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Tuesday, November 23, 2010

SANTA ANITA 2011 GEORGE WOOLF FINALISTS ANNOUNCED

ARCADIA, Calif. (Nov. 23, 2010)—

            Joe Bravo, Javier Castellano, Garrett Gomez, Corey Lanerie and Gallyn Mitchell are the 2011 Woolf finalists, with the winner to be determined by a vote of jockeys nationwide.

            The Woolf Award has been presented annually by Santa Anita since 1950 and is regarded as one of the most prestigious honors in all of racing, as it recognizes those riders whose careers and personal character earn esteem for the individual and the sport of Thoroughbred racing.  The winner’s trophy is a replica of the life-sized statue of George Woolf, which adorns Santa Anita’s Paddock Gardens area.

            The statue was created through donations from the racing public after Woolf’s death which followed a spill at Santa Anita on Jan. 13, 1946.  Woolf, who was regarded as one of the nation’s top big-money jockeys, was affectionately known as “The Iceman,” and was revered by his colleagues, members of the media and fans nationwide as a fierce competitor and consummate professional who were at his best when the stakes were highest.

            The 2011 Woolf Award ballot features some of the hardest working and most successful jockeys in the world and it also represents a broad geographic cross section of American racing.

 Joe Bravo

 For nearly 22 years, Joe Bravo has been synonymous with winning in his native New Jersey, as he’s won nine riding titles at Meadowlands Racetrack and 13 at Monmouth Park, dating back to the early 1990s.

            Born on Sept. 10, 1971, Bravo first rode professionally at Calder Race Course in south Florida, at the age of 17, in the fall of 1988. 

            A third generation jockey, Bravo got his first big career break in 1997, when he was the regular rider of multiple stakes winning Formal Gold.  Bravo’s dominance in New Jersey is underscored by his success in the Jersey Shore Stakes at Monmouth, a race he has won five times, including three straight from 2004 through 2006.

            Bravo is perennially amongst the nation’s leading money-winning jockeys and he won his 4,000th career race on July 5, 2007, at Monmouth Park.  Through Nov. 6, Bravo had 4,522 wins and his mounts had earned $121,621,118.

Well respected by his peers nationwide, this is the first time Bravo has been a Woolf Award finalist.

 Javier Castellano

A native of Maracaibo, Venezuela, 33-year-old Javier Castellano is the son of a former jockey who began riding full-time in 1966.  He moved to the United States in 1997, where he became a regular on the South Florida circuit.  Castellano was thrust into national prominence when victorious aboard Ghostzapper in the 2004 Breeders’ Cup Classic at Lone Star Park.  He was back in the national spotlight in 2006, when he won the Preakness Stakes aboard Bernardini, in a race that was marred by the early breakdown of Kentucky Derby winner Barbaro.

                        Born Oct. 23, 1977, Castellano’s career is still very much on the rise.  He has ridden full-time in New York and Florida since 2001 and has had three five-win days at Saratoga Race Course, first on Sept. 7, 2004, again on Sept. 3, 2005, and he reeled off a natural five-in-a-row this past July 25. 

             Castellano’s career win total through Nov. 6 was 2,652.  Included among those are 291 stakes wins.  He registered his first added money score on Aug. 9, 1997, at Calder Race Course, aboard Governor Hicks in the Florida Stallion Dr. Fager Stakes.  Castellano’s biggest career win came aboard Saratoga County in the $2 million Golden Shaheen Stakes on March 26, 2005 in Dubai.

Consistently ranked amongst America’s top riders in both money and races won, Castellano’s career money-won total stood at $124,902,789, through Nov. 6.

Castellano’s father-in-law is long-time racing official and current National Director of the Jockeys’ Guild, Terry Meyocks.

Castellano resides in Garden City, New York, with his wife Abby and daughter, Kayla Marie.

 Garrett Gomez

  Nicknamed “Go-Go” for his hard-charging style, Garrett Gomez is considered one of, if not the best, finishers in the game today.  This ability was never more evident than in the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic on Nov. 6, as Gomez, nursing an injured shoulder, called upon every ounce of his strength and big-money savvy to win the Classic aboard Blame, holding the great Zenyatta off by less than a head.

            Although he sustained the shoulder injury as a result of a spill at Churchill Downs on Thursday, Nov. 4, Gomez rebounded to not only win the Classic on Nov. 6, but he also won the Juvenile Fillies Turf aboard More than Real and the Juvenile Turf aboard Pluck, on Nov. 5 and 6, respectively.

The son of a jockey, Louie, and a native of Tucson, Arizona,  Gomez has overcome personal problems and has established himself as one of the great riders of his era, as he has been America’s leading money-winning jockey for the past four years, in 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009.

            Gomez, 37, broke his maiden at Santa Fe Downs, New Mexico on Aug. 19, 1988, and his career began to take off in the mid ‘90s, as he won back-to-back runnings of the Arkansas Derby in l994 and ’95.  In l997, he won the “Mid-America Triple,” at Arlington Park in Chicago, by taking the American Derby, American Classic, and the Secretariat Stakes (his first Grade I), all aboard Honor Glide.

            As a result of substance-abuse issues, his career went into free-fall in 2002, and Gomez did not ride for part of that year, and he was inactive in 2003 and 2004.  However, with the assistance of his former agent Jim Pegram, Gomez returned to full-time riding late in 2004, and by the end of 2005, he had clearly established himself as one of the top big-money riders in America—as he won his first two Breeders’ Cup races that year, taking the Juvenile with Stevie Wonderboy and the Mile with Artie Schiller.

            In addition to his accomplishments on the racetrack, “Go-Go” has earned the respect of the racing community by dealing with his personal problems in a forthright manner, and has contributed generously to charitable causes such as the California-based Winners’ Foundation.

            At the suggestion of retired Hall of Fame jockey Jerry Bailey, Gomez hired top agent Ron Anderson in early 2006, a move that further facilitated Gomez’s ascension to the top of his profession.

            Along with his Breeders’ Cup double in 2005 and three victories this year, Gomez has now amassed a total of 12 Breeders’ Cup wins:  The 2007 Juvenile Fillies with Indian Blessing, the 2007 Sprint with Midnight Lute, and four championship wins in 2008, the  Sprint with Midnight Lute, the Juvenile with Midshipman, the Filly and Mare Sprint with Ventura and the Dirt Mile Albertus Maximus.  In 2009, Gomez won the Ladies Classic at Santa Anita with Life is Sweet.

            Included among Gomez’s notable Grade I stakes wins are triumphs in the Santa Anita and Kentucky Oaks with Rags to Riches in 2007, the Santa Anita Derby with Pioneerof the Nile in 2009, the Norfolk and Del Mar Futurity with Lookin at Lucky in 2009, the Manhatten Handicap with Gio Ponti in 2009 and four scores in the Pacific Classic:  in 2001and 2002 with Skimming, in 2005 with Borrego and in 2008 with Go Between.

            Gomez and Anderson remained atop the racing world entering 2009, but by Dec. 1, it looked as though jockey Julien Leparoux had all but wrapped up the 2009 money-won title.  However, “Go-Go” stayed busy, and, in a desperate lunge to the finish, was able to notch his fourth consecutive title by winning the last race of the year at Santa Anita on Dec. 31.

            Gomez won his 3,000th career race on Sept. 28, 2008, taking the Grade II Oak Tree Mile aboard Hyperbaric.  His career earnings through Nov. 6, stood at $175,569,567 and he had registered 3,416 career wins.

            He resides in nearby Duarte with his wife Pam and children Jared, Amanda, Shelby and Collin. 

 Corey Lanerie

 A native of Lafayette, Louisiana, Corey Lanerie made his mark as a jockey deep in the heart of Texas, as he was a major force in the jockey colony at Lone Star Park in Grand Prairie from 1999 through 2003, taking home four riding titles during that period.

            The son of a jockey and grandson of a trainer, Lanerie, who recently turned 36-years-old, was born to his profession.  As a youngster he followed a time-tested Cajun tradition of riding at unrecognized “bush” tracks before he made his professional debut in 1991.  He rode his first winner, High Hopes Banquet, at Evangeline Downs, on April 19, 1991.

            In addition to multiple riding titles at Lone Star, Lanerie has also been a leading rider at two other Texas tracks, Sam Houston and Retama Park.

            Lanerie currently plies his trade full-time in Kentucky during the summer and fall, and in Louisiana in the winter.  His resume includes graded stakes victories at Churchill Downs, Arlington Park, Turfway Park, Woodbine, Oaklawn Park, Keeneland and Fairgrounds.

            Lanerie’s most lucrative win to date came aboard Parade Leader in the $500,000 New Orleans Handicap at Fairgrounds in 2002.  In terms of media exposure, his most high profile win came on Belmont Stakes day in 2003, as he won the Riva Ridge Breeders’ Cup Stakes at Belmont aboard Posse—a horse that he won a total of four stakes with that year.

            Other notable mounts in Lanerie’s career include a win the Grade I Ashland Stakes at Keeneland aboard Hooh Why in 2009.  He registered multiple wins aboard Gouldings Green, in the Grade III Turfway Park Fall Championship in 2009 and in the Grade III Hanshin Cup Handicap at Arlington Park in 2006.  He also rode Gouldings Green to victory in the 2006 Alysheba Stakes at Churchill Downs. 

            Lanerie also guided Kodiak Kowboy to victory in the Grade III Bashford Manor at Churchill Downs in 2007 and he rode Olmodavor to win the Grade III Whilrlaway Handicap in 2004 at Fairgrounds in New Orleans.  

            Well liked and respected by his fellow riders and horsemen wherever he has ridden regularly, Lanerie is regarded as a hard working professional who has always availed himself to both the media and public.

            Born Nov. 13, 1974, Lanerie makes his permanent residence in Metarie, Louisiana and lives with his wife Shantel and 2-year-old daughter Brettlyn Ava.

            Lanerie is fast closing in on 3,000 career wins, and his total through Nov. 6, stood at 2,960.  His money-won total through Nov. 6 was $64,818,817.

            The 2011 Woolf Award marks the first time he has been a Woolf finalist.

 Gallyn Mitchell

 At age 47, Gallyn Mitchell had another solid year in the Pacific Northwest, finishing third in the jockey standings at Emerald Downs, located near Seattle.  Mitchell finished the 2010 season with 79 wins and his mounts accounted for $849,578 in earnings, enabling him to finish second in that category. 

            The epitome of a hard-working rider throughout his 29-year-career, Mitchell is a favorite among Northwest fans and horsemen, as he’s been based at Emerald since it opened in 1996.  With 1,252 wins at the Auburn, Washington track, Mitchell is Emerald Downs’ all-time leading rider and he’s also Emerald’s all-time leading money winning rider, as his mounts have earned $12,710,057. 

            A native of Southern California, Mitchell was nicknamed “Booger” by his mother, a moniker that has followed him throughout his racing career.

            Mitchell won the Pacific Northwest’s marquee race, the Longacres Mile, for the second time in 2009, aboard Assessment.  He won his first Mile aboard Edneator, at 41-1, in the year 2000.

            Mitchell and his wife of 22 years, Denise, have three children, all of whom are deeply involved with horses.  Denise also serves as “Booger’s” agent, a role she has held since 1995.  Together, they are atop the all-time stakes-won list at Emerald, with 67 added money triumphs.    

            Mitchell broke his maiden on Jan. 29, 1981 at Santa Anita and through Oct. 31, he had 2,520 wins and $19,060,249 in lifetime earnings.

            In large part due to a family tragedy that befell long-time client and trainer Frank Lucarelli, whose son Tony died of brain cancer at age 16 in 2005, Mitchell heads at least one charity event a year, usually a golf tournament or a poker ride, either on horses or motorcycles. 

            Well respected by his peers, Mitchell is also a fierce competitor.  “You’ve got to outride him, he won’t give you anything,” said leading jockey Ricky Frazier in 2008.  “He’s very knowledgeable, rides his heart out and makes you ride better to beat him.  It’s an honor to ride against him.”

            The 2011 Woolf Award will be presented in late March or early April.  Santa Anita’s 76-day winter/spring meeting begins Dec. 26.  For more information, fans are encouraged to visit www.santaanita.com

  Santa Anita Communications Department         

 

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Monday, November 22, 2010

Yang Reaches 1,000 Career Wins at Finger Lakes

The four-year-old Cappuchino filly covered one ile and 0 yards in 1:42.58 on a track rated as good to win the claiming race by 4-3/4 lengths.
 
Originally from Bangkok, Tailand, the 43-year-old Yang has been a professional jockey since 1989 winning eight stakes races during his career and amassing $9,887,044 in purse earnings from 9,374 starters.
 
"The milestone has been difficult traveling from track to track and I also came back after breaking my leg," Yang said.  "I hope I can keep going."  Thoroughbred Times TODAY
Monday, November 22, 2010

NEW MEXICO JOCKEYS RECEIVE INCREASE

 The new mount fee schedule calls for a minimum mount fee of $58 ranging up to $113 depending on the purse of the race.  Additionally, a separate jockey fee was added for 4th place finisher.  Previously, mount fees in New Mexico were scaled from $38 to $105.  The new rule increases the riders mount fee scale for all races at New Mexico racetracks including all races at Sunland Park, SunRay Park, The Downs at Albuquerque, Ruidoso Downs and Zia Park.

 

“We really appreciate the support of Commissioner Larry Delgado and Commissioner Arnold Rael, who both took the time to meet jockeys, both Guild and non-Guild members, and the New Mexico Horsemen’s Association in attempt to reach an agreement, as well as Commission Chairman Marty Cope and the rest of the Commission members for their time in facilitating the changes to the current scale,” said Mindy L. Coleman, counsel for the Jockeys’ Guild.  “We would also like to thank India Hatch (executive director of the New Mexico Racing Commission), Pat Bingham (executive director of the New Mexico Horsemen’s Association), the ad hoc committee established by the New Mexico Horsemen’s Association, as well as the jockeys, particularly G.R. Carter, Ken Tohill and Casey Lambert, for their hard work in attempting to reach an agreement.  It was just unfortunate that we were unable to do so.  After almost two years of attempts, we were forced to seek the assistance of the Commission to facilitate a new fee schedule.”

 

 “We believe the New Mexico Racing Commission acted in the best interest of horse racing for the state of New Mexico,” said John Beech, regional manager for the Jockeys’ Guild.  “Just as we worked together to attain this goal, we look forward to working with the New Mexico Racing Commission and all parties involved for the betterment of racing in the state.”

 

This new scale follows increases in mount fees through legislation at California tracks and negotiated increases at Aqueduct, Belmont Park, Saratoga, Finger Lakes, Monmouth, Meadowlands, Atlantic City, Hawthorne, Arlington Park, Fairmount Park, Gulfstream Park, Calder, Tampa Bay Downs, Tropical Park, Fair Grounds, Louisiana Downs, Delta Downs, Evangeline Downs, Turf Paradise, Yavapai Downs, Indiana Downs, Hoosier Park, Delaware Park, Charles Town, Mountaineer, Prairie Meadows, Oaklawn, Fair Meadows at Tulsa, Remington Park and Will Rogers Downs.  Jockeys at Philadelphia Park, Penn National and Presque Isle have also received raises in their losing mount fees.  Negotiations are ongoing in two other racing jurisdictions.

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Contact: The Jockeys’ Guild  (859) 305-0606

Friday, November 19, 2010

PDJF GRATEFUL FOR ‘BREEDERS’ CUP OR BUST’ DONATIONS

          Through the efforts of Paulick and Cummings, approximately $80,000 has been raised to be shared among three charities – the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund, Thoroughbred Charities of America and the V Foundation for Cancer Research.

           “On behalf of the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund Board, I would like to thank Ray Paulick and Brad Cummings of the Paulick Report for their continued support of the PDJF,” said Will Farish, PDJF Board of Director.    “Their efforts have brought the plight of the disabled jockeys, whose lives have been forever altered by accidents on the track, to the public.  Continued support of this important charity is desperately needed by all of us benefiting and enjoying this great sport."  

“I would like to join with the PDJF in extending my thanks and appreciation for the hard work by Ray Paulick, Brad Cummings and their team during the walkathon they organized around the Breeders Cup activities this year,” said Hall of Fame jockey Ron Turcotte.  It is very heartwarming to see that people are so dedicated to raising awareness of the difficulties faced by the permanently disabled jockeys. The PDJF is very fortunate to have the support of such a supportive group.  My sincere thanks.”  
          The PDJF is a 501(c)(3) public charity that provides financial assistance to jockeys who have suffered permanently disabling injuries on the track.           More information on the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund can be found at
www.pdjf.org.

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Contact: Nancy LaSala, (630) 234-6691

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Jockey Crispin Rolls a Seven at Portland

Crispin has won seven races on one day three times at the Oregon racetrack. The last time he accomplished the feat was in 2007.

Crispin started out the day with a win aboard odds-on favorite Decatur Island in the opener for leading trainer Jerry Hollendorfer, who is based in Northern California but has a string at Portland Meadows. Crispin then won race four aboard Classy Prize, the second choice for trainer Charlie Essex, and race five with Hollendorfer trainee Karakot.

Crispin won the sixth race, the $15,000 Dennis Dodge Memorial Stakes for 2-year-olds, with odds-on favorite El Gaucho, also trained by Hollendorfer. He then won the seventh race aboard Tough Gold for trainer Neil Knapp.

In the eighth race, the Mt. Hood Handicap, Bijou Barrister rallied from far back to give Crispin his sixth victory of the day. Crispin closed out the card by guiding Trail Beyond to win the ninth event.

Crispin is one of four local riders that will square off against four jockeys from Southern California in the XpressBet Jockey Challenge at Portland Meadows Nov. 29.
The Blood-Horse
Monday, November 15, 2010

John Velazquez Wins Five Races on Sunday's Card at Aqueduct

 

In race 1, Velazquez piloted favored Souper Spectacular ($5.70), a half-brother to Zenyatta, to a neck decision in a 1 1/16-mile turf optional claimer. The jockey brought home another favorite in race 2, wiring the field in a seven-furlong maiden race aboard Strike the Moon ($3.10).

 

Velazquez and longshot Big Brownie ($26) closed out the early Pick 3 ($220.50) with a rail-skimming 5 ¾-length victory in the Staten Island Division of the New York Stallion Series.

 

After finishing in a dead heat for fifth in race 4 and without a mount in race 5, Velazquez was back to his winning ways in race 6, when favored Unbridled Humor ($3.50) got up by a nose to win the Memories of Silver overnight stakes. Second in race 7, Velazquez picked up his fifth winner and third stakes victory of the day when Driven by Success ($4.50) prevailed after dueling with General Maximus in the seven-furlong New York Stallion Series Thunder Rumble Division, the day’s eighth race.

 

“It’s a great day for me,” said Velazquez, 38. “I don’t get one of these that often anymore, so I’m very happy today!”

 

Velazquez also rode five winners on August 21 at Saratoga Race Course en route to his fourth Spa riding title. He is one of three riders to win five races in a single day on the NYRA circuit this year, with Ramon Dominguez piloting five winners at Aqueduct on February 17, and Javier Castellano accomplishing the feat on July 25 at Saratoga.

 

With seven victories at Aqueduct through the close of racing on Sunday, Velazquez is now fourth in the jockey standings behind David Cohen, who has ridden nine winners, and Ramon Dominguez and Jose Lezcano, tied with eight. NYRA Communications Department

 

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Monday, November 15, 2010

ALBARADO COLLECTS 900TH CHURCHILL DOWNS VICTORY

 A 37-year-old native of Lafayette, La., Albarado has been riding for 21 years and been a regular at Churchill Downs since 1996. He has won one leading rider title (Spring 2008) and has a sizable margin in his bid for an initial Fall title with 14 victories through the first nine days of the 21-day meet that runs through Nov. 28.
 
        Pat Day is the all-time win leader at Churchill Downs with 2,482 and is followed by Calvin Borel (1,030), Don Brumfield (925) and Larry Melancon (914). Albarado has won 66 stakes at Churchill Downs, second only to Day’s 156.
 
          In Friday afternoon’s feature race, Steve Mongerson’s Mahindar posted a wire-to-wire victory in the $55,440 five-furlong turf sprint for fillies and mares, defeating odds-on favorite West Ocean by 1 ¾ lengths.
 
        Trained by Tom Amoss and ridden by Borel, Mahindar covered the distance on a firm Matt Winn Turf Course in :56.81. The victory was worth $33,600 for the 3-year-old Kentucky-bred daughter of Leroidesanimaux (BRZ) who improved her record to 13-7-1-1 with earnings of $136,375.
 
        Mahindar returned $12.40, $4.60 and $3.60. West Ocean, ridden by Michael Baze, returned $2.40 and $2.10 with Go for Jan finishing a neck back in third under Julien Leparoux and paying $3.40 to show.Churchill Downs Communications Department
 
Friday, November 12, 2010

DOMINGUEZ, PRADO, STUDART PARTICIPATE ON 2011 MDA MUSCLE TEAM

 Dominguez and Studart will attend the Kickoff & Media Reception at The Lighthouse at Chelsea Piers, Pier 61 (Hudson River & 23rd St.) on Monday, November 15, 2010 at 6 p.m. At this year’s Kickoff event, Dominguez and Studart will join Jets Braylon Edwards, Bryan Thomas and Steve Weatherford and Giants Hakeem Nicks, Mathias Kiwanuka, Lawrence Tynes and Matt Dodge, just to name a few, to “Make A Muscle, Make A Difference” for the families served by MDA.

 Jets LaDainian Tomlinson, Kris Jenkins, Giants Chris Snee, Terrell Thomas, Michael Boley, Ramses Barden, Danny Ware, Zac DeOssie, Knicks Toney Douglas, Landry Fields, Ranger Brandon Dubinsky, Red Bulls Tim Ream and Joel Lindpere are among those expected to also be named to the MDA’s 2011 Muscle Team.

 MDA's 2011 Muscle Team® Gala & Benefit Auction is a high profile reception and fundraiser, providing guests the opportunity to mix and mingle with their favorite Metro-New York athletes! The annual event gathers top local athletes who have chosen to put their muscle behind the search to find a cure for neuromuscular diseases. For tickets to the 2011 Muscle Team® Gala & Benefit Auction or information about MDA’s services, please call Emily Newberry at: 212-682-5272, or visit www.nymuscleteam.org.
NYRA Communications Department

 

Friday, November 12, 2010

Portland Meadows announces the 2nd Annual $20,000 XpressBet Jockey Challenge

 This year some of the top riders from Southern California will be making the journey to Portland Meadows to compete against the top four riders in the Portland Meadows jockey standings in a four race competition.  The XpressBet Jockey Challenge will feature a point system scoring with the top riders and teams taking home prizes that will total $20,000.  On January 7, 2009, Team Portland Meadows bested Team Golden Gate Fields in the Inaugural Xpressbet Jockey Challenge.  Hall of Famer Russell Baze headlined that team and even scored a victory in the final race of the challenge.  He was quoted after the win as “this being the first time in over 20 years I’ve been in this Winner’s Circle.”

Representing Team Southern California will be Joel Rosario, Joe Talamo, David Flores and Martin Pedroza.  They will be matched up against the current top four riders in the Portland Meadows jockey standings; Joe Crispin, Javier Matias, Mark Anderson and Troy Stillwell.  There will be four designated races contested, all of which will consist of a field of eight runners. 

“This will be such a great event,” said Director of Racing Jerry Kohls.  “To have riders of this caliber coming to ride and compete against our best jockeys, it will truly be a great competition.  We look for this event to rank right up there with our new signature event, the $80,000 Portland Meadows Oaks on Saturday January 29, 2011, which is part of the new Black-Eyed Susan 2.2.”

HRTV will be on hand to cover the event and will be broadcasting it nationally.  The jockeys will all take part in an autograph session and meet and greet just before the races.  Portland Meadows will be hosting a fantastic $12 buffet in the Turf Club to celebrate the 2nd Annual XpressBet Jockey Challenge.  Parking and admission will be free for the event, as it is everyday at Portland Meadows.  Portland Meadows will also be offering a $25,000 Guaranteed Pick 4 on the four races that make up the XpressBet Jockey Challenge, as well as the traditional late Pick 4 which covers the final four races on the card.  Portland Meadows’ Pick 4 is offered with only a 14% takeout rate, the lowest in the country on that wager.

Joel Rosario has been the top rider in Southern California for the past two years, capturing riding titles at all of the major tracks on the circuit, Santa Anita, Hollywood Park and Del Mar.  Rosario finished second at the recently concluded Oak Tree at Hollywood Park meeting, just one win behind Rafael Bejarano.  Rosario has won two Breeders’ Cup races in his career, including a 37 to 1 upset in the Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile aboard Dakota Phone at Churchill Downs on November 6, 2010.  Joe Talamo gained national notoriety when he burst onto the scene in 2006 when he won the riding title at the prestigious Fair Grounds meet at the tender age of 16.  Already a veteran at the age of 20, Talamo has multiple Grade 1 wins in his career and scored aboard California Flag in the Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint in 2009.  David Flores has been a regular on the Southern California circuit for over 20 years and has a resume that includes over 3,000 wins and mounts earnings of over $110,000,000.  Along with his many accomplishments he was also the first rider of the great mare Zenyatta, guiding her to victories in her first three starts.  Martin Pedroza has been called the King of Fairplex, as he has taken home the riding title at that meeting 12 times.  Pedroza has over 3,000 career wins and has been a force in Southern California for years. 

The 2nd Annual $20,000 XpressBet Jockey Challenge will take place at Portland Meadows on November 29th, with a first post time of 12:40pm PST.  The Jockey Challenge races are expected to be run between approximately 2:00pm PST and 4:00pm PST.  For more information about the 2nd Annual $20,000 Xpressbet Jockey Challenge visit www.portlandmeadows.com or email info@portlandmeadows.com

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Jockey Calvin Borel is Owners Horseman of the Year

Borel, 44, got his 1,000th career victory at Churchill Downs while winning the 2010 Spring Meet riding title and has won more than 4,800 career races.

He is nearing the conclusion of a tremendous year, highlighted by a victory in the Kentucky Derby aboard Super Saver. Borel will receive the award during the KTO's awards dinner at 6 p.m. at the Kentucky Derby Museum. Tickets are $125 and can be purchased by calling the KTO's Marlene Meyer at (502) 458-5820.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

JOCKEY ROBBY ALBARADO VISITS LEXINGTON ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

Jockey Robby Albaradopaid a visit to the class after an invitation from teacher Amanda Woods.  November 8-12 is National Young Readers Week.  Each day of this week Woods asked “hometown” celebrities to read their favorite children’s stories and take questions from the class.

 Albarado was happy to accommodate the request, bringing along jockey’s equipment – a riding crop, helmet and silks.   After reading to the class, he took a number of questions from the students and passed around his equipment.  He also gave the children photos and jockey trading cards.
 
"I was truly honored to be invited to read to the class of first graders yesterday at Squires Elementary School,” said Albarado.  “I really enjoyed interacting with the class and was happy that I could be part of it."

Such an appearance is not unusual for Albarado who frequently gives his time for such requests in Lexington and Louisville.  A native of New Orleansand now a Louisville resident, he rides regularly at Keeneland and Churchill Downs.  He is also the founder of the Robby Albarado Foundation, headquartered in Louisville, which was established to give back to the community by improving and enriching the lives of young people through personal involvement, volunteerism and financial support.

 “Robby is unselfish with his time, especially when it comes to helping children,” said Terry Meyocks, National Manager of the Jockeys’ Guild.  “He is involved in the community and is a great ambassador for racing.”                         

 

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Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Castellano's appeal of ban denied but judge rules he may ride

Castellano was suspended six days for his ride in the Breeders' Cup Marathon, in which he allowed his mount, Prince Will I Am, to come off the rail and interfere with Romp, nearly unseating jockey Martin Garcia. In turn, Romp bothered A.U. Miner and Calvin Borel, who would later seek out and get into a fistfight with Castellano in the Churchill Downs winner's circle.

It is unclear exactly why the racing commission denied Castellano's appeal, although in the last 18 months the commission has attempted to put a stop to what it believes are frivolous appeals.

The primary reason Castellano appealed the suspension was to ride Ave in Sunday's $2.2 million Commemorative Cup in Japan. Castellano has a signed contract to with the Japanese Racing Association to participate in that race, according to his agent, Matt Muzikar.

Following the commission's denial of the appeal, Castellano retained the services of Kentucky attorney Joel Turner, who sought and received a temporary injunction and stay from Judge Phillip Shepherd in Franklin County Circuit Court in Frankfort, Ky., that denies the racing commission from enforcing the suspension.

In his four-page ruling, Shepherd concluded that it is unfair for Castellano to have to serve six days without a hearing.

"The Petitioner's injury from the Commission's attempt to immediately impose the penalty [a six-day suspension] before the final adjudication of his administrative appeal is real, immediate, and irreparable," Shepherd wrote. "By virtue of reciprocity laws, the Petitioner's ability to earn living as a jockey in other states and countries, will be immediately terminated for the days in question, if a stay of the Commission's suspension is not issued."

"As far as we know, the KHRC has never denied a jockey a stay pending due process right to an appeal," Mindy Coleman, counsel for the Jockey's Guild, said in a press release. "In effect, the KHRC is making Javier serve his penalty before the matter is adjudicated. Only once in the past four years has a suspension of more than three days been handed out to a jockey in Kentucky.

"On March 17, 2010, the KHRC changed the regulation regarding appeals of rulings to include what constitutes a frivolous appeal and additional penalties for such," Coleman added. "Since that time, the Guild has asked on numerous occasions that the KHRC consider allowing jockeys to be able to ride a designated race during a rider's suspension, as it is done in other major racing jurisdictions. There is yet to be consideration of that request by the Rules Committee or the Racing Commission, not to mention a number of other issues we wanted to discuss with them." 
David Grening/Daily Racing Form

 

Thursday, November 04, 2010

DeShawn Parker Named Jockey of the Week

Parker ranked second nationally by wins through Tuesday with 306 and trails only Ramon Dominguez, who has 316. Parker’s most lucrative victory of the week came aboard Don’t Shoot, who won a one-mile, 70-yard allowance race at Mountaineer Race Track on Tuesday.

One of the nation’s tallest jockeys at 5-feet, 10-inches, Parker has been one of the top riders on the Ohio and West Virginia circuits.

Originally from Cincinnati, Parker’s family has been part of the horse racing industry for five decades. His father, Darryl, became America’s first black steward when he was hired by Thistledown in 1986 after working in the horse racing industry since 1964.

“Basically, the reason I’m riding today is because of him,” Deshawn Parker said of his father. “I always hung around him when he was a pony boy, and when he became the clerk of scales in Cleveland, I got to sit in the jockeys’ room and I just loved it. He’s definitely my main influence.”

Parker was one of five nominees for the 2009 Santa Anita George Woolf Memorial Jockey Award—a peer-voted award which recognizes riders whose character and accomplishments bring esteem to the sport. Thoroughbred Times TODAY

Thursday, November 04, 2010

JOCKEYS’ GUILD ANNOUNCES NEWLY ELECTED SENATE MEMBERS

Among other responsibilities, the Senate determines the levels of dues and assessments and selects Chairman of the Board and other corporate officers.  Senate members are elected for a two-year term and will be inducted into the Senate at the Guild’s Annual Meeting to be held in Tucson, Arizona on December 6th and 7th. 

 

“The Guild sincerely appreciates the work and support of the previous Senate members and looks forward to working with the newly elected members to further the goals of the Guild,” said Terry Meyocks, National Manager of the Jockeys’ Guild.  “It is essential for the participation of dedicated riders so the Guild can work with all other industry participants to improve the sport of racing.”

 

The list of Guild Senate members follows:

 


Eastern

Joe Bravo

Javier Castellano

Ramon Dominguez

Stewart Elliot

Mike Luzzi

Deshawn Parker

Mario Pino

Edgar Prado

John R. Velazquez

 

Central

Robby Albarado

Jesse Campbell

Joel Campbell

Jon Court

Perry Compton

Jerry LaSala

Glen Murphy

Rodney Prescott

Eddie Razo

 

Western

David Flores

Garret Gomez

Casey Lambert

Mike Smith

Joe Talamo

G.R. Carter

Jay Conklin

Cody Jensen

Freddie Martinez


 

The 27 Senate members are elected by fellow members of the Guild, with nine from each of three regions.

 

           

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Contact:  Jockeys’ Guild, Inc. 

                (859) 305-0606              

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