At the Races -- Reeder completes first year at Delaware Park

November 16, 2008|By LARRY YANOS

Former Charles Town-based jockey Glenn Reeder, a native of Boonsboro, has completed his first year as an employee in the racing secretary's office at Delaware Park.

"I mostly took entries and helped with claims. I enjoyed working there and hope to return," Reeder said. "Like most racetracks, we had occasional problems filling entries this spring and summer, but we worked hard and got the job done. There was a lot of competition for horses (in the Mid-Atlantic region.)"

Reeder, 40, rode horses at Charles Town from 1987 to 2001. He worked for six years in the racing secretary's office there before making the transition to Delaware Park.

Reeder attended Boonsboro High School and said his father, a former jockey, was instrumental in getting him started in the thoroughbred racing industry.


"Winning races was always special," Reeder said. "I had injury problems throughout my career. The worst year was 1991 when I broke my collarbone three separate times."

Star retires

Maryland-based trainer Chris Grove, a native of Frederick, has lost another valuable member of his barn with the retirement of Lexi Star.

The multiple stakes winner went out a winner this past week with her 12th trip to the winners' circle in a 1 1/16-mile $40,000 allowance feature.

The 6-year-old daughter of Crypto Star won by 1 3/4 lengths in 1:44.75 under jockey J.D. Acosta and paid $3.20.

The Bowie-based mare, who won five career stakes races and was 6-for-6 at the allowance level, boosted her earnings to $605,424.

Lexi Star is now headed to owner Stephen Quick's St. Omer's Farm in Harford County to prepare for the 2009 breeding season.

Pony tales

· Despite a disappointing fourth-place finish in the Breeder's Cup Classic last month at Santa Anita, Curlin continues to be this year's leading equine money winner with nearly $5.3 million in purse earnings.

Kentucky Derby winner Big Brown is second with almost $3.6 million and Classic winner Raven's Pass third with just over $3.5 million.

Curlin, last year's Horse of the Year as a 3-year-old, is North America's leading money for the second straight year, making the Steve Asmussen trainee the first horse since Cigar in 1995 and 1996 to achieve the feat and only the fifth ever, along with Alysheba, Buckpasser and Round Table.

· Jockey Julien Leparoux tied Hall of Famer Pat Day's track record with seven wins at Churchill Downs on Tuesday.

The 25-year-old Leparoux won his first seven races before coming up just short in his final two mounts.

Day set the record by winning seven races in eight mounts in June 1984.

· Hall of Fame trainer Allen Jerkens was released from the hospital last Wednesday after having a pacemaker installed.

The 79-year-old trainer then went to visit his barn at Belmont Park.

Jerkens was admitted to a hospital last month with shortness of breath, then underwent surgery to repair two heart valves Oct. 20 and had a pacemaker installed eight days later.

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