Author: Wynn Elliott

Castellano wins 2019 Venezia Award

by Najja Thompson The New York Racing Association, (NYRA) Inc. has announced Javier Castellano as the 2019 recipient of the Mike Venezia Award, the prestigious honor awarded to jockeys who exemplify extraordinary sportsmanship and citizenship. The Venezia Award will be presented to Castellano on Memorial Day, Monday, May 27 in a ceremony at Belmont Park. Established in 1989, the award is named in honor of jockey Mike Venezia, who died as a result of injuries he suffered in a spill in 1988 at Belmont Park. Venezia, a Brooklyn native, won more than 2,300 races during his 25-year career. Castellano, 41 was selected as the 2019 winner through an online fan vote hosted on NYRA.com that closed on May 20. The field of candidates included brothers Irad Ortiz, Jr. and Jose Ortiz, Florent Geroux, and Ricardo Santana, Jr. Inducted to the National Museum of Racing Hall of Fame in 2017, Castellano who was born in Venezuela and moved to the United States in June 1997, has been among the leading riders in New York and the nation winning four consecutive Eclipse Awards as Outstanding Jockey from 2013-16. He has won 12 riding titles on the NYRA circuit and is routinely among the top riders in earnings, registering more than $22 million in 2018. Castellano also holds the record for most wins in the Travers, the “Mid-Summer Derby”, with six wins including...

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Black-Eyed Susan Stakes Jockeys

Pimlico Racetrack Horses and Jockeys For The 144th Black-Eyed Susan Stakes 1. Sweet Diane: Jose Ortiz (15-1) 2. Off Topic: John Velazquez (8-1) 3. Ulele: Joel Rosario (15-1) 4. Cookie Dough: Irad Ortiz, Jr. (3-1) 5. Our Super Freak: Trevor McCarthy (20-1) 6. Always Shopping: Manuel Franco (4-1) 7. Brill: Florent Geroux (5-1) 8. Point of Honor: Javier Castellano (5-2) 9. Las Setas: Jevian Toledo (15-1) Photo Credits in Order (Blacked-Eyed Susan Photo: NBC) * (Jose Ortiz Photo: Coady Photography) * (John Velazquez Photo: Coady Photography) * (Joel Rosario Photo: Coady Photography) * (Irad Ortiz Jr. Photo: Skip Dickstein) * (Trevor Mccarthy Photo: Jim Mccue, Maryland Jockey Club) * (Manuel Franco Photo: Nyra.com) * (Florent Geroux Photo: Coady Photography) * (Javier Castellano Photo: Coady Photography) * (Jevian Toledo Photo: Coady Photography) Share this:PrintTweetShare on TumblrLike this:Like...

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144th Preakness Jockeys

Pimlico Racetrack Horses and Jockeys for the 144th Preakness Stakes 1.  War of Will: Tyler Gaffalione (4-1) 2. Bourbon War: Irad Ortiz Jr. (12-1) 3. Warrior’s Charge: Javier Castellano (12-1) 4. Improbable: Mike Smith (5-2) 5. Owendale: Florent Geroux (10-1) 6. Market King: Jon Court (30-1) 7. Alwaysmining: Daniel Centeno (8-1) 8. Signalman: Brian Hernandez (30-1) 9. Bodexpress: John Velazquez (20-1) 10. Everfast: Joel Rosario (50-1) 11. Laughing Fox: Ricardo Santana Jr. (20-1) 12. Anothertwistafate: Jose Ortiz (6-1) 13. Win Win Win: Julian Pimentel (15-1) Photo Credits in Order (144th Preakness Stakes Logo Photo: Preakness Twitter Page) * (Tyler Gaffalione Photo: Gulfstream Park) * (Irad Ortiz Jr. Photo: Skip Dickstein) * (Javier Castellano Photo: Coady Photography) * (Mike Smith Photo: Coady Photography) * (Florent Geroux Photo: Coady Photography) * (Jon Court Photo: No Info) * (Daniel Centeno Photo: Getty Images) * (Brian Hernandez Photo: Coady Photography) * (John Velazquez Photo: No Info) * (Joel Rosario Photo: Coady Photography) * (Ricardo Santana Jr. Photo: Coady Photography) * (Jose Ortiz Photo: Coady Photography) * (Julian Pimentel Photo: Jim McCue/MJC)   Share this:PrintTweetShare on TumblrLike this:Like...

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Emigh Going For 4,000 Wins

Arlington Park Press Release Chris Emigh won his first race in 1989 as an 18-year-old riding the Southern Louisiana circuit. 29 years later he is sitting on 3,983 wins coming into the 2019 Arlington park meet where he has found plenty of success over the years. He sits third on the Arlington Park all-time winningest jockeys behind Hall of Famers Earlie Fires, and Pat Day. Emigh couldn’t be more excited at the fact that he’s nearing this milestone and hoping to reach it at Arlington Park, “It’s what I was hoping. It’s been home for me for so long and the people here, the crowd, the celebration, everything. This is a dream track and I was really hoping it wouldn’t happen anywhere else but here.” For Emigh, being underestimated when he was younger was something he just learned to deal with. Even he didn’t feel as though he was a very good rider back in those days, but he always had one number in mind. 4,000. “I told myself if I consistently work hard, wake up every day and give everything I’ve got to this, one day I can reach 4,000. 4,000 wins was the number; it’s always been the number. I knew if I reached 4,000 no one would ever be able to tell me I wasn’t a good rider.” On opening day Emigh is named to ride...

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Veteran Jockey Scott Stevens To Receive Santa Anita’s Coveted 2019 George Woolf Memorial Jockey Award Trophy Sunday, May 19

Santa Anita Press Release ARCADIA, Calif. (May 2, 2019)–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 at Santa Anita on Sunday, May 19. A winner of more than 4,800 races in a career that has spanned 43 years, Stevens will be joined on May 19 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 from his base at Turf Paradise in Phoenix. “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...

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