Author: Wynn Elliott

The Stronach Group Will Continue Its Long-Term Support For The Jockeys’ Guild

Press Release AURORA, ONTARIO  (December 27, 2017)  The Stronach Group announced today that it will continue its long-term support of the Jockeys’ Guild and its member jockeys. Under the terms of an Agreement to be effective January 1, 2018, each of the six Stronach Group race tracks will continue to make payments to the Jockeys’ Guild to subsidize health, life, and accident insurances, as well as short-term and long-term disability benefits for jockeys who are members of the Guild. Tim Ritvo, Chief Operating Officer of The Stronach Group, commented: “We’re extremely pleased to continue our work with the Jockeys’ Guild.  Guild members compete in our highest profile events such as the Pegasus World Cup Invitational and the Preakness Stakes. We’re honored to support the men and women of the Guild who risk their lives every day while continuing to work as ambassadors for our sport. As someone who rode and had a son who also rode, I know the importance of health, life and disability insurance as well as benefits for all Guild members.” Terry Meyocks, National Manager of the Guild said, “We are truly appreciative of the strong working relationship that we have with The Stronach Group and what they are doing now, as well as everything they have done over the years, for the Guild and its members.  During the past year, we began working together to...

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Green Finds Prosperity Over Fair Grounds Circuit

by Ryan Martin/Fair Grounds Barn Notes GREEN FINDS PROSPERITY OVER FAIR GROUNDS CIRCUIT Jockey Aubrie Green took a leap of faith when she decided to ride full-time at the Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots for the winter. Said leap has proven to be a good decision as the native of Boise, Idaho has been competitive on the circuit. “It’s been really good so far,” Green, 30, said. “I was pretty nervous here because the jockey colony is so strong and I was worried about that, but I think that I’ve settled in with them pretty well. I’ve been fairly competitive and have just been working my butt off trying to learn from all these great riders.” Green started off riding Quarter Horses on the fair circuits of her home state before getting on Thoroughbreds at Wyoming Downs, where she rode her first winner in August 2015. From there, she moved on to Delta Downs where she found very little success but turned things around when riding at Turf Paradise in Phoenix, Arizona. Green had better luck when going to Louisiana Downs earlier this year and had the opportunity to return to Delta Downs this winter but decided to give the Fair Grounds a shot. “I was riding a few races at Delta Downs here and there so I was driving back and forth until the meet started,” Green...

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JockeyTalk360 Awards: Gaffalione Honored With Breakthrough Jockey Of The Year Award

Tyler Gaffalione — the 2015 Eclipse Award-winning apprentice rider who this year stamped himself as a major player on the national scene — is the recipient of JockeyTalk360.com‘s 2017 Breakthrough Jockey of the Year Award, presented by Betfair/TVG. Gaffalione was selected by the panel of racing experts who vote on Jockey of the Week honors for JockeyTalk360.com, the website dedicated to promoting and celebrating the sport of horse racing by showcasing riders from across the nation and around the world. Jeff Lowich, TVG’s Director of Industry Relations, will present the Breakthrough Jockey of the Year Award to Gaffalione at the Dec. 12 awards luncheon of the annual Jockeys’ Guild Assembly sponsored by Betfair US at Las Vegas’ MGM Grand. “One of the toughest things for a young rider is to keep momentum going after losing the apprentice weight allowances,” said C.J. Johnsen, editor of JockeyTalk360.com. “Tyler this year capitalized on his opportunities to emerge as a rising star in our sport. Kudos to Tyler and his agent, Matt Muzikar, for executing a thoughtful plan to take the young jockey to the next level, building his confidence as well as physical skills and mental acumen with the goal of being a top rider for a long time.” This is the third year for JockeyTalk360’s Breakthrough Award, the past winners being Flavien Prat in 2016 and Florent Geroux in 2015. The...

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JockeyTalk360 Awards: Javier Castellano Honored With Turf Jockey Of The Year Award

Javier Castellano — whose 20 graded stakes and 33 stakes overall on grass lead North America — is the recipient of JockeyTalk360.com‘s 2017 Turf Jockey of the Year Award, presented by the performance-fencing company Duralock. Castellano, who was voted into racing’s Hall of Fame this year, captured five Grade 1 races in New York, Kentucky and California, including Rushing Fall in the $1 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf and New Money Honey in the $1 million Belmont Oaks. He also won Belmont’s Longines Just a Game on Antonoe, Santa Anita’s Frank E. Kilroe Mile on Bal a Bali and Keeneland’s Maker’s 46 Mile aboard American Patriot. His $11,253,905 in purse earnings on the grass lead North America, while his 124 victories overall through Wednesday rank No. 3. More than half his 213 victories and 62 stakes wins and almost half of his $24,304,781 in purses this season have come on the turf. Castellano, 40, was selected by the panel of racing experts who vote on Jockey of the Week honors for JockeyTalk360.com, the website dedicated to promoting and celebrating the sport of horse racing by showcasing riders from across the nation and around the world. JockeyTalk360.com editor C.J. Johnsen will present the Turf Jockey of the Year Award to Castellano at the Dec. 12 awards luncheon of the annual Jockeys’ Guild Assembly sponsored by Betfair US at Las...

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