From The Blood-Horse Three-time leading Monmouth Park jockey Elvis Trujillo will be headed back to the New Jersey track May 30, relocating from Southern California, where he’s been riding full-time for about a year. “He wanted to be back at the Jersey Shore,” said Danny Mellul, who will be Trujillo’s agent at Monmouth. “He had great success in California, butRead More
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From The Blood-Horse Victor Espinoza departs Southern California for New York June 1, for what he hopes is a date with destiny, when he pursues a sweep of the Triple Crown aboard American Pharoah in the Belmont Stakes (gr. I) June 6. This year’s Belmont Stakes will mark the second time in two years and the third time in his careerRead More
From The Blood-Horse Veteran jockey Taylor Hole picked up his 2,000th career victory May 22 at Pimlico Race Course, when riding Dr Bolt to victory in the sixth race. Dr Bolt, a colt by Cherokee’s Boy owned by Five Hellions Farm and trained by Donnovan Haughton, took the lead down the stretch and completed six-furlong claiming race in 1:13.27. AfterRead More
With the second annual Jockeys & Jeans event a little less than one month away, final preparations are underway, and three more celebrity athletes have added their names to the Honorary Committee to help support the event. Rik Smits, former NBA basketball player, Fred McGriff, former MLB baseball player and Denis Savard, Hall of Fame NHL player are now membersRead More
Kentucky-based jockey Jon Court was announced as the 2015 recipient of the Mike Venezia Memorial Award, which will be presented on Memorial Day at Belmont Park. Established in 1989, the Mike Venezia Memorial Award is awarded to jockeys who exemplify extraordinary sportsmanship and citizenship. It is named in honor of Mike Venezia, who died as a result of injuries heRead More
With trainer Mike de Kock’s announcement that Irad Ortiz will get the mount on Mubtaahij, we are left waiting in anticipation for Dale Romans and Todd Pletcher to announce their riders. Below are the Belmont probables and their confirmed riders: American Pharoah – Victor Espinoza Carpe Diem – TBA Conquest Curlinate – Shaun Bridgmohan Frammento – Mike Smith Frosted –Read More
Ironicus went from competing in allowance races to scoring an impressive victory in the Longines Dixie (Gr. 2) on Saturday’s Preakness card at Pimlico. A big part of that improvement was the all-star handling by jockey Javier Castellano, who earned the Jockey Draft Ride of the Week honors. Breaking from the inside, Castellano was content to save ground in bothRead More