Ebanks ‘blindsided and shocked’ by Rosario sacking

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Joel Rosario, who moved to New York from Southern California in late June in hopes of taking his career to the next level, has fired his agent for the second time in two and a half years, switching from Ron Ebanks to Ron Anderson, effective with the next Saratoga condition book that starts Aug. 7.

Fourth in the Saratoga jockey standings by races won going into today’s program (65 mounts, 8-11-9), Rosario ranks sixth nationally by money won. The 27-year-old native of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, had his best year in 2010, finishing third in the national standings with earnings of $15.9 million. He has been in the top 10 every year since 2009, when his mounts were booked by Vic Stauffer. Rosario hired Ebanks in March 2010. Anderson becomes his fifth agent since coming to the U.S. in 2006.

“I was completely blindsided and shocked,” said Ebanks, an ebullient racetrack character known as the “Love Man.” “I’m broken-hearted. I liked him so much and thought we had such a good relationship. Never had a cross word. I was shocked when he called me last night to say he had bad news.  I thought maybe he got hurt. I thought we were doing amazing, and we just got here. Business was increasing every day.”

Rosario has won riding titles at all three major Southern California tracks (Santa Anita, Hollywood Park, Del Mar) since shifting his base from Northern California and once won six races on a single card at Hollywood Park in 2009. He began his career in his native country, graduating from a jockey school there at the age of 15.

Anderson, who began his career as a jockey agent in Southern California in 1973, has worked for Hall of Famers Gary Stevens, Jerry Bailey and Kent Desormeaux, along with Corey Nakatani, Garrett Gomez, David Flores, and Chris Antley. From 2001-09, his jockeys won seven North American money titles (Bailey, 2001-03, Gomez 2006-09). He said his first big break came in 1980 when Fernando Toro hired him. The two had a relationship that lasted 10 years.

 He currently has Alan Garcia’s book and plans to continue handling Garcia and Rosario.

“Joel wanted to make sure Alan was OK with it,” Anderson said. “I’ve had two guys in the past and always made it work.”

Anderson called Rosario “an awfully, awfully good rider. I don’t know him real well, but I think he’s got the right attitude, the right demeanor. I’m very impressed with his ability and his way of doing business. I’m very excited.

“He’s extremely strong, seems very durable and adaptable. He has adapted very well, and this place is not easy to find your way sometimes. He’s been very well received. I can see it with a lot of the horsemen I’ve talked with this morning.

“I like his demeanor. He’s soft-spoken, not cocky at all. Lots of times guys his age who have had some success think they know everything.”

Anderson said he plans to keep Rosario in New York and then head to Florida for the winter. “I can’t see an upside going back to California,” he said. “There’s not enough horses, not enough opportunity. Opportunities in New York day in and day out far outweigh California. For someone like him trying to get to the next level, I just can’t see it. If you want to get to Eclipse Award stature, you’re not going to achieve that in California riding four days a week.”

Ebanks, who has been based in the East, Midwest, and California over the years, has booked mounts for a number of top riders, including Joe Talamo, Shane Sellers, Pat Valenzuela, Mark Guidry, Jorge Chavez, Tyler Baze, Michael Baze, and Chris Antley. He said his immediate plans were to spend time with family in New Orleans.

“I asked what caused it,” Ebanks said of his conversation with Rosario. “He said, ‘It’s just what I want to do.’ He told me he shouldn’t have left California, but then said he’s going to stay in New York. It doesn’t make sense. Then he told me he didn’t think he was riding the best horses for the best trainers and that he was on too many claimers.

“I’m very proud of the job I’ve done with him and the success we’ve had. I worked really hard for him and it’s just starting to pay off. It’s like flying a kite. Getting the kite up in the air is the hard part. Once it’s there, anyone can fly it.”

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  • McGov

    “I was shocked when he called me last night to say he had bad news.”Fired over the phone?!?  That’s class.  Why didn’t you just text him Rosario?  It’s called respect Rosario, you have to look a man in the eye when you fire him.

  • Triplecrownquest

    Too many claimers?  What the!#$….Did not think Rosario was that kind of person.  Hold your head up Ronnie E !  You will pick up another top rider…sadly..another agent will have to get fired for that to happen..cuthroat business this is….

  • Triplecrownquest

    Too many claimers?  What the!#$….Did not think Rosario was that kind of person.  Hold your head up Ronnie E !  You will pick up another top rider…sadly..another agent will have to get fired for that to happen..cuthroat business this is….

  • guest

    I’ve heard from several trainers who asked to ride Joel and Ron Ebanks didn’t even have the common courtesy to return there phone calls and left them hanging.  Joel was upset when he found out why he lost mounts from these trainers.

    • Triplecrownquest

      If that is true…then Rosario had every right and probably should have switched agents.  Tough biz.

  • guest

    I’ve heard from several trainers who asked to ride Joel and Ron Ebanks didn’t even have the common courtesy to return there phone calls and left them hanging.  Joel was upset when he found out why he lost mounts from these trainers.

  • Triplecrownquest

    If that is true…then Rosario had every right and probably should have switched agents.  Tough biz.

  • http://twitter.com/matthew_melton Matthew Melton

    He has the right to hire whoever he wants.  I think it’s surprising because Rosario is doing so well.  I’m not sure how he expected to immediately get the very top mounts over established NY/Toga circuit riders such as Ramon and Javier, Julien et al

    • GUEST

      I thougt that was very true statement  legend agent RON EBANK STEAD agent ron anderson never made a rider from the bottom up just got rider.  flying HIGH up like the kite them kind of rider all you have to do is keep the kite high …good agent but he been very very depress the last month he been working like a big SHARK- and had his little fish friends working on them. 4rider julien leparoux , johnny velasquez,garrett gomez and joel rosario….and the way he work is been a very classes way …GOD DOESN’T LIKE UGLY…WHAT GO AROUND COME AROUND   …THEY BOTH DESVER EACH OTHER TWO CLASSES PEOPLE plus agent ron anderson when dead in claforina that why he came back to the east -coast-AGENT RON EBANK WAS DOING A GREAT JOB AND HIS DOOR CLOSE BUT WHEN YOU DO THE WRIGHT THING MANY DOOR……..!!!!
       ….

      • Papabear

        This may be one of the dumbest posts I’ve ever seen. Seriously. Comparing Ron Anderson to Ron Eubanks is like comparing a Rolls Royce to a 54 Ford Fairlane. Ron A is always prepared. He walks around with a binder always. When a trainer gets a good one he’s one of the first ones on the scene. When a jock is in a switch he knows before the trainer does and he’s on it. He’s got great contacts. Well respected.

        He left CA racing cause its terrible. Purses are down, no horses, four horse fields and racing four days a week. NY is a different animal. Way more competitive. Better horses. You can’t walk around blind with no data and not return calls and expect to.make it. In CA you can do it all day cause there are no horses. But in NY your competing with Steve Rushing and better agents. There is more horses, more money and more competition.

        • race fan 74

          yeah, but Papabear… Ebanks wears a jaunty fedora…. isn’t that enough???  LOL

      • James D. Jimenez

        This is your mind on drugs!!!!! My god what is this post about??????????

      • Shotawad

        Ron Anderson left Gomez for dead in CA, he had no business at all. I also heard he was trying to reel in some of the jockeys that you mentioned, he only goes after top commodities.

  • http://twitter.com/matthew_melton Matthew Melton

    He has the right to hire whoever he wants.  I think it’s surprising because Rosario is doing so well.  I’m not sure how he expected to immediately get the very top mounts over established NY/Toga circuit riders such as Ramon and Javier, Julien et al

  • Cepatton28

    I find it kind of humorous that an agent is upset by being spun for a better chance….

  • Cepatton28

    I find it kind of humorous that an agent is upset by being spun for a better chance….

  • Five2__three

    Ladies and gentlemen this is the reason why you should always have a contract in place. just incase people want to fire you over the phone.

    • Randy in Lakeland

      No contracts for agents. Get on the same page Five2__three.

  • Five2__three

    Ladies and gentlemen this is the reason why you should always have a contract in place. just incase people want to fire you over the phone.

  • Jersey Josh

    ‘guest’ is pretty much correct from the rumbles I’ve heard as well.  Rons cali can of crap doesn’t sell well New York.  Keep an eye on any return calls that Joel gets in the next few days…and who dropped him, that may fill in the blanks for ya

  • Jersey Josh

    ‘guest’ is pretty much correct from the rumbles I’ve heard as well.  Rons cali can of crap doesn’t sell well New York.  Keep an eye on any return calls that Joel gets in the next few days…and who dropped him, that may fill in the blanks for ya

  • Papabear

    Can’t blame him for making this move. I like daloveman a lot but through is if you want to go to the top as a jockey in racing you call Ron Anderson. He’s done it over and over. He’s the only agent in history to win the money title with 3 different jockeys (Stevens, Bailey and Gomez) He is well respected on all circuits. If Rosario wants to be leading the money in the country he hired the right man.

  • Papabear

    Can’t blame him for making this move. I like daloveman a lot but through is if you want to go to the top as a jockey in racing you call Ron Anderson. He’s done it over and over. He’s the only agent in history to win the money title with 3 different jockeys (Stevens, Bailey and Gomez) He is well respected on all circuits. If Rosario wants to be leading the money in the country he hired the right man.

  • stillriledup

    Joel fired Vic Stauffer after Vic turned his career around. People forget Rosario was out of favor until Vic started hustling for him and his career took off under Vic’s tutelage.

  • stillriledup

    Joel fired Vic Stauffer after Vic turned his career around. People forget Rosario was out of favor until Vic started hustling for him and his career took off under Vic’s tutelage.

  • roger

    Can we read the statement from the agent when Joe Talamo left him too.

    • Arazibyapole

      He called Talamo’s father a moron. He has a weird way of getting under these jock’s skin so to speak. 

  • roger

    Can we read the statement from the agent when Joe Talamo left him too.

  • race fan 74

    You and Indian Charlie can call ebanks a “character”, and the love man all you want, but does anyone really like him, or like dealing with him? Ron Anderson is the consumate professional, and the 2 will become a great team.

  • race fan 74

    You and Indian Charlie can call ebanks a “character”, and the love man all you want, but does anyone really like him, or like dealing with him? Ron Anderson is the consumate professional, and the 2 will become a great team.

  • GUEST

    I thougt that was very true statement  legend agent RON EBANK STEAD agent ron anderson never made a rider from the bottom up just got rider.  flying HIGH up like the kite them kind of rider all you have to do is keep the kite high …good agent but he been very very depress the last month he been working like a big SHARK- and had his little fish friends working on them. 4rider julien leparoux , johnny velasquez,garrett gomez and joel rosario….and the way he work is been a very classes way …GOD DOESN’T LIKE UGLY…WHAT GO AROUND COME AROUND   …THEY BOTH DESVER EACH OTHER TWO CLASSES PEOPLE plus agent ron anderson when dead in claforina that why he came back to the east -coast-AGENT RON EBANK WAS DOING A GREAT JOB AND HIS DOOR CLOSE BUT WHEN YOU DO THE WRIGHT THING MANY DOOR……..!!!!
     ….

  • Papabear

    This may be one of the dumbest posts I’ve ever seen. Seriously. Comparing Ron Anderson to Ron Eubanks is like comparing a Rolls Royce to a 54 Ford Fairlane. Ron A is always prepared. He walks around with a binder always. When a trainer gets a good one he’s one of the first ones on the scene. When a jock is in a switch he knows before the trainer does and he’s on it. He’s got great contacts. Well respected.

    He left CA racing cause its terrible. Purses are down, no horses, four horse fields and racing four days a week. NY is a different animal. Way more competitive. Better horses. You can’t walk around blind with no data and not return calls and expect to.make it. In CA you can do it all day cause there are no horses. But in NY your competing with Steve Rushing and better agents. There is more horses, more money and more competition.

  • http://twitter.com/myjockwon Steve

    not a big fan of ebanks but what Joel did is completely class less, this is the eleventh day of the meet an he fires him because he not on top,come on who does this kid think he is.you mean to say he expects to make it to the top in New York in 11 days GOOD LUCK,to Ron Anderson has his work cut out. (deleted)

    • Abe Luna

      Well, looks like J.R. did the right thing, because he’s not only on top of NY, but he’s also on top of the world, after winning the Dubai World Cup and the Kentucky Derby! That’s what he and every jock wants to achieve, and he felt that, with Ebanks, that wasn’t going to happen. People make it sound as if Joel, somehow, betrayed or wasn’t loyal to Ebanks. But then I thought, It’s Joel’s career, not his agent’s. In sports, like in real state, the music or the acting industry, If you think your agent is not doing all he could for you to succeed, you have all the right to fire him and get another. That’s just how it works. It’s business, not personal.

  • http://twitter.com/myjockwon Steve

    not a big fan of ebanks but what Joel did is completely class less, this is the eleventh day of the meet an he fires him because he not on top,come on who does this kid think he is.you mean to say he expects to make it to the top in New York in 11 days GOOD LUCK,to Ron Anderson has his work cut out.when i heard this kid has 5 children spread out over california with different women i new he was no count.

  • race fan 74

    yeah, but Papabear… Ebanks wears a jaunty fedora…. isn’t that enough???  LOL

  • James D. Jimenez

    This is your mind on drugs!!!!! My god what is this post about??????????

  • Barbara

    Ebanks walked right into that one by moving into the shark’s waters with live bait, and where he’d have to actually swim. Hey, I bet Garcia needs a new agent soon;-)

  • Barbara

    Ebanks walked right into that one by moving into the shark’s waters with live bait, and where he’d have to actually swim. Hey, I bet Garcia needs a new agent soon;-)

  • MA

    Did Rosario’s wife decide she didn’t like this one, too?

  • MA

    Did Rosario’s wife decide she didn’t like this one, too?

  • Clem Clemson

    I don’t know why everyone wants to accept Ebanks version of things.  For all we know, Ebanks got home sick and asked Joel to let him go and they agreed on a story that would make it look all okay for Ebanks. Joel is a great rider but he is still a young man who doesn’t really have anyone like a father figure looking out for him. Maybe we wanted Anderson because Anderson could give him some coaching that Ebanks couldn’t. In any case, in any divorce, you never really know the whole story.

  • Clem Clemson

    I don’t know why everyone wants to accept Ebanks version of things.  For all we know, Ebanks got home sick and asked Joel to let him go and they agreed on a story that would make it look all okay for Ebanks. Joel is a great rider but he is still a young man who doesn’t really have anyone like a father figure looking out for him. Maybe we wanted Anderson because Anderson could give him some coaching that Ebanks couldn’t. In any case, in any divorce, you never really know the whole story.

  • Tallstar2006

    Always thought Joel was a bit of a weasel – He also dumped Vic Stouffer who did a huge job for him – OUT OF NO-WHERE!

  • Tallstar2006

    Always thought Joel was a bit of a weasel – He also dumped Vic Stouffer who did a huge job for him – OUT OF NO-WHERE!

  • Randy in Lakeland

    No contracts for agents. Get on the same page Five2__three.

  • Mnatoli

    Like flying a kite eh?  Believe me Joel did all the heavy lifting!

  • Mnatoli

    Like flying a kite eh?  Believe me Joel did all the heavy lifting!

  • Petermillerracing

    Good move Joel !!! Ron Anderson “bucket head” is a
    Great agent !!!

  • Petermillerracing

    Good move Joel !!! Ron Anderson “bucket head” is a
    Great agent !!!

  • Shotawad

    I don’t think Rosario planned to bring Ronnie to NY with him, all along his plan was to hire Ron Anderson. I heard that Ebanks sold his home in CA, way to go Rosario. Two peas in a pod. This is a cut throat business & I’m sure Ronnie got what he deserved.

    This is part of the game. Just like Rosario fired Ebanks, Ebanks has gone after other agents jockeys in the past. Take Tyler Baze for instance, what they did to poor Ivan Puhich was just terrible, especially since they were very good friends for many years. 

  • Shotawad

    I don’t think Rosario planned to bring Ronnie to NY with him, all along his plan was to hire Ron Anderson. I heard that Ebanks sold his home in CA, way to go Rosario. Two peas in a pod. This is a cut throat business & I’m sure Ronnie got what he deserved.

    This is part of the game. Just like Rosario fired Ebanks, Ebanks has gone after other agents jockeys in the past. Take Tyler Baze for instance, what they did to poor Ivan Puhich was just terrible, especially since they were very good friends for many years. 

  • Shotawad

    Ron Anderson left Gomez for dead in CA, he had no business at all. I also heard he was trying to reel in some of the jockeys that you mentioned, he only goes after top commodities.

  • Thelibrarian

    Who cares! All necessary evils of the game!

  • Thelibrarian

    Who cares! All necessary evils of the game!

  • guest

    Ronnie – Just shop around New Orleans for the next great Cajun rider!!

  • guest

    Ronnie – Just shop around New Orleans for the next great Cajun rider!!

  • Arazibyapole

    He called Talamo’s father a moron. He has a weird way of getting under these jock’s skin so to speak. 

  • myjockwon

    i get sooo sick of hearing what a gr 8 agent Meat Head, Bucket Head what ever they call Ron Anderson can anyone name one rider that he made,had STEVENS in his prime got Bailey in his prime, got Gomez in his prime an took Garcia when he was a up an coming rider in new york an has absolutely buried this kid its should be a crime what he’s done to him so don’t tell me what a great agent he is. Ron just wants to fly the kite when it’s in the air he don’t want to work to get it up there.

    • Barbara

      So he gets no credit for taking Stevens and Bailey (and Gomez was close for a couple years there) to absolute “name your mount” superstar status, but he gets all the credit for Alan Garcia’s rides? I’d say what happens next with Rosario is the answer.

      • Barbara

        ANSWERED.

    • Arazibyapole

      That’s a ridiculous comment about the kite. I read that quote from Eubanks himself as well. Is Rosario’s kite up in NY? I don’t think so. In fact hes got his work cut out for him. I’ve watched RA for years, I even had a conversation with Bailey one time and he said he was the BEST EVER. Name an agent who had at least two different riders at number one in the US, RA had three! You cant apply Garcia because he is not a top shelf rider. He’s the Martin Pedroza of the east coast. 

      Bailey was on the decline when he took him, he was seventh in the nation at the time. He went on to win 3 more eclipse awards AFTER the CIGAR era. Gary Stevens had never won a money title. Garret Gomez? Same, had never won a money title either until RA took him to number one. Read the article, between 2001-2009 the guy won SEVEN north american riding titles with two different riders. 

      Ron Eubanks had how many number one riders? Not one. Only other agent that competes with RA is Steve Rushing, Matt Muzikar, and Scottie McClellan in CA. 

      • MA

        EBANKS

      • ruhlmann

        Don’t forget to mention agent “Tony Matos” as one of the best. He’s won 6 KY Derbys & represented some of the best jockeys. What a great job he did with an average rider like “Victor Espinoza”. Now he’s working for “Garrett Gomez” & they are starting to crank it up now, especially that Garrett is a 100% healed from his injury. 

  • myjockwon

    i get sooo sick of hearing what a gr 8 agent Meat Head, Bucket Head what ever they call Ron Anderson can anyone name one rider that he made,had STEVENS in his prime got Bailey in his prime, got Gomez in his prime an took Garcia when he was a up an coming rider in new york an has absolutely buried this kid its should be a crime what he’s done to him so don’t tell me what a great agent he is. Ron just wants to fly the kite when it’s in the air he don’t want to work to get it up there.

  • Skiemphf85

    Feel sorry for Ron Ebanks, I don’t think so!!

  • Skiemphf85

    Feel sorry for Ron Ebanks, I don’t think so!!

  • Barbara

    So he gets no credit for taking Stevens and Bailey (and Gomez was close for a couple years there) to absolute “name your mount” superstar status, but he gets all the credit for Alan Garcia’s rides? I’d say what happens next with Rosario is the answer.

  • Arazibyapole

    That’s a ridiculous comment about the kite. I read that quote from Eubanks himself as well. Is Rosario’s kite up in NY? I don’t think so. In fact hes got his work cut out for him. I’ve watched RA for years, I even had a conversation with Bailey one time and he said he was the BEST EVER. Name an agent who had at least two different riders at number one in the US, RA had three! You cant apply Garcia because he is not a top shelf rider. He’s the Martin Pedroza of the east coast. 

    Bailey was on the decline when he took him, he was seventh in the nation at the time. He went on to win 3 more eclipse awards AFTER the CIGAR era. Gary Stevens had never won a money title. Garret Gomez? Same, had never won a money title either until RA took him to number one. Read the article, between 2001-2009 the guy won SEVEN north american riding titles with two different riders. 

    Ron Eubanks had how many number one riders? Not one. Only other agent that competes with RA is Steve Rushing, Matt Muzikar, and Scottie McClellan in CA. 

  • MA

    EBANKS

  • Mr23

    I honestly am very confused with what Rosario told Ebanks in that conversation (if it’s true.) Ebanks is right; it makes no sense. And when he said he was on too many claimers….bizarre. He rode a lot of claimers here in Cali too…..
    Ron Anderson is a jerk. I’m not the only one who thinks this and I’ve seen it with my own eyes and heard it with my own ears. He’s selfish. It’s all about Ron Anderson….And btw people….when you get jockeys like Rosario, Stevens, Bailey and Gomez, it’s not that difficult to get them good mounts. The jocks make the agent, not the other way around. Sorry. 

    • jack

      “Ron Anderson is selfish”….and why is Ebanks unhappy?  Because it is going to cost HIM money

  • Mr23

    I honestly am very confused with what Rosario told Ebanks in that conversation (if it’s true.) Ebanks is right; it makes no sense. And when he said he was on too many claimers….bizarre. He rode a lot of claimers here in Cali too…..
    Ron Anderson is a jerk. I’m not the only one who thinks this and I’ve seen it with my own eyes and heard it with my own ears. He’s selfish. It’s all about Ron Anderson….And btw people….when you get jockeys like Rosario, Stevens, Bailey and Gomez, it’s not that difficult to get them good mounts. The jocks make the agent, not the other way around. Sorry. 

  • Interested

    I heard Ebanks let Anderson have it during the morning draw. I have a had time feeling sorry for anyone involved. I see this ending with Rosario back in SoCal by start of SA and with a new agent.

    • T-Man

      Vic is waiting………….

  • Interested

    I heard Ebanks let Anderson have it during the morning draw. I have a had time feeling sorry for anyone involved. I see this ending with Rosario back in SoCal by start of SA and with a new agent.

  • jack

    “Ron Anderson is selfish”….and why is Ebanks unhappy?  Because it is going to cost HIM money

  • T-Man

    Vic is waiting………….

  • ruhlmann

    Don’t forget to mention agent “Tony Matos” as one of the best. He’s won 6 KY Derbys & represented some of the best jockeys. What a great job he did with an average rider like “Victor Espinoza”. Now he’s working for “Garrett Gomez” & they are starting to crank it up now, especially that Garrett is a 100% healed from his injury. 

  • Thelibrarian

    When he said blindsided & shocked?….I thought he meant blindfolded & shocked….they do call him “Love Man” for a reason you know!

  • Thelibrarian

    When he said blindsided & shocked?….I thought he meant blindfolded & shocked….they do call him “Love Man” for a reason you know!

  • Ernie

     Can’t believe Rosario thinks that way. because he was actually riding some big ones.

    Anyway, Joel Rosario
    isn’t new to changing agents. (Stauffer and Ebanks ring the bell!!).
    But am sure Ron will break into the big barns and plus Ron has booked
    great jockeys like Jerry Bailey, Chris Antley, Gary Stevens, Garrett
    Gomez and Corey Nakatani. I hope Rosario can be in the same sentence as them sooner than I think.

    However, Ramon Dominguez, John Velazquez and Javier Castallano get the 3 top choices of mounts. Actually Rosario
    doesn’t even get 4th choice and that goes to Jose Lezcano. His
    competition right now is Julien Leparoux or Anna Rosie Napravnik for
    getting 5th best mounts right now at the moment.

  • Ernie

    Writing for Brisnet the other day, Dick Powell had some interesting comments on Rosario’s switch of agents.

    Here’s an excerpt:

    HANDICAPPING INSIGHTS AUGUST 3, 2012 by Dick Powell

    “”Speaking of Rosario, it was announced
    this week that he changed agents and will now have Ron Anderson booking
    his mounts. In the cutthroat business of jockey agents, Ronnie Ebanks
    was fired without any inkling that anything was wrong.

    After all, why would Ebanks be worried? They won seven of the past eight
    full meets they competed in, but the rule of the world of agents and
    jockeys is that there are no rules. Going with Anderson is a great move
    since it will raise Rosario’s profile in the major races throughout the
    country. Anderson is as shrewd as they come and is on the short list of
    agents that the big stables look to for the classic races. Ebanks did
    nothing wrong, other than choose a profession that thinks nothing of
    doing what Rosario did.

    I’ll keep the names private, but I know a rider that got hurt and went
    to the sidelines for about six months. His agent didn’t even take on
    another rider and bided his time while his rider got healthy. The rider
    made it back to the races and within a year he had fired the agent that
    had been so loyal to him. If you want loyalty, buy a dog because it
    doesn’t exist in this business.”

  • Ernie

     Can’t believe Rosario thinks that way. because he was actually riding some big ones.

    Anyway, Joel Rosario
    isn’t new to changing agents. (Stauffer and Ebanks ring the bell!!).
    But am sure Ron will break into the big barns and plus Ron has booked
    great jockeys like Jerry Bailey, Chris Antley, Gary Stevens, Garrett
    Gomez and Corey Nakatani. I hope Rosario can be in the same sentence as them sooner than I think.

    However, Ramon Dominguez, John Velazquez and Javier Castallano get the 3 top choices of mounts. Actually Rosario
    doesn’t even get 4th choice and that goes to Jose Lezcano. His
    competition right now is Julien Leparoux or Anna Rosie Napravnik for
    getting 5th best mounts right now at the moment.

  • Ernie

    Writing for Brisnet the other day, Dick Powell had some interesting comments on Rosario’s switch of agents.

    Here’s an excerpt:

    HANDICAPPING INSIGHTS AUGUST 3, 2012 by Dick Powell

    “”Speaking of Rosario, it was announced
    this week that he changed agents and will now have Ron Anderson booking
    his mounts. In the cutthroat business of jockey agents, Ronnie Ebanks
    was fired without any inkling that anything was wrong.

    After all, why would Ebanks be worried? They won seven of the past eight
    full meets they competed in, but the rule of the world of agents and
    jockeys is that there are no rules. Going with Anderson is a great move
    since it will raise Rosario’s profile in the major races throughout the
    country. Anderson is as shrewd as they come and is on the short list of
    agents that the big stables look to for the classic races. Ebanks did
    nothing wrong, other than choose a profession that thinks nothing of
    doing what Rosario did.

    I’ll keep the names private, but I know a rider that got hurt and went
    to the sidelines for about six months. His agent didn’t even take on
    another rider and bided his time while his rider got healthy. The rider
    made it back to the races and within a year he had fired the agent that
    had been so loyal to him. If you want loyalty, buy a dog because it
    doesn’t exist in this business.”

  • Ben K McFadden

    Racing may be the only place the prostitute gets to fire the pimp. Save terms like “class” and “professional” for areas where they apply.

  • Ben K McFadden

    Racing may be the only place the prostitute gets to fire the pimp. Save terms like “class” and “professional” for areas where they apply.

  • Douglas Haas

    Ronnie Ewbank had no problem coming to New Orleans and undermining Tony Martin to get Joe Talamo. He also had no problem dumping Talamo in California. Joel Rosario had a great agent in Vic Stauffer he made him what he is. Two very greedy people that will eventually get their do. Meaning no one will have anything to do with them. We only have, Castellano, John Velasquez, Mike Smith, Garrett Gomez, Raphel Bejarano, Gary Stevens. Leparoux, etc. to ride.

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