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July

13
Pedroza Splitting Time Between Ellis Park, Indiana Grand

Marcelino Pedroza’s hope still is to ride seven days a week this summer: Mondays-Thursdays at Indiana Grand in Shelbyvlle, Ind., where he has a 12-victory lead in the jockey standings with 42 victories and a meet-leading $1.12 million in purse earnings, and then Fridays-Sundays at Ellis Park in Henderson, Ky. While he’s found the Ellis opportunities limited so far, the jockey is making the most of them. With only five mounts spread over four days, Pedroza has two wins and a second. His victories contain Saturday’s fourth race for locally-based trainer Billy Stinson Jr. in Pedroza’s only mount of the […]

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March

30
Eric Cancel clinches title with 6-win day at Aqueduct

Eric Cancel had a big day at on sloppy Aqueduct track Sunday, winning six races and finishing in the money in all eight starts to clinch his first career New York Racing Association riding title. “I’m filled with emotions,” Cancel said. “I worked very hard for this and being able to compete with a guy like Kendrick (Carmouche, who will finish second in the jockey standings), who is a very hard-riding guy, it feels wonderful. Yesterday, I didn’t think I was going to get it. But today, I just woke up and said to keep on swinging and go for […]

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March

24
Baffert has his first Florida Derby starter in Spielberg

A mix of talent, opportunity and timing has produced Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert’s first venture to Gulfstream Park for the Grade 1, $750,000 Florida Derby (G1). Baffert, the most successful trainer in Triple Crown history, will make his debut Saturday in Gulfstream Park’s steppingstone to the Kentucky Derby with Spielberg, a chestnut son of Union Rags. Spielberg, who will be ridden by Hall of Fame jockey Javier Castellano in the 70th Florida Derby, won the Los Alamitos Futurity (G2) on Dec. 19. In his most fresh start, Spielberg concluded second to Essential Quality, the 2020 2-year-old male champion, in the Southwest (G3) on […]

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March

09
Arrieta Making Big Impression In First Year At Oaklawn

Francisco Arrieta points his right index finger to the sky following each triumph. The jockey stated it’s not about finishing No. 1, but acknowledging the heavens. Arrieta had raised his right arm 19 times through Saturday, the 18th day of racing at Oaklawn in Hot Springs, Ark. In a room full of newcomers at the 2021 meet, Arrieta has clearly made the biggest impression, trailing only seven-time local riding champion Ricardo Santana Jr. in the standings. Santana ended Saturday with 21 victories. Arrieta’s purse earnings of $886,253, from 82 mounts through Saturday, ranked third. “Everybody told me it’s really tough here,” […]

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January

26
Authentic set for big night at Eclipse Awards

Authentic is favored to be named Horse of the Year and champion 3-year-old male, and his connections – trainer Bob Baffert, jockey John Velazquez, breeder Peter Blum, and an ownership group headed by Spendthrift Farm – all are finalists in their respective categories for the 50th annual Eclipse Awards, to be revealed Thursday night in an unusual presentation that serves as an appropriate coda to an unusual year. Owing to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the usual black-tie-optional ceremony has been changed by a virtual one, emanating from Spendthrift in Kentucky. A number of past hosts of the Eclipse Awards – […]

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January

19
Pegasus Turf Is Another Twist In The Story For Anothertwistafate

Both the blinkers and the man who recommended them – jockey Joel Rosario – will be on Anothertwistafate Saturday in the Pegasus World Cup Invitational Turf (G1) at Gulfstream Park. Following Anothertwistafate’s fourth-place finish in the Seabiscuit Handicap (G2) on Nov. 28 at Del Mar, Rosario recommended adding blinkers to the horse’s new trainer, Peter Miller. Five weeks later, with blinkers in place, Anothertwistafate and Rosario rolled to a 2 ¼-length triumph in the San Gabriel (G2) at Santa Anita. Miller chuckled as he told the story about his conversation with Rosario after the Seabiscuit. “When he tells you something […]

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December

22
CHARLATAN VS. NASHVILLE IN GRADE I RUNHAPPY MALIBU

Charlatan, one in a battalion of bluebloods based in Bob Baffert’s bountiful barn, faces off versus Nashville in the Grade I Runhappy Malibu Stakes on opening day, Saturday, Dec. 26, the marquee event as historic Santa Anita ushers in its 84th season of world-class racing. This year’s Malibu is arguably one of the most anticipated in the classic event’s 70 runnings, pitting two extremely talented sons of 2004 Eclipse Award champion male sprinter Speightstown versus one another. The Malibu has been won in the past by a Who’s Who of Thoroughbreds, among them Runhappy (2015), Ferdinand (1986), Precisionist (1984), Spectacular Bid […]

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December

01
Champion British jockey Oisin Murphy handed 3-month ban

The champion jockey of British horse racing was banned from riding for three months on Friday following a positive test for cocaine. The punishment was handed down by France Galop, four months after Oisin Murphy returned a positive test for metabolites of the drug in a test undertaken at Chantilly. Murphy, a 25-year-old jockey from Ireland, denied he had taken any drugs and requested a B sample. He evaded a six-month ban given to riders for similar cases after a disciplinary hearing was persuaded by Murphy’s testimony that the positive test arose unintentionally from what was described as “environmental contamination.” […]

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October

06
Jockey Jessica Marcialis makes history in France

Jessica Marcialis has made history by becoming the first female jockey to gain a Group One race in France, after riding Tiger Tanaka to victory at Paris’ Longchamps on Sunday. The Italian, who resumed her racing career after becoming a mom, was seen beaming after crossing the finish line and was met by rapturous applause after winning the Qatar Prix Marcel Boussac. The 30-year-old celebrated with her family as she returned to the winner’s circle and shared an inspirational message to moms across the world. “It’s incredible. I don’t have the words. Yesterday we said it was amazing to be here today,” […]

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July

15
NYRA closes Saratoga to Out-of-Town Jockeys

The New York Racing Association Inc., (NYRA) today revealed updated health and safety protocols to address the rise in confirmed COVID-19 cases among jockeys around the country. Until further notice, Saratoga Race Course will be closed to out-of-town jockeys. In addition, any member of the regular NYRA jockey colony who travels to ride at any other racetrack will not be permitted to return to Saratoga Race Course. “These measures prioritize the health and safety of the jockeys competing in New York, and are designed to combat the spread of COVID-19,” said NYRA President and CEO Dave O’Rourke. “Unfortunately, the restrictive […]

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