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6/5/2015

A Complete List of Belmont’s Saturday Stakes Mounts

Riders from all over the country are shipping in to Belmont for Saturday’s lucrative card. Below is each jockey and their respective stakes mounts:

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Robby Albarado
Race 7 – The Acorn S. (GI) – Shook Up

Junior Alvarado
Race 1 – The Easy Goer – Japan
Race 4 – The Jaipur Invitational (GII) – Sandy’z Slew
Race 5 – The Ogden Phipps S. (GI) – House Rules
Race 7 – The Acorn S. (GI) – Bar of Gold
Race 8 – The Longines Just A Game S. (GI) – Lady Lara (IRE)

Angel Arroyo
Race 6 – The Brooklyn Invitational S. (GII) – Effinex

Joe Bravo
Race 4 – The Jaipur Invitational (GII) – Brickyard Kitten
Race 10 – The Manhattan S. (GI) – Big Blue Kitten

Javier Castellano
Race 1 – The Easy Goer – Stanford
Race 3 – The Woody Stephens (GII) – Two Weeks Off
Race 4 – The Jaipur Invitational (GII) – Spring to the Sky
Race 6 – The Brooklyn Invitational S. (GII) – V.E. Day
Race 8 – The Longines Just A Game S. (GI) – Ball Dancing
Race 9 – The Metropolitan H. (GI) – Honor Code
Race 10 – The Manhattan S. (GI) – Twilight Eclipse
Race 11 – The Belmont S. (GI) – Madefromlucky

Cristian Demuro
Race 10 – The Manhattan S. (GI) – Magic Artist (IRE)

Kent Desormeaux
Race 4 – The Jaipur Invitational (GII) – Shrinking Violet
Race 11 – The Belmont S. (GI) – Keen Ice

Victor Espinoza
Race 6 – The Brooklyn Invitational S. (GII) – Sky Kingdom
Race 7 – The Acorn S. (GI) – Oceanwave
Race 10 – The Manhattan S. (GI) – Finnegan’s Wake
Race 11 – The Belmont S. (GI) – American Pharoah

Manuel Franco
Race 4 – The Jaipur Invitational (GII) – Bellarmine

Martin Garcia
Race 9 – The Metropolitan H. (GI) – Bayern

James Graham
Race 6 – The Brooklyn Invitational S. (GII) – Call Me George

Julien Leparoux
Race 4 – The Jaipur Invitational (GII) – Ageless
Race 6 – The Brooklyn Invitational S. (GII) – Neck ‘n Neck
Race 8 – The Longines Just A Game S. (GI) – Tepin
Race 10 – The Manhattan S. (GI) – Hyper

Jose Lezcano
Race 5 – The Ogden Phipps S. (GI) – Wedding Toast
Race 6 – The Brooklyn Invitational S. (GII) – Red Rifle
Race 8 – The Longines Just A Game S. (GI) – J Wonder
Race 10 – The Manhattan S. (GI) – War Dancer

Paco Lopez
Race 7 – The Acorn S. (GI) – Calamity Kate
Race 8 – The Longines Just A Game S. (GI) – Baffle Me
Race 9 – The Metropolitan H. (GI) – Pants On Fire

Rajiv Maragh
Race 1 – The Easy Goer – Combat Diver
Race 5 – The Ogden Phipps S. (GI) -Shayjolie
Race 7 – The Acorn S. (GI) – Miss Ella
Race 8 – The Longines Just A Game S. (GI) – Photo Call (IRE)

Trevor McCarthy
Race 7 – The Acorn S. (GI) – Danzatrice

Miguel Mena
Race 6 – The Brooklyn Invitational S. (GII) – Cary Street

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Corey Nakatani
Race 10 – The Manhattan S. (GI) – Jack Milton

Irad Ortiz Jr.
Race 3 – The Woody Stephens (GII) – March
Race 4 – The Jaipur Invitational (GII) – Summation Time
Race 6 – The Brooklyn Invitational S. (GII) – Micromanage
Race 7 – The Acorn S. (GI) – Light the City
Race 8 – The Longines Just A Game S. (GI) – Discreet Marq
Race 9 – The Metropolitan H. (GI) – Tamarkuz
Race 10 – The Manhattan S. (GI) – Slumber (GB)
Race 11 – The Belmont S. (GI) – Mubtaahij (IRE)

Jose Ortiz
Race 4 – The Jaipur Invitational (GII) – Helwan (FR)
Race 5 – The Ogden Phipps S. (GI) – Princess Violet
Race 6 – The Brooklyn Invitational S. (GII) – Turco Bravo (CHI)
Race 7 – The Acorn S. (GI) – By the Moon
Race 9 – The Metropolitan H. (GI) – Noble Moon

Martin Pedroza
Race 9 – The Metropolitan H. (GI) – Private Zone

Edgar Prado
Race 10 – The Manhattan S. (GI) – Legendary (GB)

Joel Rosario
Race 1 – The Easy Goer – Donworth
Race 4 – The Jaipur Invitational (GII) – Mosler
Race 5 – The Ogden Phipps S. (GI) – Rosalind
Race 7 – The Acorn S. (GI) – Condo Commando
Race 8 – The Longines Just A Game S. (GI) – Filimbi
Race 9 – The Metropolitan H. (GI) – Wicked Strong
Race 10 – The Manhattan S. (GI) – Biz The Nurse (IRE)
Race 11 – The Belmont S. (GI) – Frosted

Luis Saez
Race 3 – The Woody Stephens (GII) – Ready for Rye
Race 6 – The Brooklyn Invitational S. (GII) – Ever Rider (ARG)

Ricardo Santana Jr.
Race 3 – The Woody Stephens (GII) – Cinco Charlie
Race 4 – The Jaipur Invitational (GII) – Unbridled’s Note

Mike Smith
Race 4 – The Jaipur Invitational (GII) – Something Extra
Race 7 – The Acorn S. (GI) – Promise Me Silver
Race 8 – The Longines Just A Game S. (GI) – Sandiva (IRE)
Race 9 – The Metropolitan H. (GI) – Bay of Plenty
Race 11 – The Belmont S. (GI) – Frammento

Gary Stevens
Race 7 – The Acorn S. (GI) – Wonder Gal
Race 9 – The Metropolitan H. (GI) – Kobe’s Back
Race 11 – The Belmont S. (GI) – Tale of Verve

Francisco Torres
Race 4 – The Jaipur Invitational (GII) – Channel Marker

Cornelio Velasquez
Race 3 – The Woody Stephens (GII) – Classy Class
Race 6 – The Brooklyn Invitational S. (GII) – Wealth to Me

John Velazquez
Race 1 – The Easy Goer – Nonna’s Boy
Race 3 – The Woody Stephens (GII) – Competitive Edge
Race 4 – The Jaipur Invitational (GII) – Power Alert (AUS)
Race 5 – The Ogden Phipps S. (GI) – Untapable
Race 6 – The Brooklyn Invitational S. (GII) – Coach Inge
Race 7 – The Acorn S. (GI) – Curalina
Race 8 – The Longines Just A Game S. (GI) – Coffee Clique
Race 9 – The Metropolitan H. (GI) – Tonalist
Race 10 – The Manhattan S. (GI) – General A Rod
Race 11 – The Belmont S. (GI) – Materiality

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Who's Hot

Jockey of the Week John Davila Jr. led the nation in wins last week with 11 and continues to sit atop the standings at Finger Lakes. Davila finished the week with a 69% win percentage and landed in the money on 75% of his mounts.

Mario Pino continued his solid start at the Presque Isle meet last week by winning 47% of his mounts and coming in the money 68% of the time. For the week Pino went 9-1-3 for $118,735 from 19 mounts.

Taylor Hole had an impressive week by scoring at 46% and coming in the money on over 69% of his mounts. For the week Hole finished with six wins, two seconds, and one third for earnings of $136,685.

AQHA Quarter Horse Standings

Raul Ramirez Jr. (Delta Downs) remains on top of the wins leaderboard for the year with 79 from 327 mounts. David Alvarez (Delta Downs) ranks second with 68 wins from 311 starts and John Hamilton (Delta Downs) ranks third with 67 wins from 344 mounts.

Raul Ramirez Jr. leads in earnings with $1,240,652 from 327 starts to remain in first place in the AQHA earnings standings. GR Carter Jr. (Remington Park) is sitting in second in the standings with $1,224,935 and Esgar Ramirez (Albuquerque) is third with $1,031,018

 Keep up with all the AQHA leaders here . . .


Russel Hadley Voted AQHA/Jockeys’ Guild Quarter Horse Jockey of the Month for May

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Jockey Russel Hadley capped off a great month of riding with a signature win in the Grade 1 $1,170,000 Heritage Place Futurity at Remington Park and in doing so was named the AQHA/Jockeys’ Guild Jockey of the Month for May. The award is voted on by a panel of Quarter Horse racing experts for riding accomplishments and achievements for the previous month of racing.

The extremely likable rider won the richest race in the state, on the richest night of racing ever at Remington Park, as the 2-year-old gelding BV Midnite Express flew from the starting gate to take early control and was confidently ridden to victory by Hadley.

“I’ve been waiting for that start ever since we came to Remington with that horse,” Hadley said from the winner’s circle. “He’s something special. That’s when good horses come to the top when the money’s on the line. I knew there were some good horses that could come to run me down but about 100 yards before the wire I knew I had it.”

The selective rider usually maintains a good win percentage wherever he rides. The month of May was no different as he scored at an outstanding 35 percent with six wins from just 17 starters. His biggest win, in The Heritage Place Futurity, helped him top all riders in the month of May as well with earnings of $549,266.

The 32 year old was all smiles in the Futurity winners circle with his new daughter Brix and wife Amanda. Racing is truly a family affair as his father-in-law is the well known horseman John Buchanan. The win was even more special for Hadley as he seems to be back at full strength following a spill in the Bank of America Distance Challenge last October at Prairie Meadows.

Hadley is looking forward to future races with the immensely talented BV Midnite Express and will more than likely split his riding time between Ruidoso Downs and Retama Park in the next few months.

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Playing the Jockey Angle in the Belmont Stakes

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The eight jockeys lining up for Saturday’s Belmont Stakes have a combined nine victories in the final leg of the Triple Crown. The leader with three wins is Hall of Famer Gary Stevens, who guided Thunder Gulch (1995), Victory Gallop (1998), and Point Given (2001) to victory in the Belmont. Stevens, who will ride Tale of Verve on Saturday, has a lifetime Belmont record of 10–3–2–1 for an impressive 60% in the money record.

Mike Smith and John Velazquez have two wins each while Kent Desormeaux and Joel Rosario have one win each. Rosario has come in the money on 75% of his Belmont mounts and is looking to repeat with a win aboard Frosted. Desormeaux has also been solid in the Belmont by coming in the money on 50% of his mounts. One to watch out for is Javier Castellano. Even though he doesn’t have a Belmont victory, he has ridden consistent in all eight tries and shown up in the money on 63% of his mounts.

Post Position – Horse – Jockey – Belmont Record

1) Mubtaahij (IRE) – Irad Ortiz Jr. (1-0-0-0)

2) Tale of Verve – Gary Stevens (10-3-2-1)

3) Madefromlucky – Javier Castellano (8-0-2-3)

4) Frammento – Mike Smith (16-2-2-2)

5) American Pharoah – Victor Espinoza (4-0-1-0)

6) Frosted – Joel Rosario – (4-1-0-2)

7) Keen Ice – Kent Desormeaux (8-1-2-1)

8) Materiality – John Velazquez (18-2-3-1)

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Desormeaux ‘Keen’ to Spoil Triple Crown Bid

Kent DesormeauxKent Desormeaux is looking to spoil the Triple Crown bid of American Pharoah when he rides Donegal Racing’s Keen Ice in the Belmont Stakes (gr. I) June 6.

The 44-year-old Hall of Fame rider won 2009 Belmont aboard Summer Bird, and missed sweeping the Triple Crown when Victory Gallop defeated Real Quiet by a nose in 1998.

“Speed at this point is now irrelevant,” Desormeaux said of the Belmont’s testing 1 1/2-mile distance. “You’d need a horse that can stay, and the guy that I ride will be naturally closer because of the human element.”

Keen Ice, a son of Curlin trained by Dale Romans, closed from 17th after a half mile to finish seventh under Desormeaux in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), beaten 8 3/4 lengths by American Pharoah, who won by a length.

“They’re not going to go :46 (for the half-mile) in the Belmont, otherwise you’d have no chance,” Desormeaux said. “So they’ll slow it down and that will put me naturally closer and if Keen Ice finishes like he finished in the Derby, he has a chance, he’ll be competitive.

“I’m looking forward to it. I like running out of horse at about the sixteenth pole and then trying to carry him the rest of the way and win a race.

“In the Derby, I went under the wire full of horse. After a mile and a quarter he was just as fresh going under the wire the second time.”

Donegal Racing’s Keen Ice has one win and a pair of seconds from eight career starts that include a third-place finish in the Risen Star (gr. III) and fourth in the Louisiana Derby (gr. II).

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