• Jockey Chris Antley Enters Racing Hall of Fame

    Late jockey Chris Antley who died of a drug overdose in 2000 at the young age of 34 years has been elected into Hall of Fame of National Museum of Racing. The other nominees to make it to the top list are trainer King Leatherbury and thoroughbreds Lava Man and Xtra Heat. All the four will be formally inducted into the institution in a ceremony scheduled on August 7. Chris Antley had an illustrious career as a jockey between 1983 and 2000 as he won 3480 horse races in all and his earnings amounted to $ 92,261,894 when he died. With his brave and dauntless spirit he managed to win 127 graded races along with Preakness Stakes on his horse Charismatic which helped him earn a ranking among top 10 jockeys in the nation a position he maintained from 1984 to 1987.

    Chris Antley’s life as a jockey

    Jockey Chris Antley

    Though Chris had fought frequented battles to combat drugs and alcohol abuse and his jockey career was also jeopardized several times due to these destructive habits he always managed to come through and win with flying colours in the racing field. In 1987, Chris Antley won nine races in a single year of which four were won at Aqueduct while five were at Meadowlands. He made a similar record in the year 1989 when he won continuously for 64 consecutive days which also gave him lead rank in Hall of Fame.

    Details of others in the Hall of Fame

    When trainer King T. Leatherbury retired at the age of 81 he had recorded 6449 wins which include 52 training titles that he had won in Maryland and along with four titles at Delaware Park. His career earnings amounted to $62,792,375 and he owns and trains Ben’s Cat which has won 22 stakes along with a princely sum of $2.3 million. Lava Man had an illustrious career as it won seven Grade 1 games which have not been accomplished by any other Californian horse. Kentucky bred Xtra Heat had a career record of 25 stake races of which 10 were graded racing events.

  • Legendary Jockey Tony Mccoy to Ride at Sandown Racecourse

    Tony MccoyIrish jockey Tony McCoy is keen on taking his final ride before retirement at the historical Sandown Racecourse if he is able to secure reliable mounts for himself. Tony referred to as AP McCoy is 19 times champion jockey and it was expected that he will retire after he earns his 20th championship in partnership with his favoured mount Mr. Mole. Though it was rumoured that he will retire after Bet365 Gold Cup it is now confirmed that he will ride in the handicap hurdle race at Sandown. Two horses that have been introduced for the Sandown race by McCoy’s boss JP McManus that have been trained by Jonjo O’Neill named Box Office and Champagne Present would both be fitting mounts for AP McCoy.

    Mounts that can be used by McCoy for races

    As the mount for McCoy has still not been finalised several other options are being touted as likely horses for his last race. Cheltenham winner Aqalim that has been trained by John Ferguson is a good prospect along with Lost Legend another horse trained by O’Neill. Other alternatives for McCoy are Cheltenham Gold Cup winner of 2013, Bobs Worth which has already been registered for the races along with Springter Sacre that is a special entrant at AP McCoy Celebration Chase.

    AP McCoy’s career and retirement

    Jockey McCoy has won more than 4300 races during his illustrious career as a jockey and though is fans expressed disappointment at his retirement announcement, his wife has expressed relief and joy as jockeys are always at risk of fatal injuries. Though AP McCoy has suffered injuries in his 20 year career and has broken bones in almost every part of his body. It is still unclear if he will ride on ride in every event or only at the final event which is a handicap hurdle. Though all bets are on Mr. Mole there are several other interesting options that he can try out.

  • Playing El Camino Derby on a Budget

    The results of El Camino Real Derby are eagerly awaited this year as the winner of the game will receive ten points and get to compete in the Kentucky Derby. Since most of the contestants of this year’s El Camino Derby are relatively unknown, it will be exciting as well as difficult for the fans to predict winners. The best bet among these horses would be Mischief Clem who is 9-2 on the morning line and in his last game bet horses from California stables at stakes match in Santa Anita. At his maiden win, which went for more than a mile, Mischief Clem had carried forward a 7 ¼ length win showing signs of maturity and great fortitude.

    Strongest opponent of Mischief Clem in the raceEl Camino Real Derby

    The steed likely to be ridden by Russel Baze, nine-time El Camino Real Derby winning jockey, will be Stand and Salute that has the honour of being trained by Jerry Hollendorfer who has trained highest number of winners for the Derby. He will prove to be a powerful opponent for Mischief Clem who has had experience in racing on synthetic turf at Golden Gate. Punters are betting that Mischief is likely to exceed his previous performance and stretch the limit to 1 1/8 miles. Though Stand and Salute finished third last at Golden Gate stakes it was most likely due to travel stress and under able tutelage of Baze and Hollendorfer he is likely to race well.

    Other horses in the race

    Conquest Stables presentation Conquest Typhoon is likely to give both top contenders a close run for their money as he will be raced by Mike Smith who is a Hall of Fame rider. Other horses in the race are likely to be Indiannaughty from Team Valor, followed by Harmonica for Phillip Racing partnership and Cross the Line. Though Conquest Typhoon is a graded stakes winner, his speed is low on synthetic surface which is a worrying factor. The race can be played within budget of $20 by placing largest bet of $10 on Mischief Clem and remaining on others.