apprentice jockeys

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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POW! Apprentice Jockey Ramirez Makes Remarkable Recovery At Delta Downs

Apprentice jockey Paulina Ramirez was cruising on the front end in a juvenile maiden claimer Wednesday evening at Delta Downs, when disaster nearly struck. Her mount, St Teresa, seemed to duck and hit the rail, flipping Ramirez off the side of the horse. Ramirez, whose nickname is Pow!, somehow managed to hang on and lift […]

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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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Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: Meet The New Leading Rider At Indiana Grand

Katie Clawson is making history this year at Indiana Grand. The jockey title at the Shelbyville, Ind., track has never been won by a female rider, nor has it ever been won by an apprentice; 20-year-old Clawson is en route to changing both of those statistics. Clawson has won 33 races since the start of […]

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‘Fancy’ Victory: Apprentice Kurtz Notches First Career Win At Turfway Park

Apprentice jockey Shelbi Kurtz, 22, scored her first career win Wed., Feb. 22, when she guided Fancy Is My Name to a half-length victory after a hard-fought stretch battle in the third race at Turfway Park. Fancy Is My Name, a 4-year-old filly owned by Susanne Swank and William E. Tidd, is trained by Kurtz’s […]

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‘This Is My Dream’: 43-Year-Old Apprentice Jockey Rides At Turf Paradise

At 43 years of age, Vanessa Romberg is finally following the dream she had imagined since childhood: she is an apprentice jockey at Turf Paradise. According to the Arizona Republic, the French-born Romberg retired from her successful career as an investment banker at age 39 to begin galloping racehorses at a track in Mexico City. […]

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