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‘Among The Top Jockeys In The Country’: Prat Wraps Up Del Mar Riding Title

Closing day of the 80th summer racing season at Del Mar is an occasion to reflect on the past seven weeks for horsemen. Without doubt the preeminent human figures of the meeting have been jockey Flavien Prat, trainer John Sadler and the Hronis Racing stable of brothers Kosta and Pete Hronis. With two wins on […]

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Pacific Classic: Will Prat Have ‘Higher Power’ In His Corner Again?

Seeking the Soul drew the No. 5 spot in a field of 10 and was established as the  3-1 morning line favorite at the post position draw party Tuesday for Saturday’s $1-million TVG Pacific Classic at Del Mar, Calif. The 29th running of the signature event of the summer season will go as the 10th […]

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Two Musketeers? With Prat At Saratoga, Leparoux To Ride Vasilika In Del Mar’s Yellow Ribbon

French-born jockeys Flavien Prat and Julien Leparoux will be at opposite ends of the country from their home bases on Saturday aboard two of the best female runners in America. Prat will be at Saratoga to ride Bellafina in the Test Stakes on Saturday while Leparoux will be here for the assignment on Vasilika in the Grade […]

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Prat: First Derby Win ‘Hard To Comprehend’

Roughly 17 hours after he became the first jockey to win a Kentucky Derby via racing disqualification, French-born Flavien Prat was back to work at Santa Anita, getting a leg up from trainer Phil D’Amato aboard Foster Boi, a 3-year-old allowance colt in Sunday’s first race at The Great Race Place. “I really haven’t realized […]

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New Father Prat Takes Aim At Defending Del Mar Riding Title

Flavien Prat, the reigning riding champion of fall racing at Del Mar, was introduced to fatherhood late Tuesday night when his wife, Manon Lemaire Prat, gave birth to the couple’s first child, a daughter named Elana. Mother and daughter are doing well, Prat’s agent Derek Lawson said Thursday morning. Lawson was unable to provide standard […]

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O’Neill, Prat Clinch Santa Anita Titles

Congratulations are in order for Doug O’Neill and Flavien Prat, as both have clinched titles in their respective categories. O’Neill, who coming into today had saddled by far the most horses of any trainer, 136, through 40 racing days, enjoyed a five-length advantage over both Phil D’Amato and Peter Miller with 31 wins. O’Neill thus […]

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Prat Poised To Take Santa Anita Riding Title, Then Head To New York

One of the nation’s leading trainers has called Flavien Prat a difference maker, as in difference maker when it comes to winning or losing a race. That’s a supreme but deserved compliment for the 25-year-old Frenchman, currently poised to win Santa Anita’s Spring Meet riding title, as he leads co-runners-up Joe Talamo and Geovanni Franco, […]

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Prat To Ride In Hong Kong For Longines International Jockey Championship Dec. 6

Flavien Prat, the meet’s leading rider at Del Mar, has accepted an invitation to represent the United States in the Longines International Jockey Championship on Wednesday, December 6, at the Happy Valley Race Course in Hong Kong. The annual event pits four Hong Kong-based riders against eight selected from around the world in four races […]

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Prat Celebrates ‘Picture Perfect’ Four-Win Friday At Breeders’ Cup

At the start of the week Derek Lawson, agent for jockey Flavien Prat, spoke about how excited his client was to have the Breeders’ Cup coming to Del Mar. “This is his favorite track. It’s where his career really took off (in 2016) and he knows every twist and turn and where he needs to […]

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Prat And Agent Derek Lawson ‘Have Come A Long Way In Two Years’

Flavien Prat won four races Saturday, three of them Grade I stakes: the Zenyatta with Paradise Woods; the Chandelier with Moonshine Memories; and the Rodeo Drive with Avenge. Each gives the winner a fees-paid start in their respective Breeders’ Cup races a month hence, come Nov. 3 and 4. It’s a far cry from how things were […]

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