Author: Wynn Elliott

Jockey David Cabrera Aiming High In Upcoming Prairie Meadows Season

By Paulick Report Press Release David Cabrera, Oaklawn’s second-leading rider this year, said Thursday morning that he will ride at Prairie Meadows after the meet ends April 14. In his first season at Oaklawn, Cabrera ranks second in mounts (199), victories (29) and purse earnings ($1,148,816). He won the $125,000 American Beauty Stakes Jan. 27 aboard Swing and Sway for trainer Ron Moquett of Hot Springs and the $125,000 King Cotton Stakes Feb. 3 aboard Wilbo for 2015 Oaklawn training champion Chris Hartman. Cabrera said his goal is to finish in the top five in the standings before Prairie Meadows opens April 26. Cabrera was Prairie Meadows’ second-leading rider last year. Cabrera said his plan is to ride again at Oaklawn in 2019, then try Churchill Downs for the first time. “We just want to give it another year and maybe get a little more experience and be more solid for next year, for sure,” Cabrera said. Joe Santos, Cabrera’s agent at Oaklawn, said he will represent the jockey at Prairie Meadows. “That’s my man,” Santos said. Share this:PrintFacebookTwitterGoogleLinkedInTumblrPinterestRedditLike this:Like...

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Leading Jockey Vargas Making His Mark At Laurel Park

Laurel Park Press Release     LAUREL, MD – Seeing some of his jockey school classmates already having made an impact on the American racing scene, Jorge A. is doing what he can to make a mark of his own. Vargas, 23, leads Laurel Park’s current winter-spring meet standings with 35 wins and $1,158,229 in purse earnings from 160 starters. With 30 seconds and 29 thirds, his top three strike rate of 59 percent is also a meet best. On March 5 Vargas won four races at Laurel, one of nine multiple-win days he has enjoyed since making Maryland his primary home at the start of 2018. A native of Puerto Rico, Vargas attended the country’s famed Escuela Vocacional Hipica, a riding academy that has produced Hall of Famer John Velazquez and brothers Irad Ortiz Jr. and Jose Ortiz among others. Also in Vargas’ class were Victor Carrasco, the Maryland-based Eclipse Award-winning apprentice of 2013, and Jevian Toledo, the state’s overall leading rider in 2015 and 2017 and second in 2016. So, too, was Manny Franco, the leading rider in New York this winter. “It was a pretty good class,” Vargas said. Vargas was raised around the racetrack, the son and grandson of trainers. He first got on horses at age 11 or 12 and it wasn’t long before he knew he wanted to make riding horses his living....

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Kentucky, Saratoga Next On The Schedule For Gary Stevens

by Paulick Report Staff Hall of Fame jockey Gary Stevens plans to relocate to Keeneland for the first time since 2005, following the current meet at Oaklawn Park. The Daily Racing Forms says the 55-year-old will also ride races at Churchill Downs and then Saratoga in the summer. He’s planning to come back to Oaklawn next season. At the current meet in Arkansas, Stevens is the fifth-leading jockey with 19 wins from 118 starts. Read more at DRF Share this:PrintFacebookTwitterGoogleLinkedInTumblrPinterestRedditLike this:Like...

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Laurel: Karamanos Rides First Winner Since Vertebrae Fracture On Sunday

By Paulick Report Press Release Sue Mancilla’s Sebray ($18.40) captured Sunday’s seventh race at Laurel Park, a $19,000 claiming event for 4-year-olds and up, to give journeyman Horacio Karamanos his first win since returning from injury over the weekend. Karamanos, a perennial leading rider in Maryland who earned his 2,000th career victory last summer at Laurel, suffered a minor fracture of his T-5 vertebrae when thrown from his mount, Marie From Parie, Jan. 14 at Laurel. He began getting on horses again last week for trainer Mary Eppler at Palm Meadows, Gulfstream Park’s satellite training facility in Palm Beach County, Fla., returning to the irons March 16 at Laurel. “It took me a little time to come back but I’m back again and I feel happy to win again at Laurel, my home track,” Karamanos said. “I feel good. I’m happy to win.” Share this:PrintFacebookTwitterGoogleLinkedInTumblrPinterestRedditLike this:Like...

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Florent Geroux Scores Five Wins On Friday Afternoon’s Card

By Ryan Martin Fairgrounds Jockey Florent Geroux has a fantastic Friday afternoon with five victories on the Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots’ nine-race program. Geroux, 31, made trips to the Fair Grounds winner’s circle with Blazer (Race 1, $4.00), Bourbon Country (Race 5, $5.00), Honey Bunny (Race 6, $3.60), Elusive Mischief (Race 8, $3.40) and Lion Heart Legend (Race 9, $4.00). “It’s exciting,” Geroux said. “It’s nice way to finish up the meet after spending time with my dad passing away and a lot of out of town trips. It’s nice to be into a good rhythm. I’m very lucky to be able to ride for the top outfits on the track, it sure helps a lot.” Immediately after the ninth race, Geroux was en route to Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport to catch a flight to Arkansas, where he is named aboard four horses at Oaklawn Park on Saturday afternoon’s card, including Curlin’s Honor in the Grade II $900,000 Rebel Stakes (50-20-10-5). “Tomorrow I’ve got some nice horses,” Geroux said. “Tiger Moth (entered in the Gr. III $350,000 Azeri Stakes) won the (Gr. III) Houston Ladies Classic and it’s going to be a tough race tomorrow, but she’s doing great and she’s coming out of her best career performance. A little bit of a question mark with Curlin’s Honor. He was very impressive here and obviously...

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