outriders

No Saddle, No Problem For Keeneland Outrider Lavergne

Thursday morning started out like any other for Keeneland outrider Colby Lavergne. He had been out on the track during morning training and was hanging out at the pony barn, untacking and giving baths in the unseasonable heat. Suddenly, Lavergne said, he heard a commotion. A group of paddock schoolers were on their way back […]

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Kirkpatrick & Co. Presents In Their Care: ‘Special Kay’ Kreidel’s Career Marked By Determination, Fast Horses

When outrider Kaymarie Kreidel weaved through horses and humans to retrieve loose Bodexpress at the end of the Preakness Stakes, her ability to defuse a dangerous situation drew national attention. But the former jockey has endured much worse than that. Kreidel broke her back three times in riding accidents in the early 1990s when she […]

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Meet The Former Jockey Who Caught Bodexpress After A Wild Preakness

When the gates opened on the 2019 Preakness, maiden Bodexpress leapt into the air, flinging jockey John Velazquez’s feet out of his irons and dropping the Hall of Fame rider to the dirt — hard. “He was just not behaving good in the gate,” Velazquez said on NBC. “He was not standing really well. He […]

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First Race At Laurel Declared No Contest, Jockey Shaffer Conscious After Fall

The first race at Laurel Park on Saturday resulted in a bad spill for apprentice jockey Sarah Shaffer. Shortly after breaking out of the gate in the two-turn grass event, Shaffer’s mount Boston Strong appeared to clip heels with the horses traveling in front of him, falling sharply and unseating the jockey. Luckily, riders behind […]

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No Steering, No Problem: Veteran Meneses Wins Gulfstream’s First Without Reins

Jockey Marcos Meneses encountered a scary incident at Gulfstream Park Friday when both of his reins broke during the running of the first race. The veteran rider kept his composure and kept control of his mount, Chia Ghost, and amazingly emerged from the five-furlong turf race with a victory. Chia Ghost ($8.60) trailed the field […]

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OTTB Took Long Road To Pony Preakness Winner Exaggerator

The striking gray who escorted Exaggerator to the Preakness winner’s circle may not have been as fast as his charge, but the Off-Track Thoroughbreds blog reports that his story is no less incredible. Charolais retired from the Maryland circuit in 2004 and was discovered living in a field in 2009 looking light on groceries, with […]

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Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: The ‘Wild Ride’ Of An Outrider

As outrider John Garges helped slow down American Pharoah following the colt’s eight-length romp in the Arkansas Derby last year, the outrider asked jockey Victor Espinoza: “Well, do you think he could go a little farther?” “I hope so,” said Espinoza. The pair turned around, and Garges kept ahold of the colt for the journey […]

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The One Who (Almost) Got Away: The Talents Of Tonasah

It’s possible that if you could ask 2-year-old filly Tonasah, yesterday’s Astoria Stakes from Belmont Park just wasn’t long enough. The daughter of Malibu Moon unseated jockey Javier Castellano as the field came out onto the track, and proceeded to evade outriders for eight minutes according to the official chart, racking up what observers guessed was […]

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Churchill Outrider Blasi Chases Down, Catches Loose Horse

An unusual occurrence took place prior to Friday’s seventh race when the 4-year-old filly Yodel broke through the starting gate dumping jockey Chris Landeros. With the help from his 10-year-old Quarter Horse Pee Wee, Churchill Downs lead outrider, Greg Blasi, was able to secure the filly when he caught up to her and grabbed her […]

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Churchill Downs Ponies: The Unsung Derby Heroes

As the entries go to the post in this afternoon’s Kentucky Derby, each will have a companion keeping them calm before the roaring crowd. A recent blog in the New York Times took a closer look at a few of the best-known pony horses at Churchill Downs. Each pony comes to the job from a […]

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