“Legends of New York” Jockey Autograph Signing at Belmont Park Saturday
By Jenny Kellner | 05/30/2013 05:15 PM ET
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 Belmont.
Fellow 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 Belmont 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.