March 4, 2015
Antonio Gallardo wins the Jockeys’ Guild Jockey of the Week Award
Antonio Gallardo earned his second Jockeys’ Guild Jockey of the Week award by placing in the money on 23 of his 29 mounts last week at Tampa Bay Downs. Gallardo made the most out of his 29 mounts by posting 10 wins, 7 seconds, and 6 thirds for earnings of $122,185. To cap off an impressive week, Gallardo went 3-4-1 in 9 mounts on Sunday. On February 6th, Gallardo was briefly hospitalized following a spill in the sixth race at Tampa Bay Downs and has since fully recovered. He now sits in second place in wins among all North American riders with 56 for 2015 and leads the Tampa Bay standings. Read more . . .
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Victor Espinoza (Santa Anita) had a great week by going 4-0-2 from 9 mounts and earning $147,510 during the week ending March 1. Corey Nakatani also had a great week by going 4-2-0 in 10 mounts and $165, 620 in earnings. Espinoza and Nakatani currently rank 4th and 7th in wins at Santa Anita. See the week’s top jockeys by winning percentage here.
Jockey of the Week Antonio Gallardo (Tampa Bay) led the week in wins with 10 from 29 mounts. Gallardo impressively manged to be in the money almost 80% of his mounts and earned $122,185. See the week’s top jockeys by wins here.
Angel Cruz (Aqueduct/Parx) was the week’s leading rider for earnings with $204,857. He was followed by Irad Ortiz, Jr. (Aqueduct) with $201,640 and Corey Nakatani (Santa Anita) with $165,620. See the week’s top jockeys by earnings here.
Omar Reyes is leading the Quarter Horse standings for wins in 2015 with 41 from 175 mounts. Rodrigo Vallejo is next with 31 wins from 130 starts, and David Alvarez moved up into third with 28 wins from 112 starts.
Rodrigo Vallejo (Hialeah) has earned $601,781 from 130 starts to lead the AQHA earnings standings, while Omar Reyes (Hialeah) is second with $524115, and Yordanis Amaro (Hialeah) is third with $432,698. Keep up with all the AQHA leaders here.
Q: Take Charge Brandi, the champion 2-year-old filly of 2014, will make her next start “against the boys” in the Grade 2, $750,000 Rebel Stakes at Oaklawn Park on March 14, according to the filly’s owner Willis Horton and Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas. Horton and Lukas teamed up to win the 2013 version of the Rebel Stakes with the colt Will Take Charge. Which of the following jockeys rode Will Take Charge to victory in the 2013 Rebel Stakes?
A) Gary Stevens
B) John Court
C) John McKee
D) Ricardo Santana
If you know the answer, you might win an autographed Chris McCarron trading card in JockeyTalk360 Quiz #22.
Joe Bravo wins Ride of the Week aboard Inventor’s Gate
Jockey Joe Bravo’s crafty handling of 8-1 shot Inventor’s Gate made the difference in the 11th race at Gulfstream Park on Feb. 27, which was named the JockeyTalk360 Ride of the Week. In a 14 horse field, Bravo broke from the seven post and found a good spot on the rail in the first turn. The veteran rider was able to relax his mount in ninth place on the backside. On the stretch turn, he continued his progress on the rail. At the head of the lane, Bravo made the race winning decision to go to the inside as the horse next to him went to the outside and the leader started to drift out. With steady handling throughout the stretch, Bravo and Inventor’s Gate were able to prevail by a neck. View Replay…
Panamanian Journeyman Starts Fresh at Hawthorne
When the gates flew back just before 2 p.m. in Chicago for the first race of the 2015 Spring meeting all the jockeys were bracing for the chilly run down the backstretch. It was a whole new experience for one accomplished rider. Overcast skies replaced sunny ones, tall industrial smokestacks replaced overhanging Palms and temperatures in the single digits were far from the balmy climes of Caymanas Park. Read more . . .
Inside the North American Racing Academy: Crashing and Burning
Good horsemen agree that you don’t truly become a rider until you’ve fallen off a few times. At the North American Racing Academy, founder Chris McCarron tells his students that for jockeys it’s not “if” that first (or next) fall will come, it’s “when.” It’s also important, as the old saying goes, to get right back on the horse and keep moving if you can. Read more . . .
The Cougar and the Iceman: Seabiscuit’s two Canadian Jockeys
In December 2016, the United States will mark the 75th anniversary of its entry into World War II following the bombing of Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941.
Many years ago, as a young Canadian, I asked my father when he first knew that the Allies would win World War II. Without a moment’s hesitation, he replied: “We knew we would win it on the day that the United States of America entered the war.”
On March 7, 2015, another less momentous 75th anniversary but a happier one, will be celebrated at Santa Anita race track in California. On March 2, 1940, the most famous horse in America – Seabiscuit – won the Santa Anita Handicap, becoming the richest horse in the world. Read more . . .
Glen Murphy will miss two months
Jockey Glen Murphy is expected to be sidelined for about eight weeks after breaking his pelvis in two places during a schooling race at Sunland Park in New Mexico on Feb. 22. He was released from Las Palmas Hospital in El Paso, Texas, on Thursday, and will spend his downtime in Oklahoma City, said Kathy Murphy, the rider’s sister and agent.
Glen Murphy, 47, was thrown when his mount in the schooling race fractured a hind leg. He also broke a rib in the accident and had a punctured lung that quickly healed, said Kathy Murphy. Read more . . .
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