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Thursday, September 29, 2011

Lezcano Named TT TODAY Jockey of the Week

Lezcano guided multiple Grade 2 winner To Honor and Serve to a 2 ¼-length victory in the Pennsylvania Derby. It was the first stakes win for the three-year-old Bernardini colt since he closed his two-year-old season with victories in the Nashua (G2) and Remsen (G2) Stakes.

Lezcano, 26, currently ranks 11th among all North American riders by purse earnings for the year through Tuesday with $7,281,249.

Originally from Panama, Lezcano came to the U.S. in 2003 after attending the Laffit Pincay Jockey School in his native country. After winning his first race in March 2004, Lezcano has stayed primarily on the East Coast, racing in New Jersey and Florida.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011


 On that day, both Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse jockeys are being asked to contribute a losing mount fee to the “Jacky Martin Fund” to help with costs associated with the long-term care for the champion Quarter Horse jockey who was paralyzed after a spill at Ruidoso Downs on September 2 when his horse, Phire Power, broke down after the finish of the sixth race.


To bring awareness to Martin, and in his honor, jockeys will be riding with a boot decal with Jacky’s name.


Because of the considerable costs associated with Jacky’s injuries, his medical care and needs will exceed well beyond the limit of the $500,000 on-track insurance policy provided by Ruidoso Downs.


“It is critically important that the funds raise enough money to help with the long-term care for Jacky,” said Terry Meyocks, national manager of the Jockeys’ Guild.  “Insurance only covers so much of the needed costs.  We are asking jockeys and individuals to help Jacky carry on his life after this catastrophic event.  All donations are appreciated.”


Tax deductible donations can be made to the fund by sending a check made out to the Ruidoso Downs Race Track Chaplaincy at P.O. Box 449, Ruidoso Downs, NM  88346.  It is important to write on the memo line “Jacky Martin Fund” to ensure that the money is contributed to the Jacky Martin Fund.


R.D. and Joan Dale Hubbard have generously donated $100,000 to seed the fund.


Martin was named Jockey of the year in 2010 and has won the All-American Futurity seven times.  He is a member of the Ruidoso Hall of Fame.  He is currently in rehabilitation at the TIRR Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston, Texas.  It is the same facility that treated Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords.


Contact: Jockeys’ Guild  (859) 523-5625

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Leparoux Named TT TODAY Jockey of the Week

Leparoux, 28, won the Canadian Stakes (Can-G2) aboard Never Retreat and then turned in a splendidly timed ride aboard Turallure in the Ricoh Woodbine Mile Stakes (Can-G1).

Turallure entered the stretch in eighth position, but Leparoux patiently waited for a clearing along the rail and guided the four-year-old colt to victory.

“Congratulations to Julien Leparoux,” winning trainer Charles Lopresti said. “That was a heckuva ride. I didn’t think he was going to get through at the top of the lane, but when he got out, he came running.”

Leparoux currently ranks sixth among all riders through Tuesday by purse earnings for the year with $9,694,261.

He is a member of one of racing’s most exclusive clubs after winning the Eclipse Award as outstanding apprentice jockey in 2006 and as outstanding jockey in 2009. Only Racing Hall of Fame members Steve Cauthen, Kent Desormeaux, and Chris McCarron have also completed that Eclipse Award double.

Monday, September 19, 2011

Jockey World Launches Online Academy

 The Academy is an online education program that offers a solid foundation for individuals with a desire to further their knowledge or pursue a career in the horse racing industry. Individuals who enroll in the Academy will study information covering a broad range of topics in order to gain insight into the horse racing industry. After successful completion of the coursework, students will receive a Certificate of Achievement and will have gained the knowledge to pursue a career in horse racing.

Jockey World Academy is a comprehensive online study course that provides a beneficial and valuable education into the world of horse racing. It offers anyone with a true passion for horse racing a greater foundation of knowledge that will enhance career building opportunities and achieve a much better understanding of the sport. We are excited to extend this opportunity to all individuals and look forward to it being a success!” Frank Lovato, Jr. stated.

Lovato consulted and collaborated with master educator Fred Clemons to develop the program’s curriculum. All coursework materials, modules, and exams will be given online. Specific enrollment and program details are explained at

For more information, contact Jockey World at or visit the web site at


Frank Lovato, Jr. is also the creator and host of Jockey World Radio, Jockey Camp and of the Equicizer, the #1 training tool used by jockeys world-wide.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

CDI Will Not Renew Jockeys' Guild Contract

Ron Mitchell/The Blood-Horse
The agreement, which provides per-starter and per-race-day fees to the Guild, amounts to approximately $330,000 per year to the Guild and is similar to those in place between the Guild and other major racetracks. In exchange for the payments, jockeys waive their right to payments for the use of riders’ television rights for simulcasting and promotional purposes.

CDI spokeswoman Julie Koenig-Loignon said the company will “continue to do our part and pay our fair share to keep jockeys safe while they compete at our facilities,” including continuing to pay for on-track accident insurance for jockeys that covers them for up to $1 million per incident. CDI also said it has met all of the requirements for jockey health and safety mandated by the National Thoroughbred Racing Association’s Safety and Integrity Alliance.

“Because jockeys are independent contractors and not employed by our tracks, we believe they must work with other members of the industry to address any need for compensation, benefits or insurance coverage that is not related to on-track events,” Koenig-Loignon said in an e-mail. “The financial support offered through our 2007-2011 agreement with the Jockeys’ Guild was designed to help with off-track needs.

“We have taken responsibility for providing jockeys with on-track insurance coverage and providing for their safety and well being when they are conducting business at our facilities,” the spokeswoman said. “CDI stands behind its commitment to the safety of the athletes who race at our facilities. We are doing our part and paying our fair share, and that’s not changing. CDI tracks have also met all of the additional requirements regarding the health and safety of jockeys as mandated by the NTRA’s Safety and Integrity Alliance, and our four tracks either have been or are in the process of being re-accredited this year.”

Terry Meyocks, the Guild’s national manager, said he believed the organization had a good working relationship with CDI up until several weeks ago when it became apparent the racetrack operating company was not interested in negotiating the contract.

He said “all options” are on the table as the Guild considers how to deal with the CDI decision and the loss of money to the organization.
Thursday, September 15, 2011

Bejarano Named TT TODAY Jockey of the Week

After finishing the Del Mar meet ranked second in wins and earnings,
Bejarano took his game on the road last week and secured a
pair of stakes wins at Louisiana Downs.
 The 29-year-old native of Peru guided Prayer for Relief to victory in the $500,000 Super Derby (G2) and Golden Yank in the $100,000 Unbridled Stakes.

Those two victories pushed Bejarano to the top of the list of North American leading jockeys by earnings for the week ended September 13.

Bejarano and Prayer for Relief have teamed to win graded stakes at three different tracks this season as they also captured the West Virginia Derby (G2) at Mountaineer Race Track and the Iowa Derby (G3) at Prairie Meadows.

For the year, Bejarano ranks fifth in North American mount earnings with $10,425,849 through Tuesday.

Thursday, September 08, 2011

Ramon Dominguez Named TT TODAY Jockey of the Week

Dominguez guided State of Play to victory in the With Anticipation Stakes (G2), filly Havre de Grace to a win in the Woodward Stakes (G1), and Grace Hall to victory in the Spinaway Stakes (G1).

The big week helped Dominguez the reigning Eclipse Award-winning rider, surge past John Velazquez on this year’s earnings list. Dominguez boasts mount earnings of $12,644,990 through Tuesday.
Friday, September 02, 2011

Hannaford Supermarkets and NYRA Donate $7,000 to PDJF

 From NYRA Communications Department

Representatives from Hannaford Supermarkets and NYRA made the presentation to the non-profit organization during a special breakfast earlier this week with Saratoga’s top riders for the winners of the 2011 Jockey Autograph Book Golden Ticket Contest. The golden tickets were found exclusively within the books available for the first time this summer at Hannaford Supermarkets.


A portion of the funds were collected through voluntary contributions from track patrons and Hannaford customers throughout the 2011 Saratoga meet. Hannaford and NYRA each matched the customer contributions to bring the donation total to $7,000.


“Hannaford Supermarkets is honored to showcase the tremendous outpouring of support from our customers through today’s donation to the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund,” said Hannaford Supermarkets District Manager Dennis Martin. “The Jockey Autograph Book is a true family tradition at Saratoga and one which all of us at Hannaford are proud to be a part of for the 2011 meet.”


“The jockey colony at Saratoga Race Course not only thrills us each day with outstanding racing, but also provides thousands of memories for families who visit the track each year,” said NYRA Executive Vice President Hal Handel. “We are privileged to partner with Hannaford Supermarkets to support such a cause dedicated to providing assistance to former jockeys who have suffered life-changing on-track injuries.”


The exclusive meet and greet breakfast, held on the Clubhouse porch at Saratoga Race Course, featured Saratoga’s top jockeys, including John Velazquez, Ramon Dominguez and Travers Stakes winner Javier Castellano.


The colorful, 20-page Jockey Autograph Book features a full page for each of the top 12 leading jockeys, listed by number of wins at Saratoga in 2010 along with photos and fun facts for each.


The jockey books have been distributed randomly to fans at Saratoga Race Course and available at the Saratoga Style vendor tent each Thursday of the 2011 meet. The jockey books were also made available for the first time outside of the track at the customer service desk of participating Hannaford stores with a voluntary contribution to benefit the PDJF.


Racing fans also have one final opportunity to purchase official Saratoga Race Course merchandise at Hannaford stores. Available through Labor Day, Hannaford will exclusively feature the following merchandise: Saratoga Race Course red and white baseball cap; Saratoga Race Course red and white visor; Saratoga Race Course stainless steel travel mug; and a Saratoga Race Course water bottle.




Friday, September 02, 2011


From NYRA Communications Department
Velazquez, currently the leading jockey at the 2011 Saratoga meet, now has 650 victories at the Spa, surpassing Cordero, his agent and mentor, who retired with 649 wins.


They both trail retired Hall of Famer Jerry Bailey, who sits atop the leader board with 693 visits to the Saratoga winner’s circle.


“This means a lot,” said Velazquez, who has 49 winners so far this meet. “To be right next to Angel Cordero and follow in Jerry Bailey’s footsteps is a great accomplishment. There are no other words to describe it.”


Velazquez was congratulated in the winner’s circle by Cordero and trainer Todd Pletcher, who owns and trains Sweet Cat.


“I'm glad for him,” said Cordero. “I know I was happy when I did it.”


Rounding out the top five in wins among jockeys at Saratoga are Hall of Famers Edgar Prado and Pat Day, with 423 and 399 victories, respectively.


Velazquez, 39, is the career leader in purses earned at Saratoga, with more than $39 million and counting. Bailey is second all-time in purses at the Spa with $38 million.

Thursday, September 01, 2011

Javier Castellano Named TT TODAY Jockey of the Week

Castellano, 33, posted a pair of Grade 1 victories on August 27 at Saratoga Race Course with Hilda’s Passion in the $250,000 Ballerina Stakes and Stay Thirsty in the $1-million Travers Stakes.

Through Tuesday, the Venezuela native boasts four Grade 1 victories at the current Saratoga meet, where he ranks first in purse earnings with $3,482,108.

Castellano guided Hilda’s Passion to a front-running victory and his approach to ask for more speed early from Stay Thirsty paid off with a decisive victory in the 1 14-mile Travers.

For the year, Castellano ranks fourth in North America bymount earnings with $10,560,148.


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