Mountaineer Park-based jockey Gary Birzer, 27, remains paralyzed from the waist down after suffering injuries to his neck and spinal cord in a two-horse spill July 20 at the Chester, W. Va. oval.
The search for an executive director, jockey helmet issues are keeping members of the Kentucky Horse Racing Authority very busy.
It is well known that jockey Pat Day is a very religious person. So, could something be at work other than circumstance that led him to his 2004 Derby mount?
Jockey Pat Valenzuela, who has had a history of drug related problems during his career, today had his current suspension extended through the remainder of 2004 by the Santa Anita stewards.
The 40th annual Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue hits the newsstands today and jockey Jose Santos and his wife, Rita, are included in the "Better Halves" section.
Ryan Fogelsonger is unhappy riding in Southern California and is returning to Maryland.
Three memorial funds have been established to help the family of jockey Michael Rowland, who died early today of injuries received in a riding accident last week.
Jockey Michael Rowland, who was seriously injured in a spill at Turfway Park in Northern Kentucky Feb. 4, died early Monday, Feb. 9, at University Hospital in Cincinnati, Ohio. He was 40.
Turfway Park in Northern Kentucky will resume live racing tonight (Feb. 6) after canceling last night out of respect for injured jockey Michael Rowland, who remains in critical condition at University Hospital.
Jerry Bailey is racing's version of Starship Enterprise Capt. James T. Kirk, boldly going where no man has gone before. In 2003, he won more stakes (70) in one year than any other rider in history, and his mounts set a single-season earnings mark of $23,354,960. Bailey also established another riding record when he scored his 14th victory in the Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships while guiding Six Perfections to the wire first in the NetJets Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT).
Jockey Todd Kabel is a finalist for 2003 Male Athlete of the Year in Manitoba, Canada, which will be announced Sunday night.
Some of those who knew legendary jockey Bill Shoemaker the best remembered him today. Shoemaker died Sunday at age 72.
The agent for jockey Richard Quinn blasted new restrictions on mobile phone use after being unable to reach his client when the rider took a hard tumble in a race at Newbury Friday.
Champion Kiwi jockey Lance O'Sullivan stunned New Zealand racing yesterday with his retirement from the saddle.
Pat Eddery, the second most successful British jockey ever, announced today that he is retiring at the end of the 2003 season.
French jockey Olivier Doleuze, who is currently based in Hong Kong, was suspended from riding for an indefinite period after testing positive for a forbidden substance at Sha Tin, the Australian Associated Press reported.
Blythe Miller, the only woman to win the National Steeplechase Association jockey championship, announced her retirement after 15 years in the saddle, 202 steeplechase victories, and more than $5 million in purse earnings.
Jockey Mark Johnston, who last week passed the 3,000 wins mark, fractured his wrist Saturday afternoon at Delaware Park. He broke the radius bone in his left wrist when Mt. Moran stumbled at the gate and tossed him.
Four days after Mario Pino rode his 5,000th winner, fellow Maryland jockey Mark Johnston scored his 3,000th career win. Johnson reached the mark today aboard the James Barry owned and trained Komba in the second race at Pimlico
Jockey Kieren Fallon was handed a 13-day suspension at a Jockey Club disciplinary committee hearing, The Racing Post reported.
Jockey David Clark is stable but in intensive care following a training accident Thursday morning at Woodbine Race Course.
Jockey Carlos Silva became the 101st rider to win 3,000 races when he guided Buba's Caper to a neck victory in Wednesday's 3rd race at Arlington Park.
At the ESPY Awards in Los Angeles Wednesday night, Victor Espinoza was chosen as the top jockey. The other finalists were past winners Jerry Bailey and Gary Stevens.
Chris McCarron, the all-time leading jockey by earnings, retires at the top of his game.
- By Dan Liebman
With jockeys, owners, and trainers surrounding him, an emotional Chris McCarron bid goodbye to the racing world about an hour before his last ride aboard Came Home in the Affirmed Handicap.
Well known Central Kentucky restaurant owner Tommy Walters is planning a fund raising event April 21 for former jockey Randy Romero.
The California Horse Racing Board and racetrack stewards are developing procedures for a regulation that received final state approval this week permitting advertising on jockey attire, owner silks, and track saddlecloths during a race.
By Kris Prather -- I wish each person who comes to the races could experience what we jocks do each racing day.
Apprentice rider Enrique Pacheco, 24, won the first race of his career today at Calder Race Course. Sondeo, the
jockey's winning mount, is trained by Juan Rizo, for whom Pacheco is an exercise rider. He literally grew up working for the Rizo family's Santa Cruz Ranch. He started on the ranch in Peru, where his father has worked for 25 years, and moved to South Florida nearly two years ago. This was the 12th mount of his career.
An excerpt from Women in Racing
The family of jockey Isiah Sala visited Marquis Downs on Monday, a day after the 23-year-old died from injuries sustained during a racing accident at the track.
- By Greg Risling
A jockey was sentenced to three years' probation and ordered to pay $30,000 in restitution after California investigators found he purposely fell off his mounts to collect disability benefits.
Michael Walker won New Zealand's jockey championship at age 16. Now a much older and wiser 17, Walker recently matched and will soon eclipse the country's record for most wins in a year.
New Zealand jockey sensation Michael Walker equalled Lance O'Sullivan's New Zealand record of 162 wins in a season today. O'Sullivan set that total in the 1996-97 season.
He may ride for a Saudi Arabian prince, but Gary Stevens hasn't lost touch with the common man. As the 38-year-old native of Caldwell, Idaho, was leaving the winner's circle ceremonies following Point Given's redemptive victory in the Preakness Stakes (gr. I), Stevens spotted Gladys McHargue, a female outrider, perched on her pony, tears streaming down her cheeks. He turned to wife Nikki, who was carrying a bouquet of black-eyed Susans, plucked out a single flower, and handed it to McHargue, then reached up to give her a warm embrace and exchange a few private words.
Kent Desormeaux got off to a good start, with three wins, two seconds, and two third-place finishes in 11 rides his first weekend in Japan.
From Ascot to Del Mar to Suffolk Downs, Jerry Bailey was aboard 59 stakes winners around the world in 2000.
The death of jockey Chris Antley has been ruled an accidental overdose by the Los Angeles County coroner. In a report finalized Thursday, the coroner attributed Antley's death to multiple drug intoxication. Initially, Pasadena, Ca., police ruled the jockey's death a homicide after finding his body face down in a hallway of his Pasadena home Dec. 2. Four drugs were found present in Antley's body, according to toxicology tests performed by the coroner.
Jockey Russell Baze earned his 400th win on the year in Thursday's fourth race at Golden Gate Fields. With the win Baze reached the 400-win mark for the eighth time in nine years.
Stewards suspended jockey Norberto Arroyo, Jr., for 10 days Thursday for careless riding aboard Pretty Boundary in Aqueduct's fourth race on Nov. 29.
Jockey Laffit Pincay Jr. earned career victory 9,000 Saturday at Oak Tree at Santa Anita, winning his third race of the day aboard Chichim in the Louis R. Rowan California Cup Distaff Handicap to reach the milestone. After accomplishing that feat, the veteran rider then added two more winners to bring his total for the day to five.
Jockey Robby Albarado remained hospitalized at the University of Kentucky Medical Center in Lexington, Ky. on Saturday for treatment of injuries he sustained during the ninth race at Keeneland on Friday.
Jockey Anibal Prado notched his 1,000th career victory as Philadelphia Park on Sunday, when he guided Run Judge Run to a neck-length victory in the track’s sixth race.
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