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Fea­tured on the cover this month is horse trainer Danele Durham and one of the horses she is cur­rently train­ing at Oak­lawn Park.

As a trainer, Danele com­pares her­self to a head coach. Her job is to line up all of the peo­ple that make the team com­plete to train the horses — the vet­eri­nar­i­ans, the jock­eys, as­sis­tant train­ers, horse­shoers and oth­ers. She has been train­ing race­horses full time since 2006, when she re­turned back to work af­ter tak­ing a few years off to raise her fam­ily.

Danele comes from a fam­ily of horse-lovers; her fa­ther, a hall of fame trainer whose horse was the last one to win the Triple Crown un­til Amer­i­can Pharaoh did, owned race horses grow­ing up and in the mid-1980s Danele be­came “hooked on the race­track.”

Danele said she hopes one day to be able to run year-round at Oak­lawn Park.

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