exercise riders

‘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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Morning Workouts Mean More Than Just Income to Calder Riders

Whether young or old, Thoroughbred jockeys have two loves that guide them through life and serves as a support for their families – the love of horses and the love of riding. While riding in the afternoons provides opportunities for added income, riding in the mornings as an exercise rider provides a more consistent income […]

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Saratoga: Exercise Rider in Critical Condition after Spill

Exercise rider Raymond Bulgado remained in critical condition at Albany Medical Center on Tuesday, one day after suffering a fractured neck in a spill during training hours at Saratoga. According to the Daily Racing Form, Bulgado, who is employed by trainer Nick Zito, did not sustain any severe head trauma as a result of the […]

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