Jockeys Angel Cordero, Jr., Jorge Velasquez and
Richard Migliore, three of
the most popular and successful riders on The New York Racing
Association, Inc. (NYRA) circuit, will autograph photographs on Saturday
during “Big Apple Showcase Day” at Belmont Park.
All three “Legends of New York” will be available in the
second-floor clubhouse from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Photos of each will be
provided and fans can receive an autograph
from each jockey – a total of three – for a $10 donation to the
Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund.
Cordero, who was elected into racing’s Hall of Fame in 1988,
began his career in 1960 and rode 7,057 winners before retiring in 1992.
Among his dozens of stakes victories
were three editions of the Kentucky Derby (Cannonade, 1974; Bold
Forbes, 1976, and Spend a Buck, 1985), two in the Preakness (Codex, 1980
and Gate Dancer, 1984), and one (Bold Forbes, 1976) in the
Hall of Famer Velasquez, who retired in 1997 after winning 6,795 races,
rode Pleasant Colony to victory in the 1981 Kentucky Derby and
Preakness, and also was the regular rider for
1978 Triple Crown runner-up Alydar. Both he and Cordero currently work
as jockey agents, with Cordero holding Hall of Famer John Velazquez’s
book and Velasquez representing Samuel Camacho, Jr. and Chris DeCarlo.
Migliore, a fixture at
Park, Saratoga Race Course and Aqueduct
Racetrack from 1980 until his retirement in 2010, won the Eclipse Award
as the nation’s top apprentice in 1981. During his riding career he won
4,450 races, including 362 stakes, including
25 Grade 1 winners. “The Mig” currently serves as an analyst on NYRA TV
and a racing office associate.