Jockeys

After Yearly ‘Grind’ Jockey Mike Allen Hits 2,000 Career Victories

Mike Allen isn’t given to waxing nostalgic about his 32-plus years as a jockey, even after his 2,000th career victory Friday at Tampa Bay Downs unleashed a flood of memories. But the reaction from family, friends and horsemen helped him put the magnitude of the achievement in perspective. “I had one trainer say, ‘What percentage […]

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World’s Winningest Jockey Brings His Nearly 13,000 Victories To Keeneland Saturday

Jorge Ricardo, who has ridden more winners than any jockey in Thoroughbred racing history, is scheduled to ride Some in Tieme (Brz) in Saturday’s $250,000 Dixiana Elkhorn (G2). The 1½-mile turf stakes is the ninth race on the 10-race program with a post time of 5:30 p.m. ET. Based in South America, Ricardo surpassed Russell Baze as the world’s […]

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Is That A Crack In The Racetrack? No, It’s A Giant Python!

Animal stories from Australia never cease to amaze. There’s one this week from Cannon Park Racecourse in Cairns. Early Wednesday morning, jockey Masayuki Abe was galloping a horse on the track when he saw what appeared to be “a big crack on the ground.” A gateman was trying to warn him as Abe went by… […]

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Espinoza Picks Up Bolt d’Oro Mount After Castellano Chooses Audible

The Kentucky Derby jockey shuffle continues this week as the Daily Racing Form announced three-time Derby winner Victor Espinoza will pilot Bolt d’Oro in the race. Owner/trainer Mick Ruis confirmed the news late Monday after a meeting between himself and Espinoza. Javier Castellano, who had previously ridden Bolt d’Oro, defected to ride Florida Derby winner […]

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Samy Camacho Bags Five Winners At Tampa Bay Downs

With his 30th birthday next month, jockey Samy Camacho has discovered new levels of ability and maturity that are enabling him to excel on a day-in, day-out basis. The Venezuela native rode five winners on Saturday’s  card at Tampa Bay Downs, giving him nine victories over the last three racing days. With 66 victories during the […]

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Pincay Mounts Up For The First Time In Fifteen Years

 After more than 48,000 career mounts and a record 9,530 victories, Laffit Pincay, Jr. called it a career in April 2003, following a broken neck sustained in a spill coming down Santa Anita’s hillside turf course.  Thoroughbred racing’s winningest rider at the time of his retirement, the incomparable Pincay was and is regarded by many […]

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New York Horsemen, Jockeys Benefit From New State Budget Provisions

The New York State Budget was released late Friday night, with good news for Thoroughbred horsemen. The New York Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association, working in collaboration with the New York Jockey Injury Compensation Fund and the New York Racing Association, was able to secure two key provisions that will benefit horsemen in the near-term, and could offer relief […]

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Saez Picks Up Seven Wins, Ties Castellano’s Season Win Record

Jockey Luis Saez, already having clinched his second straight Championship Meet riding title, equaled Hall of Famer Javier Castellano’s single-season mark of 132 victories with a record-tying seven-win afternoon Thursday at Gulfstream Park. Saez, 25, reached the milestone with Santera Stable Inc.’s Four Freedoms’ decisive victory in the 11th race finale, a $30,000 maiden claiming […]

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Triple Crown News Minute Presented By Equine Equipment: Musical Mounts?

The road to the Triple Crown revs up this weekend with a pair of 100-point prep races, highlighted by the Florida Derby at Gulfstream Park. With the Dubai World Cup the same day, that and other factors have led to a lot of shifting when it comes to which jockey is riding which horse in […]

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Jockeys’ Guild: ‘Industry Needs To Do More’ For Rider Safety, Support Lacking From Tracks And Regulators

The following statement from Terry Meyocks, John Velazquez and G.R. Carter of the Jockeys’ Guild Tuesday: The racing industry needs to do more to protect the jockeys and exercise riders who risk their lives every day for our sport. Racetracks and state regulators need to ensure that there are proper medical personnel trained in trauma, most […]

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