standouts Better Talk Now, Shared Account, Bullsbay and Ring Weekend, among others. Motion has won three Breeders’ Cup races: the 2014 Turf (Main Sequence), 2010 Filly and Mare Turf (Shared Account at 46-1 odds) and the 2004 Turf (Better Talk Now at 27-1 odds). He has ranked among the top 10 trainers nationally in earnings three of the past five years (2011, 2014 and 2015).

Wolf, a native of Louisville, Ky., worked as a teacher and hedge fund manager before retiring to concentrate on thoroughbred racing. In 2000, along with his wife Laurie, Wolf purchased six yearlings at the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky July sale and formed Starlight Racing. One of the initial purchases was multiple Grade 1 winner Harlan’s Holiday. Starlight Racing has since evolved into one of the premier partnership groups in racing. Starlight has campaigned Hall of Fame member Ashado and champion Shanghai Bobby, as well as standouts such as Hilda’s Passion, Itsaknockout, Monba, Octave, Purge, Take the Points and others. Wolf was instrumental in the founding of the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance and served the organization as president. He recently was named the CEO of the Pegasus World Cup to assist with the marketing and coordination of what will be the world’s richest race, a $12 million event scheduled for January 2017 at Gulfstream Park.