Desormeaux pulls off the upset to win the Jockey Draft Ride of the Week


On Santa Anita’s final day of the meet, Kent Desormeaux had a fairy tale ending by upsetting the field in the Grade 3 San Juan Capistrano aboard Crucero.

The 5 year old went off at odds of 23-1 and was unhurried to stalk the pace in third behind the leaders Tiz Futurity and the favorite Going Somewhere (BRZ). Desormeaux sat Crucero perfectly along the inside and managed to save plenty of ground until he was forced to the four path by Decisive Edge coming for home.

Desormeaux said, “It didn’t play out exactly like I thought it would but I liked my position throughout the race, was happy with my situation until the three-eighths pole, but got outrun by Decisive Edge and Flavien Prat from the three-eighths pole to the quarter pole when they engaged from the inside but they couldn’t sustain that move and Crucero did.”

The veteran journeyman had plenty left in the tank underneath him as he unleashed Crucero into the stretch only to be engaged by Going Somewhere (BRZ). Crucero had just enough left to edge out the favorite by a neck and pay $48.40 to win.

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Who's Hot

Trevor McCarthyTrevor McCarthy (Monmouth and Delaware) and Colby Hernandez (Evangeline) tied for the lead in wins with ten each. McCarthy finished in the money 50% of time and Hernandez finished in the money an impressive 70% of the time.

Paco Lopez had a great week at Monmouth by winning nine races with five of those coming on Saturday’s card. He currently sits atop of the standing with a 17 win lead.

Frankie Pennington is the leading rider at Parx and continued his hot streak by winning 64% and coming in the money on 12 of his 14 mounts.

Jose MontanoJose Montano continued to dominate at Charles Town by going winning all four of his mounts on Saturday. Montano finished the week with eight wins from 19 mounts and coming in the money on 68% of his mounts.

AQHA Quarter Horse Standings

John Hamilton (Delta Downs) has moved to the top of the wins leaderboard for the year with 87 from 436 mounts. Raul Ramirez Jr. (Delta Downs) ranks second with 86 wins from 395 starts and David Alvarez (Delta Downs) ranks third with 81 wins from 364 mounts.

GR Carter Jr. (Ruidoso) remains on top of the earnings leaderboard with $1,402,320 from 377 starts leads the AQHA  earnings standings. Raul Ramirez Jr. is sitting in second in the standings with $1,398,767 and Larry Payne (Ruidoso) is third with $1,298,549.

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Russell Nearing Return to the Saddle


124006Injured jockey Sheldon Russell could make his return to the races in time for the early part of the Laurel Park meeting next month, according to a Daily Racing Form report. Russell has been out since late April, when his mount fell over a swerving horse.

Russell suffered several broken ribs and a punctured lung. He has been galloping horses since last week but is waiting on doctor’s clearance before plotting a date to return to the races.

So far, the top Maryland rider said he’s feeling well physically as his workload increases. He’s not letting the setback keep him from building condition, either–Russell completed a 10-kilometer road race last weekend.

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Racing’s winningest black jockey an accomplished newcomer at Churchill Downs

By Alicia Wincze Hughes

Deshawn ParkerThe new face in the Churchill Downs jock’s room Thursday evening was anything but to those who were there.

Yes, his seventh-place effort aboard Polly Freeze in the day’s first race marked the first time Deshawn Parker had ridden a mount beneath the Twin Spires. But when a jockey has booted home more than 4,800 winners, accumulated more than $55 million in career earnings and led the nation in wins twice (2010, ’11), unfamiliar and uninitiated just aren’t proper descriptions.

Nearly three decades into his career, Parker has been stepping into newer territory with greater frequency, branching out from his base at Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack and Resort in West Virginia where he carved out an enviable niche.

Some trying circumstances on that circuit have necessitated Parker leaving his comfort zone. For a rider whose attitude has always swung toward the positive, Parker fittingly is already in position to add some milestones to his storied career.

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Jockey receives surgery for spinal injury after fall at Assiniboia Downs

From The Winnipeg Free Press

Manitoba’s horse racing community is rallying for jockey Alyssa Selman, who suffered a severe fall at Assiniboia Downs on Saturday.

Selman fractured a vertabrae in her spinal column and was not able to feel her legs, a friend of the family told the Free Press. She had surgery on Sunday.

Selman, is married and grew up in Stephenfield, near Carman, and lives in St. Lupicin, which is also nearby. She attended school in Miami, Manitoba.

Selman was injured in the sixth race on Saturday when the heels clipped on her horse and it tumbled. The horse was able to get up but it was obvious to people in the stands that Selman had been severely injured. Selman stayed down a long time and had to be taken off on a stretcher, said a person who saw the fall.

The Jockey’s Benefit Association of Canada has posted Selman’s situation on Facebook.

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