Author: Wynn Elliott

Leading Jockey David Cabrera Smoking Hot As He Wins Four Of Seven Mounts Saturday

Remington Park Press Release OKLAHOMA CITY – Jockey David Cabrera is hotter than a marshmallow at summer camp, following his riding triple Friday night with four wins on Saturday night. He is about a city block ahead of the second-place rider after 26 days of racing here. And owner Danny Caldwell, constant as the rising sun here at this Oklahoma City track, moved one win closer to 300 overall at Remington. He won his 299th race here on Saturday night. No owner has hit that mark here. Caldwell is a nine-time owner champion at Remington Park and has taken down the last eight in a row. The second consecutive night of multiple wins gave Cabrera 39 for the season, pushing him 15 wins ahead of Richard Eramia (24 wins), who also made it to the winner’s circle Saturday night. He edged ahead of third-place Ramon Vazquez who remained at 23 wins. Cabrera won four of seven mounts, capturing races 3, 5, 7 and 9 on the nine-race card aboard Casting Crowns (at 1-2 odds), Joyable (9-5), Kalalou (3-1), and Lascivious (2-1), respectively. The first two wins came for second-leading trainer Karl Broberg and the last two for trainer Ron Moquett. H and W Stables of Garden City, N.Y., own Kalalou and Southern Springs Stables of Fort Smith, AR., own Lascivous. Broberg is currently the top trainer in the country...

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‘Student Of The Game’: Q & A With Jockey Drayden Van Dyke

Paulick Report Press Release 23-year-old jockey Drayden Van Dyke recently met with Santa Anita’s Zoe Cadman and Alexis Garske for observations from one of So-Cal’s brightest young stars, well on his way to becoming one of racing’s signature riders. Much has been made of the mentors who have guided you, but what have you learned on your own? “I’ve definitely had to learn some things first-hand. You have to make some of your own mistakes that teach a lesson you couldn’t be told. That’s the kind of stuff you have to learn on your own.” What’ one of the biggest mistakes you’ve ever made? “Not showing up for workers when I was an apprentice. I was working with Tom Proctor and had rented a house with Mike Smith in Del Mar. It was my first summer and I was excited. I had spent a lot but unfortunately, I had to stay in the tack room for a week as punishment. “At least I could see the moon from my bed (laughing).” Favorite racehorse of all time?   “There are a lot of them but definitely Justify is up there for me. To be involved in the history that he made and to be able to break his maiden and work him is really cool to me.” Have you ever wanted to play another sport? “I would love to play...

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A Closer Look At Alex Birzer, Rider Of The Heartland

PETE MONACO | THE EIGHTH POLE Alex Birzer is a veteran, multiple graded stakes-winning jockey who’s been a rock solid rider around our nation’s heartland since winning his first race in 1992. A native of Hutchenson, Kansas, Birzer was born in 1973, and soon after was introduced into horse racing by his father, Gareld Birzer. Gareld was a decent jockey for a couple of years at the Kansas Fairs and became a highly respected and well known trainer around Fonner Park in Nebraska and all along the Midwest, corn belt circuit in general. Alex Birzer has enjoyed several successful meets at Oaklawn Park, where he scored his first stakes victory in 2003 and became the 147th North American jockey to achieve 3,000 career victories on Feb. 26 at the Arkansas track. He’s led the standings four times at the now-defunct Woodlands racetrack, just outside Kansas City, Kansas, and holds four titles at Prairie Meadows and has also done rather well at Remmington Park. On Aug. 15, 1997, Alex booted home six winners from his eight mounts on the day at Agricultural Park and the feat was extra sweet, as his daughter, Jordan Leann was born only the day before. Alex also had a pretty good day this year in Iowa on July 6, when he won Prairie Meadow’s richest race, the Grade 3, $300,000 Cornhusker Handicap aboard 19/1 shot, Remembering Rita. Trained by Doug Anderson, Remembering Rita...

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