• The week’s significant milestones
5,000 Stewart Elliott
USA: Kentucky Derby-winning jockey Stewart Elliott became the 36th North American-based rider to reach the 5,000-winner mark in North America when he rode a double at Lone Star Park in Texas on Sunday [August 9].
Canadian-born Elliott, 55, is best known for his association with Smarty Jones, who won the first two legs of the Triple Crown in 2004 before being beaten in the Belmont.
He rode his first winner at Keystone in January 1981. He reached 5,000 when Steve Asmussen-trained Power End carried the Bloom Racing silks to a half-length victory in the eighth race at Lone Star, a 5f allowance event on turf.
6 Hazel Schofer
New Zealand: Apprentice Hazel Schofer joined a select band of NZ riders when she rode an amazing six-timer at Hawera racecourse in the Taranaki region on Saturday [August 8]. She joins James McDonald as the only apprentices to achieve the feat in New Zealand, where six senior jockeys have also won six races on a single card since 1995.
Schofer, 21, returned to race-riding only in June after coming close to throwing in the towel owing to weight issues. Her six winners came on a 12-race card and included four successes for her employer, New Plymouth trainer Allan Sharrock, via Shanghai Express, Tavi Mac, Beckidboo and Aricina.
Sharrock also recorded his own six-timer as he scored with Lisa Allpress-ridden The Grinder plus Cannoli at Te Rapa.
4,200 Yutaka Take
Japan: Yutaka Take, the winningmost rider in JRA history, recorded his 4,200th victory on Japan’s premier circuit when he partnered the favourite Delamotte land the seventh race at Sapporo on Sunday [August 9].
The legendary Take, 51, has topped the JRA list 18 times. He has ridden 71 winners this year and stands third in the jockeys’ title race behind Christophe Lemaire (118) and Yuga Kawada (107).
20 Gary & John Moore
Australia: Although Covid-19 quarantine restrictions mean John Moore will have to participate remotely for a while, the Hong Kong legend’s training partnership back home with brother Gary in Sydney officially began last Wednesday [August 5] when Racing NSW ratified their partnership training licence. They will kick off with a stable complex of 20 boxes at Rosehill Gardens in Sydney.
11 Pure Sensation
USA: Veteran turf sprinter Pure Sensation has been retired after coming last in the G3 Troy Stakes at Saratoga on Saturday [August 8]. Owned and bred by Frank and Patricia Generazio, the nine-year-old gelding won a total of 11 stakes, among them four victories in the Turf Monster at Parx, where he also won three editions of the Parx Dash.
2 Watch Me
France: Dual G1-winning filly Watch Me has been retired. Winner of the Coronation Stakes at Royal Ascot in 2019, the daughter of Olympic Glory went out on a high note for trainer Francis-Henri Graffard with her second top-level victory in the Prix Rothschild at Deauville on August 2. She won 11 races altogether.