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Four-Year Jockey Injury Study Helps Plug Data Gaps

When Kelly Ryan, primary care sports medicine physician for Medstar Health and co-medical director for the Maryland Horsemen's Health Program, discusses with her peers in the sports medicine world her work attending to injured jockeys, she's often met with the sort of wide-eyed puzzlement usually reserved for rare finds. "Every single bad case that we have is almost one in a million--like no other sports medicine doctor has ever seen this type of injury before," Ryan said. "They're all very unique and every single one of them could be a...

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Colm O'Donoghue Acquitted

Group 1-winning jockey Colm O'Donoghue won his trial on Monday, the Racing Post reported. O'Donoghue was acquitted on two counts of physical assault on his ex-partner Jill Macken in 2018. Carrick-on-Suir district court heard the case, where Judge Finn ruled O'Donoghue was innocent of the charges. The incidents were alleged to have occurred in O'Donoghue's home in County Tipperary in October of 2018 and at the Pillo hotel in November of that year prior to the couple's break up. Macken did not report the incidents to the authorities until February...

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Kazushi Kimura to Spend Winter in Saudi Arabia

Grade I-winning jockey Kazushi Kimura, who was named the 2019 Eclipse Award Outstanding Apprentice Jockey, will spend the winter of 2020/21 riding primarily for Prince Sultan bin Mishal bin Abdulaziz in Saudi Arabia, he confirmed to the TDN on Sunday. "Yes," Kimura told the TDN regarding his Saudi Arabian posting. "I'm gonna ride in Saudi Arabia until the middle of March, then I will be back to Woodbine before the opening day." Kimura, who was also Canada's Outstanding Apprentice Jockey in 2018, celebrated four graded winners in 2020 led by...

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Valet and Former Jockey Luis Leon Passes Away

A popular jockeys' room valet and former jockey, Luis Leon passed away peacefully Tuesday evening at age 90, according to his son David. He suffered a heart attack recently and succumbed to the effects of the COVID-19 virus while hospitalized. Leon is survived by his wife Juanita, a daughter Sylvia and four sons, Louis, Jr., David, Mike and Victor. Services are pending. Born Sept. 7, 1930 in Fresno, California, Leon became a contract rider with Rex Ellsworth in the 1950s and 60s. While working under Hall of Fame trainer Mesh...

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Hollie Doyle Nominated for BBC Sports Personality of the Year Award

Jockey Hollie Doyle, who won her first Group 1 race this season, was nominated for the 2020 BBC Sports Personality of the Year award. The winner is voted on by the public on Dec. 20. If she wins, Doyle would join Sir Anthony McCoy as the second winner from the sphere of racing. Doyle was named the Sunday Times Sportswoman of the Year in November. She broke her own record for most winners in a calendar year by a female jockey with 117 in October and was fourth in the...

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Hollie Doyle Named Sportswoman of the Year

Jockey Hollie Doyle has been named The Sunday Times Sportswoman of the Year for 2020. Doyle holds the record for most winners in a calendar year by a female jockey, and booted home her first Group 1 winner when Glen Shiel (GB) (Pivotal {GB}) won the G1 British Champions Sprint S. in October. The reinswoman was also successful at Royal Ascot with Scarlet Dragon (GB) (Sir Percy {GB}) earlier this year. "I am blown away to have won the Sunday Times Sportswoman of The Year award," said Doyle. "It's been...

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Irish Champion Jockey Pat Smullen, 43, Passes Away

Pat Smullen, Irish Champion Jockey nine times throughout his career, passed away on the evening of Sept.15 at St Vincent's Hopsital in Dublin, Ireland. Diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in March of 2018, he was 43. Smullen began riding out as an apprentice for Tom Lacy, and made an immediate impact, being named champion apprentice both in 1995 and 1996. He also rode for Joanna Morgan and after serving his apprenticeship, Smullen rode for various other trainers, including John Oxx, and Tommy Stack before joining forces as first call rider for...

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Mike Smith Joins the TDN Writers' Room

Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith joins this week's TDN Writers' Room days before his bid for the GI Kentucky Derby aboard Honor A.P.

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Del Mar Bans Desormeaux

Hall of Fame jockey Kent Desormeaux was take off his mount at Del Mar Friday by track management after an alleged altercation earlier in the week. The story was originally reported by the Daily Racing Form. Del Mar officials did not provide specifics on the alleged incident, but Del Mar's Josh Rubinstein said, "Our action is not related to racing, but rather is as a result of conduct not consistent with our standards and values." A California Horse Racing Board rule allows a racetrack to remove or deny "access for...

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Hollie Doyle Becomes Retained Jockey for Imad Al Sagar

Hollie Doyle has been appointed the retained jockey for Imad Al Sagar of Blue Diamond Stud. Al Sagar has been part owner of Classic-winning colts turned sires Authorized (Ire) (Montjeu {Ire}) and Araafa (Ire) (Mull Of Kintyre), as well as MG1SW Decorated Knight (GB) (Galileo {Ire}) among others. "We are thrilled to add Hollie Doyle to our team," said Al Sagar in a statement. "We have all been impressed with how Hollie has risen to become one of the best of her profession. She is an extremely dedicated, strong and...

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Russell Sidelined with Broken Wrist

Laurel-based jockey Sheldon Russell, who leads the current summer meet, will miss at least two months with a broken right wrist suffered in a gate mishap Thursday at Delaware Park. Agent Marty Leonard said the 32-year-old Russell was hurt after being unseated by his mount Maliceinthepalace (Palace Malice), a 3-year-old filly trained by Michael Gorham, as the horses were loading for Delaware's third race. She would go on to run fourth under Alex Cintron. "Walking into the gate the horse just reared up and he came off," Leonard said. "When...

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Post Surgery, Spencer on the Mend

Jamie Spencer is recovering after undergoing surgery following a fall on the gallops in Newmarket on Friday. Spencer was riding out for trainer David Simcock when his mount slipped and unshipped his Classic-winning rider, who was taken to Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge for treatment on his hip. Spencer posted his thanks to Addenbroke's staff on his Twitter account on Sunday. He wrote, "On Friday morning at 8;40 a.m. I was returning from Warren Hill gallop when what can only be described as a freak accident when my horse spooked and...

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