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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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Andrea Rodriguez Scores First U.S. Victory With $101 Upset

Bug rider Andrea Rodriguez recorded her first victory in the United States, booting home the late-running Trinni Jean, a 49-1 shot, to win Saturday’s third race at Monmouth Park. The 21-year-old from Canovanas, Puerto Rico, who started her riding career on Jan. 1, had been 0-for-16 in the United States before her breakthrough win. Trinni […]

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Venezuelan Francisco D’Angelo Saddles First U.S. Stakes Winner At Gulfstream

Francisco D’Angelo, a multiple-stakes winning trainer in Venezuela, celebrated his first stakes win in the U.S. Saturday after Cowboy’s Hero scored by 1 ¾ lengths in the $75,000 Mecke Stakes at Gulfstream Park. The 51-year-old D’Angelo, a former leading trainer in Venezuela before venturing to South Florida in 2015, has been a multiple stakes-placed trainer […]

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‘Dreams Do Come True’: Army Veteran Mark Simms Gets First Churchill Win

Retired U.S. Army Officer Mark Simms Jr. recorded his first win as a trainer beneath the historic Twin Spires of Churchill Downs on Saturday evening with 3-year-old Kaziranga. Simms, a former assistant to trainer Dale Romans, began his training career in 2017 and has a small stable based at Trackside Louisville, Churchill Downs’ training facility […]

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Former Casse Exercise Rider Cristian Torres Scores First Win

Cristian Torres, a 10-pound apprentice jockey, rode the first winner of his career Sunday at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale Beach, Fla., scoring a front-running victory aboard Dempsey in Race 4. Ralph Nicks-trained Dempsey ($14.60) was the 21-year-old native of Puerto Rico’s seventh mount since launching his riding career at Gulfstream April 6. “I don’t have […]

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Rotstein, Cameron Celebrate ‘Thrilling’ First Training Victories At Tampa

Tyler Rotstein was trying to keep his emotions under control after his 4-year-old gelding Togie won Saturday’s fifth race at Tampa Bay Downs, the 23-year-old trainer’s first career victory in only three tries. “It’s probably the most thrilling experience I’ve had in a long, long time,” said Rotstein, a former strong safety-linebacker for the Bluffton […]

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‘Extra Special’: Cherie DeVaux Saddles First Winner Friday At Gulfstream

Cherie DeVaux saddled the first winner of her training career at Gulfstream Park Friday, visiting the winner’s circle with Traveling ($25.80) after Race 6, a mile turf race for $50,000 maiden claimers. Traveling, a 3-year-old son of Tale of the Cat who had run three prior races, was DeVaux’s 29th starter. “I’m very excited. It […]

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Retired Jockey David Flores Celebrates First Training Victory At Tampa Bay Downs

David Flores had planned to accompany his wife Dawn and their two children to LEGOLAND Theme Park in Winter Haven, Fla., on Friday, but when 3-year-old colt Higgins got into the seventh race at Tampa Bay Downs, Flores decided to enjoy fun of a different sort. Wise move, as the retired jockey scored his first […]

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‘Can’t Beat This Feeling’: Jockey Virginia Tormey Celebrates First Career Winner

Jockey Virginia Tormey, 23, earned her first career victory Friday when she guided Miss Chuckie H to win the first race at Turfway Park by 8 ½ lengths. Breaking from post seven, Tormey positioned Miss Chuckie H just outside the leader before taking over on the turn of the 6 ½ furlong test for older […]

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‘I Can’t Even Explain What It Feels Like’: Rebecca LaBarre Rides First Winner At Laurel

Ejetero LLC’s Empire Panther took the lead at the top of the stretch and held off a late challenge from Ash n’ Em to give jockey Rebecca LaBarre her first professional victory Saturday at Laurel Park. Empire Panther ($4.80), trained by Jose Corrales, ran one mile in 1:40.86 over a fast main track to win […]

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