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Ramon Vazquez Scores 12 Victories To Earn Jockey Of The Week Title

Ramon Vazquez led all North American Jockeys by total wins last week and was voted Jockeys’ Guild Jockey of the Week for June 11-18, 2018. The award is voted on by a panel of experts for riding accomplishments by members of the Jockeys’ Guild, the organization which represents more than 950 riders in North America. […]

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Oscar Performance Ties World Record Time In Poker Triumph

On Saturday at Belmont Park, Amerman Racing’s Oscar Performance made his long-awaited return a memorable one, driving to a 1 ½-length victory in the Grade 3, $300,000 Poker for 4-year-olds and up at a mile on the Widener turf course in a record-setting time of 1:31.23. Oscar Performance’s final time was .40 seconds better than Elusive […]

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Blue Prize Adds To Churchill Tally In Fleur De Lis

Merriebelle Stable’s Blue Prize has shown an affinity for the Churchill Downs oval throughout her North American career, finishing second in an allowance in her first U.S. start and winning the Falls City Handicap last November. On Saturday, the 5-year-old daughter of Pure Prize added to that resume with a 1 1/2-length triumph in the […]

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2017 Belmont Stakes Winner Tapwrit Third In 4-Year-Old Debut

Winner of the 2017 Belmont Stakes, Tapwrit returned to the races on Sunday for the first time since a fourth-place finish in the Aug. 28 Travers Stakes. Now a 4-year-old, the son of Tapit made his annual debut in a one-turn allowance over 1 1/16 miles at Belmont Park, finishing third. Ridden by Jose Ortiz […]

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Gronkowski ‘Made’ For Belmont Distance, Works Five Furlongs Saturday

Phoenix Thoroughbred Limited’s Gronkowski put in his final workout before the 150th running of the Grade 1, $1.5 million Belmont Stakes presented by NYRA Bets, breezing five furlongs in 1:01.87 on Saturday morning at Belmont Park’s main track. It was the Chad Brown trainee’s second work since arriving at Belmont, having breezed four furlongs in […]

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Trio Of Stakes Wins Net Jose Ortiz Jockey Of The Week Title

With more total earnings than any other North American jockey and landing in the top three by wins, Jose Ortiz was voted the Jockeys’ Guild Foundation Detox Jockey of the Week title for May 21 – 28, 2018. The award is voted on by a panel of experts for riding accomplishments by members of the […]

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Dubb, Ortiz Brothers Had Much To Celebrate On New York Showcase Day

Owner Michael Dubb made three appearances in the winner’s circle, while trainers Linda Rice and Jason Servis both saddled two stakes winners and jockeys Jose and Irad Ortiz, Jr. each won two stakes on New York Showcase Day Monday at Belmont Park. Dubb’s Feeling Bossy started the day’s stakes action with a gate-to-wire win in […]

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Brown: Belmont Possible Gronkowski Could Be ‘A Really Good Racehorse’

Phoenix Thoroughbred Limited’s Gronkowski put in his first official work since arriving in the United States, breezing four furlongs in 47.99 seconds on Belmont Park’s main track Saturday morning as he readies for the Grade 1, $1.5 million Belmont Stakes on Saturday, June 9. Chad Brown, who took over training duties for the Lonhro colt from European-based trainer Jeremy […]

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Puerto Rican Jockey School Grad Making A Splash At Arlington

It’s been a competitive jockey colony at Arlington International Racecourse so far this meet due to the addition of a few new faces in the jocks room. One of those is Harry Hernandez, who has enjoyed a solid beginning of the 2018 meet with six victories in 29 mounts. Hernandez, 21, is currently tied for […]

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Good Magic Controversy: Did Pace-Pressing Trip Ruin Colt’s Preakness Chances?

Two days before the 143rd running of the Preakness Stakes, 24-year-old champion jockey Jose Ortiz already had his race strategy in mind. “Hopefully, someone else goes [to the early lead]. If Justify goes, and I have to be the one putting pressure on him, I will be,” Ortiz told the Maryland Jockey Club press office. […]

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