Author: C.J. Johnsen

Da Silva Sets New Record, Earns 2018 Riding Title at Woodbine

Edited Press Release TORONTO, December 16, 2018 – The 2018 Thoroughbred meet wrapped up with a 14-race program on Sunday afternoon. Taking the jockey and trainer meet titles, Eurico Rosa da Silva and Norm McKnight put the finishing touches on their respective record-breaking seasons during the closing weekend. Adding three wins on Sunday, Da Silva extended his record for most wins in a single Woodbine meet to 237. The Brazil native has topped the Woodbine jockey standings five times in his career. Da Silva, who recorded 29 stakes wins, also topped all jockeys for earnings with his mounts banking $10.9 million. He finished the 2018 season with a commanding lead over Rafael Hernandez (168 wins), Luis Contreras (119 wins), Gary Boulanger (93 wins) and teenage apprentice jockey Kazushi Kimura, who cracked the top five with 89 wins. Share this:PrintFacebookTwitterGoogleLinkedInTumblrPinterestRedditLike this:Like...

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Bridgmohan Wins Six at Ellis Park, Earns FoundationDetox.com Jockey of the Week Title

  With six wins at Ellis Park on Sunday, Shaun Bridgmohan was named Jockeys’ Guild FoundationDetox.com Jockey of the Week for July 30 – August 5, 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. Bridgmohan wasted no time getting on the board as he swept the early pick 3. In the first race, a maiden special weight for 2-year-olds going one mile on the turf,...

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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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