Another Sonny Day at Belterra Park

It was back to business as ususal for jockey Sonny Leon on Friday afternoon as he returned to Belterra Park six days after his ride of a lifetime aboard Rich Strike (Keen Ice) in an unforgettable edition of the GI Kentucky Derby. Coming off his first-ever graded stakes win in the Run for the Roses, Leon ran second in race one, third in race two, and won going away in race three. Fittingly, the 3 3/4-length victory aboard Runway Rosie (Tonalist) in the $18,800 allowance contest was for trainer Eric...

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Monmouth Appeals to Racing Commission to Amend Whipping Rules

With new regulations regarding whipping set to go into effect throughout the country on July 1 when the Horse Racing Integrity and Safety Act (HISA) takes effect, management at Monmouth Park has asked the New Jersey Racing Commission to adopt the more lenient HISA rules when the meet opens May 7. The story was first reported by the Asbury Park Press. At the start of the 2021 meet controversial rules were put in place by the New Jersey Racing Commission that banned the practice of whipping horses to encourage them...

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Former Jockey Julio Pezua Injured

Former jockey Julio Pezua, winner of over 1,300 races, was injured last week in a spill at Belmont Park. The 65-year-old suffered several fractured vertebrae in his neck, requiring surgery, and is still hospitalized on Long Island. Starting his American riding career at Calder in 1985, Pezua won several graded races, including the 1987 GI Manhattan S. and 1992 GI Met Mile. Since his retirement from riding races, he has remained at Belmont as an exercise and breeze rider. Owner Aron Yagoda started a Gofundme to raise money for Pezua's...

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Cabrera Out For Rest of Oaklawn Meet

Oaklawn leading rider David Cabrera likely will miss the remainder of the 2021-2022 meeting after sustaining upper back, neck and head injuries from a spill in Friday's first race, his agent Joe Santos said. Santos said Cabrera has compressed C5 and C6 vertebrae, crushed cheekbones and suffered a concussion in the accident, which occurred in the upper stretch after his mount Mostly Awesome (Fusaichi Pegasus) clipped heels when in tight and fell, throwing the jockey to the ground. A trailing horse jumped the fallen Mostly Awesome near the three-sixteenths pole,...

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Irad Ortiz, Jr. Joins the TDN Writers' Room

Red hot jockey Irad Ortiz, Jr. joined this week's TDN Writers' Room to discuss superstar Life Is Good, plus recent suspensions and rise to the top of the game.

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Jockey Christian Ramos Tests Positive for COVID-19

Jockey Christian Ramos has tested positive for COVID-19 and will remain off his mounts at Aqueduct through Sunday, Jan. 16, the New York Racing Association, Inc. announced Thursday. All members of the NYRA jockey colony are vaccinated and adhere to established protocols. In addition, the jockey quarters at Aqueduct Racetrack have been substantially altered to provide maximum physical distancing and reduce density. Ramos sought testing Thursday after experiencing mild symptoms. He received the test result early Thursday morning and was not on-site at Aqueduct. NYRA follows the most updated federal...

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Flavien Prat Joins the TDN Writers' Room

Following an outstanding New Year's Day at Santa Anita with six wins and four seconds on a 10-race card, jockey Flavien Prat joined the TDN Writers' Room to discuss his background in racing and his ride to victory in the GI Runhappy Malibu S. aboard superstar Flightline.

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Out of Prison, Jockey Logan Cormier Making Most of His Second Chance

The character Leo Brock in the movie "Jockey" has been through a lot, the years of riding, reducing and accidents leaving him worn down. But Leo's spirit remains in tact and he pushes on, always hoping for a better tomorrow. Logan Cormier was a natural to play the role. He, too, is a survivor. The last thing on Cormier's mind when he showed up on opening day for the 2020 meet at Turf Paradise was that he would be cast in a movie. He was coming off a year in...

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Writers' Room Tackles Medina Spirit News, Baffert, Ortiz Suspension

It was a busy news week, headlined by the unfortunate sudden death of GI Kentucky Derby winner Medina Spirit (Protonico) and the 30-day suspension handed down to leading rider Irad Ortiz, Jr. Wednesday morning, Joe Bianca, Bill Finley and Jon Green of the TDN Writers' Room presented by Keeneland discussed and reacted to all of it, rekindled the debate over whether trainer Bob Baffert is good for the sport, and welcomed the director of the upcoming film "Jockey" as the Green Group Guest of the Week. "A couple of weeks...

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Writers Discuss Racing's Ongoing Crisis Point on TDN Writers' Room

On this week's episode of the TDN Writers' Room, the writers remember Medina Spirit and discuss racing's ongoing crisis point. They're also joined by guest Clint Bentley, director of the upcoming drama film 'Jockey.'

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Veteran Jockey Robby Albarado to Retire

Jockey Robby Albarado, a winner of more than 5,000 races and the regular rider of Hall of Famer Curlin, has decided to retire. The 48-year-old rider will end his career Saturday at Turfway Park, where he has a mount in the seventh race. The news of his retirement was first reported by Daily Racing Form's Marty McGee. "It's time," Albarado told DRF. "I've been thinking about this for quite a while now." Albarado told McGee that he plans on becoming a jockey agent next year. Albarado started out at the...

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Movie Review: “Jockey”

Time has not been kind to jockey Jackson Silva. He's reached middle-age, has been beaten up physically by his many years in the saddle and has wound up on the sport's bottom rung at Turf Paradise. But he still has dreams, ones that could yet be realized. Trainer Ruth Wilkes, who has stuck by Silva, has come up with a once-in-a-lifetime horse in the filly Dido's Lament and the filly represents Silva's one last chance at glory. It's not a glamorous story, but the movie "Jockey," set to debut in...

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