Juan Leyva

‘He’s Really Taken To Churchill Downs’: Determined Gift Box Set For ‘Win And You’re In’ Stephen Foster

Hronis Racing’s Gift Box arrived at Churchill Downs on Tuesday to begin preparing for Saturday night’s 38th running of the $600,000 Stephen Foster Presented by GE Appliances (Grade 2) – the centerpiece of an action-packed, prime-time program at Churchill Downs billed as “Downs After Dark Presented by Budweiser.” “He’s really taken to Churchill Downs well […]

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Jockey-Turned-Assistant Leyva Enjoying ‘Really Rewarding’ Career With Sadler

Since riding in his last race in 2017 at Gulfstream Park, Juan Leyva has made a quick and highly successful transition from jockey to assistant trainer in Southern California. “I call him ‘The Phenom,’” said Leyva’s boss, John Sadler, who “recruited” the native of Mexico City for his assistant’s position. “He’s going to be a […]

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Accelerate ‘Picture Of Health’ During Schooling Session For Pegasus

Hronis Racing LLC’s Accelerate schooled in the paddock at Gulfstream Park during Thursday’s first race in preparation for a start in Saturday’s $9-million Pegasus World Cup Invitational (G1). “He’s the picture of health,” said Juan Leyva, assistant to trainer John Sadler, while watching the 9-5 morning-line favorite for the Pegasus get acquainted with the paddock […]

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Accelerate Fires Bullet In Final Work Before Shipping To Florida

Breeders’ Cup Classic winner and Horse of the Year finalist Accelerate had his final local workout at 6:30 this morning before shipping to Florida for the $9 million Pegasus World Cup at Gulfstream Park a week from today, on Jan. 26. With assistant trainer Juan Leyva aboard, Accelerate whisked five furlongs over a fast track […]

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Sadler: Accelerate ‘On The Same Pattern He Was Before He Won The Pacific Classic’

Horse of the Year contender Accelerate worked six furlongs in a bullet 1:13.40 at Santa Anita on Saturday morning, preparing for his final race in the $9 million Pegasus World Cup at Gulfstream Park on Jan. 26. It was the fastest of 18 works at the distance, the average time of which was 1:14.96. “He […]

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Accelerate ‘Maybe Better Than Ever’ In Latest Pegasus Work

At 6:30 Saturday morning at Santa Anita Park, with temperatures hovering above freezing, Accelerate turned on the heat with a five furlong move in 1:00.40 as the Horse of the Year contender moved a step closer to the final race of his career in the $9 million Pegasus World Cup at Gulfstream Park on Jan. […]

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Video: Exercise Rider Wears Jockey Cam For Accelerate’s Latest Breeze

On Saturday morning at Santa Anita Park, Breeders’ Cup Classic winner Accelerate completed another breeze toward his swan song goal of the Pegasus World Cup in late January. The 5-year-old son of Lookin at Lucky was piloted by assistant trainer Juan Leyva through a half-mile in :48.60, his second breeze since the Sadler trainee’s Classic […]

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Accelerate Shows Good ‘Energy’ In First Work Toward Pegasus World Cup

Breeders’ Cup Classic winner Accelerate started his workout regimen toward the Pegasus World Cup on Sunday, breezing a half-mile at Santa Anita Park in :49 under assistant trainer Juan Leyva. According to drf.com, the 5-year-old Lookin at Lucky horse will have seven or eight more breezes before the Jan. 26 Pegasus, after which he will go […]

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Accelerate ‘Really Sharp’ In Penultimate Work For Pacific Classic

John Sadler-trained Accelerate, the probable favorite for the $1 million TVG Pacific Classic, worked six furlongs in 1:12.20 Sunday morning, leaving only one more significant exercise remaining, probably next Sunday, before the August 18 event at Del Mar. With assistant trainer Juan Leyva up, the 5-year-old son of Lookin At Lucky clicked off splits of :13 flat, :25.40, :37.20 and […]

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Cajun Delta Dawn Leads All The Way In Florida Sire Susan’s Girl

Curtis Mikkelsen’s Cajun Delta Dawn took the lead at the start of Saturday’s $300,000 Florida Sire Stakes Susan’s Girl and never relinquished it, drawing away down the lane to win by five lengths. The juvenile daughter of Kantharos remained undefeated, covering seven furlongs over Gulfstream Park’s wet fast (sealed) main track in 1:24.91 under Juan […]

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