Author: Wynn Elliott

‘Mr. Ascot’ Frankie Dettori Wins Sixth Gold Cup, 60th Royal Ascot Race Aboard Stradivarius

By Scott Jagow (Paulick Report) There are few certainties in horse racing but one of them is that Frankie Dettori will win at Royal Ascot. Thursday in the meet’s highlight race, the Group 1 Gold Cup, Dettori got 4-year-old Stradivarius over the line first, giving the 47-year-old jockey six Gold Cup victories in his career and his 60th win at Royal Ascot. Vazirabad was second, Torcedor third. The time for the 2 1/2-mile marathon was 4:21.07. Stradivarius bided his time in mid-pack for much of the race but was shaken up by Dettori at the top of the stretch. Vazirabad headed him close to home but Stradivarius fought back and gave a final winning burst late. Click Here to Read More Share this:PrintFacebookTwitterGoogleLinkedInTumblrPinterestRedditLike this:Like...

Read More

Ellis Park Spotlight: Jockey Jack Gilligan

Ellis Park Press Release HENDERSON, Ky. (Sunday, June 17, 2018) — Jack Gilligan is one of Kentucky’s up-and-coming jockeys, finishing third in the 2017 Ellis Park jockey standings with 16 victories. The 21-year-old Gilligan will be at Ellis Park’s Call to the Post Media Day on Monday, June 18 at 11 a.m. Central in the clubhouse’s second-floor Gardenia Room. Also: trainers Buff Bradley, John Hancock, Jason Barkley and Tom Van Berg, along with track officials, as we preview the upcoming meet, July 1-Labor Day.  You had a really good meet at Ellis Park last summer. “It was my breakout meet, really. My agent, Liz Morris, and I worked really hard last spring and it really paid off. Looking forward to Ellis this year, and hopefully I can build upon it. I had a great meet at the Fair Grounds (over the winter), my first year there and I had 28 wins. Love it down there. And so far this has been my best meet at Churchill, with eight wins (through June 16) so far.” What was the key to the Ellis meet? An outfit you were riding for, a horse? Your agent being relentless? “A lot of it was my agent being relentless. All of May and June of last year, we didn’t ride an awful lot here at Churchill but I was breezing a lot (in the mornings). I was...

Read More

Triple Crown Winning Jockey Mike Smith To Visit Ruidoso Downs

Ruidoso Downs Press Release Triple Crown winning jockey and New Mexico native Mike Smith will make a celebratory appearance at Ruidoso Downs on July 8. “Mike is a global celebrity now and we are honored by his willingness to come to Ruidoso Downs to share his Triple Crown celebration with us,” Ruidoso Downs’ president and general manager Jeff True said. “He is a wonderful ambassador of our sport and he never forgets where he came from. “He told me his family will fill half the grandstand so we’re gonna welcome them and all the other acing fans in New Mexico that day to celebrate his amazing accomplishment”. Smith, born in Roswell, won this year’s Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes and then the Belmont Stakes while riding Justify to win the Triple Crown. Justify became the 13th Triple Crown winner in American racing history. At 52, Smith is the oldest jockey to win the Triple Crown. Smith mentioned Ruidoso Downs while Justify was returning to the Belmont Park winner’s circle. “He left (the gate) like he was at Ruidoso going 440 yards.” Smith said. Smith was also the primary rider for the champion mare Zenyatta and the all-time leading money earner Arrogate. Custom made posters of Smith winning the Belmont Stakes will be on sale at Ruidoso Downs for $10 beginning at 11 a.m. All proceeds from poster sales benefit the...

Read More

Jockeys Urge Higher Weight Restrictions to Live Healthier

By Noreen O’Donnell  (NBC Southern California) For more than 15 years, Tyler Baze did what he could to lose the three or so pounds that would allow him to ride racehorses: skip meals, run in sweat suits in the southern California heat and “flip,” the jockeys’ term for vomiting. The last year and a half has been different. Race tracks in California raised weight restrictions slightly so that the 35-year-old says he no longer has to go to such extremes. “It’s let me be a lot healthier,” he said. “Physically and mentally, way, way better….I think I ride better. I think clearly out there. It’s just healthier for everybody.” The low weights demanded of jockeys have long been a source of friction in the racing world, with the riders complaining that they are unrealistic and trainers countering that horses could be injured if they carried more weight. In her bestselling book “Seabiscuit,” Laura Hillenbrand described jockeys of the early 1920s and 1930s taking the same severe measures: dinners of a leaf or two of lettuce, barely any water, vomiting, diuretics and laxatives, rubber suits, even ingesting the egg of a tape worm. Justify Sweeps Horse Racing’s Triple Crown An article last year in the Paulick Report, the website covering thoroughbred racing, noted that in 1929 jockeys could weigh as little as 95 pounds, and that included equipment, while its sampling...

Read More

At 52, Mike Smith Has the Ride of His Life

By Joe Drape (New York Times)   Sometimes a well-liked guy wins in the cutthroat sport of horse racing and even his bitterest rivals are happy. Mike Smith was that guy on Saturday after booting Justify home in the 150th running of the Belmont Stakes and helping him become the 13th horse to sweep the Triple Crown. Smith is 52. His craggy face is a map of some brutal years, partly from the nasty spills that led to enough broken bones to keep an orthopedic med school class busy, partly because he lost his passion and confidence for stretches of his Hall of Fame career. What Smith never lost, however, was a sense of humor and the love for the animals that provided him a good living. The wrinkles around his eyes and his impish smile have made him something of a racetrack Yoda. On Saturday, the closest his fellow riders and their horses ever got to Smith and Justify was when he trotted his colt around the clubhouse turn to the winner’s circle. Jose Ortiz, 24, the jockey aboard the runner-up, Gronkowski, and Jose’s brother, Irad, 25, who chased Justify home in third, aboard Hofburg, beamed lighthouse smiles as they offered Smith congratulations. Vino Rosso’s jockey, John Velazquez, 46 and also a Hall of Famer, wrapped him in a heartfelt embrace. “I’ve known him for so long,” Velazquez said,...

Read More

Foundation Detox

Foundation Detox

@JockeyTalk

Half A Chance

Half A Chance

Ride to Win: An Inside Look at the Jockey’s Craft

Ride to Win: An Inside Look at the Jockey’s Craft

Horse Races NOW

Horse Races NOW
%d bloggers like this: