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Sunday, November 19, 2006
Jockeys' Guild | News & Articles
Originally posted on thoroughbredtimes.com at: 11/15/2006 3:15:02 PM
Eclipse Award winning jockey John Velazquez, who rode his first career
winner in 1990 at Hipodromo El Comandante in his native Puerto Rico,
was honored as one of 12 inductees into the Salon de la Fama del
Hipismo Puertorriqueño (Puerto Rico's Racing Hall of Fame) during a
ceremony held at El Comandante racecourse on Sunday.
Guild Chairman Velazquez was one of five human honorees inducted along
with jockey Alexis Feliciano, owner Luis Morales of Establo Villa Real,
trainer Maximo Gomez, and sports athlete Jose "Pantalones" Santiago.
inductees included Puerto Rico's 2000 champion three-year-old filly
Bricola (Fappiano's Star), three-time Puerto Rican champion Gran Duque
(Irish Open), Puerto Rican Triple Crown champs Estrellero (Eqtesaad)
and Mediavilla R. (Sejm), and imported champions Door Prize (Eight
Thirty) and D'Wildcat Speed Forest Wildcat) and sire Fappiano's Star (Fappiano). - Michael Burns
Wednesday, November 15, 2006
Eddie Castro: 1,000th Win
Originally posted on thoroughbredtimes.com at: 11/15/2006 4:49:54 PM
Eddie Castro earned his 1,000th career win in North America on
Wednesday when he guided Jermidy to a 3 3/4-length victory in the first
race at Churchill Downs.
An Eclipse Award winner as outstanding
apprentice jockey in 2003, Castro is riding in Kentucky full-time for
the first time in his career. The 21-year-old previously captured three
riding titles at Calder Race Course, where he set a North American
record by earning nine wins on a single card on June 4, 2005.
"It's nice after having raced at Calder to do it here," Castro said. "I'm very happy to win my 1,000th race."
rallied Miesque's Approval to victory in the $2-million NetJets
Breeders' Cup Mile (G1) on November 4 at Churchill. The Los Santos,
Panama, native has earned ten of his wins in graded stakes, including a
victory by Pampered Princess in the 2005 Juddmonte Spinster Stakes (G1)
at Keeneland Race Course.
Castro ranks 16th among North American
riders in mount earnings this year with $8,232,157 through Tuesday.
Since 2003, his mounts have earned $25,796,963 in 5,570 starts.
Thursday, November 09, 2006
The Kyle Cox Story...
Kyle Cox is a special young man (going on 6 years old) who suffers from
a chronic disorder and has already had several surgeries - including
brain, lung, 2 stomach surgeries, and recently he just had titanium
rods inserted into his chest wall.
Kyle is a huge fan of the
jockeys at Churchill Downs and around Kentucky, but all of the jockeys
are his "buddies" and "heroes." He cheers for all of them, and waits
patiently to say "hi" or to get an autograph. He has things like boots,
hats, goggles, silks, etc., but dreamed of becoming an "honorary
jockey" or a having commendation from the Jockeys' Guild.
day before the Breeders' Cup, Kyle's dream of becoming an "honorary
jockey" became true. The jockeys from Churchill Downs and Guild
Representative Jeff Johnston honored Kyle with an honorary #1 Jockeys
Fan Certificate signed by John Velazquez and Edgar Prado in the
The jockeys were all amazing....everyone there came out for his ceremony, and it was very heart-warming.
Afterwards, Kyle went to the jocks room and they outfitted him with a
complete set of gear - from boots to a helmet, and Randall Toups gave
him a saddle. Steve, the Clerk of Scales, then told Kyle, "well, you're
a jockey now - you better go weigh in."
Kyle had an amazing day;
he is such a special little guy. To have such a great attitude while
having to suffer physically is just amazing. He seems not to have a
care, despite the surgeries. He just loves horses, racing, and
especially the jocks!
Kyle Cox is the son of Amie and Troy Gilbert
of Louisville, KY. Kyle has an older sister Rachel who is 11 and
brother Ryan is 8. The siblings could not be at the ceremony due to
obligations at school.
The Guild would like to say a special
"thanks" to Paula Weglarz. This was all made possible by Paula sharing
the wonderful story of Kyle Cox.
Wednesday, November 08, 2006
Remembering Ronnie Banks
Ron Banks, one of the legendary rider at Los Alamitos, passed away on
Tuesday, November 7. Banks retired from Los Alamitos with 891 Quarter
Horse wins, a figure that ranks him 16th all-time here. Banks also won
39 Quarter Horse stakes races here, which is the 20th highest amount
ever at Los Alamitos.
Banks rode some of the top Quarter Horses
in the 1950s and '60s, including two-time Marathon Invitational winner
Table Tennis, 1956 Kindergarten Futurity winner Pap and 1960 Go Man Go
Handicap winner Triple Lady, 1963 Chicado V Handicap winner Straw
Flight. In his career, Banks won the Vandy's Flash Handicap three times
and the Kindergarten twice.
Banks, a former manager of the
Jockey's Guild, is also credited as the person who discovered the
famous stallion Beduino back in 1972. Beduino went on to sire Chicks
Beduino, a sire of multiple champions including track record holder
Corona Chick and 2002 Co-World Champion Whosleavingwho.
The Jockeys' Guild offer our heart-felt condolences to his family.
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