Author: C.J. Johnsen

Edgard Zayas Ready for First Breeders’ Cup Ride

by Alicia Wincze Hughes for the Blood-Horse Edgard Zayas makes it all sound so simple. As the 24-year-old jockey recalls what inspired him to take up his vocation, it is stark how uncomplicated the circumstances were. He grew up minutes away from the racetrack near his hometown of Canóvanas, Puerto Rico. He didn’t come from a racing family or riding background, but he always took joy away from his encounters with the equine athletes during trips to the track with his grandfather. Read the full story here.   Share this:PrintTweetShare on TumblrLike this:Like...

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Jockeys’ Guild & Betfair TVG Enter into Three-Year Agreement & Partner to Raise Funds for PDJF

Lexington, KY October 30, 2017.  The Jockeys’ Guild and Betfair TVG have announced a three-year agreement which includes a series of telethons to raise money and bring awareness to the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund (PDJF) and sponsorship of the Guild’s Annual Assembly which is scheduled for December 11-12 in Las Vegas. “Betfair TVG is proud to support the Guild and especially the PDJF. This telethon is really an extension of our long-term commitment to work with the jockeys who do so much for racing every day” said Kip Levin, TVG CEO. “We appreciate the support of Betfair TVG and are excited to help raise funds for the PDJF through the telethon. Many jockeys will take part in the telethon by answering the phones when fans call in to make a donation. The PDJF has no dedicated funding from the industry so this telethon will help in providing the monthly monetary assistance to the riders who have suffered catastrophic on-track injuries,” said Jockeys’ Guild Chairman John Velazquez. Betfair TVG has been a longstanding supporter of media rights for jockeys and has sponsored individual jockeys in the past.  The network has also televised and promoted the Hippity Hop Derby at Del Mar, a fundraiser for the PDJF. “Earlier this year the Guild sat down and worked with Kip and his team to address our initial concerns about integrity, security and process....

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Jockeys Mike Smith and Gary Stevens Share a True Bond Born of Rivalry

By Mark Whicker Last November at Santa Anita, Gary Stevens and Mike Smith became closer than even they realized. Smith was riding Songbird, the brassy 3-year-old filly who had never come close to losing. Stevens was on Beholder, the 6-year-old champion, coming off two losses. From the top of the stretch to the wire, they ran in unison, as if each horse were the other’s sidecar. Beholder wound up winning the Longines Breeders’ Cup Distaff by a nostril, as a crowd of 45,673 marveled. “To me it might as well have been a dead heat,” Smith says. “I couldn’t...

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Jockeys Canchari, Morales Score Notable Wins Sunday

Press Release Alex Canchari, who decided this year to ride regularly in Kentucky, clinched his first Keeneland victory in Sunday’s first race when he rode Boxer Boy for trainer Doug Anderson, who owns the 3-year-old Algorithms gelding with Nelson McMakin and Fred Dolezal. At odds of 13-1, Boxer Boy won the 1 1/16-mile race by a neck in 1:44.61. “My first win (at Keeneland) – finally,” Canchari, 23, said. “It feels amazing because I ride for (Anderson) year-round at all different tracks. He’s always supporting me, and to get the first win for him was amazing, incredible.” Canchari, who...

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