A bill that would legalize online poker, and also send $60 million a year in subsidies to the horse racing industry in California, passed unanimously through a state assembly committee April 27.
"It's going to be hard," Espinoza said of tackling the Run for the Roses on Whitmore. "But you never know. As long as I have a horse in the race, I always think I can win the Kentucky Derby."
Jockey Jose Ortiz and trainer Rudy Rodriguez wrapped up Aqueduct Racetrack's 19-day spring season April 24 with their second and third straight meet titles, respectively, while Midwest Thoroughbreds was the leading owner.
Dean Butler earn victory No. 2,000 April 22 in the fifth race at Tampa Bay Downs aboard Impromptu, a 4-year-old gelding owned by Empire Racing and trained by Bernell Rhone.
The PDJF pays a monthly stipend to injured jockeys unable to work, and doesn't have permanent guaranteed funding.
Hall of Fame jockey Russell Baze suffered a broken right collarbone in a third-race spill April 16 at Golden Gate Fields.
Apprentice jockey Ashley Castrenze won with her first mount April 15 at Tampa Bay Downs, taking the fourth race on Sister Pat.
Santa Anita Park saw a significant increase in on-track attendance and a slight decrease in all-sources handle when its 2015-2016 winter meet came to a close April 10.
State provides some money to offset insurance cost for owners and trainers, but horsemen say the measure is only a stop-gap.
Trainer Todd Pletcher, jockey Javier Castellano, and owners Ken and Sarah Ramsey were honored by Gulfstream Park April 1 for leading their respective standings during the 2015-2016 championship meet.
Godolphin jockey William Buick is out to spoil California Chrome's chances in the $10 million Dubai World Cup (UAE-I) for a second consecutive year.
Jockey Santiago Gonzalez will be sidelined for six weeks because of a broken jaw, agent Craig Stephen said March 21.
It's too soon to know if Jose Ortiz will have a Derby ride this year, but he did pilot the promising Matt King Coal to an allowance win March 6. The son of Cool Coal Man is under consideration for the Wood Memorial (gr. I).
Jockey narrowly missed track's single-day record for victories.
As the rain subsided at Santa Anita Park March 11 following a short but heavy rainstorm, track officials announced the final three races of the Friday card would be canceled.
William Mahorney, a former jockey and trainer in Northern California, died March 10 after contracting pneumonia. He was 75.
Apprentice jockeys Carlos Hernandez and Alvaro Donis recorded their first career victories Thursday at Gulfstream Park.
Joel Rosario, one of two jockeys hospitalized following a Feb. 20 spill at Gulfstream Park, is nearing a return that could have him riding the week of the $1 million Xpressbet.com Florida Derby (gr. I) April 2.
Regulators have approved a new rule that makes it simpler for the New York State Gaming Commission to impose upon Thoroughbred owners and trainers an insurance program to provide workers' compensation coverage.
The third "Jockeys and Jeans" fundraiser for the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund is set for Feb. 28 at Gulfstream Park. About $400,000 in non-guaranteed stallion seasons are available through an online auction.
Victor Espinoza, a 43-year-old native of Mexico City, has been selected by a vote of jockeys nationwide as the winner of Santa Anita's highly coveted 2016 George Woolf Memorial Jockey Award.
Eclipse Award-winning rider Kyle Frey suffered hematomas and crush injuries to his muscles covering his femur and humerus during a fifth-race spill Feb. 20 at Golden Gate Fields.
Jockeys Joel Rosario and Rafael Hernandez will both be sidelined for at least a month after suffering injuries in a spill in a turf race at Gulfstream Park Feb. 20.
Jockey Juan Hernandez won three consecutive races Feb. 20 at Golden Gate Fields, picking up his 1,000th victory in the United States in the process.
Jockeys Rafael Hernandez and Joel Rosario were transported to a local hospital after a chain-reaction spill in the Melody of Colors Stakes Feb. 20 at Gulfstream Park.
Celebration of the 10-year anniversary of the Permanently Disabled Jockeys' Fund was joined by a serious message at the Jockeys' Guild 2016 Assembly in Hollywood, Fla.
True to form, jockey Jose Ferrer displayed a minimum of emotion after reaching the 4,000-win milestone Feb. 14 aboard 3-year-old Florida-bred filly Rocket Bottle in the fifth race at Tampa Bay Downs.
In her fourth mount, apprentice Rosie Higgins broke her maiden in the second race at Santa Anita Park Feb. 11 aboard Blue Law.
The Japan Racing Association has suspended jockey Luis Contreras for the use of the painkiller oxycodone, according to a Feb. 11 report from Sports Hochi.
The National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame's executive committee has unanimously approved a measure to designate retired jockey Ramon Dominguez as eligible for Hall of Fame consideration beginning in 2016.
In his first race since 2014, jockey Stewart Elliott couldn't have started worse, but finished up just fine.
Exercise rider Rosie Higgins, wife to Hall of Fame jockey Kent Desormeaux, rode against him in her first race Jan. 15 at Santa Anita Park.
Retired jockey Randy Romero is to racehorses what Evel Knievel was to motorcycles and Nik Wallendato high wires. Skill, injuries, and courage are imbedded like bone screws in his career and life.
A career launched with modest expectations led to almost surreal accomplishments for Hall of Fame jockey Kent Desormeaux.
Disabled jockey Michael Straight visited the Gulfstream Park winner's circle following the seventh race Jan. 3 to raise awareness of advancements being made in the treatment of paralysis.
James Graham, who has been riding full-time in Southern California, is set to return to riding full-time at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots starting the week of Jan. 4.
Jockey John Velazquez has competed at racetracks around the world during his Hall of Fame career, but the 44-year-old rider will be breaking new ground when he heads to Australia Jan. 2.
Jockey Chad Lindsay and trainer Karen "Boots" Yanez notched their first wins Jan. 1 at Tampa Bay Downs.
Getting established in a veteran-dominated colony at Tampa Bay Downs seems like a minor task compared with what the young rider faced at the start of his career in April 2012.
A deal has been reached between regulators and New York Thoroughbred industry interests for payments to a fund that provides workers' compensation payments for injured jockeys, apprentice jockeys, and exercise riders.
Disabled jockey Michael Straight will raise awareness in the advancements of treating paralysis by walking into the winner's circle at Gulfstream Park Jan. 3 with the help of a bionic exoskeleton.
Sidelined after sustaining multiple spinal fractures and a collapsed lung during a spill at Los Alamitos Race Course Sept. 17, jockey Flavien Prat registered his first win on the comeback trail Dec. 28 at Santa Anita Park.
Standing together in the annals of Derby history are the two jockeys who have won five editions of the Derby each: Eddie Arcaro and the legendary Bill Hartack.
Jockeys Edgard Zayas and Tyler Gaffalione, who were unseated in separate incidents at Gulfstream Park Wednesday, Dec. 9, took off their mounts for the Dec. 10 card, but are expected to return to riding as early as Friday.
At the conclusion of its second fall season since the closure of Hollywood Park, Del Mar saw a decrease in daily average handle for the five-week stand when compared with last fall's four-week slate.
Jockey Corey Lanerie and owners Ken and Sarah Ramsey have locked up the respective jockey and owner titles at Churchill Downs as the 21-day fall meet enters its final day Nov. 29.
Jockey Jareth Loveberry, enjoying a successful second season at Remington Park, posted his 1,000th career victory when he won the second race Nov. 28 aboard Lawless West.
Jockey Ricardo Gonzalez had X-rays come in negative Nov. 20 following a fall well beyond the wire after Friday's fifth race at Golden Gate Fields.
Racing Australia chairman John Messara defended his organization's approach toward modifying whip use after the Australian Jockeys Association voted for the third time to support postponing any rule changes for 12 months.
West Virginia's high court has overturned a circuit court decision that vacated a WVRC order to suspend and fine seven jockeys in a 2009 case in which they were permitted to ride over the published weight.
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