Jockey/Trainer News - 2017

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Thu Dec 14, 2017 8:34 pm

When the Santa Anita Park race meet opens Dec. 26, the jockey colony will feature a formidable addition in Rajiv Maragh.

Maragh said he'd always wanted to compete in Southern California and when agent Nelson Arroyo reached out to him, he decided the timing was right to make the move from his current East Coast base of New York and Florida.

https://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing ... ium=social
I've found it easier to tear up tickets at 8/1 instead of 8/5.
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Fri Dec 15, 2017 5:43 pm

BaroqueAgain1 wrote:That sounds like the rapid-inflating vests that the three-day riders have started using. In those, if the rider is thrown, a cord/strap attached to the saddle yanks/triggers the vest to inflate.

Anyone know how much the vest/CO2 canister/cord weighs? Got to be a couple of pounds at least. Will that be a factor for jocks on the edge of making weight?
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Sun Dec 17, 2017 2:55 pm

This had to be blast to watch:

Jolly japes as Dettori and McCoy pull out all the stops for Injured Jockeys Fund

https://www.racingpost.com/news/news/jo ... nt=Olympia
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Sun Dec 17, 2017 6:20 pm

stark wrote:When the Santa Anita Park race meet opens Dec. 26, the jockey colony will feature a formidable addition in Rajiv Maragh.

Maragh said he'd always wanted to compete in Southern California and when agent Nelson Arroyo reached out to him, he decided the timing was right to make the move from his current East Coast base of New York and Florida.

https://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing ... ium=social
I don't know how good an agent Arroyo is, but with good mounts, Rajiv is going to quickly become a jock of choice among what is a much less dense jock colony in SoCal than in New York. Rooting for him to get on more top mounts.
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Sun Dec 17, 2017 9:02 pm

ThreeMustangs wrote:This had to be blast to watch:

Jolly japes as Dettori and McCoy pull out all the stops for Injured Jockeys Fund

https://www.racingpost.com/news/news/jo ... nt=Olympia
No fair having flat vs jump jocks in a showjumping contest, lol.
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Sun Dec 17, 2017 9:35 pm

Horsebagger wrote:
stark wrote:When the Santa Anita Park race meet opens Dec. 26, the jockey colony will feature a formidable addition in Rajiv Maragh.

Maragh said he'd always wanted to compete in Southern California and when agent Nelson Arroyo reached out to him, he decided the timing was right to make the move from his current East Coast base of New York and Florida.

https://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing ... ium=social
I don't know how good an agent Arroyo is, but with good mounts, Rajiv is going to quickly become a jock of choice among what is a much less dense jock colony in SoCal than in New York. Rooting for him to get on more top mounts.
Nelson is Norberto Arroyo's brother. Briefly a jock himself, I believe he handled Norberto's book when he was in NY, not sure about recently in SoCal, though.
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Sun Dec 17, 2017 9:47 pm

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Tue Dec 19, 2017 6:25 pm

Carmouche Celebrates 3,000th Career Win

Jockey earned his milestone at the Parx track he used to dominate.

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Wed Dec 20, 2017 2:04 am

Pennsylvania Commission: Another Horse Removed From Trainer, Active Investigation Underway
Just days after the Pennsylvania State Horse Racing Commission extended penalties given to owner/trainer Mario Rafael Rodriguez for “failure to provide proper veterinarian care” to a horse with a broken ankle, the commission confirms there is an active and ongoing investigation into Rodriguez's operation at Penn National. State veterinarians and commission officials removed another horse, a gelding named You R Wonderful, from Rodriguez's possession Dec. 15 after they determined the horse needed immediate veterinary care.

According to Dr. Kathryn Papp, an independent veterinarian involved in the earlier case of the gelding with a broken ankle, a horse was found dead in its stall in the Rodriguez shedrow Dec. 15 after it had been treated for colic earlier in the day. Commission officials were called to the scene and subsequently chose to examine the dozen or so horses remaining in the owner/trainer's possession. The condition of 4-year-old gelding You R Wonderful prompted officials to call Papp for an independent assessment.

Her examination revealed the horse, who finished fifth in a maiden claiming contest on Dec. 1, to be lame at the walk and had an injury to his suspensory ligament and a crack in the cannon bone on the same leg. The horse also had a bowed tendon, which appeared to be an old injury. Papp was asked by commission and state veterinarian representatives to remove the horse from the barn and stabilize him for further treatment.

“A cooperative effort has been undertaken by the PA Horse Racing Commission, Penn National and the PA HBPA to attempt to insure the welfare of the horses,” said Tom Chuckas, Bureau Director of Thoroughbred Racing for the commission. “There is an active investigation regarding Mr. Rodriguez's stable.”

Two Rodriguez horses which had been entered to run on Dec. 16 were scratched by the stewards. He has two entries remaining for this Wednesday, Dec. 20. Eric Johnston, racing director for Penn National, did not return multiple requests from the Paulick Report for comment on the status of Rodriguez's ability to enter horses or his stalls at the track.

Papp had reported the condition of Silent Ruler to the commission when the gelding was found with a severely swollen ankle in late September which later turned out to be a serious fracture requiring $12,000 in surgery and rehabilitation. A CANTER post in that case indicated the horse had been lame following a race approximately one month prior and no diagnostics were done to determine the cause of that lameness.

A board of stewards initially gave Rodriguez a fine of $500 and suspension of 45 days for “failure to provide proper veterinarian care” in the case of Silent Ruler. Last week, the commission amended that ruling to a one year suspension and $2,500. The suspension is set to commence Dec. 26. Rodriguez was given 10 days to appeal the commission's modified ruling.
https://www.paulickreport.com/news/the- ... -underway/
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Thu Dec 21, 2017 5:26 pm

Standstill in negotiations between NYRA and Jockeys' Guild raises talk of work stoppage
Negotiations between the New York Racing Association and the Jockeys’ Guild over a contract regarding health benefits and insurance have stalled, creating the possibility of a work stoppage at Aqueduct beginning with the Jan. 6 card.

According to Tom Kennedy, an attorney for the Jockeys’ Guild, the Guild is seeking a three-year contract with NYRA that calls for no increase in benefit payments in 2018 and a 1 percent increases in 2019 and 2020. Kennedy said Thursday that NYRA has refused to sign the contract and is seeking to pay less than it did in 2017.

Kennedy said that if there is not a contract agreement, Guild members who qualify to receive benefits from NYRA – that is, jockeys who rode a minimum of 200 mounts or 51 percent of their total mounts in a year at Aqueduct, Belmont Park, and Saratoga – would refuse to accept riding assignments beginning Jan. 1. Entries for the Jan. 6 card are taken on Jan. 1, while entries for the preceding three race days – Jan. 1, 4, and 5 – are taken in December, when the contract is still valid.

“The actions of the jockeys are for the jockeys to determine, and they as individuals are going to make a decision,” Kennedy said Thursday. “A number of them have decided if NYRA is refusing to renew the agreement they will start not accepting mounts on Jan. 1 because they’re being threatened with a loss of compensation.”

Irad Ortiz Jr., who plans to ride regularly at Aqueduct this winter, said the New York-based riders have met and decided not to ride if there is no new contract.

“We have to stay together,” Ortiz said. “We’re not asking for more or less than we have right now, we’re just asking for the same thing. If they don’t do it, I guess we’re going to have to stop riding. We have to stay together. Nobody can do something different, then it’s going to be a mess. We’re all jockeys.”

Of course, Ortiz as well as Javier Castellano, who was in New York on Thursday to ride, have the ability to ride at Gulfstream Park, whereas some of the other riders would not get the same opportunities out of town. Though riding at Aqueduct this week, Castellano will head to Florida beginning next week.

Castellano, the reigning four-time Eclipse Award-winning rider and 2017 Hall of Fame inductee, said he and other veterans, such as John Velazquez, have been part of the negotiations since October with Martin Panza, NYRA’s senior vice president of racing operations.

“Luckily, we are in the position to fight for the little guy,” Castellano said. “The little guy is not going to go to Marty Panza and knock on the door, ‘Hey Marty, can you give me the benefits?’ ”

Kennedy said that NYRA is the only major racing organization that has not agreed, at least in principle, to a new contract with the Guild moving forward. He and Castellano both said that The Stronach Group and Churchill Downs have an agreement in principle with the jockeys for at least 2018.
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Welcome to the world Vinn Noah Leparoux!!! Baby and mama are doing good. @SheaLeparoux Can’t wait for you to meet your big brother
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Thu Dec 28, 2017 1:34 am

Awwww. Congrats to the young couple.
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Thu Dec 28, 2017 6:02 pm

Hovdey: Van Berg's boots will be hard to fill
More often than not, a conversation with Jack Van Berg would take place with him on one of his big, strapping ponies and you on the ground, paying close heed. The thing is, Jack never talked down to you, but you always looked up to him.

Van Berg did more with horses in his 81 years than can be sensibly measured. He bred them, foaled them, raised and broke them, then conditioned and raced them to be the best they were intended to be.

Hours spent hanging out at the Van Berg barn – any Van Berg barn – was a leap to a parallel universe in which the horses were hard-working royalty in service to a difficult cause. The atmosphere was one of quiet industry, the aromas barnyard sweet. Jack was always busy, but he always had the time to go stall to stall, making introductions, revealing details, apologizing for the occasional poor performance.

The ease with which Van Berg handled himself around horseflesh was intimidating. They nuzzled him, twitched and shook their heads in a form of equine signing only Big Jack could understand. Frank Brothers, an early Van Berg acolyte and more than half horse himself, called his mentor “the most naturally gifted horseman I’ve ever known.”
More: http://www.drf.com/news/hovdey-van-berg ... -hard-fill
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Thu Dec 28, 2017 11:36 pm

According to his agent Bryce Soth jockey Emisael Jaramillo suffered no serious injuries from spill in Gulfstream Park finale and is expected to be released from hospital tomorrow and hoping to ride on Friday although that is still to be determined.

https://youtu.be/VQchuZcBOcU

And somebody out there won the year-end contest for bad beats, they were alive to his #9 horse for the P6......$500,000!
I've found it easier to tear up tickets at 8/1 instead of 8/5.
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Fri Dec 29, 2017 2:25 pm

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While it's been mathematically assured for several meetings, time to congratulate Christophe Lemaire on becoming Japan's Champion Jockey / Cravache d'Or. 199 wins from 809 rides, he finished 28 winners clear of Keita Tosaki and Mirco Demuro. Proof that nice guys do finish first
I believe he is the first foreign rider to capture the title. :mrgreen:
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I’m the first person to call out cheaters in our game but Ellis is not one of them. No intent to deceive by his part, the state vet knew the circumstances before the race. What’s upsetting is that this guy is crucified while other cheaters are celebrated for winning BC races.

Ellis prepares to serve suspension
California trainer Ron Ellis is disbanding his stable this weekend in advance of the start of a 60-day suspension that begins on Monday. Ellis was suspended because a horse he trained, Masochistic, tested positive for a steroid after finishing second in the 2016 Breeders’ Cup Sprint at Santa Anita.

Ellis has approximately 25 horses at Santa Anita, according to track officials. Ellis said on Friday that some of his horses will be transferred to Southern California trainers Blake Heap, Brian Koriner, and Gerard Piccioni, while others will be sent out of state.

In a stewards ruling adopted by the California Horse Racing Board and issued Dec. 17, Ellis was suspended from Monday through March 1 and fined $10,000 after Masochistic tested positive for the steroid stanozolol.

Ellis said he discussed filing an appeal of the ruling with attorneys, who told him he might win a reversal in court, but would be unlikely to be granted a stay of Monday’s start of the suspension.

“That was the important thing,” Ellis said of the stay.

Terms of the suspension require Ellis to forfeit his stalls at Santa Anita and remove from the stables all “signage, colors, advertisements, training-related equipment tack, office equipment and any other property,” according to the ruling.

The ruling stated Ellis could not transfer the horses in his care to a family member, or any licensee who has been an employee of his stable in the last year. While suspended, Ellis cannot attend the races or be in the stables.

He said on Friday that the terms of the ruling were harsh, considering he had no major medication violations since he began training in 1980.

“I feel a little betrayed by the industry, to be honest,” Ellis said. “After 37 years, I feel like I’m being treated like a criminal.”

Ellis has served on the board of directors for the California Thoroughbred Trainers association and the Thoroughbred Owners of California.

“I’ve tried to give back,” he said.

Ellis also works as a commentator on TVG, but plans to give up that job during the suspension. The ban from attending the races would prevent Ellis from working for TVG at the track, and he will not work in the TVG studio in the Los Angeles area as a commentator. He said he discussed the issue with TVG executives and was not opposed to taking a hiatus.

“I think it’s the right thing for them to do,” he said.

Ellis plans to begin training again in early March.

“Everyone likes a comeback story,” he said. “It’s certainly put me in a hole.”
More: http://www.drf.com/news/ellis-prepares-serve-suspension
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Fri Dec 29, 2017 7:58 pm

Sparrow Castle wrote:Phil Bongiovanni @PhilBongiovanni
41m41 minutes ago
I’m the first person to call out cheaters in our game but Ellis is not one of them. No intent to deceive by his part, the state vet knew the circumstances before the race. What’s upsetting is that this guy is crucified while other cheaters are celebrated for winning BC races.

Ellis prepares to serve suspension
California trainer Ron Ellis is disbanding his stable this weekend in advance of the start of a 60-day suspension that begins on Monday. Ellis was suspended because a horse he trained, Masochistic, tested positive for a steroid after finishing second in the 2016 Breeders’ Cup Sprint at Santa Anita.

Ellis has approximately 25 horses at Santa Anita, according to track officials. Ellis said on Friday that some of his horses will be transferred to Southern California trainers Blake Heap, Brian Koriner, and Gerard Piccioni, while others will be sent out of state.
In a stewards ruling adopted by the California Horse Racing Board and issued Dec. 17, Ellis was suspended from Monday through March 1 and fined $10,000 after Masochistic tested positive for the steroid stanozolol.

Ellis said he discussed filing an appeal of the ruling with attorneys, who told him he might win a reversal in court, but would be unlikely to be granted a stay of Monday’s start of the suspension.

“That was the important thing,” Ellis said of the stay.

Terms of the suspension require Ellis to forfeit his stalls at Santa Anita and remove from the stables all “signage, colors, advertisements, training-related equipment tack, office equipment and any other property,” according to the ruling.

The ruling stated Ellis could not transfer the horses in his care to a family member, or any licensee who has been an employee of his stable in the last year. While suspended, Ellis cannot attend the races or be in the stables.

He said on Friday that the terms of the ruling were harsh, considering he had no major medication violations since he began training in 1980.

“I feel a little betrayed by the industry, to be honest,” Ellis said. “After 37 years, I feel like I’m being treated like a criminal.”

Ellis has served on the board of directors for the California Thoroughbred Trainers association and the Thoroughbred Owners of California.

“I’ve tried to give back,” he said.

Ellis also works as a commentator on TVG, but plans to give up that job during the suspension. The ban from attending the races would prevent Ellis from working for TVG at the track, and he will not work in the TVG studio in the Los Angeles area as a commentator. He said he discussed the issue with TVG executives and was not opposed to taking a hiatus.

“I think it’s the right thing for them to do,” he said.

Ellis plans to begin training again in early March.

“Everyone likes a comeback story,” he said. “It’s certainly put me in a hole.”
More: http://www.drf.com/news/ellis-prepares-serve-suspension
When you have a horse put on a vets list multiple times, that the general public is not privy to, in order to train said horse on steroids, describing it as not trying to deceive is semantics. In the scheme of things, Ellis is not a criminal but he trained using steroids through a loophole and knew he could get bit by it. Dr. Arthur knowing about it is irrelevent. Horses don’t make any money in the barn, when you run them three times a year, well spaced, chances are the down time is needed to let substances clear a horse’s system.
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Fri Dec 29, 2017 8:12 pm

If you could have made a future bet on either of Masochistic's trainers, A.C.Avila or Ron Ellis, doing time for a drug infraction, how much would you have lost? :lol:

One more.....is it a good idea or not for TVG to have a suspended trainer on the desk at Santa Anita suggesting wagers??
I've found it easier to tear up tickets at 8/1 instead of 8/5.
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Fri Dec 29, 2017 8:33 pm

Curtis wrote:
Sparrow Castle wrote:Phil Bongiovanni @PhilBongiovanni
41m41 minutes ago
I’m the first person to call out cheaters in our game but Ellis is not one of them. No intent to deceive by his part, the state vet knew the circumstances before the race. What’s upsetting is that this guy is crucified while other cheaters are celebrated for winning BC races.

Ellis prepares to serve suspension
California trainer Ron Ellis is disbanding his stable this weekend in advance of the start of a 60-day suspension that begins on Monday. Ellis was suspended because a horse he trained, Masochistic, tested positive for a steroid after finishing second in the 2016 Breeders’ Cup Sprint at Santa Anita.

Ellis has approximately 25 horses at Santa Anita, according to track officials. Ellis said on Friday that some of his horses will be transferred to Southern California trainers Blake Heap, Brian Koriner, and Gerard Piccioni, while others will be sent out of state.
In a stewards ruling adopted by the California Horse Racing Board and issued Dec. 17, Ellis was suspended from Monday through March 1 and fined $10,000 after Masochistic tested positive for the steroid stanozolol.

Ellis said he discussed filing an appeal of the ruling with attorneys, who told him he might win a reversal in court, but would be unlikely to be granted a stay of Monday’s start of the suspension.

“That was the important thing,” Ellis said of the stay.

Terms of the suspension require Ellis to forfeit his stalls at Santa Anita and remove from the stables all “signage, colors, advertisements, training-related equipment tack, office equipment and any other property,” according to the ruling.

The ruling stated Ellis could not transfer the horses in his care to a family member, or any licensee who has been an employee of his stable in the last year. While suspended, Ellis cannot attend the races or be in the stables.

He said on Friday that the terms of the ruling were harsh, considering he had no major medication violations since he began training in 1980.

“I feel a little betrayed by the industry, to be honest,” Ellis said. “After 37 years, I feel like I’m being treated like a criminal.”

Ellis has served on the board of directors for the California Thoroughbred Trainers association and the Thoroughbred Owners of California.

“I’ve tried to give back,” he said.

Ellis also works as a commentator on TVG, but plans to give up that job during the suspension. The ban from attending the races would prevent Ellis from working for TVG at the track, and he will not work in the TVG studio in the Los Angeles area as a commentator. He said he discussed the issue with TVG executives and was not opposed to taking a hiatus.

“I think it’s the right thing for them to do,” he said.

Ellis plans to begin training again in early March.

“Everyone likes a comeback story,” he said. “It’s certainly put me in a hole.”
More: http://www.drf.com/news/ellis-prepares-serve-suspension
When you have a horse put on a vets list multiple times, that the general public is not privy to, in order to train said horse on steroids, describing it as not trying to deceive is semantics. In the scheme of things, Ellis is not a criminal but he trained using steroids through a loophole and knew he could get bit by it. Dr. Arthur knowing about it is irrelevent. Horses don’t make any money in the barn, when you run them three times a year, well spaced, chances are the down time is needed to let substances clear a horse’s system.
Avila got a drug positive for this horse too. Obviously, it's been difficult to keep him in racing shape. I'm not arguing that Ellis shouldn't get penalized. He took a risk and he lost. I'm arguing against the inconsistent application of rules which protects the large stable "golden boys" when their designer drug use kills horses. The CHRB could have accomplished their purposes with the proposed settlement of a 59 day suspension, that kept the stable intact, and a year probation. Or better yet, pass the Horseracing Integrity and Safety Act and get rid of the ambiguity altogether. The current system is not working.
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Fri Dec 29, 2017 8:37 pm

stark wrote:If you could have made a future bet on either of Masochistic's trainers, A.C.Avila or Ron Ellis, doing time for a drug infraction, how much would you have lost? :lol:

One more.....is it a good idea or not for TVG to have a suspended trainer on the desk at Santa Anita suggesting wagers??
The Avila case was very different. And the article states that Ellis is losing his TVG gig too.
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