January 12, 2000 |
They aren't torn in two like a losing parimutuel ticket. They aren't tossed in the wastebasket like yesterday's tout sheet. Nobody sends them to a faraway field when they're too old to run. In the disposable world that is horse racing, they are the only ones who hang around long after their final race is over. They are the retired jockeys. You only think they've disappeared. "When you're done riding, it seems like you get put in the back seat," Ray York said. "Everybody loves a winner.
November 16, 1987 |
Robert Hyatt (Red) McDaniel, the winningest trainer in the United States through the first five years of the 1950s, was hydrophobic. The only way to get McDaniel into a swimming pool would have been to fill it with martinis. On May 5, 1955, the 44-year-old McDaniel helped jockey Ralph Neves mount a 5-year-old gelding running in the sixth race at Golden Gate Fields.
February 1, 1990 |
Picking Bill Shoemaker's 10 most memorable rides is kind of like listing the 10 best touchdown drives engineered by Joe Montana. They are all variations on the same successful theme. Ask a fan in the stands and the answer might be, "Shoe won me a $500 exacta at Del Mar in '78." Crusty race track veterans recall the way Shoemaker patiently handled Rex Ellsworth's roguish maidens in the 1950s.
January 9, 2000 |
Those who preferred Swept Overboard over Forest Camp in the $107,200 San Miguel Stakes Saturday at Santa Anita were happy about the outcome. How Swept Overboard won for the second time in three starts was the surprising part of the Grade III sprint. Expected to be in front from the outset, the gray son of End Sweep and 19-10 second choice in the field of six 3-year-olds broke slowly, seemingly hurting his chances of beating Del Mar Futurity winner and 7-10 favorite Forest Camp.
September 8, 1995 |
Corey Nakatani, battling Chris McCarron and Alex Solis for the jockey title here, has changed his post-Del Mar plans. Originally scheduled to go to Belmont Park after the Del Mar meeting ends Wednesday, to ride until Oct. 4, when the Oak Tree meeting begins at Santa Anita, Nakatani will now go to Europe to ride for Juddmonte Farms for a couple of weeks.
September 11, 1995 |
Chris McCarron won the Fantastic Girl with Track Gal on opening day almost seven weeks ago, and the stakes victories have kept right on coming. The leading stakes-winning rider in Del Mar history made it 97 for his career and 11 for this meeting, guiding Alphabet Soup to a three-quarters-of-a-length victory over Lykatill Hil in the $200,000 added Del Mar Budweiser Breeders' Cup Handicap on Sunday.