Jockey/Trainer News - 2017

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Sparrow Castle
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Tue Mar 07, 2017 12:37 am

This is pretty long but I really enjoyed reminiscing as I read it. And I've always liked Mandella, and love his dry sense of humor. There's going to be three more parts. If I don't catch them all, I hope someone else here will post them.

The Quiet Man: Mandella Lets His Horses Do The Talking (First Of Four Parts)
(Over the next four days, Tere Albanese goes inside the stable of Hall of Fame horseman Richard Mandella to learn more about his background, training methods and philosophy. In part one, Albanese looks at the overall career of Mandella, 66, and some of the champions and other memorable horses he's trained.)

In 1993 I wrote a Q&A on Bobby Frankel for the Thoroughbred Times, which was the highlight of my journalistic career. After Bobby died in 2009, I lost interest in racing. The sport had lost something that could never be replaced. But like so many other fair-weather racing fans, that dwindling fire was reignited when the flawless and one of the sweetest champions, American Pharoah, crossed the wire in front in the Belmont Stakes and completed the first Triple Crown sweep since Affirmed in 1978. I wanted to write again and thought it might be a way to honor Bobby Frankel by asking the same basic questions of another racing great who also viscerally felt the loss of Bobby Frankel, that being Hall of Fame trainer Richard Mandella.
http://www.paulickreport.com/news/ray-s ... our-parts/
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Wed Mar 22, 2017 3:54 pm

FLORENCE, Ky. – Kent Sweezey is coming home. Sweezey has been allotted six stalls at the Trackside training center in Louisville, where he will embark on a solo training career using his home state of Kentucky as his primary base.

Sweezey, 31, has worked the last seven years in California and New York as a stable hand and assistant for Eoin Harty, Christophe Clement, and, most recently, Jimmy Jerkens. For Jerkens, he worked closely with such stars as Wicked Strong, Effinex, Unified, and Shaman Ghost.
I've found it easier to tear up tickets at 8/1 instead of 8/5.
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Thu Mar 23, 2017 6:07 pm

The West Point Thoroughbreds ownership group has moved 10 horses from trainer Tom Albertrani, ending a business relationship that began in 2009, the partnership’s president confirmed Wednesday.

Among the horses moved was Twilight Eclipse, a Grade 1-winning gelding and earner of more than $2.1 million. The 8-year-old is with Graham Motion, a trainer with whom West Point has at least a dozen runners. Also receiving horses from West Point in this move were George Weaver, Tony Dutrow, and Tom Morley.
I've found it easier to tear up tickets at 8/1 instead of 8/5.
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Thu Mar 30, 2017 10:12 am

Owner, veterinarian suspended 30 days

The New York stewards suspended owner Raj Jagnanan for 30 days and fined him $1,500 for having a bottle of the medication albuterol in his car. Albuterol is a bronchodilator that is only permitted to be in the possession of a licensed veterinarian.

http://www.drf.com/news/owner-veterinar ... ed-30-days
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Mon Apr 10, 2017 9:06 pm

'Snake' Thompson continues to improve from stroke
http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/ ... rom-stroke

Not a trainer or a jockey but an all-around good guy who has been employed in the racing industry for decades. The article included a link to the Go Fund Me account established for him.
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Tue Apr 18, 2017 8:31 am

Experience Helps Allen Compete at Tampa Bay Downs

In some ways jockey Ronnie Allen Jr. overcomes the odds every day he rides.

Professional sports are dominated by the young and horse racing is no different. But at age 52 Allen competes on a daily basis with riders often half his age; young, eager jockeys hungry to win races and make a name for themselves.


http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/ ... -bay-downs

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Wed Apr 19, 2017 1:58 pm

Trainer Lynn Whiting 77
rest in peace
I've found it easier to tear up tickets at 8/1 instead of 8/5.
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Wed Apr 19, 2017 5:01 pm

stark wrote:Trainer Lynn Whiting 77
rest in peace
I was there for Lil E Tee's Derby win, and Mr. Whiting was as kind and approachable as they come. Just a decent man who will surely be missed.

RIP Mr. Whiting.

http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/ ... iting-dies

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Wed Apr 19, 2017 7:53 pm

WarBiscuit wrote:
stark wrote:Trainer Lynn Whiting 77
rest in peace
I was there for Lil E Tee's Derby win, and Mr. Whiting was as kind and approachable as they come. Just a decent man who will surely be missed.

RIP Mr. Whiting.

http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/ ... iting-dies

WarBiscuit
Oh this is sad, had hoped he had beat his health issues. I remember that Derby well, and all the pre-race chatter. We were rooting hard for a different long shot, Casual Lies, owned and trained by Shelley Riley, little-known outside the West Coast. Their 2nd place didn't sting quite so much after the dust settled and it sunk in the winner was Mr. Whiting's "ET phone home" as the kids called him. A really nice horseman and individual, he will be missed. RIP, Mr. Whiting.
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Wed Apr 19, 2017 8:34 pm

Jane Driggers Proctor, pioneering rider, wife of trainer/horseman Hap, has died from a brain tumor
http://live.drf.com/nuggets/36223
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Wed Apr 19, 2017 8:45 pm

Starine wrote:Jane Driggers Proctor, pioneering rider, wife of trainer/horseman Hap, has died from a brain tumor
http://live.drf.com/nuggets/36223
Ugh, lots of sad news today. Condolences to her many family and friends.
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Mon Apr 24, 2017 5:41 am

Wasn't sure where to put this. If you haven't read the 4 part series that Tere Albanese did with Mandella, it is worth settling in with a cup of coffee or tea and reading.

He is my top 3 favorite trainer. Looking at what he did with Bal a Bali, a 7 year old horse, just getting into his prime.......genius........ like one commenter said, NOBODY takes this kind of time with a horse. (I often think of all the horses we will never hear about because nobody sticks with them and develops them anymore)

(I have the documentary On The Muscle: Portrait Of A Thoroughbred Racing Stable --- it is the best behind the scenes look at a barn I've ever seen, during breeders cup with pleasantly perfect, etc. which is also OUTSTANDING)

Part 1:
https://www.paulickreport.com/news/ray- ... our-parts/

Part 2:
https://www.paulickreport.com/news/ray- ... -part-two/

Part 3:
https://www.paulickreport.com/news/ray- ... art-three/

Part 4:
https://www.paulickreport.com/news/nl-a ... fort-zone/


There is just so much INSIGHT here.

If you followed the Tere Albanese series she did on trainer Frankel, you'll appreciate this one even more!
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Thu Apr 27, 2017 6:07 pm

Alvarado to have shoulder surgery
By David Grening
ELMONT, N.Y. – Junior Alvarado will undergo surgery to repair his left shoulder and be out of action about two months, according to his agent, Mike Sellitto.
Alvarado was injured in a spill at Aqueduct on Sunday’s closing-day card. Though X-rays revealed no fractures, an MRI taken on Tuesday did show some minor damage to the shoulder. Alvarado had surgery on that same shoulder last December to repair a tear in his rotator cuff.
Sellitto said Alvarado’s doctor told him that without the surgery, there would be no guarantee that his shoulder would not pop out of its socket while riding.
“You can’t ride if your shoulder has a shot to pop out,” Sellitto said.
The surgery will be performed Tuesday, and if he comes back in the expected time frame, Alvarado should be back in time to ride the end of the Belmont spring-summer meet and most certainly by Saratoga.

http://www.drf.com/news/alvarado-have-s ... -surgery-0

I hope the surgery is successful. Chronic rotator cuff problems suck. :(
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Fri Apr 28, 2017 10:30 pm

John O'Shea has reportedly resigned as Godolphin Australia's trainer.
O'Shea is believed to be in the process of negotiating a severance package, three years into a five-year contract.

He took over the high-pressure role from Peter Snowden in May, 2014 and has trained 10 Group One winners under Sheikh Mohammed's Darley and Godolphin banner.
http://www.skyracing.com.au/index.php?c ... 658&page=0

According to the Godolphin website, he trains over 200 horses for the operation. Not sure who could replace him, maybe Lee and Anthony Freedman?
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Fri Apr 28, 2017 10:52 pm

Interesting timing.
If you remember, three weeks ago the 2-mile G1 Sydney Cup was called off during the running due to the fatal injury to Almoonqith, who couldn't be moved off the stretch in time for the runners to pass safely.
They re-ran the race last Saturday (Friday night for us) and the Godolphin runner (can't remember the name off the top of my head...sorry) who 'finished first' during the first running won the encore.
There had been some discussion by the on-track Aussie commentators about whether the Godolphin horses would stick around, IF there was a decision to rerun the race, instead of shipping home as planned.
I wonder if there was some disagreement between the Godolphin powers-that-be and O'Shea about how they should proceed? :? Keeping their horses around when there may have been plans for them to target races elsewhere, along with trying to keep the horses fit for two more weeks, may have not been what the trainer wanted to do.
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Sat Apr 29, 2017 11:35 am

Polarisation won the Sydney Cup, but he was trained by Charlie Appleby, rather than O'Shea.
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BaroqueAgain1
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Sat Apr 29, 2017 1:00 pm

Thanks for that correction. With O'Shea stepping away, I wonder if Appleby will be getting more Godolphin horses in his barn.
I heard last night from TVG's Candace that O'Shea isn't just parting company with the Boys in Blue; he's going to take time off from training altogether. Sounded like he's suffering from burnout.
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Sat Apr 29, 2017 9:33 pm

Appleby has over 90 horses in training for Godolphin in Newmarket, but given the remarkable success he has had with shipping some of his second stringers to Australia for their Spring and Autumn Carnivals, maybe he (or his travelling lads) get some more responsibility with the O'Shea horses that are permanently based in Australia.

I am not surprised that O'Shea is taking a break or seems burned out. According to Godolphin's website, he has 207 horses in training for Godolphin, while Appleby has 91 and Saeed Bin Suroor has 109. Working for Sheikh Mohammed is stressful enough as it is, but with those kinds of numbers, and considering he was replacing the excellent Peter Snowden, it has to take it's toll.

Here's a breakdown of the Godolphin horses in training if anyone is interested:

https://www.godolphin.com/godolphin-hor ... n-training
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Mon May 08, 2017 11:45 am

I'm sure she'd of rather been in Louisville, but Chantal Sutherland got her 1,000th win on Saturday at Santa Anita.
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Mon May 08, 2017 5:27 pm

Kaleem Shah is at it again. :roll:
http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/ ... lationship
https://www.paulickreport.com/news/peop ... w-trainer/

I wonder how long it will be before Shah also moves his horses away from. Art Sherman?
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