Author: Wynn Elliott

Brown, Ortiz, Jr., Dubb capture Belmont spring/summer meet titles

NYRA Press Release Ortiz, Jr. registered 60 wins with earnings of more than $5.54 million, outdistancing his brother, Jose Ortiz, and Manny Franco, who tied for second with 49 wins. The 2018 spring/summer meet was a reversal for the Ortiz brothers from a year ago, when Jose was first and Irad came in second. Teaming with Brown, Ortiz, Jr. was aboard both Fourstar Crook and A Raving Beauty for their respective graded stakes wins. The native of Trujillo Alto, Puerto Rico enjoyed an outstanding Belmont Stakes Day, riding Disco Partner to a win in the Grade 2 Jaipur. Earlier in the meet, the 25-year-old won the Grade 2 Ruffian on Pacific Wind on May 6. He also piloted Diversify to a win in the Grade 2 Suburban on Stars & Stripes Day, July 7. The efforts in the graded stakes were part of a successful meet that garnered Ortiz, Jr. his second title for the Belmont spring/summer and first since 2014, when he tied with Javier Castellano. Share this:PrintTweetShare on TumblrLike this:Like...

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Lanerie Back In The Winner’s Circle: ‘Get Life Moving Forward Again’

by Jennie Rees (Paulick Report) Corey Lanerie rode at Ellis Park Friday for the first time this summer as the four-time meet titlist resumed riding regularly following the June 22 death of his wife, Shantel. With his third mount of the day, Lanerie was back in the winner’s circle for the fourth race, with track announcer Jimmy McNerney saying, “Hide the Honey with Corey Lanerie on her back, and an angel on his.” “It feels great to be back riding, doing what I love,” Lanerie told the media before the first race. “Kind of get life moving forward again, because it’s hard. I think when I get back to riding, it will kind of get my mind freed and back to normal life. It’s going to be weird. I really don’t know what I’ll feel like out there. I actually rode last weekend, and it was pretty good. Once I get on the horse, I focus on the race and my job, whatever I have to do. I think I’ll go out there and do my job and just let it go as it is, and I think I’ll be fine.” Lanerie rode in four stakes July 7 at Arlington Park near Chicago, coming away with a pair of fourth-place finishes. Those were his first mounts since June 17.   Shantel Lanerie was undergoing treatment for Stage 1 breast cancer...

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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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