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- By Evan Hammonds
- Thoroughbred Racing, Thoroughbred Breeding, Breeders' Cup, Triple Crown, Southeast Region
With the 45th Eclipse Awards taking place Jan. 16 at Gulfstream Park, it's remarkable the changes in the event--and coverage--since the inaugural "Winners Circle" dinner at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York in 1972.
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.
California horses have been more than effective at the highest levels of U.S. racing in recent years, and the May 2 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) was just the most recent example.
On April 15, friends who worked with trainer Mike Mitchell over the years recalled the life of the iconic trainer who worked in Southern California for nearly 40 years.
Six of Thoroughbred racing's all-time greatest jockeys will be at Kentucky Downs Sept. 10 to raise funds for the Permanently Disabled Jockeys' Fund.
The Arcadia Historical Society, City of Arcadia, and Santa Anita Park will open a "Thoroughbred Racing Walk of Champions" at 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 27, beginning at 5 p.m. on First Ave. between Wheeler St. and Huntington Dr.
Fifteen of the greatest riders in the history of Thoroughbred racing will gather at Saratoga Race Course Aug. 9 for the first-ever "Jockey Legends Day" to benefit the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund.
In guiding We Miss Artie to victory in the Horseshoe Casino Cincinnati Spiral Stakes (gr. III) March 22 at Turfway Park, John Velazquez became the first rider in history to reach $300 million in North American purse earnings.
John Hendrickson and Marylou Whitney donated $10,000 to the National Turf Writers and Broadcasters association during the 54th annual awards dinner at The Derby restaurant in Arcadia, Ca. Oct. 30.
Laffit Pincay Jr. shares memories of his nine Hollywood Gold Cup victories, including 1979 with Affirmed. This video is a companion to the feature, Golden Touch, which appears in the June 29/July 6 issue of The Blood-Horse. Watch Video
Crown Royal has pledged a $1 million donation to Thoroughbred Charities of America if retired jockey Laffit Pincay, Jr. can correctly pick the top three finishers, in order, of each of this year's Triple Crown races.
This year's Santa Anita Derby (gr. I) winner will ship to Churchill Downs to begin Kentucky Derby presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) preparations but the most recent Triple Crown winner took a much different path.
Russell Baze, North America's all-time leading jockey by victories, reached another major milestone Jan. 25 at Golden Gate Fields by becoming the first to ride 50,000 races.
Marje Everett, the longtime chairwoman of Hollywood Park, died March 23 at her West Los Angeles home. She was 90.
The 45th annual Santa Anita Jockeys/Holy Angels charity basketball game will take place Feb. 23, at La Salle High School in Pasadena, Calif., with proceeds to benefit the Holy Angels athletic program and disabled jockeys.
Funeral services were held Oct. 23 for longtime jockey agent Bob Meldahl, who represented Laffit Pincay Jr. for the final decade of the Hall of Fame rider's career.
The Hall of Fame trio of trainer Bob Baffert and jockeys Mike Smith and Laffit Pincay Jr. will sign limited edition collectible jerseys at Del Mar on Labor Day, Sept. 6.
Hall of Fame Jockey Laffit Pincay, Jr., will sign limited edition collectible jerseys benefiting the Jockeys' Guild on July 10, 2010 at Hollywood Park.
Ricardo Santana Jr., the leading apprentice rider in Panama, has arrived in the United States and will have his first mount Sept. 15.
Former jockeys Pat Day, Laffit Pincay Jr., Ron Turcotte, Steve Cauthen, and Jean Cruguet have banded together to offer marketing opportunities for interested individuals or organizations.
A California court of appeal recently affirmed a $2.7-million judgment awarded to retired Hall of Fame jockey Laffit Pincay Jr. against the ambulance company that handled the injuries that ultimately ended his career
As if they had never left the racetrack, 10 Hall of Fame jockeys spoke knowingly of tactics in the Oct. 18 "Living Legends" competition at Santa Anita -- mostly about how Angel Cordero Jr. will be herding the field from his outside post position.
The Breeders' Cup announced Sept. 25 that it will launch a multi-city tour featuring legendary Hall of Fame jockeys Pat Day, Angel Cordero, Jr., and Laffit Pincay Jr., beginning Oct. 1 in celebration of the upcoming 25th running of the Breeders' Cup World Championships at Santa Anita Park Oct. 24-25.
The three jockeys who dueled in the inaugural Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) are together again, and racing fans can meet them in person Oct. 3 at Meadowlands in New Jersey.
Northlands Park in Alberta, Canada, will host three riders from Legends on Tour during the track's historic Canadian Derby weekend, it was announced June 4.
IEAH Stables, owners of Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) contenders Big Brown and Court Vision, announced they are sponsoring the Jockey Legends Dinner at the Executive West Hotel in Louisville, Ky. May 2.
Jockey Russell Baze became the first rider in North America to win 10,000 races Feb. 1 at Golden Gate Fields and said afterward that he's not planning to slow down any time soon.
A once in a lifetime opportunity for the high bidder and nine friends to enjoy an all-expense paid dinner with racing legends Russell Baze, Pat Day and Laffit Pincay Jr., is being auctioned on e-Bay by the Race Track Chaplaincy of America.
Hall of Fame jockey Laffit Pincay Jr. was awarded a $2.7-million verdict in a civil case against the ambulance company that was charged with treating him after the rider suffered broken bones in his neck in a 2003 riding accident at Santa Anita Park, according to Pincay's attorney, Neil Papiano.
Jockey Joe Crispin was riding high after receiving a congratulatory phone call from Laffit Pincay Jr. at Portland Meadows after gaining his 1,000th Thoroughbred victory March 20.
Russell Baze became Thoroughbred horse racing's winningest jockey when he broke Laffit Pincay Jr.'s record with a victory aboard Butterfly Belle at Bay Meadows on Friday, Dec. 1.
Jockey Russell Baze broke out of a personal 11-race losing streak when Lainies Lion won the fifth race at Bay Meadows Saturday. When he won the following race as well, Baze drew within four of the all-time record for riding victories held by Laffit Pincay Jr.
Jockey Russell Baze failed to add to his victory total with three mounts at Bay Meadows Nov. 24 and remains six behind in his pursuit of Laffit Pincay Jr.'s all-time record of 9,530 victories.
Jockey Russell Baze moved one win closer to Laffit Pincay Jr.'s record for lifetime victories during the Thanksgiving Day program at Bay Meadows on Nov. 23.
Jockey Russell Baze won aboard each of the first four of his six mounts at Bay Meadows Wednesday and drew within seven of all-time leading jockey Laffit Pincay Jr.
Russell Baze, who continues to close in on Laffit Pincay Jr.'s all-time victory mark of 9,530 wins, won once with his six mounts Friday night at Bay Meadows.
Jockey Russell Baze won five races Thursday at Bay Meadows and needs just 23 more to reach the all-time record for riding victories of 9,530 held by Laffit Pincay Jr.
Hall of Fame jockey Laffit Pincay Jr. will co-host the Taylor Made Farm White Horse Heroes Luncheon and the presentation of Race Track Chaplaincy of America's fourth White Horse Award, held in conjunction with the Breeders' Cup World Championships this fall at Churchill Downs.
- By Jack Shinar
Retired jockey Laffit Pincay Jr. went to Sacramento, Calif., on Wednesday to plead for help for California's embattled racing industry and jockeys.
The Stute brothers, trainers Warren and Mel, have been named winners of the 2006 Laffit Pincay Jr. Award, presented annually to an individual who has served the sport with integrity, extraordinary dedication, determination, and distinction.
Santa Anita Park has settled a lawsuit brought by retired jockey Laffit Pincay Jr. stemming from the career-ending injury the rider suffered at Santa Anita March 1, 2003.
Jockey Chris McCarron will take his place among three other legendary riders at Santa Anita when a bust of his likeness is unveiled Saturday.
More than 21 years after he won the 1984 Kentucky Derby aboard Swale, the whip Laffit Pincay Jr. used in registering his only victory in the Run for the Roses was returned to him.
In his first opportunity to bid public farewell at Santa Anita Park, Laffit Pincay Jr. will be honored by the Oak Tree Racing Association Saturday. He'd rather be riding.
Hall of Fame jockeys Laffit Pincay, Jr., and Chris McCarron will be the featured dinner guests at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington Oct.11 when the National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) hosts a dinner to conclude day two of the its 2005 Annual Meeting and Marketing Summit.
Hall of Fame jockey Pat Day, the all-time leading rider at Churchill Downs, is recovering from surgery performed on his right hip on Wednesday in Vail, Colo. and has already started his schedule of rehabilitation.
Santa Anita Park will honor one of its all-time leading jockeys when it hosts "Chris McCarron Day" on Saturday, April 9, which is also Santa Anita Derby (gr. I) Day.
Laffit Pincay Jr., the all-time leader in victories by a jockey, discounts complaints from some that fellow Hall of Fame rider Russell Baze is undeserving of the record if he breaks it because Baze mostly competes on the Northern California circuit.
Hall of Fame jockey Russell Baze won four races Saturday at Golden Gate Fields to surpass legendary Bill Shoemaker's career total with a big assist from the dam Shes Got the Facts.
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