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‘I’m A Fighter’: Back From Ankle Injury, Mena Now Tied Atop Churchill Standings

One year ago jockey Miguel Mena was laying on his couch not knowing if he’d ever ride again after severely breaking his ankle in March 2018. Entering Sunday’s nine-race program at Churchill Downs, Mena left no doubt he was back in top form as he was tied atop the jockey standings with Corey Lanerie. “I’m […]

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‘Grit And Determination’ Lead Gabriel Saez To Three-Win Saturday At Churchill

Through the first nine days of the 2019 Spring Meet at Churchill Downs, jockey Gabriel Saez is proving “grit and determination” can lead to success after scoring nine victories, including a three-bagger on Saturday’s 11-race card, to vault him into a tie atop the rider standings. “We had a good winter down at Fair Grounds and […]

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McCarthy, Trombetta Finish Atop Laurel Park Standings

Jockey Trevor McCarthy claimed his third consecutive meet title and trainer Mike Trombetta earned his first since 2015 as Laurel Park closed its 19-day spring stand Sunday. Live racing shifts to legendary Pimlico Race Course for the 12-day Preakness Meet at Pimlico starting Thursday, May 9. McCarthy, who turns 25 May 16, finished with 22 […]

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Franco Notches Third Consecutive NYRA Title At Aqueduct Spring Meet

Jockey Manny Franco won his third consecutive individual meet title, Rudy Rodriguez held on for the training crown and Repole Stable, Drawing Stable and Klaravich Stable each notched four wins to lead all owners for the 12-day spring meet at Aqueduct Racetrack that concluded with Saturday’s Closing Day. The meet, which started April 5 and […]

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McCarthy, Gonzalez Crowned Laurel Winter Meet Leaders

Laurel Park lowered the curtain on its 46-day winter stand Sunday, with jockey Trevor McCarthy and trainer Claudio Gonzalez formally claiming individual meet titles. McCarthy, 24, captured Race 7 on Timeless Treasure ($7.20) to finish with 53 victories, 26 more than runner-up Victor Carrasco. Maryland’s leading rider in 2014 and 2016, McCarthy was also tops […]

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Former Leading Rider Bejarano Returns To Turfway Park For Jeff Ruby Steaks Card

Jockey Rafael Bejarano set Turfway Park afire when he rode regularly here from 2002 to 2004. He won four straight riding titles in that time, including the 2003 holiday meet with a record-setting 46 races over 22 days. He also holds the record for most wins on one card with seven. Long based in California, […]

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Franco Riding With ‘Confidence,’ Eyeing Winter Riding Title Repeat At Aqueduct

Jockey Manny Franco rode four winners on Thursday at Aqueduct, extending his meet-leading total to 64 entering Friday. Franco won three of the day’s first four races, piloting Run for Boston ($2.90) in Race 1, followed by Sweet Like Char ($6.50) and Avalina ($6) in Races 3 and 4, respectively. He then rode Regal Retort […]

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‘I’m Just Thinking About Winning’: Samy Camacho Setting A Hot Pace At Tampa

With four victories today, Samy Camacho is winning races at a pace that would enable him to better Antonio Gallardo’s single-season Tampa Bay Downs record of 147 set during the 2014-2015 meeting. Camacho has 46 winners through the first 27 days of the current meeting. If he maintains that rate throughout, he would finish with […]

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Brown, Franco, Dubb Capture Year-End NYRA Titles

Trainer Chad Brown registered his fourth consecutive New York Racing Association year-end training title, jockey Manny Franco picked up his first crown and Michael Dubb earned his fifth straight title on the circuit as the curtain came down on racing for the year Monday at Aqueduct Racetrack. Brown, who has won back-to-back Eclipse Awards for […]

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Gonzalez, McCarthy Capture Fall Meet Titles At Laurel Park

A rainy closing day saw Claudio Gonzalez continue his recent domination of the trainer standings while Trevor McCarthy returned to a familiar spot atop the jockey standings and a new face emerged as Maryland’s leading rider on a special New Year’s Eve program at Laurel Park. Gonzalez, 42, finished the calendar year-ending fall meet, which […]

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