apprentice riders

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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Apprentice Taylor Rice Making Big Splash at the Big A

In the midst of a long, cold winter in New York, jockey Taylor Rice has enjoyed a meet-long hot streak at Aqueduct Racetrack, propelling her from relative obscurity to fifth place in the inner-track jockey standings and placing her name alongside some of the best riders in the business. Through Thursday, Rice has compiled a […]

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Apprentice Jockey Gonzalo Nicholas Out 4-6 Weeks With Chipped Vertabrae

As reported last night by Daily Racing Form’s Steve Andersen, Gonzalo Nicolas suffered a chipped vertebrae on the lower part of his back and will be sidelined four to six weeks, agent Vince DeGregory said Friday morning. The seven-pound apprentice rider was thrown when his mount, Shand, broke down and fell in upper stretch in […]

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Apprentice Jockey Austin Solis Scores First Career Win at Tampa Bay

Apprentice jockey Austin B. Solis had reason to be discouraged after losing back-to-back photo finishes with his only mounts Saturday. But the 21-year-old son of the great Panamanian rider Alex Solis has been around racing long enough to know such days are inevitable. After four second-place finishes during the opening days of the 2013-14 Tampa […]

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Carrasco Has His Eye on the Eclipse

With six weeks remaining in the year, apprentice rider Victor Carrasco continues to make a late push for an Eclipse Award. Wednesday afternoon at Laurel Park, the 21-year-old scored aboard Very Lucky ($6.20-race 6), Olympic Medallist ($175.60-race 7) and Poetry in Notion ($17.60-race 9) to move into sole possession of first place in the fall […]

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Apprenticeship Can Be Expensive Upstart

Weight under 110? Check. Ability to ride horses? Better believe it. Several hundred dollars lying around for equipment? Um, wait, what? In a series of articles on “bug” riders, the Courier-Journal chronicles the experience of apprentice Ashley Broussard and takes an interactive look at the financial costs of pursuing a career as a jockey. In […]

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Eswan Flores earns 5-pound apprentice status

Apprentice jockey Eswan Flores will carry a 5-pound allowance for the remainder of his apprentice term, which ends Sept. 11, after winning the 40th race of his career on Friday at Santa Anita, reports Daily Racing Form. Flores, 18, began riding Thoroughbreds last July, and through Saturday he ranked fourth in the Santa Anita meet […]

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Apprentice rider C.J. McMahon on the brink of national prominence

Apprentice rider C.J. McMahon is making quite a splash on the Louisiana circuit, writes Martha Claussen for SureBet Racing News.  The 17-year-old son of Quarter Horse rider Charles McMahon began riding as an apprentice at Evangeline Downs in May of this year, followed by a successful stint at Louisiana Downs then Delta Downs. The young […]

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