Indiana Grand to Host PDJF Event

Indiana Grand Racing & Casino will be the site of the second-annual “Jockeys & Jeans” event May 30.

The event will welcome more than a dozen Hall of Fame jockeys, who will be in attendance to help raise funding and awareness for the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund. To help complement the evening, the premiere of the trailer for the upcoming documentary “Heart, Hope & GloryMasters of the Triple Crown” will be shown during the event.

The documentary is a tribute to the three living Triple Crown-winning jockeys: Ron Turcotte (Secretariat, 1973), Jean Cruguet (Seattle Slew, 1977), and Steve Cauthen (Affirmed, 1978). The film looks into the journey each of the riders took in their quest for Triple Crown glory. The film was also created in part to acknowledge and raise funding and awareness for the PDJF. A portion of the film’s proceeds will go to help support the organization, which is currently assisting 61 jockeys who have experienced career-ending injuries.

“Hope, Heart & Glory” is currently scheduled for release in September of 2015 and will premiere in Lexington. Producer and director John Rousseau will be covering the “Jockeys & Jeans” event and his team will continue to gather footage of both Cauthen and Cruguet, who will be two of more than 20 retired jockeys in attendance for the event. More information about the documentary may be found at hearthopeandglory.com.

“Jockeys & Jeans” will get underway at 6 p.m., along with the live racing program that includes two stakes races on the 10-race cardthe $75,000 Indy Star Stakes and the $75,000 PDJF Stakes. More than a dozen Hall of Fame riders will be on hand to participate in a public meet and greet and support PDJF.

Nationally-known racing analyst and handicapper Peter Lurie will serve as the evening’s emcee. A live and silent auction will be held during the night. Live auction items are currently available for online bidding through auctioneer Jeff Boone’s website at jeffbooneauctions.com. All proceeds from the night will go directly to PDJF.

There are still a few seats available to “Jockeys & Jeans.” To secure a ticket, call Indiana Grand at (317) 421-0000. Tickets are $50 and include dinner, drinks, and exclusive access to live and silent auction items.

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Who's Hot

Colby Hernandez  - EVD - 072414 (2)Jockey of the Week Colby Hernandez continued to increase his lead in the jockey standings at Evangeline while leading the nation in wins with 13. Hernandez won at least three races every day and scored with four winners on the May 21st card finishing the week with a 45% win percentage and landed in the money on 66% of his mounts.

John Davila Jr. continues to have a solid start at Finger Lakes by winning 42% of his mounts and coming in the money 83% of the time. Thus far at Finger Lakes, Davila has a win percentage of 47% and has come in the money on 82% of his mounts.

Coady PhotographyLeandro Goncalves had a solid week at Canterbury by scoring at 41% and coming in the money on over 70% of his mounts. For the week Goncalves finished with seven wins, four seconds, and one third for earnings of $131,280.

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AQHA Quarter Horse Standings

Raul Ramirez Jr. (Delta Downs) remains on top of the wins leaderboard for the year with 77 from 315 mounts. David Alvarez (Delta Downs) ranks second with 68 wins from 302 starts and Omar Reyes (Remington Park) ranks third with 62 wins from 361 mounts.

Raul Ramirez Jr. leads in earnings with $1,203,992 from 315 starts to remain in first place in the AQHA earnings standings. GR Carter Jr. (Remington Park) is sitting in second in the standings with $1,016,647 and Esgar Ramirez is third with $966,248.

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Flavien Prat Wins the Jockey Draft Ride of the Week Aboard Neveradoubt


Flavien Prat is one of the hottest jockeys at Santa Anita, and he showed every bit of his riding talent in guiding 42-1 longshot Neveradoubt to a half length victory in Saturday’s Snow Chief Stakes.

In the 1 1/8 miles turf event, Prat broke from the eight post and by the first turn was on the rail. He then got Neveradoubt to settle behind horses and remained on the rail until the stretch turn. Midway on the turn, Prat took Neveradoubt off the rail and found a seam between horses about four wide at the head of the stretch.

With solid handling, Neveradoubt was able to hold off Temple Keys and return an $85.40 win payoff to his backers.

Neveradoubt was saddled by Mike Pupye and the Prat/Pupye team are clicking at around 50% at Santa Anita with limited opportunities.

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Espinoza: TC Pursuit ‘Different This Time’

American Pharoah - The Rebel - GII - The 55th Running - 03-14-15 - R10 - OP - Victor Espinoza 002 (2)Victor Espinoza departs Southern California for New York June 1, for what he hopes is a date with destiny, when he pursues a sweep of the Triple Crown aboard American Pharoah in the Belmont Stakes (gr. I) June 6.
This year’s Belmont Stakes will mark the second time in two years and the third time in his career he will try for the elusive third leg of the Triple Crown, having missed out on War Emblem in 2002 and California Chrome last year.
Usually readily accessible, this time around the rider is attempting to maintain a relatively low profile with public-relations functions and accommodating the media, focusing as he should on the target at hand — ending the Triple Crown drought, which dates back to 1978.
“Yesterday… I did so many interviews, I was tired,” Espinoza said May 22.
Espinoza and his agent, Brian Beach, will make certain the rider is a “fresh horse” going into the Belmont, leaving that same objective for American Pharoah up to the colt’s trainer, Bob Baffert, who will be seeking the Triple Crown for the fourth time. Baffert came close with War Emblem, Silver Charm (1997), and Real Quiet (1998).
When informed American Pharoah looked as if he was floating over Pimlico’s inundated sloppy track en route to his seven-length romp in the Preakness (gr. I) May 16, Espinoza was quick to respond.
“Me too,” he said, laughing. “I was floating, too. My boots were full of water.

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Trujillo to Move Tack to Monmouth Park

Three-time leading Monmouth Park jockey Elvis Trujillo will be headed back to the New Jersey track May 30, relocating from Southern California, where he’s been riding full-time for about a year.

“He wanted to be back at the Jersey Shore,” said Danny Mellul, who will be Trujillo’s agent at Monmouth.  “He had great success in California, but missed New Jersey. He’ll be back this week and ride next Saturday.”

The rider has won four graded stakes in 2015, highlighted by the Santa Monica (gr. II) aboard Sam’s Sister Jan. 19 at Santa Anita Park. Trujillo won his 2,000th career race at Santa Anita May 9, and through 17 racing days, he had five wins from 48 mounts at the track’s spring meet. He also finished second in the jockey standings at Del Mar‘s 2014 fall meet.

Trujillo won the riding title at Monmouth in 2009, 2011, and 2012, and finished second in both 2010 and 2013. In each title-winning season, Trujillo won over 100 races at a more than 20% clip.

A 31-year-old native of Panama City, Panama, Trujillo has won several of Monmouth’s top stakes races, including the 2009 United Nations (gr. I) atop Presious Passion.

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