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Multiple Jockeys Affected By New Coronavirus Restrictions At Oaklawn, Gulfstream

In the past few days, multiple jockeys have had to alter plans, miss race days, or go into quarantine in response to regulations put in place by both Oaklawn and Gulfstream Park, two of the few racetracks still holding live racing. Oaklawn sent jockeys a letter on March 19 detailing some of the new regulations, […]

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Hidden Scroll ‘Got To Relax In The Gate,’ Returns To Dominate Gulfstream Allowance

Juddmonte Farms homebred Hidden Scroll, on the Triple Crown trail last spring, returned a dominant 12 ½-length front-running winner Sunday at Gulfstream Park in his first race in nearly 10 months. With John Velazquez aboard for trainer and fellow Hall of Famer Bill Mott, Hidden Scroll ($2.40) hadn’t been out since finishing third in an […]

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‘Hit Me Like A Thunderstorm’: Hot-Riding Umberto Rispoli Seeking New Agent

Umberto Rispoli made a sudden and sensational impact with both horsemen and handicappers through 32 days of Santa Anita’s Winter Meet with 27 victories, three of them yesterday, but in a classic example of what have you done for me lately, today he is looking for a new agent. The 31-year-old two-time champion in his native […]

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Hall Of Famers Velazquez, Angel Cordero Part Ways; Anderson Hired As New Agent

Hall of Fame jockeys John Velazquez and Angel Cordero have teamed up as jockey and agent since the early 1990’s, but Velazquez confirmed to the Daily Racing Form’s Marty McGee on Saturday that they have officially parted ways. McGee announced the news on Twitter following the running of the G2 Fountain of Youth Stakes at […]

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‘Wants To Make Every Horse Better’: Jose Batista Jockey Of The Month At Tampa

Jose Batista tries to pattern his riding style and mental approach after Hall of Fame member John Velazquez. After winning three consecutive races on Jan. 25 at Tampa Bay Downs, Batista was eager to compete against his idol on the Feb. 8 Festival Preview Day card. That opportunity was snatched away on Feb. 2 when […]

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Gouverneur Morris .02 Seconds Off Track Record In 3-Year-Old Debut

When Dudley Square stumbled at the start of Friday’s sixth race at Tampa Bay Downs, unseating jockey Daniel Centeno, jockey John Velazquez aboard race favorite and fellow Todd Pletcher-trainee Gouverneur Morris turned to “Plan B.” Few jockeys are more proficient in making successful strategy changes during a race than Velazquez. Gouverneur Morris did his part, […]

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Pletcher Sending Chase Tracker To Oaklawn For Southwest Stakes

Todd Pletcher has 26 early Triple Crown nominees this year and two are scheduled to make their seasonal debuts at Oaklawn in Hot Springs, Ark.,, where the future Hall of Fame trainer has enjoyed immense success since starting his first horse there more than 20 years ago. Alpha Sixty Six and Chase Tracker were flown […]

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‘Guts And Determination’: Mind Control Tops Blanket Finish In Toboggan

A three-horse photo finish in the 127th edition of Saturday’s Grade 3, $150,000 Toboggan went to dual Grade 1-winner Mind Control as he made his 2020 debut a winning one in holding off a late charge from graded stakes winners Nicodemus and Sunny Ridge in the Aqueduct Racetrack stretch. The seven-furlong event over the main […]

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Prince Lucky Diagnosed With Bilateral Sesamoid Fractures; Surgeon ‘Optimistic’ He Can Be Saved

Multiple graded stakes winner Prince Lucky will have surgery this week to repair bilateral sesamoid fractures in his right front ankle, trainer Todd Pletcher told the Daily Racing Form on Sunday morning. The 4-year-old gelding by Corinthian, the second choice in Saturday’s G3 Harlan’s Holiday Stakes at Gulfstream Park, was pulled up sharply by jockey […]

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