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Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: ‘Hope Is For Free’

The last-minute pick-up mount on Saturday at Santa Anita had jockey Geovanni Franco and agent Jim Giannone dreaming big. With Joel Rosario feeling under the weather, Franco was gifted the opportunity to ride Grade 1 winner Next Shares in the G2 San Gabriel Stakes. “When my agent told me, I got really excited,” said Franco, […]

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Millionaire Next Shares Pointing To Pegasus World Cup Turf

Following his narrow victory in Saturday’s Grade 2 San Gabriel Stakes, Next Shares will point for the inaugural Pegasus World Cup Turf Invitational later this month. Immediately after the San Gabriel, part owner Michael Iavarone said the 6-year-old Archarcharch colt would be entered in the new $7 million race Jan. 26 at Gulfstream Park. Ridden […]

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Rosario’s ‘Flu’ Grants Geovanni Franco ‘Biggest Pickup Mount Ever’ With Next Shares

Jockey Joel Rosario was forced to take off his five mounts at Santa Anita for the second straight day on Sunday, according to the press office, because he has been feeling under the weather. “He’s got the flu,” said the 33-year-old Dominican’s agent, Ron Anderson, “but he’s expected to resume riding on Thursday.” On Saturday, […]

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Favored Next Shares Takes San Gabriel With Last-Gasp Lunge

A dramatic photo finish in Saturday’s Grade 2 San Gabriel Stakes saw 8-5 favorite Next Shares thrust his whiskers across the line just ahead of 6-1 choice Cleopatra’s Strike, scoring his sixth lifetime victory. The gelded 6-year-old son of ArchArchArch, owned by Jules and Michael Iavarone, Jerry McClanahan, Chris Dunn, William Marasa, Ritchie Robershaw and […]

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Miller’s Four-Win Saturday Puts Him Atop Trainer Standings At Del Mar

Trainer Peter Miller saddled four winners on Saturday to open a six-win lead over his pursuers and appear to salt away his third straight Del Mar fall training championship and his fourth in the five years of the meet’s existence. Miller’s wins Saturday came with Gray Magician (2nd, Flavien Prat, $3.00), Acker (3rd, Rafael Bejarano, […]

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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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Judge Grants Espinoza Stay Of Suspension For Careless Riding

Judge Timothy M. Casserly awarded a stay of his 10-day suspension to apprentice jockey Assael Espinoza in San Diego County Superior Court on Thursday, according to agent Brian Beach. The suspension was originally handed down by stewards for an incident in which Espinoza caused interference in Saturday’s final race at Del Mar; jockeys Corey Nakatani […]

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Geovanni Franco Living The Dream In California

The name, Geovanni Franco, registers as Italian. The birthplace listed in the Del Mar jockey roster says Mexico City. The word Franco received recently from a family sage took him to yet another place. “I had to go back to Mexico last year for an emergency, I got to talk to my grandfather and ask […]

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Franco Bruised But ‘Fortunate,’ Nakatani Released From Hospital After Del Mar Spill

Jockey Geovanni Franco incurred what his agent, James Giannone, described as a bruise high on his left foot in the last-race spill on Saturday at Del Mar. Franco, 21, a native of Mexico, was back at work Sunday morning exercising horses and was scheduled to ride four races on the afternoon program. “He’s very fortunate, and blessed, to be […]

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Updated: Nakatani Stays In Hospital Overnight After Del Mar Spill

A scary incident in the tenth and final race of the evening at Del Mar on Saturday ended with jockeys Corey Nakatani and Geovanni Franco being transported to Scripps La Jolla Hospital. According to drf.com, both riders were moving their arms and legs, but were placed on backboards as a precaution. On Sunday morning, drf.com reported that […]

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