Category Archives: Horse Racing

Mexico female jockeys vie for spot in horse racing (The Associated Press)

Elisabeth Garrido stacks bales of hay into the shape of a horse, straps reins around a mock head and sets off on an imaginary but energetic ride, whipping the hay with a riding crop. It’s part of the do-it-yourself training for her dream: to be one of the few women ever to become a full-fledged jockey at Mexico’s only major horse racetrack, and perhaps move north of the border as well. The 27-year-old is one of two female apprentice jockeys now training to break into the historically male-dominated sport in Mexico, which hasn’t seen a woman ride professionally since 2005. Garrido is so committed to joining the approximately 200 registered jockeys here who are skilled enough to ride a half-ton thoroughbred at 55 mph that she moved in to the Hippodrome of the Americas in Mexico City.

Churchill Downs announcer leaving for New York (The Associated Press)

Larry Collmus’ tenure as track announcer at Churchill Downs barely got past the starting gate. Collmus, who took over in the spring as race caller at the home of the Kentucky Derby, on Wednesday accepted the job as track announcer for the New York Racing Association, starting in the spring of 2015. ”I’m trading one dream job for another,” Collmus said. Collmus, 47, will start calling races on the New York circuit in April, the final month of the Aqueduct Racetrack spring meet, the NYRA said in its announcement.

Saratoga tips hat to Irishman who started it all (The Associated Press)

Saratoga Race Course is tipping its top hat to John Morrissey, the Irish-born fighter-gambler-politician who punched his way to national fame before the Civil War, launched what’s now the nation’s oldest racetrack and got elected to public office in New York despite scant formal education and an unsavory background. The Irish American Heritage Museum in Albany is using the track’s Irish-American Day on Wednesday to highlight Morrissey’s role in establishing Saratoga’s first racing meet in 1863 and his opening of the race course at its current location a year later. Other than closures forced by moral crusaders and World War II, Saratoga Race Course has been going strong since it opened on Aug. 2, 1864.

Skyway wins Best Pal Stakes by a length at Del Mar (The Associated Press)

Skyway held off fast-closing Henry’s Holiday by a length Sunday in the $300,000 Best Pal Stakes for 2-year-olds at Del Mar. Ridden by Stewart Elliott, Skyway ran six furlongs on Polytrack in 1:16.67 and paid $6.20, $3.60 and $2.80 as the 2-1 favorite. Henry’s Holiday ridden by Tyler Baze returned $4.40 and $3.20, while Bad Read Sanchez was another length back in third and paid $3 to show. Both are in their first summers at Del Mar. The victory, worth $120,000, increased Skyway’s career earnings to $157,390, with two wins in three starts.

Iotapa wins Clement L. Hirsch Stakes at Del Mar (The Associated Press)

Iotapa won the $300,000 Clement L. Hirsch Stakes for older fillies and mares by a half-length Saturday at Del Mar. Ridden by Joe Talamo, Iotapa ran 1 1/16 miles in 1:43.04 and paid $4, $2.60 and $2.40 as the even-money favorite. Broken Sword returned $4.40 and $3.40, while Parranda was another 2 1/4 lengths back in third and paid $3.80 to show. Broken Sword went to the lead out of the gate and Iotapa moved up on the outside turning into the stretch. She took a short lead but had to dig deep to hold off Broken Sword, who carried four pounds less than the 123 carried by Iotapa.

Takter trio tops Hambletonian (The Associated Press)

Trainer Jimmy Takter exudes confidence in his trio of trotters heading into the $1 million Hambletonian on Saturday at the Meadowlands Racetrack. Takter sends out the first three choices in the stakes for 3-year-olds, starting with Father Patrick, the 4-5 favorite. Should Father Patrick, the winner of 15 in a row, unexpectedly falter, Takter is well fortified with Trixton, the 7-2 second choice, and Nuncio at 9-2. All that horsepower has Takter thinking big.

Father Patrick 4-5 favorite for Hambletonian (The Associated Press)

Father Patrick puts a 15-race winning streak on the line as the 4-5 favorite in the $1 million Hambletonian on Saturday at the Meadowlands Racetrack. A winner of 16 of 17 races, Father Patrick drew post No. 10. Father Patrick is one of three entrants for trainer Jimmy Takter who is well positioned to capture his third Hambletonian. Takter also sends out 7-2 second choice Trixton from post No. 7 and 9-2 third choice Nuncio from post No. 5.