April 27, 2008 |
LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Imagine downing a juicy cheeseburger, fries and a milkshake -- then going to the bathroom a few minutes later, sticking a finger down your throat and vomiting. No, we're not talking about teenage girls with bulimia, or models struggling for the high-fashion gaunt look. These are grown men trying to keep their jobs as jockeys, those diminutive athletes in colorful silks sent out to ride 1,200-pound racehorses worth millions of dollars. The quest to ride in next Saturday's Kentucky Derby begins long before 3-year-old thoroughbreds take to the track.
February 25, 1993 |
The nine-race program at Sportsman's Park on Wednesday was canceled after jockeys voted not to ride because they said the track was unsafe. The jockeys contended frozen clods of dirt were in the racing surface. But Charles W. Bidwill III, the track's vice president, said: "With the temperature rising to between 15 to 18 degrees, we had utmost confidence that any clods in the track would have been taken off before post time."
September 11, 1992 |
Two jockeys have been barred from racing while investigators probe charges of an alleged race-fixing scam at the Three-County Fair. Both men deny involvement. "It's a matter of losing our reputation," said one, Abad Cabassa. Cabassa spoke Thursday as he and Julian Vazquez, the leading rider through the first five days of the nine-day meet in Northampton, were waiting to be interviewed by state racing officials. They were among seven jockeys kept from riding Wednesday and Thursday.
May 18, 2007 |
Jockeys Alex Bisono, Martin Garcia and Martin Pedroza escaped serious injury after being involved in a spill in the fourth race Thursday at Hollywood Park. The chain-reaction accident began when Royal Change, ridden by Bisono, broke a leg while leading the $40,000 maiden claiming race. Bisono went down, as did Garcia and Pedroza. Bisono was diagnosed with a sprained right ankle and Garcia with a sprained left wrist.
May 31, 1988
Three jockeys were injured Monday in a spectacular three-horse spill in the first race at Belmont Park in New York. The accident occurred when Imanair, with Chris Antley aboard, fell shortly after entering the stretch in the 1-1/16 mile race for maiden fillies on the outer turf course. Madame Alydar and Pot O'Jam then collided with the fallen filly, throwing riders Richard Migliore and Julie Krone. Migliore suffered a dislocation of the cervical spine and is expected to be out 5 to 6 weeks.
November 22, 1992 |
Jockeys Corey Nakatani, David Flores and Adalberto Lopez escaped serious injury in a three-horse spill during the ninth race at Hollywood Park on Saturday. The mishap occurred when Pennblue, the 5-2 favorite in the seven-furlong race for $10,000 fillies and mares, broke down while rallying under Nakatani. She fell, then Showmanship, ridden by Flores, and Articulation, ridden by Lopez, tripped over the 4-year-old Saros filly. Nakatani got up and walked away from the scene.
January 2, 1996 |
Russell Baze, who recently became the first jockey to ride 400 winners four years in a row, is the winner of the inaugural Isaac Murphy Award. The 37-year-old Baze, based in Northern California, led the nation in 1995 with 448 victories. He had a national-best winning percentage of .292, the criteria on which the award was decided. Murphy was one of the great jockeys of the 19th Century.
July 24, 2001 |
The sport of kings won't necessarily get rich by allowing marketers to place advertisements on jockeys' apparel and horse owners' bright silks. That's because sports marketers say horse racing won't command the big-dollar sponsorship deals enjoyed by NASCAR and other big league sports. "The bottom line is eyeballs equal exposure value," said Don Hinchey, director of creative services for Bonham Group, a Denver-based sports marketing company.
November 28, 1989 |
Eddie Delahoussaye is the leading jockey at Hollywood Park with 13 winners. Does that make him the best jockey? Or is he simply riding better horses than everyone else? The Times has developed a jockey-rating system that takes into account the perceived quality of the horses that jockeys have been riding. This power rating is broken down into both win and in-the-money ratings. Those two figures are combined and divided by two to get the final power rating.
January 2, 1995 |
Jockey Marco Castaneda was moved out of the intensive care unit six days after sustaining a small brain hemorrhage from a race accident at Bay Meadows. Castaneda, 44, was in stable condition Sunday at Mills Hospital. He was moved out of intensive care Saturday. Castaneda was injured last Monday when his mount, Ballingarry Miss, broke down and threw him to the track. Three other jockeys were also injured. Castaneda's wife, Beverly, said her husband was tired, but able to talk.