Cot Campbell among new inductees in Horse Racing Hall of Fame

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Partnership Pioneer Cot Campbell among new inductees in 2018 Horse Racing Hall of Fame class.

Joining him in the Hall of Fame’s Pillars of the Turf category are Cornelius Vanderbilt Whitney, Penny Chenery, Elias J. “Lucky” Baldwin, August Belmont I, John W. Galbreath, Arthur B. Hancock, Sr., Hal Price Headley, John Morrissey, Dr. Charles H. Strub, William Collins Whitney, and Harry Payne Whitney.

They joined three other inductees in the class of 2018: thoroughbreds Heavenly Prize and Preakness, and trainer William Lakeland.

 

The Augusta Chronicle Cot Campbell highlights inductees to National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame

Source: Cot Campbell among new inductees in Racing Hall of Fame

Former MLB catcher Paul Lo Duca tells story of how he followed the Kentucky Derby during a game

Audio: Former MLB catcher Paul Lo Duca tells story of how he followed the Kentucky Derby during a game

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It’s a Wild Ride for Jockey Agents in Horse Racing

Lawson is Prat’s agent — a job deeply woven into the sport’s fabric, but no more recognized than the work on the backstretch performed by dozens of people who feed, bathe and care for the horses.

Average racing fans pore through a day’s program, trying to piece together the puzzle of horses, owners, trainers and jockeys. But most don’t have a clue about how jockeys get aligned with horses, and the complicated dance by their agents that makes it happen.

“We’re salesmen,” Lawson said. “It says on our license that we’re jockey agents, but it might as well say that we’re selling something from Procter & Gamble.”

Read the Rest of this insightful story: It’s a wild ride for jockey agents in horse racing

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Star Handicapper, Horse Owner Bryan Wagner Passes Away

Bryan and Judy Wagner at 2018 Eclipse Awards, Gulfstream Park, FL 1.25.2018

Horse Racing Has Lost a Great Man

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Wednesday, August 1, 2018) – Bryan Wagner,

a 12-time qualifier to the National Horseplayers Championship (NHC) and the 2009 NHC Tour winner, passed away Sunday in Atlanta. He was 75. His wife, Judy Wagner, was at his side at the time of his death.

The Wagners have been a constant and popular presence at the NHC and NHC qualifiers around the country since the event’s inception in 1999. Bryan introduced Judy to the art of handicapping on a date at Fair Grounds Race Course in 1994. They were married the following year and the pursuit of winning horses was a shared passion ever since. Judy, a member of the NTRA Board of Directors, won the 2001 NHC and is a 13-time NHC qualifier. (Bryan would have been a 14-time NHC qualifier if not for two years, 2015 and 2016, when he was ineligible to compete due to Judy’s position on the NTRA board.)

Bryan Wagner earned $101,110 at the annual NHC finals in Las Vegas and thousands more at other NHC sanctioned events and contests. In 2009, Bryan and Judy finished one-two on the NHC Tour.

Bryan Wagner owned and operated a successful insurance company in New Orleans but was perhaps best known as a politician and political operative. He was a member of the New Orleans City Council from 1980-86 and the Council’s first elected Republican in more than 100 years. He was a Louisiana delegate to seven Republican National Conventions and led the delegation in 2008, the same year he masterminded one of the greatest political upsets in the state’s history, helping lawyer Joseph Cao to become the first Vietnamese-American elected to U.S. Congress. With scandals plaguing the incumbent, Wagner saw an opportunity and convinced Cao to switch parties and run as a Republican in a district that traditionally voted overwhelmingly for Democrats.

Wagner, a graduate of Tulane University, was a genuine “only-in-New Orleans” personality, once described in a Rolling Stone feature on the NHC as a gentleman “who holds court like a John Grisham character.” He liked to boast that due to arcane line-of-succession laws, he had technically served as Mayor of New Orleans for a day on three separate occasions. He was a minority shareholder in the New Orleans Saints in the 1980s.

James Bryan Wagner was born March 2, 1943, in New Orleans, to Wiltz Wagner, manager of Municipal Auditorium and president of a bakery supply firm, and Helen Wagner, an English professor at the University of New Orleans. In addition to Judy he is survived by three children – Leslie, Bryan Eustis, and Amanda – six grandchildren, and a brother, Dr. Wiltz Wagner Jr. Visitation (2 p.m. CT) and services (3 p.m. CT) are scheduled for Monday at Christ Church Cathedral Episcopal on St. Charles Avenue in New Orleans.

Source: NTRA

Justify a Horse Racing Great?

Justify winning the Belmont – AP source

On a picture perfect Saturday afternoon on Long Island, horse racing, a sport with a long and rich tradition, once again reigned supreme at Belmont Park.

Justify ($3.60), a 3-year-old chestnut purchased for $500,000, etched his name in racing history, becoming only the second undefeated colt to capture the Triple Crown by going wire-to-wire to win the 150th Belmont Stakes.

Source: Post Time: Justify enters pantheon of racing greats

QnA with NFL Star and Racehorse Owner Jacob Tamme

From NFL to Farming: Jacob Tamme Chats Cows and Horse Racing

Q. Advice I would give to anyone considering getting into racing as an owner:

A. Start small. Heck, stay small. There’s nothing wrong with being a 5% partner on a great filly or colt. I’ll take 5% of a really good one over 50% or even 100% of an average one any day. Find the right person or people to partner with and set realistic expectations. If you are starting your own operation from scratch and have the resources to go it alone, even more important to find the right advisors and horsemen to help you get started.

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Source: From NFL to Farming: Jacob Tamme Chats Cows and Horse Racing

Industry Profile: Jockey Harry Hernandez

It’s been a competitive jockey colony at Arlington International Racecourse so far this meet due to the addition of a few new faces in the jocks room. One of those is Harry Hernandez, who has enjoyed a solid beginning of the 2018 meet with six victories in 29 mounts.

Hernandez, 21, is currently tied for fourth in the standings with Sophie Doyle, who also is riding her first full season at the Chicagoland oval. He has finished in the money at a rate of 48%.

“I’m really excited and I’m really focused on my job,” Hernandez said. “Just trying to stay focused on winning races. I thank God and thank my agent [Ben Allen] and the owners for the opportunities that they have been giving me. I’m just trying to show off my experience.

Hernandez began his riding career in his native Puerto Rico and attended the Escuela Vocacional Hipica, graduating in the same class as leading riders Jose Ortiz, Irad Ortiz, Jr. and Eric Cancel.

Arlington Park racetrack“That school is such a nice school,” Hernandez said. “Before you graduate they make sure that you’re a hard worker and that you’re professional and respectful. Most importantly, they make sure you’re watching your weight because that’s the most important. They teach you how to gallop, teach you how to position. It’s awesome.”

Upon moving to the United States, Hernandez began riding at Finger Lakes in New York where he was consistently finishing in the top of the jockey standings.

“When I graduated I wanted to start riding in Puerto Rico since that’s where I’m from and that’s where my family is from,” Hernandez said. “But I always have wanted to come to the United States. This is where the good money is, it’s where the good owners and trainers are and you’ll learn more riding with good jockeys. This is where you learn more. I always wanted to ride in the United States and make a name for myself here.”

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It was good friend and accomplished rider Jose Ortiz, however, that gave him some encouragement to give Arlington a try this summer.

“I want to thank God for giving me these opportunities with the trainers and the owners,” Hernandez said. “My family always have supported me. I want to thank my really good friends, especially Jose Ortiz. He was the one who called me up and said ‘Hey, [Ben Allen] is a good agent’. He told me to go try it out.”

Source: Press Release

Hot Jockey Alert: Kevin Gomez

Four Winners on Saturday for Kevin Gomez

Laura McKinney’s homebred Clever Triad sprinted to front-running 1 3/4-length victory in Saturday’s featured eighth race to cap a four-win afternoon for jockey Kevin Gomez.

Sent off at 5-1 in a field of eight 3-year-olds and up for the $42,000 entry level allowance, Clever Triad ($13.20) ran 5 1/2 furlongs in 1:01.99 over a firm Bowl Game turf course for his second win from seven career starts.

On a day where the temperature reached the mid-90s, Gomez also finished first aboard Tiz Emily and Jill ($6.20) in the second race, 2-year-old Stay Thirsty colt Alwaysmining ($8.20) in the fourth and Lily Rae ($12) in the sixth.

“Thank God, everything came together and we had a good day today. Hopefully we can keep it going,” Gomez said. “It’s very hot out there. Some horses are winning from in front and some are getting tired the last part and getting beat at the wire. It played good for me today, so I’m glad.”

Source: Laurel

Note: Park and Delaware Park are both closed due to the heat on Monday, July 2, 2018

Sports Betting Play Churchill Downs Is Close To Scoring Breakout

A Sports Betting Play, the Churchill Downs Stock Has Been Down this Week in Trading.

The Kentucky Derby operator is leading the competitive Leisure-Gaming/Equipment industry group. It is trotting ahead of big hitters like Las Vegas Sands (LVS), Wynn Resorts (WYNN) and MGM Resorts International (MGM).

This is the IBD Stock Of The Day.

Investor’s Business Daily Full coverage

Source: IBD Stock Of The Day: Sports Betting Play Churchill Downs Is Close To Scoring Breakout

Industry Profile: Jockey Santo Sanjur

While all eyes were recently on Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky., as Justify trained up for his bid for the Triple Crown, one man was been busy making headlines for himself 100 miles North of the Twin Spires. Santo Sanjur, a native of Panama City, Panama, has taken the Indiana Grand jockey colony by storm in his first year riding in the Hoosier state.

Although the track’s meet started only 37 days ago, Sanjur has picked up 108 mounts so far, and has already 22 wins under his belt. This ties him for Indiana Grand leading rider standings by wins ahead of local veterans such as Rodney Prescott and Marcelino Pedroza.

What’s more? This is only the 22-year-old’s fifth year riding competitively. With an in-the-money percentage of 53% this meet, many have taken notice of the new kid with those numbers. Others have taken notice of Sanjur for another reason: his name.

While officially taking the last name “Sanjur,” Santo is no stranger to having family in the racing business. Indiana racing natives will recognize the name of Sanjur’s cousin, Juan Saez, a rider who was killed tragically in an accident at Indiana Grand in October of 2014.

Though he was on a path nearly identical to that of Santo, Juan is not the young rider’s best known relative. His most famous cousin is Luis Saez, pilot of horses such as Will Take Charge, Gunnevera and, more recently, Arkansas Derby winner Magnum Moon.

Just like his two well-recognized cousins, Sanjur also attended Panama City’s famed Laffit Pincay Jockey School.

It was a perfect fit. According to the school motto, it is directly in the heart of “the cradle of the best jockeys in the world.” During his two years at a school he considers to be “one of the best,” Sanjur said he learned the basics of being a successful jockey, though it was his desire for more that brought him to the United States.

“I had always wanted to come and ride here and make my family proud,” Sanjur said.

With his record so far, he is doing just that.

Despite being new to Indiana, Sanjur is by no means new to racing in the Midwest. He spent the first four years of his American riding career at Arlington Park in the suburbs of Chicago, where he had much of the same impact as he has had at Indiana Grand. From May of 2017 to September of the same year, Sanjur rode 452 horses and picked up 57 wins that totaled almost $1.5 million in purse money. He finished second that year in the Arlington jockey standings.

The impression those four years in Illinois gave him carried over across the border to Indiana, where horsemen of all types cannot get enough of him. Michelle Elliott, trainer and daughter of the well-known Indiana breeder Jim Elliott, is one of them.

“I think he’s the new up-and-coming rider. He’s going to be amazing,” Elliot said of Sanjur, who she met through his agent, Jeremy Acridge. A short time before the Indiana Grand meet began, Acridge called Elliott, asking her to “give his guy a chance.” Sanjur brought Crossed, a filly in Elliott’s barn, home first in the sixth race on Indiana Grand’s opening day card, and has been riding for her ever since. “I really like this kid,” Elliott said. “I’d put him on just about anything.”

Where he continues to experience days where he rides three or even four winners on the same card, it is easy to see why Sanjur continues to make news in the Midwest. Though he doesn’t see himself moving out of the Hoosier state anytime soon, Sanjur does have a few races in mind that he would really love to win more than anything: the Kentucky Derby and a Breeders’ Cup race. And if his current success is any indicator, it won’t be long before we see Sanjur on a bigger stage.

Source: Press Release