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Back-to-back Stakes Doubles Earn Geroux Jockey of the Week

Jockey Florent Geroux returned to Kentucky Downs and picked up right where he left off in 2014 as he scored two stakes wins on Saturday and Sunday to earn the Shuffle Bean Coffee Jockey of the Week award for September 6 – September 11.  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. In 2015, Geroux took Kentucky Downs by storm winning at an astounding rate of 43%. After starting off this year with no wins on opening day, Geroux...

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Ortiz wins the Hopeful and Saratoga riding title on the way to being named Jockey of the Week

Jockey Jose Ortiz wrapped up the Saratoga riding title and then finished off the meet with a win in the Grade 1 Hopeful Stakes aboard Practical Joke to earn the Shuffle Bean Coffee Jockey of the Week award for August 29 – September 5.  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. Ortiz had a memorable closing week at Saratoga as he led North America with 18 wins and earnings of $1,139,594. Three of those wins came...

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Castellano talks Cavorting, Flintshire & more in his final Saratoga blog of the Summer

Each week, jockey Javier Castellano, who won the last three Eclipse Awards for being North America’s most outstanding jockey, is sharing a Saratoga Blog. This is the last of seven installments, with the questions coming from turf writer Bob Fortus. Bob Fortus: You’ve won 11 stakes (through Wednesday), more than any other jockey, you have the lead in money won, and you’re five wins off the lead in victories, so all in all, it’s been a pretty good meet. What are your thoughts on that? Javier Castellano: “Absolutely. It’s a great meet. I’m very pleased. I’ve very thankful. Everything...

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“Big Money Mike” Voted Jockey of the Week After Travers Romp

Jockey Mike Smith made the most of his trip to Saratoga as he won the grade 1 King’s Bishop aboard Drefong and followed that win up with an upset in the grade 1 Travers Stakes aboard Arrogate. That grade 1 double led to him to him being named the Jockeys’ Guild Jockey of the Week award for August 22 – August 28.  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. “Big Money Mike” as Bob Baffert refers to him, lived...

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Borel resumes riding career with third, fourth, lots of love

By Jennie Rees HENDERSON, Ky. (Aug. 27, 2016) — Three-time Kentucky Derby winner Calvin Borel resumed his race-riding career Saturday at Ellis Park, with a third and fourth in two mounts, and you’d think he’d been retired five years rather than five months from the love-fest he received.   Fans lined up for more than the scheduled hour autograph and picture-taking session in the grandstand with the 49-year-old Hall of Fame jockey. The 2-year-old Kiss My Note, a first-time starter, was 9-2 in the morning line but bet heavily in early action and still went off the 2-1 favorite. He was head-and-head for the lead with eventual winner Chargin Storm, who had run well in his third prior starts, before tiring in the final sixteenth to finish third, a half-length out of second.   “It felt real good,” Borel said afterward. “He needed the race more than anything. He got a little tired. He ran third, ran a big race. Yes, I would have loved to win, that’s why I’m here — to win. I wouldn’t be here if I didn’t want to win, but the colt ran a big race.”   And about his first race in five months?   “I feel good. I got a little more tired than I thought I would, but I feel good.”   So who got more tired?   “I don’t know,...

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