Jockeys

Report: Top British Jockey Lester Piggott Improving After Hospitalization

Top British jockey Lester Piggott is said to be improving after being hospitalized last weekend. Piggott, who has a history of cardiac problems, is undergoing a series of routine tests but is in good spirits, according to his family. Piggott, 83, rode the winners of nine Epsom Derbys and 5,300 races during his career. Stateside, […]

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De Sousa Captures International Jockeys Championship At Happy Valley

Born in Brazil, but representing Great Britain, Silvestre de Sousa scored points in all four legs of the LONGINES International Jockeys Championship at Happy Valley tonight (Wednesday, 5 December) to run out the convincing and deserved winner. But that does not do justice to the drama of the evening, with the outcome only being decided […]

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Hawthorne Cancels Portion Of Thursday Card Due To Melting Ice

Hawthorne Race Course canceled the last five races on Thursday due to unsafe track conditions. Rising temperatures started melting the underlying ice on the racetrack, causing uneven footing for the horses. After consultation between track officials and the jockeys, it was decided that, for safety’s sake, to cancel until Friday. All carryover pools from Thursday’s […]

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Hard-Working Samy Camacho Improves In Fourth Tampa Bay Downs Season, Picks Up Jockey Of The Month Award

Samy Camacho arrived at Tampa Bay Downs brimming with confidence after finishing third at the Gulfstream Park summer meeting with 46 victories and sixth at Gulfstream Park West this fall with 24. After riding 100 winners here last season to finish second to Antonio Gallardo, it’s logical to expect Camacho to contend for top honors. […]

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Thoroughbred Racing Commentary: Swedish Jockey Says Whip Use A Safety Issue

Thoroughbred Racing Commentary’s Geir Stabell interviews Per-Anders Gråberg, a top jockey in Sweden who rides throughout Europe, about the varying whip use rules in different countries. While Gråberg is opposed to flagrant use of the riding crop, he believes outlawing the whip entirely would be dangerous for the sport. He specifically discusses the strict rules in Norway, […]

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Gilligan Pens Book About Son’s Pursuit Of Jockey Career

Patrick Gilligan has released a book about relocating to America so his son Jack could pursue his dream of becoming a jockey. Around Kentucky—with the Bug! is about fathers and sons, professional sport and what it takes to succeed. The book is peppered with stories about love, life, travel and reflection while offering brilliant insight […]

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Lost and Found Presented By Horseware: Elvis Hasn’t Left The Building Yet

Elvis Trujillo, statistically idle since spring after riding more than 2,000 career winners, is targeting the first of the year for his return to action. He has been tuning up by riding each morning for his uncle, trainer Jose Corrales, at Laurel Park. He is capitalizing on his temporary afternoon freedom by spending time with […]

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Saez Bids For Three Straight Championship Meet Titles At Gulfstream

From the time he first set foot in South Florida as a teenage apprentice nearly a decade ago, Luis Saez’s humble, easy-going nature has contrasted with a competitiveness and talent that has seen him develop into one of the best jockeys in the country. Shy and soft-spoken off the track, the now 26-year-old Saez prefers […]

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Jockey Mike ‘Ziggy’ Ziegler Dies At Age 52

A visitation is scheduled for Friday in St. Paul, Minn., for jockey Mike Ziegler, who passed away Nov. 13. Affectionately known as “Ziggy” by family and friends, the Minnesota native began his racing career at Canterbury Park as a hot walker. He rode his first race two years later at Erie Downs in Pennsylvania. Ziegler […]

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Frankie Dettori Again Captures World’s Best Jockey Honor

Legendary rider Lanfranco “Frankie” Dettori will be crowned the 2018 Longines World’s Best Jockey this December in Hong Kong. He has won the award twice in the last four years, as he first took the title in 2015. Showing his versatility, Dettori won eight of the world’s Top 100 Group or Grade 1 races aboard […]

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