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Monday, October 30, 2006

Rodney Prescott: 2,000 Victories

(from Hoosier Park report)

Jockey Rodney Prescott earned his 2,000th career victory Oct. 18 at Hoosier Park when he guided the front-running Sefayoself to a convincing win in the third race of the evening.

"I didn't even realize that I was so close to 2,000 wins until someone told me before the start of the night," said Prescott. "I knew I had a couple of shots during Wednesday's card. I was hoping I didn't have to wait too long to reach 2,000, though."

In 2005, he finished second in North America for number of wins with 336.

"My season at Hoosier Park is going quite well for me," said Prescott, who ranks second all-time at Hoosier in riding victories, less than 25 behind Terry Thompson. "I just go out there and win as many races as I can. I don't really shoot for anything or any goal to start off a season."

He currently sits in second place in the jockey colony for 2006 at Hoosier Park with 33 wins.

Prescott picked up his first Hoosier Park riding title in 2005 when he won 81 races. He won the 1999 edition of the $100,000 Miss Indiana Stakes on Lady's Legal Ma Ja. Prescott has also been leading rider twice at Indiana Downs.

Prescott, of Cincinnati, Ohio, is a native of Portland, Ind. He attended Jay County High School where he was a standout wrestler.

Congratulations to Rodney Prescott from the Jockeys' Guild
Sunday, October 22, 2006

Meet Dwight Manley

Dwight Manley
National Manager, Jockeys' Guild
President, United Sports Agency
Principal, MIMCO
Managing Partner, California Gold Marketing Group

Sports agent, real estate developer, rare coin expert and skilled negotiator, Dwight Manley was named in July 2006 the National Manager of the Jockeys' Guild, a union representing more than 1,100 of the nation's horse racing jockeys. On only his third day on the job, Manley successfully resolved to the satisfaction of all parties a year-long dispute involving a gravely injured jockey. As President of United Sports Agency, Newport Beach, California, he represented such prominent National Basketball Association players such as Karl Malone and Dennis Rodman. Advertising Age magazine named him to the prestigious "Marketing 100" list for his skillful work on behalf of former client Rodman. He has served as a consultant to the Federal Trade Commission and Internal Revenue Service, and a U.S. Justice Department expert witness on numismatic issues.

Manley Investment Management Company (MIMCO) is overseeing the development of a multi-use complex of commercial and residential property in downtown Brea, California; a project that is a combination of business and personal satisfaction at helping his boyhood hometown. He also is a principal investor in the Grand Havana Room, a nightclub opening soon in Moscow, Russia. Earlier, he was an original private investor in Exclusive Resorts with the world's largest timeshare vacation company, and later sold his interest to Steve Case.

An active benefactor of numerous local and national charities, he led a successful $175,000 fund-raising campaign in 2004 to equip all Brea and Newport Beach Police Department and service vehicles with portable defibrillators to assist cardiac arrest victims. Manley and Malone personally donated over $120,000 for the purchase of the automated external defibrillator (AED) units.

A member of the Governor's committee that helped select the design for the 2005 California state quarter-dollar, Manley started collecting coins at the age of six when he was given a 1909 Lincoln cent. Over the years he has owned some of the world's most famous and valuable rare coins including one of the five known 1913 Liberty Head nickels; one of the dozen known 1984 San Francisco Mint dimes; and the historic King of Siam (now Thailand) on behalf of President Andrew Jackson in 1836.

In 1999 he made the world's largest numismatic purchase by acquiring more than $100,000,000 of California Gold Rush-era sunken treasure recovered from the legendary 1857 voyage of the SS Central America, the fabled "Ship of Gold." As Managing Partner of California Gold Marketing Group, LLC of Newport Beach, California, Manley successfully completed nearly two years of complex negotiations to buy the ship's famous cargo of historic coins and gold assayers' bars. The 32,000-member American Numismatic Association named its library in Colorado Springs, Colorado the Dwight N. Manley Library in recognition of this generous financial support for the nonprofit, educational organization.

He is the proud father of Victoria, 8, and Quentin, 6, and actively involved in their Harbor Day School affairs.

Sunday, October 01, 2006

Jockeys of the Kentucky Derby

Front Row (Left to Right):
Patrick Valenzuela, Mike Smith, Victor Espinoza, Kent Desormeaux, Mark Guidry, Alex Solis
Middle Row (Left to Right):
Corey Nakatani, Shaun Bridgemohan, Robby Albarado, John McKee, Edgar Prado (winner),
Russell Baze, David Flores
Last Row (Left to Right):
Patrick Husbands, Ramon Dominguez, Fernando Jara, Cornelio Velasquez, Rafael Bejarano,
Garrett Gomez, Jose Lezcano


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