January 14, 2015
Javier Castellano named Jockey of the Week
Javier Castellano won 11 races, including Gulfstream Park’s Grade II Fort Lauderdale Stakes, to be named the Jockeys’ Guild Jockey of the Week. The title goes to the week’s outstanding jockey in the opinion of a panel of industry experts and the public consensus. They looked at races run from January 5-11.
Castellano, who rode three winners on Sunday, posted 11 wins, 8 seconds and 7 thirds in 41 starts for earnings of $398,825 during the week. A $2 mutuel ticket on each of his 11 winning mounts returned an average of $5.24.
In the Fort Lauderdale Stakes on Saturday, he rode the 9-5 favorite Mshawish for trainer Todd Pletcher and Al Shaqab Racing. After racing in third and fourth, Mshawish came wide off the turn and prevailed by a neck at the wire.
“It was pretty tough today,” Castellano said. “This is a horse that is a little difficult to ride. You need to cover him up and unfortunately today he was a little more in the clear. A couple of jockeys smooched a little bit to be in a forward position and I just tried to cover up my horse the best I can. The way he did it today I was very impressed, because he fought a lot in the beginning but still fought at the end. He really gives you everything he has. He deserved to win the race today.” Read more . . .
People’s Choice: The Jockeys’ Guild Jockey of the Week is selected by a blue ribbon panel of industry experts. Now, each Monday, any racing fan can cast a vote that will be aggregated for a voice on the selection panel. Visit JockeyTalk360.com on Monday for details.
Ramon Guce (Southern California) led the nation by win percentage for jockeys riding three or more winners during the week ending January 11. He won five out of nine starts for a 55.56% success rate during the week.
Jason Lumpkins (Mahoning Valley Race Course) and Eriluis Vaz (Parx Racing) both won three times in nine starts to share the second spot with a 42.86% winning clip. See the week’s top jockeys by win percent here.
Jockey of the Week Javier Castellano (Gulfstream Park) was the week’s top rider by number of wins and by earnings. He booted home 11 winners for earnings of $398,825. Joel Rosario (Gulfstream Park) earned $192,910 for second in that category, while Victor Espinoza (Santa Anita) earned $171,390. See the week’s top jockeys by earnings here.
Colby Hernandez (Delta Downs, Sam Houston) and Florent Geroux (Fair Grounds) each won eight races for second place in the week’s standings. See the week’s top jockeys by wins here.
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The All American Futurity, contested annually on Labor Day at Ruidoso Downs, is Quarter Horse racing’ premier event, boasting a total purse of over $2.6 million. The All American Futurity was first run in 1959, with a purse of $129,686. It was won by Hugh Huntley’s filly Galobar, who was trained by Newt Keck and ridden by a jockey who later became a successful trainer. Do you know who rode Galobar to win the All American? Read more . . .
The National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA), Lockton Insurance Brokers, and Burns & Wilcox Brokerage have crossed the finish line in development of a new jockey accident coverage insurance program for racetracks. The new policies are available immediately and representatives from Lockton Insurance Brokers and Burns & Wilcox will be on hand to discuss the benefits throughout Eclipse Awards Weekend in Hallandale Beach, Fla., Jan. 16-18, and during the Jockeys’ Guild Assembly in Hollywood, Fla., Jan. 19-20.
The NTRA’s insurance program brings new insurance capacity to a very limited market of insurers willing to write these risks. The program provides enhanced coverage terms and competitive pricing, along with potential premium rebates for favorable losses. Read more . . .
Elvis Trujillo enjoying solid meet
Tom Knust has heard the lines about how “Elvis has left the building” umpteen times.
The agent who represents jockey Elvis Trujillo is used to it, same as he’s becoming accustomed to the 30-year-old Panamanian making a mark for himself on the highly competitive Southern California circuit, finishing high in the standings at every meet since the two paired up a couple years ago.
Trujillo (yes, his mother named him after The King) scored his second stakes win of the 11-day old meet Saturday when he rode Calculator to an impressive victory in the Grade III Sham Stakes for 3-year-olds at one mile. This could be his Derby horse. Read more . . .
Joe Badilla making a comeback
For many years, jockey Joe Badilla Jr. was one of quarter-horse racing’s biggest names and winners.
A four-time champion and the 1999 winner of the All American Futurity in Ruidoso aboard A Delightful Dasher, Badilla amassed an incredible 1,821 wins in a career that began in 1990.
But a serious bout of gout (a form of arthritis) derailed Badilla’s career, forcing him into retirement as a jockey and into training horses. But after six years of training, Badilla decided to try riding again as his health improved.
He returned in May of last year at SunRay Park in Farmington, N.M., then raced all summer in Ruidoso and has been a staple at the winter-spring meet at Sunland Park Racetrack & Casino. Read more . . .
Laurel riders brave the cold
The temperature was 15 degrees when the horses left the Laurel Park starting gate at 12:30 p.m. and reached 19 at its peak but it didn’t stop 25 jockeys from riding Thursday afternoon.
Maryland Jockey Club general manager Sal Sinatra and racing secretary Georganne Hale met with veteran rider Sheldon Russell, the Jockey’s Guild representative in Maryland, after training ended at 10 a.m. to discuss the situation and worked out a scenario in which the riders took the horses straight from the paddock to the gate and unsaddled in the paddock instead of on the track. Read more . . .
JockeyTalk360.com spotlights the riders across North America and around the world who may be the bravest, toughest and most accomplished of all athletes. The Jockey of the Week is selected by a vote of representatives of America’s Best Racing, the Daily Racing Form, Equibase, the Jockeys’ Guild, the Paulick Report, the Thoroughbred Daily News, National Thoroughbred Racing Association, National Turf Writers and Broadcasters, Thoroughbred Racing Associations, Turf Publicists of America and racing fans.