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‘Feels Really Good’: Antonio Gallardo Rides Five Winners Sunday At Tampa

With a chance to ride five winners on a single card at Tampa Bay Downs for the fifth time in his career, leading jockey Antonio Gallardo went into the eighth race brimming with confidence. Everyone could see why after first-time starter Chart ran away and hid from her six rivals, posting a 5 ¼-length victory […]

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‘Cool Under Fire’: Jockey Pablo Morales Celebrated Career Year In 2019

Pablo Morales had the kind of year in 2019 most jockeys only dream about. He rode 226 winners, the 12th-highest total in North American, and his purse earnings of $4,053,906 marked a career-best. Given that he is 31 and either at the peak of his career, or rapidly approaching it, Morales doesn’t plan to spend […]

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‘Great Accomplishment’: Apprentice Romero Maragh Launches Career Comeback Sunday

Nearly a year since a serious injury put his promising riding career on hold, apprentice Romero Ramsay Maragh is ready to pick up where he left off. The 19-year-old Maragh will be aboard Rayo My King in the eighth race Sunday, Jan. 19, the first of three mounts on the weekend at Gulfstream Park. He […]

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Italian-Born Rider Umberto Rispoli Has Been ‘Well Received’ Thus Far At Santa Anita

Umberto Rispoli is a new name to California but under the tutelage of world-class agent Ron Anderson, it could become familiar in a hurry if his first eight days riding at Santa Anita are an indication. The 31-year-old is a native of Italy where he won riding championships in 2009 and 2010, most recently having […]

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Apprentice Cardenas Enjoys ‘Overwhelming’ First Victory At Aqueduct

Apprentice jockey Luis Cardenas picked up his first victory with his 15th career mount when he guided 3-1 Solitary Gem to a 3 ½ length victory in the Friday finale at Aqueduct for owner-trainer Leah Gyarmati. The 22-year-old Cardenas didn’t rest on his laurels also picking up his second career win aboard 5-1 Majestic Affair […]

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‘You Have To Remember Where You Came From’: Antonio Gallardo Ready For The New Year

Before the 2019-2020 Tampa Bay Downs meeting resumed on Nov. 27, jockey Antonio Gallardo took his wife Polliana and their two children to his hometown of Jerez de la Frontera in Cadiz, Spain to visit with his parents and other relatives. After a down-to-the-wire duel with good friend Pablo Morales for the Presque Isle Downs […]

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Chad Brown, Manny Franco Repeat Year-End NYRA Titles

Trainer Chad Brown notched his fifth consecutive New York Racing Association year-end training title, jockey Manny Franco won his second consecutive riding crown, and Klaravich Stables led all owners on the circuit as racing concluded for 2019 following Tuesday’s card at Aqueduct Racetrack. Brown, who has won three consecutive Eclipse Awards for Outstanding Trainer from […]

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Commentary: ‘Uncalled For’ Jockeys’ Actions At Gulfstream ‘A Bad Look’ For Racing

Saturday’s final race at Gulfstream Park caused a bit of social media uproar, based on the actions of jockey Irad Ortiz, Jr. in the H. Allen Jerkens Stakes. The elder Ortiz brother, riding Carom, appeared to box in along the rail Paco Lopez on Shazier near the quarter pole, enabling his younger brother, Jose Ortiz, […]

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‘Pretty Amazing’: Mike Smith Surpasses Jerry Bailey As All-Time Grade 1 Stakes-Winning Jockey

Mike Smith, still vanquishing Father Time at the age of 54, won four stakes races on Saturday at Santa Anita Park. Three of them were Grade I’s, setting a record for career Grade I successes at 217, one more than fellow Hall of Fame member Jerry Bailey. “I think yesterday epitomized what Mike is all […]

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Trevor McCarthy Wins Five Saturday At Laurel Park

Jockey Trevor McCarthy celebrated Saturday’s Christmastide Day program at Laurel Park with five wins, including three of five stakes, and effectively clinched the fall meet riding title. McCarthy won Race 2 aboard Let’s Play Nine ($3.60), the first of two wins on the day for trainer Mike Trombetta. One race later, McCarthy led 1-2 favorite […]

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