Monday, May 10, 2010

It's all about the Jockey

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. Kent has been very vocal in defense of his ride claiming Paddy O’Prado hit a hole in the track and it caused him to lose balance so he switched his leads. I watched the replay a couple of times and it is hard to see if O'Prado stepped in a hole or not but the horse did change leads.

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. Kent was in Bermuda for some R&R at the time and it is quite possible he had a cocktail or two before the interview.

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