Jockeys

NYRA Honors Castellano With Venezia Award For Sportsmanship, Citizenship

The New York Racing Association, (NYRA) Inc. has announced Javier Castellano as the 2019 recipient of the Mike Venezia Award, the prestigious honor awarded to jockeys who exemplify extraordinary sportsmanship and citizenship. The Venezia Award will be presented to Castellano on Memorial Day, Monday, May 27 in a ceremony at Belmont Park. Established in 1989, […]

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Meet The Former Jockey Who Caught Bodexpress After A Wild Preakness

When the gates opened on the 2019 Preakness, maiden Bodexpress leapt into the air, flinging jockey John Velazquez’s feet out of his irons and dropping the Hall of Fame rider to the dirt — hard. “He was just not behaving good in the gate,” Velazquez said on NBC. “He was not standing really well. He […]

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British Study: Workload For Those In Racing ‘Unsustainable Individually Or Organisationally’

A British study finds the week-to-week workload for jockeys, grooms, and trainers in racing there “potentially seems unsustainable individually or organisationally” based on long working hours, lack of overtime pay, and a normalization of a lack of work/life balance. The majority of those surveyed reported they were currently experiencing stress, anxiety or depression related to […]

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Former Jockey Oswald Pereira Held On Multiple Charges After Fire, Police Chase

Former jockey Oswald Pereira is facing multiple criminal charges in Marion County, Florida, after allegedly setting his ex-wife’s house on fire on Tuesday night in Ocala and then fleeing the scene in a car resembling the General Lee from the “Dukes of Hazzard” television show from the 1980s. Pereira, 44, allegedly led police on a […]

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Luis Saez Hit With 15-Day Suspension For Derby Interference

Jockey Luis Saez, who piloted Maximum Security in the Kentucky Derby, has been suspended 15 racing days for his ride in the race. A ruling dated May 12 listed the reason for the suspension as “failure to control his mount and make the proper effort to maintain a straight course thereby causing interference with several […]

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Tyler Baze Hires Vic Stauffer As Agent Until 2020 Oaklawn Meet Begins

Vic Stauffer, track announcer at Oaklawn Park, which ended its first extended race meet last Saturday, has begun booking mounts for jockey Tyler Baze at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky. Stauffer, who has also worked as a racing official, had previously served as agent for Baze in California.  Stauffer had stints booking mounts for Joel […]

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Dominguez’s 360 Gentle Touch Riding Crop: Why It’s Different And How It Fits Into The Whip Debate

In the hubbub of the Kentucky Derby disqualification drama, replays and still images have been analyzed and watched thousands of times as viewers try to get a handle on Maximum Security’s path of travel and the resulting domino effect. One thing people probably weren’t looking at closely, however, was the whips the jockeys were carrying. […]

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‘I’m Meant To Be Here’: Stein Back In The Saddle After A Three-Year Retirement

After announcing his retirement in 2016, jockey Justin Stein will resume riding and competing in the sport he loves this weekend at Woodbine Racetrack. “It had almost gotten to the point where I had fully written off horse racing as something that I would do again,” said Stein, who spent two and half years living […]

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Lost And Found Presented By Horseware: Years After He Hung Up His Tack, Hawley Still Haunts Woodbine

One day in 1987 at Keeneland, Kaoru Tsuchiya was wondering why one of her peers had not arrived in the female jockey quarters. A short time later she realized why — Sandy Hawley was a man. The two relish telling the story of their initial introduction, especially since all these decades later they are now […]

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Jockey And Grandfather Of Six: Gary Bain Still In The Saddle In South Florida

Being a jockey isn’t a long-term profession for very many riders, as struggles with weight and injuries take their toll after a couple of decades. South Florida rider Gary Bain doesn’t seem to have gotten that memo, however. At age 66, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel notes the grandfather of six is still going–and winning. Bain […]

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