Keyword: Jockeys

  • John Velazquez

    Derby Jockey Profile: John Velazquez

    John Velazquez is well-known for his successful partnership with trainer Todd Pletcher, so it is extremely fitting that his Derby contender this year come from Pletcher's stable. Cowboy Cal is Velazquez's mount, and if the jockey improves off his second-place finish aboard Invisible Ink in 2001, he'll have himself a winner.

  • Edgar Prado

    Derby Jockey Profile: Edgar Prado

    Who can forget Edgar Prado's winning ride aboard Barbaro in the 2006 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I)? The experience seemed once-in-a-lifetime, but Prado is back this year aboard the H. Graham Motion-trained Adriano seeking a second Derby win.

  • Julien Leparoux

    Derby Jockey Profiles: Julien Leparoux

    Julien Leparoux adds a bit of French flair to the American racing scene, having developed a strong career in Central Kentucky at tracks such as Keeneland and Churchill Downs after getting his start on horseback in his native country.

  • Jose Lezcano

    Derby Jockey Profile: Jose Lezcano

    Jose Lezcano answered the questions for this interview on the telephone, through the interpretation of his agent, Jason Bidas, while laughing hysterically in the background.

  • Ramon Dominguez

    Derby Jockey Profile: Ramon Dominguez

    In 2006, Ramon Dominguez rode Bluegrass Cat to a second-place finish behind Barbaro in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I). He was close enough to practically taste the victory, and this year he's chasing it with renewed determination aboard the Todd Pletcher-trained Monba, his fifth Derby contender.

  • Jeremy Rose

    Rose Sues KHRA Over Advertising

    An attorney for jockey Jeremy Rose is petitioning a judge in Kentucky to strike down an amended regulation, enacted prior to the 2005 Kentucky Derby (gr. I), that control whether riders can wear advertising on their pants. Rose and Kent Desormeaux were both penalized by the state's racing authority for wearing advertising during the 2005 Derby.

  • Jockey Tim Thornton just won his first riding title in spite of many injuries.

    Inside Track: Make It or Break It

    When you meet Thornton in person, you think he is a very, very nice young man. You wonder how he remained steady and well-mannered even after encountering the racetrack's fast-paced lifestyle. When you hear of his multiple injuries and comebacks, you wonder why he hasn't given up on riding or spiraled into oblivion. Then you speak to his mother, and it all makes perfect sense.

  • New York Jockeys Call for Solutions

    A group of New York jockeys is asking all parties in the ongoing negotiations for the New York racing franchise to come up with creative solutions to the problems facing the industry.

  • Garrett Gomez, with earnings of $22,800,074, topped the North American leading jockeys' list for a second consecutive year in 2007.

    Stronach, Pletcher, Gomez at Top

    Stronach Stables, Todd Pletcher, and Garrett Gomez top the individual lists of the leading owners, trainers, and jockeys, respectively, by North American earnings in 2007, according to final statistics released Jan. 1 by Equibase, the Thoroughbred industry's official database for racing information.

  • Close Call for Hong Kong Jockey

    Darren Beadman is poised to make an astonishing recovery from a potentially serious knee injury inflicted when an unraced 3-year-old went berserk in the barriers before the second race at Sha Tin Racecourse Nov. 17.

  • Aqueduct canceled racing Jan. 30 due to high winds.

    Aqueduct Racing Cancelled Nov. 15

    Live racing at Aqueduct Race Track was cancelled after the second race Nov. 15 due to unsatisfactory track conditions, although the facility remained open for simulcasting.

  • Tara Hemmings won the seventh annual female jockeys challenge at Hoosier Park.

    Hemmings Wins Jockey Challenge

    Tara Hemmings won two of the five legs of the Female Jockey Challenge to earn 13 points and the title in this year's event at Hoosier Park.

  • Patrick Valenzuela

    Valenzuela Returns to Hollywood

    Jockey Patrick Valenzuela returns to California for the first time in nearly one year Nov. 17 at Hollywood Park.

  • Guild to Members: Get Own Insurance

    The Jockeys' Guild is encouraging members to secure their own health insurance as the current policy, the organization's self-funded program, may be terminated as soon as Dec. 31. Meanwhile, Guild officials met with industry representatives Nov. 13 at Keeneland Race Course to seek emergency financial support.

  • Jamie Spencer

    Leading Jockey Battle Ends in Tie

    Criticism that the turf flat season in Great Britain tends to end with a whimper rather than a bang looked somewhat misplaced at Doncaster Nov. 9 when the race for champion jockey ended in a tie for the first time in 84 years.

  • Julien Leparoux plans on riding at Santa Anita for the upcoming winter meet.

    Jocks Bejarano, Leparoux Shift Tack

    Jockeys Rafael Bejarano and Julien Leparoux, currently among the top 12 riders in the nation by purses won this year, will move their tack to Southern California this winter, both riders' agents said Nov. 9.

  • National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Studies Jockeys

    Exposure to lead from saddle weights and to residue from synthetic surfaces were among several concerns raised on a new topic page about jockeys' safety posted by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) on their Web site, the Department of Health and Human Services division reported Oct. 29.

  • Jockey Cornelio Velasquez enters final week of Saratoga meet with most wins.

    Saratoga Riders Jockey For Position

    With eight racing days remaining until the end of the 2007 meet at Saratoga Race Course, the track's jockey colony is tightly bunched as usual, but the shifting fortunes of several riders make for an interesting match-up as we head into closing week. Here's a look at Saratoga's top 10 jockeys and their nearly finished summer seasons heading into Sunday's card.

  • Meeting with NYRA Starters, Jockeys at Saratoga a Success

    An Aug. 9 meeting among members of the racing industry and jockeys at Saratoga Race Course was a deemed a success by Bruce Johnstone, the New York Racing Association's manager of racing relations, as discussions took place over the recent issues before the starts of several races at the New York oval.

  • Two Horses Fall in Same Race at Monmouth

    In separate incidents, two horses fell during the running of the second race at Monmouth Park Aug. 3. One jockey was injured, and a horse was euthanized.

  • Jose Santos

    Santos Retires; Has Five Fractures in Spine

    Jockey Jose Santos announced his retirement July 30 at Saratoga Race Course. The 46-year-old native of Concepcion, Chile, had been trying to come back from injuries suffered in a three-horse spill at Aqueduct on Feb. 1.

  • Content Providers on National HBPA Agenda

    The National Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association will address distribution of racing content, equine drug testing, and health insurance during workshop discussions at its summer convention scheduled for July 19-22 in Williamsburg, Va.

  • No Decision Yet in Philly Park Kicking Incident

    Jockey Victor Molina - who was caught on camera kicking a 2-year-old colt prior to the start of the third race at Philadelphia Park Casino & Racetrack June 18 - had a formal hearing before track stewards June 22, but no decision was made by the stewards as to what, if any, penalties Molina will receive.

  • Preakness rivals Robby Albarado and Calvin Borel have committed to the Cajun Jockey Challenge.

    'Cajun Jockey Challenge' Set for Evangeline Downs

    Evangeline Downs Racetrack & Casino will hold its first "Cajun Jockey Challenge" the evening of July 13. A brunch to assist the Race Track Chaplaincy of America will be held earlier that day.

  • Judice Latest Banned Jockey to Return to Saddle

    Joe Judice, one of seven jockeys banned from Tampa Bay Downs this past December because of an investigation into alleged race-fixing, returned to the saddle June 3 at River Downs and promptly won with his first two mounts of the meet.

  • Bello Antes Up to Assist Disabled Riders, Guild

    Orange County, Calif., building contractor Michael Bello, owner of multiple stakes winner Megahertz, is donating $58,000 to the Permanently Disabled Jockeys' Fund and another $250,000 to assist the Jockeys' Guild

  • Julien Leparoux rallies late to take Turfway riding title.

    Late Rally Gives Leparoux Riding Title by a Nose

    Julien Leparoux, the Eclipse Award-winning apprentice jockey of 2006, spent some time out of town during the Turfway Park winter/spring meet but still won the riding title by one victory in the next-to-last race of the meet.

  • British Jockey Winston Banned One Year

    Top British jockey Robert Winston was banned from race riding for 12 months at a resumed Horseracing Regulatory Authority disciplinary hearing in London Feb. 16. Winston is one of four riders found guilty, under British racing's rules, of providing information for reward or corrupt gain.

  • Jockeys Houghton, Bell to Ride at Hawthorne Meet

    Jockeys Terry Houghton and Derek Bell have been given approval to ride at the spring Hawthorne meet that begins Feb. 23. The riders were among seven jockeys banned from the grounds of Tampa Bay Downs Dec. 19, 2006.