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Robby Albarado Reflects Back on 5,000 Wins with Bob Fortus

Riding the claimer Vivacious V.V. to victory in the first race January 22 at Fair Grounds, 43-year-old Louisiana native Robby Albarado became the 33rd North American-based jockey to win 5,000 races. The day before, Albarado won the Grade 3 Lecomte on Guest Suite. As usual, Albarado, who has won seven Fair Grounds riding titles, is having a productive meet at the New Orleans track. On Friday morning, he reflected on his career in a question-and-answer session with award-winning turf writer Bob Fortus. Q: “So what about it, 5,000 wins?” A: “When you start out, you never feel like you’re...

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Jockey Robby Albarado Joins Elite Ranks with Career Win 5,000

Press Release NEW ORLEANS (January 22, 2017) – Jockey Robby Albarado joined an elite group on Sunday at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots when earning his 5,000th career victory. The 43-year-old Lafayette, Louisiana, native became only the 33rd rider to reach the milestone when guiding Oak Tree Stables’ Scott Gelner-trained Vivacious V. V. to victory in the day’s first race. Albarado began riding professionally at age 16 in June of 1990 and has ridden the likes of top horses Not This Time, Captain Steve, Orientate, Court Vision, Stellar Jayne, Banshee Breeze and – of course – two Horses...

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Guglielmino on Top at Portland Meadows

By Melissa Bauer-Herzog for Thoroughbred Daily News While the weather in Portland, Oregon has been tough on horsemen, horses and jockeys alike by delaying Portland Meadow’s closing day for weeks, the meet’s current leading jockey is just happy to get the opportunity to ride at the track. During the last two Portland Meadows meets, 22-year-old Kassie Guglielmino sat in the top 10 by wins, ending the 2015 winter meet ranked fourth with 25 wins. But she’s easily beat that number during the 2016 meet with 37 victories as of Jan. 14, two more than her nearest competitor at the meet which is tentatively scheduled to end Jan. 24–if track conditions improve. Guglielmino grew up on a cattle ranch in Northeastern Washington where her earliest memories come while riding horses. Like many young riders, she wanted to be a jockey as a child, especially after watching the movie Seabiscuit. She took the next step toward that goal a few years later when contacting a family friend who was involved with racing. “My dad had a friend in the local area where I grew up who had some racehorses,” Guglielmino said. “I gave him a call and asked how I could get started. He and his wife helped me get started in the bush tracks in British Columbia and on the unrecognized fair tracks in Eastern Washington.” Her first rides at...

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Jockeys And Jeans To Hold Stallion Season Auction To Benefit PDJF

Jockeys and Jeans has procured nearly $600,000 in stallion seasons and plan an on-line sale beginning January 17th and a live auction of select seasons at Gulfstream Park on January 20th. Again this year, Lane’s End Farm and its shareholders lead the way with donations of non-guaranteed seasons in Union Rags, Honor Code, Quality Road, Liam’s Map, Tonalist, The Factor, Mineshaft and Noble Mission. Also available are seasons in Point of Entry, Shackleford, Bayern, Creative Cause, Graydar, First Dude and Trappe Shot. In all, the two sale venues will feature some 60 stallions from six states. The live select...

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Jockey Medina Back in Winner’s Circle for First Time Since 2014

By Mike Henry for Tampa Bay Downs Doctors told jockey Jean Claude Medina he should find another occupation after he suffered a broken elbow and a collapsed lung when his mount clipped heels in a race at Tampa Bay Downs in April of 2015 and threw him to the turf. But riding horses means too much to the native of Chosica, Peru to turn his back on a sport that has taught him to persevere in the face of extreme hardships. “Doctors will tell you not to come back, but jockeys never hang with that because we have this in the blood, and the horses always bring you back to the racetrack,” Medina said about a half-hour after winning today’s fourth race at Tampa Bay Downs on 64-1 shot Blessed At Mass, a 5-year-old Florida-bred horse owned by Leon McKanas and Jacqueline Iannuzzi and trained by McKanas. The victory was the first for the 36-year-old Medina since 2014, when he rode 27 winners to finish 10th in the standings at Suffolk Downs in Massachusetts. It came in Medina’s fourth mount since his return to the saddle at the current Oldsmar meeting. Medina, who missed nearly all of 2010 after breaking his leg, never seriously considered retirement during his recent ordeal. He worked at the nearby Innfields Training Center in Odessa while he was rehabilitating and believed his fitness level...

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