Author: Wynn Elliott

New York Horsemen And Jockeys’ Guild Reach Agreement On New Losing Mount Fee Schedule

Jockeys’ Guild Press Release   NYTHA and NYRA Jockeys Commit to Funding for PDJF and Aftercare The Jockeys’ Guild and the New York Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association (NYTHA) have reached an agreement to increase the losing mount fees for jockeys at the NYRA tracks. It is the first change in the losing mount fee schedule for NYRA’s riders since 2008. The new fee schedule, which lines up with the new NYRA purse distribution, will be launched for the Saratoga meet that opens July 20. NYRA purses are divided as follows: 55% for first, 20% for second, 12% for third, 6% for fourth, 4% for fifth and 3% divided from sixth through last. “Through what were highly constructive negotiations with the Guild, we were able to reach what we believe is an equitable arrangement for the NYRA riders,” NYTHA President Joe Appelbaum said. “We all know the risks that the riders face on a daily basis, and we are fortunate to have such an elite jockey colony in New York. “We are also pleased to announce that, as part of the deal, NYTHA will underscore our commitment to the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund,” Appelbaum continued. “Since 2014, we have contributed $1 per mount, which has totaled around $17,000 a year. Going forward, we will guarantee a $20,000 annual donation to the PDJF.” New York’s horsemen also donate $5 per start to...

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Jockey Jose Ferrer (Six Winners) Dominate Monmouth Park’s Sunday CardJock

Monmouth Park Press Release Jockey Jose Ferrer, nearly treated the crowd of 12,619 to a second record-tying performance, riding a personal-best six winners. He fell just short of tying Paco Lopez’ track record of seven winners when even-money favorite Won and Done faded late to finish third in the 12th and final race. Three of Ferrer’s winners were for Navarro. “I rode five winners at the Meadowlands and Garden State but never six in a day,” said Ferrer. “It feels great. It feels fantastic. I had a feeling this would be a good day. Everything looked pretty good. But you don’t expect this. No one thinks about getting six winners.” Ferrer, who also had three thirds from his 10 mounts, took over sole possession of first place in the jockey standings with his big day. He came into the card tied atop the rider standings with Paco Lopez with 29 winners. Lopez was shut out on his four mounts. Ferrer, 54, won with Gambler’s Ghost in the first, Stormy Change ($6.00) in the second, Nauset Beach in the fifth, Rhythm Park in the seventh, Sindarius($5.80)  in the eighth and Racinginthestreet ($10.40) in the 10th race. Won and Done had the lead in deep stretch in the 12th for a potential seventh winner but couldn’t hold off longshot Jiggy Cheese Dog or Afleet Melody. Lopez set the single-program record at...

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Mike Smith Victory Celebration, Rainbow Derby Trials Sunday at Ruidoso Downs

Ruidoso Downs Press Release Triple Crown posters will be on sale for $10 and they go on sale near the hamburger stand in the grandstand at 11 a.m. Smith will be signing posters at 1 p.m. at the east end of the grandstand. Those posters cost $25. All proceeds benefit Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund. A Roswell, New Mexico native, Smith grew up near Dexter and won his first race at Santa Fe Downs in 1982. He won this year’s Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes and Belmont Stakes aboard Justify, the 13th Triple Crown winner. Smith is the oldest Triple Crown winning jockey at 52. Smith and Justify gave trainer Bob Baffert his second Triple Crown win. He also swept the three classic races with American Pharoah in 2015. Inducted into the National Museum of Racing’s Hall of Fame in 2003, Smith has amassed a remarkable career record. He has won nearly 5,500 races and his mounts have earned $314 million. A two-time Eclipse Award winner for outstanding jockey, Smith has 26 wins in Breeders’ Cup races and seven wins in Triple Crown races. Ruidoso Downs is the only track that will host Smith. Smith has his Triple Crown win and Ricardo Bernal and Reymundo Resendez’s Jess Move You will try to take another step towards the All American Triple Crown in the Rainbow Derby trials. If he can win the...

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‘She Would Want Me To Be Happy’: Lanerie Back In The Irons Saturday At Arlington

by Paulick Report Staff Jockey Corey Lanerie will return to the saddle this Saturday at Arlington Park, riding for the first time since his wife’s sudden death just 15 days ago. Shantel Lanerie was diagnosed with Stage 1 breast cancer in early 2018, according to courier-journal.com, but died of sepsis on June 22. “I don’t know if I’m strange or just strong, but I know my wife’s in a better place,” Lanerie said. “She would want me to be happy. She’d be like, ‘You need to go out and make money.’” Lanerie hasn’t ridden since June 17 at Churchill Downs. His first mount on Saturday, for trainer Wesley Ward, is named Con Te Partiro, loosely translated as “Time to Say Goodbye.” Share this:PrintTweetShare on TumblrLike this:Like...

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Apprentice Morales out to fast start at Ellis

Ellis Park Press Release HENDERSON, Ky. —Having begun his riding career only last October, apprentice jockey Edgar Morales is off to a fast start at Ellis Park, with three wins, a second and four thirds in 14 mounts so far this young meet. The three wins tie Morales for the lead heading into Friday’s card with Jack Gilligan, another young jockey working hard to make a name for himself in Kentucky. (Note: James Graham won Friday’s first race to pull into a tie for the lead.) “It’s a long meet yet, but we’re off to a good start,” said Julio Espinoza, the former jockey who is Morales’ agent. “I’m looking forward to having a big meet, maybe even leading rider.” Said Morales: “This is my first year here. But with the good horses, the trainers giving me the opportunity and a good agent, we’re doing well and working hard. … It’s a tough meet here, too, but we’re working hard, paying attention and keep trying.” Morales is the 20-year-old brother of Roberto Morales, a veteran jockey currently riding in Louisiana. The brothers are from Puerto Rico, known for its state-run jockey school that has launched greats such as John Velazquez and young standouts Jose and Irad Ortiz. Not that it’s easy getting started even with the training of that well-known school, but Edgar Morales said his family lived more...

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