Chicago Barn to Wire BRIS
Home | News | Bloggers | Forums | Resources | Links | Marketplace | Gallery | Contact Us | Search
Chicago racing newsletter sign-up
Upcoming events
Arlington Million
Legislation

Home
News Updates

Previous stories

Arlington
Balmoral
Hawthorne
Maywood
Sportsman's
Chicago Sun-Times
Chicago Tribune
Daily Herald
Blood-Horse
Daily Racing Form
Harness Link
Illinois Racing Board

2014
Arlington Million
Triple Crown
Illinois Derby

2013
Breeders' Cup
Hawthorne Gold Cup
Arlington Million
Triple Crown
Illinois Derby

2012
Breeders' Cup
Hawthorne Gold Cup
Arlington Million
Triple Crown
Illinois Derby

 

 

 

 

Hawthorne Race Course

Hawthorne Racecourse (1/2/10)

Contact: Ron Uchman
(708) 780-3700

MY RIDERS TO WATCH

We’ve always had a talented and competitive rider colony at Hawthorne. Most of the local veterans will be returning in the spring and it’s great to have such a solid foundation. However, there are a number of newer riders that have made an impact and that is a daunting task considering how entrenched many of the riders are with the local barns.

Tanner Riggs and Tim Thornton aren’t new but they have taken their skill to a whole new level this meet. Not only are they in a duel for the top rider honors, they have left the rest of the field far behind.

Tanner Riggs
Tanner Riggs
Tanner Riggs isn’t your prototypical jockey. This mild-mannered young man is often the tallest person standing in the winner’s circle. But, in his own quiet way, he gets everything a horse has to give. Horses just seem to want to run for him. That’s something that can’t be taught. If he can maintain his weight despite his height, he’s going to be a top rider for a long time.

Tim Thornton
Tim Thornton
Tim Thornton isn’t a “new” rider. In fact, he’s already been the top jock at a couple of Hawthorne meets. However, he’s not only riding with more confidence but he has been finishing with more authority and he always seems to end his meets with big finishes. At the time this was written (Sunday afternoon), he trailed Tanner Riggs by four wins. But, he had been seven behind at the start of Saturday’s card and he took full advantage after Riggs was stuck out of town. Thornton won three races, including a pick-up mount on a horse that Tanner was scheduled to ride. The race for top rider is far from over.

Angel Stanley
Angel Stanley
Angel Ortega Stanley is new on this scene, though he has been riding for about 16 years, 10 of them in the United States. Angel got here almost midway in the meet but he wasted little time making an impression. Angel loves what he does and it shows. He’s well aware that those he rides for are dependant on the money that their runners earn and he rides as hard to get a fifth-place check as he does to get the win. That is a precious commodity and one that will make him a valuable member of this colony. And, he plans on staying on this circuit. Good news.

Francisco Giles
Francisco Giles
I wrote a brief note when Francisco Giles scored the first win of his career here a couple of months ago. At that time, with only one to his credit, it was impossible to determine what kind of rider he would be, especially since he had so little previous experience. However, he looks like a “natural.” He’s been improving by leaps and bounds. He had 11 wins as of Sunday afternoon and it’s conceivable that he’ll win a few more before the meet comes to an end.

This list is far from complete and we’ve had a number of other riders including Ariel Smith, Inosencio Diego, Raphael Manuel Hernandez, and Diego Sanchez that deserve serious consideration but space limitations prevent me from writing about them today. Next time.

index sitemap advanced
search engine by freefind

 

 


Recent headlines

Illinois Racing Board cuts back live horse racing (9/30)

Far fewer race dates in Chicago in 2015 (9/30)

Arlington meet closes with 19 percent dip in handle (9/30)

Hawthorne to offer twist to Pick 6 for Fall Thoroughbred meet (9/30)

Female jockey punches another at Arlington (9/29)

Female jockey punches opponent in the face (9/29)

Support for Fairmount Park becomes issue in legislative race (9/28)

Stiritz clinches second meet title in four years (9/28)

Rivelli revels in second meet title (9/27)

Million Champ Hardest Core rested and ready for Breeders’ Cup Turf (9/26)


 

 

Home | News Updates | Bloggers | Forums | Search
Resources | Links | Marketplace | Gallery | Advertising | Contact Us

Copyright © 2000-2014 Chicago Barn to Wire. All rights reserved.
Privacy policy