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Richard Migliore

Richard Migliore
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Occupation Jockey
Birthplace Babylon, New York, United States
Birth date March 14, 1964
Career wins 4,450
Major racing wins, honours & awards
Major racing wins

Gallant Fox Handicap (1981)
Knickerbocker Handicap (1981)
Wood Memorial Stakes (1985)
Whirlaway Stakes (1985, 2010)
Kelso Breeders' Cup Handicap (1985)
Jaipur Stakes (1986, 1996)
Busher Stakes (1989)
Laurel Futurity Stakes (1991)
Flower Bowl Invitational Stakes (1991)
Monmouth Breeders' Cup Oaks (1991)
Delaware Handicap (1994)
Beldame Stakes (1997, 1989)
Gazelle Stakes (1989, 2009)
Manhattan Handicap (1989)
Iroquois Handicap (1992)
Remsen Stakes (1996)
Pegasus Stakes (1996)
Honorable Miss Handicap (1997)
Go For Wand Handicap (1997)
Mike Lee Handicap (1997, 1995)
Queens County Handicap (1997)
Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup Stakes (1998)
Lake George Stakes (1998)
Cicada Stakes (1998)
First Flight Handicap (1998)
Sport Page Breeders' Cup Handicap (1998, 1984)
Shadwell Turf Mile Stakes (2000)
Dwyer Stakes (2000)
Red Smith Handicap (2000)
Commonwealth Breeders' Cup Stakes (2000)
Cowdin Stakes (2000, 1998)
Demoiselle Stakes (2000, 1998)
Old Hat Stakes (1999)
Personal Ensign Handicap (2001)
Frank J. DeFrancis Memorial Dash Stakes (2002)
Lake Placid Handicap (2001, 1998)
Spinster Stakes (2001)
General Douglas MacArthur Handicap (2001)
Black-Eyed Susan Stakes (2001)
Ohio Derby (2002)
Saranac Stakes (2002)
Sabin Stakes (2002)
Grey Breeders' Cup Stakes (2002)
Carter Handicap (2002)
Gallant Bloom Handicap (2003, 1998, 1996)
Ballerina Handicap (2003)
Fourstardave Handicap (2003)
Damon Runyon Stakes (2003)
E. P. Taylor Stakes (2003)
Stuyvesant Handicap (2003)
Belmont Lexington Stakes (2003)
Man o' War Stakes (2003, 1985)
Vagrancy Handicap (2003, 1981)
New York Stallion Series
(2003, 1998, 1996, 1993, 1985)
Brooklyn Handicap (2004, 2003)
Ladies Handicap (2004, 2003. 1998)
Kent Breeders' Cup Stakes (2004)
Florida Derby (2004)
Hall of Fame (2004)
Jamaica Handicap (2004, 1996, 1986)
Noble Damsel Breeders' Cup Handicap (2005)
Stymie Handicap (2005, 1993)
Gotham Stakes (2005, 2003, 1985)
Distaff Breeders' Cup Handicap
(2005, 2004, 1998, 1997)
Bernard Baruch Handicap (2005, 2003, 1985)
Victory Ride Stakes (2005)
Dominion Day Stakes (2006)
Kings Point Handicap (2006)
Indiana Derby (2006)
Toboggan Handicap
(2006, 2003, 2002, 1999, 1997, 1985)
Fall Highweight Handicap (2006, 1997, 1987)
Pacific Classic Stakes (2007)
Frank E. Kilroe Mile Handicap (2007)
Hawthorne Gold Cup Handicap (2007, 2008)
Norfolk Stakes (United States) (2007)
Baldwin Stakes (2007)
Miesque Stakes (2008)
Withers Stakes (2009)
Test Stakes (2009)
Super Derby (2009)
Ruthless Stakes (2010)

Breeders Cup wins:
Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint (2008)
Racing awards
Eclipse Award for Outstanding Apprentice Jockey (1981)
Eddie Arcaro Award from the New York Turf Writers Association
Mike Venezia Memorial Award (2003)
George Woolf Memorial Jockey Award (2008)
Significant horses
Hidden Lake, Funny Cide, Artie Schiller, Fourstardave, Albert the Great, Kip Deville, Wando, Friends Lake, Say Florida Sandy. Student Council, Desert Code

Richard Migliore (born March 14, 1964 in Babylon, New York) is a retired American jockey whose mounts have ranged from Fourstardave to Wando to Funny Cide to Kip Deville to Hidden Lake to Desert Code. [1]

Called "The Mig," which is a type of Russian fighter jet, for his tenacious style of riding, he lives with his wife, Carmela, and children in Garden City, New York, but works wherever the race horses are.

He's always loved animals, especially horses, ever since he was a child growing up in a crowded home in Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn. When he was 11, his family moved into a bigger house where outdoors there was room for bike riding...and for horses. On one of his endless bike rides, he turned down an unexplored lane that ended in a dressage horse farm. It was a whole new world. Called Hunting Hollow Farm, it was managed by the respected Hugh Cassidy. Cassidy gave The Mig his first chance to work with horses and his first riding lessons. He loved it, but in dressage he found too much restraint. He wanted to open up and see how fast the horses could run. Before he was 13 years old, he and a few friends bought ponies to start a pony-ride business. The pony rides turned into pony racing on the athletic fields of the Brentwood schools. They broke the ponies themselves, and rode them, charging a $5 entry fee for others who raced. It was a bonanza. All the other kids were trained in equestrian style riding—they couldn't break, they couldn't rate, they couldn't decide when to turn it on, they didn't stand a chance. But the day Richard saw Willie Shoemaker win the Marlboro Cup up on the great Forego on TV, was the day he decided to be a "real" jockey. The way "The Shoe" rode Forego to beat Honest Pleasure was the way he rode his best pony Sally to beat all the other kids. He felt like a kindred spirit.

The trainer, Stephen A. DiMauro, gave him his first job at a track and taught how to ride a race horse. Migliore, he grew to be only 5'4” and weigh 112 pounds.

His first mount was on September 29, 1980 and his first win was less than a month later aboard Good Grip at Meadowlands Racetrack. During 1981 which was his breakout year, he won the Eclipse Award as the leading apprentice jockey at the age of 17.

On May 30, 1988, Migliore suffered a near-fatal neck injury when he was thrown from Madam Alydar at Belmont Park. His accident was so spectacular it was featured on the television series Rescue 911 in 1992. In July 1999, he seriously fractured his right arm in another spill at Belmont and was out of the races for six months.

Two days before the Breeders' Cup run at Lone Star Park in Texas, his horse, Paulina, fell on him. He rode in the Sprint anyway, mounted on Bwana Charlie, and in the Mile on Artie Schiller. As he said, "My desire superseded my logic." Later he found he had a broken wrist, broken ribs and a broken pelvis, Sidelined for two months, he took up yoga which he now loves. As he says, "It even keeps my weight down."

Richard Migliore was the recipient of the Eddie Arcaro Award from the New York Turf Writers Association as outstanding jockey in 1981 and 1985. He won the 2003 Mike Venezia Memorial Award from the New York Racing Association for "extraordinary sportsmanship and citizenship." This award is based on the votes of fellow jockeys, turf writers and an online vote by fans, and is given in memory of Mike Venezia, who was killed on October 13, 1988 in a spill at Belmont Park. In that same year, he was honored at the 2003 Thurman Munson Awards Dinner by the Association for the Help of Retarded Children. In 2005, he was awarded his second consecutive NYTB Jockey of the Year title, riding the New York-bred winners of 58 races and winning $2,246,398.

In 2005, he won the Aqueduct Racetrack spring meet, as well as on February 4th, 2005, his 4,000th career race. His won twice that day, once on Hurricane Erica and the second time on Benjamin Baby. Richard Migliore is the 18th active jockey to reach that milestone and the 43rd in history to win as many races.

In October, 2006, Migliore announced his move to the California tracks after a career spent on the East Coast. On November 15th, he rode his first mount at Hollywood Park Racetrack.

On February 23, 2008 it was announced that Migliore won the George Woolf Memorial Jockey Award in a vote of his peers from coast to coast. The Woolf Award is one of the most coveted trophies in all of racing, honoring riders whose careers and personal character earn esteem for the individual and the sport of Thoroughbred racing.

In the summer of 2008, Migliore announced he would be returning to the East Coast for the prestigious Saratoga meet. At the end of the Saratoga meet, Migliore further announced that he would be relocating back to NY. He has long been a fan favorite and a favorite of his peers and those within the industry.

On October 25, 2008, at Santa Anita Park racetrack, in Arcadia, CA, Richard Migliore won his first Breeders' Cup World Championship (the Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint, also the first time this race had been run) when he rode Desert Code to victory.[2]

One June 2, 2010, during an emotional press conference, for not only Migliore but for almost everyone in attendance, at Belmont Racetrack before the draw for the Belmont Stakes, "The Mig" announced his retirement. He leaves as winner of 4,450 races including 362 stakes and 25 Grade 1 events. On May 4th he underwent an operation in which two plates and 8 screws were inserted into his neck due to a fall from his mount, Honest Wildcat, at Aqueduct on January 23, 2010.

"It's no big surprise why we're here, my career as a jockey is over," he said, "It's not by choice. I was in the doctor's office on Wednesday of last week and he assured me that I would never ride another Thoroughbred again. He works on many NFL players and said if you have a level two fusion, you have to retire. I have a level four fusion." [3]


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