• The week’s significant milestones
1,000 Emisael Jaramillo
USA: Venezuelan jockey Emisael Jaramillo partnered his 1,000 winner in North America when he guided Loriloupies to victory in the third race at Gulfstream Park on Saturday [May 2]. The 43-year-old had a four-timer on the card.
Jaramillo rode more than 4,000 winners in his native land before moving to Florida in 2015, since when he has reliably hit the 200-winner mark on an annual basis.
A sizeable proportion of his winners have come in tandem with Jorge Navarro, one of the trainers at the centre of federal charges concerning a designer-dope ring. Jaramillo’s biggest win came on Navarro-trained XY Jet in last year’s Dubai Golden Shaheen; he also rode Shancelot for his breathtaking win in the Amsterdam at Saratoga.
$41m Oaklawn Park
USA: Oaklawn Park didn’t just break its record in betting handle for Saturday’s Arkansas Derby card, the final card of its long spring meet, the track absolutely smashed it to smithereens. Before the 14-race card featuring two divisions of the G1 highlight, Oaklawn‘s previous best single-day handle was $19 million; Saturday’s all-sources handle was $41m.
Meet leaders as Oaklawn kept the US ship afloat during the coronavirus crisis were jockey Ricardo Santana with 60 victories and trainer Robertino Diodoro with 52.
800 Ricky Yiu
Hong Kong: Title leader Ricky Yiu saddled his 800th domestic winner when the appropriately named Fabulous Eight scored in handicap company at Sha Tin on Sunday [May 3]. In his 25th year as a trainer, Yiu is enjoying his best-ever season with 54 victories, having already exceeded his previous best with 20 meetings still to go.
Yiu’s career total excludes three overseas winners: Sacred Kingdom (Singapore’s KrisFlyer International Sprint in 2009), Ultra Fantasy (Japan’s Sprinters Stakes in 2010) and Amber Sky (Al Quoz Sprint in Dubai 2014).
3 Mr Stunning
Hong Kong: A stalwart of the Hong King scene, sprint star Mr Stunning has been retired after winning the Chairman’s Sprint Prize on FWD Champions Day at Sha Tin at the end of last month. The popular Frankie Lor-trained gelding won three G1s altogether, including the notable feat of back-to-back victories in the Hong Kong Sprint at the Longines International Races in December in 2017 and 2018.
19 Lyle Hewitson
Japan: Dual South African champion Lyle Hewitson waved goodbye to Japan with five winners at Tokyo over the weekend to take his total to a more-than-respectable 19 during the course of his two-month contract. As well as winning Saturday’s feature, the G2 Aoba Sho, on Authority, the 22-year-old scored on Sunday on his final ride Satono Deed.
5 Hugh Bowman
Australia: Sydney-based jockey Hugh Bowman landed a rare five-timer on the Kensington all-weather track at Randwick on Saturday [May 2]. The popular hoop, forever associated with the legendary Winx, scored on Yonkers, Dirty Work, Rocha Clock, Hightail and Phaistos; he was narrowly denied a six-bagger when Juventus came second in the last on a nine-race card.