Author: Wynn Elliott

Apprentice Heriberto Figueroa Rides First Winner At Gulfstream Park

Gulfstream Press Release Heriberto Figueroa, a 10-pound apprentice rider from Puerto Rico, earned his first victory in the United States aboard Establo Heluce’s Mr. G T in Thursday’s fourth race. A 3-year-old Florida-bred colt trained by Alexis Cordero-Lopez, Mr. G T ($20.60) held off K K’s Revolver down the stretch of the one-mile claiming event to win by a half-length in 1:41.75 over a fast main track. It was the fifth mount for Figueroa, 18, since arriving in the U.S., all at Gulfstream. He graduated Jan. 1 from the Escuela Vocacional Hipica, Puerto Rico’s famed state-run jockey academy and won three of 10 starts before coming to South Florida last month. “I am very happy, and I am grateful to the trainer for giving me the opportunity to ride his horse,” Figueroa said through an interpreter. “I’m very thankful for all the people that have helped me to be here riding horses, and with God’s blessing I’m going to continue to do my best.” Retired Hall of Fame jockey Angel Cordero Jr. had been working with Figueroa, whose brother, Luis, rode last spring and summer at Gulfstream and the fall at Gulfstream Park West. Figueroa said he plans to remain through the Championship Meet, which ends April 1. “After that, if everything is good, I hope to go to New York,” he said. Share this:PrintTweetShare on TumblrLike this:Like...

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Lady Jockeys’ World Championships Renewed

By Thoroughbred Daily News The second edition of Sweden’s Lady Jockeys’ Thoroughbred World Championship, held at Bro Park last year, are returning to that venue on Aug. 5, Svensk Galopp announced on Thursday. 2017 champion, Frenchwoman Maryline Eon, will receive an automatic invitation to defend her title, while Arena Racing Company’s Silk Series winner Megan Nicholls does as well. Invitations will be extended to a further eight jockeys, with all 10 competing in five races over the Sunday card. “We are delighted to be returning with the Lady Jockeys’ Thoroughbred World Championship and very pleased to be able to announce our 2018 date on International Women’s Day,” said Svensk Galopp Director of Racing Dennis Madsen. “The Lady Jockeys’ Thoroughbred World Championship highlights the achievements of women on the international sporting stage and shares many of the aims and aspirations of the #PressforProgress campaign. We look forward to announcing the rest of our line-up in the coming months and putting women’s sport firmly in the spotlight on Sunday, Aug. 5.” Share this:PrintTweetShare on TumblrLike this:Like...

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To the Women of Horse Racing

By Eliya Finkelstein They are the young girls, desperately devoted to the posters of ponies on their walls, the Breyer horses lined on their shelves, the polished boots placed carefully on their pedestal in the corners of their rooms. They are the young girls who know the histories and the horses better that the seasoned pros, whose daydreams consist of fast races and fascinators. They are the young girls who break the mold to make their own. They are the young women, willfully working their way through a world not always the most welcoming to strong female figures, ignoring insults and inquiries based solely on the assumption they are weaker, less able. Silently proving themselves time and time again while shattering every definition of what we “should” be. They are the icons. The legendary faces and names of women past and present who have shown what we are capable of. The strong and the invincible who, when faced with adversity, looked it square in the eyes and forged ahead regardless. The icons who lift each other up, who support each other, who show the young girls what it really means to be a “woman in racing.” They are the life givers to the next legends – human and equine alike – both in theory and in reality they make the impossible, possible. They are the pioneers, the visionaries, the revolutionaries, and the...

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Nik Juarez Transferring To Gulfstream For Spring And Summer Meets

Gulfstream Press Release   Jockey Nik Juarez and agent Jay Rushing are making plans to be based at Gulfstream Park during the spring and summer meets for the first time. The 24-year-old Maryland native, who has ridden 29 winners during the Championship Meet, has been based at Monmouth Park during the past few years during the spring and summer months. Last year, he won the riding title with 75 winners at the New Jersey racetrack, where he finished second in 2016 with 69 winners. “I think there is more opportunity to ride here with more racing days in the week, as opposed to Monmouth, where in May and June there will only be two days a week. July they go to three. August they go to four, but they’re done by Sept. 9,” Juarez said. “It took a lot for me and my agent Jay Rushing to consider, but being down here with more racing days a week and the more money they’re going to have here, I think it will be a more stable location with year-round racing.” Juarez, who has a house in South Florida, said he put on 37,000 miles on his car last year from driving to other Mid-Atlantic and New York tracks on Monmouth’s dark days. “It was a big decision to make because we won the title last year at Monmouth,” Juarez said....

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Garrett Gomez’s granddaughter ensures ‘legacy will continue’

By Jonathan Lintner When Hall of Fame jockey Garrett Gomez died in 2016, he was survived by four children, one of whom seems prepared to pass on the craft to his own kid. Victoria Gomez, wife of Collin Gomez, Garrett’s first son, recently contacted us about a viral video of a toddler and horse. She feeds it, walks it and even gets a leg up, riding as if she’s meant to. And that all makes sense, because it turns out the youngster is Paisley Gomez, Garrett’s 3-year-old granddaughter. “As this video has gone viral,” Victoria wrote to us, “I have found myself wanting to share this moment with Garrett’s fans to show that his legacy will continue throughout the years.” Indeed. The Gomezes live in Tennessee now after Collin’s stint as an assistant to another Hall of Famer, Jerry Hollendorfer. Garrett Gomez, of course, won multiple Eclipse Awards, 13 Breeders’ Cup races and the 2007 Kentucky Oaks aboard Rags to Riches. Share this:PrintTweetShare on TumblrLike this:Like...

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