Author: Wynn Elliott

Keeneland Spring Jockey Leaders

Keeneland Press Release   SPRING MEET LEADERS Through April 11 (4 days of 16-day season) Jockey Starts Wins 2nd 3rd Purses Jose Ortiz 30 6 4 6 $1,011,409 Florent Geroux 22 6 4 1 $494,173 Joel Rosario 11 4 3 2 $188,200 Corey Lanerie 26 4 3 0 $312,011 Gabriel Saez 10 4 0 1 $132,650   Share this:PrintFacebookTwitterGoogleLinkedInTumblrPinterestRedditLike this:Like...

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Keeneland Spring Meet Leaders

Keeneland Barn Notes SPRING MEET LEADERS Through April 8 (3 days of 16-day season)   Jockey Starts Wins 2nd 3rd Purses Jose Ortiz 23 6 3 4 $989,886 Florent Geroux 16 5 3 0 $463,463 Corey Lanerie 20 4 3 0 $302,426 Gabriel Saez 9 3 0 1 $115,250 Julio Garcia 5 2 2 1 $185,810 Joel Rosario 7 2 1 2 $87,140 Javier Castellano 5 2 0 0 $159,072 Share this:PrintFacebookTwitterGoogleLinkedInTumblrPinterestRedditLike this:Like...

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Quotes From The $200,000 Appalachian (G2) Presented By Japan Racing Association

Keeneland Press Release   Javier Castellano (winning rider) “She was very comfortable rating. I know the pace was slow today. I didn’t expect her to be too close to the pace, but the way the race unfolded, I took it from there. She was much the best. She’s one of the best fillies I’ve ridden in my career. Thankful to be part of the team.” Jose Ortiz (rider of runner-up Thewayiam [FR]) “The trip was perfect, I followed Javier (Castellano) the whole way around there. I knew that (Rushing Fall) was the horse to beat. They made an early move right when we passed the three-eighths pole, and I thought that was going to benefit me. And I did dig in for second; my filly was running from the eighth pole to the wire. The winner was the best today, she’s a really nice filly and so was mine. It surprised me a bit that they moved a little early. It means that she’s really good.” Joel Rosario (rider of third-place finisher Goodthingstaketime [IRE]) “She broke well. She relaxed very well. The horses on the outside were moving as we were turning for home. I just held my spot and tried to get the jump on (Rushing Fall) before she started to make a move. There was a little weaving in the lane, but she tried hard. I was...

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Quotes From The $150,000 Beaumont (G3) Presented By Keeneland Select

Keeneland Press Release   Corey Nakatani (winning rider) “She’s a special filly. (Sitting off the pace) wasn’t the plan. She didn’t get away great. I was trying to sit in and be patient with her. I have such high (regard for) her. I told (David Meah) don’t worry about where she is.  I think she can do anything and she proved today she can overcome adversity and put in her run.” Jose Ortiz (rider of runner-up Kelly’s Humor) “She relaxed very well down the backside. From the three-eighths pole to the wire, she gave me a very good run. She has a great turn of foot and she just kept coming. One more jump and we might have won. She ran very good today.” Mike Smith (rider of third-place finisher Uppercut) “She ran great. She won so easy first time (scoring a 5¾-length victory in a 6½-furlong maiden race in her Feb. 17 career debut at Santa Anita). I don’t think she had enough air in her to go seven-eighths today. She had to run pretty hard from a long way out, which didn’t help and certainly cost us second anyway.” Tyler Gaffalione (rider of fourth-place finisher Happy Like a Fool) “The trip worked out perfect. (We) sat right behind the pace. Coming to the quarter pole, I got her outside. She just got a little tired – she’s...

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Delgado’s Jockey Of Month Honor Strikes Blow For Unsung Riders; Gallardo Wins 3

Tampa Bay Downs Press Release David Delgado’s perseverance since arriving in the United States eight years ago is beginning to pay off; his close friend from Spain, Antonio Gallardo, wins three in a row; Wood Memorial presented by NYRA Bets, Toyota Blue Grass and Santa Anita Derby on tap Saturday. Every time he exercised Navy Armed Guard this season, David Delgado thirsted for a chance to ride the 3-year-old gelding in a race. When that opportunity came on March 24 at Tampa Bay Downs, Delgado felt as giddy as a schoolboy before his first dance. “It was a long time since I’d been on a nice horse like that,” said Delgado, who rode the Triple Crown nominee to a length-and-a-half victory for trainer Joan Scott in the mile-and-40-yard, maiden special weight event. “When I had galloped him in the mornings, I was wishing all the time I could ride him in a race. “I hope I get the chance to ride him again,” Delgado added. David Delgado The victory was the first in eight career starts for Navy Armed Guard and one of five in March from only 17 mounts for Delgado, earning him the Señor Tequila Mexican Grill Jockey of the Month award. His honor is a boon for the track’s unsung journeymen who, for the most part, rarely ride the quality of stock provided for such consistent...

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