2019 Preakness Stakes Jockey Assignments, Facts and Trends

Oxbow winning the 2013 Preakness Stakes - Jim McCue Photography Every year bettors handicapping the Kentucky Derby study a huge number of factors and trends that could affect the outcome of the race, placing greater emphasis than usual on things like history, pedigrees and jockey assignments. The Preakness Stakes (G1) at Pimlico never seems to receive the same level of attention from a handicapping perspective, but shouldn’t the second leg of the Triple Crown warrant at least a [...]

2019 Kentucky Derby Jockey Assignments, Facts and Trends

Jockey Mike Smith aboard Kentucky Derby winner Justify - Coady Photography It is often said that jockeys are unable to make horses run beyond their abilities, but the difference between victory and defeat can come down to the skills of a rider in saving ground, timing moves correctly and riding hard to the finish line. That’s why the 20 jockeys who will compete in the 2019 Kentucky Derby (G1) include the most talented riders in North America. Leading [...]

Year in Review: Who Was the Top Jockey in 2018?

Jockey Mike Smith aboard Kentucky Derby winner Justify - Coady Photography It seems like a simple question: Who was the top jockey in North America in 2018? By basic metrics such as overall wins and earnings, the answer is similarly simple: Irad Ortiz, Jr. As of December 17th, the 26-year-old rider leads all jockeys by wins (336) and by purse earnings ($27,291,607), making him the favorite to be awarded the 2018 Eclipse Award for Outstanding Jockey. However, looking [...]

2018 Preakness Stakes Jockey Facts and Trends

Jockey Mike Smith aboard Kentucky Derby winner Justify - Coady Photography Every year, bettors handicapping the Kentucky Derby study a huge number of factors and trends that could affect the outcome of the race, placing greater emphasis than usual on things like history, pedigrees, and jockey assignments. In contrast, the Preakness Stakes (gr. I) at Pimlico Racecourse never seems to receive the same level of attention from a handicapping perspective, but that doesn’t mean that the second leg [...]

2018 Kentucky Derby Jockey Facts and Trends

Jockey John Velazquez guides Always Dreaming to victory in the 2017 Kentucky Derby - Coady Photography It was the most improbable of victories—an unknown longshot named Mine That Bird surging past his more heralded rivals to win the 2009 Kentucky Derby at the stunning odds of 50-1. While Mine That Bird deserves much of the credit for his unforgettable triumph on the first Saturday in May—you don’t win the Derby without talent!—there’s no doubt that jockey Calvin Borel [...]

Which Jockeys Are Working Towards an Eclipse?

Javier Castellano accepts Eclipse for Jockey of the Year at Eclipse Awards at Gulfstream Park, FL 1.17.2015 We're over 6 months into 2017. Which is why I don't believe it's too early to start discussing the jockeys that are on their way to a possible Eclipse Award. It's difficult for me to see this list changing. Unless 1 of the 4 jockeys I've listed here gets injured, I expect all 4 to have a major impact at Saratoga. [...]

By |June 22nd, 2017|Categories: RacingWire|Tags: |

Famous Women Jockeys

Since Anna Lee Aldred first received a jockey's license in 1933, women jockeys have had a storied history in thoroughbred racing. From Robyn Smith, who ended up marrying the greatest dancer in the world, Fred Astaire, to the controversial Mary Bacon, female jockeys have always had a impact on thoroughbred racing. See below for 5 of the more famous jockeys in the Sport of Kings!       Julie Krone In her final true year of riding, [...]

By |October 2nd, 2016|Categories: Jockeys, RacingWire|Tags: , |

7 times racing got Awk(ward)

My friend Carly always uses the term “Awk” which is what the kids apparently say instead of spelling out the word awkward. Well there have always been plenty of awkward moments in horse racing, but these are the seven times I remember thinking “well this is awkward”. 1. Harry Aleo Interview about Lost in the Fog Quint Kessenich was toast the minute he asked the first question. “What is the current price tag on this horse?” Huh? What the hell [...]

By |February 29th, 2016|Categories: BARN, Horses, Jockeys, Thoroughbreds|Tags: , , , |

Handicapping 870-Yard Quarter Horse Races

Fire On The Fly is a multiple 870-yard Quarter Horse champion The most important aspects of handicapping an 870-yard Quarter Horse race are post position and track configuration. For an 870-yard race on a one-mile oval, such as Remington Park, the recently expanded Los Alamitos or Lone Star Park in Texas, the starting gate is set very close to the turn, so those breaking from posts 1, 2 and 3 on a one-mile oval always have a big [...]