John Velazquez, Jerry Bailey, and Angel Cordero, Jr., the three winningest jockeys in the history of Saratoga Race Course, will be honored by the track Friday morning, Aug. 23, at 11:30 a.m. (EDT).
Jockey Russell Baze extended his all-time leading win total to 12,000 when he achieved the milestone aboard Handful of Pearls in the 11th race July 7 at the Alameda County Fair meet.
Jockey John Grabowski, the six-time leading rider at Finger Lakes in Farmington, N.Y., has retired and will begin a training career next year.
The jockey and trainer title chases for the Belmont Park spring/summer meet came down to the final two races on closing day, July 17, with Ramon Dominguez holding off a challenge by Javier Castellano to be leading jockey.
With two days remaining on the 2010 racing calendar, there are close races for North America's leading jockey by earnings and leading jockey by number of wins.
Russell Baze became Thoroughbred horse racing's winningest jockey when he broke Laffit Pincay Jr.'s record with a victory aboard Butterfly Belle at Bay Meadows on Friday, Dec. 1.
Jockey John Velazquez attained the highest mark in yearly purses ever won by a North American-based jockey with his third-place finish aboard India in the $105,200 Valley Stream Stakes Sunday at Aqueduct. Through Nov. 20, last year's Eclipse Award-winning jockey has $23,355,830 in purse earnings.
Jockey Jerry Bailey and trainer Bobby Frankel are within range of setting single-season records for their respective divisions.
With a month to go in the 2000 racing season, less than $50,000 in purse earnings separates this year's top two jockeys, Pat Day and Jerry Bailey. According to Equibase figures through Sunday, Day's earnings total $17,395,963, followed closely by Bailey with $17,348,245. It is a long way back to Shane Sellers, in third with $14,639,828. With a paucity of big-purse races remaining, it is likely the riding race will go to the wire. Day also leads Bailey by number of wins -- 267 to 245 -- but Bailey has the better success rate as he has been successful with 27.3% of his 899 mounts this year, compared with Day's 22.1% win percentage from 1,209 rides. For complete standings, which can be sorted to show leaders by clicking on the desired column heading, go to Top Jockeys
(As of Aug. 28, 2000)
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