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January 2, 1996 | Associated Press
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.
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 | JOHN CHERWA
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 | Associated Press
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.
Four active jockeys--Pat Day, Eddie Delahoussaye, Sandy Hawley and Jacinto Vasquez--and the retired Don Brumfield are on this year's ballot for the Racing Hall of Fame. There are four categories besides jockey, and the deadline for voting by 100 Hall of Fame panelists is April 1. The winners--one in each category--will be announced April 24, and induction ceremonies are scheduled for Saratoga Springs, N.Y., in August. The trainer candidates are Dale Baird, Jimmy Croll, Tom J.
December 8, 1989 | BILL CHRISTINE
If they can get the backing of individual state racing commissions, members of the Jockeys' Guild will have struck a positive blow against one of racing's biggest negatives--drug use by riders. At a meeting this week in Las Vegas, the guild, which represents most of the riders in the United States, adopted a broad policy that is more than cosmetic, it is a step that should discourage the use of cocaine and other drugs in jockeys' rooms around the country.
September 28, 1994 | From Associated Press
A jockey who pulled a rival off his horse after losing a race was banned for six months on Tuesday. Kieran Fallon of Ireland was found guilty of violent and improper conduct on a racecourse. He received one of the stiffest sentences ever handed out by the disciplinary committee of the Jockey Club, the governing body for British horse racing. Fallon pulled Stuart Webster off his mount, Sailormaite, after Sailormaite had won the John Mangles Memorial Handicap at Beverly on Sept. 14.
January 10, 1992 | Associated Press
Julio Pezua was suspended for careless riding and Nick Santagata fined Thursday by track stewards, a day after the jockeys fought in the paddock at Aqueduct. The altercation, which resulted in hospital treatment for Pezua, happened after Wednesday's ninth race. Pezua, suspended for 10 days, won the race aboard Talc's Reward but was disqualified to last for interference.
Another agent has dropped Pat Valenzuela, the troubled jockey who skipped a $27,500 payday Sunday when he called in sick and didn't ride the victorious Fraise in the $500,000 Hollywood Turf Cup. Nick Cosato, who has been booking Valenzuela's mounts for about three months, said Monday night that he has quit working for the 31-year-old jockey. "I can't believe what happened Sunday," Cosato said. "It was a slap in the face to me as a professional agent."
September 13, 1994 | JIM MURRAY
Jockey Ray York, packing 120 pounds, finished last in a derby at Del Mar the other day. "Wait a minute!" you say. "Ray York? What kind of a time warp is this? Ray York hasn't been on a racetrack in 10 years. What is this, 1953?" Besides, Ray York wouldn't finish last on a rocking horse. He won the Kentucky Derby, no less. Not many jockeys can make that claim. Ray rode the great Determine in his best years.
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