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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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Castellano Healthy, Hopes to Return to the Saddle First Week of May

Edited Release, courtesy Gulfstream Park Calling it "the biggest challenge of my life," popular Hall of Fame jockey Javier Castellano has overcome being diagnosed with the coronavirus. Castellano, 42, spent 14 days in quarantine at the South Florida home of his 64-year-old mother, where Gulfstream's five-time Championship Meet leading rider had been since testing positive upon his arrival from New York to ride over GI Curlin Florida Derby weekend in late March. As part of strict protocols put into place by Gulfstream management, all riders who came in from out...

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Maragh Announces He Will No Longer Ride During Coronavirus Outbreak

Gulfstream-based jockey Rajiv Maragh announced Thursday via twitter that he has decided to stop riding indefinitely due to the coronavirus outbreak. He told the TDN that the reasons for his decision include that his wife is five-months pregnant with their first child. Maragh is listed on one horse Friday at Gulfstream, Yes I See (Exchange Rate), the 5-2 second choice in the line in the second race. "I am doing this mainly for the health and welfare of myself and my family," he said. "I have a pregnant wife at...

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Darryll Holland Chats With Us on Thoroughbred People Podcast

Having ridden here, there and everywhere, British-born jockey Darryll Holland has announced that he will spend the 2020 season in Canada at Woodbine. That is...if he can get there.

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Robert Havlin Hits 1000-Winner Mark

Jockey Robert 'Rab' Havlin registered his 1,000th career winner when Pitcher's Point (Medaglia d'Oro) led throughout in the Ladbrokes Where The Nation Plays Novice S. at Lingfield. Havlin, who has spent a large portion of his career based at John Gosden's powerful Newmarket stable, brought the 10-11 favourite home an easy three-length winner from market rival London Arch (GB) (Fastnet Rock {Aus}). It was fitting that his landmark success came on a horse trained by Gosden. Among his career highlights Havlin has ridden the likes of Journey (GB) (Dubawi {Ire}),...

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Hanagan Diagnosed With Vertebral Fracture

Paul Hanagan is facing a spell on the sidelines after suffering a fractured T6 vertebra in a fall at Newcastle on Saturday evening. Hanagan's mount Requinto Dawn (Ire) (Requinto {Ire}) appeared to clip heels before stumbling a furlong out in the penultimate race on the card, a six-furlong sprint handicap. The dual Flat champion jockey was attended by medics on course, before being taken to hospital for X-rays and further assessment. He stayed in hospital overnight and his agent Richard Hale said on Sunday, "He has a fractured T6. He...

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Making Their Mark: Sophie Doyle

In this new series we sit down with a selection of Europeans making a significant impression in the Thoroughbred industry on foreign shores. Today we hear from Sophie Doyle. Position: Professional Jockey. Original Hometown: Lambourn, Berkshire. I was born in Cambridge and moved at age six to Lambourn until I moved to the U.S. Current Hometown: I own a home in Lexington, Kentucky but I divide my time throughout the year between Kentucky, New Orleans and Chicago depending on the racing season. Thing you miss most about the UK (not...

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Ortiz, Jr. Defends as Outstanding Jockey

Irad Ortiz, Jr. rode four Breeders' Cup winners at the 2019 World Championships--including GI Longines Turf hero and Horse of the Year Bricks and Mortar (Giant's Causeway), who he was aboard for all six of his wins from six tries last term. Ortiz's other Breeders' Cup winners were GI Longines Classic winner Vino Rosso (Curlin), GI Big Ass Fans Dirt Mile victor Spun to Run (Hard Spun) and GII Juvenile Turf Sprint scorer Four Wheel Drive (American Pharoah). Ortiz won 35 graded stakes in 2019, including 11 at the highest...

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Italy-bound Mosse New First Call Jockey for Grizzetti

Gerald Mosse has been named the first call jockey for Italian trainer Bruno Grizzetti for the 2020 season, Mondoturf's Gabriele Candi reported on Sunday. Grizzetti, who has 120 horses-in-training, is based at Milan. The 53-year-old Mosse collected a win in the 1990 G1 Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe with Saumarez (GB) (Rainbow Quest) and also was the regular pilot of American and French champion juvenile Arazi (Blushing Groom {Fr}). The retained rider for His Highness The Aga Khan from 1993-2001, Mosse booted home Americain (Dynamformer) in the 2010 G1 Melbourne...

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Broken Collarbone for Jockey Marcelino Pedroza

Jockey Marcelino Pedroza suffered a broke left collarbone as the result of a seventh race spill at Fair Grounds Thursday, according to his agent Richie Price. Jim's Silverbullet suffered a catastrophic injury at the top of the stretch and unseated Pedroza in the process. Mitchell Murrill, aboard rival Max Pandowdy and Robby Albarado, who rode Awe Patriot, were both dislodged from their mounts when trying to avoid Jim's Silverbullet. Murrill took off his remaining mount in race eight and is listed day-to-day. Albarado finished out the card. "[Pedroza] wants to...

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2020 Goals: Jeff Bloom

Consistent and uniform drug policies, rules, and procedures across all racing jurisdictions would be my focal point for what we should aim to achieve in 2020. It's imperative that all of the industry participants who are racing across the country have a clear understanding of what the protocols are, both from a training standpoint and for race day. However, this tends to be quite different depending upon which location a given horse is racing or training at on a certain day. It creates a lot of confusion, potential for mistakes,...

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