Author: Wynn Elliott

Emma-Jayne Wilson Returns Friday: “I Don’t Get Excited That Much, But I’m Pretty Excited Right Now”

Woodbine Press Release TORONTO, November 7, 2019 – Champion jockey and fan favourite Emma-Jayne Wilson, out of action since a spill on September 8, makes her return to racing action with five mounts on Friday, and a stakes engagement on Saturday, at Woodbine. Sidelined two months ago after suffering a broken left clavicle and fractures to her right hand when she was dismounted, Wilson, who has more than 1,500 career wins, including a Queen’s Plate score in 2007 with Mike Fox, saddles up with a handful of rides on November 8. She’ll make her first appearance on Friday in the first race (post time 3:40 p.m.). She’ll partner Piccadilly Beau, a three-year-old Kentucky-bred chestnut trained and owned by James Smith. The son of English Channel is listed at 9-2 in the morning line. Wilson, who won back-to-back (2005 and 2006) Sovereign Awards as Canada’s top apprentice, has been counting down the days ahead of her return. “I’m really excited,” said the rider who has 49 wins on the campaign, placing her sixth in the standings. “There’s no other way to put it. It’s been odd. The injury (a fracture of the proximal humerus) last year at the beginning of the season was much more consuming, and there was a lot more rehabilitation to get back into action. It was also the first major injury that put me out, where...

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Irad Ortiz Jr. Wins 17th Annual Bill Shoemaker Award

Breeder’s Cup Press Release Santa Anita Park ARCADIA, Calif. (Nov. 6, 2019) – Irad Ortiz Jr. won the 17th Annual Bill Shoemaker Award, given to the most outstanding jockey in the 2019 Breeders’ Cup World Championships hosted by Santa Anita Park. The Shoemaker Award goes to the jockey who won the most races in the 14 World Championships races and Ortiz, the Shoemaker Award winner last year at Churchill Downs, led all riders with four victories this weekend. Ortiz’s victories began in the first Championship race on Four Wheel Drive in Friday’s Juvenile Turf Sprint, Spun to Run in the Big Ass Fans Dirt Mile, Bricks and Mortar in the Longines Turf and capped it off in the finale with a score on Vino Rosso in the Longines Classic. Two riders, Javier Castellano and Joel Rosario, had two victories each. Castellano won the Juvenile Fillies on British Idiom on Friday and Belvoir Bay in Saturday’s Turf Sprint. Rosario’s victories came Saturday on Covfefe in the Filly & Mare Sprint and Uni in the TVG Mile. The Shoemaker Award is named in honor of one of the greatest jockeys in the history of Thoroughbred racing. Bill Shoemaker, who captured the Kentucky Derby four times, won more than 8,800 races in a career that spanned more than 40 years. In 1987, at age 56, Shoemaker won the Breeders’ Cup Classic aboard...

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Geroux Set To Return From Broken Sternum

Churchill Press Release by Kevin Kerstein, Churchill Downs Communications Veteran rider was back working horses Wednesday morning at Churchill Downs and is scheduled to return to the races on Saturday after suffering a broken sternum three weeks ago during a training mishap at Keeneland. “I’m just very thankful it wasn’t worse,” said Geroux, who worked as an on-air analyst for a French television station during this year’s Breeders’ Cup. “It felt good to get back riding this morning and get back to work. It was a bummer to miss riding at the Breeders’ Cup but I’ll be back next year.” Geroux has three calls for Saturday’s card at Churchill Downs. Share this:PrintTweetShare on TumblrLike this:Like...

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Paco Lopez Rides Two Winners Sunday to Clinch Sixth Jockey’s Title as 2019 Monmouth Park Meet Comes to a Close

Monmouth Park Press Release Paco Lopez admits he was as surprised as anyone on Sunday when he collected his sixth riding title during the closing day of Monmouth Park’s 2019 meet given how much ground he had to make up. But the 34-year-old native of Veracruz, Mexico, does know a thing or two about closing. With two winners on the final card of the 61-day meet, Lopez finished with 109 for the meet, two more than Nik Juarez in the closest rider’s race in track history. Juarez topped the rider standings for most of the meet and even drew into a tie with Lopez at 107 victories after winning the second race on the 10-race card. But Lopez’s two victories followed, with Juarez shut out after his one winner on the day. Jorge Navarro extended his record with his seventh straight training title with 68 winners, easily besting Jason Servis’ 40, while Joseph Besecker, with 23 winners from 72 starters, was the leading owner. The highlight of the meet for Lopez was winning the Grade 1 United Nations aboard 14-1 shot Hunter O’Riley. “I’m very surprised I won the title again because I started so late here,” said Lopez. “It was a long way to come back from where I started. “Things had to work out almost perfectly for this to happen. I needed live horses, I needed to...

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Gonzalez, Reyes Tie For Leading Jockey Title At Hastings

Hastings Race Course Press Release by Greg Douglas (Paulick Report) When Enrique Gonzalez won his first-ever Leading Jockey title at Hastings Racecourse in 2013 it came down to the final day of the season when he was deadlocked with Amadeo Perez at 57 wins each. Gonzalez won two races; Perez was skunked. Gonzalez was no doubt thinking of repeating those same theatrics Sunday when he entered closing day trailing Antonio Reyes by just one victory: 55-54. Reyes began the afternoon with back-to-back wins in the opening two races. Game, set, match … right? Not quite. Gonzalez won the 3rd, 6th and 7th – his second hat-trick in as many days. Nobody had to reach for a calculator to realize there was a dead heat for the jockey title when the two hooked up again in the 9th and final race of the afternoon, which just happened to be the final race on the 2019 schedule. Then along came Jose Asencio to spoil all the fun. One of the hottest riders on the grounds these past couple of weeks, Asencio scored his 32nd win of the year aboard Trupon Online for owner/trainer Robert Maybin. Reyes ran third on Jack’s Reign; Gonzalez finished fourth on My Grand Valentine and for the first time in Hastings modern history there was a tie for first place in the final Leading Jockey standings. Read...

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