Tampa Bay Downs Press Release
Hall of Fame rider of two Kentucky Derby winners and the incomparable Ruffian will sign pictures and other memorabilia; Cuestion de Tiempo wins second in a row for Correas, Castanon.
Hall of Fame jockey Jacinto Vasquez will be the featured guest on track announcer Richard Grunder’s “Morning Glory Club” Show at 10 a.m. on Saturday on the first floor of the Grandstand.
Vasquez retired in 1996 with 5,231 victories, which is 26th best all-time among North American jockeys. The Ocala, Fla., resident rode an additional race in 2008 at Santa Anita that included eight Hall of Fame riders.
Vasquez won the Kentucky Derby on Florida-bred Foolish Pleasure in 1975 and on the filly Genuine Risk in 1980, but is perhaps equally well known as the jockey on Ruffian, who won her first 10 starts before breaking down in a match race against Foolish Pleasure on July 6, 1975 at Belmont Park. Attempts to save her were unsuccessful and she was euthanized the following day.
Vasquez rode Ruffian in the match race, saying she was the better of the two horses.
The rider’s other filly of renown, Genuine Risk, was the first of her sex to win the Run for the Roses since Regret in 1915. Both Ruffian and Genuine Risk are in the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame, as is Foolish Pleasure.
Other top Thoroughbreds ridden by Vasquez included Turkoman, Smile, Highland Blade, Forego, Forever Silver, Sensitive Prince and Princess Rooney. Vasquez won the Tampa Bay Derby in 1990 on Champagneforashley.
Vasquez will be accompanied Saturday by his close friend, sports writer Bernie Dickman, whose selections appeared in the Tampa Bay Times (formerly the St. Petersburg Times) for 22 seasons. Dickman, who also gave handicapping seminars at Tampa Bay Downs for 15 years, will sign copies of his book “Thrills of a Lifetime – My 62 years as a sports writer.” He currently opines on the state of the racing industry on his website, www.tracktimestoday.net .
Copies of the book signed by Dickman and Vasquez will be on sale for $22. Vasquez will sign glossy photographs of Ruffian and Genuine Risk for $12 apiece and will be available to sign other memorabilia.