Keyword: Aaron Gryder

  • Trojan Nation works April 28 at Santa Anita Park.

    Maiden Trojan Nation Seeks Derby Upset

    There are ample longshots in every running of the Kentucky Derby presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), but one scheduled to make his way into the gate at Churchill Downs May 7 is unique.

  • New Del Mar Surface 'Coming Together'

    Just more than three weeks into Del Mar's summer meet, opinions still vary on the seaside track's new dirt surface, but most seem to agree the track is beginning to show what could be its lasting form.

  • Aaron Gryder is one of the finalists for the George Woolf Memorial Jockey Award.

    Five Woolf Award Finalists Announced

    Santa Anita Park has announced five finalists for the prestigious Santa Anita George Woolf Memorial Jockey Award, with the winner to be announced on HRTV in January following a vote of jockeys nationwide.

  • Commander winning the BC Premiers Stakes.

    Commander, Madeira Park Win Hastings Stakes

    Commander defended his title in the British Columbia Premier's Stakes (Can-III) while Madeira Park secured the first graded stakes win in her career in the Ballerina Stakes (Can-III) Oct. 14 at Hastings Racecourse.

  • Awesome Gem Gets Lucky, Wins Berkeley on DQ

    Favored Awesome Gem, making his 50th career start, was awarded victory in the $100,000 Berkeley Handicap (gr. III) when original winner Positive Response was disqualified at Golden Gate Fields May 28.

  • Russian Greek won the California Derby by one length on Jan. 14 at Golden Gate Fields.

    Hollendorfer Duo Tops El Camino Real Derby

    Trainer Jerry Hollendorfer, seeking his sixth El Camino Real Derby victory, sends out morning line choice Russian Greek and stakes-winning filly Lady of Fifty as part of a 10-horse field.

  • Uh Oh Bango (inside) wins the Berkeley Stakes.

    Uh Oh Bango Makes Grade in Berkeley

    Uh Oh Bango outfought favored Bold Chieftain by a head in a terrific finish to post the first graded stakes win of his career in the $100,000 Berkeley (gr. III) at Golden Gate Fields May 30.

  • Meydan Hotel and Grandstand.

    World Cup Notes For March 25

    Blood-Horse correspondent Jason Ford makes his way around Meydan Racecourse for the March 27 Dubai World Cup.

  • Gryder Moves His Tack to Hong Kong

    This year's Emirates Airline Dubai World Cup (UAE-I)-winning jockey Aaron Gryder will move his tack to Hong Kong Nov. 14, Gryder announced Nov. 10.

  • 'Jockeys' Second Season Promises More Depth

    Whether it's the Osbournes or the Jon-Kate Eight, Americans love watching the real-life tension of personal relationships played out on their television screens. For jockeys Mike Smith and Chantal Sutherland, whose romantic affair was a primary focus during the first season of "Jockeys," it was enough to give them second thoughts about their involvement in the documentary series.

  • Sweet August Moon made it three wins in a row with her victory in the Las Flores Handicap. <br><a target="blank" href="http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fgallery.pictopia.com%2Fbloodhorse%2Fgallery%2F69713%2Fphoto%2F7981827%2F%3Fo%3D0">Order This Photo</a>

    Sweet August Moon Shines in Las Flores

    Sweet August Moon took advantage of a hot pace to run down the odds-on pacesetter High Resolve, scoring her first graded stakes win in the $100,000 Las Flores Handicap (gr. III) on April 5 at Santa Anita.

  • Well Armed and Aaron Gryder take the Dubai World Cup.

    Well Armed Steals Dubai World Cup

    Front-running Well Armed, under a snug hold by jockey Aaron Gryder, cut loose at the head of the straight and romped to a record 14-length victory in the $6 million Dubai World Cup (UAE-I) March 28, the final race to be run at Nad al Sheba.

  • Animal Planet to Renew 'Jockeys'

    Animal Planet announced March 19 that the network's popular docu-drama "Jockeys" would be renewed for a second season of programs. The first season, which concluded March 13, brought Animal Planet viewers into the lives of seven jockeys who race at Santa Anita Park during its Oak Tree Meet last fall.

  • Desert Code cruises to an easy victory in the Daytona Handicap. <br><a target="blank" href="http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fgallery.pictopia.com%2Fbloodhorse%2Fgallery%2F69713%2Fphoto%2Fbloodhorse%3A7756079%2F%3Fo%3D1">Order This Photo</a>

    Desert Code Notches Another on Hillside

    If you saw Desert Code's dramatic come-from-behind win in the Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint last fall, this victory was nothing like that one. Instead, Desert Code took the lead shortly after the start of the $100,000 Daytona Handicap (gr. IIIT) Feb. 15 on the same hillside turf course at Santa Anita and was never threatened.

  • Wild Promises rolls in the My Charmer under Aaron Gryder.

    Wild Promises Wins Fifth Straight Stakes

    Harry Aleo's Wild Promises shipped in from California to notch her fifth consecutive score Dec. 6 on the Calder Race Course turf, displaying a determined run in the final furlong to take the $100,000 My Charmer Handicap (gr. IIIT) by a length.

  • Well Armed sweeps to victory in the Goodwood.

    Well Armed Fires Best Shot in Goodwood

    Favored Well Armed, under strong urging from jockey Aaron Gryder, responded to open up a clear advantage in the homestretch, then held off the late-closing Tiago to win the $500,000 Goodwood (gr. I) at Oak Tree's Santa Anita meet Sept. 27. Because the race is part of the Breeders' Cup Challenge Series, Well Armed gained a slot in the $5 million Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I).

  • Well Armed powers to victory in the San Diego.<br><a target="blank" href="http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fprovider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D5179445%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Well Armed Bounces Back in San Diego

    Favored Well Armed avoided the dreaded "Dubai Bounce" with an easy front-running victory in the $300,000 San Diego Handicap (gr. II) in track record time over the revamped Polytrack surface at Del Mar July 19.

  • Tough Tiz's Sis takes the Hawthorne (gr. III) at Hollywood Park on May 4.

    Tough Tiz's Sis Shows Grit in Hawthorne

    Tough Tiz's Sis loves Hollywood Park, synthetic tracks and the 1 1/16-mile distance. So Bob Baffert's 4-year-old filly had much in her favor when she won the $108,500 Hawthorne Handicap (gr. III).

  • Tough Tiz's Sis Holds On in Harry Henson

    Worn down by chasing a fast pace, odds-on choice Tough Tiz's Sis was all out to hold off Nice Inheritance in winning the $112,950 Harry W. Henson Handicap for fillies and mares at New Mexico's Sunland Park March 16.

  • Well Armed (inside) holds off Heatseeker in the San Antonio.<br><a target="blank" href="http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fprovider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D3535901%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    A Well Armed Robbery in San Antonio

    WinStar Farms' homebred Well Armed, thanks to a well-crafted ride from Aaron Gryder on the front end, had just enough to hold off the surging Heatseeker by a head in winning the $250,000 San Antonio Handicap (gr. II) at Santa Anita Feb. 9.

  • Air Commander (outside) gets the nod over Johnny Eves in the San Fernando.<br><a target="blank" href="http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fprovider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D3278386%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Air Commander Drops 'Fernando Bomb

    Comebacking Air Commander shocked his San Fernando (gr. II) rivals at odds of 52-1 when he nosed Johnny Eves in a terrific stretch duel at Santa Anita Jan. 12.

  • Racing was canceled once again at Santa Anita Park Jan. 6.

    Santa Anita Cancels Jan. 6 Program

    For the second straight day, Santa Anita Park officials canceled racing Jan. 6 due to concerns about the condition of the synthetic racing surface after recent heavy rainfall.

  • California invader Smokey Stover, with Aaron Gryder up, wins the Icecapade Stakes at Monmouth Park.

    Test Lap Goes Well for Smokey Stover in Icecapade

    Leading sprinter Smokey Stover took a successful test spin for the upcoming TVG Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I) at Monmouth Park, winning the $103,000 Icecapade Stakes over three rivals in a solid time of 1:08 4/5 at the New Jersey track Sept. 1.

  • Gryder to Rest Injured Shoulder

    Jockey Aaron Gryder, coming off a strong Santa Anita meet, will be sidelined for about three weeks with a shoulder injury, agent Tony Matos confirmed Friday.

  • Bonfante Wins San Simeon Stretch Duel

    Saturday's $103,488 San Simeon Handicap at Santa Anita, pared to four starters from an original field of nine when switched from the hillside turf course to the main track at 6 1/2 furlongs, went to Bonfante, the longest shot in the field who won a stirring stretch battle with Battle Won.

  • Smokey Stover Burns Potrero Grande Rivals

    Harry J. Aleo's 7-10 choice Smokey Stover steamed to a 4 1/2-length victory over four rivals in the $192,000 Potrero Grande Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. II) Saturday at Santa Anita for his fourth consecutive win.

  • Level Red, Black Seventeen to Try Santa Anita Derby

    With favored Ravel out of the Santa Anita Derby (gr. I) with an injury, new candidates Black Seventeen and Level Red have surfaced for the 70th running of the the West Coast's major 3-year-old steppingstone on April 7.

  • Smokey Stover gets a pat of the back from jockey Aaron Gryder after winning the Sunshine Millions Sprint at Santa Anita.

    Smokey Stover Lights Up Sunshine Sprint

    Owner Harry Aleo and trainer Greg Gilchrist have another top-notch sprinter in their grasp after their untried gelding Smokey Stover spanked two of the best West Coast-based speedsters in Saturday's $300,000 Sunshine Millions Padua Stables Sprint at Santa Anita.

  • Finalists Named for George Woolf Award

    Jockeys Jon Court, Victor Espinoza, Roberto Gonzalez, Aaron Gryder, and Mario Pino are finalists for the prestigious George Woolf Memorial Jockey Award, Santa Anita Park announced Dec. 13.

  • Bettarun Fast Rolls Late for Railbird Victory

    Stalking Bettarun Fast swung four wide in the stretch to grab the lead under Aaron Gryder and went on to a three-quarters of a length win over Mystery Gal in the $100,000 Railbird (gr. III) for 3-year-old fillies at Hollywood Park Saturday.

  • Bettarun Fast, 31-1, Sneaks Home in Santa Paula

    Bettarun Fast slipped through along the rail in upper stretch under jockey Aaron Gryder and held off El Mirage Queen and Acceleration in the final strides to spring a 31-1 upset in the $105,650 Santa Paula (gr. III) for 3-year-old fillies at Santa Anita Saturday.

  • Rider Gryder Returns to Southern Cal to Stay

    Jockey Aaron Gryder, who was born in West Covina, Calif., just a few furlongs from Santa Anita, has returned to ride in Southern California full time after establishing himself on the winter circuit in New York in the past dozen years.