Jon Court

Long Range Toddy Runs Down Improbable In First Rebel Division

Willis Horton’s homebred Long Range Toddy rebounded from a troubled third-place finish in the G3 Southwest to defeat 2-5 favorite Improbable by a half-length in this Saturday’s first division of the Rebel Stakes. Ridden by veteran Jon Court for trainer Steve Asmussen, the 3-year-old son of Take Charge Indy ran 1 1/16 miles over Oaklawn’s […]

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Jockey Jon Court Set To Return From Injury Sustained In Motorcycle Accident

Veteran jockey Jon Court is set to return to the saddle Sunday at Churchill Downs following shoulder surgery on June 30 after he was injured in a motorcycle accident. “I feel really good,” Court, 57, said. “I’ve been getting on horses for a couple of weeks and we’re ready to get back to the races.” […]

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Court Out Seven Weeks After ‘Steel Horse’ Accident; Mena On The Mend

Jon Court, a six-time Ellis Park leading rider and fan favorite, said Saturday that he’ll be sidelined an estimated seven weeks after sustaining what the surgeon called a “peculiar” fracture of his collar bone in a mishap while riding his motorcycle. The 57-year-old said he had surgery Friday in La Grange, Ky., that involved inserting […]

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Well-Traveled Colonelsdarktemper Under Consideration For Oaklawn Handicap

Major stakes winner Colonelsdarktemper is under consideration for the $750,000 Oaklawn Handicap (G2) for older horses April 14 at Oaklawn, trainer Jinks Fires of Hot Springs said Friday morning. Owned by auto racing legend A.J. Foyt, Colonelsdarktemper finished second in his 4-year-old debut, a March 11 allowance/optional claimer at 1 1/16 miles under Jon Court, the trainer’s son-in-law and […]

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Klein’s Pinch Hit Delivers ‘Special’ Dogwood Stakes Victory

Richard Klein’s Pinch Hit rallied to grab the lead in mid-stretch and held off a late surge by Champagne Problems to win Saturday night’s 42nd running of the $100,000 Dogwood Stakes Presented by GE Appliances (Listed) at Churchill Downs by a neck. Pinch Hit, the 5-1 third-betting choice in the field of nine 3-year-old fillies, […]

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West Virginia Derby Win Propels Court To Jockey Of The Week Honors

Wins at three tracks last week, including the Grade 3 West Virginia Derby, earned Jon Court the title of Jockeys’ Guild Jockey of the Week for July 31 – August 6, 2017. The award is voted on by a panel of experts for riding accomplishments by members of the Jockeys’ Guild, the organization which represents […]

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Stormy Weather, Flight Delays Allow Landeros ‘A Different Perspective Of The Sport’

Jockey Chris Landeros gave new meaning to the racetrack saying “getting home in time.” Landeros rode at Saratoga Thursday for his father in law, trainer Ian Wilkes, but because of storms in the northeast didn’t make it back to Kentucky and Ellis Park until shortly before the eighth race. He was seventh on Gymnastic in […]

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Colonelsdarktemper Leads All The Way In West Virginia Derby

Runner-up in the G3 Indiana Derby last out, Anthony Foyt Jr.’s Colonelsdarktemper went one better this Saturday to win the G3 West Virginia Derby by a length. The 3-year-old son of Colonel John, ridden by Jon Court for trainer William H. Fires, led the field from gate to wire and covered nine furlongs over Mountaineer’s […]

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Friday Triple Moves Court Into Clear Second In Ellis Park Standings

Jon Court, the six-time Ellis Park riding champion and only jockey to win the title five straight years, ultimately might not have enough firepower behind him to run down Corey Lanerie for the 2017 crown. But Court certainly is on the 2016 champ’s heels. Court won three straight races Friday, the fifth on Frigidish to […]

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