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Castellano Brothers Team Up For ‘Very Special’ First Victory

Javier Castellano scored one of the most emotional victories of his Hall of Fame career aboard Nothins Free in Sunday’s third race at Gulfstream Park. The superstar jockey has won infinitely more prestigious races than the $12,500 claiming race for 3-year-old maiden fillies but never has he had the opportunity to celebrate a victory by a horse […]

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Victor Espinoza’s Nephew Scores First Victory Friday At Santa Anita

Apprentice Asa Espinoza, 18, tastes victory for the very first time by winning Friday’s 7th race at Santa Anita aboard the Vladimir Cerin-trained South Texas Lingo.  Born in Arcadia and raised near Mexico City, Espinoza is the nephew of Hall of Fame jockey Victor Espinoza. “I’m so happy,” said Asa, who connected with his seventh […]

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Mike Merryman Saddles First Career Winner Sunday At Laurel

Deal Driven, running second time off the claim, sprinted to a front-running 2 ¼-length win in Sunday’s fourth race at Laurel Park to give Mike Merryman his first career training victory. Ridden by Carlos Quinones, 4-year-old Into Mischief gelding Deal Driven ($4.40) ran about 1 1/16 miles in 1:46.15 over a fast main track to beat favored […]

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Kelsey Danner Earns First Career Training Victory At Turfway Saturday

Trainer Kelsey Danner, 32, scored her first career training win Saturday, Jan. 13, when 3-year-old filly Majestic Bold broke her maiden in the first race at Turfway Park. The milestone win came with Danner’s ninth starter. The trainer also counts one second-place finish. A self-described “backside rat,” Danner is the daughter of trainer Mark Danner. […]

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19-Year-Old Hamilton Rides First Two Winners Monday At Laurel

Apprentice Weston Hamilton, the youngest son of multiple graded-stakes winning journeyman Steve ‘Cowboy’ Hamilton, picked up his first two professional wins with his only mounts of the day Monday at Laurel Park. The 19-year-old shares the Laurel jock’s room with his dad, a winner of more than 1,300 career races who returned to the irons last year […]

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Morales, Canchari Score Breakthrough Wins At Keeneland Sunday

Alex Canchari, who decided this year to ride regularly in Kentucky, clinched his first Keeneland victory in Sunday’s first race when he rode Boxer Boy for trainer Doug Anderson, who owns the 3-year-old Algorithms gelding with Nelson McMakin and Fred Dolezal. At odds of 13-1, Boxer Boy won the 1 1/16-mile race by a neck […]

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Apprentice Fukumoto Celebrates First Career Win On His 20th Birthday

Apprentice jockey Daisuke Fukumoto celebrated his first career win sending Raglan Road down the road in the afternoon’s sixth race as Canadian International weekend kicked off on Friday at Woodbine Racetrack. The victory was a perfect birthday present for the Japanese-born jockey, who turned 20 years old today. Fukumoto earned his first victory on Friday aboard Raglan Road for […]

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Veteran Euro Holland Rides First U.S. Winner At Gulfstream Friday

The winner of 19 Group 1 stakes in Europe, jockey Darryll Holland notched his first success in the U.S. Friday, scoring aboard Justa Jill in the fifth race at Gulfstream Park. The 45-year-old veteran scored his first win on his 32nd mount in the U.S. since joining the Gulfstream jockey colony this summer. His most high-profile ride […]

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Former Actress Falgione Scores With First Mount As A Jockey

Maria Domina Falgione is a 38-year-old former working actor who performed in “Indie films, TV shows, commercials,” the titles of which do not come easily to her mind. She did have the lead in both the New York and Las Vegas productions of the off-broadway play “Tony and Tina’s Wedding.” Falgione played the bride. “I […]

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Sofia Rodriguez Rides First North American Winner Saturday At Arlington

New addition to the Arlington jockey colony Sofia Rodriguez rode her first North American winner in Saturday’s first race aboard Thomas Kassel and Juan Perez’s Nicolas Perez-trainee Bartbaalu, a 6-year-old gelding making his 38th lifetime start against maidens. The 21-year-old Rodriguez settled her charge along the rail a length off the pacesetter in the early […]

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