Jockeys

Hastings: Five-Win Weekend Propels Jockey Richard Hamel As He Nears 50

For veteran rider Richard Hamel to win two of the three $50,000 stake races at Hastings Racecourse on the weekend was one thing but his sudden rise in the overall jockey standings was another.   Approaching the age of 50, Hamel is determined to prove to himself and his army of staunch supporters that the party […]

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‘PDJF Day Across America’ Scheduled For July 27

Many racetracks across the U.S. are expecting to celebrate the 6th annual “PDJF Day Across America” on Sat., July 27. This is a day of fun, fundraising and awareness-building for the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund (PDJF) with each track working with its local jockey colony to engage fans and patrons. In past years “PDJF Day” […]

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Angel Cruz Shows Heels To Fellow Riders In PDJF Fundraiser Run At Laurel

Angel Cruz, breaking from Post 1 and racing without shoes, sprinted to a quick lead and held off apprentice Julio Correa’s late surge to capture the jockey foot race held Thursday between Races 4 and 5 at Laurel Park in Maryland to benefit the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund. For a minimum $5 donation, fans could […]

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Colonial Downs Mount Fee To Be Highest In Mid-Atlantic After Guild, Virginia HBPA Pact

The Jockeys’ Guild and the Virginia HBPA have reached an agreement on a mount fee schedule for races to be run at Colonial Downs beginning with their opening day, August 8, 2019. The mount fee schedule calls for a minimum fee of $125, the highest in the mid-Atlantic area. Racing is returning to Virginia for […]

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36 Jockeys From Seven Countries Contesting World Jockey Challenge At Indiana Grand

Seven countries will be represented Saturday, June 29, for the sixth annual World Jockey Challenge. A total of 36 jockeys, both Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse, are slated to ride and will accumulate points for their individual countries by finishing among the top four during the 10-race card that begins at 6:15 p.m. The country with […]

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Colombian Jairo Rendon Making Name For Himself At Gulfstream Park

Jockey Jairo Rendon rode his first winner in the U.S. at Gulfstream Park Jan. 14, 2017, visiting the winner’s circle aboard maiden special weight winner Morticia, who would go on to become a highly successful graded stakes winner, unfortunately, without him. Rendon would go to the sidelines after breaking his collarbone in a spill during […]

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Hall Of Famer Julie Krone Launches Junior Jockey Camp In Upstate New York

Hall of Fame jockey Julie Krone, in association with Long Shadows Charitable Foundation, will play host this summer to the first annual Julie Krone Junior Jockey Camp the week of July 22-26 at Long Shadows Farm in Cambridge, N.Y. Designed for ages 12-17, the Junior Jockey Camp will provide campers with an exciting and informative […]

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Velazquez Handed Suspension By Royal Ascot Stewards For Whip Use

Jockey John Velazquez, who finished second in the Group 2 Queen Mary Stakes at Royal Ascot Wednesday aboard Kimari, has been handed a nine-day suspension by stewards there for his ride. Stewards stated the suspension was for “using his whip above the permitted level and in an incorrect place,” according to the Daily Racing Form’s […]

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‘I Feel So In Tune’: Jockey Chantal Sutherland Ready To Tackle Kentucky Racing At Ellis Park

Chantal Sutherland, who will ride at Ellis Park for the first time this summer, became the first female jockey to win California’s prestigious Santa Anita Handicap and Hollywood Gold Cup, capturing those races in 2011 and 2012, respectively, on Game On Dude. Sutherland also finished second in the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic on the […]

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Report: Body Found In Lake Believed To Be Jockey Shawn Spikes

Officials with the Alameda County Sheriff’s Office in California told KRON 4 News they believe a body found in Lake Del Valle is that of 22-year-old jockey/exercise rider Shawn Spikes. Spikes was reported missing after he went overboard during a boat trip with friends and disappeared. Spikes was based at Golden Gate Fields, where he […]

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