Jockey/Trainer News - 2017

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Postby stark » Thu Dec 14, 2017 8:34 pm

When the Santa Anita Park race meet opens Dec. 26, the jockey colony will feature a formidable addition in Rajiv Maragh.

Maragh said he'd always wanted to compete in Southern California and when agent Nelson Arroyo reached out to him, he decided the timing was right to make the move from his current East Coast base of New York and Florida.

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I've found it easier to tear up tickets at 8/1 instead of 8/5.
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Re: Jockey/Trainer News - 2017

Postby Della » Fri Dec 15, 2017 5:43 pm

BaroqueAgain1 wrote:That sounds like the rapid-inflating vests that the three-day riders have started using. In those, if the rider is thrown, a cord/strap attached to the saddle yanks/triggers the vest to inflate.



Anyone know how much the vest/CO2 canister/cord weighs? Got to be a couple of pounds at least. Will that be a factor for jocks on the edge of making weight?
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Re: Jockey/Trainer News - 2017

Postby ThreeMustangs » Sun Dec 17, 2017 2:55 pm

This had to be blast to watch:

Jolly japes as Dettori and McCoy pull out all the stops for Injured Jockeys Fund

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Re: Jockey/Trainer News - 2017

Postby Horsebagger » Sun Dec 17, 2017 6:20 pm

stark wrote:When the Santa Anita Park race meet opens Dec. 26, the jockey colony will feature a formidable addition in Rajiv Maragh.

Maragh said he'd always wanted to compete in Southern California and when agent Nelson Arroyo reached out to him, he decided the timing was right to make the move from his current East Coast base of New York and Florida.

https://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing ... ium=social


I don't know how good an agent Arroyo is, but with good mounts, Rajiv is going to quickly become a jock of choice among what is a much less dense jock colony in SoCal than in New York. Rooting for him to get on more top mounts.
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Re: Jockey/Trainer News - 2017

Postby Miss Woodford » Sun Dec 17, 2017 9:02 pm

ThreeMustangs wrote:This had to be blast to watch:

Jolly japes as Dettori and McCoy pull out all the stops for Injured Jockeys Fund

https://www.racingpost.com/news/news/jo ... nt=Olympia

No fair having flat vs jump jocks in a showjumping contest, lol.
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Re: Jockey/Trainer News - 2017

Postby WaquoitNBroadBrush » Sun Dec 17, 2017 9:35 pm

Horsebagger wrote:
stark wrote:When the Santa Anita Park race meet opens Dec. 26, the jockey colony will feature a formidable addition in Rajiv Maragh.

Maragh said he'd always wanted to compete in Southern California and when agent Nelson Arroyo reached out to him, he decided the timing was right to make the move from his current East Coast base of New York and Florida.

https://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing ... ium=social


I don't know how good an agent Arroyo is, but with good mounts, Rajiv is going to quickly become a jock of choice among what is a much less dense jock colony in SoCal than in New York. Rooting for him to get on more top mounts.


Nelson is Norberto Arroyo's brother. Briefly a jock himself, I believe he handled Norberto's book when he was in NY, not sure about recently in SoCal, though.
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Postby PJMIII » Tue Dec 19, 2017 6:25 pm

Carmouche Celebrates 3,000th Career Win

Jockey earned his milestone at the Parx track he used to dominate.

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Re: Jockey/Trainer News - 2017

Postby Sparrow Castle » Wed Dec 20, 2017 2:04 am

Pennsylvania Commission: Another Horse Removed From Trainer, Active Investigation Underway
Just days after the Pennsylvania State Horse Racing Commission extended penalties given to owner/trainer Mario Rafael Rodriguez for “failure to provide proper veterinarian care” to a horse with a broken ankle, the commission confirms there is an active and ongoing investigation into Rodriguez's operation at Penn National. State veterinarians and commission officials removed another horse, a gelding named You R Wonderful, from Rodriguez's possession Dec. 15 after they determined the horse needed immediate veterinary care.

According to Dr. Kathryn Papp, an independent veterinarian involved in the earlier case of the gelding with a broken ankle, a horse was found dead in its stall in the Rodriguez shedrow Dec. 15 after it had been treated for colic earlier in the day. Commission officials were called to the scene and subsequently chose to examine the dozen or so horses remaining in the owner/trainer's possession. The condition of 4-year-old gelding You R Wonderful prompted officials to call Papp for an independent assessment.

Her examination revealed the horse, who finished fifth in a maiden claiming contest on Dec. 1, to be lame at the walk and had an injury to his suspensory ligament and a crack in the cannon bone on the same leg. The horse also had a bowed tendon, which appeared to be an old injury. Papp was asked by commission and state veterinarian representatives to remove the horse from the barn and stabilize him for further treatment.

“A cooperative effort has been undertaken by the PA Horse Racing Commission, Penn National and the PA HBPA to attempt to insure the welfare of the horses,” said Tom Chuckas, Bureau Director of Thoroughbred Racing for the commission. “There is an active investigation regarding Mr. Rodriguez's stable.”

Two Rodriguez horses which had been entered to run on Dec. 16 were scratched by the stewards. He has two entries remaining for this Wednesday, Dec. 20. Eric Johnston, racing director for Penn National, did not return multiple requests from the Paulick Report for comment on the status of Rodriguez's ability to enter horses or his stalls at the track.

Papp had reported the condition of Silent Ruler to the commission when the gelding was found with a severely swollen ankle in late September which later turned out to be a serious fracture requiring $12,000 in surgery and rehabilitation. A CANTER post in that case indicated the horse had been lame following a race approximately one month prior and no diagnostics were done to determine the cause of that lameness.

A board of stewards initially gave Rodriguez a fine of $500 and suspension of 45 days for “failure to provide proper veterinarian care” in the case of Silent Ruler. Last week, the commission amended that ruling to a one year suspension and $2,500. The suspension is set to commence Dec. 26. Rodriguez was given 10 days to appeal the commission's modified ruling.

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Re: Jockey/Trainer News - 2017

Postby Sparrow Castle » Thu Dec 21, 2017 5:26 pm

Standstill in negotiations between NYRA and Jockeys' Guild raises talk of work stoppage
Negotiations between the New York Racing Association and the Jockeys’ Guild over a contract regarding health benefits and insurance have stalled, creating the possibility of a work stoppage at Aqueduct beginning with the Jan. 6 card.

According to Tom Kennedy, an attorney for the Jockeys’ Guild, the Guild is seeking a three-year contract with NYRA that calls for no increase in benefit payments in 2018 and a 1 percent increases in 2019 and 2020. Kennedy said Thursday that NYRA has refused to sign the contract and is seeking to pay less than it did in 2017.

Kennedy said that if there is not a contract agreement, Guild members who qualify to receive benefits from NYRA – that is, jockeys who rode a minimum of 200 mounts or 51 percent of their total mounts in a year at Aqueduct, Belmont Park, and Saratoga – would refuse to accept riding assignments beginning Jan. 1. Entries for the Jan. 6 card are taken on Jan. 1, while entries for the preceding three race days – Jan. 1, 4, and 5 – are taken in December, when the contract is still valid.

“The actions of the jockeys are for the jockeys to determine, and they as individuals are going to make a decision,” Kennedy said Thursday. “A number of them have decided if NYRA is refusing to renew the agreement they will start not accepting mounts on Jan. 1 because they’re being threatened with a loss of compensation.”

Irad Ortiz Jr., who plans to ride regularly at Aqueduct this winter, said the New York-based riders have met and decided not to ride if there is no new contract.

“We have to stay together,” Ortiz said. “We’re not asking for more or less than we have right now, we’re just asking for the same thing. If they don’t do it, I guess we’re going to have to stop riding. We have to stay together. Nobody can do something different, then it’s going to be a mess. We’re all jockeys.”

Of course, Ortiz as well as Javier Castellano, who was in New York on Thursday to ride, have the ability to ride at Gulfstream Park, whereas some of the other riders would not get the same opportunities out of town. Though riding at Aqueduct this week, Castellano will head to Florida beginning next week.

Castellano, the reigning four-time Eclipse Award-winning rider and 2017 Hall of Fame inductee, said he and other veterans, such as John Velazquez, have been part of the negotiations since October with Martin Panza, NYRA’s senior vice president of racing operations.

“Luckily, we are in the position to fight for the little guy,” Castellano said. “The little guy is not going to go to Marty Panza and knock on the door, ‘Hey Marty, can you give me the benefits?’ ”

Kennedy said that NYRA is the only major racing organization that has not agreed, at least in principle, to a new contract with the Guild moving forward. He and Castellano both said that The Stronach Group and Churchill Downs have an agreement in principle with the jockeys for at least 2018.

More: http://www.drf.com/news/standstill-negotiations-between-nyra-and-jockeys-guild-raises-talk-work-stoppage
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