Author: Wynn Elliott

Hot Prospect Jason Watson Reaching For The Stars

By Racing UK There may be little in the way of academic qualifications on the CV of jockey Jason Watson – but there could soon be a significant title on it. In a campaign which has seen him go from virtual unknown to one of the rising stars of the weighing room, the 18-year-old from Brighton stands on the brink of crowning his remarkable rise by taking the Stobart Apprentice Jockeys Championship. While those in behind are playing catch up to the 3lb pound claimer, who landed the Stewards’ Cup aboard the Hugo Palmer-trained Gifted Master at Glorious Goodwood, he is keeping his feet firmly on the ground and not taking anything for granted. He continues in red-hot form, in fact, enjoying a winner for Godolphin at Sandown on Saturday. “It’s going well and I’m riding a few winners, so I’m hanging on in there. There are still two months to go and there is plenty of time for things to change, but I’m still gunning for the title,” Watson said. “It could open up loads of opportunities if I do win it and it looks good on the CV. David Egan was champion apprentice last year and he rode a Group Two winner at Glorious Goodwood this year, so who knows what it can lead to? “I don’t really look at the board, I just ride every day...

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Five More Years! Frankie Dettori Dismisses Retirement Talk As Jockey, 47, Targets Arc History

By Marcus Townend For The Daily Mail In the midst of party conference season, Frankie Dettori sounds like a politician imploring the electorate with a rousing call for support. ‘Five more years,’ chants the 47-year-old Italian who on Sunday will chase a remarkable sixth win in the Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe at Longchamp, as well as a second successive victory on John Gosden-trained super-filly Enable. But this is no appeal rally for votes. It is Dettori’s retort to the rumours that reached a crescendo on Derby Day at Epsom in June that the best-known name in British horseracing was dramatically going to hang up his saddle – and not so much retreat into retirement as sprint off to find his pipe and slippers. Dettori emphatically denied it back in midsummer and now is going even further. Having previously stated he wanted to ride until he was 50, Dettori is now thinking even more long-term and reckons his plan is achievable thanks to a working regime his boss and good friend Gosden has allowed him to follow. The jockey, who landed the first of his three championships in 1994, said: ‘Those rumours took me by surprise. Retiring Derby day? That’s a bit silly, isn’t it? I’ll be 50 in 26 months’ time. If I can, I will carry on another five years. I don’t want to retire. ‘I...

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Jake Romans Finding Early Success As A Jockey’s Agent

Churchill Downs Press Release  LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Saturday, Sept. 22, 2018) – The Romans family is synonymous with success at Churchill Downs. The late JerryRomans was a popular trainer from Louisville and his son, Dale, is Churchill Downs’ all-time leading trainer. Now, Dale’s son, 22-year-old Jake Romans, is adding to the family legacy as a jockey’s agent representing top riders Robby Albarado and Channing Hill. “I don’t ever remember not knowing the racetrack,” Jake said. “Dad trained my whole life and my mom (Tammy Fox, Dale’s life partner) either rode races or galloped horses. I grew up around a lot of different people who were involved in the business but I was never really sure what I wanted to do.” Jake graduated from St. Xavier High School in Louisville but was still unsure what he wanted to do for his career. “I thought I should probably go to college, you know, to make my parents happy,” Jake joked. “I enrolled in cooking school atSullivan University and graduated in January. The entire time I was there I knew I probably didn’t want to be a chef but it would be good to have this skill set to fall back on in case things didn’t work out.” After Jake graduated from Sullivan, he enlisted the help of veteran agent and longtime family friend Richard DePass, who represents jockey Luis Saez. “Richard has...

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Doyle Relishes First Arlington Meet

Arlington Press Release Jockey Sophie Doyle came into the 2018 meet at Arlington International Racecourse with a plan. With the racing season wrapping up, everything went according to said plan for the 31-year-old rider. Doyle was a new face in the jockey’s room at the beginning of the meet but had spent the spring at Hawthorne Race Course riding for Arlington-based trainers to set herself up for what ended up being a successful summer. “My goal was to come up here and be top three,” Doyle said. “I said to myself that if I didn’t have fifty wins then I would be disappointed. I wanted to set the bar high for myself to be at the top of this meet and luckily we’ve managed to achieve it. We’ve worked hard every day and we actually left the Fair Grounds (Race Course & Slots) early and went to Hawthorne for the spring meet which was just to get the contacts rolling up here because I was a new face – I wanted people to get to know me and show that I am a hard worker. The Hawthorne meet went very well and it carried on into Arlington.” Doyle closed out the meet with a total of 52 wins having finished in the money at a 46% clip. She secured third in the leading rider standings trailing only Jose Valdivia,...

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Leading Rider Jose Valdivia, Jr. Closes 2018 Arlington Meet With Five Wins On Final Card

Arlington Park Press Release ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (September 22, 2018) – For the second Saturday in a row Jose Valdivia, Jr. scored five wins in a single day at Arlington International Racecourse to close out the season as leading rider with 112 victories. With his title already a lock entering the final day, Valdivia captured the third race with Patricia’s Hope’s Good Bye Greg ($3.60), a four-time winner for at the Chicagoland oval this season for trainer Larry Rivelli. He repeated the effort in the fourth race aboard Joe Sterrenberg and Mario Donato’s Her Wild Lifestyle ($2.60) for Rivelli again. He swept the seventh with David Brown’s Golden Gift ($9.60) for trainer Terry Young and the eighth with LAZ Racing Stable’s Wayne Catalano trainee Senor Blanco ($11.60). He closed out the 2018 season in style, winning the nightcap aboard the Barr Inman-trainedAviating ($12.40) for owner May Valley Farms. “It never gets old,” said Valdivia. “It has been four years and it is unbelievable how time passes. I’m just very thankful and so happy to be here with my family, (wife) Renee and (children) Siena and Luca. It’s just been a whirlwind. “It’s never easy, you always have to come out and perform. My agent (Steve Leving) has done an unbelievable job of getting me on the right horses and having the support of the owners and trainers who believe in...

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