04/02/2013 3:43PM

Hastings: Gryder to ride first call for owner Glen Todd


VANCOUVER, British Columbia – Jockey Aaron Gryder has agreed to be first-call rider for owner Glen Todd at the Hastings meet that begins Saturday, April 13.

Gryder is currently based at Santa Anita. He began his career in 1987 and since then his mounts have earned more than $112 million. His biggest win came aboard Well Armed in the $6 million Dubai World Cup 2009.

“Surround yourself with winners, and you get the results you are looking for,” Gryder said. “Mr. Todd is a winner not only at the track but in everything he does. He sought after my services, and after giving it a lot of thought, I decided to ride for him at Hastings. I am looking forward to riding there.”

Todd, who races under the stable name North American Thoroughbred Horse Company, set a record by winning 18 stakes races at Hastings last year. His horses are trained by Troy Taylor, and they have dominated the trainer and owner standings since 2007. Mario Gutierrez was their main rider until last year, when they urged Gutierrez to make a name for himself in Southern California.

“With Gutierrez staying in California, we wanted a top-notch rider that we could call on throughout the season,” Todd said.

Gryder is expected to arrive in Vancouver this Sunday.

W. G. WARM WIND More than 1 year ago
Bruce, I never questioned, Mr Gryder's ability to ride. But, he has been swimming in the deep end, as you alluded to, in Southern California. But, he is easily the most talented rider to begin the meet at Hastings. The question is, will he tire of being a big frog in the little pond that is Hastings? Love the track and management, but it is a far cry from even the Fairplex. Mr Taylor has not been having any real success down south, as compared to previous years in Southern Cal. They may be shooting a few more blanks this year compared to years past. We shall see as the meet unfolds. There is no question though that Aaron Gryder is a fine rider.
Bruce Baudoux More than 1 year ago
Probably on a huge retainer and the purses are just gravy. Aaron ( the rider ) Gryder can ride anywhere against anybody and will win his share running up hill on broken glass so there should be no worries about bullrings or bee stings. He is obviously not riding tons of winners in So Cal so why not call Canada home for awhile and see if it fits long term. Good luck Aaron, all the best.
W. G. WARM WIND More than 1 year ago
Mr Gryder has applied for a visa under the professional athlete category which is a bit different than the normal Open Work Permit. Same say, as any golfer, baseball or hockey player that is not Canadian (47.7% of the NHL players are not Canadian) to play pro hockey in Canada for even one game. And yes, there are many fine Canadian riders. Many of them either ply their trade at the much more lucrative Woodbine Racetrack in Toronto or have gone to the United States to ride. We shall see if racing in a bull ring suits Mr Gryder over the long summer. We may see him longing for the big-time before the meet ends.
Nathan More than 1 year ago
are there any canadian jocks that can get the job done? how does guy get a work visa?
commenting More than 1 year ago
Yes there are Canadian riders, I'm not sure how the rules work. It's just frustrating the the Todd/Taylor boys will run a gajillion horses, win a bazillion races, be leading owner/trainer/jockey, again, all the while the rest of us small guys struggle.