Jockey/Trainer News - 2017

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Thu Feb 16, 2017 9:55 pm

Smoke marijuana in NY?
Wait a year to renew your license!

http://www.drf.com/news/jeffrey-engleha ... -marijuana
I've found it easier to tear up tickets at 8/1 instead of 8/5.
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Thu Feb 16, 2017 10:08 pm

Vitali Gets Stay Of Parx Racing Ejection, Seeking Florida HBPA Board Position
Trainer Marcus Vitali received a stay from the Pennsylvania Horse Racing Commission of an eviction notice by Parx Racing and will be permitted to run the horse Eagle of Delight at the suburban Philadelphia racetrack on Saturday.

Vitali, who was denied stalls and whose entries were banned at Gulfstream Park and other tracks owned by The Stronach Group tracks last year, attempted to enter Eagle of Delight at Parx Racing Nov. 18, 2016. The entry was refused by the track's director of racing and racing secretary, Sam Elliott. Vitali, through attorney Alan Pincus, sought a hearing on the matter, but that request was denied by Tom Chuckas, Thoroughbred Bureau Director of the Pennsylvania Horse Racing Commission, on the basis that denial of entries is not governed by Section 9326 of the Pennsylvania Racing Act.

Vitali then sued both Elliott and Chuckas in federal court in December, saying that Vitali's due process rights under Pennsylvania law were being violated.

Attorneys for Elliott and Vitali reached an agreement in January, whereby Parx would issue an ejection letter to Vitali and the lawsuit subsequently was dismissed. Elliott said the ejection was based on what he alleged as conduct “detrimental to racing.”

Vitali sought and received a stay of that ejection from the Pennsylvania Horse Racing Commission, forcing Parx to accept his entries, pending a hearing in front of the commission.
http://www.paulickreport.com/news/ray-s ... -position/
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Wed Feb 22, 2017 7:14 pm

May be of interest to West Coasters, RIP Jim Penney.

WASHINGTON ICON JIM PENNEY DIES AT AGE 82
AUBURN, Wash. (February 22) – Jim Penney, a charter member of the Washington Racing Hall of Fame who saddled a record five Longacres Mile winners, died Tuesday at his home in Edgewood.

Penney, who ranked at or near the top of every major training category at Emerald Downs, Longacres and Yakima Meadows, was 82 years old.

According to son-in-law Bryson Cooper, Penney had been in ill health for several months before his situation deteriorated rapidly in recent days. Penney, who wore a pacemaker and was diabetic, had had been in and out of hospice care.

“Luckily he didn’t suffer,” Cooper said. “His body just shut down.”

As a jockey, Cooper notched his biggest win aboard Theologist for his father-in-law in the 1977 Longacres Mile.

“He left no stone unturned,” Cooper said. “He was on top of every little problem, knew everything about all of his horses.

“He was more than a trainer,” Cooper added. “Jim was involved with the sport and cared about it, serving as president of the HBPA, and he was respected by his peers.”

At Emerald Downs, Penney ranks No. 2 in wins (662), stakes wins (50) and earnings ($8,831,653) while at Longacres he tied for fifth with 39 stakes wins and was leading trainer in 1968. At Yakima Meadows, Penney ranked No. 1 in wins (490) and amassed a record 17 training titles.

Born July 4, 1934 in Portland, Ore., Penney grew up in Naches, Wash., where his grandfather A.E. Penney and father A.J. Penney laid the foundation for one of Washington’s greatest racing dynasties. The black and white silks of Penney Farms (later Homestretch Farms) are synonymous with success in west coast racing, with Penney sending out winners at Bay Meadows, Golden Gate, Tanforan, Turf Paradise, Santa Anita, Hollywood Park, Del Mar and Exhibition Park (Hastings Racecourse).

Penney began training in 1957 and won 2,154 races and nearly $20 million in purses. In addition to Theologist, Penney won the Longacres Mile with Silver Mallet (1973), Edneator (2000), Sabertooth (2002) and Flamethrowintexan (2006). A Homestretch Farms homebred, Edneator raced gate-to-wire under Gallyn Mitchell and paid a then record $85.20 to win.
http://emeralddowns.com/jim-penney-1934-2017/
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Sat Feb 25, 2017 11:13 am

Elliott Honored with George Woolf Memorial Jockey Award

Stewart Elliott, best known as the regular rider for 2004 dual classic winner and champion Smarty Jones , was selected by a nationwide vote of his peers as the winner of the 2017 George Woolf Memorial Jockey Award.

A dominant force for years in the Mid-Atlantic region, Elliott, 51, shifted his tack on a full-time basis to Southern California in 2016 and has established himself on the circuit.


http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/ ... ckey-award

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Sat Feb 25, 2017 4:25 pm

In Japan, via https://twitter.com/LongBallToNoOne/sta ... 8778539008:
Idol Jockey NANAKO got her first JRA winner for 2017 on 8. LILTING INK (Matsurida Gogh) at Kokura today
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B-UH_dAdB0s

I'm not sure how many female jockeys there are in Japan? But it's nice to see. :mrgreen:
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Wed Mar 01, 2017 10:34 am

Florida Consent Order Sees Ness Suspended 100 Days

Trainer Jamie Ness, who has finished atop the Tampa Bay Downs standings nine times during his career, will serve a 100-day suspension and pay a $4,800 fine in a settlement with Florida that resolves a dozen post-race test positives for the bronchodilator Clenbuterol dating from December 2012-March 2014.

http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/ ... d-100-days

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Sun Mar 05, 2017 10:14 am

Retired jockey Larry Melancon has been in an induced coma in a North Carolina hospital since undergoing six hours of surgery Saturday after suffering a major stroke the previous day.

http://live.drf.com/nuggets/35484
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Sun Mar 05, 2017 1:28 pm

Wishing him all the best for a good recovery.
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Mon Mar 06, 2017 4:35 pm

4th race Thursday @ Santa Anita
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1 Tchula Sunset (CA) 3/C L $40,000 M Garcia 122 D Pederson 4/1
2 Oopper Wallah (KY) 3/C L $40,000 G L Stevens 122 M Chew 5/2
3 Loud Stalker (CA) 3/G L $40,000 T Baze 122 J Carava 5/1
4 Run Macho Run (FL) 3/G L $40,000 F Prat 124 R Baltas 5/2
5 A. P. Zona (KY) 3/C L $40,000 M A Pedroza 122 M J Pearson 2/1
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Mon Mar 06, 2017 9:27 pm

stark wrote:Retired jockey Larry Melancon has been in an induced coma in a North Carolina hospital since undergoing six hours of surgery Saturday after suffering a major stroke the previous day.

http://live.drf.com/nuggets/35484
For anyone interested, there's a GoFundMe account set up to help with expenses. They've met their original goal and climbing. :D
https://www.gofundme.com/bring-larry-melancon-home

This link takes you directly to the DRF article, which seems to have fallen below the crease.
http://www.drf.com/news/former-jockey-m ... ing-stroke
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Tue Mar 07, 2017 12:37 am

This is pretty long but I really enjoyed reminiscing as I read it. And I've always liked Mandella, and love his dry sense of humor. There's going to be three more parts. If I don't catch them all, I hope someone else here will post them.

The Quiet Man: Mandella Lets His Horses Do The Talking (First Of Four Parts)
(Over the next four days, Tere Albanese goes inside the stable of Hall of Fame horseman Richard Mandella to learn more about his background, training methods and philosophy. In part one, Albanese looks at the overall career of Mandella, 66, and some of the champions and other memorable horses he's trained.)

In 1993 I wrote a Q&A on Bobby Frankel for the Thoroughbred Times, which was the highlight of my journalistic career. After Bobby died in 2009, I lost interest in racing. The sport had lost something that could never be replaced. But like so many other fair-weather racing fans, that dwindling fire was reignited when the flawless and one of the sweetest champions, American Pharoah, crossed the wire in front in the Belmont Stakes and completed the first Triple Crown sweep since Affirmed in 1978. I wanted to write again and thought it might be a way to honor Bobby Frankel by asking the same basic questions of another racing great who also viscerally felt the loss of Bobby Frankel, that being Hall of Fame trainer Richard Mandella.
http://www.paulickreport.com/news/ray-s ... our-parts/
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Wed Mar 22, 2017 3:54 pm

FLORENCE, Ky. – Kent Sweezey is coming home. Sweezey has been allotted six stalls at the Trackside training center in Louisville, where he will embark on a solo training career using his home state of Kentucky as his primary base.

Sweezey, 31, has worked the last seven years in California and New York as a stable hand and assistant for Eoin Harty, Christophe Clement, and, most recently, Jimmy Jerkens. For Jerkens, he worked closely with such stars as Wicked Strong, Effinex, Unified, and Shaman Ghost.
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Thu Mar 23, 2017 6:07 pm

The West Point Thoroughbreds ownership group has moved 10 horses from trainer Tom Albertrani, ending a business relationship that began in 2009, the partnership’s president confirmed Wednesday.

Among the horses moved was Twilight Eclipse, a Grade 1-winning gelding and earner of more than $2.1 million. The 8-year-old is with Graham Motion, a trainer with whom West Point has at least a dozen runners. Also receiving horses from West Point in this move were George Weaver, Tony Dutrow, and Tom Morley.
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Thu Mar 30, 2017 10:12 am

Owner, veterinarian suspended 30 days

The New York stewards suspended owner Raj Jagnanan for 30 days and fined him $1,500 for having a bottle of the medication albuterol in his car. Albuterol is a bronchodilator that is only permitted to be in the possession of a licensed veterinarian.

http://www.drf.com/news/owner-veterinar ... ed-30-days
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Mon Apr 10, 2017 9:06 pm

'Snake' Thompson continues to improve from stroke
http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/ ... rom-stroke

Not a trainer or a jockey but an all-around good guy who has been employed in the racing industry for decades. The article included a link to the Go Fund Me account established for him.
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Tue Apr 18, 2017 8:31 am

Experience Helps Allen Compete at Tampa Bay Downs

In some ways jockey Ronnie Allen Jr. overcomes the odds every day he rides.

Professional sports are dominated by the young and horse racing is no different. But at age 52 Allen competes on a daily basis with riders often half his age; young, eager jockeys hungry to win races and make a name for themselves.


http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/ ... -bay-downs

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Wed Apr 19, 2017 1:58 pm

Trainer Lynn Whiting 77
rest in peace
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Wed Apr 19, 2017 5:01 pm

stark wrote:Trainer Lynn Whiting 77
rest in peace
I was there for Lil E Tee's Derby win, and Mr. Whiting was as kind and approachable as they come. Just a decent man who will surely be missed.

RIP Mr. Whiting.

http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/ ... iting-dies

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Wed Apr 19, 2017 7:53 pm

WarBiscuit wrote:
stark wrote:Trainer Lynn Whiting 77
rest in peace
I was there for Lil E Tee's Derby win, and Mr. Whiting was as kind and approachable as they come. Just a decent man who will surely be missed.

RIP Mr. Whiting.

http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/ ... iting-dies

WarBiscuit
Oh this is sad, had hoped he had beat his health issues. I remember that Derby well, and all the pre-race chatter. We were rooting hard for a different long shot, Casual Lies, owned and trained by Shelley Riley, little-known outside the West Coast. Their 2nd place didn't sting quite so much after the dust settled and it sunk in the winner was Mr. Whiting's "ET phone home" as the kids called him. A really nice horseman and individual, he will be missed. RIP, Mr. Whiting.
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Wed Apr 19, 2017 8:34 pm

Jane Driggers Proctor, pioneering rider, wife of trainer/horseman Hap, has died from a brain tumor
http://live.drf.com/nuggets/36223
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