Jockey/Trainer News - 2018

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Wed Mar 07, 2018 9:50 pm

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.
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Thu Mar 08, 2018 5:10 pm

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
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Sun Mar 11, 2018 4:16 pm

Mike Smith suspended for 3 days by Santa Anita stewards for the DQ of McKinzie on Saturday
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Sun Mar 11, 2018 4:21 pm

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.
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Tue Mar 13, 2018 2:16 pm

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:
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Tue Mar 13, 2018 3:06 pm

Well, he is a ladies man! :D
I really want her to do well here.
A filly named Ruffian...

Eine Stute namens Danedream...

Une pouliche se nommant Trêve...

Kincsem nevű kanca...


And a Queen named Beholder
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Wed Mar 14, 2018 2:43 pm

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.
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Wed Mar 14, 2018 4:49 pm

Hopefully he's learned his tricks of the trade from Mott and not Biancone.
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Fri Mar 16, 2018 3:23 pm

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.
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Sun Mar 18, 2018 5:41 pm

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.
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stark wrote: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.
He's also been ordered to undergo anger management, apparently this is/was his seventh offense?

Jay Privman @DRFPrivman
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SA: Miller suspended, fined, must undergo anger-management education for 7th disorderly conduct offense http://bit.ly/2FRfWyi
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https://www.paulickreport.com/news/the- ... t-offense/
The Comments after the article are interesting.

It sounds like he was due for the anger management classes a looonnng time ago. :shock:
He's a good trainer, but the dude needs to wear a tongue tie himself. :roll:
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Sun Mar 18, 2018 8:18 pm

Not sure what he said, but no doubt it was bad, any educated guesses?

Miller does raise an interesting question tho'.....why did the stewards get involved after the parties resolved it?

This is not new to trainerspeak, dating back to 1951 and the best the sport has to offer.

If you were on the backstretch, or for that matter trackside waiting for a jock to return and be unsaddled immediately after a race....

"YOU EFFIN IDIOT, you'll never ride for me again"

"YOU DUMB S-O-B, what were you thinking out there"

"DON'T THINK DUMMY, just do what I tell you to do"

"HOW STUPID CAN YOU BE to get boxed in a 4 horse race"

"118? WHAT A FAT ASS, you're not riding for me like that"

"Te odio, eres un cabrón mudo, aléjate de mi caballo, no vuelvas nunca más"

and the list goes on and on and on, would a national czarina step in and preside over these indiscretions?
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Sun Mar 18, 2018 8:44 pm

There's a difference between swearing at a jockey who is getting paid to ride for you, and abusing a seven-month pregnant woman and her unborn child. And she's not your employee. (Not that I think it's ever OK for an employer to abuse an employee.)
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Sun Mar 18, 2018 10:58 pm

Jeremy's story, Kitchingman witnessed the incident and intervened, and was a voluntary witness at the hearing...

Trainer Peter Miller Suspended for 'Derogatory' Remarks
Trainer Peter Miller was fined $2,500 and suspended seven days by the California Horse Racing Board's board of stewards at Santa Anita Park March 18 for an incident that involved "derogatory words about a licensee's unborn baby" Sept. 11 at San Luis Rey Training Center.

The ruling from the Santa Anita stewards said the suspension is to be served from April 2-8. The ruling also said Miller has been placed on probation for the term of his training license, which expires in October of 2019. A term of the probation is "to adhere to (the) recommendation of the Winners Foundation regarding anger-management education."

The stewards said Sunday the incident was Miller's seventh offense related to "disorderly conduct" since 2008, and the sanctions were warranted because of that and the severity of the incident.

According to a document filed to CHRB investigators by a former Miller assistant, Stephanie Murray, Miller accused her of "stealing" his staff at San Luis Rey during training hours Sept. 11 and then began to berate Murray about her physical appearance and her family. Murray had worked for Miller for three years before she began working for trainer Doug O'Neill.

"Miller then continued to belittle and harass me on a deeply personal level, regarding my appearance, my skill as a horseman, my child that is expected to be born (Dec. 1), and my husband," Murray wrote.
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Mon Mar 19, 2018 2:19 am

Doesn't sound extreme, but if #MeToo is moving into racing this isn't the end.
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Mon Mar 19, 2018 10:34 am

Jockey Rafael Bejarano has been diagnosed with a broken left wrist after an accident in the final race at Santa Anita on Sunday and will be out of action for "at least three to four weeks", his agent, Tora Yamaguchi, reported on Monday morning.
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Mon Mar 19, 2018 3:31 pm

Jay Privman @DRFPrivman
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This story has been updated with comments from Stephanie Murray, the woman involved in the incident with Miller:
http://www.drf.com/news/trainer-miller- ... g-language
The licensee at whom the words were spoken, Stephanie Murray, who works for trainer Doug O’Neill, was seven months pregnant at the time with a girl who is now 3 months old. Murray worked as an assistant for Miller for three years before moving to O’Neill’s employ eight months ago, Murray said Monday. She was one of the four witnesses who testified at the March 12 hearing.

Miller on Sunday admitted to losing his cool but said he and Murray, whom he said he accused at the time of trying to steal employees, had long since made peace over the incident and said he believed the stewards and their employer, the CHRB, were “trying to retaliate against me” for his past statements about their competency.

“This is an effort by the stewards and the CHRB to embarrass me,” Miller said. “She dropped the complaint. She was trying to steal my help. That’s a no-no. I apologized. She apologized. It was an unfortunate incident. We’re friendly now. In fact I saw her and spoke to her today.

“This is more about me being outspoken about the stewards, who I think leave a lot to be desired, and the CHRB, which I think leaves a lot to be desired. It’s basically retribution. I’ve never heard of a complaint being dropped and still going forward.”

Miller said he was “never notified of the hearing” on March 12 and in fact was in Ocala, Fla., at a 2-year-old sale at the time.

“They never asked me for my side of the story,” Miller said.

Murray on Monday described her relationship with Miller as “cordial, that’s about it.”

“Friendly, no,” she said. “Cordial, yes.”

She said she chose to be cordial owing to O’Neill and Miller being assigned to adjacent barns at Del Mar following the devastating fire last December at San Luis Rey Downs, forcing their relocation.

Murray said she “did not want to be labeled as victim” in this situation, but thought it important to speak out. She questioned if this incident would have been handled more proactively if the accused wasn’t someone as prominent as Miller.

“It hasn’t been fun, but I don’t want this to be woe-is-me,” Murray said Monday. “People know this goes on, and has gone on for a long time. Does Pete get a pass because of his status as a trainer, because of the status of his owners? If a hot walker was as aggressive as he was would they have been escorted off the grounds that day? Why is he getting so many chances? Those are the questions I’m putting out and have people think about.

“As far as apologizing, I don’t know what I had to apologize for. Five of his employees came to me looking for work. He’s accusing me of something I didn’t do.”

Murray said Miller berated her in full view of a number of people and said trainer Adam Kitchingman “stood up” for her and intervened.

“Ten people saw it,” she said. “He took the initiative.”
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Mon Mar 19, 2018 3:50 pm

What did he actually say?
Anybody guess?

Get your fat ass away from my barn!
You want a second opinion, okay....you're ugly too!
Your baby is coming out looking like an alien!
You're a lazy bitch, I wish O'Neill good luck with you.
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Mon Mar 19, 2018 4:02 pm

Miller's language is gross when he's mad...a lot worse than most. We tend to avoid him, even when we see standing up in the stands by himself while the horses are working.
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