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Re: Jockey/Trainer News - 2018

PostPosted: 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

PostPosted: 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

Re: Jockey/Trainer News - 2018

PostPosted: 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

PostPosted: 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:

Re: Jockey/Trainer News - 2018

PostPosted: 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.

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

Re: Jockey/Trainer News - 2018

PostPosted: 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

PostPosted: 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.


Re: Jockey/Trainer News - 2018

PostPosted: 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

PostPosted: 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.

Re: Jockey/Trainer News - 2018

PostPosted: 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.