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Gal jockey Sasha Risenhoover moves tack to SoCal; Veteran Vince DeGregory to handle his first lady rider

By Warren Eves

I’ve been rooting for jockey agent Vince DeGregory for a long time.

His faith may have been rewarded last week.

Jockey Sasha Risenhoover has moved her tack to Southern California. DeGregory will be her agent.

“A few months ago Donna Keen, wife of Dallas Keen, asked me to watch Sasha Risenhoover to see what I thought of her riding ability because she wanted to go to Del Mar this summer to ride,” relates DeGregory. “She wondered if I would take her book. At the time I didn’t have a jockey since I was recovering from back surgery. I watched her ride and win on some favorites, but that didn’t show me much until she won on some longshots. That got my attention…..but she kept riding high.”

DeGregory, one of the keener students of riding prowess, sent a text back to Donna Keen that said Risenhoover needed to “get her ass down’ becacuse she was ‘riding too high.’

DeGregory tells the rest of the story. “Two months later? Sasha comes out of Dallas Keen’s stable office(at Del Mar) and immediately says thankyou Vince for telling me to get my ass down.” Risenhoover then intimated she had lowered her stirrups which made a big difference. “I thanked her and I immediately decided that I would be her agent,” says DeGregory.

Donna Keen never told Risenhoover that DeGregory has worked for eight Hall of Fame jockeys.

“Every day she is working for new trainers,” says DeGregory.

“I believe she is going to make it here,” says DeGregory. “She is a very hard worker, who has a wonderful personality. I never thought I would work for a girl jockey and I was asked by a few, but this one is the one God chose for me to help at 85 years of age on August 29.”

Day to day horse racing enthusiasts are well aware of Risenhoover’s riding prowess. “I have watched her ride at Lone Star and was impressed,” pens Jay Richards. “This young gal can ride! Looked better than much of her male competition. I don’t bet a lot of Lone Star races, but I did bet her on a couple of winners. The Houson Chronicle mentioned the Broberg-Risenhoover team. Broberg is a high percentage, leading trainer who can pick-and-choose any jockey he wants, so using her a lot speaks volumes about her ability.”

Broberg, who used Risenhoover on his horses, is the first trainer to reach the 2,000-winner plateau in a seven-year period.

When Risenhoover finished third aboard Terra’s Angel in the August 5th Sorrento Stakes at Del Mar at 56.70-to-1, she brought attention to herself. That mount was given little or no chance but hit the board.

“Whether she’s mounting up for the $100,000 Maxxam Gold Cup at Sam Houston or getting aboard a $5,000 claiming horse, her heart bumps extra beats” penned Hal Lundgren in the Houston Chronicle.

Lundgren went on to pen: “Despite her dad’s ‘no’ vote, Risenhoover continues to climb in the jockey standings. In 2016, she guided horses to first, second and third finishes 706 times in 2,106 tries–a nationally prominent one-third success rate. Her 110 pounds take on racing’s everyday demands.”

“Sunday she worked horses for Art Sherman, John Sadler and Richie Baltas. She loves God, and she knows how much I love God which makes us a powerful tream.”

Who wouldn’t like to see this Risenhoover-DeGregory story turn out positive?

Notes scribbled on my program–It wasn’t too long ago we wrote a few tidbits about famed jockey Kieren Fallon as he moved from one venue to another trying to coninue is storied career. He finally gave up and now he plans to tell it all in a book…………………Watched the FTBOA Sire filly and colt features from Gulfstream Park August 6 and wasn’t impressed by the filly winner Go Astray or the colt Phantom Ro. ┬áJose Batista hammered on Go Astray through the stretch as she won by nearly five in 1:11.08. Phantom Ro got a short early lead and kicked away off the top but felt the sting of both right-hand and left-hand whipping to win in 1:10.60. Valid Interest made the best on track appearance in the post race and warm ups but finished a well beaten sixth in the filly test………….Yonkers, when I was pub man at Saratoga, was a class show. Now it’s a complete joke. They keep their starts a secret. The announcer, if you can call him that, speaks in hushed tones. Their graphics remain up as the horses are scoring and if you are not paying close attention, you are going to miss the start. It’s a joke!…………..While surfing this weekend on the internet some Hambletonian comments brought back fond memories of none other than Pres Jenuine. He was, without question, one of the classiest racetrack execs in my lifetime. Pres was Western Harness Racing, period! He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1991 and was responsible for bringing most of the top harness horses in the land to Hollywood Park. Pres also established the American Classics and the L.K. Shapiro Stakes. And….he introduced new systems of race classification to name one. Wow! I was certainly lucky to have known him.

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About The Author

Warren Eves
Warren Eves is a senior turf writer from the state of California who calls Pearl River, Louisiana his home. The one time editor of the Pasadena Independent Star News moved on to handle publicity for racetracks coast to coast. Eves gained his first exposure to the racetrack through a school buddy the late Art Lerille, Jr., who eventually became a trainer in California. Warren worked as farm manager for crack two-year-old trainer Ray Priddy, before holding on track jobs at the racetrack. He worked for Hall of Fame trainer M.E. "Buster" Millerick, Allen Drumheller, Jr., and Dick Moon. Eves has a well rounded background in all breeds. He developed Quarter Horse Report in 1979 with Ed Burgart, track announcer, at Los Alamitos Race Course. It was an innovative publication which revolutionized the industry with actual descriptions of the workouts. While handling publicity at Saratoga Raceway in upstate New York Eves was named employee of the year in 1970. He also handled publicity for Sunland Park, Centennial Park, Ascot Park, Thistledown, and two harness meetings in California. Eves then went into the 900-line business with his best plays and has compiled his own Kentucky Derby ratings for many years. In 1997 he began going back and forth to Las Vegas teaming up with Ralph Siraco to create the long runining radio show Raceday Las Vegas. Eves has produced and directed many horse racing shows on both radio and television. In 2010 he got a call from Mark Geiger. That's when he began writing Eves, with a reputation of a trip handicapper, is known for his video tape scrutiny. He currently monitors horse racing in for a major horseplayer. While writing for Ridder Publication at the Pasadena Star News his investigative reporting was highly regarded by his peers. Often on the cutting edge, Eves has been given the green light to write about what issues he sees fit to cover. Have a question. His book "Hold All Tickets" is soon to be made available for those who come to this site. It's a factual account of actual events and happenings that took place in the 70s, 80s and 90s. If Warren doesn't know the answer to a question you may have, he'll tell you up front. Eves won't drop it there, however, he'll find someone who knows the answer and get back to you.


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