Jockey David Flores has been cleared to race by the Santa Anita Park stewards, according to documents released May 7 by the California Horse Racing Board.
Hall of Fame jockey Alex Solis has been appointed to the California Horse Racing Board by Gov. Jerry Brown, the governor's office announced April 30.
Fresh off a win in the 2014 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) aboard California Chrome, Espinoza is back as the rider of American Pharoah, the likely favorite for the 2015 Run for the Roses.
Planet Fitness Louisville and Churchill Downs announced April 28 that enhanced fitness options for the jockeys who compete at the racetrack will be added.
Jockey Dennis Carr, who suffered a head injury in a starting gate incident April 19 at Golden Gate Fields, was released from Highland Hospital in Oakland, Calif. April 25.
Joel Rosario reached 2,000 wins April 23 with his first mount of the day at Keeneland, a closing victory with Sante Cellars Racing Club's Dating Lady Luck in a 1 1/16-mile maiden special weight event over the Keeneland turf.
Jockey Joe Steiner rode his 1,000th career winner April 19 at Emerald Downs.
Jockey Dennis Carr was transported to Highland Hospital in Oakland, Calif. April 19 after sustaining an injury prior to the fifth race at Golden Gate Fields.
"Once the races start everything comes at you all at once," says valet Doug Gilbert. "The job is non-stop and fast-paced. Everybody is trying to get to where they have to be for the next race. You can't be half-stepping."
Victor Espinoza has much to look forward to in upcoming weeks, including a Hall of Fame vote and live runners in the Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks.
Already facing charges for allegedly carrying an electrical device during a winning ride in a stakes in January, jockey Roman Chapa is now accused of the same violation in the same race with the same horse in 2014.
Jockey Tiago Pereira was taken to the hospital March 29 after a spill in the seventh race at Santa Anita Park.
Some riders at Parx Racing have informed management they will not accept mounts on or after March 19 unless the track unconditionally guarantees they are covered by the Parx on-track insurance policy.
Jockey Corey Nakatani was taken to the hospital March 15 after a spill in the fifth race at Santa Anita Park.
French import Flavien Prat is one of many up-and-coming young jockeys hoping to take the reins from the sport's best. He rides Pain and Misery in the San Felipe (gr. II) and Silentio in the Kilroe Mile (gr. IT) March 7.
- By Tom LaMarra
Javier Castellano not only accumulated the most purse earnings by a jockey in 2014 with $25,056,464, he won the most races -- 315 -- of any rider in North America.
The NTRA, Lockton Insurance Brokers, and Burns & Wilcox Brokerage have completed development of a new jockey accident coverage insurance program for racetracks that aims to offer enhanced coverage.
To prevent overuse of the whip, jockeys in California will no longer be allowed to strike a horse more than three consecutive times without giving the animal a chance to respond.
Representatives of a jockeys' group at Parx Racing said they have an agreement in place that will allow riders who have not signed a new release and waiver of liability to continue to have access to the track.
Improving race safety will be at the forefront of discussions when the Jockeys' Guild Assembly returns to Hollywood, Fla., Jan. 19-20, 2015. The assembly is taking place following the Eclipse Award ceremonies.
Facilitating new access to affordable health insurance coverage, the New York Racing Association Nov. 7 announced a formal agreement with the Jockeys' Guild which extends health care coverage to New York State jockeys.
Jorge Ricardo took the Sept. 18 Champions Challenge at Hipodromo Cristal in Brazil much the way he has has maintained a 38-year career resulting in more than 12,000 victories -- with a sweepingly emotional score.
The Ohio State Racing Commission has approved a resolution authorizing an administrative rule that would increase losing mount fees for jockeys at the state's racetracks.
Seventeen-year-old Cheyanna Patrick is doing double duty on the education front, honing her skills as a jockey at Indiana Grand Race Course and laying the groundwork for a possible career as a lawyer.
Michael Straight, paralyzed in a riding accident five years ago, takes time to talk with Claire Novak about his recent progress walking with a bionic exoskeleton and participating in research at Florida's Miami Project.
At the Welfare and Safety of the Racehorse Summit July 9 at Keeneland, organizers of the Jockey Injury Database said added participation will help generate needed statistical information.
Hall of Fame jockey Chris McCarron will retire from his full-time teaching duties at the North American Racing Academy at the end of 2014 fall semester.
Jockey Rosie Napravnik is expected to be away for four to six weeks while she recovers from a shoulder injury suffered in a training accident at Churchill Downs June 15.
Jockey Roberto Morales has been suspended pending a hearing by Prairie Meadows Racetrack & Casino stewards after law enforcement officials charged him with possession of an unlawful electrical device.
"Most likely (California Chrome) will be in front of us early on," said Rajiv Maragh, rider of Wicked Strong. "...We'll have to go by in the stretch. I've had a couple of dreams the last few nights that I pass him.
Andrea Seefeldt won her first "Lady Legends for the Cure" race aboard James Macko's Zuerstgold at Pimlico Race Course May 16.
Ramon Dominguez, who retired last June because of head injuries he sustained in a spill at Aqueduct early in 2013, returned to Maryland May 15 and was honored by the Maryland Jockey Club with its Special Award of Merit.
- By Esther Marr
During an April 13 event called "Ladies of the Turf," there was a historic gathering of nearly 30 retired and active female jockeys at Keeneland. read blog
Javier Castellano, Joel Rosario, and Gary Stevens took three entirely different routes to their positions as jockey finalists in the Eclipse Awards. Who wins could depend upon what criteria voters choose to use.
The New York Times has won the 2013 Media Eclipse Award in the audio/Internet category for "The Jockey," a profile of Hall of Fame jockey Russell Baze, which appeared online Aug. 13.
Calder Casino & Race Course concluded its Tropical Park meet Dec. 29 with the owner/trainer combination of Frank Calabrese and Kirk Ziadie at the top of the standings.
The New York Racing Association jockey colony has donated almost $6,000 to the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation in 2013, the organization said Dec. 23.
Jockey Chantal Sutherland-Kruse,currently riding at Del Mar, will attempt to set a North American record riding a Standardbred under saddle at The Meadows Racetrack & Casino in Pennsylvania Sept. 23.
The Darwin Cup was canceled after jockey Simone Montgomerie died from injuries following a fall near the finish of the sixth race Aug. 5.
Jockey David Mello broke the record for number of victories during a Thoroughbred meet at Prairie Meadows Racetrack & Casino when he won two stakes on Iowa Classic Night Aug. 3.
Jockey Tyler Baze, who has a history of problems with alcohol abuse, has been suspended by stewards at Betfair Hollywood Park for 120 days for two violations of California rules of racing.
Jockey Samantha Colvin got her first victory in the saddle when she guided Rocket Ninetyeight to victory in the first race at Pimlico Race Course May 2.
Jockey Mallory Strandberg won the first race of her career March 22 when she guided Light Of Truth to victory in the first race at Laurel Park in Maryland.
Jockey Anthony Black, who has been based at Delaware Valley racetracks for more than four decades, retired after winning his 5,200th race March 18 at Parx Racing in Pennsylvania.
Former jockey Chandradat "Punchie" Goberdhan will launch a training career with stalls at Belmont Park, the Guyana native said Feb. 8.
The city of Hot Springs, Ark., is issuing trading cards that will be given to fans in attendance at Oaklawn Park on the day jockey Calvin Borel rides his 5,000th career winner.
Jockey Rodney Prescott won his 3,000th race Dec. 27 at Turfway Park aboard Heart of Class for owner Bud Wells and trainer Wayne Mogge.
Veteran jockey Perry Ouzts, 58, passed Hall of Famer John Longden on the all-time leading riders' list when he rode two winners at Turfway Park Nov. 29.
The California Horse Racing Board has filed a complaint against apprentice jockey Eswan Flores, contending he tested positive for cocaine, according to a statement released by the regulatory agency.
The "Riders Up!" jockey karaoke competition will be held in Saratoga to benefit the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund.
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