April 20, 2015
Cornelio Velasquez named Jockey of the Week

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Rosario Wins No. 2,000 at Keeneland

Rosario Wins No. 2,000 at Keeneland

April 25, 2015 at 9:39 pm

By Jeremy Balan from The Blood-Horse Joel Rosario put a milestone behind him early April 23 at Keeneland, then kept on adding to his total. The 30-year-old jockey from the Dominican Republic reached 2,000 wins Thursday with his first mount of the day at the Kentucky track, a come-from-behind victory with Sante Cellars Racing Club’s Dating Lady Luck in aRead More

Rider Gil Laiz Breezing Along at OBS

April 25, 2015 at 9:18 pm

By Michael Compton from The Blood-Horse Gil Laiz is most comfortable in the saddle. It’s a good thing. The 60-year-old exercise rider breezed 76 2-year-olds during the recent under tack preview ahead of Ocala Breeders’ Sales Co.’s spring sale April 21-24. A lifelong horseman, Laiz has been riding since he entered jockey school in his native Puerto Rico at ageRead More

Van Dyke’s Crafty Riding Earns Ride of the Week Honors

Van Dyke’s Crafty Riding Earns Ride of the Week Honors

April 23, 2015 at 10:10 am

Jockey Drayden Van Dyke continued his stakes winning ways over the Santa Anita lawn with a nose victory aboard in Queen of the Sand (IRE) in Saturday’s Santa Barbara Handicap (GIII). Van Dyke and his mount were squeezed coming out of the gate and were content to be in next to last while Fanticola carved out easy fractions on the frontRead More

Ron Turcotte Released from Hospital

April 22, 2015 at 2:14 pm

4/21/15 We are delighted to announce Ron Turcotte has been released from his local New Brunswick hospital to continue his recovery and physical therapy from the comforts of home. His broken legs from the early March auto accident appear to be mending in good order and his casts are expected to be removed in the next two weeks. Ron isRead More

Derby Day Silent Auction Fundraiser to Support Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund

Derby Day Silent Auction Fundraiser to Support Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund

April 22, 2015 at 9:04 am

ELKTON, Md. – A consortium of racing organizations has announced a Derby Day fundraising campaign to be held on Saturday, May 2, 2015 at 25 tracks and racing venues across the U.S. to raise funds for the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund (PDJF). Each participating track will hold a silent auction of framed, autographed photographs of California Chrome (signed by jockeyRead More

Gary West’s 2015 Derby Rankings (4/21/2015 Update)

Gary West’s 2015 Derby Rankings (4/21/2015 Update)

April 22, 2015 at 8:23 am

Jockeying for position begins, of course, long before the doors of the starting gate open. And John Velazquez has taken his position for the Kentucky Derby: He’ll be on Carpe Diem, as expected, rather than Materiality. And with that, several assignments have become clear as the Derby approaches. Javier Castellano will ride Materiality, and Mike Smith will stay with FarRead More

Steiner Wins No. 1,000 on First Emerald Mount

April 22, 2015 at 8:16 am

From The Blood-Horse Jockey Joe Steiner rode his 1,000th career winner April 19 at Emerald Downs. Steiner, 50, notched the milestone on his first mount since relocating from Southern California, riding 11-1 longshot Gold Boom to a 2 3/4-length victory in the second race, a 5 1/2-furlong wavier claiming event, for owner/trainer Arturo Arboleda. “Honestly, I thought that my bestRead More