Author: C.J. Johnsen

Edgar Prado Wins 7,000th Race, Named FoundationDetox.com Jockey of the Week

  After becoming the eighth North American Jockey to win 7,000 races, voters named Hall of Famer Edgar Prado the Foundation Detox Jockey of the Week for May 14 – 20, 2018. The award is voted on by a panel of experts for riding accomplishments by members of the Jockeys’ Guild, the organization which represents more than 950 riders in North America. Jockey of the Week is sponsored by FoundationDetox.com, America’s #1 Equine Toxin Remover. The 50-year-old Peruvian spent the first half of the week at Parx, where he notched win number 6,999 aboard the Miguel Vera trainee Hydraulic...

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TVG, Jockeys’ Guild Announce Telethon for PDJF

Fans Encouraged to Donate by Calling 1-888-TVG-PDJF PDJF Contact:  Nancy Lasala, email nancy.lasala@yahoo.com or 630-595-7660 TVG Contact:  Haley King, hking@ctpboston.com March 30, 2018 For Immediate Release The Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund (PDJF) is delighted to announce on Sunday, April 8th, their first telethon live on the TVG Network, in association with Betfair.  America’s racing community will join together to support the great work of the PDJF, which provides benefits to nearly 60 former riders each month who have suffered catastrophic on-track injuries. Superstar guest jockeys of today and yesterday will be waiting at the other end of the line from 1 pm to 8 pm ET.  Viewers, players or fans can call 1-800-TVG-PDJF to say hello and make a donation to support the PDJF’s mission.  Expect current Hall of Fame stars like Mike Smith, John Velazquez and Javier Castellano as well as retired Hall of Famers such as Pat Day, Chris McCarron, Ramon Dominguez. In addition, renowned Quarter Horse jockeys Cody Jensen and Eddie Garcia as well as many others including PDJF recipients on the other end of the line. The PDJF is a 501(c)3 public charity that provides financial assistance to former jockeys who have suffered on-track injuries.  Since its creation in 2006, nearly $9 million has been distributed to support disabled jockeys most of whom have sustained paralysis or brain injuries.  With no guaranteed source of funding,...

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Jockeys’ Guild Statement Regarding Rider Safety

The Racing Industry needs to do more to protect the jockeys and exercise riders who risk their lives every day for our sport.  Racetracks and state regulators need to ensure that there are proper medical personnel trained in trauma, most importantly having paramedics on the track (both during training and racing hours),  and protocols in place at every single racetrack.  Racing still remains one of the only sports, professional or amateur, that does not have concussion protocols in place, which is something that is at the forefront of our concerns.  We are continuing to work to get with regulators and racetracks to address this issue. The Guild was instrumental in establishing the Jockey Injury Database (“JID”), an injury data collection vehicle.  Unfortunately, this initiative has received little support from racetracks and regulators.  Additionally, the Guild reached out to basically all Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse organizations to establish a research and development committee to determine if the equipment that is being used by jockeys and/or exercise riders is the safest possible. After the first year, financial commitment faded.   It is absolutely vital the industry uses every mechanism possible to reduce injuries for both the equine and human athletes.  This will in turn help owners, trainers, and racetracks lower the risk of liability and reduce the costs of insurance, as well as improving the public perception of our sport.   Furthermore, regulators in...

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International Jockey Zac Purton is All Business

By Pete Monaco, The Eighth Pole When I first met Zac Purton a couple years back, I was impressed by his drive, ambition, and matter of fact style of speaking. But what really struck me about this clean-cut young man was that he was all business and as serious as a heart attack. There were times Zac didn’t care for, or even understand my odd sense of New York humor but he’s always been a complete gentleman about it. I recently spoke with Zac to see what he was up to lately and thought a column on my friend would be interesting. Zac Purton is an Australian jockey who has been riding in Hong Kong since 2007, where horse racing is the number one sport. He made history there, in the 2013-2014 season, becoming the first Australian jockey to win the riding title since 1991 and only the third ever from his country to do so. It was also a pretty big deal, as in winning the title, he ended the 13-year champion reign of Douglas Whyte. Zac has also won the International Jockeys Championship, which is the richest jockey challenge in the world. He’s also won the World Super Jockeys Series in Japan and ridden in 9 different countries and has been first or second in the jockey standings in Hong Kong for the last 7 years. This...

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Beschizza Gets Off to a Hot Start This Meet

by Ryan Martin/Fair Grounds Barn Notes Since becoming a familiar face on the Fair Grounds riding circuit, jockey Adam Beschizza has made quite a name for himself and only hopes that such success will continue on throughout the meet. A native of Cambridge, England, Beschizza rode twice at the Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots in January 2015 for trainer Joe Sharp before returning home. He is a multiple stakes winning jockey in England where he won at 20%. This fall he made yet another journey across the pond to the Fair Grounds and is currently finishing in the money at 60% as a leading rider. “When I was 18, I was a bug boy back home and then I got a bit of experience on the racing scene here,” Beschizza, 24, said. “I breezed horses here for a few months for Michael Stidham, Joe Sharp was his assistant then and that’s how we’ve sort of built up this connection ever since then. That’s been about seven or eight years now.” Beschizza has won ten races so far this meet, all of which have been for trainer Joe Sharp. “Joe said that he would help out in putting us on the map, but he’s really done more than just that,” Beschizza said. “He’s really helped us out so we’re delighted for that. We’re always taking things one step at...

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