Author: C.J. Johnsen

The Life and Times of “Frankie” Lovato, Jr.

By Peter Monaco for The Spectrum Retired jockey “Frankie” Lovato, Jr., is a true horseman with many talents, and he wears many hats. After spending some time with Frankie, I’d describe him has an ambassador and an educator of horse racing. Frankie was in the saddle from 1979-2004, securing 1,686 wins from 15,604 mounts. Included in those wins were 111 stakes victories at 25 different tracks! And, in 1980, he won the Eclipse Award for Apprentice Jockey. Frankie is the inventor of a product called the Equicizer, a therapeutic horse riding simulator that can aid in the rehabilitation of injured jockeys. He also founded Jockey World, an educational and training program in the horse racing community in which members learn and share their experiences. He also started Jockey Camp for young, aspiring riders. So, to say he’s a busy man these days would surely be an understatement. But, still, he found time to speak with me. Frankie Lovato Jr., well, he isn’t really. Born Shawn Francis Lovato in 1963, son of successful jockey, Frank Lovato, he inherited the incorrect name from his father’s friends who called him “little Frankie.” But Shawn was so shy, easygoing and mellow, he didn’t see it fitting to correct anybody and the name Frankie stuck. He was the youngest of four children and the only sibling to be interested in horse racing. At age...

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Beschizza Bags First U.S. Victory

Fair Grounds Barn Notes British jockey Adam Beschizza, 25, got his first American victory on Friday afternoon at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots when guiding Tabaddol home to win the second race for trainer Joe Sharp and owner Brad Grady. The formerly Newmarket-based rider is the nephew of U.K.-based trainer Julia Feilden and had previously spent a couple winters in New Orleans riding in the mornings for Sharp and 2015-16 leading trainer Mike Stidham. “I’m delighted to get that one out of the way,” Beschizza said. “It luckily hasn’t taken me too long and I hope to strike...

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Lanerie Clinches Sixth Consecutive Fall Meet Title

Press Release LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Sunday, Nov. 26, 2017) – Heading into the final day of racing of the 21-day Fall Meet, perennial top rider Corey Lanerie has clinched his 15th leading rider crown at Churchill Downs in the last. Lanerie, 43, entered Sunday with 35 victories through 20 days of racing in the Fall Meet – a 17-win cushion over second-place Ricardo Santana Jr. This is Lanerie’s 15th leading rider title in the last 17 meets at Churchill Downs. “I could have never imagined being this successful at Churchill,” Lanerie said. “It’s such a great accomplishment and it’s been...

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Geroux Geared Up for Riding Title Defense

Fair Ground Press Release Two-time defending Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots champion jockey Florent Geroux is ready for an attempt at the hat trick and is stacked with seven rides on the 10-race opening day card. The native of Normandy, France, is fresh off the biggest win in his career when guiding Fair Grounds-based 2016 Louisiana Derby winner Gun Runner to victory in the Grade I $6-million Breeders’ Cup Classic. Said victory made the Three Chimneys Farm and Winchell Thoroughbreds-owned and Steve Asmussen-trained son of Candy Ride the likely Horse of the Year for 2017. “I’m ready for...

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