Author: Wynn Elliott

Sunday Events Support Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund

Keeneland Barn Notes Press Release On Sunday, Keeneland will host a Jockey Autograph Signing to raise money for the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund (PDJF). Meanwhile, the first PDJF telethon, hosted by the TVG Network in association with Betfair, will run from 1-7 p.m. ET. Fans may dial 1-844-TVG-PDJF and make a tax-deductible donation to the organization. Hall of Fame jockeys Javier Castellano, Pat Day, Ramon Dominguez, Sandy Hawley, Chris McCarron, Mike Smith and Alex Solis will be among those awaiting calls and donations. They will be joined by other active or retired Thoroughbred jockeys and top American Quarter Horse riders Cody Jensen and Eddie Garcia as well as PDJF beneficiaries in working the phone banks at TVG studios in California and Keeneland. Since the creation of PDJF in 2006, nearly $9 million has been distributed to support disabled riders, most of whom have sustained paralysis or brain injuries. With no guaranteed source of funding from within the horse racing industry, the PDJF is 100 percent reliant on donations. More than 90 cents of every dollar donated to the PDJF goes directly to its beneficiaries. Donations also may be made online at www.pdjf.org/donate. Keeneland’s Jockey Autograph Signing will be held 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. adjacent to the Paddock. Fans can meet jockeys currently competing here as well as retired jockeys – from Hall of Famers to history makers and Keeneland favorites....

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Telethon To Support PDJF This Sunday

PDJF Press Release Dial 1-844-TVG-PDJF this Sunday, April 8 with your tax deductible donation to the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund (PDJF) and Mike Smith or another Hall of Fame rider just might be taking your call. The first PDJF telethon, hosted by the TVG Network in association with Betfair, will run from 1 pm – 7 pm (ET) that day. Hall of Fame jockeys Javier Castellano, Pat Day, Ramon Dominguez, Sandy Hawley, Chris McCarron and Alex Solis will be among those waiting for your calls and donations. They will be joined by other active or retired Thoroughbred jockeys and top Quarter Horse riders Cody Jensen and Eddie Garcia as well as PDJF beneficiaries in manning the phone banks at the TVG studios in California and Keeneland Race Course in Kentucky. Your tax deductible donations will support the PDJF, a 501 (c)(3) public charity that provides financial assistance to 60 former jockeys who have suffered catastrophic on-track injuries. Since its creation in 2006, nearly $9 million has been distributed to support disabled riders, most of whom have sustained paralysis or brain injuries. With no guaranteed source of funding from within the horse racing industry, the PDJF is 100% reliant on donations. Over 90 cents of every dollar donated to the PDJF goes directly to its beneficiaries. Call 1-844-TVG-PDJF (1-844-884-7353) this Sunday to make a difference in the lives of our...

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Pletcher, Saez Successfully Defend Championship Meet Titles

Gulfstream Press Release HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Trainer Todd Pletcher and jockey Luis Saez successfully defended their respective titles, easily outdistancing their peers during the 2017-2018 Championship Meet at Gulfstream Park. Entering Sunday’s final card of the Championship Meet, Pletcher had saddled 67 winners, including Saturday’s $1 million Xpressbet.com Florida Derby (G1) hero Audible, to claim an unprecedented 15th straight trainer’s title. “We’ve been blessed. To sustain a good run like that is a great tribute to the staff,” Pletcher said. “I’ve always had success at Gulfstream and am happy to keep the streak alive.” While visiting the winner’s circle with Audible Saturday, Pletcher celebrated his record fifth Florida Derby success, having already won with Always Dreaming (2017), who went on to capture the Kentucky Derby (G1), Materiality (2015), Constitution (2014) and Scat Daddy (2007). Pletcher held a 31-win edge over Mike Maker and Jorge Navarro, who entered Sunday’s card with 36 winners each. Saez notched back-to-back jockey titles by setting a record for most winners during the Championship Meet that began Dec. 2. The 25-year-old Panama native, who had tied Javier Castellano’s 2013-2014 record of 132 with his second record-equaling seven-win day Friday, set a new mark by riding Figarella’s Dream to victory in the $150,000 Sanibel Island Stakes. He went on to capture the $300,000 Gulfstream Park Oaks (G2) aboard Coach Rocks and the $250,000 Pan American...

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Chilean Champion Medina Rides First U.S. Winner Easter Sunday

Gulfstream Press Release HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Super Super Stable’s Hidden to Win ($14.20) was a hard-fought front-running winner of Sunday’s second race at Gulfstream Park to give Chilean champion jockey Jaime Medina his first victory in the United States. A 6-year-old Ontario-bred mare, Hidden to Win dueled for the lead with Indian Chaser through fractions of 24.32 and 47.35 seconds before putting that rival away after six furlongs in 1:12.12, then held off a late bid from Beautyofaday to win in 1:38.93 for one mile over a fast main track. It was the third mount in the U.S. for Medina, 30, who finished off the board in two starts March 29 at Gulfstream. He spent the weekend in South Florida to get a feel for American racing before returning to Chile Monday. “I am very happy. It’s very difficult to explain,” Medina said through an interpreter. “It’s only my second day riding in the United States. I wanted to know what the racing was like in the U.S. I hope to come back again next year.” According to Medina, he has ridden in Chile for 12 years with more than 2,200 wins. He earned his 2,000th victory on July 31, 2016 and rode the winner of the 2011 El Derby (G1) at Valparaiso Sporting Club. Share this:PrintTweetShare on TumblrLike this:Like...

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Cox, Bridgmohan Secure Meet Titles While Maggi Moss And Brad Grady Tie For Winningest Owner; Synchrony Named Horse Of The Winter Meet

By Ryan Martin (Fair Grounds Barn Notes) NEW ORLEANS (April 2, 2018) – Trainer Brad Cox and jockey Shaun Bridgmohan added another Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots championship title to their accomplished resumes for the 2017-18 Winter Meet while owners Maggi Moss and Brad Grady tied for winningest owner with 12 victories apiece. Moss won her first title at the Fair Grounds since the Winter Meet in 2014-15, where she scored 15 victories. It was a first title for owner Brad Grady, whose meet was highlighted by stakes victories with Triple Chelsea in the Jan 5 Pan Zareta Stakes and the March 10 Nelson J. Menard Memorial Overnight Stakes. Triple Chelsea was trained by Joe Sharp and ridden by jockey Adam Beschizza, who both finished second in their respective divisions. “It means something to me,” Grady said of his title win. “It’s a cherry on the top.  A lot of hard work goes into this, for (trainer) Joe (Sharp) especially. (Jockey) Adam (Beschizza) is a good kid, he came over (from England) two years back and we knew he could really ride. When he came for this meet and Joe asked me if I would support him and I said ‘Absolutely’.” It was a second consecutive winningest meet for trainer Brad Cox who exited the Winter Meet with 54 trips to the winner’s circle at a 30% win...

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