Author: Wynn Elliott

Javier Castellano to be Honored as Turf Jockey of the Year Award

Press Release GRAPEVINE, Texas (Saturday, Dec. 9, 2017) — 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...

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Gaffalione to be Honored as Breakthrough Jockey of Year

GRAPEVINE, Texas (Friday, Dec. 8, 2017) — 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...

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Safety Issues to be Top Priority at Annual Jockeys’ Guild Assembly

Press Release Lexington, KY (December 1, 2017) The prime focus of this year’s Jockeys’ Guild Assembly, December 11-12 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, will be on those safety issues which threaten riders’ lives and well-being. Countries such as Ireland, Great Britain, France, Australia and Hong Kong are ahead of the United States in terms of safety standards for jockeys, including concussion protocol, helmet and vest standards, nutrition and general welfare. “Our theme this year is ‘Racing toward a Safer Environment,’” says Terry Meyocks, national manager of the Jockeys’ Guild. “Safety experts are telling us that our racing industry is behind the times when it comes to such safety concerns as concussion protocols and research and development on safety equipment. We have to do a better job of taking care of our own while also encouraging owners, trainers and track officials to join with us to understand the need and then adopt overall safety standards.” Meyocks continued, “By working together, we hope to reduce the number of injuries suffered by horses, jockeys and exercise riders. This will, in turn, benefit racetracks, owners and horsemen through reduced liability and insurance costs for workers compensation or on-track accident policies.” Panelists will include Jeff Crandall from the University of Virginia who chairs the NFL Engineering Committee, and Terry Smith of Dynamic Research.  Dr. Jason Cormier, who was named one of America’s...

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Taking next step: Gaffalione, Hiraldo, Lynch, Torres finalists for 2017 Betfair/TVG Breakthrough Jockey of the Year Award

GRAPEVINE, Texas (Friday, Dec. 1, 2017) — Tyler Gaffalione, Christian Hiraldo, Feargal Lynch and Jomar Torres have been named finalists for JockeyTalk360.com‘s 2017 Breakthrough Jockey of the Year Award, presented by Betfair/TVG. The winner will be 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 the recipient at the Dec. 12 awards luncheon of the annual Jockeys’ Guild Assembly sponsored by Betfair US at Las Vegas’ MGM Grand. The JockeyTalk360 awards are in addition to those handed out at the luncheon by the Jockeys’ Guild. “TVG has increased its commitment to the Jockeys’ Guild and Permanently Disabled Jockeys’ Fund,” Lowich said.  “We have exciting plans ahead to raise money for the Permanently Disabled Jockey Fund as well as promote the role of the jockey in horse racing, as evidenced by the sponsorship of the Breakthrough Jockey Award.  Best of luck to all finalists.  You all had a great year.” Gaffalione earned the Eclipse Award designating North America’s outstanding apprentice jockey in 2015. One of the most difficult times for a rider can be after they lose their apprentice weight allowances. But while...

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Maragh honored with Comeback Jockey of the Year Award

Photos: Rajiv Maragh won the 2017 Wood Memorial at Aqueduct on Irish War Cry and the Ballerina on By the Moon at Saratoga. Credit: Coglianese Photography ‘Rajiv embodies everything this award is meant to honor, including courage and perseverance to overcome adversity’ – JockeyTalk360’s C.J. Johnsen GRAPEVINE, Texas (Monday, Nov. 20, 2017) — Rajiv Maragh — who returned to riding at racing’s top level mere weeks after being sidelined for 15 months with career-threatening injuries — is the recipient of JockeyTalk360.com’s third annual Comeback Jockey of the Year Award, presented by Horsemen’s Track and Equipment. Horsemen’s Track and Equipment president...

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