Author: Wynn Elliott

Torres, Lara teaming up with Hero Tiger in Indiana Derby at Indiana Grand Racing & Casino

Indiana Grand Racing & Casino Press Release By Tammy Knox SHELBYVILLE, Ind. (July 11, 2019) – Francisco Torres will have a totally different outlook on the 25th running of the Grade III $500,000 Indiana Derby Saturday, July 13. His view will be from the grandstand as an agent as his jockey, Ezequiel Lara, climbs aboard Hero Tiger for the biggest ride of his career. Torres won the 1996 Indiana Derby aboard Canyon Run. It was the second year for the race, which was created at Hoosier Park and has remained as the biggest event for Thoroughbred racing in the state of Indiana 25 years later. “I remember that race well,” said Torres, who retired from riding in 2017 with more than 3,100 career wins and $68 million in earnings. “I’d never ridden him before. He (Canyon Run) was a good horse that broke close and we went straight to the lead. He ran a huge race that day.” The time of 1:41.4 set by Canyon Run and Torres was a track record for the one and one-sixteenth mile distance and the standard for the Indiana Derby, a record that stood for 13 years until Misremembered and jockey Victor Espinosa lowered the mark to 1:40.80 in 2009 for the Bob Baffert barn, the same connections that later won the Triple Crown in 2015 with American Pharaoh. The race wasn’t the...

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Chris Emigh Gets Win Number 4,000 Thursday at Arlington

Arlington Park Press Release Chris Emigh secured win number 4,000 on Thursday at Arlington International Racecourse aboard Mr. Haney in the first race of the day. Emigh, who had been sitting on 3,999 wins since June 29, was scheduled to ride six of the eight races on the Thursday card, but wasted no time getting the job done. A career that began in the late 80’s with his first win, to win number 4,000, Chris Emigh remains humble, “There’s probably six thousand people and over thousands of horses that I have to thank,” Emigh explained in the winner’s circle after his milestone win. “It’s not just me, it’s everyone involved. I’m just lucky enough to get on the horses back and ride them for two minutes.” Emigh has always been a proponent for hard work and dedicating himself to being the best jockey that he can be. With over 29,000 starts under his belt, finally getting to this milestone victory was emotional for the veteran jockey. “It’s pretty great to get this done,” Emigh said on the walk back to the jockey’s room. “When you’re a kid you come up with a number. That number for me was 4,000 and I knew if I kept working hard every year I would someday get there and we’re finally here.” Emigh was able to sit off the pace setters in the...

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Cruz Front-Running Winner of Jockey Foot Race for PDJF

Laurel Park Press Release Angel Cruz, breaking from Post 1 and racing without shoes, sprinted to a quick lead and held off apprentice Julio Correa’s late surge to capture the jockey foot race held between Races 4 and 5 to benefit the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund. For a minimum $5 donation, fans could “wager” on their favorite jockey in the 110-yard race, where the starting gate was positioned at the sixteenth pole in front of the grandstand. All proceeds from the race went to the PDJF. Other jockeys participating in the race were Sheldon Russell, Jevian Toledo, Katie Davis, Julio Correa, Rosario Montanez, Jorge Vargas Jr., Weston Hamilton, Kali Francois, Avery Whisman, Trevor McCarthy and Victor Rosales. The Maryland Jockey Club and Maryland Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association each presented the PDJF with $1,000 checks during a winner’s circle ceremony with members of Laurel’s jockey colony prior to the jockey race. Prizes and swag bags from local breweries were raffled off as part of Laurel’s special Red, White & Brews event, and PDJF caps and shirts were available for specified donations, with all money going to the PDJF. The PDJF is a 501(c)(3) public charity that provides financial assistance to 60 former jockeys who have suffered catastrophic on-track injuries. Since its founding in 2006, the fund has disbursed nearly $9 million to permanently disabled jockeys, most of whom have sustained paralysis...

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Frankie Dettori: Magician of the Saddle

Thoroughbred Daily News By John Berry The life of a jockey is an attritional one, and star apprentices come and go as regularly as champion two-year-olds. Just as most Dewhurst Stakes winners aren’t Frankel, it takes a special champion apprentice not merely to graduate to champion jockey, but still to be dominating as the Big Five-Oh looms. Sustained excellence over an extended period is what marks out the true greats in any field. This year’s Royal Ascot, which Frankie Dettori ended as leading jockey once again with a total of seven winners (supplied by five different trainers) under his belt, has left us in no doubt that the world’s most famous jockey, who will turn 50 next year, occupies a very special place in the pantheon. Destined to be a jockey Frankie Dettori’s father Gianfranco was a multiple champion jockey in Italy, riding many big winners for Luca Cumani’s father Sergio. When Luca started training in Newmarket in 1976, many of his owners were Italians, and Gianfranco often flew over from Italy to ride the horses. He was on board Luca’s first winner (the subsequent NZ-based stallion Three Legs (GB) (Petingo {GB}) in the G3 Duke Of York S. at York in May 1976) and rode Classic place-getters for him in each of his first two years training. When Gianfranco’s son Lanfranco was aged 14, he sent the boy...

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Ellis Park spotlight: Chantal Sutherland

Ellis Park Press Release by Jennie Rees Chantal Sutherland, who will ride at Ellis Park for the first time this summer, became the first female jockey to win California’s prestigious Santa Anita Handicap and Hollywood Gold Cup, capturing those races in 2011 and 2012, respectively, on Game On Dude. Sutherland also finished second in the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic on the Bob Baffert-trained Game On Dude in 2011 at Churchill Downs in a race that one-time fiance Mike Smith won on Drosselmeyer. Also that year, she won Keeneland’s Grade 2 Lexus Raven Run on Great Hot, defeating future two-time champion Groupie Doll and Mizdirection, who went on to beat boys twice in the Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint. Before moving her tack to California, Sutherland was among the top jockeys at Woodbine Racetrack near Toronto, including in 2008 going 3-for-3 on Canadian 2-year-old champion Mine That Bird, who subsequently was sold and the next year won the Kentucky Derby at 50-1 under Calvin Borel. Sutherland was out of riding races for the better part of four years, returning to Woodbine in the spring of 2018. She came to Kentucky this spring after riding at the Fair Grounds in New Orleans for the past two winters. Ellis Park publicity director Jennie Rees spoke with Sutherland recently at Churchill Downs. What brought the switch from California to a New Orleans-Kentucky circuit?...

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