October 31, 2013 |
Joel Rosario fits on the back of a racehorse as perfectly as a carrot fits in a snowman's face. He is Nicklaus with a five-iron in his hand, Crenshaw with a putter. If this were hockey, he'd be the Great One. He is fast becoming that in horse racing. Rosario will ride 12 horses in this weekend's Breeders' Cup, and even though none of them were given morning-line odds of better than 6-1, gamblers are likely to give his horses more action than their odds may deserve. That's because Rosario will be in the saddle.
August 24, 2013 |
A stumble and a jockey spill on the other side of the country Friday has scrambled the landscape for Sunday's $1-million Grade I Pacific Classic at Del Mar. When jockey Joel Rosario's ride in the seventh race at Saratoga, Casual Elegance, lost her footing past the finish line, it unseated Rosario, who landed left foot first and fractured that foot. Rosario, a longtime rider in the Southern California jockey colony who moved to the East to ride last year, is the leading rider in the country, with 237 wins and nearly $17 million in purses.
May 4, 2013 |
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- The horse with the short name and the long stride won the Kentucky Derby here Saturday. Fans of Orb, and headline writers worldwide, rejoiced. Orb's daddy was Malibu Moon; thus the short name with its perfect family connection. Other choices might have been Full, Half or Neil Armstrong. But the owners, cousins Dinny Phipps and Stuart Janney, got it right, just as their wonderful horse did, in front of 151,616 at Churchill Downs. Joel Rosario got it right too. The super jockey from the Dominican Republic left the Southern California jockey colony last year to head east in search of new adventures.
July 17, 2013 |
There was primping, flirting, laughing, betting, drinking - and that was before the first race went off on opening day at Del Mar. In what has become the social event of the year in San Diego County, a crowd of 43,030, the largest to attend a horse race in California this year, showed up on Wednesday to create a party-like atmosphere complete with hats seemingly designed from an unknown civilization. "Oh my God. Look at this," one female track visitor said in awe of a hat that included an iron replica of the Eiffel Tower covered with flowers and feathers.
October 18, 2012 |
There could be a changing of the guard taking place at Santa Anita, where 22-year-old jockey Joe Talamo is making a strong bid to win the autumn riding championship. Talamo won four races Thursday at Santa Anita, giving him 20 for the meeting while moving out to a four-win lead over Rafael Bejarano in the jockey standings. Talamo has never won a riding title in Southern California. Bejarano and Joel Rosario have dominated in recent years. But Talamo has been making steady progress and seems in ideal position to challenge Bejarano.
December 16, 2012 |
The final day of the 24-day Betfair Hollywood Park autumn meeting Sunday produced a 60-1 shocker in the $200,000 King Glorious Stakes. Weewinnin, under jockey Jose Valdivia Jr., pulled off the upset in the seven-furlong race for Cal-bred 2-year-olds. Weewinnin, trained by Brian Koriner, returned $122.00, $54.20 and $20.40. Fighting Hussar finished second and Monument third. The riding title was won for the first time by 30-year-old jockey Edwin Maldonado, who finished one victory ahead of Rafael Bejarano.