January 1, 2015 |
A renowned jockey from Bensalem remained in critical condition Tuesday from gunshot wounds he suffered after allegedly breaking into neighbors' apartments and assaulting them for reasons that remain unknown. Angel Suarez has been in an induced coma since being rushed to Aria Health's Torresdale campus Sunday night, Police Lt. William McVey said. Police are continuing their investigation, and the unidentified neighbor who shot him has not been charged. The shock of the young jockey's alleged actions has yet to wear off for many at Parx Casino's racetrack, where Suarez was based.
December 31, 2014 |
UNTIL YESTERDAY, Angel Suarez was known around the race track as the horse-whispering whiz kid. Just 21, the quiet jockey based at Parx Racing won so many races - and millions of dollars - two years ago that he drew national notice as one of the sport's top apprentices. That he'd come late to racing made his success even more astounding. "He had no racing background," his former agent, Donna Servis, told the Daily Racing Form in 2013. "He woke up one day, told his mom he wanted to be a jockey, and she said, 'What?
September 11, 2014 |
Richard R. Wisneski, 71, of Cape May, a disc jockey and promoter of musical events, died of kidney failure Sunday, Aug. 3, at Cape Regional Medical Center in Cape May Court House. Born in Philadelphia, Mr. Wisneski graduated from Edison High School and served as an Army medic in Vietnam and in the New Jersey Army National Guard. "He started out in radio in Pottstown," Phil Pizzi, a friend and business colleague, said. At that time, "he was a DJ, a radio personality. " Mr. Wisneski soon became an entrepreneur.
June 6, 2014 |
LATE IN THE DAY on Sunday, Dec. 22 at Hollywood Park, California Chrome was a promising horse that was nonetheless 2-for-6 lifetime with earnings of just $104,850. The colt exploded that day to win the King Glorious Stakes by 6 1/4 lengths. Since that breakthrough, California Chrome is 6-for-6 with earnings of $3,347,800, a Belmont Stakes win away from being the first Triple Crown winner since 1978. CC is perfect with jockey Victor Espinoza. He is perfect with that nasal strip.
May 19, 2014 |
BALTIMORE - On a lightning-quick track, California Chrome was provoking roars from the record 123,469 fans at Pimlico as he gamely batted aside one premature challenge after another, bursting to the front long before jockey Victor Espinoza had planned. From his clubhouse vantage point, 5-foot-2 trainer Art Sherman didn't know if his horse, the 1-2 favorite, was first or last. "Everybody was jumping up and down in front of me, and I had a camera point-blank in my face," said Sherman, who until his horse's remarkable emergence this spring had been training claimers.
April 28, 2014 |
The race itself, Stewart Elliott still insists, was like most any other. "You're just riding," Elliott said. "It doesn't sound right, but you're just riding a race. " Even if it's the Kentucky Derby, and you're riding in it for the first time, on a favorite named Smarty Jones. If all that's true, if there's no moment to process what's happening, even in the final strides, the result hits you like an emotional ton of bricks, when you realize you've ridden it correctly and won the 2004 Kentucky Derby.
April 12, 2014 |
The horse, startled by a chicken roaming on the track, partially bucked off the jockey, dragged him for about 40 seconds as one foot remained in a stirrup, kicked him repeatedly, and killed him, according to a lawsuit. On Wednesday, a Philadelphia jury found Parx Casino & Racetrack liable for nearly $8 million for the 2010 incident that claimed the life of Mario Calderon, 55, of Croydon. Calderon suffered 11 broken ribs and bleeding in the brain, according to his attorney, Michael A. Trunk, and died shortly after being taken to a nearby hospital.
April 11, 2014 |
AJURY HAS awarded nearly $7.8 million to the family of a jockey killed at Parx Racing after a racehorse - spooked by roaming chickens - threw, dragged and kicked him. Mario Calderon, 55, of Croydon, Bucks County, died after suffering 11 broken ribs and a brain hemorrhage in the May 2010 melee at the racetrack formerly known as Philadelphia Park, his attorney, Michael A. Trunk, said. A Philadelphia Common Pleas jury deliberated about six hours Wednesday before announcing its verdict, which included $5 million in punitive damages.
September 20, 2013 |
MIKE E. SMITH turned 48 last month. When he is in town to ride the last four races at Parx on Saturday, the Hall of Fame jockey ought to get together with Bernard Hopkins and compare notes. If Hopkins isn't the best conditioned late-40s athlete in America, then Smith is. Like Hopkins, Smith seldom performs anymore. He waits for the big moments. And he wins. Smith began riding 30 years ago. If he wasn't an instant success, it did not take long. By 1993, he was winning 342 races in a single year.