August 10, 1990 |
Sam Rubin, who wisecracked his way through the career of John Henry, a horse who earned $6.5 million after Rubin bought him for $25,000, hasn't retired as a stand-up comic. On an occasion that sometimes is solemn and tearful, Rubin and Dick Francis, the former British steeplechase jockey who became a best-selling mystery novelist, made levity the pattern of the day Thursday as four horses, two trainers and a jockey were admitted into racing's Hall of Fame.
February 20, 1990 |
Its Acedemic caught up with the leaders entering the stretch and then went on to a 1 1/2-length victory in the $113,000 Stymie handicap Monday at Aqueduct. The victory was the first in three starts this year for the 6-year-old who was ridden by Jorge Velasquez. Congeleur, 115, ridden by Jerry Bailey, set the pace going into the stretch and held on for a second-place finish, beating King's Swan, 115, by two lengths.
September 29, 1989
Jorge Velasquez rode five winners at Arlington International Racecourse in Arlington Heights, Ill., while Pat Day, who now leads Velasquez, 115-112, was blanked with his eight mounts.
September 3, 1989 |
Barry Brown, an effervescent jockey agent, pulls up to a barn in his van on the backstretch at Arlington International Racecourse. Brown is trying to do another agent a favor, by getting a California jockey a mount in today's Arlington Million, but anyone listening to the fast-talking New Yorker would be uncertain about exactly what he's doing. The first person Brown sees at the barn is Mahmoud Fustok, the Saudi Arabian who is running Fijar Tango in the Million.
July 23, 1989 |
Jorge Velasquez has been a jockey for 27 years and is just a half-dozen victories shy of winning his 6,000th horse race, but he says he's nowhere near ready to hang up his saddle. "I feel young, I've got lots of business, I've got my weight under control and there's lots of money to be made," the 5-foot-3, 107-pound jockey said. "I really don't know when I'd quit." Velasquez won seven races at Arlington International Racecourse in suburban Arlington Heights this week, but none on Saturday.