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.
September 6, 1996 |
Ray York is the defending champion in the Rocking Chair Derby, and the 62-year-old former jockey has the horse to beat again this year. For the ninth time on Saturday, Del Mar will stage an exhibition featuring seven retired riders. The race, with $32,000 maidens going 5 1/2 furlongs, will be run between the seventh and eighth races. York, who began galloping horses last weekend for trainer Henry Moreno to get in shape, rode Push 'M High to a two-length victory in 1995.
December 26, 2002 |
There are 15 races at Santa Anita older than the Malibu Stakes, but since the 50-year-old Malibu was re-positioned to the day after Christmas in 1984, it has acquired the patina of some of the older fixtures. An opening day at Santa Anita without the Malibu would be like a Dec. 26 without standing in the exchange line.
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.
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.