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Monday, June 29, 2015

Javier Castellano Named Jockey of the Week

Jockey Javier Castellano took his show on the road to Prairie Meadows in Iowa, swept both graded stakes offered on Saturday night and was named the Jockeys’ Guild Jockey of the Week for his efforts.  The award is voted on by a panel of experts for riding accomplishments by a member of the Jockeys’ Guild, the organization which represents more than 950 riders in North America.

For the week of June 22 – 28, Castellano was North America’s leading rider in earnings with $541,081 based mostly on his wins aboard Bet On Bourbon in the $250,000 Iowa Derby and Golden Lad in the $300,00 Cornhusker Handicap.  For the year, the native of Venezuela leads all jockeys with 172 wins and mount earnings of $11,360,862.

A perfect two for two on Saturday at Prairie Meadows, Castellano started with a three length victory aboard Bet On Bourbon who pulled of a mild upset, paying $10.80 to win.  In the Cornhusker, Castellano was aboard the betting favorite, Golden Lad, a horse he had ridden to numerous stakes victories.  The win did not come easy, as Golden Lad had to run down Ecleto Red, the 31-1 pacesetter, for a 1 ½ length victory.  For the week, the 37-year-old jockey scored five wins in 25 starts and was in the money 56%.

Castellano, a two-time Eclipse Award winner, is currently ranked second in the jockey standings at Belmont.  He is coming off a dominating performance at Gulfstream Park, where he scored 114 wins, 30 more than his nearest competitor.

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JockeyTalk360.com spotlights the riders across North America and around the world who may be the bravest, toughest and most accomplished of all athletes. The Jockeys’ Guild Jockey of the Week is selected by a vote of representatives of America’s Best Racing, the Daily Racing Form, Equibase, the Jockeys’ Guild, the Paulick Report, the Thoroughbred Daily News, National Thoroughbred Racing Association, National Turf Writers and Broadcasters, Thoroughbred Racing Associations, and Turf Publicists of America.

Monday, June 29, 2015

Apprentice Gaffalione turns lessons into victories

 Nobody would have blamed Tyler Gaffalione for becoming a little frustrated here this winter. Pitted against arguably the most talented jockey colony in the world, the young apprentice was having little luck finding the winner’s circle for much of the Gulfstream Park Championship meet.

But to Gaffalione’s credit, he channeled those frustrations into a learning experience.

Seven months into the 2015 campaign, Gaffalione has turned into one of the leading apprentices in the country and has earned his first riding title, capped off by four victories on Saturday’s card.

Gaffalione is the son of former rider Steve Gaffalione, who won more than 800 races during his 20-year career, with the bulk of those victories coming in South Florida. The younger Gaffalione waited until he graduated from high school before taking out his jockey license, while spending his summers galloping horses on the farms in Ocala. He won his first race at Gulfstream on Sept. 7 and currently has 123 career victories, 69 of those coming during the spring meet, which ends Tuesday.

“It’s really exciting to win my first jockey title,” Gaffalione said shortly after riding in all 10 races on Sunday’s card. “I think I started out like 0 for 50 this winter, with a whole bunch of second-place finishes, which was pretty frustrating. But I tried to keep calm, keep on riding, keep on learning, and what I learned back then has really helped me during this last meet.”

Gaffalione cited Javier Castellano and Edgar Prado as his two biggest mentors here during the winter, while adding names like John Velazquez, Julien Leparoux, and Rajiv Maragh to the list of those who gave him pointers and advice along the way. Of course, at the top of that list was his father, with whom he speaks regularly.

“My father is really cool, he’s really helped me out a lot,” Gaffalione said. “He’s always been right there for me, before I even started out riding. He watches the replays of all my races and is constantly giving me advice and support. I talk with him on a regular basis. Even sometimes between races, if I have a break.”

Gaffalione said he believes the turning point for him came during the latter stages of the championship meet when he won a few races on the turf.

“I had a really low win percentage on grass this winter,” Gaffalione said. “But I finally got the hang of it, won some races on the turf, and it’s been a big key to my success. Not only because about 50 percent of the races here are on the grass, but riding the turf teaches you about patience, which transfers over to the dirt as well.”

Gaffalione said he studies the Daily Racing Form at least one or two hours each day prior to the races and also goes over replays on a regular basis with his agent, Walter Blum Jr., to pick up on “what I’ve done right, what I’ve done wrong, and what I can improve on next time.”

Gaffalione, with 95 victories and nearly $2.2 million in purse earnings this season, ranks among the leaders in both categories among apprentices throughout the nation.

“I don’t think about or put any extra pressure on myself regarding the Eclipse Award,” Gaffalione said. “If it happens, it happens. It would be such an honor to even be nominated, let alone win it, but that’s a long way off. Right now, I just hope to continue the success I’ve been having and maybe, someday, winding up riding in New York, although not right now. I’m planning on staying right here, at least through next year. I love it at Gulfstream. This is my home.”

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Jockeys Smith, Stevens To Be Honored At Charity Dinner

The Edwin J. Gregson Foundation is delighted to announce that it will host a charity fundraising dinner honoring American Hall of Fame jockeys Mike Smith and Gary Stevens for their extraordinary racing accomplishments and contributions to the prominence of the Thoroughbred horseracing industry.

This dinner marks year fifteen of fundraising activities spearheaded by Jenine Sahadi, president of the Edwin J. Gregson Foundation. “We look forward to a fabulous evening celebrating two great, phenomenally talented jockeys, esteemed not only by our industry members, but literally loved by fans throughout the world,” says Sahadi.

Proceeds of the event will be used for continued development of various educational programs to benefit California’s worthy backstretch workers and their families. These programs, such as college scholarship grants, computer literacy classes, on-going English as a Second Language courses, were part of trainer Eddie Gregson’s vision in helping individuals improve their standard of living and achieve excellence in their lives.

The Foundation will fete Smith and Stevens at The Fairmont Grand Del Mar in San Diego, California. The dinner will take place on Monday, August 3, 2015 and tickets for the event are $300 per person. This annual event has proven to sell out each year, and the Edwin J. Gregson Foundation encourages early purchase of tickets to assure attendance. Please contact Angie Carmona at (626) 447-2339 for further information or go to www.gregsonfoundation.com[1].


http://www.paulickreport.com/news/people/jockeys-smith-stevens-to-be-honored-at-charity-dinner/

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Thursday, June 25, 2015

Ten countries represented in second annual World Jockey Challenge at Indiana Grand

The second annual World Jockey Challenge will include 31 jockeys from 10 different countries over 10 races on Saturday, June 27. The event will be one of the highlights of International Fest complemented by strolling entertainment, RushShelby Energy Family Fun Night, and food and beverage specials representing various countries.

Jockeys represented nine different countries during the inaugural World Jockey Challenge in 2014. A total of 10 countries will be represented in 2015. (Photo by Linscott Photography)

Jockeys represented nine different countries during the inaugural World Jockey Challenge in 2014. A total of 10 countries will be represented in 2015. (Photo by Linscott Photography)

Jockeys will compete for their respective countries as teams during the evening. Points will be based on the first four finishers of each race with the winning team being declared the winner of the World Jockey Challenge. Last year’s inaugural Jockey Challenge provided a showdown to the last race between the United States and Mexico with United States earning the most points to earn the award. Points are awarded as follows: 10 points for first, 5 points for second, 3 points for third and 1 point for fourth place.

 Countries represented in 2015 include the United States, Mexico, Panama, Peru, Venezuela, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands, England, France and Italy. The competition includes both Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse jockeys with the United States having the most team members with nine jockeys. Team Mexico is close behind with eight jockeys followed by Panama (4), Peru (3), Puerto Rico (2), Virgin Islands (1), Italy (1), France (1) and England (1).

 Jockeys representing the United States include Malcolm Franklin, Rodney Prescott, Derek Bell, Marlon St. Julien, Cheyanna Patrick, Tommy Pompell, Harold Collins, Julie Veltman and Smitty Lee Oxendine. Representatives of Team Mexico include Rolando Aragon, Israel Ocampo, Alex Contreras, Juan Guerrero, Victor Olivo, Jose Beltran, Cristian Esqueda and Ramon Rechy. Team Panama includes Albin Jimenez, current leading rider at Indiana Grand, along with Sebastian Saez, Didiel Osorio and Abel Lezcano. Team Puerto Rico sends out two jockeys including Orlando Mojica and Samuel Bermudez while Peru is represented by Fernando De La Cruz, Alberto Pusac and Juan Vargas. Oriana Rossi is the lone jockey from Italy while Emanuel Cosme represents the US Virgin Islands. Jack Gilligan will represent England and Mathieu Adam represents France.

http://indianagrand.com/ten-countries-represented-in-second-annual-world-jockey-challenge/

 

Thursday, June 25, 2015

CHURCHILL DOWNS JOCKEYS TO VISIT KOSAIR CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL

Spring Meet leading riders Corey Lanerie and Julien Leparoux head a group of more than a dozen members of the Churchill Downs Racetrack (“CDRT”) jockey colony who will join retired Hall of Fame rider Pat Day, popular mascot Churchill Charlie and other track representatives on Thursday, June 25 for the annual visit by the track’s jockeys to Louisville’s Kosair Children’s Hospital.

 

        The riding stars are expected to arrive at the hospital at 231 E. Chestnut Street at approximately 1:45-2 p.m. The jockeys, all of whom will wear racing silks, will gather in the hospital’s first floor reception area. They will separate into teams led by hospital staff and volunteers who will guide them through the hospital to visit and share gifts with patients and families.

 

Lanerie, who has won seven of the last eight riding titles at Churchill Downs, and Leparoux, who has nine “leading jockey” honors at the track, are in a tight battle for top honors in the ongoing Spring Meet, which has three remaining racing days and concludes with a “Downs After Dark” racing program on Saturday, June 27. Lanerie has collected 37 wins during the meet and leads Leparoux by a single victory heading into Thursday’s 5 p.m. twilight racing program at the home of the Kentucky Derby.

 

Day is the most successful jockey in the history of Churchill Downs with 2,482 career victories beneath the track’s Twin Spires and had an overall career total of 8,803 wins that ranks fourth in American racing history. His victories include a triumph aboard Lil E. Tee in the 1992 Kentucky Derby that forever linked Day with Kosair Children’s Hospital. He wore a cap bearing the hospital’s logo in the Kentucky Derby Winner’s Circle to fulfill a promise made to a patient during his visit to the hospital a day earlier.

 

Other riding stars expected to participate in Thursday’s Kosair Children’s Hospital visit include Robby Albarado, Shaun Bridgmohan, Brian Hernandez Jr., Jon Court, Joe Johnson, Joe Rocco Jr., James Graham, Dylan Davis, Francisco Torres, Marcelino Pedroza, Jareth Loveberry and apprentice jockey Sebastian Saez. Other riders could be added to the roster before Thursday’s visit.

 

The visit by Churchill Downs jockeys to Kosair Children’s Hospital is an annual tradition that was launched nearly 30 years ago. The first visit occurred on Kentucky Oaks Day in 1988 when four Kentucky Derby jockeys visited young patients at the hospital.  That foursome was comprised of future Hall of Famers Gary Stevens (winner of the Derby on Winning Colors), Day (runner-up on Forty Niner), Eddie Delahoussaye (third on Risen Star) and Jerry Bailey (fourth on Proper Reality).

 

The Kosair Children’s Hospital visit was scheduled on Kentucky Oaks Day in its early years, but as the day’s racing and entertainment schedule expanded the event was eventually scheduled later in the Churchill Downs Spring Meet. Sixteen current jockeys joined Day for last year’s visit to the hospital.

 

Media coverage of the annual visit by Churchill Downs jockeys to Kosair Children’s Hospital is welcomed.  Interested media should enter the hospital through its main entrance on E. Chestnut to meet with the riders, Churchill Downs representatives and Kosair Children’s Hospital staff and volunteers. If they wish, media crews can accompany jockeys on their tours.

 

About Kosair Children’s Hospital
As Kentucky and Southern Indiana’s only full-service, free-standing pediatric hospital, Kosair Children’s Hospital, along with its predecessor hospitals, have cared for children for more than a century without regard to their families’ ability to pay. The hospital also is an advocate for the health and well-being of all children. The 267-bed hospital is the region’s only Level I Pediatric Trauma Center and serves as the primary pediatric teaching facility for the University of Louisville School of Medicine. In 2007 and 2012, Kosair Children’s Hospital received the prestigious Magnet designation recognizing excellence in nursing from the American Nurses Credentialing Center. More information is available at KosairChildrensHospital.com.

       

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Jockeytalk360 Newsletter for June 24

Junior Alvarado’s Perfect Timing Earns Jockey Draft Ride of the Week

jdlogo_600Patience is a virtue, and jockey Junior Alvarado showed that talent in winning Saturday’s ninth race at Belmont Park aboard GR’s Giant.

In the seven furlong maiden special weight for New York-breds, GR’s Giant was an outsider despite finishing second in his last three starts.  Although Alvarado broke GR’s Giant perfectly, he allowed the son of Frost Giant to settle well behind the speed-ball Dusk to Dawn.  Sensing a brisk early pace, Alvarado was content in fifth place without asking his mount on the turn.

In recent races GR’s Giant had been closer to the front-runners, so there was a slight change in tactics.

At the head of the lane, GR’s Giant was asked for his best with a couple of taps with a left handed whip.  Under a vintage strong Alvarado finish, GR’s Giant was able to make up more than five lengths and wear down the leader for a victory which paid $15.20 to his backers.

This may have seemed to be an easy two length win, but if Alvarado had not broken well (the top three favorites all experienced trouble at the start), had the confidence and patience to wait to make his move, and the strength to finish strongly, Dusk to Dawn would have been another wire-to-wire winner and GR’s Giant would have finished second again.

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Who's Hot

CJ McMahon  - EVD -082714 - FeaturedC.J. McMahon led North America in wins for the second week in a row with 11 and continues to dominate the Lone Star Park jockey standings. McMahon won 11 out of his 26 mounts and came in the money an impressive 77% of the time.

Rosemary Homeister had a great week in the Midwest as she won four of her ten mounts and came in the money 80% of the time. Homeister guided home America Mon Amie in the Northbound Pride Oaks at Canterbury Park.

Alex Cintron is the leading rider at Delaware Park and continued his hot streak by winning 35% and coming in the money on 75% of his mounts.

Victor Espinoza made the most out of his nine mounts by winning five of them including the Grade 2 Summertime Oaks at Santa Anita. Espinoza finished the week with five wins, one second, and one third for earnings of $270,430..

AQHA Quarter Horse Standings

Raul Ramirez Jr. (Delta Downs) remains on top of the wins leaderboard for the year with 83 from 371 mounts. John Hamilton (Delta Downs) ranks second with 82 wins from 415 starts and David Alvarez (Delta Downs) ranks third with 80 wins from 364 mounts.

GR Carter Jr. (Ruidoso) with earnings of $1,390,270 from 371 starts leads the AQHA  earnings standings. Raul Ramirez Jr. is sitting in second in the standings with $1,331,982 and Larry Payne (Ruidoso) is third with $1,257,606.

 Keep up with all the AQHA leaders here . . .


Lanerie, Leparoux Battle for Churchill Title

Corey LanerieWith only four days left of the Churchill Downs spring meet, the race for the riding title is neck-and-neck between defending leading rider Corey Lanerie and Julien Leparoux.

Lanerie has won seven of the last eight Churchill Downs titles, including five in a row. He enters Sunday’s action with a 37-36 edge over Leparoux.

“I’m real happy with the way the meet has gone,” Lanerie said. “I’ve got a lot of support behind with the trainers and everything. I get to ride a lot of the better horses this meet, so it feels good.

“I’ve had a great meet, trying to get the riding title. It means a lot to me, because I have won so many, so it’s kind of like I want to hold that spot. You would hate to give it up. If I don’t get it, there are a lot of other good riders here, too, and as long as I can keep winning and making a good living, I’ll be very happy. But I definitely want to get it. It’s a goal in mind to get it, so I’m going to give it every chance I’ve got.”

Lanerie scored the second grade I victory of his career with Bill Cubbedge’s 6-year-old mare Molly Morgan in the La Troienne on Kentucky Oaks Daythe highlight of his meet. His first was aboard Hooh Why in the 2009 Ashland Stakes at Keeneland.

“It was a big deal to win that race, especially on Oaks Day, (it was) pretty special,” Lanerie said.

Lanerie plans on shipping around to different tracks after the spring meet concludes, before going to upstate New York in late July to ride full-time at Saratoga Race Course throughout their summer meet.

Leparoux is a nine-time leading rider at Churchill Downs, but hasn’t won a local title since the 2011 fall meet.

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Jersey Joe Bravo Dominates Ohio and Wins Jockey of the Week

DANZA - The Arkansas Derby- Seventy Eighth Running - Grade I - 04-12-14 - R11 - OP - Joe BravoJockey Joe Bravo shipped in for just two mounts on Saturday’s Thistledown card and made the most of that trip by winning them both. One of those wins included a victory in the track’s premiere race of the meet, The Ohio Derby. That winning ride helped compel panelists to vote Bravo the Jockeys’ Guild Jockey of the Week for June 15th – June 21st. The award is voted on by a panel of experts for riding accomplishments by members of the Jockeys’ Guild, the organization which represents more than 950 riders in North America.

Bravo took the call for the first time on the three-year-old Mr. Z for trainer D. Wayne Lukas and made the most of it going wire to wire to just hold off multiple challengers at the finish.

“It wasn’t a wasted plane flight today, was it?” said jockey Joe Bravo. “Top of the lane, the horses come to each side of this horse… he could have got beat today, but he just put his ears back and said ‘Come on, jock, we’re going to win today.’

“Mr. Z’s a fighter and you couldn’t underestimate this race. There were some really nice, talented horses that have been chasing American Pharoah all year long.”

The six wins from just 14 starters this week boosted the veteran rider’s all-time tally to 5,014 wins. That number puts him in 30th place on the lifetime win list for North American jockeys. Joe won his first race at Calder Racecourse in 1988 and has dominated the New Jersey racing circuit since the early 1990s. He has won nine riding titles at the Meadowlands Racetrack and 13 at Monmouth Park.

For the week Bravo went 6-2-1 from 14 mounts and led all riders in earnings with a total of $416,820.

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Moore Establishes Royal Ascot Riding Record

Ryan MooreJockey Ryan Moore rode a record ninth winner of this year’s Royal Ascot meeting on favored Aloft in the Queen’s Vase Stakes that closed out the June 19 card.

The Aidan O’Brien-trained 3-year-old was the 5-2 favorite and beat Tommy Docc by half length. One day of racing remains at the meeting, June 20.

“I’m very lucky. I get to ride the best horses and that makes a big difference,” Moore said after the record win.

At the prestigious 304-year-old meeting west of London, Lester Piggott was the first jockey in recorded history to claim eight Royal Ascot winners in 1965. He repeated the feat a decade a later and Pat Eddery matched that total in 1989.

“Ryan Moore is a brilliant jockey,” Piggott said. “To win nine races during any week is a fantastic achievement, but to do it at Royal Ascot, where the competition is so tough, is extremely impressive. I’m sure Ryan will go on to break many more records during his career.”

As for the record-breaking race, Moore said nothing came easy aboard Susan Magnier, Michael Tabor, and Derrick Smith’s Aloft in the two-mile race.

“It was a very messy race, I was slowly away and in a bad position, and having to pick my way, he was a bit rusty all the way round,” Moore said. “He’s a fair horse, this fellow. He’s open to all sorts of improvement. It’s his first run of the year and you wouldn’t know where he could end up.”

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JockeyTalk360.com spotlights the riders across North America and around the world who may be the bravest, toughest and most accomplished of all athletes. The Jockey of the Week is selected by a vote of representatives of America’s Best Racing, the Daily Racing Form, Equibase, the Jockeys’ Guild, the Paulick Report, the Thoroughbred Daily News, National Thoroughbred Racing Association, National Turf Writers and Broadcasters, Thoroughbred Racing Associations, Turf Publicists of America and racing fans.

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Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Jersey Joe Bravo Named Jockey of the Week

Jockey Joe Bravo shipped in for just two mounts on Saturday’s Thistledown card and made the most of that trip by winning them both. One of those wins included a victory in the track’s premiere race of the meet, The Ohio Derby. That winning ride helped compel panelists to vote Bravo the Jockeys’ Guild Jockey of the Week for June 15th – June 21st. The award is voted on by a panel of experts for riding accomplishments by members of the Jockeys’ Guild, the organization which represents more than 950 riders in North America.

Bravo took the call for the first time on the three-year-old Mr. Z for trainer D. Wayne Lukas and made the most of it going wire to wire to just hold off multiple challengers at the finish.

“It wasn’t a wasted plane flight today, was it?” said jockey Joe Bravo. “Top of the lane, the horses come to each side of this horse… he could have got beat today, but he just put his ears back and said ‘Come on, jock, we’re going to win today.’

“Mr. Z’s a fighter and you couldn’t underestimate this race. There were some really nice, talented horses that have been chasing American Pharoah all year long.”

The six wins from just 14 starters this week boosted the veteran rider’s all-time tally to 5,014 wins. That number puts him in 30th place on the lifetime win list for North American jockeys. Joe won his first race at Calder Racecourse in 1988 and has dominated the New Jersey racing circuit since the early 1990s. He has won nine riding titles at the Meadowlands Racetrack and 13 at Monmouth Park.

For the week Bravo went 6-2-1 from 14 mounts and led all riders in earnings with a total of $416,820.

JockeyTalk360.com spotlights the riders across North America and around the world who may be the bravest, toughest and most accomplished of all athletes. The Jockeys’ Guild Jockey of the Week is selected by a vote of representatives of America’s Best Racing, the Daily Racing Form, Equibase, the Jockeys’ Guild, the Paulick Report, the Thoroughbred Daily News, National Thoroughbred Racing Association, National Turf Writers and Broadcasters, Thoroughbred Racing Associations, and Turf Publicists of America.

Friday, June 19, 2015

BAIRD NOW LEADING ACTIVE ARLINGTON JOCKEY BY CAREER WINS

Jockey E. T. Baird has had an excellent season thus far at Arlington International Racecourse in 2015. Third in the standings for wins with 17 through last week’s card, he heads into Friday’s card with a meet-leading 25% strike percentage. To add icing to the cake, the Chicago native recently moved into the role of leading active Arlington jockey by career wins with 920 – four more than Chris Emigh, who is right behind with 916.

 

In 2014, Emigh and Baird entered the meet with 862 and 845 career Arlington victories, respectively. Throughout the course of the season, Emigh scored with 43 mounts, while Baird did so with 58 – leaving the veteran riders in near-deadlock with 905 and 903 at season’s end. In 2015, with his steady stream of success, Baird has forged ahead while scoring six more victories thus far than Emigh.

 

Five riders have more career Arlington wins: Earlie Fires (2,886), Pat Day (1,330), Carlos Silva (1,078), Mark Guidry (1,050) and Ray Sibille (981).

 Arlington Park Communications Department

Friday, June 19, 2015

Jockeytalk360 Newsletter for June 19

A Kentucky Derby Day silent auction fundraising campaign held on May 2 at tracks and racing venues across the U.S. raised more than $32,000 for the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund (PDJF). The auction was a collaborative effort by the Thoroughbred Racing Associations (TRA), PDJF, JockeyTalk360, and the Jockeys’ Guild.

Each participating track held a silent auction of framed, autographed photographs of California Chrome (signed by jockey Victor Espinoza), Secretariat (signed by owner Penny Chenery), Wise Dan (signed by jockey John Velazquez), and Zenyatta (signed by jockey Mike Smith).

PDJF President Nancy LaSala said, “We sincerely thank the participating facilities along with Reed Palmer Photography, Coady Photography, Penny Chenery and the Secretariat Foundation, and jockeys Victor Espinoza, Mike Smith and John Velazquez for their assistance in making this event a success.”

TRA-member tracks participating included: Belmont Park, Churchill Downs, Delaware Park, Finger Lakes, Gulfstream Park, Harrah’s Louisiana Downs, Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races, Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course, Hollywood Gaming at Mahoning Valley Race Course, Keeneland, Kentucky Downs, Lone Star Park at Grand Prairie, Parx Racing, Pimlico, Portland Meadows, Prairie Meadows, Remington Park, Sam Houston Race Park, Santa Anita Park, Tampa Bay Downs, and Turfway Park.

Non-TRA facilities participating were Emerald Downs, Les Bois Park, Wyoming Horse Racing, Zia Park, and Sports Haven OTB.

PDJF is a 501(c)(3) public charity providing financial assistance to former jockeys who have suffered catastrophic on-track injuries. Since its founding in 2006, the fund has disbursed more than $6 million to permanently disabled jockeys, most of whom have sustained paralysis or brain injuries. Visit its website at www.pdjf.org.

For more information about the fundraiser, contact Jane Murray at the TRA, (410) 392-9200, ext. 222 or jmurray@tra-online.com.

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Who's Hot

CJ McMahon  - EVD -082714 - FeaturedJockey of the Week C.J. McMahon led North America in wins with 10 and continues to dominate the Lone Star Park jockey standings. McMahon won ten out of his 18 mounts and came in the money an impressive 94% of the time.

Alex Birzer had an impressive week at Prairie Meadows by winning the Cyclones S. and Jon CourtHawkeyes S. on Saturday. Birzer finished in the money on over 70% of his mounts.

Jon Court had a great week at Churchill by winning 50% of his mounts and upsetting the field in the Grade 2 Fleur de Lis Handicap. Court was able to bring home Frivolous at odds of 32-1 in the Breeders’ Cup ‘Win & You’re In’ event.

AQHA Quarter Horse Standings

Raul Ramirez Jr. (Delta Downs) remains on top of the wins leaderboard for the year with 80 from 356 mounts. John Hamilton (Delta Downs) ranks second with 78 wins from 393 starts and David Alvarez (Delta Downs) ranks third with 75 wins from 345 mounts.

GR Carter Jr. (Ruidoso) with earnings of $1,351,802 from 365 starts leades the AQHA  standings. Raul Ramirez Jr. is sitting in second in the standings with $1,281,292 and Larry Payne (Ruidoso) is third with $1,255,542.

 Keep up with all the AQHA leaders here . . .


C.J. McMahon Wins Five Races on both Saturday and Sunday to Clinch Jockey of the Week

Jockey C.J. McMahon continued to rack up wins this week in the Lone Star state. He won with ten of his 18 mounts and was named the Jockeys’ Guild Jockey of the Week for June 8th – June 14th. The award is voted on by a panel of experts for riding accomplishments by members of the Jockeys’ Guild, the organization which represents more than 950 riders in North America.

On Friday June 12th, McMahon did something he rarely does…. not win a race on a night he rides during the current Lone Star Park meeting. He lost with all three of his calls but the 20 year old quickly bounced back and scored ten wins over the next two evenings. McMahon had back to back “five-baggers” and increased his lead to 38 wins over the riders that are chasing him.

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Borel Taking Summer Off, to Return in Fall

By Jennie Rees From The Louisville Courier-Journal

Calvin BorelCalvin Borel, the three-time Kentucky Derby-winning jockey known as one of the hardest workers on the racetrack, is taking the summer off after the Churchill Downs meet ends June 27.

But the 48-year-old Hall of Fame jockey says not to interpret that as pending retirement. He said Sunday that he will be back riding at Churchill’s September meet. For one thing, he is looking forward to riding Cosmic Revolution, on whom he finished a good second in a May 21 maiden race in the 2-year-old filly’s first start.

Other than a few years riding at Saratoga, Borel has spent summers riding at Ellis Park, including winning 15 races there last year. But with Cosmic Revolution not likely to run for a few weeks after Churchill’s meet ends, the timing works well.

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 Espinoza to Ride at Gulfstream July 5th; Lining up Mounts for Summit of Speed Card

From The Paulick Report

American-Pharoah-The-Rebel-GII-The-55th-Running-03-14-15-R10-OP-Victor-Espinoza-FEATUREDVictor Espinoza, the celebrated jockey of 2015 Triple Crown champion American Pharoah, will make a special appearance and ride on the $1.175 million Summit of Speed program at Gulfstream Park on Sunday, July 5.

The 43-year-old native of Mexico City became part of Thoroughbred history at Belmont Park on June 6 when he guided Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner American Pharoah to a dominating 5 ½-length triumph in the Belmont Stakes. The Bob Baffert trainee became the first horse in 37 years to pull off a sweep of the Triple Crown.

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JockeyTalk360.com spotlights the riders across North America and around the world who may be the bravest, toughest and most accomplished of all athletes. The Jockey of the Week is selected by a vote of representatives of America’s Best Racing, the Daily Racing Form, Equibase, the Jockeys’ Guild, the Paulick Report, the Thoroughbred Daily News, National Thoroughbred Racing Association, National Turf Writers and Broadcasters, Thoroughbred Racing Associations, Turf Publicists of America and racing fans.

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