Jockey/Trainer News - 2017

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Thu Jan 26, 2017 7:26 pm

Jockey Drayden Van Dyke was taken to Huntington Hospital in nearby Pasadena after being involved in a two-horse spill in Thursday's fourth race.

Van Dyke, 22, was alert when he was taken to the hospital. The extent of his injuries was not immediately known.

Van Dyke was aboard pacesetter Tawny when the filly broke down badly while leading a starter-optional claimer on the turn of a six-furlong race. Van Dyke fell heavily.

Rally Back, who was trailing Tawny, could not avoid the fallen horse and fell, unseating jockey Chantal Sutherland. Sutherland was on her feet a few moments after the spill and walked off.

Tawny was euthanized as a result of the injuries, according to track stewards. Rally Back was not injured, stewards said.

Van Dyke, the champion apprentice jockey of 2014, had five wins at the current meeting. He began Thursday's program in a tie for ninth in the jockey's standings.
http://live.drf.com/nuggets/34879
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Sat Jan 28, 2017 11:59 am

Trainer Rene Araya Dies at 73

Multiple graded stakes-winning trainer Rene Araya, a veteran on the New York Racing Association circuit, died Jan. 26 in Florida at the age of 73.

http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/ ... dies-at-73
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Sun Jan 29, 2017 5:26 pm

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Jockey Sue Martin, winner of 4th on 25-1 shot Blue Haze of Fire, won 1st race in Idaho in 1974; she's a grandmother of 18 and great-gr. of 4
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Tue Jan 31, 2017 10:08 pm

Mott attends first day of hearing into 2014 suspension
SCHENECTADY, N.Y. – On a typical Monday in late January, the Hall of Fame trainer Bill Mott would be in Florida, readying a large string of horses based at the Payson Park training center in Indiantown for upcoming races.

On the last Monday of January this year, Mott was in a conference room at the offices of the New York State Gaming Commission in upstate New York listening to testimony – and prepared to testify himself – in a case that goes back more than two years.

Mott, 63, is fighting a 15-day suspension and a $1,000 fine handed him by the New York stewards regarding overages of the therapeutic medication Flunixin (banamine) and Lasix found in the horse Saratoga Snacks when he finished last in the fourth race at Belmont Park on Sept. 20, 2014.

Mott’s case is based on what he perceives to be a lack of due process afforded him by the commission when there was not enough of a blood sample from the horse to be tested by an independent laboratory to confirm the findings of the state’s initial test. Mott and his attorney, Drew Mollica, have previously argued that the commission grants a right to a split or referee sample. They point to the form Mott signed requesting a split sample that twice uses the phraseology “my right to have an independent test.”

During testimony on Monday, New York State Gaming Commission steward Steve Lewandowski said there is no such rule.
http://www.drf.com/news/mott-attends-fi ... suspension
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Wed Feb 01, 2017 2:48 pm

Medical Examiner: Gomez Died From Accidental Overdose Of Methamphetamine
Dr. Gregory Hess, Chief Medical Examiner in Pima County, Ariz., has ruled the death of former jockey Garrett Gomez an accident due to methamphetamine overdose. Gomez, 44, a two-time Eclipse Award winner who stopped riding in October 2013 and announced his retirement in June 2015, was found in his room at a Native American casino hotel near Tucson, Ariz., on Dec. 14.

Gomez struggled with alcohol and substance abuse issues throughout a brilliant career that saw him become leading money winner in the country for four consecutive years and earn Eclipse Awards in 2008 and 2009.
http://www.paulickreport.com/news/peopl ... phetamine/
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Sat Feb 04, 2017 10:42 pm

Gabriel Saez Reaches 1,000th Win

Jockey Gabriel Saez achieved a milestone Feb. 4 when the newly turned 29-year-old native of Panama City, Panama earned his 1,000th career victory on I Hope in the eighth race at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots.

http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/ ... -000th-win
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Sat Feb 11, 2017 10:21 am

Hernandez Has Momentum, Confidence on His Side

Brian Hernandez Jr. is quick to give credit where credit is due.

In recalling his 2016 season, when he celebrated a career-high eight graded stakes wins and tallied his second highest single-season earnings, the 31-year-old jockey talked about the wave of good fortune that came his way. Good mounts make for even better outcomes and in that vein, Hernandez said he "got lucky and had the right kind of horses for the right races."


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Sat Feb 11, 2017 11:56 am

Perry Ouzts rode is 49,000th career race at Turfway last night :)
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Sat Feb 11, 2017 3:44 pm

Gary Stevens has been cleared to resume his riding career next month after undergoing surgery for replacement of his right hip on Dec. 21.

“The doctor is very happy; I don't have to see him again for a year,” the 53-year-old Hall of Fame jockey said Saturday morning at Clockers' Corner. “He released me to start getting on horses the first of March and I'll start riding races early March.”

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Mon Feb 13, 2017 6:38 pm

Doyle Out With Fractured Hand
Godolphin retained jockey James Doyle, who was originally treated for minor injuries after his mount Pearls (Aus) (Exceed And Excel {Aus}) fell in the G3 Robrick Lodge Triscay S. Monday, has sustained a non-displaced fracture of his right hand and will be off mounts indefinitely, Godolphin announced early Tuesday morning. A two-time Group 3 winner, Pearls was immediately transported to the Randwick Equine Centre for evaluation, but was diagnosed with multiple shoulder fractures and could not be saved.
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Thu Feb 16, 2017 9:55 pm

Smoke marijuana in NY?
Wait a year to renew your license!

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Thu Feb 16, 2017 10:08 pm

Vitali Gets Stay Of Parx Racing Ejection, Seeking Florida HBPA Board Position
Trainer Marcus Vitali received a stay from the Pennsylvania Horse Racing Commission of an eviction notice by Parx Racing and will be permitted to run the horse Eagle of Delight at the suburban Philadelphia racetrack on Saturday.

Vitali, who was denied stalls and whose entries were banned at Gulfstream Park and other tracks owned by The Stronach Group tracks last year, attempted to enter Eagle of Delight at Parx Racing Nov. 18, 2016. The entry was refused by the track's director of racing and racing secretary, Sam Elliott. Vitali, through attorney Alan Pincus, sought a hearing on the matter, but that request was denied by Tom Chuckas, Thoroughbred Bureau Director of the Pennsylvania Horse Racing Commission, on the basis that denial of entries is not governed by Section 9326 of the Pennsylvania Racing Act.

Vitali then sued both Elliott and Chuckas in federal court in December, saying that Vitali's due process rights under Pennsylvania law were being violated.

Attorneys for Elliott and Vitali reached an agreement in January, whereby Parx would issue an ejection letter to Vitali and the lawsuit subsequently was dismissed. Elliott said the ejection was based on what he alleged as conduct “detrimental to racing.”

Vitali sought and received a stay of that ejection from the Pennsylvania Horse Racing Commission, forcing Parx to accept his entries, pending a hearing in front of the commission.
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Wed Feb 22, 2017 7:14 pm

May be of interest to West Coasters, RIP Jim Penney.

WASHINGTON ICON JIM PENNEY DIES AT AGE 82
AUBURN, Wash. (February 22) – Jim Penney, a charter member of the Washington Racing Hall of Fame who saddled a record five Longacres Mile winners, died Tuesday at his home in Edgewood.

Penney, who ranked at or near the top of every major training category at Emerald Downs, Longacres and Yakima Meadows, was 82 years old.

According to son-in-law Bryson Cooper, Penney had been in ill health for several months before his situation deteriorated rapidly in recent days. Penney, who wore a pacemaker and was diabetic, had had been in and out of hospice care.

“Luckily he didn’t suffer,” Cooper said. “His body just shut down.”

As a jockey, Cooper notched his biggest win aboard Theologist for his father-in-law in the 1977 Longacres Mile.

“He left no stone unturned,” Cooper said. “He was on top of every little problem, knew everything about all of his horses.

“He was more than a trainer,” Cooper added. “Jim was involved with the sport and cared about it, serving as president of the HBPA, and he was respected by his peers.”

At Emerald Downs, Penney ranks No. 2 in wins (662), stakes wins (50) and earnings ($8,831,653) while at Longacres he tied for fifth with 39 stakes wins and was leading trainer in 1968. At Yakima Meadows, Penney ranked No. 1 in wins (490) and amassed a record 17 training titles.

Born July 4, 1934 in Portland, Ore., Penney grew up in Naches, Wash., where his grandfather A.E. Penney and father A.J. Penney laid the foundation for one of Washington’s greatest racing dynasties. The black and white silks of Penney Farms (later Homestretch Farms) are synonymous with success in west coast racing, with Penney sending out winners at Bay Meadows, Golden Gate, Tanforan, Turf Paradise, Santa Anita, Hollywood Park, Del Mar and Exhibition Park (Hastings Racecourse).

Penney began training in 1957 and won 2,154 races and nearly $20 million in purses. In addition to Theologist, Penney won the Longacres Mile with Silver Mallet (1973), Edneator (2000), Sabertooth (2002) and Flamethrowintexan (2006). A Homestretch Farms homebred, Edneator raced gate-to-wire under Gallyn Mitchell and paid a then record $85.20 to win.
http://emeralddowns.com/jim-penney-1934-2017/
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Sat Feb 25, 2017 11:13 am

Elliott Honored with George Woolf Memorial Jockey Award

Stewart Elliott, best known as the regular rider for 2004 dual classic winner and champion Smarty Jones , was selected by a nationwide vote of his peers as the winner of the 2017 George Woolf Memorial Jockey Award.

A dominant force for years in the Mid-Atlantic region, Elliott, 51, shifted his tack on a full-time basis to Southern California in 2016 and has established himself on the circuit.


http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/ ... ckey-award

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Sat Feb 25, 2017 4:25 pm

In Japan, via https://twitter.com/LongBallToNoOne/sta ... 8778539008:
Idol Jockey NANAKO got her first JRA winner for 2017 on 8. LILTING INK (Matsurida Gogh) at Kokura today
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B-UH_dAdB0s

I'm not sure how many female jockeys there are in Japan? But it's nice to see. :mrgreen:
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Wed Mar 01, 2017 10:34 am

Florida Consent Order Sees Ness Suspended 100 Days

Trainer Jamie Ness, who has finished atop the Tampa Bay Downs standings nine times during his career, will serve a 100-day suspension and pay a $4,800 fine in a settlement with Florida that resolves a dozen post-race test positives for the bronchodilator Clenbuterol dating from December 2012-March 2014.

http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/ ... d-100-days

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Sun Mar 05, 2017 10:14 am

Retired jockey Larry Melancon has been in an induced coma in a North Carolina hospital since undergoing six hours of surgery Saturday after suffering a major stroke the previous day.

http://live.drf.com/nuggets/35484
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Sun Mar 05, 2017 1:28 pm

Wishing him all the best for a good recovery.
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Mon Mar 06, 2017 4:35 pm

4th race Thursday @ Santa Anita
Fake knee
Fake hip
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1 Tchula Sunset (CA) 3/C L $40,000 M Garcia 122 D Pederson 4/1
2 Oopper Wallah (KY) 3/C L $40,000 G L Stevens 122 M Chew 5/2
3 Loud Stalker (CA) 3/G L $40,000 T Baze 122 J Carava 5/1
4 Run Macho Run (FL) 3/G L $40,000 F Prat 124 R Baltas 5/2
5 A. P. Zona (KY) 3/C L $40,000 M A Pedroza 122 M J Pearson 2/1
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Mon Mar 06, 2017 9:27 pm

stark wrote:Retired jockey Larry Melancon has been in an induced coma in a North Carolina hospital since undergoing six hours of surgery Saturday after suffering a major stroke the previous day.

http://live.drf.com/nuggets/35484
For anyone interested, there's a GoFundMe account set up to help with expenses. They've met their original goal and climbing. :D
https://www.gofundme.com/bring-larry-melancon-home

This link takes you directly to the DRF article, which seems to have fallen below the crease.
http://www.drf.com/news/former-jockey-m ... ing-stroke
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