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Angel Cruz Shows Heels To Fellow Riders In PDJF Fundraiser Run At Laurel

Angel Cruz, breaking from Post 1 and racing without shoes, sprinted to a quick lead and held off apprentice Julio Correa’s late surge to capture the jockey foot race held Thursday between Races 4 and 5 at Laurel Park in Maryland to benefit the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund. For a minimum $5 donation, fans could […]

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CARMA’s Thoroughbred Classic Horse Show Draws More Than 100 Retired Racehorses

Not even a winter storm could wash away the holiday spirit of the Thoroughbred Classic Horse Show (TCHS), which drew more than 100 retired racehorses thriving in their second careers this past weekend to the Los Angeles Equestrian Center in Burbank. Hosted by CARMA (California Retirement Management Account), a nonprofit, as an awareness campaign to […]

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Agent Nakatani Celebrates Jockey Angel Cruz’ First Victory

It was business as usual Sunday morning for 23-year-old Santa Anita newcomer Angel (pronounced AIN-jell, as in a celestial being) Cruz and his 26-year-old agent, Matt Nakatani, son of Corey Nakatani. Cruz won his first race at Santa Anita Saturday with only his second mount this meet, piloting The Hunted to an impressive 5 ¼-length […]

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River Gal Bests The Boys In Laurel’s Jamestown Stakes

Morgans Ford Farm’s River Gal, a half-sister to multiple stakes winner River Deep, continued the family tradition by surging past pacesetter Ready to Run in mid-stretch and going on to a 2 ½-length victory in the $75,000 Jamestown Friday at Laurel Park. The 12th running of the 5 ½-furlong Jamestown for Virginia-bred/sired 2-year-olds highlighted a […]

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Dancing Rags Earns Smart Darley Alcibiades Victory

Phyllis Wyeth’s Dancing Rags skipped home the one-length winner of Friday’s G1 Darley Alcibiades at Keeneland, becoming the second Grade 1 winner for her sire Union Rags. The juvenile filly covered 1 1/16 miles over the fast main track in 1:44.69 for trainer Graham Motion, and earned a berth to the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies […]

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Cruz Out For Remainder Of Saratoga Meet After Breaking Hand In Spill

Jockey Angel Cruz broke his left hand during a spill in the fifth race at Saratoga Race Course on Monday, according to a Daily Racing Form report. The fall took place when Cruz’s mount Steve’s Image, a first-time starter spooked away from a horse to his inside shortly after the start. Cruz lost his balance […]

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Jacobson, Cruz Win Titles At Aqueduct’s Spring Meet

Trainer David Jacobson and jockey Angel Cruz each began the 19-day Aqueduct Racetrack Spring meet with a hot start and both cruised to the finish line to win their respective titles as the meet came to a close on Sunday at the Big A. Jacobson, who collected his third consecutive training title on the New […]

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