NARA Graduates Reach the 350 Victory Mark

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The North American Racing Academy (NARA) marked its 350th winning ride on April 18. Kristina McManigell, a 2009 NARA graduate was aboard the winner.

It's wonderful to see our students and graduates doing so well

The North American Racing Academy (NARA) marked its 350th winning ride on April 18. Kristina McManigell, a 2009 NARA graduate was aboard the winner.

Later the same day, Ryan Pacheco, also a 2009 NARA graduate, rode winner number 351.

“It’s wonderful to see our students and graduates doing so well,” said Chris McCarron.

Tyler Kaplan, who will graduate this May, is another student to continue to follow. He is the leading apprentice rider at Turf Paradise in Phoenix, Arizona, with a total of six winning races.    

Established in 2006, NARA is located in Lexington at the Kentucky Horse Park and the Thoroughbred Training Center. The school is one of the Kentucky Community and Technical College System’s Centers of Excellence, with its students enrolled in and graduating from Bluegrass Community and Technical College. Currently 22 students are enrolled in the jockey pathway. An additional three students are following the horsemen's pathway, which prepares students for careers in training, farm management and other aspects of the industry.

“The program is hands on,” said Chris McCarron. “We not only train the students physically, but mentally as well. They are well-educated in all aspects of the racing and equine industry when they graduate.”

NARA has graduated 14 students to date.

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