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Tuesday, March 03, 2015

Von Rosen Receives Thompson Memorial Donation

Jockey Anne Von Rosen, who was paralyzed in a riding accident last spring, has received a donation from the Sam Thompson Memorial Foundation for Disabled Jockeys.

The executive board of the Thompson Foundation was made aware of Von Rosen’s situation; although Von Rosen owned a vehicle, she had no way to drive without hand held controls. The board chose her to be the very first recipient of the very first foundation donation in the form of hand-held controls for her truck.

“As Anne thanked them for the support, they could hear the emotion in her voice,” noted the Foundation press release. “At that moment, it became clear that The Sam Thompson Foundation was on the right track. It's equally clear to all those involved with this young foundation that many jockeys and their families would benefit from future donations.”

Since she began riding in 2001, Von Rosen rode 56 winners from 507 starters in American Quarter Horse races, with earnings of $398,274. Among the horses she rode are stakes winners Mr Hawkins, Dakota Lane and Dashing By By. On March 11 at Turf Paradise, the horse she was riding fell, resulting in a serious spinal injury and paralysis of her legs.

The Sam Thompson Memorial Foundation for Disabled Jockeys is run in honor of Thompson, a highly respected jockey and member of the racing industry who suffered a fatal riding accident in 2008. One of the leaders in the jockeys’ room during his riding career, Thompson was a Jockeys’ Guild senator, the room representative at Los Alamitos and a council member of the Los Alamitos division of the Race Track Chaplaincy of America.

Later this month, the Sam Thompson Memorial Foundation will host a fundraising golf tournament.

The tournament will be held on March 23 at the California Country Club in Whittier, California. The tournament is $125 per golfer ($40 per individual luncheon) with sign-in at 10 a.m. The event will also host a steak luncheon, auction and raffle. The proceeds will continue to be used to benefit disabled jockeys.

Visit www.thestfoundation.org for more information on the foundation, or to sign up for the golf tournament.
Tuesday, March 03, 2015

Antonio Gallardo named Jockeys' Guild Jockey of the Week

Antonio Gallardo earned his second Jockeys’ Guild Jockey of the Week award by placing in the money on 23 of his 29 mounts last week at Tampa Bay Downs.

Gallardo made the most out of his 29 mounts by posting 10 wins, 7 seconds, and 6 thirds for earnings of $122,185. To cap off an impressive week, Gallardo went 3-4-1 in 9 mounts on Sunday.

On February 6th, Gallardo was briefly hospitalized following a spill in the sixth race at Tampa Bay Downs and has since fully recovered. He now sits in second place in wins among all North American riders with 56 for 2015.

Antonio was born in Spain and became interested in racing because his grandfather was a jockey. His first win was at Costa del Sol in Spain in 2003 and his main career goal is to win the Kentucky Derby.

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, Turf Publicists of America, and the public consensus.

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

Monday, March 02, 2015

SMITH SEEKS AN UNPRECEDENTED TRIPLE IN BIG ’CAP

Mike Smith has been down this road before. The Hall of Fame jockey has ridden in hundreds of major races throughout his career of more than 33 years, but winning one never grows old nor does the buzz that surrounds it.

          Still, the native of Roswell, New Mexico, who turns 50 on August 10, manages to keep his emotions under control, both before and during the race. He’ll do that again when he rides prohibitive favorite Shared Belief in next Saturday’s Grade I, $1 million Santa Anita Handicap presented by San Manuel Indian Bingo & Casino, a race he will be seeking to win for an unprecedented third straight year, having won it with Game On Dude in 2013 and 2014.

          Johnny Longden, Corey Nakatani, Bill Shoemaker and Gary Stevens have won the race twice in a row, Shoe on two separate occasions, but no one has achieved the elusive “Triple.”

          Not even immortals such as Eddie Arcaro, Longden, Shoemaker and George Woolf himself, who won the inaugural Santa Anita Handicap in 1935 aboard the 7-year-old Azucar, were able to win the Big ’Cap three straight years in 77 previous runnings of the historic race.

          “I’m excited about it,” Smith said of the Big ’Cap. “I’m not sure who’s running in it yet, but Shared Belief has proved he can definitely go the mile and a quarter, and given the opportunity, he’s going to be tough to beat. He’s a good horse and he’s proved that, and I think his last race (beating Horse of the Year California Chrome in the San Antonio Invitational on Feb. 7) really proved it.”

          That endorsement aside, Smith feels we haven’t yet seen the best of Shared Belief.

          “I think there‘s room for him to step up even a little bit more than he’s shown, so we’ll see what happens,” Smith said. “He’s been training really well since, from what I hear, so all systems are go. We’re excited about it.” Santa Anita Communications Department

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Ricardo Santana Jr. On A Roll At Oaklawn

Two-time defending Oaklawn riding champion Ricardo Santana Jr. became the first jockey at the meeting to surpass $1 million in purse earnings when he guided Bold Conquest to a fourth-place finish in Sunday’s eighth race, the $300,000 Southwest Stakes (G3) for 3-year-olds. Santana ($1,003,429) reached the milestone in the 25th day of racing. Santana reached $1 million in purse earnings during the 24th day of racing last year and finished with a meet-high $2,561,193.

Santana, 22, is Oaklawn’s leading jockey this year with 26 victories. He is trying to become the first jockey to win three consecutive riding championships at Oaklawn since Hall of Famer Pat Day won 12 consecutive titles (1983-1994).

Shaun Bridgmohan ranks second in victories (21) and purse earnings ($694,904) at the meeting.

http://www.paulickreport.com/news/people/ricardo-santana-jr-on-a-roll-at-oaklawn


Tuesday, February 24, 2015

MIKE LUZZI WINS 65TH ANNUAL SANTA ANITA GEORGE WOOLF MEMORIAL JOCKEY AWARD

Mike Luzzi, America’s Eclipse Award-winning apprentice jockey in 1989, has been named the winner of the 2015 Santa Anita George Woolf Memorial Jockey Award by a nationwide vote of his peers.

            A 45-year-old native of Wilmington, Delaware, Luzzi has stood the test of time and has enjoyed a highly successful career riding primarily in the Mid-Atlantic region, Maryland and New York.  It is expected that Luzzi will travel west to Santa Anita to accept the award in either March or April.

            Sidelined due to a broken leg and fractured pelvis sustained in a paddock accident at Aqueduct on Nov. 2, Luzzi outpolled four other finalists; James Graham, Leslie Mawing, Corey Nakatani and the recently retired Rosie Napravnik.

            Presented annually by Santa Anita since 1950, the Woolf Award is one of the most highly coveted honors in all of racing as it recognizes those riders whose careers and personal character earn esteem for both the individual and the sport of Thoroughbred racing.

            Born Oct. 27, 1969, Luzzi was raised in-part by his grandfather, legendary trainer Buddy Raines, who also trained one of Luzzi’s biggest early stakes winners—Timely Warning, with whom Luzzi won the 1991 Maryland Million Classic at Pimlico and Grade I Brooklyn Handicap at Belmont Park.  Luzzi was also the winner of New York’s prestigious Mike Venezia Memorial Jockey Award in 2001.

            With 26,540 career mounts, Luzzi has won 3,420 races and his mounts have generated purse earnings of $108,218,039.   

            Luzzi and his wife Tania reside in Floral Park, New York, and they have a daughter, Larue, 14, and son, Lane, 16, who is preparing to become a jockey.  

            The Woof Award was created to honor and memorialize the legendary jockey George “the Iceman” Woolf, who was regarded as one of the greatest big money riders of his time.  Woolf died follow a spill, which has often been attributed to the effects of diabetes, on Santa Anita’s Club House turn Jan. 3, 1946.  The Woolf trophy is a replica of the full-size statue of the late jockey which adorns Santa Anita’s Paddock Gardens area.

            The inaugural Woolf Award winner, which was determined by a vote of the Racing Press, was Gordon Glisson.  Last year’s Woolf Award was won by Corey Lanerie.

 

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Florent Geroux Named Jockey of the Week

Florent Geroux secured the Jockeys’ Guild Jockey of the Week title by winning eight races out of 36 mounts during the week of February 16 through February 22. Three of Geroux’s wins were stakes races held on Saturday at  Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots.

Geroux posted an impressive 8 wins, 5 seconds, and 10 thirds for $366,195 in earnings during the seven-day period. For his stakes triple, Geroux rode Eden Prairie to victory in the Bayou Stakes, Chocolate Ride in the Fair Grounds Handicap (GIII), and I’m A Chatterbox in the Rachel Alexandra Stakes (GIII).

Chocolate Ride broke out of the gate and never looked back as he went wire to wire for a 1 3/4 length victory. Geroux said, “No one wanted to go with him, so I took advantage. I was able to slow him down and when I asked him down the lane, he really took off. My horse ran great.”

Florent Geroux was born in 1986 in France and is the son of former jockey, Dominque Geroux. His first win was at Longchamp in 2004 and he is currently tied for 6th in 2015 North American wins with 40.

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, Turf Publicists of America, and the public consensus.

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

Friday, February 13, 2015

VAN DYKE LEADS JOCKEYS TO CHARITY HOOPS WIN

A good time was had by all at last night’s 48th annual Santa Anita Jockeys-Holy Angels School Charity basketball game at La Salle High School in Pasadena, won by the riders, 41-34.

Drayden Van Dyke, Eclipse Award-winning apprentice rider of 2014, led the jockeys with 20 points, while Omar Figueroa added 13, Corey Nakatani six and Elvis Trujillo, two.

          Other players for the riders, who opened a 7-0 lead early on and led at halftime, 26-12, were Rafael Bejarano, Brandon Boulanger, Kent Desormeaux, Berkeley Headley (son of trainer Karen Headley), Edwin Maldonado, Joe Talamo, Iggy Puglisi and Kayla Stra.

          “I was in the passing lane handing out assists,” said Desormeaux, who has been the jockeys’ leading scorer in past games. “I only played four minutes.”

          “It was a lot of fun and there was a good crowd,” said HRTV’s Kurt Hoover, who once again coached the riders. “It looked like every seat was taken.”

Proceeds benefit the Holy Angels athletic program, the Kentucky-based Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund (PDJF) and the Eye on Jacob Foundation. The game was sponsored by J. Paul Reddam’s CashCall and Santa Anita Park.

            The PDJF helps assist permanently disabled jockeys nationwide, while the Eye on Jacob Foundation, named for Jacob Desormeaux, the 16-year-old son of Kent, benefits those suffering from Usher’s Syndrome. An extremely rare neurological disorder, Usher’s Syndrome causes progressive loss of hearing, imbalance, and eventual loss of sight in approximately 14,000 children in the United States.

 

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Santa Anita Jockeys to Compete in Charity Basketball Game Thursday

The 48th annual Santa Anita Jockeys vs. Holy Angels School Charity Basketball Game will take place Thursday night at La Salle High School in Pasadena with proceeds to benefit the Holy Angels athletic program, the Kentucky-based Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund (PDJF) and the Eye on Jacob Foundation.

            Sponsored by J. Paul Reddam’s CashCall and Santa Anita Park, game time is 7:15 p.m., with admission doors opening at 6:15 p.m.

            Hall of Fame jockeys Kent Desormeaux, Laffit Pincay, Jr., Mike Smith, Alex Solis and Gary Stevens will be available for an autograph signing session beginning at 6:30 p.m.

            With Pincay serving as honorary team captain, Desormeaux, Smith and Solis will comprise a team of fellow active riders such as William Antongeorgi, Tyler Baze, Rafael Bejarano, Brice Blanc, Brandon Boulanger, Alex Canchari, Victor Espinoza, Santiago Gonzalez, Mario Gutierrez, Aaron Gryder, Edwin Maldonado, Felipe Martinez, Corey Nakatani, Irving Orozco, Martin Pedroza, Fernando Perez, Tiago Pereira, Flavien Prat, Iggy Puglisi, Kayla Stra, Joe Talamo, Elvis Trujillo, Drayden Van Dyke and perhaps others.

            “We look forward to this game every year,” said Nakatani, perennially one of the most competitive jockeys on the squad.  “The game is fun for everyone, the jocks, the Holy Angels kids, all of our families and the fans that come to support us.  It’s a great night where we can all get together, have fun and help raise money for some great causes.  I’ve really enjoyed it over the years.”

            The PDJF helps assist permanently disabled jockeys nationwide, while the Eye on Jacob Foundation, named for Jacob Desormeaux, who is the 16-year-old son of Hall of Fame jockey, Kent, benefits those suffering from Usher’s Syndrome.  An extremely rare neurological disorder, Usher’s Syndrome causes progressive loss of hearing, imbalance, and eventual loss of sight in approximately 14,000 children in the United States.

            HRTV’s Kurt Hoover, a former standout cager at Arcadia High School, will again coach the jockeys’ team.  Known for his laid-back approach, Hoover stated his game-day approach will be similar to that of past years—“We’ll keep the clock runnin’ and just let ‘em run and gun.”

            Tickets are $5 per person, and for every two tickets purchased, individuals receive one free admission ticket to Santa Anita.  Additionally, there will be opportunities to win a trip to Las Vegas and a Paintball Package to Hollywood Sports Paintball and Airsoft Park.

            La Salle High School is located at the southwest corner of Michillinda Ave. and Sierra Madre Blvd. in Pasadena, approximately four miles northwest of Santa Anita.  Admission tickets and promotional tee shirts are on sale now at Champions! Gifts and Apparel in Santa Anita’s East Paddock Gardens, or through Holy Angels School.

 

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Idaho Senate Passes Resolution Honoring Gary Stevens

The Idaho Senate has unanimously passed SCR 101, a resolution honoring Gary Stevens, Idaho jockey, actor and sports analyst and Caldwell native. Stevens and his father, Ron, were in the Senate gallery for the resolution; senators welcomed him with a standing ovation. The resolution notes that Stevens, now 41, won his first race at Les Bois Park in Idaho at the age of 16 on Little Star, a horse trained by his father, and went on to be one of the most successful jockeys in history. He portrayed George Woolf in the 2003 Oscar-nominated movie “Seabiscuit;” was inducted into the U.S. Racing Hall of Fame in 1997 at the age of 34; and has won the Kentucky Derby three times and the Santa Anita Derby a record nine times, among many others.

Stevens retired from racing in 2005 to begin a career as a sports commentator, but returned to the sport in 2013, and won 69 races including the Breeders Cup and the Preakness Stakes. Numerous senators weighed in on the resolution honoring him. Sen. Abby Lee, R-Fruitland, said, “He has represented Idaho well. … He’s a great Idahoan.” Sen. Cliff Bayer, R-Boise, lauded Stevens’ “dedication, commitment, integrity, perseverance and pure will,” calling him “a real testament to the never-ending endurance of the human spirit and a real testament for the real pride of Idaho.”

Lt. Gov. Brad Little said, “Having been a fan of the horse racing industry all my life, there are not very many states that are fortunate enough to have perhaps the premier athlete in their sport live in their state and continue to come back. … It’s a great honor.” You can read the resolution honoring Stevens here; Sen. Jim Rice, R-Caldwell, announced that he’ll also be honored at a reception this evening at 7 p.m. at the C.W. Moore Building, 250 S. 5th Street.

http://www.spokesman.com/blogs/boise/2015/feb/09/senate-passes-resolution-honoring-idaho-jockey-gary-stevens/

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