Lifelong New York rider Richard Migliore will try his luck on southern California circuit.

Lifelong New York rider Richard Migliore will try his luck on southern California circuit.


Migliore Moving Tack to California

Veteran rider Richard Migliore, who has been based in New York his entire career, will leave the Big Apple on Oct. 28 and begin riding at Hollywood Park, with Ron Anderson as his agent. He will continue to ride at Santa Anita before returning East.

Migliore, who was born in Babylon, N.Y., has remained pretty much a homebody, except for occasional brief stints at Gulfstream and Keeneland.

"I've spent 25 years in one place, so it's something completely brand new to me," Migliore said. "I'm excited about the challenge, and dealing with new people and riding new horses.

"Frankly, things have been a little bit stagnant here, and I feel like I'm treading water a little bit. I've appreciated the opportunity people here have given me, but at the same time I feel like I'm capable of doing a lot more, and I need to give myself every chance to do that. It's going to be tough leaving my family, but they've all been very supportive, and I will try to get back as often as possible."

Anderson, who has handled such top riders as Gary Stevens and Jerry Bailey, is currently the agent for Garrett Gomez.

Migliore, who won an Eclipse Award as the top apprentice rider in 1981, passed the 4,000-win mark in February 2005. In 2003, he was awarded the Mike Venezia Memorial Award.

Over the years, he has captured a number of grade I events, including the Wood Memorial, Man o'War Stakes, Beldame, Personal Ensign, and the Carter and Gazelle Handicaps.

In 2005, Migliore suffered a fractured leg in a paddock accident at Belmont Park less than a week before the Breeders' Cup World Championships, forcing him to miss the NetJets Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT), in which he was to have ridden Artie Schiller, who won the race with Gomez aboard.