Racetracks, Jockeys, Horsemen Express Support For Black Lives Matter Protests

As protests sparked by the deaths of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor at the hands of white police officers continues around the country, well-known names in racing are expressing support for the Black Lives Matter movement. Belmont Park in Elmont, N.Y., resumed racing for the first time since its COVID-19 shutdown Wednesday, and jockeys there […]

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Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: ‘Instead Of Finding An Excuse, I Tried To Find A Solution’

Jockeys at Santa Anita are currently staying in trailers near the paddock during the race week, a step toward the “new normal” in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. They eat meals together (provided by Santa Anita via local restaurants), have organized group activities in a common area in the evenings, and the living accommodations […]

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Bejarano Hitting Stride After Return To Kentucky

Rafael Bejarano, ranked No. 20 in all-time wins by a jockey at Churchill Downs with 213 victories, is finding early success in his return to Louisville after spending the last 15 years riding in California. “It’s so good to be back home in Kentucky,” Bejarano said as he galloped beneath the Twin Spires on a Phil D’Amato-trained […]

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Dominguez And Moore: Jockeys Must Be Prepared To Compromise When It Comes To The Crop

As the debate about whip use continues on, retired rider Ramon Dominguez and current rider Ryan Moore penned an editorial in Thoroughbred Daily News this week suggesting both jockeys and regulators must compromise to come up with rules that make sense. For too long, Dominguez and Moore said riders have ignored the public’s criticism of […]

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Gulfstream: Journeyman Lebron Keeping His Talents Near South Beach

Jockey Victor Lebron has been the definition of a journeyman jockey during his career, amassing 1,755 victories and $30.7 million in purses-won while riding at racetracks throughout the country. The 35-year-old St. Croix native, however, decided to plant roots in South Florida 13 months ago and he has steadily established himself with the Gulfstream Park […]

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Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: Burke Taking Advantage Of American Opportunities

It’s not her first time beneath the Twin Spires at Churchill Downs, but jockey Julie Burke is definitely glad to be back in the saddle for two mounts there this weekend. With nearly 50 jockeys named on horses each day and trainers shipping horses in from all over the country to compete in full fields, […]

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Hamelin The Latest In A Line Of French Jockeys To Break Into Tough Hong Kong Colony

Antoine Hamelin has made a fine start to his Hong Kong career since emerging from quarantine five weeks ago and the Frenchman is showing no signs of slowing as one of only three jockeys with a full book of nine rides at Happy Valley on Wednesday (13 May). With nine wins to his name from […]

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In Britain, ‘Jockeys Can Expect Things To Look Very Different’ When Racing Resumes

As the British racing industry makes preparations to resume the sport behind closed doors, Racing Post reports that everyone, including jockeys, will be making sacrifices. Professional Jockeys Association chief executive Paul Struthers said riders will not have access to saunas or showers — even cold showers — for fear they could increase the amount of […]

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Five-Win Day At Oaklawn Nets Rosario Jockey Of The Week Honors

With two stakes victories and a five-win day, Joel Rosario was voted the Jockeys’ Guild Foundation Detox Jockey of the Week for April 27-May 3. The award is voted on by a panel of experts for riding accomplishments by members of the Jockeys’ Guild, the organization which represents more than 950 riders in North America. […]

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