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Re: Jockey/Trainer News - 2018

Posted: Thu Feb 22, 2018 1:16 pm
by Treve
WaquoitNBroadBrush wrote:
Sparrow Castle wrote:‘Goggles as Whip’ Earns $76,000 Win–And a $200 Fine
Jockey David Cabrera was on the lead and under pressure aboard an 8-1 filly approaching the final furlong of the fourth race Feb. 10 when the whip slipped from his grip and skittered uselessly behind him in the Oaklawn Park slop.

The 25-year-old rider didn’t waste much time before instinct kicked in. He ripped down a pair of goggles from atop his helmet with his right hand and used them as a substitute crop to propel the 4-year-old La Key (J P’s Gusto) forward, prevailing by three-quarters of a length in the $76,000 allowance (VIDEO).

Such a spontaneous tactic is not unprecedented in North American racing. Nylon helmet covers, for example, have occasionally been employed in this manner over the years.

But in the state of Arkansas, striking a horse with anything other than an “ordinary whip” is explicitly forbidden.

Thus, on Feb. 16, Cabrera was hit with a $200 fine from the Arkansas Racing Commission for violation of state Rule #1214, which states, in part, “No electrical or mechanical device or other expedient designed to increase or decrease the speed of a horse, or that would tend to do so, other than the ordinary whip, shall be possessed by any one or applied by any one to a horse at any time.”
So merely possessing goggles, a helmet cover or anything else that might make a horse go faster is a no-no? Gee. Boots could be used that way, too, or a lead pad from under the saddle, or even the helmet itself. And all the other jocks in the race were in possession of goggles. Why weren't they fined?

Obviously, the rule was written to apply to buzzers, joints, or whatever you want to call electrical devices, not pieces of standard jockey equipment, none of which were "designed" to help a horse run faster. I wonder if Cabrera appealed the fine or figured it wasn't worth fighting.
It's poorly worded but it does say "possessed" (such as electrical devices) or applied... you don't normally apply goggles to horses. In his shoes I wouldn't appeal it, not worth it. But that's just yet another problem with not having unified racing rules.

Re: Jockey/Trainer News - 2018

Posted: Tue Feb 27, 2018 9:00 am
by PJMIII
Trainer Brittany Trimble Scores First Career Victory

Peter Blum's filly Oh My captured the fourth race at Laurel Park Feb. 25.

https://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing ... er-victory

Re: Jockey/Trainer News - 2018

Posted: Tue Feb 27, 2018 11:29 am
by stark
Good read. Trainer Robert Falcone Jr. from New York to California

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

Re: Jockey/Trainer News - 2018

Posted: Thu Mar 01, 2018 9:01 pm
by stark
Martin Garcia is returning to ride full time at Santa Anita after a three-month sojourn on the New York Racing Association circuit. The 33-year-old native of Veracruz, Mexico, will be represented by Vince DeGregory, who will continue to handle apprentice Cesar Franco.

“Martin is fulfilling his obligations in New York this week, is due here Monday and will start working horses Tuesday,” said DeGregory, 85, who has represented eight Hall of Fame jockeys in a career that started in 1959 with a kid out of Puerto Rico named Angel Cordero Jr.

Re: Jockey/Trainer News - 2018

Posted: Thu Mar 01, 2018 9:06 pm
by Sparrow Castle
Feel good story...includes info about Brass Hat and the antics of The Player.

Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: ‘Playing’ Around At Bradley’s Indian Ridge Farm
...One of Kabel's first equine students was multi-millionaire and Grade 1 winner Brass Hat, whom she had groomed and galloped during his star-studded career. The gelding, who will be honored as an official Breyer model horse at the Kentucky Horse Park later this year, did some small local shows with both Chelsey Coady and the now 14-year-old Jett Bradley.

“He jumps very well, but he just doesn't really enjoy it,” Kabel said. “Now, Buff or I will occasionally throw a stock saddle on him to trail ride around the property, but for the most part he just hangs out with his best friend in his paddock.”
...“Kim (Bradley's wife) actually delivered The Player, along with his daughter Jett,” Kabel recalled. “He has been sitting like a dog on his haunches for his whole life – we even sent him to the clinic a few times because of that!”

The Player has developed a fan following due to his unusual antics off the racetrack, including the habit of sitting down on his haunches. He even has a Facebook page, operated by Bradley himself, which has a number of entertaining videos showcasing those antics. One of The Player's favorite tricks is to lie down with his head hanging out underneath the stall guard into the shed row, then stretch his lips to beg for peppermints whenever anyone walks by...
https://www.paulickreport.com/features/ ... idge-farm/

Re: Jockey/Trainer News - 2018

Posted: Thu Mar 01, 2018 9:13 pm
by BaroqueAgain1
How spoiled is The Player; he has his own pillow to rest his head on while he's mooching peppermints. :lol:

Re: Jockey/Trainer News - 2018

Posted: Sat Mar 03, 2018 4:13 pm
by katmandu
And the crowd rose to their feet!

Win #2000 for Shug with Fly So Hall.

Re: Jockey/Trainer News - 2018

Posted: Tue Mar 06, 2018 11:35 am
by stark
Happy Birthday Gary Stevens, #55!

Re: Jockey/Trainer News - 2018

Posted: Tue Mar 06, 2018 12:26 pm
by Little Watermelon
Sparrow Castle wrote:Feel good story...includes info about Brass Hat and the antics of The Player.

Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: ‘Playing’ Around At Bradley’s Indian Ridge Farm
...One of Kabel's first equine students was multi-millionaire and Grade 1 winner Brass Hat, whom she had groomed and galloped during his star-studded career. The gelding, who will be honored as an official Breyer model horse at the Kentucky Horse Park later this year, did some small local shows with both Chelsey Coady and the now 14-year-old Jett Bradley.

“He jumps very well, but he just doesn't really enjoy it,” Kabel said. “Now, Buff or I will occasionally throw a stock saddle on him to trail ride around the property, but for the most part he just hangs out with his best friend in his paddock.”
...“Kim (Bradley's wife) actually delivered The Player, along with his daughter Jett,” Kabel recalled. “He has been sitting like a dog on his haunches for his whole life – we even sent him to the clinic a few times because of that!”

The Player has developed a fan following due to his unusual antics off the racetrack, including the habit of sitting down on his haunches. He even has a Facebook page, operated by Bradley himself, which has a number of entertaining videos showcasing those antics. One of The Player's favorite tricks is to lie down with his head hanging out underneath the stall guard into the shed row, then stretch his lips to beg for peppermints whenever anyone walks by...
https://www.paulickreport.com/features/ ... idge-farm/
Thanks for posting this article. Brass Hat was one of my favorite horses. When my wife and I used to go to Suffolk regularly to play simulcasts, we were talking to Christian Teja who worked at Suffolk at the time and mentioned we were fans of the horse, who was coming for the MassCap. He arranged for us to meet Buff Bradley and BH. He won the race that year. Buff was a very nice, unassuming guy, and we are always happy to hear when he has successful horses.

Re: Jockey/Trainer News - 2018

Posted: Wed Mar 07, 2018 10:46 am
by stark
BIG CONGRATULATIONS....

Jockey “JOEL ROSARIO” becomes US Citizen today... proud day in the life a Dominican, who’s dreams came true today....

https://twitter.com/ronaldt54/status/971160415161012225

Re: Jockey/Trainer News - 2018

Posted: Wed Mar 07, 2018 9:50 pm
by stark
DRF....HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. –Being in two places at the same time is never easy, especially when the two places are Miami and Dubai.

Several members of the local jockey colony will be faced with making the decision of whether to be at Gulfstream Park or Meydan Racecourse on March 31, the day two of the most important races of the season, the Grade 1 Florida Derby and the $10 million Dubai World Cup, will be run several hours and approximately 7,800 miles apart.

Javier Castellano made his decision recently, opting to be in Dubai to ride likely favorite West Coast in the World Cup rather than potential favorite Audible in the $1 million Florida Derby. John Velazquez has picked up the mount on Audible for trainer Todd Pletcher.

Irad Ortiz Jr. will stay in Florida rather than riding Mind Your Biscuits in his attempt at a second straight win in the Dubai Golden Shaheen.

“It looks like we’re potentially going to ride one of the favorites in the Florida Derby, and have a lot of other business on the day, so it didn’t pay for Irad to go all the way to Dubai for the one horse,” said Ortiz’s agent, Steve Rushing.

On Tuesday, Luis Saez and his agent also chose Gulfstream Park over Meydan, giving up the mount on Gunnevera in the Dubai World Cup to be aboard Strike Power in the Florida Derby. Strike Power suffered his first setback in three starts when second here last Saturday in the Grade 2 Fountain of Youth.

“It was a tough, tough decision,” said Saez’s agent, Richard Depass. “I spoke to the jockey after the Fountain of Youth, told him to take a few days and think it over, then we talked over all the pros and cons and made the choice to stick with the 3-year-old Strike Power over the older horse Gunnevera.”

Depass said the decision came down to which horse he and Saez felt might have the biggest upside down the road.

“A lot of things come into play here, so we put it all on the table and felt Strike Power, being a 3-year-old, had the potential for a bigger future,” Depass explained. “It’s a lot of money over there, and Luis said Gunnevera worked terrific last weekend. But we tried looking not at the bridge in front of us, but what happens after we cross that bridge. I’d hate to give up a potential Kentucky Derby mount to ride in Dubai. And even if he’s not a Derby horse, I’d say up to a mile Strike Power is as good as any 3-year-old we’ve seen this year. And I don’t know if we get that mount back if we went to Dubai. We’d have also missed several days making the trip over there, and I have other business lined up on Florida Derby Day.”

Joel Rosario is the beneficiary of Saez staying home, as he has picked up the mount on Gunnevera in the Dubai World Cup. Rosario also inherited his old seat back on Mind Your Biscuits in the Golden Shaheen. He was already slated to ride Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint winner Stormy Liberal the same night for trainer Peter Miller in the Al Quoz turf sprint.

Re: Jockey/Trainer News - 2018

Posted: Thu Mar 08, 2018 5:10 pm
by stark
Ronnie Franklin, who at age 19 won the 1979 @KentuckyDerby and @PreaknessStakes on Spectacular Bid, died today at age 58. Story shortly on http://DRF.com

Re: Jockey/Trainer News - 2018

Posted: Sun Mar 11, 2018 4:16 pm
by stark
Mike Smith suspended for 3 days by Santa Anita stewards for the DQ of McKinzie on Saturday

Re: Jockey/Trainer News - 2018

Posted: Sun Mar 11, 2018 4:21 pm
by BaroqueAgain1
I know that the stewards try to do the best they can, but...that decision was not good. If you and I could see on the rear view that Mck was pushed into the rail and his hindquarters knocked sideways, why didn't the stews? Do they not have that angle? :evil:
sigh.

Re: Jockey/Trainer News - 2018

Posted: Tue Mar 13, 2018 2:16 pm
by BaroqueAgain1
Mike Smith Lands Mount On Forever Unbridled In Dubai World Cup
The reigning champion dirt mare in America has picked up the riding services of one of the top jockeys in the world. Charles Fipke's homebred Forever Unbridled will be united for the first time with Mike Smith in the $10 million Dubai World Cup sponsored by Emirates Airline (G1), which was confirmed by trainer Dallas Stewart on Monday.
“He's obviously a great rider and he won the race last year,” Stewart said. “Last fall, he told me he would love to ride her sometime and obviously (previous rider) Johnny (Velazquez) had a prior commitment. Smith was Chuck (Fipke's) next choice and I'm glad to have him.”
Velazquez, who is committed to riding Audible in the Florida Derby (G1) on March 31st, rode Forever Unbridled in her last racetrack appearance in November, a half-length victory over subsequently crowned champion 3-year-old filly Abel Tasman in the $2 million Breeders' Cup Distaff (G1). A race prior, under Joel Rosario, the 6-year-old bay mare defeated heavily favoured champion 3-year-old filly of the previous year, Songbird, by a neck in Saratoga's Personal Ensign (G1) in late August. Smith was aboard both Songbird, whom she caught in the final stages, and Abel Tasman, whom she held off just the same.
“If you can't beat them, join them,” Smith said.

Read more: https://www.paulickreport.com/news/thor ... world-cup/

The amount of rider switches detailed in the article makes my head spin. :P :lol:

Re: Jockey/Trainer News - 2018

Posted: Tue Mar 13, 2018 3:06 pm
by Treve
Well, he is a ladies man! :D
I really want her to do well here.

Re: Jockey/Trainer News - 2018

Posted: Wed Mar 14, 2018 2:43 pm
by Sparrow Castle
A little info on a relatively new trainer on the scene, now on the Derby trail. I was wondering about him and his story. Best of luck to you, Rodolphe Brisset!

Rookie Trainer Brisset Eyes Derby Victory
He is not one of the usual suspects. While Bob Baffert, Todd Pletcher, Dale Romans, Chad Brown, et. al. are in the midst of their annual pilgrimage to Churchill Downs for the GI Kentucky Derby, they may have to contend with a rival trainer who many people probably hadn’t even heard of prior to last Saturday’s GII Tampa Bay Derby. Rodolphe Brisset didn’t start his first horse until May 14 of last year, and coming into the Tampa race had won just nine races, none of them stakes. But if a trainer knows what he is doing and has a good horse, why should any of that matter?

That’s exactly what Brisset, 34, might ultimately prove. In Quip (Distorted Humor) he has a horse that may be good enough to give the trainer a Kentucky Derby winner less than one year after he started his first horse.

“I just started my own barn, but I have been known for quite some time,” he said. “[Winning the Tampa Bay Derby] was a very good feeling. But we’re just trying to keep our feet on the ground. We’ve already gotten back to work.”

A native of Tours, France, Brisset began his career as a jockey in France, but didn’t achieve much success and battled weight problems. So he decided to become an exercise rider and, looking for a place for a fresh start, emigrated to the U.S. in 2005.

“I was not a very good jockey; I am a much better exercise rider,” he said. “I rode for four or five years and got too heavy. I was never supposed to be a jockey.”

His first stop in the U.S. was with Patrick Biancone. In 2007 he went to work for Bill Mott and eventually became one of his top assistants. Learning from a Hall of Famer and having the chance to both train and exercise some of the best horses in racing, he was in no particular hurry to leave.
More: http://www.thoroughbreddailynews.com/ro ... by-victory

Re: Jockey/Trainer News - 2018

Posted: Wed Mar 14, 2018 4:49 pm
by WaquoitNBroadBrush
Hopefully he's learned his tricks of the trade from Mott and not Biancone.

Re: Jockey/Trainer News - 2018

Posted: Fri Mar 16, 2018 3:23 pm
by Sparrow Castle
Fair Grounds: Miguel Mena has multiple fractures, out indefinitely
Miguel Mena, the leading jockey at the ongoing Fair Grounds meet with 55 wins, figures to miss substantial time after being diagnosed with multiple fractures in his right ankle and heel following a spill in Thursday's eighth race.

Mena's agent, Richie Price, said it was too early to establish even a rough timetable for Mena's rehab and return to riding. The swelling in the affected nearly needs to subside before a fuller evaluation can take place, and Price said Mena is scheduled to see a specialist late next week. Mena was told, Price said, he could miss up to six months because of the injury.

Another rider in the incident, Kerwin Clark, has a broken jaw, at least one broken rib, and a collapsed lung, according to his agent, Charles Ashy Jr. Clark was riding Ellashoo when his pace-setting mount broke down catastrophically on the far turn. Mena's horse, A Fashion Affair, collided Ellashoo after she went down, as did Queen Bernardina. Her rider, Gabriel Saez, escaped consequential injury, as did A Social Affair and Queen Bernardina.
http://live.drf.com/nuggets/41092-fair- ... definitely

Re: Jockey/Trainer News - 2018

Posted: Sun Mar 18, 2018 5:41 pm
by stark
ARCADIA, Calif. – Trainer Peter Miller has been suspended seven days, fined $2,500, and placed on probation through October 2019 – when his current license expires – for what Santa Anita stewards, in a ruling issued Sunday, said was because of "derogatory words about a licensee's unborn baby" in an incident last September at San Luis Rey Downs, where Miller was based at the time.