Quartet Of Stakes Winners Leads Juarez To Jockey Of The Week Title

Reviewing multiple stakes wins and strong weekly statistics, voters named Nik Juarez as Jockey of the Week for the week ending October 22, 2017. The award is voted on by a panel of experts for riding accomplishments by members of the Jockeys’ Guild, the organization which represents more than 950 riders in North America. Jockey […]

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‘Heartwarming To See Him Happy’: Millionaire Valid Retired By Jockey Nik Juarez

On Tuesday, jockey Nik Juarez officially announced the retirement of multiple graded stakes-winning millionaire Valid. The 24-year-old Maryland native spent his own money to track down the 7-year-old gelded son of Medaglia d’Oro, and had him shipped back to a farm in Maryland to live out the rest of his days eating grass and occasionally […]

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With Successful Gulfstream Meet In The Books, Vitali Heading North To Laurel

Marcus Vitali, the third-leading trainer at Gulfstream Park’s Championship Meet with 25 wins and fifth-leading conditioner in money earned, he will ship his stable this week to Laurel Park and spend the spring and summer in Maryland. Vitali, who saddled Valid to victory Saturday in the Skip Away (G2), has spent the past three summers […]

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Clean Trip Propels Valid To Skip Away Victory

Crossed Sabres Farm’s Valid drove his way to victory by 1 3/4 lengths in Saturday’s Grade 3 Skip Away Stakes at Gulfstream Park. The 6-year-old son of Medaglia d’Oro covered the 1 1/8 miles over a track labeled good in 1:48.42 for trainer Marcus Vitali. “This horse is deserving,” said jockey Nik Juarez. “He’s an […]

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Valid Seeks Smoother Trip In G3 Skip Away Stakes

The $150,000 Grade 3 Skip Away Stakes features a clash of talented older horses going 1 1/8 miles over Gulfstream Park’s main track. Named for ten-time G1 winner and three-time Eclipse Award winner Skip Away, its previous winners include G1 Breeders’ Cup Classic winner Fort Larned and South African Horse of the Year Horse Chestnut. […]

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Valid ‘Looking Good’ After Troubled Trip In Gulfstream Park Handicap

Other than some minor scrapes and cuts, Crossed Sabres Farm’s multiple graded-stakes winner Valid emerged from Saturday’s $500,000 Gulfstream Park Handicap (G2) in good order, trainer Marcus Vitali said Sunday. Making his fourth start of the Championship Meet, the 6-year-old gelding went to his knees in mid-stretch after clipping heels with Anchor Down while making […]

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Blofeld Up The Rail To Win Gulfstream Park Handicap

Glencrest Farm and JSM Equine’s Blofeld snuck up the rail to overtake Stanford in Saturday’s Grade 2 Gulfstream Park Handicap. The 4-year-old son of Quality Road took down the one-turn mile over a fast main track in 1:35.03 to give Todd Pletcher the exacta. “We were expecting a big performance from him [Blofeld],” said Pletcher. […]

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Mshawish, Keen Ice Top Classy Field Of Eight For G1 Donn Handicap

Al Shaqab Racing’s Mshawish is scheduled for an attempt to establish himself among the rarest of Thoroughbreds Saturday at Gulfstream Park in the $500,000 Donn Handicap (G1). Should the Todd Pletcher-trained 6-year-old succeed in prevailing over seven rivals, including two stablemates and Travers Stakes winner Keen Ice, he would join the elite group of Thoroughbreds […]

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Juarez Excited To Be Riding In First Breeders’ Cup

Jockey Nik Juarez, a native of Westminster, Md., will get an opportunity to compete in his first Breeders’ Cup Friday when he rides Crossed Sabres Farm’s Valid in the Las Vegas Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile (G1) at Keeneland. For Juarez, the Breeders’ Cup is another milestone in what has been a big year. After returning […]

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