One of the only jockeys to win multiple stakes last week, and on a night dedicated to raising money for disabled jockeys, Tyler Gaffalione was named Jockeys’ Guild Foundation Detox Jockey of the Week title for June 18 – 24, 2018. The award is voted on by a panel of experts for riding accomplishments by members of the Jockeys’ Guild, the organization which represents more than 950 riders in North America. Jockey of the Week is sponsored by FoundationDetox.com, America’s #1 Equine Toxin Remover.
On Saturday, Canterbury Park hosted the Mystic Lake Northern Stars Racing Festival, a night of five stakes worth $500,000, including the premier stakes race of the meet, the $200,000 Mystic Lake Derby. That night, Canterbury also hosted this year’s Jockeys and Jeans event, an annual fundraiser for the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund.
Jockeys and Jeans attracted appearances from Hall of Fame jockeys and PDJF ambassadors; the races attracted some of the top turf trainers in the country and with them, jockeys such as Tyler Gaffalione, who shipped in to ride for Mike Maker.
Gaffalione won two of the night’s five stakes races, including the feature race. In the $200,000 Mystic Lake Derby, Gaffalione and Sniper Kitten ($9.40) rated mid-pack before making wide moves around both turns in the one-mile turf event. The pair defeated a field of 12 other 3-year-olds, including post-time favorite Captivating Moon and Curlin’s Honor.
Gaffalione kicked off the festival with a win in the first stake, the $100,000 Lady Canterbury. He and I’m Betty G ($7.60) led gate to wire and fended off late-running favorite Sirenusa in another one-mile turf event, this time for fillies and mares.
The stakes appearances at Canterbury were two of his five wins last week, giving him a win rate of 26% in 19 starts and an in-the-money rate of 63%. He is 132 of 711 in 2018. He was the third leading jockey by stakes winnings, with $181,000; he was seventh by total earnings with $275,740.
Following the stakes, Canterbury hosted the inaugural All Star Jockey Challenge to raise money as part of the Jockeys and Jeans event. The track and horsemen agreed to contribute their share of on-track handle for the race and the jockeys agreed to donate their purse earnings, as did the owner of the winning horse.
Hall of Fame rider Edgar Prado narrowly defeated the 2017 Canterbury Park leading rider, Jareth Loveberry, in the Jockey Challenge on Superstar Bea ($13.40). In addition to Loveberry, five other riders in the race had won the riding title at Canterbury in the past, including Luis Quinonez, Scott Stevens, Ry Eikleberry, Leandro Goncalves and Dean Butler.
The win was number 7,007 for Prado, who has career earnings of over $267 million. Prado flew in specifically to support the event following his scheduled mount in a stakes race at Laurel earlier that day.
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