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Thursday, July 02, 2015

SECOND ANNUAL “PDJF DAY ACROSS AMERICA” TO BE HELD AUGUST 1, 2015

The second annual “PDJF Day Across America,” a day of fund-raising and awareness-building for the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund (PDJF), will be held Saturday, Aug. 1. Over 30 Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse racetracks across the country are being asked to take part with special events, jockey autograph signings, and promotions.

Coinciding with this day of recognition is the release of a special commemorative PDJF magazine produced by Blood-Horse, which will be available for purchase at all tracks participating in “PDJF Day Across America.” The magazine chronicles the brave and inspiring struggles faced daily by some jockeys who have suffered catastrophic injuries at the racetrack and now rely on the PDJF for support. Also included are stories of some fortunate riders who have come back from serious injury but know all to well how closely they came to seeing their racing careers ended. The publication will sell for $10 with all proceeds benefitting the PDJF.

“All of us who enjoy horse racing owe a debt of gratitude to the jockeys who risk their lives with every workout and every race,” said Thoroughbred Racing Associations President Scott Wells. “The PDJF serves those critically injured jockeys whose lives have been forever changed. I urge everyone, from casual fans to dedicated horseplayers to trainers and owners and track executives around the country, to participate on PDJF awareness day. The commemorative edition magazine will be a treasured source of enjoyment for many years to come."

 “Last year jockeys across the country really embraced the theme of ‘Taking The Reins’ by participating in a variety of fan-friendly activities that promoted the PDJF’s mission,” said Hall of Fame rider John Velazquez, chairman of the Jockeys’ Guild and a PDJF board member. “With even more tracks participating this year we expect the event to be a bigger success. It is a day of celebration but also is dedicated to raising awareness in all areas of the racing industry of the need for a permanent funding mechanism for the PDJF.”

 

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The PDJF is an independent 501(c)(3) public charity providing financial assistance to former jockeys who have suffered catastrophic on-track injuries. Created in 2006 by leaders in the horse racing industry, PDJF has disbursed over $6 million dollars and currently supports 61 permanently disabled jockeys, most of whom have paralysis or traumatic brain injuries. The Fund is grateful for the support of our many industry partners who are committed to the welfare of these men and women.

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Thursday, July 02, 2015

Jockeytalk360 Newsletter for July 2

On Santa Anita’s final day of the meet, Kent Desormeaux had a fairy tale ending by upsetting the field in the Grade 3 San Juan Capistrano aboard Crucero.

The 5 year old went off at odds of 23-1 and was unhurried to stalk the pace in third behind the leaders Tiz Futurity and the favorite Going Somewhere (BRZ). Desormeaux sat Crucero perfectly along the inside and managed to save plenty of ground until he was forced to the four path by Decisive Edge coming for home.

Desormeaux said, “It didn’t play out exactly like I thought it would but I liked my position throughout the race, was happy with my situation until the three-eighths pole, but got outrun by Decisive Edge and Flavien Prat from the three-eighths pole to the quarter pole when they engaged from the inside but they couldn’t sustain that move and Crucero did.”

The veteran journeyman had plenty left in the tank underneath him as he unleashed Crucero into the stretch only to be engaged by Going Somewhere (BRZ). Crucero had just enough left to edge out the favorite by a neck and pay $48.40 to win.

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Who's Hot

Trevor McCarthyTrevor McCarthy (Monmouth and Delaware) and Colby Hernandez (Evangeline) tied for the lead in wins with ten each. McCarthy finished in the money 50% of time and Hernandez finished in the money an impressive 70% of the time.

Paco Lopez had a great week at Monmouth by winning nine races with five of those coming on Saturday’s card. He currently sits atop of the standing with a 17 win lead.

Frankie Pennington is the leading rider at Parx and continued his hot streak by winning 64% and coming in the money on 12 of his 14 mounts.

Jose MontanoJose Montano continued to dominate at Charles Town by going winning all four of his mounts on Saturday. Montano finished the week with eight wins from 19 mounts and coming in the money on 68% of his mounts.

AQHA Quarter Horse Standings

John Hamilton (Delta Downs) has moved to the top of the wins leaderboard for the year with 87 from 436 mounts. Raul Ramirez Jr. (Delta Downs) ranks second with 86 wins from 395 starts and David Alvarez (Delta Downs) ranks third with 81 wins from 364 mounts.

GR Carter Jr. (Ruidoso) remains on top of the earnings leaderboard with $1,402,320 from 377 starts leads the AQHA  earnings standings. Raul Ramirez Jr. is sitting in second in the standings with $1,398,767 and Larry Payne (Ruidoso) is third with $1,298,549.

 Keep up with all the AQHA leaders here . . .


Russell Nearing Return to the Saddle

 

124006Injured jockey Sheldon Russell could make his return to the races in time for the early part of the Laurel Park meeting next month, according to a Daily Racing Form report. Russell has been out since late April, when his mount fell over a swerving horse.

Russell suffered several broken ribs and a punctured lung. He has been galloping horses since last week but is waiting on doctor’s clearance before plotting a date to return to the races.

So far, the top Maryland rider said he’s feeling well physically as his workload increases. He’s not letting the setback keep him from building condition, either–Russell completed a 10-kilometer road race last weekend.

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Racing’s winningest black jockey an accomplished newcomer at Churchill Downs

By Alicia Wincze Hughes

Deshawn ParkerThe new face in the Churchill Downs jock’s room Thursday evening was anything but to those who were there.

Yes, his seventh-place effort aboard Polly Freeze in the day’s first race marked the first time Deshawn Parker had ridden a mount beneath the Twin Spires. But when a jockey has booted home more than 4,800 winners, accumulated more than $55 million in career earnings and led the nation in wins twice (2010, ’11), unfamiliar and uninitiated just aren’t proper descriptions.

Nearly three decades into his career, Parker has been stepping into newer territory with greater frequency, branching out from his base at Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack and Resort in West Virginia where he carved out an enviable niche.

Some trying circumstances on that circuit have necessitated Parker leaving his comfort zone. For a rider whose attitude has always swung toward the positive, Parker fittingly is already in position to add some milestones to his storied career.

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Jockey receives surgery for spinal injury after fall at Assiniboia Downs

From The Winnipeg Free Press

Manitoba’s horse racing community is rallying for jockey Alyssa Selman, who suffered a severe fall at Assiniboia Downs on Saturday.

Selman fractured a vertabrae in her spinal column and was not able to feel her legs, a friend of the family told the Free Press. She had surgery on Sunday.

Selman, is married and grew up in Stephenfield, near Carman, and lives in St. Lupicin, which is also nearby. She attended school in Miami, Manitoba.

Selman was injured in the sixth race on Saturday when the heels clipped on her horse and it tumbled. The horse was able to get up but it was obvious to people in the stands that Selman had been severely injured. Selman stayed down a long time and had to be taken off on a stretcher, said a person who saw the fall.

The Jockey’s Benefit Association of Canada has posted Selman’s situation on Facebook.

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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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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.

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