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Dupuy adjusts to life as steward

Dupuy adjusts to life as steward

August 29, 2005|By Larry Yanos

Former Charles Town-based jockey Larry Dupuy, who won more than 3,000 races, has settled in as a state steward at Mountaineer Race Track near Chester, W.Va.

"I'll be here five years in October," Dupuy said.

Dupuy was a jockey for 29 years, mostly at Charles Town, and was sidelined with a broken back in the fall of 2000 when the steward's job became available at Mountaineer.

"I was figuring on returning to riding once the injury healed but I saw the steward's position as an opportunity to continue my involvement with horse racing," Dupuy said. "I knew I couldn't ride forever. I had already attended the stewards' accreditation school in 1996 (in Louisville, Ky.) and figured that was a plus."

After interviewing with the West Virginia State Racing Commission and others, Dupuy was offered the job.

"Larry was well-respected as a jockey and the interview went very well," said Bob Burke, a member of the commission at the time. "Larry is a real asset to the West Virginia racing industry. He's done a nice job at Mountaineer Park."


Dupuy started his career as a racing official at Charles Town, working under the guidance of Frank Utterback and Bobby Lotts while current Charles Town-based steward Danny Wright spent a month at Mountaineer Park.

"I assisted in the stewards' stand at Charles Town in October and went to Mountaineer Park full-time in November of 2000," Dupuy said.

When hired at Mountaineer Park, Dupuy was recovering from his latest setback - two cracked veterbrae sustained from being thrown from a horse prior to a race at Charles Town on June 18, 2000.

Dupuy said his experience as a former jockey helps him in his role as steward.

"I've been in their position before and I can relate to their problems and concerns," the New Cumberland, W.Va., resident said.

Md. State Fair met

The Maryland State Fair thoroughbred meet at Timonium Race Course opened Saturday and will run through Labor Day.

Post time is 1 p.m. daily. No races will be held Monday or Tuesday.

Two stakes for Maryland-breds will be contested over the Labor Day weekend - the $50,000 Alma North for fillies and mares, and the $50,000 Taking Risk Stakes for 3-year-olds and up.

The jockey colony will include Charles Town-based riders Travis Dunkelberger, Larry Reynolds and Charles Forrest as well as Maryland regulars Eric Camacho, Alberto Delgado and Chris VanHassel.

Camacho won the Timonium riding title last year.

Breeders' Cup contest

Now through Sept. 30, fans 17 years of age or younger can enter for a chance to win one of three trips for two to New York for the Oct. 29 Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships.

The prize includes round-trip airfare, hotel accommodations for three nights, VIP hospitality, a tour of the Belmont Park stables and transportation to and from the track.

Sweepstakes contestants can enter online at dreamer.

The contest is open to U.S. and Canada residents under the age of 18. No purchase is necessary, and only one entry per day is permitted.

Dreamer, a DreamWorks motion picture set to open on Oct. 21, stars Kurt Russell and Dakota Fanning.

Russell plays a thoroughbred trainer who, along with his young daughter (Fanning), nurses an injured racehorse back to health in time to compete in the Breeders' Cup Classic.

"For three lucky kids and their parents, this sweepstakes will bring to life the magic of horse racing and the Breeders' Cup that Dreamer so vividly portrays onscreen," said Keith Chamblin, senior vice president of industry relations and marketing for the National Thoroughbred Racing Association.

The NTRA is a broad-based coalition of horse racing interests, including the American Quarter Horse Association, charged with increasing popularity of horse racing and improving economic conditions for industry participants. The NTRA and Breeders' Cup Limited also conduct the Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships, thoroughbred racing's year-end championships consisting of eight races and $14 million in purses and awards.

Larry Yanos is sports editor of The Daily Mail. He covers horse racing for The Herald-Mail. He can be reached at 301-733-5131 ext. 2311, or by e-mail at

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