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Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: No Slowing Down For ‘Droopy’ Rodriguez

Alberto Paz Rodriguez loved the racetrack while growing up in Panama City, Panama. His parents thought he loved it a little too much. “My folks were concerned I would get involved with gambling. The racetrack didn’t have the best reputation back then,” recalled Rodriguez, 79, who is better known by his childhood nickname “Droopy” – […]

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Luis Saez Celebrates 2,000th North American Win At Aqueduct

Jockey Luis Saez reached a milestone Friday at Aqueduct Racetrack, notching his 2,000th win in North America when he rode Y’allcomenow (No. 9) to victory in Race 4, a maiden race at one mile on the inner turf. The 26-year-old native of Panama City, Panama earned his first career win in 2009 and has won […]

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Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: Following In Some Mighty Footsteps

Six months ago, Angel A. Rodriguez was a fresh-faced 16-year-old with a dream. He had just graduated from the Academia Técnica de Formación de Jinetes Laffit Pincay Jr. at the Hipódromo Presidente Remón in Panama City, Panama – the riding school renamed by racetrack operator Codere in 2009 to honor the legendary jockey who launched […]

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Jiminez Rides ‘Very Exciting’ 1000th Career Winner At Turfway

Jockey Albin Jimenez, 25, hit the 1,000 career-win mark Sat., Feb. 25, when Zarman led gate to wire in the fourth race at Turfway Park, drawing off to break his maiden by a decisive 5 1/4 lengths. “It’s very exciting,” Jimenez said. “I want to thank God first, and (trainer) Wesley (Ward) for the opportunity. […]

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Gabriel Saez Rides 1,000th Winner At Fair Grounds

Jockey Gabriel Saez achieved a milestone on Saturday when the newly turned 29-year-old Panama City, Panama, native earned his 1,000th career victory when  I Hope won the eighth race at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots. A graduate of the Laffit Pincay Jockey Training Academy in his native country, Saez began riding professionally on Dec. […]

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