Jockey/Trainer News - 2018

Somnambulist
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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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BaroqueAgain1
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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.
BaroqueAgain1
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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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Sparrow Castle
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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/
Somnambulist
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Tue May 15, 2018 8:06 pm

I will say - as an athlete, it is brutal to be here in NY. Fans will actively rally against players over management/an organization any day but I feel like in this state it even moreso.

Hard to say who is in the wrong or right here without knowing the actual story.
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Wed May 16, 2018 5:26 pm

Joe Bravo to Receive 2018 Venezia Award

Award will be presented May 28 in a ceremony at Belmont Park.

https://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing ... ezia-award
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Wed May 16, 2018 6:37 pm

Has anyone seen the TV ad for the Chase payment app? It introduces Victor Espinoza and shows him riding a horse into a packed winner's circle. Then the horse starts chewing the flowers off a lady's fancy hat. Victor whips out his smartphone (doesn't it add to his riding weight?) and opens the app to pay for the ruined hat. :lol:
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Wed May 16, 2018 6:51 pm

Diver52 wrote:Has anyone seen the TV ad for the Chase payment app? It introduces Victor Espinoza and shows him riding a horse into a packed winner's circle. Then the horse starts chewing the flowers off a lady's fancy hat. Victor whips out his smartphone (doesn't it add to his riding weight?) and opens the app to pay for the ruined hat. :lol:
stark wrote:For those that haven't yet seen Victor Espinoza

https://www.ispot.tv/ad/w9rM/jpmorgan-c ... r-espinoza
I've found it easier to tear up tickets at 8/1 instead of 8/5.
BaroqueAgain1
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Wed May 16, 2018 7:11 pm

Yes, I've seen it. It's kind of cute, but no self-respecting horse with a sense of smell is going to eat fabric flowers off a hat. Grab it off her head and play with it? Yes. But eat it? Nope. :lol:
I know...asking for reality in ads is like asking for your horse that finished 2nd to win it in the replay. :P :lol:
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Diver52
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Wed May 16, 2018 7:14 pm

Sorry, stark--late to the party, as usual! :oops:
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Sat May 19, 2018 1:42 am

The extent of her injuries are horrific but her spirit, and that of her husband, is amazing.

Column | Burned horse trainer Martine Bellocq finds love, hope among the ashes
Sitting in a bedside chair at Vibra Hospital in Hillcrest, Martine Bellocq thumbs at the tracheotomy opening in her neck with reddish-white hands as visitors in protective gowns and gloves lock eyes and listen.

The horse trainer burned over 60 percent of her body during the deadly Dec. 7 fire at San Luis Rey Downs waited almost four months to speak, isolated in a burn unit. She’s braved a port in her chest, tubes flowing from her nose, three-times-weekly dialysis, eight skin-graft surgeries and the amputation of her lower left leg.

Talking matters so much, because Bellocq has so much to say.

When her prized colt Wild Bill Hickory refused to budge as ink-black smoke filled his stall and flames licked across from the far side of the barn, Bellocq decided she had one more shot. She grabbed a hose, doused herself from head to toe, and charged inside. The fire had other ideas.

“When it got so hot, my body started to burn,” Bellocq said Wednesday. “It hurt so much. I just walked out of the barn. He’ll find me. He’ll find me.”

Parked at the edge of her hospital bed a few feet away, her husband Pierre reached out a hand and spoke in a muffled whisper.

“I found you,” he said.

True love stories rarely unfold like airport paperbacks, the hulking heroes with flowing manes cradling Southern belles in absurdly sculpted arms. Reality is an exhausted husband helping a wife of nearly 42 years in and out of her wheelchair.

Sometimes, love reveals itself through simply finding a way, day after day, for someone impossible to live without.

“He’s the best husband,” Martine said. “Every day, he came. Every day, he supports me. He’s a wonderful man.”

Martine reached for a pair of sunglasses. She’s waiting on surgeries to both lower eyelids. More will follow.

“You’re really a rock star now,” Pierre said.

They’re facing the beast — the fire then, the ashes now — together.
More: http://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/spo ... story.html

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Mon May 21, 2018 7:30 pm

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Marlon St. Julien Undergoes Spinal Surgery After Prairie Meadows Incident
Jockey Marlon St. Julien, 46, was involved in a serious spill on Saturday at Prairie Meadows, reports drf.com. In the ninth race, his mount Carbaugh was interfered with at the start and St. Julien went down hard.
“He went headfirst into the ground,” said his agent, Bobby Dean.
On Sunday, St. Julien underwent spinal surgery to fuse the C5 and C7 vertebrae, in an attempt to keep the pressure of his discs off his spinal cord. The rider was on a ventilator on Sunday, and his range of motion is under evaluation.
The rider of 2,468 winners with earnings just shy of $47 million, St. Julien has won multiple graded stakes races over the course of his career.

https://www.paulickreport.com/news/peop ... -incident/
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Mon May 21, 2018 8:34 pm

I saw that. Best wishes for Marlon.
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Tue May 22, 2018 7:28 am

New York Revokes Charlerie's License Three Years

Thoroughbred trainer Brandon Charlerie had his license to own and train Thoroughbreds revoked for at least three years and was fined $3,000 after what regulators say was his role in claiming a horse in 2016 at Belmont Park on behalf of two individuals who weren't licensed as owners.

https://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing ... hree-years
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