Jockey/Trainer News - 2018

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Sparrow Castle
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Tue May 08, 2018 10:42 pm

Starine wrote:Lost And Found Presented By Horseware: Thirty-Five Years After Sunny’s Halo, Cross Is Back To The Beginning Again
https://www.paulickreport.com/features/ ... ing-again/

Kind of a sad story, really.
Ugh, sure is a sad story.
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Tue May 08, 2018 10:44 pm

Christina Blacker Retweeted
Angie A. Stevens @angieastevens1
2h2 hours ago
Gary Stevens is moving his tack back to California and Tony Matos will have his book. He will be In California on Sunday.
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Sparrow Castle
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Wed May 09, 2018 7:41 pm

I can't help but be so envious sometimes when I see what's accomplished in areas with a centralized racing authority. I really don't like night racing followed next day with an early card here, and I'm not even doing the hard work each race day.

New breaks and earlier evenings for racing staff and jockeys amid burnout fears
The Professional Jockeys Association hopes the introduction of two breaks into the 2019 Flat racing schedule and earlier finishes to floodlit meetings will help prevent riders suffering burnout in the face of an increase in fixtures and longer working hours.

Jockeys reluctant to take a break for fear of missing rides will get guaranteed time off as a result of a move – agreed by all racing's stakeholders – which will mean a six-day break in November at the end of the turf season and another lasting five days in March, near the conclusion of the winter all-weather programme.

In addition, all floodlit fixtures, which run from January to mid-April and September to December, will finish earlier, with the final race starting no later than 8.30pm under policies the BHA said prioritise support for the sport's workforce.

With jump jockeys benefiting from an eight-day summer break and five-day spell at the end of the season, the PJA pressed for a similar rest period on the Flat because of the expansion of the fixture list.
More: https://www.racingpost.com/news/latest/ ... ngs/330742
WaquoitNBroadBrush
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Wed May 09, 2018 9:24 pm

Very few of the UK's racecourses run both day and evening cards. Most are one or the other. The difficulty for the jockeys comes in chasing mounts all over the map, so the jockey who's riding at Newcastle one night might have to show up at Newbury the next afternoon, Wolverhampton the following night, Haydock the afternoon after that. If UK race meets were like ours -- months of 4- or 5-day racing weeks at the same location -- the jocks could at least spend their scarce down time in one place.
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Wed May 09, 2018 9:56 pm

WaquoitNBroadBrush wrote:Very few of the UK's racecourses run both day and evening cards. Most are one or the other. The difficulty for the jockeys comes in chasing mounts all over the map, so the jockey who's riding at Newcastle one night might have to show up at Newbury the next afternoon, Wolverhampton the following night, Haydock the afternoon after that. If UK race meets were like ours -- months of 4- or 5-day racing weeks at the same location -- the jocks could at least spend their scarce down time in one place.
Oh I know it's more needed in the UK. It's not just the jockeys who benefit. Without stabling at the tracks, a lot of those trainers and staff have to van the horses home after evening races, sometimes hours away, only to turn around and do it all again in the morning with other horses to other tracks. Can't even imagine how wearing that would be, yeah burnout. Just jealous that the BHA actually acts on identified needs like this and tracks have to adjust. In the meantime, we can't even get tracks to adjust to staggered post times for betting purposes. I hope the trial is successful.
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Thu May 10, 2018 4:37 pm

Jockey Mike Smith has been suspended four days - from May 17-20 - for careless riding in the eighth race last Sunday, but the sanction is not expected to interfere with his ability to ride Justify in the Preakness Stakes at Pimlico on May 19.

Smith has the option to approach the California Horse Racing Board and request a stay that would allow him to ride until he can appeal the penalty.

Secondly, Smith can ride the Preakness Stakes under California's designated race rule, which allows jockeys to ride graded stakes, such as the Preakness Stakes, while under suspension for penalties of 10 days or less.

When California-based jockeys ride more than one designated race, or ride a designated race out of state, they must serve an additional day of suspension.

Smith was cited for his ride on race winner Achira, who drifted out in the stretch of a one-mile turf race causing runner-up Helen Hillary to be carried toward the middle of the track. The stewards spent several minutes reviewing the race, but did not change the order of finish.

This is the second time in the last 60 days Smith has been suspended for careless riding. He was cited for his ride on McKinzie in the Grade 2 San Felipe Stakes when his mount was disqualified from first to second for causing interference near the finish of the Triple Crown prep. Smith received a three-day suspension for that infraction.
I've found it easier to tear up tickets at 8/1 instead of 8/5.
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Fri May 11, 2018 6:15 pm

In case you missed Saeed Bin Suroor, the main trainer for the largest and biggest spending stable in the world, complaining about his low quality two year olds last year, here is a new article with him complaining that said crop is still lousy:

https://www.racingpost.com/news/latest/ ... lds/331088

I... just... don't... understand how his public complaining keeps getting published? I get that last year's comments were part of a larger interview, but does he just call RacingPost to let them know that he is still not happy?

In RacingPost's first article on the subject, from last June, Bin Suroor said he missed the "good old days" when Godolphin would buy the best horses in training and immediately move them to Bin Suroor, instead of keeping them with the trainers that made them stars in the first place. Now, Sheikh Mohammed keeps his horses-in-training purchases with their existing trainers, and I feel like that is what is actually stalling Bin Suroor's career, not the now-resigned John Ferguson and whoever else allocates two year olds each year.

I just can't really imagine any other well known, private, trainer, venting like this.
weeeeeeeee
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Fri May 11, 2018 9:05 pm

Wow. Tell us how you really feel about them, Saeed. :?
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Sat May 12, 2018 1:39 am

‘The horses keep me young, man.’ Emerald Downs trainers still winning in their 90s
For Arturo Arboleda, 94, and H.R. “Pat” Mullens, 91, it’s the horses that give them purpose. The trainers are at Emerald Downs every morning and stay for hours, devising workout plans and keeping close eyes on their horses. It’s their passion and both are still successful.

Arturo Arboleda is really getting the hang of this training gig, after having by far the best season of his career last year at Emerald Downs, and is looking forward to the next few seasons.

And by the way, Arboleda is 94.

Retirement? Not with nine horses to tend to, and not with the thrill of victory just as great as it has ever been.

Arboleda has had horses run in six races this season and has had two second-place finishes, two thirds and a fourth after winning 10 races last season, double his previous career high.

His younger buddy, 91-year-old H.R. “Pat” Mullens, has seven horses this season and has bragging rights over his friend, with one win from three starters.
More: https://www.seattletimes.com/sports/oth ... their-90s/
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Sat May 12, 2018 2:11 pm

The first race at Belmont was delayed for over a half an hour, due to a meeting regarding jockey weights according to David Grening. A few of his Tweets:
* Start of today’s Belmont card will be delayed. Trying to find out what’s going on.
* Management and the jockeys are meeting over some issue.
* The jockeys still meeting to decide whether they will ride today or not. Believe this has to do with contractual issues, not track conditons
* Jockeys have been trying to get scale of weights changed. This apparently is their way of making a statement toward that end.
* We are scheduled to run
* Jockeys are weighing in as we speak

David Grening
‏ @DRFGrening

Also, Jose Lezcano is off his mounts today and probably tomorrow after suffering a concussion due to a fall from Coffee Crush during morning training.
More info at http://live.drf.com/
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Sat May 12, 2018 6:38 pm

That was maybe one of the strangest thing I have ever seen in racing.
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Mon May 14, 2018 9:09 pm

After reading this correspondence from the Jockeys' Guild, I would not be surprised to see more disruptions in the future. :shock:

Jockeys’ Guild Resigns From Position, Any Affiliation With NTRA Safety And Integrity Alliance
Jockeys' Guild national manager Terry Meyocks sent the following correspondence to Alex Waldrop, president and CEO of the National Thoroughbred Racing Association:

On behalf of the Jockeys' Guild and our members, the Guild is resigning from its position and any affiliation with the NTRA Safety and Integrity Alliance, including participation on the medical recommendations committee. This is not a step we take lightly. However, based on the responses we have received from the NTRA over the last several months and its continued failure to enforce the requirements pertaining to the human athletes, it is apparent the safety and well-being of the jockeys and human athletes in our sport as referenced in the preamble, as well as the NTRA Safety and Integrity Alliance Code of Standards, is being ignored.
Read more: https://www.paulickreport.com/news/peop ... -alliance/

I know that American racing is a haphazard mess of conflicting rules and regs, but what is laid out in that letter is upsetting...and pretty damning of the NTRA. :(
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Mon May 14, 2018 9:46 pm

The problem is that other than getting them - finally - some attention, I don't see where pulling out of NTRA and severing ties is going to do the jockeys much good.
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Mon May 14, 2018 10:40 pm

Sometimes, shining a bright light on a problem can help create a push toward finding solutions. Let's hope that proves true here.
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Tue May 15, 2018 7:28 am

Edgar Prado, the classiest jockey in racing, reached win #6,999 yesterday. He has three rides today at Parx, and can reach that incredible pinnacle of 7,000 wins.

He's the winningest active jockey.Behind him are Perry Wayne Ouzts with 6,913, Mario Pino with 6,859, Kent Desormeaux 5,958, and John Velasquez with 5,910

I winder if he'll start chasing Angel Cordero's 7,057!

Go, Edgar, go :)
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Tue May 15, 2018 11:16 am

How many 2YOs does Chad Brown have?

It's being reported on another forum that it's 150!

Find that hard to believe, no?
I've found it easier to tear up tickets at 8/1 instead of 8/5.
BaroqueAgain1
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Tue May 15, 2018 3:19 pm

I just watched Edgar Prado win his 7,000th race in the 6th at Parx.
Congratulations to Edgar, one of the classiest HOFamers out there. :D
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Tue May 15, 2018 4:33 pm

Congratulations, Edgar!
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Tue May 15, 2018 6:38 pm

Dutrow To Racing Community: If Given A Second Chance, I Won’t Let You Down
Kentucky Derby and Preakness-winning trainer Rick Dutrow has written an open letter to members of the Thoroughbred community, communicating his hope that the New York State Gaming Commission will reconsider the 10-year suspension he received in 2011 for an accumulation of rules violations from the regulatory board's predecessor, the New York State Racing and Wagering Board. Dutrow appealed the suspension and $50,000 fine but ran out of legal options in January 2013. He has served nearly 5 1/2 years of the original suspension.

Dutrow, 58, trained Big Brown to victories in the 2008 Kentucky Derby and Preakness and also was the conditioner of 2005 Breeders' Cup Classic winner and Horse of the Year Saint Liam.

The following letter from Dutrow to the Thoroughbred racing community was forwarded to the Paulick Report:

“Training race horses is my life. I have no other life. I have made mistakes and I am very sorry. I have said things which I shouldn't have said. Over the past five years, I have thought long and hard about how to be a better member of my racing community, if given a second chance.

“My hope for that second chance grew with the support of over 2,100 people who signed the Petition that my fellow horsemen, trainer Dale Romans, started in late March to get me back to work.

“I miss all of you but most of all I miss my horses. Nothing on earth means more to me. I am asking the Gaming Commission to give me my life back fully understanding all the responsibilities and obligations that come with that life. I will not let the racing community nor the Commission down.” – Rick Dutrow
https://www.paulickreport.com/news/ray- ... -you-down/
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Tue May 15, 2018 6:54 pm

NYRA Responds to Jockeys’ Guild Grievances
The New York Racing Association (NYRA) released the following statement Tuesday in response to a statement published by the Jockeys’ Guild Monday which outlined a number of concerns and grievances related to the NYRA jockey colony:

In late December, NYRA and the Jockeys’ Guild negotiated and subsequently announced an agreement in principal on a new contract. Following that announcement, the Guild backed away from the agreed upon terms sending both sides back to the negotiating table. Since that time, NYRA has been working with the Guild and their attorney in good faith toward a resolution. NYRA has continued to make payments at the same level as was required in the contract without any obligation to do so–a clear demonstration of our commitment to the jockeys and their safety.

NYRA has consistently demonstrated its commitment to act in the best interests of the sport and of the jockeys. NYRA has spent considerable sums to make our racetracks and training facilities safer, and we have new protocols in place for safer training. We will continue to act in a professional manner with all stakeholders, including owners, trainers, horseplayers, fans, jockeys, exercise riders, hot walkers and grooms. NYRA will continue to negotiate in good faith with the Guild in a responsible way that does not negatively affect fans, horsemen and owners.

However, this past Saturday, the jockeys raised issues that had not been under discussion during the negotiations. To raise these issues outside the agreed upon terms of negotiation, with no notice provided and mere minutes before the start of a Saturday race card, was unreasonable and caused a lengthy delay leading to confusion among fans, horseplayers, trainers and owners.
More: http://www.thoroughbreddailynews.com/ny ... rievances/
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