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Facing Uncertainty Outside The Racetrack, Working Jockeys Are Happy For Some ‘Normal’

Uncertainty may be a part of a jockey’s everyday life, but that feeling has risen immeasurably as the rest of the world grinds to a halt in the face of the coronavirus pandemic. Several states have shut down racing entirely, so riders at tracks still operating are quick to express their gratitude for being able […]

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‘It’s Not Work’: Outrider Jesus Camacho On Front Line Of Safety And Welfare At Santa Anita

His day begins at 3:30 a.m.  Every day.  His name is Jesus Camacho, barn foreman/exercise rider for trainer Bill Spawr by morning and Santa Anita outrider on race day afternoons. Camacho, along with his horse Justin, a 12-year-old Thoroughbred gelding that was re-trained following his racing career, are integral parts of an invaluable front line […]

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‘We’re First’: California Horse Racing On Track To Have ‘Most Restrictive Whip Rule In North America’

The California Horse Racing Board on Thursday adopted North America’s most restrictive rules concerning use of the riding crop during racing and training, limiting jockeys to no more than six strikes during a race and no more than two in succession without giving their mount a chance to respond. Under the new rule, all strikes […]

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Miguel Mena Ready For Arrival Of The ‘Big Boys’ At Kentucky Downs

Miguel Mena missed riding at Kentucky Downs (as well as Keeneland and Churchill’s spring meets and Ellis Park’s summer meet) last year while recovering from injuries incurred in a mid-March spill at the Fair Grounds in New Orleans. Now he can’t wait to return to the distinctive all-turf track in Franklin, Ky. Mena suffered a […]

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Trainer, Radio Host Roger Stein Dies At 65

Trainer Roger Stein died this morning at his home in Hidden Hills after a lengthy battle with a myriad of illnesses. He was 65. Stein, who hosted a horse racing radio show on KLAA AM 830 for many years until June of 2017, began training Thoroughbreds in 1987 but obtained his harness trainer’s license in […]

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No Place Like Home For Southern Californian Aaron Gryder

Aaron Gryder has ridden all over the globe, but like Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz, he ultimately found there’s no place like home. That’s why Gryder, who turns 49 on June 5, is plying his trade full time now at Santa Anita in Arcadia, Calif., less than 10 miles as the crow flies from […]

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‘Everything Happens For A Reason’: Stevens Steps Into Agent Role For Home-Again Aaron Gryder

Thomas Wolfe wrote the novel “You Can’t Go Home Again,” but Aaron Gryder, erudite though he may be, dismisses the gist of that title, because he is going home again. The 48-year-old jockey, born in West Covina, several furlongs from Santa Anita, returns to The Great Race Place to ride regularly at the Winter Meet […]

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Del Mar’s Pick Six Hit For $138,889 With $1,152 Ticket

The 4-year-old filly Gypsy Blu closed stoutly on the lawn Sunday afternoon at Del Mar to register a win by a neck and pay $63.60. Her score also gave a lone Pick Six bettor the only winning ticket in the exotic wager for a nifty payout of $138,889. The winning Pick Six ticket was purchased […]

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Castellano Gets Acquainted With City Of Light; Promises Fulfilled, Seven Trumpets ‘Phenomenal’

Mr. and Mrs. William K. Warren Jr.’s two-time Grade I winner City of Light had a get-acquainted session with jockey Javier Castellano Sunday morning, working a half-mile in :47.60 after the second renovation break at Churchill Downs. In posting the third fastest of 113 works at the distance, Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile contender City of […]

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