Apprentice Cardenas Enjoys ‘Overwhelming’ First Victory At Aqueduct

Apprentice jockey Luis Cardenas picked up his first victory with his 15th career mount when he guided 3-1 Solitary Gem to a 3 ½ length victory in the Friday finale at Aqueduct for owner-trainer Leah Gyarmati. The 22-year-old Cardenas didn’t rest on his laurels also picking up his second career win aboard 5-1 Majestic Affair […]

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Apprentice Julio Correa Parlays Four-Win Day Into Summer Riding Title At Laurel

Apprentice Julio Correa won four times on Sunday’s closing day program to defeat Trevor McCarthy and clinch his first career riding title in style at Laurel Park. The 25-year-old Correa, who rides with a five-pound weight allowance, finished the 43-day summer meet with a 35-30 advantage atop the jockey standings to become the first apprentice […]

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Maria Maysonett Rides Her First Career Winner Saturday At Monmouth

Drenched in water and covered in baby powder and shaving cream, all courtesy of her fellow Monmouth Park jockeys, Maria Maysonett was able to wipe away all but one thing Saturday: Her smile. The 23-year-old apprentice jockey notched her first victory in the United States when she rallied favored Malekith from far back to capture […]

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Apprentice Torres Wins Four Of 12 Races Saturday At Gulfstream

Apprentice jockey Cristian Torres, a former exercise rider for Mark Casse, won four races on Saturday’s 12-race program at Gulfstream Park. Torres, currently second in the summer meet jockey standings behind Edgard Zayas, won the second race aboard Frank Alone ($15.80), the fifth on favored Chiseled ($3.80), the seventh on Flashing Diamond ($5), and dead-heated […]

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‘Bright Futures’: Apprentices Espinoza, Figeroa On The Rise In California

A year ago, 19-year-old Evin Roman was the talk of the Southern California Thoroughbred racing circuit. The native of Puerto Rico and graduate of the celebrated jockey school there became the first apprentice to be atop the jockey standings at Santa Anita since Gordon Glisson in 1949 when he tied Flavien Prat for the 2017 […]

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Apprentice Espinoza Awaiting Driver’s License, Tied For Fifth In Santa Anita Standings

Asa Espinoza is far and away the meet’s leading apprentice rider, and with 21 victories, is tied for fifth overall at Santa Anita Park’s Spring Meet which ends today. Not bad for an 18-year-old kid who doesn’t even have his driver’s license yet. “He’s done really well for a guy who started from scratch here […]

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‘Asa’s Acing It’: Apprentice Espinoza On A Roll At Santa Anita

With a disarming smile and eager work ethic, 18-year-old apprentice Asa Espinoza is on the move, evidenced by the fact he’s won with his last four mounts, two on Thursday and another pair on Friday, culminating with trainer Peter Miller’s Palace Paynter ($7.40) in yesterday’s fourth race. “He won those four races for four different trainers,” said Brian […]

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Oaklawn’s Leading Apprentice Morales Rides Eighth Winner Of Meet Friday

Edgar Morales, Oaklawn’s leading apprentice this year, rode his eighth winner at the meeting Friday, guiding Charming Deputy ($51.80) to a neck victory in the fifth race for owner/trainer John Haran. Morales, in the 29th day of the now-scheduled 55-day season, matched the victory total of Katie Clawson, last year’s leading apprentice jockey at Oaklawn. Clawson finished […]

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Apprentice Zajac Makes History By Tying For Riding Title At Hazel Park

Michigan racing had never seen an apprentice jockey take down the leading rider title, but in 2017, bug girl Melissa Zajac did just that at Hazel Park. Zajac tied for the title with Hazel stalwart Ricardo Barrios, each rider finishing the meet with 58 victories. According to the Detriot Metro-Times, Zajac was a long-time groom who […]

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