Jon Court

‘Old School,’ ‘Kind Of Hard On The Surface’: Van Berg Picking Up At Ellis Park

This is how good things are going right now for Jack Van Berg’s stable: After the nice 2-year-old Make Noise won a maiden race Friday to give the barn its third win in eight races, victory in Saturday’s sixth race dropped into their lap. That came when Cara Blythe finished second behind Sister Kan. But because […]

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Court Scores 600th Career Victory At Ellis Park On Opening Day

Jon Court didn’t waste anytime knocking off his 600th career victory at Ellis Park on Saturday’s opening card of the 2017 race meet. With his second mount of the day, Court captured the second race aboard 6-1 shot Northern Ranger for owner Joseph Scates and trainer David Dortch. Court now has won 4,036 races in […]

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Albarado: Ellis Park Is ‘Saratoga South’ For 2-Year-Olds

The jockey colony for Ellis Park’s 95th meet, which runs July 1 through Labor Day, is virtually identical to last year. And that’s a good thing. Ellis Park had its strongest jockey colony ever last season, with Corey Lanerie returning after several summers at Saratoga. The perennial Churchill Downs meet leader joined a robust assembly […]

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Jon Court Scores Hard-Fought 4,000-Win Milestone

Jockey Jon Court, 56, scored the 4,000th win of his career Saturday when he guided City Without Pity to victory in Turfway Park’s fourth race. The veteran jockey has been injured twice in 2016, delaying the accomplishment of this milestone. In June, Court suffered broken ribs in a water skiing accident, and in September a […]

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Jockeys Court, Rocco Sidelined After Friday Incidents At Churchill

Jockeys Jon Court and Joe Rocco Jr. have been sidelined from injuries sustained in separate incidents Friday afternoon on Churchill Downs’ opening day card. Court, who is six wins away from a 4,000th career victory, suffered three broken vertebrae and two broken ribs after being unseated from his mount Red Blue and True on the […]

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Innovative Idea Rallies Again To Win Groupie Doll Stakes

The last time jockey Marlon St. Julien wore Godolphin Racing’s royal blue silks, he was finishing seventh in the 2000 Kentucky Derby aboard Curule. Saturday at Ellis Park in a pinch-hit role, St. Julien guided Chicago-based Innovative Idea to a half-length victory over Emmajestic in the Grade 3 Groupie Doll Stakes. It was a day […]

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On The Mend: Court To Miss Remainder Of Churchill Meet With Broken Ribs

Veteran jockey Jon Court will miss the remainder of the Churchill Downs Spring Meet after suffering two broken ribs in a water skiing accident Tuesday, according to agent Steve Krajcir. “We’re hoping to be back sometime at the beginning of the Ellis Park Meet,” Krajcir said. “We’re taking it day by day.” Court, 55, was […]

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Increased Purses Draw ‘Tougher Riding Colony’ To Ellis Park’s 2016 Meeting

With the return of 10-time Churchill Downs leading rider Corey Lanerie, Ellis Park features its most accomplished jockey colony as the 94-year-old western Kentucky track runs its 2016 meeting July 2-Sept. 5. Lanerie, also a two-time meet leader at Keeneland, won the 2010 Ellis riding title and tied for top honors in 2013 before riding […]

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Mario Pino To Receive Mike Venezia Memorial Award

Mario Pino was announced as the 2016 recipient of the of the Mike Venezia Memorial Award, earning the prestigious honor awarded to jockeys who exemplify extraordinary sportsmanship and citizenship. Established in 1989, the Mike Venezia Memorial Award will be presented to Pino following the conclusion of the first race, with a post time of 1:30 […]

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