Usually it is all about the horse, come Triple Crown time, but as we head into the Preakness Stakes it appears most of the attention is on the Jockeys. This year 3 Jockeys are getting more media coverage than any of the horses.
First we have the Borel Factor, that being, just bet on any horse being ridden by Calvin Borel in the Triple Crown Series. Seriously, any newcomer to the sport must be saying, this is an easy game-The guy won on Street Sense, on Mine That Bird, on Rachel Alexandra, and now on Super Saver. Just bet on Borel and cash your ticket.
Jockey Garrett Gomez has been getting his share of ink as the Jockey no longer riding the unlucky Lookin at Lucky. Baffert, trying the change the goalie trick, has told Gomez to hop on someone else as he most likely will give the mount to Martin Garcia.
And finally Kent Desormeaux, who rode Paddy O’Prado to a 3rd place finish, garners headlines for his perceived lackluster finish above O’Prado, who got passed at the wire by hard charging Ice Box.
If you have the time I recommend you listen to a highly entertaining interview of Derosmeaux by Steve Byk over at Thoroughbred Racing Radio Network.