KENTUCKY DERBY JOCKEYS
Kent Desormeaux is one of the hottest jockeys in horse racing. He has won the Kentucky Derby three separate times aboard Real Quiet, Fusiachi Pegasus, and Big Brown. He will be attempting to win the Kentucky Derby for the Fourth time this year on Hold Me Back. Experience is invaluable in a race like the Kentucky Derby. Skill goes a long way, but nothing quite substitutes for having been there before. Let�s take a look at some of the jockeys who have proved they can get the job done on the first Saturday in May.
Edgar Prado– Who can forget this hall of famers captivating win in the 2006 Kentucky Derby aboard Barbaro? He not only gave the horse a great ride, but helped him to romp home by 6 lengths. His mount was a man among boys that day. Prado is one of the most gifted riders in the Game and is highly sought after by trainers. He is well known for ending Smarty Jones bid for the Triple Crown when he won the Belmont Stakes in 2004 aboard Birdstone. His mount for the 2009 Kentucky Derby is Dunkirk. He rode this colt first out to a maiden breaking victory at Gulfstream Park. Dunkirk has a hell of a chance to win this race, and you can bank on the fact that Edgar Prado will give the closer a patient race and put him in a position to win.
Gabriel Saez– Panama is the home of many great riders and the young Saez is no exception. While he hasn�t been on the scene as long as many other riders, he has already accomplished much. In 2008 he rode Proud Spell to a powerful victory in the Kentucky Oaks, and finished second in the Kentucky Derby on the ill fated Eight Belles. He rides many horses for trainer LArry Jones, and will be riding his colt in this Kentucky Derby. That colt goes by the name of Friesan Fire, and he was the victor in the Louisiana Derby. Saez and Jones will be out for redemption this year and you can bet your ass they are going to give it everything they have. You can�t go wrong with Gabriel Saez.
Stewart Elliott– Many pundits, me included, believe this jockey should have ridden the last Triple Crown winner. Unfortunately, it just wasn�t meant to be. Elliott won the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes aboard Smarty Jones before finishing second in the Belmont Stakes in 2004. His win in the Kentucky Derby was the first time a jockey had won the race on his first try in over 25 years. Elliott isn�t the most well known guy out there, but he has won over 4,000 races and is more than capable of winning with the right horse underneath him. That horse will be Kentucky Cup Juvenile winner West Side Bernie. He ran a career best last out when he finished 2nd in the Wood Memorial and could be poised for a big run at an even bigger price. His best races have been with Elliott in the irons.
Ramon Dominguez – A few of the jockeys I know up in New York refer to this guy as �the freak�. That is because he wins 30% of his races! Dominguez is the perfect example of a big fish in a small pond, but he can do just as good when other great riders are opposing him. His best Kentucky Derby performance came in 2006 when he finished second underneath long shot Bluegrass Cat. Dominguez�s best career win came in 2004 on Better Talk Now when he won the Breeder�s Cup Turf. He is more than capable, and quite a witty rider. He is among the best when it comes to adapting to different pace scenarios. His mount this year will be the Dubai based Desert Party. He finished 2nd last out in the UAE Derby and could easily move forward with a good ride from Dominguez.
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