Author: Wynn Elliott

Smith To Ride Forever Unbridled In Dubai World Cup

By Bloodhorse Staff Jockey Mike Smith will get a chance to defend his 2017 Dubai World Cup Sponsored by Emirates Airline (G1) victory as the Hall of Fame rider has picked up the mount on champion mare Forever Unbridled in this year’s $10 million race at Meydan. Smith, who guided Arrogate to a memorable victory in last year’s Dubai World Cup, has been named to ride Charles Fipke homebred Forever Unbridled, who will be making her seasonal debut in the Dubai World Cup. The race also will mark the first start against males for the 6-year-old daughter of Unbridled’s Song, who in November under John Velazquez closed out a perfect 3-for-3 season with a score in the Longines Breeders’ Cup Distaff (G1). “He’s obviously a great rider and he won the race last year,” Stewart said. “Last fall, he told me he would love to ride her sometime and obviously (previous rider) Johnny (Velazquez) had a prior commitment. Smith was Chuck (Fipke’s) next choice and I’m glad to have him.” Read More Share this:PrintTweetShare on TumblrLike this:Like...

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Servis, Lopez Team For Saturday Stakes Sweep

Gulfstream Press Release HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Trainer Jason Servis and jockey Paco Lopez teamed to capture both five-furlong turf stakes on Saturday’s 13-race program at Gulfstream Park, scoring with Blue Bahia in the $75,000 Captiva Island and Vision Perfect in the $75,000 Silks Run. Blue Bahia, who captured the Dec. 2 Claiming Crown Distaff Dash at Gulfstream, bounced back from a troubled off-the-board trip in the Jan. 27 Ladies’ Turf Sprint under a ground-saving ride by Lopez. The 5-year-old daughter of Wildcat Heir rated behind pacesetter Girls Know Best along the backstretch and around the turn. Morticia, the 8-5 favorite ridden by Tyler Gaffalione, grabbed the lead at the top of the stretch after stalking the pacesetter, only to be challenged to her inside by Blue Bahia in deep stretch. The Servis trainee, the 2-1 second choice, prevailed by a three-quarters of a length. Morticia finished a half-length ahead of the Servis-trained Just Talkin. Blue Bahia ran five furlongs over a firm turf course to capture the turf sprint for older fillies and mares in 55.68 seconds off fractions of 21.26 and 43.75. “I had a perfect trip. I loved my position today. My filly likes to come from behind and she always tries. I was very lucky today,” Lopez said. “My filly didn’t stumble like she did the last time. The last time I got in perfect...

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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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