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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 8, 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 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, 2011 | Associated Press
LOUISVLLE, Ky. - Friends and family were struggling Wednesday to understand the death of 24-year-old jockey Michael Baze, found in his car the day before near the stables at Churchill Downs. He was scheduled for a preliminary hearing Thursday after being charged with first-degree possession of cocaine. He was also supposed to ride a horse that day in the eighth race at Churchill Downs. The coroner's office was awaiting toxicology results; preliminary autopsy results found no anatomical cause of death.
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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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February 21, 2013 | By Joseph A. Gambardello, Inquirer Staff Writer
Tony Black is looking for one more win in the saddle before calling it quits. With 5,199 first-place finishes in the books, the jockey, at age 61, believes it's time to get out of the bone-crushing part of the thoroughbred racing business. Recovering from surgery to put a plate in a twice-broken collar bone, the longtime Haddon Township resident is waiting for medical clearance before racing again. "It's a kid's game, being a jockey," Black said. "I've ridden the wave long enough.
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June 6, 2014 | BY DICK JERARDI, Daily News Staff Writer jerardd@phillynews.com
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.
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May 19, 2014 | By Frank Fitzpatrick, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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April 28, 2014 | By Mike Jensen, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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April 12, 2014 | By Chris Palmer, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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April 11, 2014 | BY DANA DiFILIPPO, Daily News Staff Writer difilid@phillynews.com, 215-854-5934
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.
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September 20, 2013 | BY DICK JERARDI, Daily News Staff Writer jerardd@phillynews.com
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.
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July 3, 2013 | BY DICK JERARDI, Daily News Staff Writer jerardd@phillynews.com
ANOTHER CHAPTER in the curious case of trainer Carlos Guerrero and Parx Racing was written over the weekend at the track. Guerrero was ruled off the track for 10 years in December 2011 after an incident involving a female employee resulted in a misdemeanor indecent assault charge by Bensalem police that later was dropped after an investigation by the Bucks County district attorney's office. Track officials declined to change the 10-year ban after the charge was dropped. At almost the exact time as Guerrero was ruled off, jockey Eriluis Vaz was ejected after a female jockey complained that he made several trips to the female jockeys' quarters while she was showering.
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June 15, 2013
Hall of Fame jockey John Velazquez reached 5,000 career victories on Friday at Belmont Park in New York. Velazquez, 41, was a perfect 3 for 3 on the day, hitting the milestone with Galloping Giraffe , his final mount. He is the 28th rider to reach the plateau, with only victories in the U.S. and Canada counting in the total. Velazquez also guided San Pablo to victory in the $90,000 Criminal Type Stakes, the 10th win in 18 starts for the 5-year-old trained by Todd Pletcher . NFL: Buffalo defensive end Mario Williams back-tracked on attributing "kill" as a word former North Penn head coach Mike Pettine , now the Bills defensive coordinator, used in describing his philosophy.
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March 20, 2013 | By Joseph A. Gambardello, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Jockey Tony Black won his 5,200th race Monday, riding his son's horse Smart Tori to victory at Parx in Bensalem. Black, 61, of Haddon Township, who won his first race in 1970 just out of high school, had said he would retire after hitting the 5,200 mark. "The reality really hasn't sunk in," he said Monday night. "But I said I would and I am sticking with it. The best part is I did it on my son's horse. " Smart Tori, owned by Black's son Anthony, won the ninth race and paid $4.40 to win, $2.60 to place and $2.20 to show.
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February 21, 2013 | By Joseph A. Gambardello, Inquirer Staff Writer
Tony Black is looking for one more win in the saddle before calling it quits. With 5,199 first-place finishes in the books, the jockey, at age 61, believes it's time to get out of the bone-crushing part of the thoroughbred racing business. Recovering from surgery to put a plate in a twice-broken collar bone, the longtime Haddon Township resident is waiting for medical clearance before racing again. "It's a kid's game, being a jockey," Black said. "I've ridden the wave long enough.
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