Jockeys

‘Proud To Be An American’: French Native Leparoux Becomes U.S. Citizen

Julien Leparoux rode for the first time as a U.S. citizen Thursday at Gulfstream Park. The 34-year-old two-time Eclipse Award-winning jockey became a U.S. citizen Wednesday in Louisville, Ky., in a ceremony attended by his wife, Shea, his son Mitchell and newborn son Vinn. “It was a goal since I came here (in the U.S). […]

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Stevens ‘Feels Like A Kid Again,’ Hard At Work At Oaklawn

Gary Stevens stressed Monday morning that it’s not a working vacation. Stevens had just breezed Cool Alley, an unstarted 3-year-old filly for trainer Mike Johnson, when he outlined his previous day at Oaklawn, where the Hall of Fame jockey is wintering for the first time after previously being based in Southern California. Clearly, Stevens, 54, […]

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Turfway Jockeys Decide Not To Ride After Saturday’s First Two Races

Turfway Park canceled races three through eight on Saturday’s card after the jockey colony elected not to ride, citing cold weather. “The temperature at the time of cancellation was well above the agreed-upon threshold and the wind was negligible. Given those facts, we fully expected to run tonight and were surprised the jockeys chose not to finish the card,” […]

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Jaramillo Out A Week After Spill Before Wire; Bettor Misses $571,000 Payout

Jockey Emisael Jaramillo avoided serious injury when he fell from his mount yards from victory in a juvenile race Thursday at Gulfstream Park. According to his agent, the 40-year-old rider is expected to be out a week with body soreness. In the 10th race, a one-mile maiden claiming event, Jaramillo surged to the lead in […]

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Geroux Off Thursday And Friday Mounts, Dealing With Family Emergency

Jockey Florent Geroux took off all of his mounts for Thursday, Dec. 28 and Friday, Dec. 29 in order to be with his father, former jockey and trainer Dominique Geroux, in Paris, France who is in the hospital following an injury suffered when falling on Christmas morning. Geroux’s agent, Doug Bredar is unsure as to […]

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Jockey Alan Garcia Heading To Oaklawn Park; Donnie Richardson To Handle Book

Jockey Alan Garcia, a mainstay at Woodbine in Toronto the last three years, will be wintering at Oaklawn Park in Hot Springs, Ark., for the first time. Donnie Richardson, the longtime Churchill Downs racing executive who left the Louisville, Ky., track in 2012, will handle his book. Richardson and Garcia worked together previously in 2014 […]

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‘It’s In My Blood’: Torres Embraces New Role As Agent

Former jockey Francisco Torres, whose retirement ceremony took place in the Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots winner’s circle this past Sunday, may not be returning to the saddle, but the 48-year-old leading rider at five different race tracks will be still be as busy as ever as his attention shifts to becoming a jockey’s […]

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Around The Track Podcast Presented By Taylor Made: Hall Of Fame Jockey Ramon Dominguez

At the top of his game, Ramon Dominguez was among the best who ever sat on a horse in a starting gate. His Hall of Fame career, cut short by a devastating spill, began in his native Venezuela and flourished when he came to the U.S. In this episode of Around the Track, Dominguez shares […]

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Four Riders Tabbed As Finalists For Breakthrough Jockey Of The Year

Tyler Gaffalione, Christian Hiraldo, Feargal Lynch and Jomar Torres have been named finalists for JockeyTalk360.com’s 2017 Breakthrough Jockey of the Year Award, presented by Betfair/TVG. The winner will be selected by the panel of racing experts who vote on Jockey of the Week honors for JockeyTalk360.com, the website dedicated to promoting and celebrating the sport […]

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Stakes Are Well Done For Florida-Based Jockey Edgard Zayas

By any measure, Edgard Zayas has enjoyed a highly successful 2017 campaign while riding primarily at Gulfstream Park and Gulfstream Park West. The 24-year-old jockey has ridden the winners of more than 200 races and $6.3 million in purses, but his most impressive statistic is his 26 percent strike rate in stakes races. Zayas, who […]

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