Jockeys

Angel Castillo Suspended 30 Days For Not Persevering In Parx Races

Jockey Angel Castillo has been suspended 30 days and fined $2,500 by stewards at Parx Racing in Pennsylvania for a pair of rides earlier this year in which it was ruled he failed to “use proper diligence.” The rides in question occurred during the second race on July 31 in which Castillo finished fifth, beaten […]

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Trick Rider? McCarthy Hops Aboard Rival Horse In Attempt To Avoid Spill At Laurel

Jockeys Trevor McCarthy and Jevian Toledo, who have combined to win the last four overall riding championships in Maryland, got tangled up in the stretch during Thursday’s third race at Laurel Park that saw McCarthy avoid injury after briefly landing on the back of a rival horse.  McCarthy was aboard 3-year-old Galileo filly Decorating, a […]

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Lone Star Park Racing Club To Present $11k Check To PDJF

The Lone Star Park Racing Club will present the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund with a donation of $11,9243.34 on Saturday, September 29. The Lone Star Park Racing Club is a 501(c)(7) not for profit club that, for a minimal membership fee, provides insight into race horse ownership. The prodigious season experienced by the 2018 racing […]

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Report: Martin Garcia Injured In Incident During Training At Santa Anita

The Blood-Horse reported Wednesday that jockey Martin Garcia has been transported to Huntington Memorial Hospital in Pasadena, Calif. after being unseated during training at Santa Anita Park. Garcia was reportedly down on the main track for a period of time and may have lost consciousness, his agent Thom Mitchell told writer Jeremy Balan. Santa Anita’s […]

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Emma-Jayne Wilson Is Part Equestrian, Part Fierce Competitor, All Professional Athlete

Emma-Jayne Wilson is between races on a Friday afternoon card at Woodbine, giving interviews to out-of-town media as she waits for her next mount. Sitting in an unused conference room, Wilson leans back in her chair, her steel-cable-like arms folded calmly. Wilson answers questions with confidence and a genuine smile, but she’s not someone I […]

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Jockey Doyle Gets Four Wins On Arlington’s Thursday Card

Sophie Doyle equaled her North American best on Thursday afternoon at Arlington International Racecourse when recording four wins on a single card for the second time in her career. After taking the opener by almost 10 lengths aboard Gary Broad’s Student Body ($8.60) for trainer Chris Davis, Doyle went on to capture race three for trainer Brian […]

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Injured Victor Espinoza Continues To Make Progress, Plans To Return To The Saddle

Victor Espinoza continues his lengthy recovery from a fractured vertebra in his neck suffered in a training mishap at Del Mar on July 22. Recognized worldwide for his Triple Crown sweep aboard American Pharoah in 2015 and as the regular rider of two-time Horse of the Year California Chrome, the popular 46-year-old Hall of Fame jockey […]

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Report: Earnings Are Feast Or Famine For Jockeys, And Most Are Struggling

A report published by Thoroughbred Racing Commentary last week endeavored to answer the question: Just how much do jockeys make every year? A rider’s career summary typically includes the cumulative earnings of their mounts, but a jockey’s takeout of the purse varies slightly depending on the value of the race and location. In most places, […]

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Paco Lopez Returns To The Irons At Gulfstream For The Fall

Jockey Paco Lopez made an early return to South Florida Thursday, riding three horses on Thursday’s twilight program at Gulfstream Park. “I’m excited to be home. This is my home,” Lopez said. “I decided to come a little early instead of riding in Kentucky and New York.” The 32-year-old Mexico native, who has won numerous […]

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Biomechanical Engineer Hopes To Build A Better Jockey Helmet

An assistant professor at the New York Institute of Technology is hoping he can build a better jockey helmet. Dr. Milan Toma has begun a research project funded in part by a $15,000 donation from the New York Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association to apply his knowledge of fluid movement in the body to testing helmets currently […]

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