Author: C.J. Johnsen

First U.S. win for Alexandra Jara

From Blood-Horse Apprentice jockey Alexandra Jara registered her first career victory in the U.S. while lighting up the tote board in the second race June 22 at Gulfstream Park. Riding in her 10th race since arriving from Panama, the 23-year-old 10-pound apprentice guided 81-1 outsider Naheelah to a head victory in the $25,000 claiming race for fillies and mares at 1 1/16 miles on turf. Jara is the sister of Fernando Jara, who rode Jazil   to victory in the 2006 Belmont Stakes (gr. I) at 18 and was the regular rider of 2006 Horse of the Year Invasor  . She attended the Laffit Pincay Jr. jockey school and rode briefly with considerable success in Panama, “It’s great for me that I won my first race here,” she said. “One day, I’m watching races here and now I’m winning races here.” Jara overcame traffic on the turn into the homestretch with a wide rally to prevail narrowly on the Daniel Harvey-trained mare owned by Wellesley Charoo. She had to survive an objection from Edgard Zayas, who rode fourth-place finisher Wild About Jass, before being able to celebrate her first victory. “It feels great to get the first winner. I thank the trainer for giving me the chance to ride this horse,” Jara said. “He told me how to ride her and that’s what I did.” Read more on BloodHorse.com: http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/85797/first-us-win-for-jockey-alexandra-jara#ixzz36LEIb4Ni Share...

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Fund-raising day set for disabled jockeys

From The Blood-Horse More than 30 Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse racetracks throughout the U.S. have been invited to participate in the first Permanently Disabled Jockeys’ Fund’s “Day Across America.” Racetracks, fans, jockeys, and industry leaders are being asked to unite Saturday, July 26 in a show of support for the PDJF and its mission. Plans call for the day of awareness-building and fundraising with the theme “Taking The Reins” to become an annual event. Working with their local jockey colony, racetracks will promote the PDJF in fan-friendly ways that may include autograph sessions, photo opportunities, and video spots, PDJF said in a release. “We have contacted each racetrack that will be running on July 26 and have had a positive response that will raise funds for, and awareness of, the PDJF,” said Thoroughbred Racing Associations president Scott Wells. “Our goal is to educate our sport’s fans that the PDJF is a charity that must be sustained for the welfare of disabled riders and their families. “Naturally we are also hopeful that tracks continue to engage their patrons on behalf of the PDJF throughout their race meets,” Wells added. “PDJF is not just an industry acronym or letters on a ball cap,” said Hall of Fame rider John Velazquez, Jockeys’ Guild chairman and PDJF board member. “This organization is dedicated to improving the lives and welfare of the men and...

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Hernandez wins seven at Fairmount Park

Jockey Rafael Hernandez had a fantastic day at work on Tuesday at Fairmount Park, where he booted home seven winners on the eight-race card.  Jockey Rafael Hernandez had a fantastic day at work on Tuesday at Fairmount Park, where he booted home seven winners on the eight-race card. Hernandez rode Hilda Tenorino (MEX), Pula Pula, Shawnee’s Stripe, Beauzippity, W W Allocation, Eye Can Flat Run, and Xtra Spicy to victory. He also had a mount on Tac Rap in the fifth race, where he finished third. Three of his winners were for trainer Mike Durham, and two were for Scott Becker. Hernandez finished in the top 20 nationally by winners from 2011 to 2013. Hernandez, 29, is in his tenth year of his career as a jockey, according to Equibase. Always high in the rider standings at Fairmount Park, Hernandez has taken home multiple rider titles from his home base. http://www.paulickreport.com/news/thoroughbred-racing/rafael-hernandez-pilots-seven-winners-at-fairmount-park/ Share this:PrintFacebookTwitterGoogleLinkedInTumblrPinterestRedditLike this:Like...

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Equibase established racing’s industry-owned database

Prior to the formation of Equibase, the Thoroughbred industry’s historical racing records had long been controlled by a third-party publisher. With Equibase, the goal was to put racing information back in the hands of the industry so that it could be made as widely available, attractively presented and affordable as possible. Under the direction of a management committee consisting of leaders from the racing and breeding industries, Equibase began full-scale operations on Jan. 1, 1991. Through a network of chartcallers, Equibase began collecting past performance information from all Thoroughbred tracks in North America. The information was processed, stored and...

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Shannon Beauregard always restless before Northlands thoroughbred season

In case you were wondering, Shannon Beauregard is sleeping well, once again. That thoroughbred racing is back in high gear in Edmonton has a lot to do with it. “I miss the sport so much that sometimes I can’t get to sleep,” the 12-year riding veteran smiled in the Northlands Park race office. “When the season is about to start, and even on the night or two before spring workouts start, I can’t think of much but what’s coming up.” No doubt, Beauregard’s love of the sport, and especially her sheer devotion to the thoroughbred she guides at high speed and in tight quarters whenever possible, were instrumental in her recovery from a head injury that forced her out of action for much of 2011 and all of 2012. In the early stages of her return to the track last year, some observers questioned whether she could make it all the way back to the impressive performance levels she had reached by the time of the accident. Now, those questions are gone. She has won four races so far in the brief season — “I had a couple of them on Saturday” — and is scheduled for some impressive mounts as the season heats up for stakes and handicaps. First on her list of $50,000 tests is Saturday’s 31st running of the Wild Rose, a six-furlong burst for three-year-old...

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