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Facing Uncertainty Outside The Racetrack, Working Jockeys Are Happy For Some ‘Normal’

Uncertainty may be a part of a jockey’s everyday life, but that feeling has risen immeasurably as the rest of the world grinds to a halt in the face of the coronavirus pandemic. Several states have shut down racing entirely, so riders at tracks still operating are quick to express their gratitude for being able […]

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New York State Of Mind: Cohen To Ride At Saratoga This Summer

David Cohen, Oaklawn’s leading jockey in 2019, said he will ride regularly this summer at Saratoga, the prestigious upstate New York meet that will run July 16-Sept. 7. Cohen was based in Kentucky after the Oaklawn meeting ended last May, but he did have six mounts at Saratoga. Cohen had three victories – all for […]

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Villainous ‘Wants To Be A Good Horse,’ Will Target Southwest Stakes

Villainous completed his major preparations for the $750,000 Southwest Stakes (G3) for 3-year-olds Feb. 17 with a workout in company Sunday morning at Oaklawn for trainer Jeremiah Englehart. Under 2019 Oaklawn riding champion David Cohen, Villainous breezed with stablemate Two Point Oh over a fast track following the second surface renovation break. Villainous, along the […]

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Geroux, Baze Join Quality Ellis Park Jockey Colony For 2019

Florent Geroux, rider of 2018 champion filly Monomoy Girl and 2017 Horse of the Year Gun Runner, will stay in Kentucky this summer in another sign of the increasing quality of racing and enhanced purses offered at Ellis Park. Also new to the Ellis Park jockey colony: ✦ Tyler Baze, long a California mainstay and […]

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Ricardo, Cohen Down To The Wire For Oaklawn Riding Title

Ricardo Santana Jr. normally has the Oaklawn riding title sewn up by Arkansas Derby Day. But, this is not a normal year at Oaklawn since the meeting has been extended three weeks to May 4 (Kentucky Derby Day), a window of 11 racing days that will decide whether Santana secures his seventh consecutive Oaklawn riding […]

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Diodoro Hits Seven Figures In Purse Earnings, Enjoying ‘Best Meet’ At Oaklawn

Robertino Diodoro became the second trainer at Oaklawn Park’s horse racing meet to reach $1 million in purse earnings March 29, the 37th day of the scheduled 57-day meeting. Diodoro, whose main client in runaway leading owner M and M Racing (Mike and Mickala Sisk), entered Thursday with $1,100,345 in purse earnings and 28 victories to […]

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Wonder Gadot ‘Really Feeling Strong’ Ahead Of Apple Blossom

Queen’s Plate winner Wonder Gadot was among the first horses to work Saturday morning at Oaklawn. She ended up being the fastest, too. Breezing over a fast surface moments after the track opened under David Cohen, Wonder Gadot recorded a 5-furlong bullet (:59) in advance of a scheduled start in the $750,000 Apple Blossom Handicap […]

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Diodoro ‘Not Settling For Mediocrity’ At Oaklawn Park

Trainer Robertino Diodoro saddled four winners Friday at Oaklawn Park, including three for leading owner M and M Racing (Mike and Mickala Sisk). Diodoro won the second race with favored It Is Dejavu ($2.60), fourth race with favored Powerful Thirst ($6.60), fifth race with favored Fault Line ($3) and the ninth race with favored Industrialist […]

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Favored Heartwood Works Hard For King Cotton Win

The well-traveled Heartwood, coming off a third-place effort in the Grade 3 Mr. Prospector at Gulfstream Dec. 22, did not disappoint as the 2-1 favorite when he took Saturday’s $100,000 King Cotton Stakes at Oaklawn by a half-length over Control Stake. Ridden by David Cohen, the 5-year-old son of Tapit was a close second behind […]

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