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May 14, 2015 | By Bob Ford, Inquirer Columnist
Barbara Borden, chief steward for the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission, said 12 state-approved veterinarians examined American Pharoah following the colt's Kentucky Derby win, which is approximately one examination for every three times jockey Victor Espinoza whacked the misspelled champion as the two of them lugged down the Churchill Downs stretch toward the finish line. The vets didn't find a mark on Pharoah, although he was struck 32 times by Espinoza's whip during a ride that appeared to tread dangerously along the dividing line between encouragement and abuse.
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June 20, 2007 | By Craig Donnelly INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Victor Molina, the jockey who kicked his mount in the stomach before the third race Monday at Philadelphia Park, will have a formal hearing before the track's stewards on Friday. Molina was to set to ride a 2-year-old named Yes Yes Ohyes in his debut when the colt reared in the starting gate, striking the jockey in the chest. After the colt was scratched from the race because he had suffered cuts, Molina removed the horse's saddle and kicked him. The jockey was ejected.
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July 25, 2002 | By Craig Donnelly INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Ramon Dominguez, the leading jockey at Delaware Park, who is second nationally in winners this year, suffered what was apparently a broken left wrist yesterday in a spill at the Stanton track. Dominguez, 25, a native of Caracas, Venezuela, was in second position in the seventh race when his mount, Lovely Lady, broke down badly and fell in midstretch. "He apparently broke the wrist trying to brace his fall," Steve Rushing, his agent, said. "It's too early to know if he'll need surgery or how many weeks he'll be out. " Dominguez has been spilled three times this summer but escaped injury until yesterday.
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April 19, 1992 | By Jay Searcy, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
So you want to be a jockey? You want to climb aboard a 1,300-pound animal and storm out of a starting gate, glide down the back side with the wind in your face, pick your way through horses around the turn, charge down the stretch with hoofbeats pounding all around you, and savor the sound of a cheering crowd? Ah, the glory of it all. And the money! In less than two minutes, you earn $45 minimum. Or 10 percent of the winner's purse, if you happen to be on the winner. Ride six horses a day, which is not uncommon, and you've made $270, at least.
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February 9, 2012 | By Robert Moran, Inquirer Staff Writer
A jockey who rides at Parx in Bensalem filed suit Wednesday against another jockey, alleging he made sexual advances toward her while she was undressing and taking a shower. Kristina McManigell, 23, alleges that Eriluis Vaz, 28, made advances toward her three times Dec. 7, including twice when she was naked, while she was alone in the female jockeys' room. The suit says she feared rape and screamed for help. Two years ago, Vaz got into a fight with another jockey in the middle of a race at Parx, then called PhiladelphiaPark.
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December 31, 2014 | BY DANA DiFILIPPO, Daily News Staff Writer difilid@phillynews.com, 215-854-5934
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?
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December 22, 2011 | BY DICK JERARDI, jerardd@phillynews.com
CARLOS GUERRERO, who has dominated the trainer standings at Parx Racing for the last 2 years, has been charged with one count of misdemeanor indecent assault by Bensalem police, as the result of an incident that took place at the track last month. The track has responded to the charge by ejecting Guerrero from the track for 10 years. The 10 years is arbitrary. Once the case is adjudicated, the suspension will be adjusted to a more reasonable period of time. "We are preparing an appeal as we speak," said William Goldman, Jr., Guerrero's attorney.
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July 5, 2002 | THE INQUIRER STAFF
Antonio Pena, who was injured after he was thrown from his horse Tuesday at Philadelphia Park, resumed riding yesterday and brought home two winners and a second-place finisher at the Bensalem track. Pena was reported to be semi-comatose immediately after the accident. He was later listed in stable condition at Frankford Hospital Torresdale Division and was released that night. On Tuesday, Pena was riding Punch Landed when the horse stumbled while leaving the gate in a six-furlong sprint.
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May 12, 1989 | From Inquirer Wire Services
Churchill Downs stewards announced a five-day suspension for jockey Clarence "Jo Jo" Ladner 3d for careless riding in the Kentucky Derby on Saturday. The suspension begins today and continues through Wednesday, but excludes Monday, the stewards said. They did not elaborate on the careless riding. Ladner was aboard Northern Wolf, who finished sixth in the race won by Sunday Silence.
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May 18, 2015 | By Jesse Dougherty, For The Inquirer
At each of the first 11 fences, the five-horse pack leaped one after another, and Portrade kept a comfortable lead. But after the last jump, three horses closed in on Portrade, and it was Bob Le Beau who edged ahead before storming past the finish line. Ridden by jockey Jack Doyle, Bob Le Beau was the biggest winner at the Radnor Hunt Races in Malvern on Saturday. He won the National Hunt Cup - the six-race event's feature run - and a $50,000 purse for his owners at the Fields Stable.
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May 15, 2015 | BY DICK JERARDI, Daily News Staff Writer jerardd@phillynews.com
AFTER CONDUCTING a search of the jockeys' room at Parx Racing before the fifth race on Tuesday's card and discovering what several sources said was an illegal electrical device inside a jockey's glove, representatives of the Pennsylvania Racing Commission took jockey Angel Castillo off his remaining mounts. The device, known as a "buzzer" or "machine" or "battery," is about the size of a lighter, conducts electricity and has been used by rogue jockeys through the years to shock a horse in an attempt to get the horse to run faster.
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May 15, 2015
TWO DAYS after he was escorted out of Parx Racing on Tuesday following a jockeys' room search, jockey Angel Castillo was granted a stay by the Pennsylvania Racing Commission until he has a hearing in front of the Parx stewards and a ruling is made. It is unclear when the hearing will be. Castillo is scheduled to ride tomorrow at Parx. Castillo was in the paddock ready to ride the fifth race on Tuesday when commission representatives took him off his mount and removed him from the rest of the mounts on the card.
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May 14, 2015 | By Bob Ford, Inquirer Columnist
The Association of Racing Commissioners International has developed guidelines regarding racing crop construction and use. The crop is to be used only for safety, correction, and encouragement, and in a manner consistent with the jockey's best efforts to win. The jockey is to show the horse the crop and give it time to respond before striking the horse. After using the crop, the jockey is to give the horse time to respond before using it again. The crop is to be applied only to the horse's shoulder or hindquarters, not its face or flanks.
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May 14, 2015 | By Bob Ford, Inquirer Columnist
Barbara Borden, chief steward for the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission, said 12 state-approved veterinarians examined American Pharoah following the colt's Kentucky Derby win, which is approximately one examination for every three times jockey Victor Espinoza whacked the misspelled champion as the two of them lugged down the Churchill Downs stretch toward the finish line. The vets didn't find a mark on Pharoah, although he was struck 32 times by Espinoza's whip during a ride that appeared to tread dangerously along the dividing line between encouragement and abuse.
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March 6, 2015 | By Ben Finley, Inquirer Staff Writer
So, why did a renowned Bensalem jockey - "117 pounds of sweetness" - allegedly go on a naked rampage in which he masturbated outside one neighbor's apartment and attacked others inside theirs? Two months later, the best explanation so far is marijuana - really strong marijuana or weed that was laced. Both a Bucks County prosecutor and the jockey's attorney offered that theory Wednesday morning for Angel Suarez Medero's behavior that December night, which stopped only after a resident at the Bensalem apartment complex shot him twice and police subdued him. The attorneys spoke to reporters after Medero, 21, waived his right to a preliminary hearing of the evidence against him, a step that sends the case forward to Common Pleas Court in Doylestown.
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January 1, 2015 | By Ben Finley, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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December 31, 2014 | BY DANA DiFILIPPO, Daily News Staff Writer difilid@phillynews.com, 215-854-5934
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?
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September 11, 2014 | By Walter F. Naedele, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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