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Live Web Chat: Jorge Velasquez

Retired jockey and current jockey agent Jorge Velasquez, who finished his career in 1997 with nearly 6,800 winners and was inducted into the Racing Hall of Fame in 1990, will participate in a live web chat Friday, March 19 at 8:00 p.m. EST on nyra.com.

 

Velasquez, a native of Panama who came to the United States to ride in 1965, was dominant on the New York circuit through the 1970s, winning five NYRA titles in 1971, 1972, 1974, 1976 and 1978.  Among his top mounts were 1981 Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner Pleasant Colony and champion fillies Chris Evert and Davona Dale.

 

Velasquez may be best known as the regular rider of Alydar, whose famous rivalry with Affirmed captivated the nation in 1978.  Alydar ran second to Affirmed in all three Triple Crown races that year, and the pair’s dramatic stretch battle in the Belmont Stakes remains one of the sport’s most enduring images.  When Affirmed crossed the wire a head in front he became racing’s 11th – and last to date – Triple Crown winner.  Alydar and Velasquez would go on to win the Whitney and the Travers later that summer. 

 

Fans who wish to participate in the live dialogue with Velasquez may log on to http://www.nyra.com/livechat beginning this Friday at 8 p.m. No pre-registration is necessary and users may simply type questions and comments in the chat field at the bottom of the page for Velasquez to address. At the conclusion of the chat, an “instant replay” is created for future reference.

 

NYRA has conducted live chats on Friday evenings since October 23.  Velasquez will be the fourth guest host in the chat series, following NYRA Chief Operating Officer Hal Handel, leading trainer Gary Contessa, and veteran New York jockey Richard Migliore.  NYRA TV Analyst Andy Serling regularly hosts the chats. 

 

Fans who wish to view transcriptions of previous chats may do so at http://www.nyra.com/livechat.

 

 

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