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Author Topic: Top Chicago Jockeys by Decade - 70's, 80,s, 90's, 00's  (Read 3742 times)
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« on: July 18, 2006, 07:35:34 AM »

This is a very difficullt list to put together because of the influx of summer riders at AP who are not regulars on the Chicago circuit.

70's - Earlie Fires, Larry Snyder, Bill Gavidia, Jim Powel
80's - Pat Day, Earlie Fires,
90's - Mark Guidry, Pat Day, Randy Romero, Shane Sellers
00's - Chris Emigh, Shane Laviolette, Eddie Razo

This is strictly off the top of my head without any statistical backup, so I know I will catch a lot of flak, but maybe it will get everybody thinking.  I think that a lot of who you will pick is based on personal preferance.  The one I left off was Juvenal Diaz, because he was the leader of the cabal, the captain of the ship, the one they all turned to when it was or was not their "turn".
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« Reply #1 on: July 18, 2006, 08:52:52 AM »

I would have to disagree w/a few things.  Day is a great rider, but he really didn't ride here that much in the 80s.  A bit in the early 80s.  And Randy Romero rode here in the early 80s, not the 90s.

80s- Fires, Diaz
90s- Guidry, Sellers and Gomez
00s- Douglas, Emigh, Campbell
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« Reply #2 on: July 18, 2006, 09:30:22 AM »

Ray Sibille was the best in his day. I'm not sure if it was 70s or 80s.
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« Reply #3 on: July 18, 2006, 09:44:42 AM »

I will agree.  When he was at the top of his game, nobody finished stronger on a horse.  I believe that he rode here from the md-70's until the late 80's, when he went to Norther Cal.  He won the BC Classic on Great Communicator on the front end, I think.
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« Reply #4 on: July 18, 2006, 10:36:59 AM »

Randy Romero did ride at Arlington in the early 90's as well as the early 80's. I have winning pictures of him on my wall from both. One jock missing from the 80's is Jorge Velasquez, he rode at Arlington for a few summers. Garrett Gomez also road at Arlington in the late 80's early 90's. Some great riders have ridden in Chicago at a meet on a regular basis in the last 30 years: Bailey, Day, Velasquez, Fires, Hawley, Sellers, Albarado, Douglas, Gomez, Sibille, Perret, Guidry, Romero, Pat Valenzuela
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« Reply #5 on: July 18, 2006, 10:39:48 AM »

Late 70s early eighties Darrell Haire.Rick Evans for a little bit
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« Reply #6 on: July 18, 2006, 12:46:04 PM »

Randy Romero did ride at Arlington in the early 90's as well as the early 80's. I have winning pictures of him on my wall from both. One jock missing from the 80's is Jorge Velasquez, he rode at Arlington for a few summers. Garrett Gomez also road at Arlington in the late 80's early 90's. Some great riders have ridden in Chicago at a meet on a regular basis in the last 30 years: Bailey, Day, Velasquez, Fires, Hawley, Sellers, Albarado, Douglas, Gomez, Sibille, Perret, Guidry, Romero, Pat Valenzuela

Eddie D and Cauthen rode one summer here in 70's, Mike Smith.. who else?,

I would have to disagree w/a few things. Day is a great rider, but he really didn't ride here that much in the 80s. A bit in the early 80s. And Randy Romero rode here in the early 80s, not the 90s.

80s- Fires, Diaz
90s- Guidry, Sellers and Gomez
00s- Douglas, Emigh, Campbell

Didn"t Day have a home up here in the 80's, he later moved away after the Palace was built when our racing began its  drastic decend and Churchill got the better horses... Disagree, Day rode here plenty in the 80's to get my vote.... Put down Fires in any decade 60's till now...
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« Reply #7 on: July 18, 2006, 01:33:11 PM »

Yes, Day did have a house here. I remember once when he was not riding here, a trainer (I think it was Jr Smith) named him on a horse. He was at his home saw his name in the paper and showed up to ride. The horse won.

I forgot about Mike Smith.
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« Reply #8 on: July 18, 2006, 01:36:25 PM »

Yes, Pat Day rode here regularly in the early to mid-80's.  Was a regular breakfast patron at the long time Arlington Heights restaurant - Dunton House.  

Rick Evans was never in the very top tier, but he was a very steady rider.  Won the AP Futurity one summer, and spent a good chunk of his winnings at the late Slice of Chicago in Palatine that evening.

I'm sounding like Irv Kupcinet or Michael Sneed getting dining scoops on celebrities from their minions.

I left off a rider in the 80's who used to ship in from AkSarBen when their meet closed.  John Lively.  Very good rider who won at a pretty high percentage at good prices.
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« Reply #9 on: July 18, 2006, 03:37:36 PM »

When randy romero was in his prime he was fearless, I can remember many occassions when he would squeeze between horses or on the rail for a win, maybe thats why he broke so many bones and was injury prone.  But that boy had a set of gonadds on him, definetly one of Arlington's greatest riders ever.  How about the worst

J.L Diaz -  bet many people have a few stories to share regarding this guy??
Ronnie Hirdes -  also many stories
Glynn and Gerry Louviere brothers stunk OLA!!
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« Reply #10 on: July 18, 2006, 04:30:14 PM »

Gerry Louviere was a known cheat was he not? Did he not get banned for a battery in Louisana?
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« Reply #11 on: July 18, 2006, 05:11:15 PM »

Jorge Velasquez won on our Horse Just Zack in 1989 at Arlington. I believe it was his 5998 or 5999th win. He got the cold spell for over one week trying to hit number 6000. He rode one of our other horses that week, but he got second or third. We really wanted him to 6000 on one of our horses.
Shane Sellers also won with Just Zack and Egotistic for us that year.
Carlos Marquez won two times on Just Zack for us that year also. Carlos was really hot in Chicago back then. I think He went out east towards the end of Arlingtons meet in 1989. Glad to see him back.
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« Reply #12 on: July 18, 2006, 07:12:18 PM »

Carlos Silva was pretty good during the 80's.   
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« Reply #13 on: July 19, 2006, 01:23:43 AM »

Back when I was a kid..Yea I was sick i didnt like Walter Payton...Alan Monet all the way... dude
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« Reply #14 on: July 19, 2006, 01:33:10 AM »

As Ed "CAN AWE TON"  Would say Carlos Hi hO Silva...And Super Jock Gerry Gallatano.
 Who Rode JEROMY JET?
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« Reply #15 on: July 19, 2006, 03:55:54 AM »

Ed Can Awe Ton would often say, there's that combination again, and then mention whichever trainer/jockey combination who had won a couple races lately.  Back then, it was Richard Hazleton and Jim Powel.  They used to be on fire back at the old Sportsmans Park.
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« Reply #16 on: July 19, 2006, 06:12:56 AM »

As Ed "CAN AWE TON"  Would say Carlos Hi hO Silva...And Super Jock Gerry Gallatano.
 Who Rode JEROMY JET?


I think the Jet was ridden by Randy Meier.  I could be wrong....
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« Reply #17 on: July 19, 2006, 08:26:46 AM »

yes your wrong the great Illinois bred Jeremy Jet was always ridden by Carlos Silva in his prime and trained by good old Clifford Scott. 
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« Reply #18 on: July 20, 2006, 04:57:50 PM »

Isn't anyone going to mention Stanley Spencer?
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« Reply #19 on: July 21, 2006, 08:42:37 AM »

Stash could ride a bit.  Nice moustache, though!
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« Reply #20 on: July 21, 2006, 09:51:07 AM »

Who rode Royal Regal?   I ran into one of the owners at Hawthorne a few months ago on IL Derby day and he was a nice guy.
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« Reply #21 on: July 21, 2006, 10:32:21 AM »

Another jockey who rode her for a short time was Martin Pedroza.
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« Reply #22 on: July 21, 2006, 03:05:56 PM »

Martin Pedroza rode here for only one Sportsmans Park Spring meet with limited success.  He does very well at the fair meets in California.
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« Reply #23 on: July 21, 2006, 07:47:58 PM »

Where is Ronnie Hirdes Jr? flag
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« Reply #24 on: July 21, 2006, 08:11:51 PM »

Jose Ferrer is the NEXT BIG THANG!
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