With three stakes wins in a single card at Laurel on Saturday, Feargal Lynch was named Jockey of the Week for April 17-23, 2017. 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.
Three-time Breeders' Cup Mile (G1T) winner Goldikova, multiple Eclipse Award-winning jockeys Javier Castellano and the late Garrett Gomez, and Triple Crown-winning jockey Victor Espinoza have been elected to the National Museum of Racing's Hall of Fame in the contemporary category, it was announced April 24.
Samy Camacho believes he is stronger, more focused and making smarter decisions than a year ago, when he was commuting each morning from GoldMark Farm in Ocala to ride the afternoon card at Tampa Bay Downs.
Irad Ortiz, Jr. capped off his domination of the jockey standings during Aqueduct Racetrack's 2016-17 inner-track meet with a five-win day on Sunday's closing day, while trainer Rudy Rodriguez and owner David Jacobson proved uncatchable as the runaway winners of their respective titles.
Retired jockey Larry Melancon is undergoing twice-a-day physical therapy while continuing to recover in his hometown of Louisville, Ky., from the partial paralysis and other effects from a stroke he suffered earlier this month while vacationing in North Carolina.
The only thing better than winning two consecutive Grade 2 stakes is winning two consecutive Grade 1 stakes, a feat that Javier Castellano accomplished on Saturday, March 11 at Santa Anita. Castellano was named Jockeys’ Guild Jockey of the Week for March 6 – March 12, 2017.
Javier Castellano won two of the weekend’s Grade 2 stakes races and topped the leaderboard by total earnings for the week on his way to being named Jockeys’ Guild Jockey of the Week for February 27 – March 5, 2017.