Author: Wynn Elliott

Godolphin Team Looking Forward To Snow

By Dubai Racing Club Press Release (Peter Ward, DWC Notes Team) Godolphin’s Thunder Snow has his chance to rewrite the record books on Saturday in the US $10milllion Dubai World Cup sponsored by Emirates Airline. If successful, he would be the eighth winner of the race for Saeed bin Suroor, the most successful trainer in the history of the showpiece race, as well as a seventh to carry the blue of Godolphin. The colt would also become the first UAE Derby sponsored by The Saeed & Mohammed Al Naboodah Group winner to follow up in the Dubai World Cup. Having already won the 2017 UAE 2000 Guineas, he needed every one of the 1900m in the UAE Derby when leading in the final strides to deny Japan’s Epicharis. A Group 1 winner as a juvenile, in the Criterium International at Saint-Cloud, he was also successful at the highest level, again in France, when landing the Prix Jean Prat at Chantilly last summer. Christophe Soumillon was in the saddle for all those big race victories, having partnered him for the first time in the Criterium International, and was also aboard when they were second in the 1600m Al Maktoum Challenge R1, the feature on the first night of the 2018 Dubai World Cup Carnival. They then won the 1900m second round of the challenge but the Belgian jockey was suspended...

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Jockey Cesar Gomez Among Two Found Dead In Oklahoma Plane Crash Monday

By stallionesearch.com HYDRO, OK—MARCH 26, 2018—Jockey Cesar Gomez was among two people found dead early Monday in an airplane that crashed in rural Oklahoma’s Caddo County, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol reports. The airplane was located about 7 a.m. Monday between Hydro and Hinton near Caddo County roads E 1080 and N 2535. Both people aboard the airplane were pronounced dead at the scene, the patrol reports. FAA spokesman Lynn Lunsford said the airplane is a Beechcraft Bonanza that apparently crashed about 10 p.m. Sunday. The airplane was going to El Reno, but was reported missing after air traffic controllers lost radio and radar contact with the aircraft. FAA investigators are on their way to the crash site, and the National Transportation Safety Board has been notified. The NTSB will be in charge of the investigation and all updates. Gomez was returning to Oklahoma City from West Texas at the time of the crash. According to Equibase® records, since 2014 Gomez has ridden 1401 Quarter Horses and compiled a 246-213-159 record while earning in excess of $5.4 million. Through March 24 of this year, Gomez has 10 wins in 84 starts and earned $187,441. On Saturday night he rode Onewickedchick to a third-place finish in the Grade 3 $218,000 Oklahoma Derby at Remington Park. The jockey’s biggest ridding year was 2015 when he banked over $2 million earnings aboard such stakes...

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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:PrintTweetShare on TumblrLike 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:PrintTweetShare on TumblrLike this:Like...

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