Miguel Mena

Fault Saves Ground For Pucker Up Win

In the Million Day finale, Agave Racing Stable’s Fault saved all the ground early and angled out in mid-stretch to run down Sam-Son Farm’s Journey Home in the final strides of the Grade III $100,000 Pucker Up for 3-year-old fillies. With Miguel Mena aboard, Fault earned his first stakes win, completing the 1 1/8 miles […]

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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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Julien Leparoux, Miguel Mena Record Milestone Victories At Churchill Downs

Jockey Julien Leparoux, No. 8 in all-time victories at Churchill Downs, rode his 800th winner beneath the Twin Spires in Thursday’s third race. “I’ve won so many memorable races at Churchill,” Leparoux said. “I didn’t realize I had that many wins here but it’s very special. Hopefully I have many, many more to come.” Leparoux, […]

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Selfless Actions Earn Mena Jockey Of The Week Title

Spilt-second decision-making and a skillful response to a loose horse in a race led Miguel Mena to be named the Jockeys’ Guild Jockey of the Week for May 8-14, 2017. The award is voted on by a panel of experts for riding accomplishments by members of the Jockeys’ Guild, the organization which represents more than […]

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Mena ‘A True Hero’ To Help Prevent Serious Equine Incident At Churchill

Jockey Miguel Mena displayed outstanding horsemanship and courage during Saturday’s eighth race at Churchill Downs while helped aid loose rival Marine Pilot on the far turn of the 1 1/8-mile turf race. Marine Pilot dropped his rider Geovanni Franco when he appeared to clip heels with another rival as horses exited the first turn and […]

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Granny’s Kitten Determined In Col. E. R. Bradley Stakes

Ken and Sarah Ramsey’s homebred Granny’s Kitten got his first graded stakes win in Saturday’s G3 Col. E. R. Bradley Stakes at the Fair Grounds, covering 1 1/16 miles over the soft turf in 1:43.61 for train Mike Maker. The 5-year-old son of Kitten’s Joy was ridden by jockey Miguel Mena for his second stakes […]

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Mena’s 48 Percent Strike Rate Earns Him Jockey Of The Week Title

Miguel Mena topped the North American jockey standings by wins and was named the Jockeys’ Guild Jockey of the Week for January 3, 2017 – January 8, 2017. The award is voted on by a panel of experts for riding accomplishments by members of the Jockeys’ Guild, the organization which represents more than 950 riders […]

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Miguel Mena Rides Four Winners Opening Day At Fair Grounds

While the 2016-17 meet is barely past conception, jockey Miguel Mena served notice on Opening Day that such could be a fruitful season for the Peruvian journeyman. Often near the top of the Fair Grounds rider standings at meet’s end, including a co-runner-up finish two seasons ago, Mena flexed his rolodex on Saturday, winning four […]

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Churchill Racing Club Wins Inaugural Spendthrift Stallion Stakes With Warrior’s Club

In a dominant front-running performance, the Churchill Downs Racing Club’s Warrior’s Club was the 2 1/2-length winner of Sunday’s inaugural $300,000 Spendthrift Stallion Stakes at Churchill Downs. Open to juveniles sired by any stallion that stood at Spendthrift Farm, the race is the first of its kind, and inspired a full field of 12 to […]

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Collected Works Seven Furlongs In 1:24.80 For Preakness

Speedway Stable’s Lexington (GIII) winner Collected worked seven furlongs in 1:24.80 over Churchill Downs’ main track labeled as “good” Friday morning. Working on his own and with Miguel Mena up for trainer Bob Baffert, Collected broke off at the five-eighths pole and produced fractions of :23.80, :35.80, :47.80, 1:00, 1:12.60, 1:24.80 and galloped out a […]

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