Derek Ryan

‘I Never Let It Get Into My Head’: Jesus Castanon Celebrates 2,500th Winner

Jesus Castanon knew he was one victory shy of 2,500 when he entered the starting gate on Tearless in Saturday’s third race at Tampa Bay Downs, the second leg of the Fillies and Mares Division of the Tampa Turf Test starter handicap series. But when the race started, the 45-year-old jockey put the impending milestone […]

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Castanon: Tampa Bay Downs ‘A Good Place To Be’

Further proof this probably is the highest-quality jockey colony in Tampa Bay Downs history arrived Friday in the form of two victories by jockey Jesus L. Castanon. The 43-year-old Mexico City native, who won back-to-back titles at Tampa in 2003-2004 and 2004-2005, vaulted to national prominence in 2011 when he rode Shackleford to a Preakness […]

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Irish Jasper Continues Winning Ways In Victory Ride

Derek Ryan’s Irish Jasper made it three wins in a row with an open-lengths score in the Grade 3, $150,000 Victory Ride Stakes Saturday at Belmont Park. Ridden in midpack early by Javier Castellano, Irish Jasper came with a rush to take the lead in mid-stretch and pull away, crossing the wire in a time […]

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Irish Jasper Rallies Up Rail For Miss Preakness Score

Derek Ryan’s Irish Jasper surged up the inside under jockey Kendrick Carmouche to capture her first graded stakes in the Grade 3, $150,000 Adena Springs Miss Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course Friday. Sitting well off a hot pace contested by Windy Forecast and Super Saks, Irish Jasper made a bid from mid-pack at the […]

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Breeders’ Cup presents Fresh Faces: The 19-Year-Old Trainer

Liam Benson took out his trainer’s license in 2013 and saddled his first winner the same year at Colonial Downs. He currently has four wins from 47 starts and has finished in the money eight times out of 31 starts so far this year. The 19-year-old Benson learned under Derek Ryan and Steve Asmussen and […]

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Trainer Derek Ryan hopes luck turns with Cigar Mile

After several near misses in big races this year, trainer Derek Ryan hopes that Musket Man can give him a big win in the Cigar Mile to end the year.

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BLAME EDGES PAST QUALITY ROAD IN NARROW WHITNEY WIN

Blame proved his class by edging out Quality Road to win the Grade I Whitney handicap at Saratoga. Read it at the Thoroughbred Times WHITNEY (G1) QUOTES  Al Stall, Jr., winning trainer of Blame (No. 2): “I’m thrilled to death for everyone involved. The fact we were within four or five lengths from the three-eighths […]

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DEREK RYAN: WHAT IS IT? EVERYBODY’S AFRAID TO BEAT PLETCHER?

Musket Man’s trainer Derek Ryan had some choice words for the connections of Haynesfield, implying that they did not run the race they had intended to run. “What happened to the setup,” asked Ryan. “Haynesfield was supposed to run with Quality Road. It was in all the papers…What is it? Everybody’s afraid to beat […]

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SCHOOLYARD DREAMS WORKS BULLET AT MONMOUTH; TO ARRIVE MAY 14

PRESS RELEASE Winning the Kentucky Derby is a life changing experience. Capturing America’s most famous race as both an owner and breeder is living a dream. Super Saver’s Kentucky Derby win last Saturday did both for WinStar Farms.   “A friend asked me if I am getting tired of the phone calls,” said […]

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