Elbow Room: Santana Suspended 10 Days By Oaklawn Stewards For Careless Riding

Ricardo Santana Jr., whose six-year streak as Oaklawn’s leading rider was ended in 2019 by David Cohen, has been suspended the final 10 racing days of the 2020 race meeting at the Hot Springs, Ark., track for an incident involving Cohen in the stretch run of the seventh race on Sunday, April 5. Santana was […]

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Castellano Completes Quarantine, Returns Home To New York

Jockey Javier Castellano, who tested positive for the novel coronavirus, has completed his two-week quarantine in Florida and was given the green light to return home to New York Tuesday, according to the Daily Racing Form. Castellano said he still feels well and never experienced any symptoms of COVID-19. Castellano was required to take a […]

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‘He Loves His Job’: Triple Moves Jockey Martin Garcia Closer To Top Of Oaklawn Standings

A triple Saturday pushed Martin Garcia into second in the rider standings after 42 days of the scheduled 57-day season at Oaklawn in Hot Springs, Ark. Garcia won the seventh race aboard Cardamon ($20.40) for Hall of Fame trainer Bill Mott, the eighth race aboard Finnick the Fierce ($14.40) for trainer Rey Hernandez and the […]

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After Two Days Of Five Wins Each, Saez Voted Jockey Of The Week

After winning five races twice in consecutive days and leading the Nation with 17 total wins, Luis Saez was voted the Jockeys’ Guild Foundation Detox Jockey of the Week for March 23rd – March 29th. The award is voted on by a panel of experts for riding accomplishments by members of the Jockeys’ Guild, the organization […]

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Smith Loses Appeal On Suspension, Fine For Whip Violations In Saudi Cup

Mike Smith has lost his appeal against the lengthy ban and huge prize-money penalty he received on a costly trip to the Saudi Cup meeting. The Hall of Fame jockey received nine days in bans for breaching Saudi whip rules after riding Midnight Bisou into second place behind Maximum Security in the $20 million Saudi […]

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‘Making Hay While The Sun Shines’: At 55, Elliott Sets Sights On 5,000th Win

For jockey Stewart Elliott, it’s the drive to five – as in 5,000. Elliott, who rose to fame as the only rider of champion and dual classic winner Smarty Jones, recorded his 4,942nd career victory in Saturday’s 10th race at Oaklawn aboard Wild Popit for trainer Randy Morse, according to Equibase, racing’s official data gathering organization. Only […]

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Javier Castellano Tests Positive For COVID-19

Hall of Fame jockey Javier Castellano has tested positive for COVID-19, according to a tweet from agent John Panagot Thursday morning. Panagot indicated that Castellano was required by Gulfstream Park to take a physical, after which he was tested for coronavirus on Tuesday. The rider is reportedly “asymptomatic and feels fine and healthy.” Javier Castellano […]

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Multiple Jockeys Affected By New Coronavirus Restrictions At Oaklawn, Gulfstream

In the past few days, multiple jockeys have had to alter plans, miss race days, or go into quarantine in response to regulations put in place by both Oaklawn and Gulfstream Park, two of the few racetracks still holding live racing. Oaklawn sent jockeys a letter on March 19 detailing some of the new regulations, […]

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Jockeys’ Guild Announces Support For Horseracing Integrity Act

Today, after lengthy discussions with the Jockeys’ Guild Board of Directors and its management, the Jockeys’ Guild announced its support for the Horseracing Integrity Act (HIA). This federal legislation is moving through Congress and would create a national agency run by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency, the group that runs medication control programs for America’s Olympic […]

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