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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Anne Von Rosen Visits Turf Paradise

Anne von Rosen’s road to recovery is looking much better more than eight months after a spill that originally left her paralyzed below the waist. The Turf Paradise jockey was seriously hurt in March when a horse she was riding fell on the backstretch following a race at Turf Paradise. She has undergone several surgeries for spinal cord injuries and months of physical therapy.

On Sunday November 17, friends and fans were stunned when von Rosen visited Turf Paradise and was able to stand with the aid of a walker. She made a surprise visit to the winner’s circle following the running of Sunday’s third race won by Mundy a horse on which von Rosen frequently finished first. She said, “It’s been slow steps getting better and to get back here. But here I am. It feels wonderful.”

Turf Paradise General Manager Vince Francia said, “This was truly an early Thanksgiving for Anne’s extended family here at Turf Paradise. As a jockey Anne frequently beat the odds and her recovery is doing the same. The fact that she is able to stand when the early prognosis was not optimistic is a testament to her spirit and determination.”

In April during Fan Appreciation Day a “Walk for Annie” gave fans an opportunity to walk the track with the jockeys for 400 yards, which was the length of von Rosen’s last race. That effort raised more than $2,200. Later that month a horsemen’s auction, along with a bake sale and dinner raised more than $61,000 including a donation of $10,000 from Turf Paradise Owner Jerry Simms.

Anyone wishing to contribute to a fund established to assist von Rosen this effort is asked to please contact Turf Paradise Horsemen’s Bookkeeper Bucky Huff at bhuff@turfparadise.net.

Those wishing to donate directly may send a check made out to Turf Paradise Foundation and mark the memo line Anne von Rosen.

All donations are tax deductible.
The address is:

Turf Paradise
1501 West Bell Road
Phoenix, Arizona 85023
The Turf Paradise Foundation is a 501 (c)(3) foundation.
http://www.turfparadise.com/latest-news/anne-von-rosen-greets-fans-and-friends-at-turf-paradise-as-she-recovers-from-injuries-suffered-last-year

Turf Paradise opened its doors in 1956 and has operated at the same location (19th Avenue and Bell) ever since making it Arizona’s first sports franchise.
Monday, November 24, 2014

Mike Smith Named Jockey of the Week

Mike Smith gave Ocho Ocho Ocho a masterful, ground-saving trip in the Grade III Delta Downs Jackpot Stakes to be named the Jockeys' Guild Jockey of the Week. The title goes to the week's outstanding jockey in the opinion of a panel of industry experts. They looked at races run from November 17-23.

Smith also won Delta's Treasure Chest Stakes in a week that saw him rake in $758,668 with three wins and two thirds from six starts. The average price on his three winning mutuel tickets was $7.93.

In the Delta Downs Jackpot on Saturday, Smith took Ocho Ocho Ocho to the rail while Conquest Tsunami and Prime Engine set a blistering pace. When Smith moved clear of the early leaders, he had to fight off a determined challenge by Paco Lopez on Mr. Z. The photo went to Ocho Ocho Ocho.

This is the second time that Smith, a Hall of Fame Rider, has been the Jockeys' Guild Jockey of the Week. He first received the honor for the week of July 14-20.

Smith began riding races in New Mexico at age 11 and got his jockey's license at 16 in 1982. He earned his apprenticeship at Canterbury Downs before moving to New York in 1989. Two years later, he became one of the few Americans to win a European classic when he won the Irish 2,000 Guineas on Fourstars Allstar.

He followed that with three straight leading jockey titles in New York.

In 1993, he set a North American record for stakes wins in a year with 62. That helped win him his first Eclipse Award for Outstanding Jockey. In 1994, he broke his stakes-winning record with 68, including 20 Grade I races. He rode Horse of the Year Holy Bull that season and also won two Breeders' Cup races to pick up another Eclipse Award.

Smith moved to Southern California in 2000, and in 2002 teamed up with his second Horse of the Year, Azeri.

Other career highlights have included winning the Kentucky Derby on 50-1 longshot Giacomo, riding Zenyatta, the only horse to win two different Breeders' Cup races, and winning 17 Breeders' Cup races.

The Jockey of the Week is the centerpiece of JockeyTalk360.com, a new website offering a unique blend of news, features, social media and statistics that will appeal to racing's casual fans, as well as seasoned handicappers.
JockeyTalk360 is collaborating with the Jockeys' Guild and other industry partners to bring fans closer to racing's talented and fearless athletes. A majority of the revenue generated by the site is earmarked for the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund.

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, and Turf Publicists of America.

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Monday, November 24, 2014

Ortiz, Jr. to represent North America in International Jockeys' Championship

Jockey Irad Ortiz, Jr., currently the leading rider on the New York Racing Association circuit, will represent North America in the Longines International Jockeys' Championship on December 10 at Happy Valley in Hong Kong.

 

Ortiz is one of 12 riders competing for a $100,000 prize in the International Jockeys' Championship. The competition kicks off the Longines Hong Kong International Races festivities, which wrap up with four Group I events on December 14 at Sha Tin.

 

"I'm very excited; it's my first time going to [Hong Kong]," said Ortiz, who took the riding title at Belmont Park's Fall Meet and won his first Breeders' Cup event with Lady Eli in the Grade 1 Juvenile Fillies Turf. "Thanks to everyone for giving me the opportunity."

 

With 259 winners through Friday at Aqueduct Racetrack, Belmont Park, and Saratoga Race Course, Ortiz, 22, appears well on his way to notching his first riding title in New York. He currently ranks third nationally in both victories and purses earned, with 266 winners of more than $18.8 million.

 

Also competing in Hong Kong are Ryan Moore, a three-time champion in England, Christophe Soumillon from France, Richard Hughes from England, Pat Smullen from Ireland, Yuichi Fukunaga from Japan, Kerrin McEvoy from Australia, James McDonald from New Zealand, S'Manga Khumalo from South Africa, and three Hong Kong riders to be determined.

 

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Thursday, November 20, 2014

Shea and Julien Leparoux Join Old Friends' Hats Off to Derby

Jockey Julien Leparoux and his wife, Shea Leparoux, recently participated in a photo shoot with Shea modeling a handcrafted, one-of-a-kind Derby hat honoring the life of Old Friends' retiree Clever Allemont.

"Hats Off to the Horses: The Road to the Derby" is an online fashion auction fundraiser that benefits Old Friends, the Thoroughbred Retirement Facility in Central Kentucky. This is the sixth consecutive year that Old Friends has joined with acclaimed milliner Sally Faith Steinmann of the Massachusetts-based Maggie Mae Designs® to auction six handcrafted Derby hats between November and April, each inspired by one of the non-profit organization's 150 retired racehorses. To date, this unique fundraiser has earned over $21,000 for Old Friends. This "Clever Allemont" chapeau is up for bid as a special holiday addition to the fundraiser and is auctioning November 17th through the 27th. (not the 23rd as previous information stated)

The photo shoots, done by EquiSport Photographers Matt and Wendy Wooley, match Steinmann's beautiful hats with beautiful dresses from Lexington's Bella Rose Boutique.

Eclipse-Awarding winning Julien Leparoux is one of horseracing's leading jockeys, having just captured his 2,000th win at Churchill Downs in October. The France-born rider has earned titles at Churchill, Keeneland and Turfway Park and in 2009, his banner year, Leparoux became only the second jockey in history to win three Breeders' Cup races in a single year.

Shea Leparoux is the daughter of West Coast conditioner Mike Mitchell and has spent her life around horses and the race track. She also loves musical theater and has worked as an entertainer at Disneyland and in various stage shows. These days you can hear her as the voice of the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance's new promotional video "All About the Horse."

About the horse: I984 Rebel Stakes winner, Clever Allemont was rescued from a kill pen in 2008. Clever Allemont was retired to Old Friends in 2009 through the efforts of an amazing team of people who wanted to ensure his safe retirement. He enjoyed over five years as a beloved member of the Old Friends family before passing this year. In tribute, MAGGIE MAE DESIGNS® has created a very special millinery design to celebrate his life. Michael Blowen, president and founder of Old Friends, states, "Clever Allemont was such a great asset to Old Friends. He was the kindest, friendliest stallion on the farm. He inspired deaf people because he was deaf, visually impaired people because he enjoyed life though he'd lost an eye, indeed anybody who knew what it's like to overcome hardship. People call Clever Allemont a 'rescue,' but it's really the horses who rescue us."

About the hat: The "Clever Allemont" is a fascinator with an oval base fashioned out of "raw sienna" brown dupioni silk. The underbrim is lined with coppery brown metallic taffeta and edged with a delicate mocha braiding. Despite having vision in only one eye, Clever seemed to view the world straight on. To reflect his attitude, the entire base of the fascinator is secured to the headband at a jaunty angle. The rose is framed by a layer of chocolate organza bow loops with green organza and chocolate silk leaves beneath it. The orange netting is dotted with white buttons to reflect Clever's racing silk colors of orange with white polka dots. Five black silk organza "feathers" provide a playful finishing accent to the centerpiece while beautifully framing the face.

The "Clever Allemont" chapeau is up for bid as a special holiday addition to the fundraiser from November 17th through the 27th. Interested bidders can go to the Old Friends website at www.oldfriendsequine.org and follow the link.

For a video of Julien and Shea's photo shoot visit vimeo.com/111938834

For additional information contact Maggie Mae Designs® at sally@maggiemae.com

For more information about Old Friends see their website at www.oldfriendsequine.org or call the farm at (502) 863-1775.

Maggie Mae Designs® Custom Millinery offers magnificent hats for all occasions - from glamorous racing events such as the Kentucky Derby and the Royal Ascot to stunning bridal wear and handsome cocktail fashions. Every hat is carefully handcrafted by milliner Sally Faith Steinmann from her home base in South Harwich, MA. Salons of her fashions can been seen on her website at www.maggiemaedesigns.com

Old Friends is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization that cares for 150 retired racehorses. It's Dream Chase Farm, located in Georgetown, KY, is open to tourists daily by appointment. Old Friends also has a satellite facility in Greenfield Center, N.Y., Old Friends at Cabin Creek: The Bobby Frankel Division. For more information on tours or to make a donation, contact the main farm at (502) 863-1775 or see their website at www.oldfriendsequine.org.
Thursday, November 20, 2014

GRAHAM, LUZZI, MAWING, NAKATANI & NAPRAVNIK TO FACE VOTE OF THEIR PEERS

Santa Anita Park has announced five finalists for the prestigious Santa Anita George Woolf Memorial Jockey Award, with the winner to be announced on HRTV in February following a vote of jockeys nationwide. 

            Veteran jockeys James Graham, Mike Luzzi, Leslie Mawing, Corey Nakatani and the recently retired Rosie Napravnik are the 2015 finalists for the trophy that has been presented annually by Santa Anita since 1950.

            One of the most prestigious awards in all of racing, the Woolf Award is presented to a different jockey each year and it recognizes those riders whose careers and personal character earn esteem for the individual and the sport of Thoroughbred racing.  The winner’s trophy is a replica of the life-sized statue of legendary jockey George Woolf, which adorns Santa Anita’s Paddock Gardens area.

            Woolf, who died following a spill on Santa Anita’s Club House turn on Jan. 3, 1946, was regarded as one of the top big-money jockeys of his era.  Known affectionately as “The Iceman,” he was revered by his colleagues, members of the media and fans across America as a fierce competitor and consummate professional who was at his best when the stakes were highest. 

            The 2015 Woolf ballot features five highly regarded riders who have plied their trade on both racing’s biggest and smaller stages with honor and distinction.

            A 35-year-old native of Dublin, Ireland, James Graham has established himself as one of the top jockeys in the Midwest.  A two-time leading rider (2011, 14) at Arlington Park, Graham has consistently been among the leaders at the Chicago area track dating back to 2004.  After breaking his maiden on July 1, 2003 at River Downs near Cincinnati, he won his first stakes race aboard 2-year-old filly Berbatim in the Canterbury Park (Minnesota) Lassie in 2004.  Graham won his first Grade I at Keeneland in 2011, aboard Hoot Cha Cha in the Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup. 

            America’s Eclipse Award-winning apprentice jockey in 1988, veteran Mike Luzzi has enjoyed a highly successful career and through Nov. 19, has ridden 3,420 winners.  A 45-year-old native of Wilmington, Delaware, Luzzi grew up near Delaware Park and was raised in-part by his grandfather, legendary trainer Buddy Raines.  Two of Luzzi’s biggest early stakes winners were trained by Raines, as Timely Warning took both the 1991 Maryland Million Classic at Pimlico and the Grade I Brooklyn Handicap at Belmont Park.  A regular on the New York Racing Association (NYRA) circuit since 1994, Luzzi is a two-time winner (1994 & 2001) of the prestigious Mike Venezia Memorial Award, an honor given annually to a New York-based jockey who exemplifies extraordinary sportsmanship and citizenship.

            Although a native of Johannesburg, South Africa, Leslie Mawing became a jockey in the United States, breaking his maiden at age 20 at Les Boise Park in Boise, Idaho, on June 19, 1994.  Currently ensconced at Golden Gate Fields near San Francisco, Mawing has become a force to be reckoned with at Emerald Downs, near Seattle.  Emerald’s leading rider in both 2011 and 2014, Mawing registered one of the biggest wins of his career on Aug. 24, as he rallied favored Stryker Phd from last to first to take the Grade III Longacres Mile for trainer Larry Ross.  Well-traveled and respected, Mawing also rode regularly at the Los Angeles County Fair in Southern California, as well as in Minnesota, Ohio and West Virginia.  Through Nov. 19, Mawing has 2,239 career wins.

            Considered one of America’s top jockeys for the past 25 years, Corey Nakatani has ridden with a combination of intense desire and God-given talent en route to 3,748 career winners (through Nov. 19), including multiple riding titles and ten Breeders’ Cup wins.  Born in nearby Covina, California on Oct. 21, 1970, Nakatani, who had no previous racetrack background, began working with horses at age 16 and broke his maiden with his very first mount at Agua Caliente, Mexico, in April, 1988.  A tremendous finisher, Nakatani is a great judge of pace and is considered by many to be one of the best grass riders in the country.  Del Mar’s second leading all-time stakes rider, he’s won 10 Southern California riding titles.

            Following her win aboard the Steve Asmussen-trained Untapable in the Grade I Breeders’ Cup Distaff at Santa Anita on Oct. 31, riding sensation Rosie Napravnik stunned the racing world by announcing on live television that she would retire from riding to “start a family” following the remaining Breeders’ Cup races the following day.  Stating later that she was seven weeks pregnant, Napravnik said that she was looking forward to motherhood and her new role as an assistant to her husband, Thoroughbred trainer Joe Sharp, who is based in Kentucky.  Often compared to retired Hall of Famer Julie Krone, Napravnik has long preferred to be judged as a jockey—irrespective of gender.  “A lot of young female riders are just girls who love horses, but they just don’t have the strength and toughness, and they’re not cut out to be jockeys,” she said in a 2011 interview.  “You’ve got to deliver the goods to get over that hump.” Napravnik, 26, began riding at age 17 in Maryland and retires with 1,878 wins from 9,715 mounts.  Her major stakes wins include two Breeders’ Cup victories and two triumphs in the iconic Kentucky Oaks. 

            The Woolf Award is traditionally presented in mid or late March, depending upon the winner’s riding schedule and availability.

 

Monday, November 17, 2014

Julien Leparoux named Jockeys' Guild Jockey of the Week

Julien Leparoux swept a pair of graded stakes at Churchill Downs on Saturday to be named the Jockeys' Guild Jockey of the Week. The title goes to the week's outstanding jockey in the opinion of a panel of industry experts. They looked at races run from November 10-16.

Leparoux, who ranks third in wins and second in earnings in the Churchill Downs standings, won the Grade II Mrs. Revere Stakes on Sparkling Review and the Grade III Commonwealth Turf Stakes on Heart to Heart.

Overall, he won seven races, with three seconds and two thirds in 18 starts for earnings of $317,893 during the week.  His seven winning mounts paid an average of $6.71 for a $2 mutuel ticket.

In the Mrs. Revere Stakes, Sparkling Review displayed a brilliant late kick inside the final three-sixteenths of a mile to win by 2 3/4 lengths.

"She’s a very nice filly," Leparoux said. "She always has given me a very nice kick at the end and she’s done everything very easily in her last two wins now. I didn’t even have to whip her today; I just asked her a little bit and felt like she had plenty left in the tank. I don’t know where she’ll go next, but I am definitely excited about riding her again."

By contrast, Heart to Heart led from gate to wire in his 3 3/4-length win in the Commonwealth Turf Stakes.

"He's a fast horse from the gate," Leparoux said. "He pretty much took me on the lead and the way he relaxed in the early stages gave him the ability to finish very strong. Luckily everything went according to plan today and he won easy again."

Leparoux grew up in a racing family in France, the son of a jockey turned assistant trainer. He worked as a stablehand at Chantilly Racecourse before moving to California in 2003 to work as an exercise rider for Patrick Biancone.

He began his professional riding career two years later, winning for the first time at Saratoga on Ball Four. The next year, he topped the standings at Turfway Park, the Churchill Downs spring/summer meet, and Keeneland's spring meet.

He was the nation's leading jockey in 2006 with 403 wins. That figure, plus earnings of $12,491,316 were the most ever in a single season by an apprentice jockey.

He tied Pat Day's record of seven winners on a single race card at Churchill Downs in 2008. And in 2009, he became only the second rider to win three Breeders' Cup races in a single year.

Leparoux won the Eclipse Award for Outstanding Jockey in 2009.

His mounts have won over $7.1 million this year. He was previously the Jockeys' Guild Jockey of the Week for the week ending September 14.

The Jockey of the Week is the centerpiece of JockeyTalk360.com, a new website offering a unique blend of news, features, social media and statistics that will appeal to racing's casual fans, as well as seasoned handicappers.
JockeyTalk360 is collaborating with the Jockeys' Guild and other industry partners to bring fans closer to racing's talented and fearless athletes. A majority of the revenue generated by the site is earmarked for the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund.

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, and Turf Publicists of America.

To find out more about the great sport of horse racing, and to learn more about your favorite jockeys visit JockeyTalk360.com.      

Monday, November 17, 2014

Del Mar's Hall of Fame Foursome

For the second time in its history, Del Mar has four current Hall of Fame riders in its jockey colony.

 

Gary Stevens is the linchpin, the connecting thread, the common denominator. And, as he will tell you, proudly so.

 

Stevens was elected to the National Thoroughbred Racing Museum and Hall of Fame in 1997. Upon gaining membership, he joined a trio of Del Mar regulars who had held that status for years. There was Laffit Pincay, Jr., a Hall of Fame member since 1975; Chris McCarron (Class of 1989), and Eddie Delahoussaye (1993).

 

Stevens was 34, McCarron 42, Delahoussaye 46, and Pincay 50 at the time.

 

Eventually, inevitably, the group was broken up by the retirements of McCarron in June of 2002, Delahoussaye in January of 2003 and Pincay three months later.          

 

Stevens, himself, retired a couple of times. But unlike the others, he made comebacks, most recently in 2013 after a seven-year-absence. His presence during the Bing Crosby Season is part of another comeback, this one following having his left knee replaced just over three months ago.

 

With Stevens, 51, back in the fold, plus the return in the past months of prodigal sons Kent Desormeaux and Alex Solis, as well as the continued presence since 2001 of Mike Smith, Del Mar has another Hall of Fame quartet for fans to appreciate and bettors to consider. Smith was inducted into the Hall in 2003 and Desormeaux the following year, while Solis gained entry last summer.

 

"First, just let me say those are six guys that it's an honor to be associated with,” Stevens offered when informed of the situation."

 

Upon retirement, the first Hall of Fame trio that Stevens joined had accounted for 15 Triple Crown and 23 Breeders’ Cup victories. They rode a combined 121,938 races, won 23,055 of them and had total purse earnings of $696,991,470.

 

"I felt like I had something to uphold joining that group,” Stevens said.  “I got elected to the Hall of Fame before I won my first Eclipse Award (1998), so I still had something to prove as well as something to uphold."

 

Asked if there was a leader, or an “alpha” member in that group, Stevens tabbed Delahoussaye.

 

“Eddie was the guy that when he spoke, people listened,” Stevens said.  “He didn't speak out that often, or that loud. But when he did, Eddie was the guy that made sense and got a lot of respect.

 

"Every one of us, because we were in the Hall of Fame, I’d like to think were looked up to by the younger riders. Hopefully that's the same (today).  I don't know if anyone will be looked up to more than any of the others. I am the oldest, and I know whenever some advice is needed on jockey health or other certain things, I have to be the bad guy, which means being the good guy for the jockeys' cause."

 

Stevens has gone from the junior member of the first Hall of Fame group to the senior (barely) of the present one. He’s 51, Solis is 50, Smith 49 and Desormeaux 44.

 

The second Hall of Fame trio that Stevens makes a foursome has a combined 11 Triple Crown series victories and 29 Breeders’ Cup wins. Smith is a heavy contributor in the latter category, being the all-time leader with 21 Breeders’ Cup victories. Entering racing this week, the Hall of Fame quartet had combined for 94,947 races ridden, 15,835 wins and $749,693,822 in purse earnings.

 

And counting, of course.

 

Stevens also is in the “and counting” category with 28,129 mounts, 4,988 wins and $236,986,922 in purse earnings according to Equibase statistics. He’s won nine Triple Crown races and finished first in Breeders’ Cup races 10 times.

 

Here’s Stevens’ quick takes on those Hall of Famers, past and present, all of whom, he emphasized, shared the trait of being fierce competitors:

 

Pincay -- "The most powerful finisher I ever rode against."

 

McCarron – “The best tactical rider I ever rode against.”

 

Delahoussaye -- "Had it all."

 

Smith -- "Maybe the best of the best."

 

Desormeaux -- "Fearless and astute in racing situations."

 

Solis -- "A throwback to the old school, golden era."

 

Desormeaux, who returned to riding at Del Mar regularly last summer after an eight-year absence, and Solis, back after four years on the East Coast, were up-and-comers on the Southern California circuit while the legendary career of Bill Shoemaker was winding down and those of Pincay, McCarron and Delahoussaye were flourishing.

 

"Kent, Alex and I were fortunate to be riding with the (Hall of Fame) guys -- Eddie, Chris, Laffit and Shoe," Stevens said. "They knew racing situations, they knew honor, they were guys you looked up to and learned from."

 

 

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Monday, November 17, 2014

EMOTIONAL NAPRAVNIK THANKFUL DURING SATURDAY CELEBRATION

Saturday marked an emotional afternoon beneath the Twin Spires, as Churchill Downs and the City of Louisville celebrated the extraordinary career of Rosie Napravnik, the first female rider to capture the Kentucky Oaks (twice), the Breeders’ Cup Distaff and Breeders’ Cup Juvenile.

 

Napravnik, who captured her first Kentucky Oaks on Believe You Can in 2012, publicly announced her pregnancy and retirement following her victory on Untapable in the Oct. 31 Breeders’ Cup Distaff (Grade I).

 

“Thank you to Churchill Downs and thank you to everybody for being here to make this day so special,” Napravnik said. “I feel so honored because Churchill has definitely been the site of some of the most memorable moments in my career. I rode my first Breeders’ Cup mount here in 2010 (Forever Together in Filly & Mare Turf) and first Kentucky Derby in 2011 on Pants on Fire. My first Kentucky Oaks win on Believe You Can in 2010 was absolutely one of the most memorable moments of my career. Finishing fifth in the Derby on Mylute, I felt close enough to almost taste it. And Untapable will definitely go down as my favorite horse of all time.”

 

Napravnik was honored following Saturday’s sixth race, which was named in her honor as “The Run for the Rosie.” She was given a special video presentation by Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer, who officially declared Saturday “Rosie Napravnik Day” in the city of Louisville.

 

Napravnik also received the honor of “Kentucky Colonel” and was presented with a plaque by the Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels. Finally, the rider was honored by an additional video presentation that highlighted the most memorable moments of her prestigious career at Churchill Downs.

 

“I want to thank the guys that are down here, most of the jockeys, for helping me become a better rider in a great colony,” a teary-eyed Napravnik said. “Thanks to the owners and trainers that have supported me throughout: Jack Wolf being one of them, Mr. Ken Ramsey, Winchell Farm, Mr. Ron Winchell and Brereton Jones are just a few to mention of some of my favorite horses here at Churchill and all over the country.”

 

Napravnik said she plans to always remain close to the Thoroughbred industry and since her retirement has been assisting husband/trainer Joe Sharp at Churchill Downs.

 

“I don’t feel like I’m leaving,” Napravnik said. “I’ll be around and I’ve been at the races a lot in the last two weeks; I’ll just be in a different outfit. I’ll always be close to this industry and the horses. Again I just want to thank the fans for all their support and everybody here at Churchill Downs, thank you.” Churchill Downs Communications Department

 

Friday, November 14, 2014

Talamo Notches Win Number 1,500

Talented Joe Talamo, 24-year-old native of New Orleans, notched victory number 1,500 with an upset triumph in Thursday’s fourth race at Del Mar and then put the icing on the cake with a wire-to-wire success aboard Demonica in the afternoon’s feature, a $58,000 mile and one-sixteenth race over the infield turf course.

 

Talamo achieved his career milestone win on 7-1 longshot Ol’ Fashion Gal, returning to $16.80, and then made it 1,501 on Demonica, a convincing almost two-length winner of the seventh race.

 

Demonica, a three-year-old daughter of First Defence owned by C R K Stable and trained by John Sadler, responded to Talamo’s deft rating to lead throughout, running the distance in a 1:42.51 and paying $6.80 as second choice in the betting.

 

Frandontjudge, a 15-1 outsider, was second, a neck in front of Market Quote, with Casey’s Clem fourth in the field of eight older fillies and mares.

 

Across the board, Demonica paid $6.80, $4.20 and $3.60 after scoring her second win in five outings. Frandontjudge paid $12.20 and $7, while Market Quote returned $3.60 to show.

PDJF

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