Author: Jen Perkins

Brian Hernandez, Jr. Overcomes Spill and Returns to Win Pocahontas, Earns Jockey of the Week Honors

A sobering fall at Churchill Downs was followed with a Grade 2 victory aboard a 23-1 longshot as Brian Hernandez, Jr. experienced the highs and lows of racing and was voted Jockeys’ Guild Jockey of the Week for the week ending September 17, 2017. 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 Animal Element’s Foundation Detox and Product X Performance Enhancer. Hernandez’ day began on a positive note at Churchill...

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Leparoux Leads Kentucky Downs and National Standings, Named Jockey of the Week

With a win in the Kentucky Turf Cup and top stakes and total earnings for the week, Julien Leparoux was named Jockeys’ Guild Jockey of the Week for the week ending September 10, 2017. 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 Animal Element’s Foundation Detox and Product X Performance Enhancer. On the same weekend last year, Oscar Nominated won the $350,000 Exacta Systems Dueling Grounds Derby at Kentucky Downs;...

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John Velazquez Tops Holiday Week Stakes Standings to Earn Jockey of the Week Title

John Velazquez won four Saratoga stakes races and led all North American jockeys by stakes earnings to earn Jockeys’ Guild Jockey of the Week Honors for the week ending September 5, 2017. 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 Animal Element’s Foundation Detox and Product X Performance Enhancer. Labor Day weekend hosts the finales for many favorite summer meets, and opportunities for stakes sweeps and meet titles abound. With...

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Mike Smith Masters the Mid-Summer Derby, Named Jockey of the Week

Multiple graded stakes winning jockey and master of the Travers Stakes, Mike Smith is the Jockeys’ Guild Jockey of the Week for the week ending August 27, 2017. 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 Animal Element’s Foundation Detox and Product X Performance Enhancer. After the dust settled from Travers Day and stakes action from across the country over the weekend, Mike Smith stood out as the clear choice...

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Alabama Winner Jose Ortiz Outstanding as Jockey of the Week

A flawless week, including leading the North American jockey standings and winning three stakes, led Jose Ortiz to be named Jockeys’ Guild Jockey of the Week for the week ending August 20, 2017. 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 Animal Element’s Foundation Detox and Product X Performance Enhancer. Jose Ortiz did everything that was asked of him last week: he led the North American jockey standings by both...

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