Eight of the world's finest Thoroughbred jockeys will compete in the fourth annual British Airways International Jockey Challenge at Santa Anita Park on Sunday, March 11. The four-race event has proven an instant hit with fans and has been enthusiastically supported by horsemen. The competition has been keen, Team USA winning the event two of the first three years including a 56-28 margin in 2000. The event features four of Europe's best jockeys competing against four of America's finest riders.
Laffit Pincay, racing's all-time winningest rider, set another record on Tuesday afternoon in New Orleans, La., when he became the first two-time winner of the Big Sport of Turfdom award presented annually by the Turf Publicists of America.
Hollywood Park, site of Laffit Pincay Jr.'s historic march to surpass Bill Shoemaker as racing's all-time leading jockey in 1999, felt the after-affects of the event at its 2000 autumn meeting. The impact of Pincay's feat was evident as the 35-day meeting concluded Sunday. The 2000 common pool wagering daily average of $9.1 million was off 5.5 percent, while the daily average attendance of 16,660 was down 7.5 percent. On-track, the average handle of $1.6 million was down 11 percent, while the average attendance of 6,880 was off 9.5 percent.
Jockey Laffit Pincay, Jr., who accommodated countless media requests in the process of becoming the winningest rider in Thoroughbred racing history last December and then again when he crossed the 9,000-win plateau on Oct. 28 of this year, has been voted the first two-time winner of Big Sport of Turfdom award.
If Laffit Pincay Jr.'s career is made up of a million small battles waged in the name of determination, skill, and endurance, then his victory aboard Men's Exclusive in the $100,000 Vernon O. Underwood Stakes (gr. III) will be emblazoned in the mind forever. It was one of those rare, ineffable instances when sport
On the anniversary of breaking Bill Shoemaker's all time record of 8,833 wins, Laffit Pincay Jr. won on his only mount of the day, a three-length triumph aboard Men's Exclusive in the $100,000 Vernon O. Underwood Stakes (gr. III), Sunday at Hollywood Park.
Jockey Ronald Ardoin rode three winners in a row at Louisiana Downs on Sunday to become the 16th rider in North American racing history to reach that plateau.
Joe Garcia Jr. trainee Squirtle Squirt will put his four-race winning streak on the line when he takes on six other 2-year-olds in the $150,000 Best Pal Stakes (gr. III) Wednesday at Del Mar.
Give Praise, who dropped down to the maiden claiming ranks for her first win at Hollywood Park in July, closed through the stretch to win the $150,000 Sorrento Stakes (gr. II) Sunday at Del Mar.
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