Author: Wynn Elliott

Remembering Manny Ycaza: ‘Here Comes Yackasack!’

E. S. “Bud” Lamoreaux (Paulick Report) “Get out of the way boys, here comes Yackasack!” That may not be the exact phrase a young jockey uttered to me early one Saratoga Saturday morning more than a half century ago. But there was real awe in his voice when asked to describe the riding style of Manny Ycaza, a hard-riding Panamanian who died recently at the age of 80. Ycaza arrived on the American racing scene after a boyhood riding ponies and horses in Panama City and after learning the ropes immediately took center stage in the New York jockey colony. He was a dapper dresser who carried himself with the grace of Fred Astaire and walked with the strut of a Buckingham Palace guard. The grace ended when he jogged onto the race track. Then it was every man for himself. Yackasack took no prisoners. He was among the first and most successful in a long line of Latin American jockeys that began arriving here right after the Korean War. Fellow Panamanians Laffit Pincay Jr and Braulio Baeza followed along with Jorge Velasquez. He was a Hall of Famer, who spent more than 600 days in the penalty box instead of in the steam box, having been ruled off often by the stewards for various aggressive riding tactics. “He literally loves the challenge of cleaving a crowd of horses while...

Read More

Agent says injured jockey Victor Espinoza moved to rehab facility

ESPN Press Release DEL MAR, Calif. — Hall of Fame jockey Victor Espinoza has been moved to a rehabilitation facility to recover from a fractured vertebra in his neck suffered during a training accident. Agent Brian Beach tweeted Friday that Espinoza had left the hospital, where he had been up and walking around in the days after being injured Sunday. Beach wrote that the 46-year-old rider is “still doing well and is one step closer to going home.” Espinoza was exercising Bobby Abu Dhabi during morning workouts at Del Mar north of San Diego. Track officials said the horse had an apparent heart attack and Espinoza was thrown off. Bobby Abu Dhabi, a 4-year-old horse, died. Espinoza rode American Pharoah to a sweep of the Triple Crown in 2015. The jockey will miss the rest of the Del Mar meet that ends Sept. 3. Share this:PrintFacebookTwitterGoogleLinkedInTumblrPinterestRedditLike this:Like...

Read More

E.T. Baird Returns To Winner’s Circle

Arlington Park Press Release After a year and a half hiatus from race riding, jockey E.T. Baird made a return to the winner’s circle on Saturday afternoon at Arlington International Racecourse when guiding Good Bye Greg ($5.60) to victory for current leading trainer Larry Rivelli. It was Baird’s 2,400th career win. Baird sent the Florida-bred son of Teuflesberg straight to the front in the 5½-furlong turf sprint and managed to keep Welovecandy at bay down the top of the stretch to win by 1¼ lengths as the 9-5 post-time favorite. “It feels good, it really does,” Baird said following Saturday afternoon’s win. “It’s nice because he’s a really nice horse and it’s just nice to ride those kind. I hope I get more to come.” Prior to his victory aboard Good Bye Greg, Baird’s last win took place on December 16, 2016 at Tampa Bay Downs when he guided Back At The Ranch to a 3¾ length victory. The race was the seasonal bow for Good Bye Greg, whose last effort took place in Del Mar Racetrack’s Damascus Stakes on Nov. 3 when fifth behind Americanize. He also took the Jeff Lynn Stakes over the Arlington all-weather surface last September. On Sunday, Baird went on to capture the opener aboard another Rivelli trainee Rivzinthehouse ($2.20) as well as the seventh race on Odachi ($4.40) for trainer Carlos Silva, his...

Read More

Espinoza Suffers Fractured Vertebra in Training Spill

Del Mar Press Release Hall of Fame jockey Victor Espinoza incurred a fracture of the C-3 vertebra in his neck when thrown from his mount Bobby Abu Dhabi, who suffered an apparent fatal heart attack during a workout at approximately 9:05 a.m. Sunday. Espinoza, 46, lay motionless for several minutes before being fitted with a neck brace and being taken by ambulance to Scripps La Jolla Hospital. At 1:15 Pacific time, about four hours after the incident, Espinoza’s agent, Brian Beach, reported that Espinoza had been diagnosed with a fracture of the C-3 vertebra and a “stinger” to the left shoulder and arm which was causing shoulder pain and numbness which was of concern immediately following the accident. “He has regained about 50 percent of the feeling already,” Beach said. “Doctors are optimistic he’ll fully recover fairly quickly. It’s the kind of thing that football players get all the time.” Beach said that Espinoza, who guided American Pharoah to the Triple Crown Championship in 2015, suffered no paralysis or other broken bones. And while he may be sidelined on a “day to day” basis, “It’s all good for now. It looks like we dodged a bullet,” Beach said. Espinoza will remain in the hospital overnight. Bobby Abu Dhabi, a 4-year-old son of Macho Uno, owned by Gary Hartunian’s Rockingham Ranch and David Bernsen and trained by Peter Miller, was...

Read More

Reznikova-Vrublevska Secures First North American Win In Arlington Finale

Arlington Park Press Release ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (July 19, 2018) – The last of eight races on Thursday’s card brought a little extra celebration to the winner’s circle at Arlington International Racecourse when jockey Liliia Reznikova-Vrublevska crossed the wire first in the maiden turf event aboard Glockenburg, LLC’sBroth ($11.60) for trainer Pavel Vashchenko, earning her first win in North America. “I am just very, very happy,” said Reznikova-Vrublevska with excitement after her win. Reznikova-Vrublevska, 32, was making her 14th start on this side of the Atlantic. A native of Kavkaz, Russia, she began riding in Poland in 2006. She has ridden over 100 winners in Poland, but made the switch to riding in the United States just this summer, debuting with a fourth-place finish on May 4. She hit the board on June 30 when finishing third in the 8th race aboard Achikulak for the same connections. Her brother Alexander Reznikov also rode in the United States over a period of six seasons, capturing 63 wins from 2012-17. Share this:PrintFacebookTwitterGoogleLinkedInTumblrPinterestRedditLike this:Like...

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: