Author: Wynn Elliott

Davis Parlays Aqueduct Winter Success to Strong Belmont Spring/Summer Meet Start

NYRA Press Office Jockey Dylan Davis continues to build off a stellar start to his 2019 campaign, entering Friday tied for second with 25 wins during the Belmont Park spring/summer meet. Davis, who has amassed a 25-14-25record in 157 mounts, is tied with Kendrick Carmouche, who are both eight wins behind leading rider Jose Lezcano. The success for the native of Manhasset, New York native comes off a winter meet at Aqueduct Racetrack in which his 55 wins was third behind Junior Alvarado and Manny Franco. From December 7 through April 4 at the Big A, Davis went 55-67-48 in 348 mounts, which were the second-most starts of any jockey, trailing only Franco’s 369. He also made news when he rode Maven to a win on April 19, marking the first North American-winner sired by Triple Crown-winner American Pharoah. Since the weather warmed and the action shifted to Long Island on April 26, Davis has enjoyed frequent trips to the winner’s circle, including a pair of stakes wins with Pat On the Back in the Affirmed Success on Opening Day April 26, followed by a victory by a nose over Giant Expectations in the one-mile Commentator on May 27. “I never expected to be up here in second, but we’re working hard, so I appreciate all the owners and trainers for riding me and my agent, Mike Migliore, for...

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Record Number of Riders to Attend Jockeys and Jeans

TDN/PDJF Release A Jockeys and Jeans-record 19 Hall of Fame riders are expected to attend the sixth annual Jockeys and Jeans Fundraiser to benefit Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund at Santa Anita Saturday, June 22. They will be there to honor the seven permanently disabled riders who attend, mix and mingle with the attendees and sign autographs. They include Braulio Baeza, Bill Boland, Steve Cauthen, Kent Desormeaux, Victor Espinoza, Pat Day, Earlie Fires, Sandy Hawley, Julie Krone, Chris McCarron, Donald Pierce, Laffit Pincay Jr, Edgar Prado, Jose Santos, Alex Solis, Mike Smith, Gary Stevens, Bobby Ussery, and Jorge Velasquez. New this year are Kent Desormeaux, Victor Espinoza, Mike Smith and Gary Stevens. The six honorees at this year’s event are Oscar Andrade, Stacy Burton, Dennis Collins, Jack Fires, Armando Rivera and Diego Sanchez. All became pari or quadriplegics as a result of racing accidents. Committee member Jayme LaRocca, a severely injured former rider who oversees relations with injured riders, will also be there. Andrade, Collins and Sanchez will attend for the first time. “It’s truly an honor to help my severely injured brothers and sisters and I know it’s the same for every Hall of Famer who has taken the time out of their lives to attend,” said organizing committee member Sandy Hawley. Tickets are limited and on sale at www.santaanita.com, and an online auction of memorabilia is in place...

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Espinoza in Search of His Next Champion

Santa Anita Stable Notes By Ed Golden The fairytale saga that is Victor Espinoza’s moves ever forward, chapter by chapter. His riding career in serious jeopardy following a training accident at Del Mar last July, the 47-year-old Triple Crown winner and Hall of Fame member remains his ever-affable self after a recovery just short of miraculous, back riding winners like nothing ever happened. But it did. “I’m doing well right now and things are moving along quite nicely,” said Espinoza, whose 13 victories from 49 mounts–a lofty 27 percent–place him firmly among the top 10 riders at the spring portion of Santa Anita’s current meet. “I’m trying to win as many races as I can and looking forward to my next champion. I hope by riding every day I can reach that goal.” Should he achieve it, Espinoza would add to a resume that includes a Triple Crown sweep with Horse of the Year American Pharoah in 2015 and a near-sweep with two-time Horse of the Year California Chrome, who finished in a dead-heat for fourth in the 2014 Belmont Stakes after winning the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness. Following his arduous recovery, Espinoza had to prove himself riding-worthy all over again to fans and horsemen alike. “That was understandable after such a serious accident,” Espinoza said. “Everyone was waiting to see how I would do, but now things...

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Scott Stevens to Receive Woolf Award Following Sixth Race

Stable Notes By Ed Golden In what will surely be an intensely emotional moment, veteran jockey Scott Stevens will be presented with the 2019 George Woolf Memorial Jockey Award in a Winner’s Circle ceremony following today’s sixth race at Santa Anita. A winner of more than 4,800 races in a career that has spanned 43 years, Stevens will be joined by family, friends and colleagues, including the 1996 Woolf Award winner, retired Hall of Famer Gary Stevens, as the pair thus become the first brotherly tandem to win the prestigious award in its 70-year history. The winner via a vote of jockeys nationwide, Stevens placed first among a list of five finalists that included Joe Bravo, Kerwin Clark, John Davila, Jr. and Julien Leparoux. “I know I was there when Gary won, but honestly, it’s been so long ago, I don’t remember,” said Stevens. “This award is so special and I was honored just to be nominated. When you think about all the great riders and the great people that have won it and to be selected by a vote of your peers . . . It’s really more than I can describe.” Born Oct. 6, 1960 in Caldwell, Idaho, Stevens is the son of a former trainer, Ron, and rodeo queen, Barbara. Steeped in the ways of the horse-world from infancy, Stevens, who has more than 32,400 career...

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Shoemaker a Race to Remember For McAnally

Stable Notes By Ed Golden On Memorial Day, Monday, May 27, America honors its patriotic veterans with a day of respectful remembrance. Santa Anita, in a lesser sense, shares in that grateful reflection with the running of the Shoemaker Mile, one of three Grade I events that day offering a total of $1.5 million in purses. The Shoemaker is named for the late, great racing veteran, Bill Shoemaker, who was and remains the gold standard among jockeys, 16 years after his death on Oct. 12, 2003. Fittingly, Ron McAnally will have a horse in that race, a six-year-old Argentine-bred named Le Ken that has outrun his odds in each of his six United States starts. It would be fitting, too, if McAnally, 86 and a member of the Hall of Fame since 1990, would win the Shoemaker, captured five times by the rider when the race was run as the Premier Handicap. After all, McAnally and Shoemaker started out together. They were here in 1948, when Santa Anita was in its infancy. “Shoe was one of the greatest I’ve seen,” McAnally said. “We grew up together. He was mucking stalls when I was mucking stalls. He was a classy guy and a helluva rider.” As for Le Ken, he was fourth in his U.S. debut at 80-1 in the Grade II City of Hope Mile; fourth at 19-1 in...

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