jockey of the month

After Battling Personal Demons, Allen Takes Tampa Bay’s Jockey Of The Month Title

Ronnie Allen, Jr., believes his experience and physical condition, honed during more than three decades of race-riding, will help him continue to win races for the next several years. “I feel good. I feel strong,” said Allen, who turned 55 on April 24. “If I get the mounts, I’ll be OK. The older guys (a […]

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‘Always So Positive’: Young Jockey Mena Overcomes Injuries, Remains Passionate

Tampa Bay Downs jockey Raul Mena was 19 when his mount failed to negotiate the turn in a race at Valparaiso Sporting Club in Chile, throwing him to the ground like a rag doll and placing his budding career in jeopardy. Mena spent the next six weeks in a comatose state, while doctors and family […]

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After Yearly ‘Grind’ Jockey Mike Allen Hits 2,000 Career Victories

Mike Allen isn’t given to waxing nostalgic about his 32-plus years as a jockey, even after his 2,000th career victory Friday at Tampa Bay Downs unleashed a flood of memories. But the reaction from family, friends and horsemen helped him put the magnitude of the achievement in perspective. “I had one trainer say, ‘What percentage […]

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Jockey David Delgado’s ‘Horsemanship Skill’ On Full Display At Tampa Bay Downs

Every time he exercised Navy Armed Guard this season, David Delgado thirsted for a chance to ride the 3-year-old gelding in a race. When that opportunity came on March 24 at Tampa Bay Downs, Delgado felt as giddy as a schoolboy before his first dance. “It was a long time since I’d been on a […]

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Jockey Gallardo: ‘You Can Find A Good Horse Anywhere’

Two seasons ago, Antonio Gallardo rode a 3-year-old first-time starter named Imperial Hint to an eye-opening victory in a 7-furlong Tampa Bay Downs allowance in a sizzling time of 1:22.39. The Luis Carvajal, Jr.-trained Florida-bred colt lowered that time to 1:22.15 in his next start with Gallardo in the irons, the Florida Cup Ocala Breeders’ […]

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‘Like A Mechanic Checking Your Car’: Ferrer Riding High At Tampa Bay Downs

More than 30 years ago, when he was making a name for himself as a top rider in New Jersey, Jose Ferrer had the good fortune to learn from some of the best. Jockeys such as Ferrer’s uncle, Carlos Lopez, Sr., and his cousin, Charles “C.C.” Lopez, were eager to share their insights. And when […]

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‘He Taught Me Everything’: Jockey Bocachica Will Honor Father’s Memory On The Track

The first person Orlando Bocachica thanked after learning of his selection as the Hampton Inn & Suites Jockey of the Month at Tampa Bay Downs was his father, who died at home in the Miami area Wednesday morning of a heart attack. Orlando Bocachica Lugo, who was employed as an assistant to Gulfstream Park trainer […]

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