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‘At First, I Thought I Was Done’: Espinoza Back In The Saddle After Fractured Vertebra

After a near seven-month absence, popular Hall of Fame jockey Victor Espinoza, a winner of the 2015 Triple Crown with American Pharoah, will return to the saddle on Monday at Santa Anita, as he’s been named to ride Irish-bred Gallantlystreaming in the first race for Hronis Racing, LLC and trainer John Sadler. Sidelined due to […]

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Baffert ‘Getting Some Changes’ From Talented Coliseum With New Equipment

Godolphin homebred Coliseum is obviously talented, but his personality has proven difficult for Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert to manage. The 3-year-old son of Tapit out of Grade 1 winner Game Face first excited Kentucky Derby dreams with his 6 3/4-length debut victory at Del Mar in November, but missed the break in the Jan. […]

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‘Disagreement Among Doctors’ Has Comebacking Victor Espinoza In Holding Pattern

Victor Espinoza’s next workout on a Thoroughbred is on hold pending further medical evaluation, his agent, Brian Beach, said Friday morning at Santa Anita. The 46-year-old Hall of Fame jockey and Triple Crown winner worked his first horse last Saturday after an absence of more than five months recovering from serious injuries in a training […]

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Joe Harper To Receive Eclipse Award Of Merit

The National Thoroughbred Racing Association, Daily Racing Form and the National Turf Writers and Broadcasters today announced that Joe Harper, who has led the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club over the past 40 years and enabled Del Mar to become one of North America’s most successful racetracks, has been selected to receive the Eclipse Award of […]

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‘Everything Is Going Well’ For Espinoza, Could Return In Mid-January

Victor Espinoza could resume his riding career next month after recovering from serious injuries in a training mishap at Del Mar last July 22. “He’s in Mexico right now visiting his family,” said Espinoza’s agent, Brian Beach, Monday morning at Santa Anita’s Clockers’ Corner. “He posted a video of himself online chopping down a tree, […]

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Van Dyke Voted 2018 Breakthrough Jockey Of The Year

The 2014 Eclipse Award winner for Outstanding Apprentice Jockey, Drayden Van Dyke was unanimously voted TVG Breakthrough Jockey of the Year for 2018. The award is voted on by a panel of experts who select a Jockey of the Week for JockeyTalk360.com based on weekly riding accomplishments by members of the Jockeys’ Guild, the organization […]

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Del Mar Handle Increases 7.3 Percent During Fall Meet

Following on the heels of a stellar summer season, the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club in Del Mar, Calif., completed its fifth fall meet Sunday, highlighted by gains in total handle and four weeks of safe racing. All sources wagering for the 16-day session totaled $165,289,183, compared to the 2017 total handle of $154,069,710, an increase […]

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Uni Comes From The Clouds To Nab Matriarch Victory

Micheal Dubb, Head of Plains Partners, Robert LaPenta and Bethlehem Stables’ Uni came from near last of a strung-out field to hit the wire first in Sunday’s Grade 1 Matriarch Stakes at Del Mar, crossing the finish a half-length ahead of Daddy Is A Legend. Sent off at odds of 5-1, the 4-year-old daughter of […]

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Del Mar: Field Sizes Drop With Rain, But Meet ‘Finishing Especially Strong’

Entering the final week of the Del Mar meeting, the racing office could anticipate average field size numbers for the fall meeting to be close to the outstanding 8.5 of 2017. Then rains hit Thursday and carried over into Friday. Seven races were taken off the Jimmy Durante Turf Course and switched to the main […]

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Espinoza ‘Stronger Day By Day,’ Could Return To The Saddle In January

Hall of Fame jockey Victor Espinoza was back at Del Mar Saturday for the first time since incurring a fractured vertebra and spinal cord trauma in a training accident here on July 22. The official duties for Espinoza were to present the trophy to the winner of the Grade I $300,000 Hollywood Derby – which […]

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