By Samantha Pell | Cronkite News on 02/17/2017 8:30 AM
Underneath a white tent on the apron of Turf Paradise racetrack, a group of female jockeys who are competing there this season awaited racing fans. Dressed in their racing silks, the women ranged in age from 16 to 43 and spent about two hours Saturday signing autographs and taking photos with the spectators.
By Gulfstream Park Publicity on 02/16/2017 10:10 AM
Nik Juarez guided Super Spender for a victory in the $110,000 Claiming Crown Canterbury on Opening Day of Gulfstream Park’s Championship Meet Dec. 3, kick starting a highly successful winter for the 23-year-old jockey.
Jesus Castanon had a good feeling about 3-year-old filly Tapa Tapa Tapa before Saturday’s 37th renewal of the $100,000 Suncoast Stakes. She had breezed five furlongs eight days earlier in 1:01 2/5, and Castanon knew she would be tough to beat if she could carry that energy into Festival Preview Day Presented by Lambholm South.
The 50th annual Santa Anita Jockeys vs. Holy Angels Elementary School Charity Basketball Game will be played Thursday, Feb. 23 at La Salle High School in Pasadena, with proceeds to benefit the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund (PDJF), Holy Angels athletic program and the Eye on Jacob Foundation.
By NatalieVoxx/Paulick Report on 02/08/2017 11:33 AM
Somewhere in a corner of the jockeys' room at Santa Anita Park hangs an old set of forgotten silks. Veteran rider Mike Smith thinks they're only about 20 years old, but when a few other jockeys found them and tried them on, the silks didn't fit.
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.
Riding the claimer Vivacious V.V. to victory in the first race January 22 at Fair Grounds, 43-year-old Louisiana native Robby Albarado became the 33rd North American-based jockey to win 5,000 races. The day before, Albarado won the Grade 3 Lecomte on Guest Suite.
An impressive second-place finish in the world’s richest stakes race on Saturday and a sweep of a graded stakes double on Sunday led Jose Ortiz to be named the Jockeys’ Guild Jockey of the Week for January 23-29, 2017.
By Paulick Report/Karen Johnson on 01/24/2017 3:27 AM
The first time Dihigi Gladney swung his right leg over California Chrome's back, eased his seat in the saddle, and slipped his boots into the stirrups, the exercise rider wasn't at all prepared for what he would feel next.
Javier Castellano won his fourth consecutive Eclipse Award for outstanding jockey after leading all North American-based riders in both mount earnings and graded stakes wins in 2016. Castellano’s year included a Longines Kentucky Oaks victory with Cathryn Sophia, a Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf win with New Money Honey, and a standout turf mount in Flintshire.
Jockey Robby Albarado joined an elite group on Sunday at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots when earning his 5,000th career victory. The 43-year-old Lafayette, Louisiana, native became only the 33rd rider to reach the milestone when guiding Oak Tree Stables’ Scott Gelner-trained Vivacious V. V. to victory in the day’s first race.
While the weather in Portland, Oregon has been tough on horsemen, horses and jockeys alike by delaying Portland Meadow’s closing day for weeks, the meet’s current leading jockey is just happy to get the opportunity to ride at the track.