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Fri Oct 06, 2017 1:05 pm

Jockey dies after injury at Oklahoma racetrack
CLAREMORE (AP) — Officials say a jockey who was injured during a race at a northeastern Oklahoma track has died.

The Cherokee Nation says jockey Mario Chavez was injured Saturday at Will Rogers Downs after his horse crashed into the inside rail, throwing him to the ground. Gunnar Enlow, whose family owns the farm where the 42-year-old Chavez worked, says Chavez was pronounced dead at the hospital on Sunday.
http://newsok.com/jockey-dies-after-inj ... le/5566525
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Tue Oct 10, 2017 11:39 am

Jockeys Bejarano, Van Dyke, Desormeaux to serve suspensions

Jockeys Rafael Bejarano, Drayden Van Dyke, and Kent Desormeaux have dropped appeals of suspensions issued during the Del Mar summer meeting, according to recent rulings published by Santa Anita stewards.

Bejarano and Van Dyke begin three-day suspensions Saturday that end Thursday, Oct. 19. Desormeaux will serve a four-day suspension from Oct. 19-22.


http://www.drf.com/news/jockeys-bejaran ... uspensions
BaroqueAgain1
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Sat Oct 14, 2017 6:28 pm

After the QE II at Keeneland, I heard one of the TVG hosts say that Irad Ortiz had immediately left the track to fly home. Apparently he and his wife have been expecting their second child and, if I heard correctly, the baby was due in January. It arrived today, which would be very premature. :shock: :(
Prayers for the the Ortiz family and their little baby.
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Fri Oct 20, 2017 8:26 am

Jockeys Ocampo, Talamo Hospitalized After Spill

Riders were sent to the turf after the breakdown of Warrenscrystalized.

https://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing ... fter-spill
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Sat Oct 21, 2017 12:12 am

BaroqueAgain1 wrote:After the QE II at Keeneland, I heard one of the TVG hosts say that Irad Ortiz had immediately left the track to fly home. Apparently he and his wife have been expecting their second child and, if I heard correctly, the baby was due in January. It arrived today, which would be very premature. :shock: :(
Prayers for the the Ortiz family and their little baby.
Anything more on this? Irad didn't miss a day of racing once he got back to NY. In fact, he's won eight races over the past two days at Belmont -- five on Thursday, three more Friday.
BaroqueAgain1
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Sat Oct 21, 2017 12:40 am

I haven't heard or read anything...which makes me wonder if I heard the details about Irad correctly. :oops:
I know he was slated to ride in the race after the QEii, and that he was replaced because he left the track to return home. Pretty sure that there was something about a pregnancy and/or baby. :?
Oh well...maybe someone here 'follows' Irad on Twitter?
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Tue Oct 24, 2017 9:40 pm

JOCKEY DOYLE RETRAINING FAVORITE MOUNT FOR SECOND CAREER
Three years after scoring a milestone victory aboard Jaz N Tap, jockey Sophie Doyle is back on track with the 6-year-old-gelding.

The two first became acquainted when Doyle was establishing her riding career in Kentucky after being a successful jockey in her native England. On Nov. 26, 2014, at Churchill Downs, she rode Jaz N Tap to win her first race in North America. The victory served as a steppingstone for Doyle, who has won more than 140 races here.

In May, trainer Larry Demeritte told Doyle that Jaz N Tap had been retired after earning $108,844 in 39 starts for owner and breeders Mervin and Barbara McNamara. Doyle had ridden the son of Jazil to three of his four wins.

“I asked Larry if I could have him,” Doyle said. “I told him I had been waiting for him to retire.”

Doyle has started reschooling Jaz N Tap for a new career as a lead pony in which he will accompany other Thoroughbreds to and from the track for their morning workouts. The gelding, who had his initial retraining at Demeritte’s nearby farm, here at Keeneland has received more advanced schooling in proper lead pony etiquette, which includes standing still as other horses cruise around the track.

“He is still racehorsey,” Doyle said. “He does not know he is retired.”
http://www.keeneland.com/about/jockey-d ... ond-career
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Mon Oct 30, 2017 7:01 am

Sixth Straight Belmont Fall Meet Title for Brown

Jockey Irad Ortiz Jr. and owner Klaravich Stables also earn meet titles.

https://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing ... -for-brown
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Sat Nov 11, 2017 7:54 am

Gargan, Midwest Thoroughbreds splitting up

Danny Gargan and the Midwest Thoroughbreds stable of Richard Papiese are splitting up after 2 1/2 years together. Gargan's last two starters for Papiese will be Wednesday at Aqueduct.

Gargan, 46, trains Papiese's New York string. Papiese employs trainers in different regions of the country, including Roger Brueggerman, Tom Amoss, and Armando De la Cerda.

The 14 horses Papiese has with Gargan will be transferred to trainer Steve Asmussen, according to Gargan.


http://www.drf.com/news/gargan-midwest- ... -splitting
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Wed Nov 15, 2017 7:54 pm

This makes me so sad, Jack's been through so much this year.

Van Berg still training as he battles cancer
Hall of Fame trainer Jack Van Berg recently underwent surgery for cancer of his inner jaw but continues to train a stable that will move to Oaklawn Park in Arkansas shortly after the Churchill Downs fall meet ends Nov. 26.

Van Berg, 81, was diagnosed earlier this year with squamous cell carcinoma and underwent a second surgery Oct. 31 in Little Rock, Ark., in an attempt to eradicate the disease, said Van Berg’s son and assistant, Tom.

“Unfortunately, the latest operation failed to remove all of the affected cells,” said the younger Van Berg. “He has a scar from his ear to his Adam’s apple. He has another appointment Tuesday in Little Rock to see how best to proceed. The doctors are saying that at his age, chemotherapy and radiation are not options.”
More: http://www.drf.com/news/van-berg-still- ... les-cancer
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Wed Nov 15, 2017 8:30 pm

Sparrow Castle wrote:This makes me so sad, Jack's been through so much this year.

Van Berg still training as he battles cancer
Hall of Fame trainer Jack Van Berg recently underwent surgery for cancer of his inner jaw but continues to train a stable that will move to Oaklawn Park in Arkansas shortly after the Churchill Downs fall meet ends Nov. 26.

Van Berg, 81, was diagnosed earlier this year with squamous cell carcinoma and underwent a second surgery Oct. 31 in Little Rock, Ark., in an attempt to eradicate the disease, said Van Berg’s son and assistant, Tom.

“Unfortunately, the latest operation failed to remove all of the affected cells,” said the younger Van Berg. “He has a scar from his ear to his Adam’s apple. He has another appointment Tuesday in Little Rock to see how best to proceed. The doctors are saying that at his age, chemotherapy and radiation are not options.”
More: http://www.drf.com/news/van-berg-still- ... les-cancer

Sorry to hear this news. I had a chance to talk with him a few years back when he came to Hazel Park for the resurrection of our TB meet after a 30+ year absence, in 2014.
He signed his book for me, "JACK, From Grit to Glory", and answered some questions I had about Gate Dancer and that noise reduction head gear that he sported. Extraordinarily nice man. Mr. Van Berg is a tough guy and I wish him the best.

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Thu Nov 16, 2017 1:25 am

If someone had asked me where Frankel's jockey would want to hang his tack if he moved to the Colonies, I would not have guessed Golden Gate. :shock:
Tom Queally, Rider of Frankel, Moves Tack to California
Multiple group 1-winning jockey will make first start at Golden Gate Fields Nov. 16.
Tom Queally, known best as the regular jockey of undefeated European champion Frankel, has relocated to Northern California, where he'll begin riding Nov. 16 at Golden Gate Fields.
The 33-year-old jockey, who rode Frankel in all 14 of his races (including 10 group 1 victories), is ready to begin a new chapter in his racing life. A native of Ireland, Queally moved to the San Francisco Bay Area earlier in November and will ride the Tim McCanna-trained Annisquam in the first race at Golden Gate on the Thursday card.

Read more: https://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing ... california
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Thu Nov 16, 2017 4:44 pm

Jockey Roman Chapa gets 10 years probation for making false statements

Roman Chapa, the Texas journeyman jockey who was suspended for five years in 2015 for using an illegal electrical device on a horse, has been placed on probation for 10 years after pleading guilty to a criminal charge of making a false statement to a state investigator, according to court records.

http://www.drf.com/news/jockey-roman-ch ... statements
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Tue Nov 21, 2017 1:40 am

I know we talked about this issue way back when it first started, but can't easily find the thread. I just want to give kudos to Bill Mott for his persistence. I'm not one to bash NYRA easily, but this has been ridiculous and has gone on far too long.

Drug testing in New York: a day of reckoning is on the way
I received in my inbox recently a press release issued by the New York Thoroughbred Horse Association about the new split sample program being instituted at Aqueduct’s Fall race meet.

The New York State Gaming Commission has begun to take blood samples that are being refrigerated at the track. This is the first time New York horsemen will have guaranteed access to a split sample. That split sample can now be sent to an independent referee laboratory in the event of an initial positive test finding at New York’s primary laboratory.

The press release does not address an elementary question.

Why now?

There has been a long-standing model rule or national standard that requires regulators to provide horsemen with split sample protections. It has always been a fundamental fairness issue, one that has been ignored in New York.
More: https://www.thoroughbredracing.com/arti ... oning-way/
Horsebagger
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Sat Nov 25, 2017 8:45 pm

Martin Garcia's move to NY is certainly working out so far, huh? And it's not even cold yet. Hope he bought a round trip ticket.
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Sun Nov 26, 2017 7:43 pm

Hall of Fame jockey Alex Solis announces retirement

http://live.drf.com/nuggets/39666-hall- ... retirement
I've found it easier to tear up tickets at 8/1 instead of 8/5.
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Sun Nov 26, 2017 8:50 pm

Apprentice Jenn Miller Suffers Broken Jaw, Concussion In Charles Town Spill
In Saturday evening's second race at Charles Town, apprentice jockey Jenn Miller had Green Time on the lead turning for home. The 4-year-old gelding leveled off in the final sixteenth, finishing in fifth place, but then broke down shortly after crossing the wire. Green Time had to be euthanized as a result of his injuries.
Trainer David Nunn, who helped Miller get her start in the Thoroughbred industry, reported on Facebook that the 32-year-old jockey suffered a broken jaw in two places as a result of the fall. She was airlifted to Virginia's Winchester Medical Center, and it was determined that she had a severe concussion with two locations of bleeding in her brain. One of those spots has already dissipated, Nunn stated, and the other has not changed in size.

Read more: https://www.paulickreport.com/news/peop ... own-spill/

RIP Green Time and best wishes to Ms. Miller for quick and complete recovery.
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Sun Nov 26, 2017 9:05 pm

From David Nunn:

Jenn miller update! The surgery went well to repair her broken jaws! She is in recovery as we speak!
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Mon Nov 27, 2017 6:45 pm

Hall of Fame rider Gary Stevens said Monday he plans to winter at the Oaklawn Park meet that opens in January. He is scheduled to ride the opening-day card Dec. 26 at Santa Anita, then get on the road to Hot Springs, Ark. Stevens said he plans to be working horses at Oaklawn no later than Jan. 2. The meet starts Jan. 12.
I've found it easier to tear up tickets at 8/1 instead of 8/5.
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Tue Nov 28, 2017 10:48 am

The Ortiz brothers in the New Yorker magazine....

https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2017 ... rse-racing
I've found it easier to tear up tickets at 8/1 instead of 8/5.
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