Keyword: Jose Santos

  • Triple Crown Legends Offer Santos Some Advice

    The riders of the last three Triple Crown winners offered some advice for Jose Santos, the regular rider of Funny Cide as he bids for the Triple Crown on June 7. The riders, Ron Turcotte, Jean Cruget, and Steve Cauthen commented during a round-table teleconference sponsored by the National Thoroughbred Racing Association.

  • Another Thrill for Santos in Hollywood's Gamely

    Jose Santos, who rode Funny Cide to victories in the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes, can cap a dream month Monday when he flies west from New York to ride Dress To Thrill in the $350,000-added Gamely Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. IT) for fillies and mares at 1 1/8 miles on the Hollywood Park turf.

  • Jockey Jose Santos pets Prince, a New York police horse, while posing for a portrait with trainer Barclay Tagg, right, before a news conference in New York Tuesday.

    Funny Cide is Toast of New York

    Move over Derek Jeter, there's another New York-based athlete stealing the hearts of sports fans in the Big Apple. Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes winner Funny Cide, along with his connections, owner Sackatoga Stable, trainer Barclay Tagg, and jockey Jose Santos, were honored during a luncheon Tuesday at Gallagher's Steak House.

  • Written in Darkness

    <i>By Gary West</i> -- When Jose Santos and Funny Cide left behind their rivals at Pimlico, and left even further behind the suggestions of impropriety, the jockey stood in the irons and kissed his right hand. He flashed the victory sign, and then he opened his hand to the world, as if to show again that it held nothing.

  • Jockey Jose Santos, with Churchill Downs&#39; twin spires in the background.

    Jose Santos: Derby-Preakness Winning Jockey

    Jose Santos is one of the masters of big-time race riding. In 1999, he denied Charismatic the Triple Crown when he booted Lemon Drop Kid home in the Belmont Stakes (gr. I). Last October, he guided Volponi to a 43-1 upset victory in the Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) and on the first Saturday in May, the Chilean-born jockey won his first Kentucky Derby (gr. I) in seven attempts.

  • Trophy awarded winner of the Visa Triple Crown.

    What a Year for a Triple Crown Assault

    They have come in all sizes and colors, with vastly different personalities, and every conceivable advantage. Yet the thing each has been remembered for, finally, was failing to get the job done.

  • Santos Returns to Belmont to Work Volponi

    After winning the Preakness (gr. I) Saturday in Maryland, jockey Jose Santos was back to work at Belmont early Sunday morning, breezing Breeders' Cup Classic winner Volponi shortly after the track renovation break. The son of Cryptoclearance was credited with a four-furlong move in :48 3/5.

  • Jockey Jose Santos, meeting with media Friday.

    Santos Confident Heading into Preakness

    Declaring the controversy over the "phantom photo" was completely behind him, jockey Jose Santos said he was confident going into the Preakness Stakes aboard Kentucky Derby victor Funny Cide.

  • Castillo Bags Career Victory 2,000

    Jockey Heberto Castillo Jr. won Thursday afternoon's third race at Belmont Park with longshot Letthefreedomroar for the 2000th victory of his career.

  • Jose Santos, with Churchill Downs&#39; twin spires in the background.

    Santos' Nightmare Comes to an End

    Last Sunday night, Rita Santos and her four children, Nadia, 15, Jose Jr., 8, Selena, 7, and Savannah, 5, all curled up in bed together, watching TV. Around that time, Rita's husband, Jose, was arriving in Kentucky to appear the following day before the Churchill Downs stewards.

  • Jockey Jose Santos, with Churchill Downs&#39; twin spires in the background, prior to Monday&#39;s press conference.

    Churchill Stewards: Santos Carried Only Whip in Derby Victory

    After a thorough review of dozens of photographs and a replay of the NBC tape of the Kentucky Derby and interviews with various individuals, the Kentucky Racing Commission board of stewards determined that jockey Jose Santos did not carry anything other than a whip in his right hand when he won the Kentucky Derby with Funny Cide on May 3.

  • Jockey Jose Santos, right, arrives at the Churchill Downs racing office for a meeting with track stewards along with his attorney Karen Murphy, center, and agent Mike Sellitto.

    Santos Meets With Stewards; Announcement Later Monday

    Jockey Jose Santos met with Churchill Downs stewards Monday morning concerning a controversy over a photo taken after this year's Kentucky Derby. The stewards are investigating whether Santos held something in his hand besides his whip when he crossed the finish line on May 3. Churchill Downs vice president John Asher said the stewards would hold a press conference at 2:00 p.m. (Eastern) Monday.

  • Associated Press photo, similar to one published by the &lt;i&gt;Miami&lt;/i&gt; Herald that touched off controversy.

    AP Photo Clearly Shows There is No Object in Santos' Hand

    An Associated Press photo that appeared in Sunday's New York <i>Post</i> all but puts to rest the investigation of Jose Santos. The photo clearly shows the green Juddmonte Stables' silks of Empire Maker through Santos' outstretched fingers as he is about to raise his whip in triumph.

  • New York Riders Speak Out for Santos

    The New York jockey colony released a statement Sunday defending the integrity of fellow rider Jose Santos, who has been under investigation by the Churchill Downs stewards based on a photo and article that appeared in the Saturday Miami <i>Herald</i>.

  • Jackson Knowlton, right, one of Kentucky Derby winner Funny Cide&#39;s owners, and Barclay Tagg, the horse&#39;s trainer, answer questions from the media in the Belmont Park paddock Saturday.

    Indignant Tagg Calls Santos Probe 'Absurd'

    Funny Cide's trainer Barclay Tagg responded with indignation to the Kentucky Racing Commission investigation into whether rider Jose Santos may have been carrying an illegal object when he rode the New York-bred to victory in last Saturday's Run for the Roses.

  • Surprise House Party Wins Nassau County

    Joseph V. Shields Jr.'s homebred House Party and jockey Jose Santos waited patiently for an opportunity in mid-stretch and squeezed through an opening to surprise 3-5 favorite Cyber Secret in the $200,000 Nassau County Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. II) for 3-year-old fillies at Belmont Park Saturday.

  • Photo of Jose Santos immediately after winning the Kentucky Derby with Funny Cide is similar to one published by the Miami Herald that provoked an investigation.

    Churchill Stewards Launch Derby Probe

    The panel of stewards that oversees racing at Churchill Downs has initiated an investigation into questions surrounding a published photograph of the finish of Kentucky Derby 129.

  • Volponi Upset in Belmont Park Return

    Eugene and Laura Melnyk's Speightstown, making his first appearance in more than 21 months, upset Breeders' Cup Classic champion Volponi by a long neck in Friday's $56,000 allowance feature at Belmont Park.

  • Stormy Frolic Enjoys Sloppy Going at Calder

    Stormy Frolic kicked away in the stretch to easily win Saturday's $145,000 Calder Breeders' Cup Handicap, reduced to a field of eight after the race was switched from the turf to a sloppy main track.

  • Jockey Jerry Bailey rides Empire Maker to victory past Funny Cide in the 79th Wood Memorial.

    Empire Maker Proves He's Crown Worthy

    Juddmonte Farms' Empire Maker confirmed his credentials as this year's Kentucky Derby (gr. I) consensus choice with a calculated half-length victory in Saturday's $750,000 Wood Memorial (gr. I) in the mud at Aqueduct Park.

  • House Party Has Something to Celebrate

    Joseph V. Shields Jr.'s homebred House Party angled out in the stretch and circled her four rivals at the sixteenth pole, drawing off to a 1 1/2-length victory over favored Chimichurri in the $100,000 Old Hat Stakes for 3-year-old fillies at Gulfstream Park Sunday.

  • Closer Stay Forever Takes Sunshine F&M Turf

    Jockey Jose Santos brought Stay Forever from far back to triumph by 1 1/4-length over Cellars Shiraz in the $350,000 Franks Farm Sunshine Millions Filly & Mare Turf Saturday at Gulfstream.

  • Stormy Frolic Relishes Return to Dirt in 'Betty'

    Trainer Milt Wolfson used the turf-to-dirt angle to his advantage when Stormy Frolic took to a fast track in winning Calder's $100,000 Stage Door Betty Handicap Saturday over 1 1/16 miles, the second stakes of the Grand Slam II event.

  • Snake Mountain Wins Again at Aqueduct

    Berkshire Stud's Snake Mountain and jockey Jose Santos made a four-wide move on the final turn and then surged through the lane for a 1 ¼-length victory over Docent in the $110,000 Queens County Handicap (gr. III) for 3-year-olds and up Saturday on Aqueduct's inner dirt track.

  • Say Florida Sandy Nears $2 Million With Win

    All-time New York-bred money-winner Say Florida Sandy edged ever closer to the $2 million mark when he notched this 31st career victory Friday in an allowance race at Aqueduct.

  • Lido Palace Wins in Typical Style

    Woodward Stakes (gr. I) winner Lido Palace, whose connections passed on paying a supplementary nomination of fee of $800,000 to compete in the Breeders' Cup Classic, won a classified allowance at Belmont Park Sunday.

  • Quiet Ruler, 45-1, Scalps His Mohawk Rivals

    Jockey John Velazquez, the leading rider of the Belmont Fall Championship Meet, watched rival rider Jose Santos win the first three stakes on the New York Showcase Day card Saturday. Then he won the next three.

  • Well Fancied's Bold Move Saves Hudson Win

    Well Fancied carried John Velazquez through a narrow opening on the rail Saturday afternoon at Belmont Park to capture the $125,000 Hudson Handicap for New York-breds at six furlongs.

  • Santos, Dat You Miz Blue Team Up in Iroquois

    Jose Santos made the first part of New York Showcase Day his personal showcase, winning his third straight stakes race Saturday afternoon at Belmont Park with Cynthia Knight's Dat You Miz Blue.

  • Maid in the Mist Stakes Goes to Beautiful America

    Chester and Mary Broman's Beautiful America overcame a troubled start, then came wide in the lane to overtake favored Combanchera and win the $100,000 Maid of the Mist for New York-bred, 2-year-old fillies by a half-length Saturday afternoon.

  • Funny Side Laughs Last in Sleepy Hollow

    Sackatoga Stable's Funny Cide, who won his two previous starts by a combined 24 ¾ lengths, got more than he bargained for from Spite the Devil, but the 1-5 favorite held off his rival by a neck to win Saturday's $100,000 Sleepy Hollow for 2-year-old New York breds at a mile.

  • Funny Side Laughs Last in Sleepy Hollow

    Sackatoga Stable's Funny Cide, who won his two previous starts by a combined 24 ¾ lengths, got more than he bargained for from Spite the Devil, but the 1-5 favorite held off his rival by a neck to win Saturday's $100,000 Sleepy Hollow for 2-year-old New York breds at a mile.

  • BC Jockey Assignments All But Firmed Up

    Although there are a few mounts still open, the jockey assignments for the Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships are pretty much confirmed. Of the leading riders, Mike Smith, Jerry Bailey, Pat Day, and Edgar Prado are particularly deep in talent.

  • Maddy May to Defend Her Iroquois Victory

    Madcapt Stable's Maddie May, the defending Iroquois champion, is the horse to beat in Saturday's renewal of the seven-furlong New York-bred stakes race for fillies and mares.

  • Cellars Shiraz Defeats Calder Oaks Field

    Jockey Cornelio Velasquez, the leading rider at Calder Race Course, guided Cellars Shiraz to a 2 ½-length victory over Maliziosa in Saturday's $200,000 Calder Oaks.

  • Nasty Storm Springs Upset in Gallant Bloom

    Overlooked by the public, Nasty Storm surprised favorites Raging Fever and Shine Again in Sunday's $150,000 Gallant Bloom Handicap (gr. II) for fillies and mares at Belmont Park.

  • Stubborn Regal Sanction Wins Sloppy Pegasus

    Regal Sanction took command in mid-stretch and dug in to hold off the late-closing No Parole by a head in the $350,000 Pegasus Handicap (gr. II) for 3-year-olds at the Meadowlands on Friday night.

  • Clement, Santos Get Photo Quality Win

    Tortured twice by losing photo finishes in graded stakes races recently at Saratoga, trainer Christophe Clement and jockey Jose Santos got a bit of payback when Waterville Lake Stable's Celtic Sky got up at the wire to beat front-running Reluctant Groom by a nose in the $82,900 West Point Handicap.

  • Museum to Host Guest Series

    The National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame will be holding its second annual "Guests in the Gallery" program at 11 a.m. on Aug. 7. The 3-part panel program is designed to give fans and other interested observers an inside view of racing and the opportunity to meet key people involved in the sport.

  • Tates Creek Wins Diana by a Nose

    Juddmonte Farm's Tates Creek nipped favored Voodoo Dancer by a short nose in a furious stretch battle to claim the $500,000 Diana Handicap (gr. II) Saturday at Saratoga Race Course.

  • Megan's Bluff Heads Locust Grove Field

    James Routsong's Megan's Bluff, a 5-year-old mare who has won stakes races at Churchill Downs in each of the past three years, faces eight rivals in Saturday's $150,000-added Locust Grove Handicap (gr. III) for older fillies and mares on the turf.

  • Brooklyn Tops Busy Weekend at Belmont

    The grade I Belmont Stakes might be over, but the racing isn't slowing down at the Elmont, N.Y. oval, with three graded stakes scheduled for this weekend, including the $250,000 Brooklyn Handicap (gr. II), the $100,000 Hill Prince Stakes (gr. IIIT), and the $100,000 Sands Point (gr. IIIT).