apprentice jockeys

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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‘Manny from Chicago’: Bug Boy Making Impression in NY

Like so many apprentice jockeys before him, Manny Esquivel brought youth, drive and athletic ability with him when he arrived in New York hoping to get a jump on the upcoming fall/winter meet at Aqueduct Racetrack. The 23-year-old also brought with him a couple of things most bug boys could only dream of – a […]

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Apprentice McCarthy rings in new year with Laurel four-bagger

Mike McCarthy won 2,907 races as a jockey before retiring in 2002. His 18-year-old son Trevor is now 2,891 victories behind after a four-win afternoon at Laurel Park to ring in the new year. McCarthy visited the winners’ circle aboard Kincaid ($3.20-second for trainer Dale Capuano), Merryland Moon ($5.60-fourth for trainer Mike Trombetta), Bluegrass Kopp […]

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Apprentice jockey Hernandez wins with first two North American mounts

OZONE PARK, N.Y. – Apprentice jockey Omar Hernandez, a 16-year-old from Panama, began his North American riding career in strong fashion on Saturday at Aqueduct Racetrack, winning with his first two mounts. In race 4, an optional claimer for filly and mare sprinters, Hernandez stalked the pacesetters aboard Verse Choir ($12.80), took the lead at […]

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Turfway: Jockey Felipe Villeda notches first career win

FLORENCE, Ky., Jan. 20, 2012 – Apprentice jockey Felipe Villeda scored his first career victory Friday, bringing Royal Ensign home to the tune of 40-1 in the eighth race at Turfway Park. Royal Ensign broke from post seven in the 6 1/2-furlong claiming race and Villeda dropped him down inside for a ground-saving trip.  The pair […]

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Apprentice Canchari riding high at Oaklawn

Daily Racing Form’s Mary Rampellini profiles apprentice rider Alex Canchari, who rode his first two career winners on opening day at Oaklawn on Jan. 13. The Minnesota native, who just turned 18, hails from a racing family. He is the son of retired jockey Luis Canchari, and his older brother Patrick, also an apprentice, is […]

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Former jockey Paul Frey, grandfather to Eclipse winner, dead at 73

In his acceptance speech at Monday night’s Eclipse Awards, champion apprentice jockey Kyle Frey mentioned the passing of his grandfather, who was a leading riding on the Washington and California circuits in the 1960’s.  The following is a press release announcing the death of Paul Frey: Paul Frey, who rode 2,478 winners including riding titles […]

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