Author: Wynn Elliott

Luis Sanchez Notches First U. S. Win at Gulfstream on First Try

Press Release HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Jockey Luis Sanchez made an auspicious United States debut Thursday at Gulfstream Park, guiding Luna Lunita to an 11-length victory in the third race. “This is my first mount in this country. It’s always been my dream to ride here. It’s going to be a big challenge because the level [of completion] is so high,” Sanchez, a graduate of the Laffit Pincay Jr. Vocational Jockey School in Panama, said through an interpreter. The 21-year-old jockey, who rode 147 winners in Panama before venturing to South Florida, sent Luna Lunita ($7.80) to an uncontested...

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Geroux Off All Mounts Thursday And Friday To Be With Ailing Father

By Ryan Martin/Fair Grounds Barn Notes Jockey Florent Geroux took off all of his mounts for Thursday, Dec. 28 and Friday, Dec. 29 in order to be with his father, former jockey and trainer Dominique Geroux, in Paris, France who is in the hospital following an injury suffered when falling on Christmas morning. Geroux’s agent, Doug Bredar is unsure as to when he would resume riding. “His father fell on Christmas morning and some friends found him and took him to the hospital,” Bredar said. “It’s a day-to-day kind of thing and it’s really just a matter of what...

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Fair Grounds Horsemen Remember Late Van Berg

By Ryan Martin/Fair Grounds Barn Notes Following the recent passing of Hall of Fame trainer Jack Van Berg, several horsemen at the Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots have shared stories of the conditioner and how he has influenced their training careers. A native of Columbus, Nebraska, Van Berg is the all-time leading trainer at the Fair Grounds having won ten training titles at the New Orleans oval, which include six consecutive leading seasons from 1965-71. In addition, he also holds the record for most victories during a single season at the Fair Grounds when he won 92 races...

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The Stronach Group Will Continue Its Long-Term Support For The Jockeys’ Guild

Press Release AURORA, ONTARIO  (December 27, 2017)  The Stronach Group announced today that it will continue its long-term support of the Jockeys’ Guild and its member jockeys. Under the terms of an Agreement to be effective January 1, 2018, each of the six Stronach Group race tracks will continue to make payments to the Jockeys’ Guild to subsidize health, life, and accident insurances, as well as short-term and long-term disability benefits for jockeys who are members of the Guild. Tim Ritvo, Chief Operating Officer of The Stronach Group, commented: “We’re extremely pleased to continue our work with the Jockeys’ Guild.  Guild members compete in our highest profile events such as the Pegasus World Cup Invitational and the Preakness Stakes. We’re honored to support the men and women of the Guild who risk their lives every day while continuing to work as ambassadors for our sport. As someone who rode and had a son who also rode, I know the importance of health, life and disability insurance as well as benefits for all Guild members.” Terry Meyocks, National Manager of the Guild said, “We are truly appreciative of the strong working relationship that we have with The Stronach Group and what they are doing now, as well as everything they have done over the years, for the Guild and its members.  During the past year, we began working together to...

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Green Finds Prosperity Over Fair Grounds Circuit

by Ryan Martin/Fair Grounds Barn Notes GREEN FINDS PROSPERITY OVER FAIR GROUNDS CIRCUIT Jockey Aubrie Green took a leap of faith when she decided to ride full-time at the Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots for the winter. Said leap has proven to be a good decision as the native of Boise, Idaho has been competitive on the circuit. “It’s been really good so far,” Green, 30, said. “I was pretty nervous here because the jockey colony is so strong and I was worried about that, but I think that I’ve settled in with them pretty well. I’ve been fairly competitive and have just been working my butt off trying to learn from all these great riders.” Green started off riding Quarter Horses on the fair circuits of her home state before getting on Thoroughbreds at Wyoming Downs, where she rode her first winner in August 2015. From there, she moved on to Delta Downs where she found very little success but turned things around when riding at Turf Paradise in Phoenix, Arizona. Green had better luck when going to Louisiana Downs earlier this year and had the opportunity to return to Delta Downs this winter but decided to give the Fair Grounds a shot. “I was riding a few races at Delta Downs here and there so I was driving back and forth until the meet started,” Green...

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