Jockeys

‘Jumping In With Both Feet’: Jockey Talamo Moving From SoCal To Arkansas, Kentucky

Like fellow veteran Southern California jockey Martin Garcia, Joe Talamo has decided to pick up and move east, seeking more riding and bigger purse opportunities, reports the Daily Racing Form. Talamo tells DRF he plans to arrive in Arkansas for the start of the Oaklawn meeting Jan. 24. From there, he plans to ride on […]

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‘She Taught Me A Lot’: Prat Bids Farewell To ‘Special’ Mare Vasilika

Flavien Prat had answered the questions and provided comments on his victory aboard Toinette in the Goldikova Stakes on Sunday, November 3, closing day of the Santa Anita fall meeting, when another item of business was brought up. He was asked for his thoughts on the retirement of Vasilika, the 5-year-old mare that Prat had […]

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Jockey Martin Garcia Moving Tack To Midwest From Southern California

Although jockey Martin Garcia rode at Del Mar over the weekend, his agent tells the Daily Racing Form Garcia is leaving Southern California to ride in the Midwest, starting Wednesday at Churchill Downs. Agent Jay Fedor told DRF Garcia, 35, will also ride at Turfway Park and then at Oaklawn Park in Arkansas, beginning in […]

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Exercise Rider Juan Becerra Cortes Dies After Fall From Horse At Belmont Park

Juan Becerra Cortes, an exercise rider for Steve Asmussen, has died after falling from a horse  at Belmont Park Nov. 8, the Daily Racing Form reported. Asmussen assistant Toby Sheets told DRF Becerra Cortes fell during a gallop over the training track. Sheets said the rider was unconscious and had blood on his brain. He […]

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Churchill Downs: Renay Borel Collects First Training Win With Husband Calvin Aboard

Renay Borel celebrated her first victory as a trainer when $30,000 claimer Flatoutandfoxy defeated a field of seven by 1 ¼ lengths in Wednesday’s fifth race at Churchill Downs. Owned by Carson McCord, Flatoutandfoxy ($17.80) completed the six-furlong race in 1:11.29 with Renay’s husband, Calvin Borel, in the irons. “This one is special,” said a jubilant Calvin Borel after […]

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Florent Geroux Set To Return From Chest Injury Saturday At Churchill Downs

Veteran rider Florent Geroux was back working horses Wednesday morning at Churchill Downs and is scheduled to return to the races on Saturday after suffering a broken sternum three weeks ago during a training mishap at Keeneland. “I’m just very thankful it wasn’t worse,” said Geroux, who worked as an on-air analyst for a French television station during this […]

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Cedillo, Prat Tie For Santa Anita Riding Title; O’Neill Tops Trainer Standings

Jockeys Flavien Prat and Abel Cedillo ended the recent Santa Anita Park meet with the same number of victories, resulting in a tie for the meet’s riding title. New to the circuit from Northern California, Cedillo earned his first Southern California title with 21 wins from 121 starts. Prat, a leading rider in the region […]

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Irad Ortiz, Jr. Wins Bill Shoemaker Award Second Straight Year For Breeders’ Cup Wins

Irad Ortiz Jr. won the 17th Annual Bill Shoemaker Award, given to the most outstanding jockey in the 2019 Breeders’ Cup World Championships hosted by Santa Anita Park. The Shoemaker Award goes to the jockey who won the most races in the 14 World Championships races and Ortiz, the Shoemaker Award winner last year at […]

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TVG Announces Fundraiser For PDJF

TVG, America’s horse racing network, will be emptying its promotional closet after 20 years on Friday, November 1st and Saturday, November 2nd at Santa Anita and fans in attendance for the Breeders’ Cup will have the opportunity to purchase all types of TVG merchandise and swag from the past two decades with all of the proceeds to […]

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Cedillo, Prat Neck And Neck In Santa Anita Jockey Race

The race for leading rider could go down to the wire on closing day, Sunday. Through 19 days of Santa Anita’s 23-day Autumn Meet, Abel Cedillo holds a 19-18 lead over Flavien Prat, with apprentice Jorge Velez five wins behind in third. Cedillo also leads Prat in money won, $1,142,682 to $998,837. “It’s enjoyable to […]

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