apprentice jockey

‘Can’t Beat This Feeling’: Jockey Virginia Tormey Celebrates First Career Winner

Jockey Virginia Tormey, 23, earned her first career victory Friday when she guided Miss Chuckie H to win the first race at Turfway Park by 8 ½ lengths. Breaking from post seven, Tormey positioned Miss Chuckie H just outside the leader before taking over on the turn of the 6 ½ furlong test for older […]

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‘It Means The Whole World To Me’: Eclipse Contender Hamilton Continues Family Tradition

There’s a strong tradition, both in his family and on his circuit, which preceded Weston Hamilton when he began riding professionally last December – one the newly minted journeyman is poised to continue. Hamilton, who turned 20 Nov. 19, rode for the last time as an apprentice Dec. 21, winning two of his five mounts […]

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C’mon, Man: Jockey Nearly Run Over While Jogging On Racetrack

Apprentice jockey Evan Daly was “embarrassed” after an incident at Navan Racecourse on Sunday, reports to The rider was out jogging the course with his headphones in, and didn’t hear the horses racing up behind him. Daly very narrowly avoided being run over by the field of the Grade 3 Novice Hurdle. “Evan has been […]

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‘Dream Come True’: Declan Carroll Celebrates First Career Victory At Keeneland

Two young jockeys – Declan Carroll and Virginia Tormey – had notable performances to begin Friday’s card at Keeneland. In the second race, Carroll recorded the first victory of his career when he rode 16-1 choice B Deb’s Fortune for owner Hubert Payton and trainer Daniel Pitts. The win aboard the 3-year-old Awesome Patriot filly […]

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Family Ties: Declan Carroll Enjoys First Career Mounts Under Parents’ Watchful Eyes

With mud on his face and in his teeth, apprentice Declan Carroll was all smiles after riding Christine Hites’ Rilla in the third race at Keeneland on Friday. Rilla ran evenly to finish sixth at 18-1, but Carroll felt like a winner in his Keeneland debut. “It is an unbelievable experience,” said Carroll, whose initial […]

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Apprentice Kimura Rides Five Winners Friday At Woodbine

Apprentice jockey Kazushi Kimura enjoyed one of the biggest days of his promising career with a five-win performance on Friday afternoon at Woodbine Racetrack. Kimura kicked off the nine-race program with back-to-back wins for meet-leading trainer Norm McKnight aboard Reimagined ($3) and Gwendoline H ($2.80) then gave McKnight the triple later guiding Sweet Rhapsody ($3.20) […]

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Apprentice Figueroa’s 15 Winners Earn Riding Title At Los Alamitos

Apprentice jockey Heriberto Figueroa earned his second consecutive Los Alamitos riding title while Hall of Famer Bob Baffert and Peter Miller shared training honors as the Los Angeles County Fair meet concluded Sunday. The 12-day season was highlighted by an 80-1 upset by Shades of Victory in the E.B. Johnston Stakes, an impressive return for […]

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‘Bright Futures’: Apprentices Espinoza, Figeroa On The Rise In California

A year ago, 19-year-old Evin Roman was the talk of the Southern California Thoroughbred racing circuit. The native of Puerto Rico and graduate of the celebrated jockey school there became the first apprentice to be atop the jockey standings at Santa Anita since Gordon Glisson in 1949 when he tied Flavien Prat for the 2017 […]

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Former Gallop Boy Rides First Career Winner At Gulfstream Saturday

Apprentice jockey Kevin Carmona notched his first career victory Saturday at Gulfstream Park, guiding longshot Art Major ($63.60) to an off-the-pace victory in the first race. The 19-year-old graduate of Puerto Rico’s jockey school most recently worked as an exercise rider for trainer Todd Pletcher, the defending 15-time Championship Meet titlist, for 13 months, during which time […]

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