April 13, 1990 |
Although it is a piece of furniture he could do without, the rocking chair now belongs to Laffit Pincay. A few weeks after Bill Shoemaker's farewell Feb. 3, Fernando Toro was given the rocker, symbolic of being the oldest member of the local jockey colony. But Toro, 49, announced his retirement Thursday afternoon, so the 43-year-old Pincay is the new dean of the group. "Laffit's not too happy about it," Toro said, laughing.
February 1, 1990
What other jockeys say about Bill Shoemaker: CHRIS McCARRON "Everybody that has had the opportunity to ride with him for any length of time is very lucky. He does some unbelievable things on a horse. The thing that sticks out is how little he does on a horse and how much response he gets. He sure can convince a rider who is more aggressive that a great deal of finesse can win races, too. "I was always impressed with the way he dealt with the public and the media.
May 16, 1987 |
Jockey Fernando Toro, who already has a pair of stakes victories to his credit at the current Hollywood Park meeting, has the opportunity to double that total this weekend. "Toro on the turf" is a commonly heard phrase around the betting windows, and for good reason. Toro seems to do better than average on the grass, which is the surface for today's and Sunday's feature races.
March 14, 1987
Metronomic, ridden by Laffit Pincay, took the lead in the final furlong and won the $36,000 feature race by 1 lengths Friday at Santa Anita. Paisano Pete, ridden by Fernando Toro, finished second, a nose in front of High Hook and Gary Stevens. Metronomic was clocked in 1:16 for 6 1/2 furlongs, earning $19,800 for owner Fred W. Hooper. Sent off a co-favorite at 5-2, Metronomic paid $7.40, $3.40 and $2.80; Paisano Pete returned $3.40 and $3.20, and High Hook paid $5 to show.
September 1, 1986 |
Fernando Toro has not been riding well at Del Mar this season. Through Saturday, Toro had won only eight races out of 103 mounts and two of those came via disqualifications. Any time a 45-year-old jockey goes into a slump, rumors outnumber the horses on a track's backstretch. The rumors at Del Mar in recent weeks were that Toro might be retiring at the end of the year.
January 17, 1986
Truculent, a slight favorite ridden by Fernando Toro, closed strongly and scored a 1 3/4-length victory in the $45,000 feature race Thursday at Santa Anita. Double Quick Time, ridden by Rafael Meza, was second, a half-length in front of third-place finisher Tapping Wood, ridden by Laffit Pincay. Truculent was clocked in 1:47 3/5 for 1 1/8 miles over the turf course and paid $8.40, $5.60 and $4.60. Double Quick Time returned $6.20 and $5.60; Tapping Wood paid $7 to show.