apprentice jockeys

Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: From Mixed Martial Arts To Horse Racing 101

Theirs may be the only love story that begins with a conversation about Husqvarna chain saws and Thoroughbred horse racing. Chel-c Bailey and David Kembrey met almost by accident. Each was in Las Vegas for a different reason; Bailey was living there and trying to make a go as a professional MMA fighter, and the […]

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Apprentice Chel-c Bailey Plans To ‘Aim High’ After First Career Win

Chel-c Bailey is a winner on the mat, the octagon and now the track after the apprentice jockey recorded her first career victory aboard Burtnjoe in the first race at Oaklawn Feb. 28, a sprint for older $10,000 Arkansas-bred claimers at the Hot Springs track. Burtnjoe was the 24th career mount for Bailey, a self-described […]

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‘I Just Feel So Lucky’: Japanese-Born Kimura Grateful For Eclipse Award As Champion Apprentice Jockey

Kazushi Kimura left his native Japan with the hope of making an impression on the Canadian Thoroughbred racing scene. On Thursday night at Gulfstream Park in Florida, he managed to eclipse that goal. Hearing his name called as the recipient of the 2019 Eclipse Award as North America’s champion apprentice jockey was nowhere near the […]

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Country’s Top Apprentice Jockey, Julio Correa, Ready To Compete In New York

Laurel Park-based jockey Julio Correa, leading all apprentice riders in the country in wins, will be moving his tack to New York next month. The 25-year-old native of Caguas, Puerto Rico guided Smart Angle’s 3-year-old filly Yesterdaysplan to a head victory over favored Esterina in the $50,000 Distaff Starter Handicap on Saturday for his first […]

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Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: Jockey Morales Carves Out Different Path From Predecessors

Puerto Rican jockeys have been making a big impact on North American racing ever since Angel Cordero first threw his leg over a Thoroughbred. Following him were names like John Velazquez, Irad and Jose Ortiz, and Manny Franco, among others. This generation of jockeys had one thing in common: they all attended the state-sponsored jockey […]

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Apprentice Edgar Morales Chases Churchill Jockey Title, Eclipse Award

Jockey Edgar Morales will lose the five-pound weight allowance that is granted to apprentice riders on Saturday, but the 20-year-old Puerto Rico native has made the most of his final week with the “bug” by winning three races Wednesday to vault to the top of the Churchill Downs jockey standings with 11 victories. “I just hope we keep the momentum […]

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Apprentice Jockey Hernandez Scores First Winner At Aqueduct

Jockey Benjamin Hernandez earned his first career win in the continental United States in the second race on Wednesday’s card at Aqueduct Racetrack in New York, piloting Alright Alright [No. 5, $10.20] to victory for trainer John Toscano. The winner carried 110 pounds, with Hernandez getting a 10-pound weight break as an apprentice rider. “It’s […]

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Santa Anita: Top Apprentice Evin Roman Wins Four On Sunday, Including Southern Truce Stakes

There’s a new 19-year-old kid in town. Top apprentice jockey Evin Roman was the story on Sunday at Santa Anita, as he notched his first career stakes win and fourth of the day aboard Jerry Hollendorfer’s Street Surrender in the $75,000 Southern Truce Stakes. Sent from the gate, the 4-year-old Kentucky-bred filly by Street Boss […]

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Fresh Face: Apprentice Laura Werner Wins First Santa Anita Race June 25

Bright-eyed at 4′ 9”, she tacks a feathery 105 pounds. And, at 21 years of age, apprentice Laura Werner, a native of Stratford-upon-Avon, England, registered her first-ever Santa Anita win on Sunday aboard 26-1 longshot Night’s Watch in Sunday’s eighth race, a starter allowance, optional claimer for 3-year-olds and up. Head and head with El […]

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