January 28, 2015
Deshawn Parker named Jockey of the Week
Deshawn Parker
Deshawn Parker won 10 races, including 4 on Tuesday at Sam Houston Race Park, 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, plus a public vote. They looked at races run from January 20-25.

The 44-year-old jockey also picked up 2 seconds and a third from 16 mounts to earn $96,832 for the week. A $2 pari-mutuel ticket on each of his winning mounts returned an average payout of  $7.54.

Born in Cincinatti, Ohio, Parker began riding professionally in 1988. His father, Daryl Parker, was the first African American hired in the US to be a steward in 1986.

Deshawn Parker got his start at Thistledown. At 5’11”, the lanky jockey once said, “The challenge was getting trainers to put me on horses, especially when I’d walk up to them and I’m taller than they are. But when they see how low I can get on a horse, it’s not been a problem.” 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.

Who's Hot

Jose OrtizJose Ortiz (Aqueduct) was the week’s leading rider by earnings, bringing home $423,435, with 5 wins from 25 mounts. His brother, Irad Ortiz Jr., (Aqueduct) was ranked second with $357,389, while Kerwin Clark (Fair Grounds) filled the third spot with $293,500. See the week’s  top jockeys by earnings here.

Jockey of the Week Deshawn Parker (Sam Houston) was the week’s leading rider by both number of wins and winning percentage. He rode 10 winners from 16 starts for a winning percentage of 62.50%, the top rate among jockeys who won 3 or more races during the week. T.D. Houghton (Charles Town, Mahoning Valley) ranked second with 9 wins, while Javier Castellano (Gulfstream Park) and Russell Baze (Golden Gate) each won 7 races. See the week’s top jockeys by wins here.

Placing second to Deshawn Parker for winning percentage was Mike Smith (Santa Anita) with 4 wins from 8 starts for a 50% clip. Pablo Morales (Tampa Bay) won 3 out of 7 starts for a 42.86% win rate. See the week’s top jockeys by winning percentage here.

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Belmont TrophyQuiz #17
There’s an old saying, “What goes around comes around.” Well this jockey had his bid for the Triple Crown spoiled in the last strides of the 1997 Belmont Stakes. Fast forward to the next year’s Belmont where in the last desperate jump he returns the favor ending someone else’s Triple Crown attempt. Name this rider and his mounts. You might win an autographed Jerry Bailey trading card in Quiz #17!

Thanks to all the fans who knew that Braulio Baeza was the correct answer in  Quiz #16.

Hallendale Beach to honor Castellano
Javier CastellanoJavier Castellano, who has won the Gulfstream Park riding title the past three seasons and the Eclipse Award as North America’s leading jockey the past two years, will receive the Key to the City of Hallandale Beach the evening of Jan. 28 during a ceremony at City Hall.

The Key to the City is a symbolic award presented by municipalities to honor outstanding residents and visitors who go above and beyond to help others or to promote the good will of the community.  Read more . . .

Anne Von RosenAnne Von Rosen: “I will walk again”
Paraplegic former jockey, Anne Von Rosen, is writing her own chapter.

“I’m determined to fight and not give up,” she said from her apartment in Phoenix, Ariz. “Doctors never flat out told me I’d be paralyzed the rest of my life, but I accepted it to some degree. But I have said from the beginning that I will walk again.”

For paraplegics, the shocking new and complicated lifestyle of being wed to a wheelchair is virtually always balanced with hopes for a divorce. Reality versus hope is a theme common to us all. Yet, catastrophically injured former jockeys, who measure themselves by their physical and mental ability to get a racehorse to the finish line before others wearing identical goggles, soon learn this balance is precarious. And to radically tip either way is brutal for body and mind.  Read more . . .

Coady PhotographyOrlando Bocachica released from hospital
Jockey Orlando Bocachica was released from the hospital Wednesday evening. a week after breaking his arm and jaw when his mount in the second race Jan. 14, Centella, ducked into the gap after the start of the race, unseating the veteran rider.

“He was released (Wednesday evening) and he’s feeling much better,” said Bocachica’s agent, Jay Rushing. “Now it’s just a matter of the healing process taking over. I imagine he will be out a couple months.” 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.

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