exercise riders

NYRA, New York Horsemen Collaborate On Insurance Credit Program To Offset Cost Of Racing At Aqueduct

The New York Racing Association and New York Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association are collaborating on a program to provide a $300 per Aqueduct starter credit to connections’ accounts with the New York Jockey Injury Compensation Fund, according to a report from the Daily Racing Form. NYRA officials hope the move will increase field size, as the credit […]

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‘I’m Screwed’: Maryland Case Of Missing Workers’ Comp Illustrates Problems With Costly System

On Dec. 15, 2016, the stewards at Laurel Park issued a brief statement following the hearing of trainer Wayne Potts. Potts, who is based in Maryland and Delaware and has trained since 2004, was found to have operated his racing stable without workers’ compensation insurance from Aug. 31, 2015 to March 16, 2016. The trainer, […]

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NYTHA Offering Exercise Riders $125 Each For Safer Helmet, Vest Purchases

The New York State Gaming Commission is launching a program to ensure that the safety equipment worn by exercise riders – helmets and safety vests – meet current safety standards. The safety equipment will be subject to random inspections by the NYS Gaming Commission. The safety equipment program is one of many core recommendations from […]

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Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: ‘I Never Thought I Could Actually Do It’

Serious doubts accompanied Mshawish as he entered the gate for the Grade 3 Hal’s Hope Stakes last Saturday; he went off as the third choice in the field of five. The Grade 1 winner on turf had only one prior start on the dirt — a fourth in the Cigar Mile. When Mshawish rallied from last […]

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‘Algo Esta Mal Con Mi Cerebro:’ El Peligro Que Está Acechando De Conmociones Cerebrales Para Jockeys

The following is a Spanish translation of our article,’Something’s Wrong With My Brain:’ The Lurking Danger Of Concussions For Jockeys, which ran Dec. 30. It is our hope that offering the article in Spanish will better inform jockeys and exercise riders of the dangers associated with repeated head trauma, even if English is not their […]

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Recovering Jockey Oriana Rossi To Benefit From Silent Auction At Indiana Grand

Charlie Ridley, a well-known saddle and tack maker in the horse racing industry, has donated a hand-crafted exercise saddle to benefit Jockey Oriana Rossi. The saddle, which is full leather with an alligator seat, will go up for bids beginning Wednesday, Oct. 21 in the racing office at Indiana Grand and will be available in […]

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New York: Proposed Bill Could End Insurance Coverage For Exercise Riders

The New York state legislature is considering a measure that would end workers’ compensation insurance coverage for equine industry exercise riders. The riders are now covered by the New York Jockey Injury Compensation Fund. According to a report in the Blood-Horse, the new legislation, introduced by the Senate and Assembly racing and wagering committees, would […]

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Exercise Rider Boudraa Dies in Woodbine Training Accident

There was no joy on the Woodbine backstretch on Tuesday after exercise rider Mourad Boudraa died following a freak accident at the sand ring. Tawney’s Wish, the horse he was riding, also died. Trainer Mark Fournier, leaning against the railing at the sand ring early Tuesday morning, said he heard an unusual sound and looked […]

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Breeders’ Cup presents Pop Quiz: High-Ho, Curly!

Bryan Beccia is a Louisville-based exercise rider and jockey who has galloped 2001 Kentucky Derby winner Monarchos and this year’s Preakness runner-up, Ride On Curlin (affectionately known as “Curly”). Beccia got his jockey’s license in 1991 and rode one race this year but does most of his work in the mornings at Churchill Downs. He […]

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California Chrome’s Exercise Rider Feeling Lucky

As California Chrome’s exercise rider, Willie Delgado has the chance to ride a potential Triple Crown winner every morning, and the 46-year-old couldn’t be more grateful for the opportunity. “And for me to have done it all – I was a jockey, then I was a trainer, I was an agent; I did it all […]

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