Jockey/Trainer News - 2017

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Sparrow Castle
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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!
BaroqueAgain1
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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.
BaroqueAgain1
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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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Mon May 08, 2017 5:31 pm

I guess the public hissy fit Simon Callaghan threw when he lost Abel Tasman didn't hurt him after all. :roll:
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BaroqueAgain1
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Mon May 08, 2017 5:36 pm

I suspect that there was so much sympathy for Callaghan that he didn't lose respect from other owners. The whole 'fire a trainer over laundry!?' thing seems to have created more jokes aimed at China Horse Club than criticism of Simon. ;)
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Mon May 08, 2017 10:59 pm

Anybody know if ex-trainer on the SoCal Circuit Caesar Dominguez has a good relationship with Baffert?

Jockey Martin Garcia has switched agents & is now represented by former trainer Caesar Dominguez.
I've found it easier to tear up tickets at 8/1 instead of 8/5.
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Sat May 13, 2017 1:19 pm

firehorse wrote:I'm sure she'd of rather been in Louisville, but Chantal Sutherland got her 1,000th win on Saturday at Santa Anita.
Nice article by Hovdey:

http://www.drf.com/news/hovdey-sutherla ... ally-sweet
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Tue May 16, 2017 12:56 pm

NYRA has renamed G1 King's Bishop the Allen Jerkens Memorial in honor of the late Hall of Fame trainer known affectionately as "The Chief"
I've found it easier to tear up tickets at 8/1 instead of 8/5.
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Fri May 19, 2017 12:25 pm

Sources: Prominent jockey Julien Leparoux also allegedly bilked by former Kentucky hoops staffer

LOUISVILLE, Kentucky – Prominent thoroughbred racing jockey Julien Leparoux is the fourth professional athlete that the U.S. Department of Justice alleges was defrauded by former Kentucky basketball staffer turned financial adviser Leon Smith, Yahoo Sports has learned.

Leparoux is referred to in the federal indictment that was handed down earlier this month in Lexington, Kentucky, only by his initials, “J.L.” Multiple sources confirmed to Yahoo Sports this week that it is Leparoux who had business dealings with Smith several years ago.

“I don’t want to talk about that,” Leparoux told Yahoo Sports on Thursday at Churchill Downs, before the day’s race card got underway.

https://sports.yahoo.com/news/sources-p ... soc_trk=tw
stark
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Sat May 20, 2017 1:19 pm

Name that trainer from his 8th grade basketball shot.....
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http://www.latimes.com/sports/more/la-s ... story.html
I've found it easier to tear up tickets at 8/1 instead of 8/5.
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Mon May 22, 2017 9:29 pm

Sometimes these things are worth noting, a shakeup, maybe in some different barns etc....

Jockey Kent Desormeaux has hired Nelson Arroyo as his agent, and has parted with J.R. Pegram, according to his publicist.
I've found it easier to tear up tickets at 8/1 instead of 8/5.
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Mon May 22, 2017 10:26 pm

James Cummings Appointed Head TrainerImage
Godolphin have appointed James Cummings as the global operation’s Head Trainer in Australia.

Cummings joins Godolphin after almost a decade at Leilani Lodge at Randwick as Foreman, Co-Trainer with his grandfather Bart Cummings, and ultimately as Head Trainer.

Godolphin Managing Director in Australia Henry Plumptre said Cummings was exactly the person Godolphin needed to fill such a pivotal role.

“James is a great fit for Godolphin and his appointment is an exciting new chapter in the Godolphin story in Australia.”

“In a short space of time James has established himself as one of the most talented trainers in Australia and he has all the attributes to take us in the direction we want to go as a racing team both on and off the track,” Plumptre said.

Speaking of his appointment, James Cummings commented “It is truly an honor to be asked to join the Godolphin team as the Head Trainer in Australia and I am very grateful to His Highness Sheikh Mohammed for the opportunity."

“I am confident in my experience and I definitely have the enthusiasm to build on the incredible success that has already been achieved by Godolphin in Australia."

"I have been very fortunate in my career so far to have learnt my trade from some of the best in the business and I will be forever grateful to the fantastic and loyal owners that have supported me in my career so far, in particular Eduardo Cojuanco Jnr and Dato Tan Chin Nam.

Cummings will take up his new position on Saturday 8th July.

Darren Beadman will remain the Head Trainer during this interim period. He will then continue with the team in his original role of Assistant Trainer.
https://news.godolphin.com/news/james-c ... ad-trainer
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Mon May 22, 2017 10:29 pm

stark wrote:Name that trainer from his 8th grade basketball shot.....
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http://www.latimes.com/sports/more/la-s ... story.html
Good one. I missed it badly. I thought it might be Baffert even though it didn't really look like him.

The Los Angeles Times link through me off. I was trying to name someone with a Southern California background. I don't associate the correct answer with California.
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