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Forgotten Hero Remains Undefeated In NYSS Fifth Avenue

Forgotten Hero stayed undefeated with a prominent effort under Mike Luzzi to win the $150,000 New York Stallion Series Fifth Avenue division for juvenile fillies on Saturday at Aqueduct Racetrack. Trained and owned by John Toscano, Jr. in partnership with Charles Festa, Jr., Forgotten Hero arrived at the six-furlong sprint over a good main track […]

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Public Workout A Mental Advantage For ‘Cadillac’ Blended Citizen

The SayJay Racing, Greg Hall and Brooke Hubbard-owned Blended Citizen, winner of the Grade 3 Peter Pan on May 12, breezed a commanding five furlongs in 1:00.64 over the Belmont Park main track just before the first race on Saturdayafternoon, his final serious move before his anticipated start in Saturday’s 150th running of the Grade 1 Belmont Stakes. The […]

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Jockeys’ Guild: Management’s ‘Disregard’ For NYRA Jockey Colony ‘Troublesome’

The Jockeys’ Guild released the following statement on Monday, May 14, regarding Saturday’s incident prior to the races at Belmont Park: On Saturday, May 12th, the entire jockey colony at Belmont Park, including Jockeys’ Guild Chairman John Velazquez, as well as Guild Senate members who regularly ride at NYRA tracks, Javier Castellano, Jose L. Ortiz, […]

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Luzzi ‘Wanting To Try Something Different’, Moving Tack To Oaklawn Park

Journeyman rider Mike Luzzi, who has been a fixture on the New York circuit for over 20 years, is moving his tack to Oaklawn Park this winter. The Daily Racing Form reports that Luzzi, 48, will begin the drive from his home on Long Island to Oaklawn on Thursday. Luzzi plans to work horses this weekend in […]

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PDJF Jockey Karaoke Night A Big Hit In Saratoga

Monday evening was the Permanently Disabled Jockey’s Fund sixth annual Saratoga Jockey Karaoke Contest in New York. The majority of Saratoga’s jockey colony, along with top trainers Todd Pletcher and Graham Motion as judges and a large group of fans, were present at the event which supports some 60 former jockeys who have suffered catastrophic […]

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Luzzi Wins In First Ride Back After Broken Collarbone

Apprentice Lane Luzzi made a triumphant return from the sidelines Thursday at Gulfstream Park, scoring aboard his first mount since sustaining a broken collarbone in a June 10 spill. The 18-year-old son of longtime New York-based jockey Mike Luzzi broke from the starting gate aboard Lakota Warrior ($7.60) and coasted to a 3 ¼ -length […]

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Fractured Collarbone Sidelines Jockey Lane Luzzi

Apprentice Lane Luzzi will miss 4-to-6 weeks after fracturing his collarbone in a riding accident Thursday at Gulfstream Park. Luzzi was unseated in Thursday’s third race. Agent Walter Blum Jr., said Friday that Luzzi flew home to New York to be with family and undergo surgery. Luzzi, who moved his tack from Maryland to Florida […]

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New Frontiers: Apprentice Lane Luzzi Moving Tack To Gulfstream Park

Apprentice jockey Lane Luzzi, fifth in wins and money won during Laurel Park’s winter-spring meet, will move his tack from Maryland to South Florida and Gulfstream Park beginning this weekend. Luzzi, the 18-year-old son of longtime New York-based rider Mike Luzzi, won his first race Dec. 4 at Laurel. He has won with 35 of […]

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New Year, New Rules: Whip Rule Goes Into Effect For New York Jan. 1

Jockeys riding at New York Racing Association tracks will see restrictions on whip use tightened beginning on Jan. 1, 2016. While previous rules allowed riders to hit horses up to five times in succession before waiting for a response, the new rule will permit them to hit the horse only three times. After a few strides of a […]

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Apprentice Lane Luzzi Notches First Career Win

Apprentice jockey Lane Luzzi, son of veteran New York rider Mike Luzzi, won his first professional race Friday afternoon when he rode Midwest Thoroughbred’s Flo’s Strawberry to victory in Laurel Park’s third race. Trained by Jamie Ness, Flo’s Strawberry took the lead leaving the gate in the six furlong claiming event, opened up eight lengths […]

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