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Thu Jan 05, 2017 8:16 am

Castellano Top Jockey by Earnings Fourth Straight Year

Jockey Javier Castellano finished 2016 as the leading rider by earnings for a fourth straight year.

Castellano reached the winner's circle 300 times from 1,418 mounts and ended the year with earnings of $26,827,966. Runner-up for the second consecutive year was Irad Ortiz Jr. who had 313 wins from 1,504 mounts and earnings of $23,456,741.


http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/ ... aight-year
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Thu Jan 05, 2017 10:10 am

Trainer Kirby appeals one-year suspension

Veteran trainer Frank Kirby was handed a one-year suspension after one of his runners tested positive for methamphetamine, but Kirby claims the contamination was environmental and has appealed the ruling.

The Illinois Racing Board suspended Kirby for all of 2017 after All My Secrets, the second-place finisher in the first race Nov. 4 at Hawthorne, returned a positive test for methamphetamine.


http://www.drf.com/news/trainer-kirby-a ... suspension
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Thu Jan 05, 2017 10:48 am

PJMIII wrote:Castellano Top Jockey by Earnings Fourth Straight Year
If they insist on keeping these statistics then they should have another category for jockeys who ride without the benefit of artificially inflated slot infused purses.

Or do something like any other business that "adjusts for inflation" when comparing monetary rankings, otherwise its meaningless imho.

Castellano could indeed be #1 without mentioning the money factor and that would be fine.

It's like a horse coming here from Japan and using their "earnings won per start" as a class handicapping factor, lol.
I've found it easier to tear up tickets at 8/1 instead of 8/5.
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Thu Jan 05, 2017 1:41 pm

‘Blessed’ To Be Back: Jockey Medina Returns To Winner’s Circle For First Time Since 2014

Doctors told jockey Jean Claude Medina he should find another occupation after he broke his elbow and punctured a lung when his mount clipped heels in a race at Tampa Bay Downs in April of 2015 and threw him to the turf.

But riding horses means too much to the native of Chosica, Peru to turn his back on a sport that has taught him to persevere in the face of extreme hardships.


http://www.paulickreport.com/news/peopl ... ince-2014/
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Thu Jan 05, 2017 3:03 pm

stark wrote:
PJMIII wrote:Castellano Top Jockey by Earnings Fourth Straight Year
If they insist on keeping these statistics then they should have another category for jockeys who ride without the benefit of artificially inflated slot infused purses.

Or do something like any other business that "adjusts for inflation" when comparing monetary rankings, otherwise its meaningless imho.

Castellano could indeed be #1 without mentioning the money factor and that would be fine.

It's like a horse coming here from Japan and using their "earnings won per start" as a class handicapping factor, lol.
It's news, not anything to do with handicapping. When you see the DRF include money won next to the jockey named on a horse in PPs instead of their wins and winning percentage for the meet/year, you'll have something to complain about.
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Mon Jan 09, 2017 5:26 pm

Stevens Expects to Return in Spring, Says 2017 Likely Last Year
Encouraged by how well he is doing following Dec. 21 hip replacement surgery, Hall of Fame jockey Gary Stevens believes he’ll be back riding in about 10 weeks. However, his latest comeback may be a short lived one as he says he does not think he will ride again after 2017.
http://www.thoroughbreddailynews.com/st ... last-year/
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Mon Jan 16, 2017 6:07 pm

Zito Saddles 2,000th Winner

Hall of Fame trainer Nick Zito saddled the 2,000th winner of his career Jan. 16 at Gulfstream Park, where Forever Plus registered a gate-to-wire victory under Nik Juarez in the second race.

http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/ ... 0th-winner
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Mon Jan 23, 2017 9:01 am

Albarado achieves 5,000th career-win milestone

Robby Albarado rode the 5,000th winner of his career when he guided Vivacious V.V. to victory in the first race at Fair Grounds on Sunday.

http://www.drf.com/news/albarado-achiev ... -milestone
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Mon Jan 23, 2017 5:48 pm

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Gary Stevens on his return: “I’m doing well. I see the doctor in two weeks and hopefully I can start getting on horses in 3 ½ more weeks."
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Thu Jan 26, 2017 6:48 pm

Tampa Bay Downs in Florida has barred the entries of trainer Horacio Barbaran for allegedly violating the track's anti-slaughter policy. Officials at Gulfstream Park were notified of the move and said they will not permit Barbaran to stable or race at the South Florida track, either.
Read more: http://www.paulickreport.com/news/ray-s ... -kill-pen/

Agree with one of the comments after the article that this piece of crap should have something burned off. :evil:
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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.
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I've found it easier to tear up tickets at 8/1 instead of 8/5.
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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.
http://www.thoroughbreddailynews.com/do ... ured-hand/
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