Author: Wynn Elliott

Jockey Jairo Rendon Eyes Breakthrough At Monmouth

Monmouth Park Press Release   After spending most of the past 18 years establishing his reputation globally, jockey Jairo Rendon finds himself in an unusual situation this summer: He’s trying to make a name for himself at Monmouth Park. In racing venues like Panama, Saudi Arabia, Morocco and his native Colombia, Rendon’s riding abilities are well known. But in the United States, and specifically at Monmouth Park, he’s an unknown outsider. And that’s fine with 34-year-old, who is listed on a combined 16 mounts as live racing resumes at the Shore track on Saturday, May 12, and Sunday, May 13. “You have to work hard to get anything in this business and I have always worked hard,” said Rendon. “People at Monmouth see me here every morning. I want to ride. I want them to know I’m here and that I am willing to work.” Rendon, who hails from Medellin, Colombia, is committed to riding full-time during Monmouth Park’s 52-day meeting as he tries to establish a foothold in the United States. He was the top rider in Colombia, won a riding title in Panama and spent eight years riding in Saudi Arabia, but has yet to make an impact in the United States. Part of that is due simply to bad luck. After arriving in the United States with the help of trainer Alan Goldberg, Rendon won his...

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Jockey Antonio Gallardo Thrives On Heavy Workload

Monmouth Park Press Release   Fresh off his fourth riding title at Tampa Bay Downs, jockey Antonio Gallardo hopes to seize on that momentum by challenging for two separate riding titles simultaneously. Gallardo, third in the Monmouth Park jockey standings in 2017 with 50 winners, says he is poised for a big summer at the Shore track, but will also ride regularly at Presque Isle Downs when Monmouth Park is dark. “I think I can have a good meet at Monmouth,” said the 31-year-old Spaniard. “I like it here. The people know me now so that helps a lot.” Gallardo, the second leading rider by wins in North America in 2015 and 2016, said he plans to ride at Presque Isle Monday through Thursday and then at Monmouth Park on the weekends. He will not take a break until October. “I like keeping busy,” he said. “I love to work, but it’s really not work to me. I don’t call it work when someone pays you o do something you love.” Gallardo already has a win and two seconds from seven mounts on Monmouth Park’s opening day card and knows that making a run at the riding title will be challenging. “You have Paco Lopez and Jose Ferrer. They have great business here. And now you have Angel Arroyo and Eric Cancel coming from New York,” said Gallardo. “There...

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Doyle’s Self-Made Success Flourishes With Support From Home

Arlington Park Press Release It’s been quite an adventure for jockey Sophie Doyle since coming to ride full time in the United States in 2013. This summer, another chapter will be written in her story when she competes at Arlington International Racecourse for the 2018 meet. Doyle, 31, has been surrounded by racing her whole life, which is no surprise considering that she grew up in Lambourn, England, also known as the “Valley of the Racehorse”. From a young age Sophie, along with her younger brother James – a Group 1 winning rider overseas – were surrounded by horses and learned riding and horsemanship even before starting school. Much of this is thanks to their mother, former trainer and jump rider Jacqueline Doyle, who still resides in England but makes occasional trips to the United States to watch her daughter in action. “She’s been a big supporter, she’s great,” Sophie Doyle said of her mother. “She’s supportive but she’s also one of my biggest critics. She watches every race that I ride in without fail. It doesn’t matter what country she is in; she watches the races everywhere she goes. She’ll message me and call me after the races. She’s me and my brother’s biggest supporter.” From the beginning, Jacqui Doyle has instilled in Sophie as well as her brother James a great deal of knowledge when it comes...

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Jockey Concussion Protocol Among Revisions to ARCI Model Rules

ARCI Press Release (Featured in Paulick Report)     The Association of Racing Commissioners International’s Board of Directors has approved the latest revisions to its Model Rules of Racing, including protocol for when riders sustain concussions, best practices when lightning is in the area and raising the scale of weights in Quarter Horse racing. The model rules provide the template for racing regulatory entities and the framework under which the sport has made significant gains toward uniform regulations among jurisdictions. The updated model rules can be viewed at and downloaded by using the button at the bottom of this message. The ARCI Model Rules Committee recommended the updates, which then went to the full board for approval at ARCI’s 84th Conference on Equine Welfare and Racing Integrity in Hot Springs, Ark. The committee is chaired by the South Dakota Commission on Gaming’s Larry Eliason. “The Model Rules are a living document that we amend as needed to provide our regulatory members the most up-to-date blueprint for best practices in all areas of conducting pari-mutuel racing,” said ARCI President Ed Martin. “Concussions are at the forefront of all sports, and these additions to the Model Rules make sure racing participants get proper evaluation when the possibility of a concussion occurs and do not return to racing prematurely. At the heart of all these changes is the well-being and safety of our...

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Mike Smith On the Money With a Hard-Earned Second Derby Victory

By Jeff Lowe (America’s Best Racing) Mike Smith is 52 years old and has already been a member of the National Racing Hall of Fame for 15 years, but his prowess and poise as a jockey who thrives on racing’s biggest stages – earning him the nickname “Big Money Mike” from trainer Bob Baffert – is as strong as ever and was on full display Saturday with his ride on Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve winner Justify. To Smith, the key to his Derby assignment was to keep Justify out of trouble, with a particular focus on the break, and allow the colt to put his enormous talent to work. Baffert figured all the way back this winter that Smith was right for the job. When Justify first dropped jaws with a 9 ½-length debut win on Feb. 18 at Santa Anita Park, it was with 23-year-old jockey Drayden Van Dyke in the saddle. Smith was at Santa Anita that day, but he did not have a mount in the race, which is not uncommon. At this stage in his career, he rarely rides more than three or four races on a card and keeps his body fresh for the prime opportunities that have preserved his drive for racing after 35 years of competition. Not long after Justify announced his presence as an immediate player on the Kentucky Derby trail,...

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