• Jay Privman @DRFPrivman
    The rich get richer -- Mike Smith will ride two-time champion Beholder when she returns to action. Smith just worked her 7f in 1:24. #delmar
  • WOW! Rafael Bejarano is doing awesome today...5 for 5 so far at Del Mar...and just back from a two month lay-off due to injury too!
    He just had two in a row...I loved his 4th race of the day with a wipe out on Broken Sword for the Tranquility Lake.
  • California Preparing Riding Crop Rule Change
    By Frank Angst The Blood-Horse September 3, 2014
    A rule that would limit use of the riding crop by jockeys during races is expected to be put in place at the upcoming 24-day Santa Anita Park autumn meet to begin Sept. 26.
    Jockeys' Guild regional manager Darrell Haire said industry leaders and regulators in California have been working since May to put in place a new rule on use of the riding crop by jockeys during races. He said the new rule would limit jockeys to hitting the horse a maximum of three times before taking time off to see how the horse reacts.
  • Del Mar News
    September 4, 2014
    Jockey Standings
    (Current Through Wednesday, September 3, 2014 Inclusive)
    Jockey Mts 1st 2nd 3rd Win% Money Won
    Rafael Bejarano 196 42 33 30 21% $2,628,62
    Kent Desormeaux 174 32 31 25 18% $2,256,606
    Elvis Trujillo 199 30 24 30 15% $1,845,732
    Mike Smith 122 27 13 14 22% $2,773,584
    Tyler Baze 212 21 27 25 10% $1,697,740
    Drayden Van Dyke 181 20 24 23 11% $1,151,268
    Joseph Talamo 212 19 27 25 9% $1,751,744
    Victor Espinoza 133 19 14 17 14% $1,787,076
    Fernando Perez 152 17 12 11 11% $859,302
    Corey Nakatani 88 15 7 13 17% $1,269,114

  • Jerardi: Michael Ritvo comes north in pursuit of live mounts:
  • Tony Matos ‏@tonymatospr 2h
    Jockey Corey Nakatani rides Conquest Tusnami in the Summer Stakes at Woodbine for trainer Mark Casse
  • Tony Matos ‏@tonymatospr 2h
    Jockey Corey Nakatani rides Isabella Sings in the Natalma Stakes at Woodbine for trainer Todd Pletcher
  • Los Alamitos Racing ‏@losalracing 1m
    Jockey Rodrigo Aceves conscious and alert. He is scheduled to have a catscan at Los Al Medical.
  • Del Mar Fall Meet Offers 14 Stakes
    During 15-Day November Run

    Del Mar Newsletter September 17, 2014
    Fourteen stakes races – nine of them graded – will serve as the touchstones for Del Mar’s new November race meeting opening Friday, November 7 for a 15-day run through Sunday, November 30. The total value of the stakes package is $2,250,000.
    The seaside track picked up a majority of the racing dates from the fall meeting at the now-closed Hollywood Park and in the process transferred over many of that track’s major stakes events. The Hollywood session had an emphasis on turf racing and Del Mar is carrying that forward with nine turf stakes on its agenda, including its two top offerings – the $300,000 Hollywood Derby and the $300,000 Matriarch, both Grade I events that will be run on closing weekend, which is part of the long Thanksgiving holiday.
  • Q&A with Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith
    By Sarah Favot, Pasadena Star-News Posted: 09/24/14
    ARCADIA>> When it comes to the big money, high-pressure races, Santa Anita’s Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith is unmatchable.
    Smith, 49, has won more Breeders’ Cup races than any other jockey — and is hoping to add to the total during this year’s Breeders’ Cup, the world championships of horseracing. Anomg his mounts in 2014 will be Shared Belief. A gelding owned in part by radio personality Jim Rome, Shared Belief could face Kentucky Derby winner California Chrome in the meet’s highlight: The Breeder’s Cup Classic.
    Smith recently sat down for an interview after a morning work-out at Santa Anita’s Clockers’ Corner. He says he’s at the top of his game and explained how he handles himself when the stakes are high and all eyes are on the finish line.
  • Jockey Rajiv Maragh has surgery on broken arm
    AP - Sports Sunday Sept. 28 2014
    NEW YORK (AP) -- Jockey Rajiv Maragh has had surgery to repair a broken right arm sustained when he was unseated from his mount Wicked Strong in the $1 million Jockey Club Gold Club at Belmont Park.
    Maragh's agent, Tony Micallef, says the jockey had surgery Sunday to install plates and screws in his arm. Micallef says he doesn't know how long the rider will be sidelined.
  • Rajiv Maragh tweet on Sunday Sept. 28 2014
    Surgery went better than I could have hoped for. Everything was ideal.
    It's a great start to today for me
  • Jay Privman ‏Daily Racing Form on Sunday Sept. 28 2014
    Victor Espinoza ordered to meet with stewards this morning
    to explain his actions in Awesome Again, per steward Tom Ward. #santaanita

    Bob Ike ‏on Sunday Sept. 28 2014
    7-day suspension for @EspinozasVictor over yesterday's ride on Sky Kingdom in Awesome Again.

    Harris D. Auerbach ‏on Sunday Sept. 28 2014
    @LosPonies He blatantly rode against Shared Belief with no concern for his own mount.
    That's why the harsh suspension

  • Espinoza suspended seven days for Awesome Again ride
    By Steve Andersen Daily Racing Form 09/28/2014 5:07PM
    ARCADIA, Calif. – Jockey Victor Espinoza was suspended seven days by Santa Anita stewards Sunday for causing interference aboard Sky Kingdom in Saturday’s Grade 1 Awesome Again Stakes.
    Espinoza was sanctioned for allowing Sky Kingdom to drift wide on the first turn, carrying the 1-5 favorite Shared Belief four wide. The incident was the subject of widespread discussion after the race, which was won by Shared Belief.
    Stewards Scott Chaney, Kim Sawyer, and Tom Ward issued a suspension Sunday, citing Espinoza for violation of two rules – jockeys riding “carelessly, or willfully, so as to permit their mount to interfere with or impede any other horse” and a rule pertaining to unsatisfactory rides.
    Brian Beach, Espinoza’s agent, said Sunday afternoon that Espinoza may appeal the decision and that the rider would seek legal advice in the next few days.
  • It was a bad day yesterday for dirty riding. I usually get the whole, "that's racing" thing.. sometimes a horse veers, they clip heels, etc. The jockeys are in board an animal that does have a mind of it's own, and sometimes it's an unavoidable situation.. I get it. But yesterday, Alvarado and Espinoza showed no class at all. Espinoza against the betting public, and Alvarado is lucky that Maragh "only" broke his arm. It could have been a much more serious incident.
  • Mary Ellet on Sunday Sept. 28 2014
    Kent Desormeaux broke a rib. Very lucky all things considered.

    Steve Andersen ‏Daily Racing Form on Sunday Sept. 28 2014
    Kent Desormeaux was taken to nearby Arcadia Methodist for treatment
    after being kicked by his mount in Sunday’s 8th race parade. #santaanita

    Santa Anita Press Release
  • Rajiv Maragh ‏update on Monday Sept. 29 2014
    Headed home from hospital in great shape.
    In 10 days will have a follow up and a prognosis for return to riding.
    Fingers crossed for BC. :)
  • Update: Kent Desormeaux Out of Hospital, Home Nursing Injuries
    Update: 10-1-14
    Jockey Kent Desormeaux is out of the hospital and home nursing the rib and lung injuries he suffered in a violent mishap at Santa Anita last Sunday. The 44-year old jockey was kicked in the chest by a horse that had just unseated him during the post parade before a race.
    Desormeaux spent two days in Arcadia Methodist Hospital with broken ribs and a bruised lung. He was released Tuesday evening and while his prognosis is good, it has still not been determined when Desormeaux will return to the races.
  • 2014 North American Thoroughbred Racing Leaders - Jockeys
    As of October 1, 2014 Equibase
    Here are the column heads::
    Rank Jockey Name Starts 1st 2nd 3rd Total$ PerStart$ Win% Top3 Top3%
    1 Javier Castellano 1,073 264 192 157 $20,018,523 $18,657 25% 613 57%
    2 Joel Rosario 998 176 165 148 $17,369,074 $17,404 18% 489 49%
    3 Irad Ortiz, Jr. 1,095 211 186 172 $15,115,025 $13,804 19% 569 52%
    4 John R. Velazquez 708 124 116 90 $12,989,368 $18,347 18% 330 47%
    5 Jose L. Ortiz 914 166 151 127 $11,529,611 $12,614 18% 444 49%
    6 Rosie Napravnik 747 169 115 102 $10,782,489 $14,434 23% 386 52%
    7 Mike E. Smith 421 89 61 55 $10,741,800 $25,515 21% 205 49%
    8 Rajiv Maragh 733 101 113 121 $9,551,131 $13,030 14% 335 46%
    9 Jose Lezcano 695 104 114 115 $9,088,225 $13,077 15% 333 48%
    10 Victor Espinoza 469 81 69 55 $8,971,947 $19,130 17% 205 44%
  • SA Press Box ‏@SAPublicity · 56s57 seconds ago
    Jockey Alex Conchari received ruling today from CHRB suspending him 5 days for 'careless riding' (Rule #1699) on Scene Queen in Fri 7th race

  • Keeneland Assn ‏on Saturday Oct. 4 2014
    John Velazquez ends the day w/5 wins.
    Marking the 18th time this has been accomplished in a single-day in Keeneland history.

    Note: That is 5 wins out of 7 rides. Won the last 4. Not a bad day!
  • Gary Stevens will be back working horses in 2 weeks!
    Angie A. Stevens @angieastevens1 16s17 seconds ago @RealOneUB2 he's doing well! He will be back working horses in 2 weeks!! It's killing him to wait! @ABRLive @santaanitapark @JockeysGuild
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