Author: Wynn Elliott

Leading apprentice jockey: Declan Carroll

Ellis Park Press Release Jennie Rees Carroll, a 20-year-old graduate of Louisville’s Trinity High School, has wanted to be a jockey for practically his entire life, being the son of well-respected horsemen David and Kim Carroll. Declan Carroll won the sixth race on Shorely Monday to get his 19th win. “It means the world to me,” Carroll said of being recognized as leading apprentice. “I’ve been very lucky to ride for very good people and the horses have been running very well for me. I’m just glad I’ve gotten the opportunities and am trying to make the most of them. We’re on to Kentucky Downs, then Churchill and Keeneland coming up. Just trying to keep the ball rolling.” Share this:PrintTweetShare on TumblrLike this:Like...

Read More

James Graham edges Lanerie, Baze for first KY title

Ellis Park Press Release Jennie Rees   Lanerie won the last two races Sunday to take a 25-24 lead over Graham and Baze. Graham’s title moves came in winning the fourth race on Giro Kate ($16 to win) and the fifth on Bonnet ($6.80) to finish with 26 wins out of 157 mounts, with 26 seconds and 21 thirds. Baze won the 10th race on Sister Nova ($14.20) for Asmussen for his 25th win but did not have a mount in the 11th race that closed out the meet. “It’s been a wonderful place to race all summer, and we’ve had a lot of fun,” Graham said. “It’s been a tough meet all along. The two boys kept it honest the whole meet, Corey and Tyler. I’m just happy we all came out in one piece. It’s been great. Ellis Park did a wonderful job throughout the summer, racing quality horses, a lot of horses staying here now and not going to New York for racing because racing is good here. It’s great to finally get a riding title at Ellis. I think I’ve been second the last two years.” The 40-year-old Graham cast off any discussion of a title in recent weeks, insisting he didn’t even know where he stood – though Lanerie suggested Sunday that his friend and rival knew exactly where things stood. “Kind of,” Graham,...

Read More

Lanerie has narrow jockeys’ lead as Ellis Park winds down

Ellis Park Press Release Jenny Rees   HENDERSON, Ky. (Thursday, Aug. 29, 2019) — Ellis Park enters its final weekend of racing, running Friday, Sunday and Monday. The track does not have live racing on Saturday, to accommodate the opening of Kentucky owns, but Ellis will be open for simulcasting and historical horse-racing gaming. Corey Lanerie, a five-time Ellis Park riding champion who is seeking his fourth straight crown, tops a tight jockeys’ race with 22 victories, one more than James Graham and two more than Tyler Baze. Lanerie rides Friday and Sunday at Ellis Park but will be at Parx Racing on Monday’s Labor Day card, riding Ellis Park Derby winner Gray Magician in the Smarty Jones Stakes, a prep for the $1 million, Grade 1 Pennsylvania Derby. “I hope to get it,” Lanerie said of the title. “I hate to lose it once you get it, and I always want to be leading rider. You know, this is one of the toughest colonies we’ve had at Ellis Park. You have three or four riders who could probably win it still with only three days left. I’ll have to go ride my best Friday and Sunday and get enough cushion so I can hold them off on Monday. “We have to follow the good horses. We want to win the title, but we also have to try to...

Read More

Rare Daily Double At Monmouth: Husband And Wife Ride on Same Sunday Card

Monmouth Park Press Release Despite having ridden in nearly 6,900 races during his 25-year career, jockey Francisco Maysonett said he was as nervous as he has ever been for a race prior to the 13th race on Monmouth Park’s Sunday card. The reason? Maysonett’s wife, Maria, made her U.S. riding debut in that race, creating a rare daily double in the sport: Husband and wife jockeys riding on the same card. Francisco Maysonnet had a mount in the sixth race. “I was probably more nervous than she was before her race,” said Francisco Maysonett. Maria Maysonett, 22, said her riding experience consisted of “10 to 15 races” at Hipodromo de las Americas in Mexico City in 2017 and 2018 before she relocated to Florida to work as an exercise rider at Palm Meadows. That’s where she met Francisco, with the two having been married for a year now. “We’ve been hoping this would happen,” said Francisco Maysonett. “It’s wonderful to be riding on the same card. It’s exciting. I know it hasn’t happened a lot, so we know it’s something special.” Francisco Maysonett finished off the board in the sixth race aboard first-time starter Casper Joe. Maria Maysonett finished second aboard Candy For All in the finale. “I’ve always wanted to ride in the United States so this is exciting, and to ride on the same card as he...

Read More

Apprentice Correa has Summer Riding Title in his Sights

Laurel Park LAUREL, MD – For the second straight year, the road to the Eclipse Award for champion apprentice jockey is winding its way through Maryland. Julio Correa, a 25-year-old native of Caguas, Puerto Rico, notched seven wins in the last four racing days to enter the final weekend of Laurel Park’s summer stand as its leading rider, having passed Trevor McCarthy, who has won four straight meets since returning to Maryland full-time last fall. Correa holds a 29-26 advantage over McCarthy as he chases his first riding title, less than nine months into a professional career launched last fall at Parx and less than five since moving his tack Maryland’s competitive jockey colony. His 157 mounts are also tops among Laurel’s riders, while his $789,948 in purse earnings rank third. “I’m really happy. This meet has been a surprise. It’s really nice,” Correa said. “Thank God, it’s been a good meet. Everybody has supported me, and I appreciate that. I’ve been working hard in the morning for a lot of good trainers, and they give me a chance.” Correa, who officially began his apprenticeship in mid-February and currently rides with a five-pound weight allowance, may get his chance at a bigger prize. According to Equibase, his 80 wins were the most in the country among apprentice riders, 17 more than Gulfstream Park-based Cristian Torres. Starting with future Hall...

Read More

Foundation Detox

Foundation Detox

Red Brand Fence

Red Brand Fence

@JockeyTalk

Horse Races NOW

Horse Races NOW
%d bloggers like this: