May 3, 1996 |
Aaron Gryder, who has ridden only once before in the Kentucky Derby, was named Thursday by trainer Wayne Lukas to ride Honour And Glory in Saturday's race. Gryder, 25, who finished 14th aboard Mi Cielo in 1993, was the leading jockey in the spring at Churchill Downs in 1990, when he won 52 races.
August 10, 1988 |
To 18-year-old jockey Aaron Gryder, Monday was just like all of the other days lately. One of those wake-me-I-must-be-dreaming afternoons. First race, aboard 16-1 shot White Silts: seventh. Second race, on 43-1 longshot Dr. Neumann: eighth. Fifth race, riding 9-1 Katoon: ninth. Sixth race, with 6-1 pick Princess Pinnochio: seventh. Eighth race, on 24-1 longshot Charlatan: fourth (in a seven-horse field). Ninth race, aboard 8-1 Vital Score: seventh. What a nightmare.
December 7, 1987 |
Asteroid Field, a filly bred in Kentucky but raced exclusively in Europe, made a successful U.S. debut Sunday with a winning stretch drive to capture the $200,000 Matriarch Stakes at Hollywood Park. Ridden by Aaron Gryder, who had his whip knocked out of his hand late in the race, the 4-year-old daughter of Forli beat the favored Nashmeel by a half-length. The Irish-bred Any Song finished 2 3/4 lengths further back in the field of 10 fillies and mares.
July 9, 1987 |
The jockey standings at Hollywood Park this season are top-weighted with some familiar names. Laffit Pincay, who has won more than 2,000 races at Hollywood Park in his career, the highest total by any jockey except Bill Shoemaker, heads the list with 65 wins through the first 58 days. Just behind Pincay are Chris McCarron, Eddie Delahoussaye, Gary Stevens and Pat Valenzuela, all consistent winners on the Southern California circuit.
March 5, 2014 |
Jockey Aaron Gryder's life is not just a story. It's an odyssey. When he climbs aboard Blingo on Saturday in the Grade I Santa Anita Handicap, the most prestigious race for older thoroughbreds west of the Mississippi, he will be an afterthought. Gryder doesn't mind that. He understands. This Big Cap, after all, has three of the best horses in the world. All three could have easily skipped this one and headed for Dubai and the March 29 Dubai World Cup, with a $10-million purse that makes it the richest in the world.
September 19, 1988
Case Money rallied in the stretch to win the $53,750 E.B. Johnston Stakes by 1 1/2 lengths at Fairplex Park in Pomona Sunday. Ridden by Aaron Gryder, Case Money covered the 1 1/16 miles in 1:43 4/5 to win $31,250. Favorite Behind The Scenes finished second, a nose in front of Flying Hill.