apprentice jockeys

Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: Apprentice Castrenze Scores With First Four Mounts

“It’s supposed to take you a long time to win five races, so that you get experience before you start being a bug rider,” said Ashley Castrenze. The 19-year-old freshly-minted jockey is already almost there; she’s ridden five races thus far and was victorious in the first four, finishing third in her fifth start. Yet […]

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Gulfstream: Apprentices Hernandez, Donis Notch First Career Wins

Apprentice jockeys Carlos Hernandez and Alvaro Donis recorded their first career victories Thursday at Gulfstream Park. The 18-year-old Hernandez guided C D Gold to a front-running score in the third race, while the 24-year-old Donis rode Lovely Elle to an off-the-pace triumph in the sixth race. Hernandez, a native of Carolina, Puerto Rico, sent the […]

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Higgins, Wife Of Hall Of Famer Desormeaux, Rides First Winner

In just her fourth career mount, apprentice Rosie Higgins, who was raised on a farm in eastern Ohio, broke her maiden in Thursday’s second race at Santa Anita aboard Blue Law, who appropriately enough, broke from the rail and was assigned the number “one” in the track’s program. With her husband, Hall of Fame jockey, […]

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Handicapping Help At Aqueduct From Dick Powell

According to Dick Powell, there are a number of counterintuitive factors involved with handicapping horse racing. In other words, “You think it’s one way and it’s actually the other.” In a blog post on TwinSpires.com, Powell demonstrated this phenomenon in relation to the inner dirt track racing at Aqueduct. Many bettors adhere to the belief […]

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Top Apprentice Rider Eric Cancel To Tackle Saratoga

Belmont Park’s leading apprentice jockey Eric Cancel has steadily gained traction since joining the New York Racing Association circuit this spring and, with 54 career victories, the five-pound “bug boy” will look to keep his recent momentum going when he moves his tack upstate to ride his first meet at Saratoga Race Course. “It’ll be […]

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Gulfstream Kicks Off Apprentice Riding Program

Gulfstream Park held its first apprentice riding education program meeting Sunday morning. The program, designed by former steward Dave Hicks, is designed to give young riders an opportunity to learn from experienced guest speakers, including stewards, retired jockeys, nutritionists, financial advisors, starters, racing management and medical staff. “I started this program back in 1968 at […]

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Laurel Apprentice Israel Rodriguez Rides to Victory in U.S. Debut

Israel Rodriguez made a great first impression, riding a winner in his first race in this country Friday afternoon at Laurel Park. In the fifth race, Rodriguez broke from the outside post astride Inspeightofthegold ($6.40), raced on the extreme outside the whole way and then finished fastest of all to win his first race outside […]

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Eclipse Winner Carrasco an Apprentice No More

As luck would have it, Victor Carrasco’s last day with the weight allowance was Saturday when he took home honors as the best apprentice rider in North America for 2013. This afternoon at Laurel Park, the 21-year-old rode as a journeyman for the first time, going winless with six mounts though he finished in the […]

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Fair Grounds: ‘Bug’ Jockey Vanessa Fry Scores First Career Victory

She’s already something of a rarity as an African-American female apprentice jockey born and raised in the non-racing state of Georgia. However, on Saturday in the last race of the evening at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots, 25-year-old Atlanta native Vanessa Fry distinguished herself further by riding the first winner of her fledgling career […]

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Maiden, Apprentice win Australia’s Cox Plate

For a horse with a career of near-misses, it can not be sweeter than to capture victory in as dramatic fashion as possible. That’s exactly what happened when Shamus Award won Australia’s prestigious Group 1 Sportingbet Cox Plate Saturday at Moonee Valley, as reported by the Sydney Morning Herald. The 3-year-old son of Snitzel and […]

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