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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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Jockey David Cabrera Taking Oaklawn by Storm

Press Release Newcomer David Cabrera became the first jockey to reach double-figure victories at the Oaklawn meeting when he swept Saturday’s late daily double, including his first local stakes score aboard Swing and Sway in the $125,000 American Beauty for older female sprinters. Cabrera’s strong start – 10 victories from 47 starts and purse earnings of $358,801 – mirrors 2017 when he set career highs across the board. A native of Mexico, Cabrera, 25, ranked 19th nationally in victories (197) and 54th in purse earnings ($4,085,101), according to Equibase, racing’s official data gathering organization. Ron Moquett, who trains Swing and Sway, said Cabrera is reminiscent of five-time defending Oaklawn riding champion Ricardo Santana Jr. Moquett was among Santana’s biggest supporters early in his career. “Obviously, he’s athletically gifted,” Moquett said Sunday morning. “But I liked his personality, I liked his will to win and we gelled. Cabrera has a lot of those similarities. The more people get to ride him, the more they’re going to like him.” Cabrera, who is represented by agent Joe Santos, has already ridden winners for eight trainers – Chris Hartman (two) and Karl Broberg (two) and one each for Moquett, Donnie K. Von Hemel, Clinton Stuart, Blaine Williams, Austin Gustafson and Lynn Chleboard. “I’m pretty happy that I’ve got Jose as an agent,” Cabrera said. “I’m happy with the way things have gone so...

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Santa Anita Jockeys Set for 51st Annual Holy Angels Boys Charity Basketball Game Feb. 1

Press Release ARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 25, 2018) – The 51st annual Santa Anita Jockeys vs. Holy Angels Elementary Charity Basketball Game will be played Thursday, Feb. 1 at La Salle High School in Pasadena, with proceeds to benefit Holy Angels Athletics and The Bill Hartack Charitable Foundation, which contributes to Thoroughbred racing industry charities and presents the winning rider in each year’s Kentucky Derby with the Hartack Memorial Award.  (Named in honor of the late Hall of Fame Jockey, William Hartack, who along with Eddie Arcaro, won a record five Kentucky Derbies). Hall of Fame jockeys Kent Desormeaux, Laffit Pincay, Jr., Mike Smith and Alex Solis will be available at center court for an autograph session beginning at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are five dollars per person, and for every two tickets purchased, individuals will receive one free admission ticket to Santa Anita Park. La Salle High School is located at the southwest corner of Sierra Madre Blvd. and Michillinda in Pasadena, approximately three miles from Santa Anita.  Admission tickets and promotional tee shirts are on sale now at Champions! Gifts and Apparel in Santa Anita’s East Paddock Gardens, or through Holy Angels Elementary School in Arcadia. Share this:PrintFacebookTwitterGoogleLinkedInTumblrPinterestRedditLike this:Like...

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Theriot Accepts Unique Opportunity to Ride in Mauritius

Fair Grounds Barn Notes In over 20 years of riding, jockey Jamie Theriot has had some incredible experiences. Perhaps the best experience is awaiting him following the conclusion of the Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots Winter Meet when he moves to the Southern Hemisphere to ride full time at Champ de Mars Race Course in Port Louis, Mauritius. Theriot, 38, will ride for Ramapatee Gujadhur who was a two-time champion trainer in in the south African island in 2012 and 2015. “I’m very excited and it’s very humbling to get this once in a lifetime opportunity to go...

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