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Those 3 u mentioned have to be the top 3 in the nation right now...right?
You got that one right. The BC organization and racing at large community didn't need that image for thoroughbred racing.
As my boss, a decorated Viet Nam Lt Colonel taught me...When you lose your head your azz goes with it
Jockey: Irad Ortiz Jr., 0 for 4 in Derby. Best finish was fourth on Improbable (2019).
Racing in US since mid 2011.
Cash money jockeys; sure... would like to add The Derby to their list.
Was it Castellano that created interference and almost put Borel on his ass and the argument ensued?
Borel's veins were popping out of his neck and bunch a peeps had to hold him back.
Yes, Rosario rode HRC in the LA Derby.....was he not impressed enough to then commit to O'Neill? He was still holding out for Concert Tour. Do you then downgrade HRC due to Rosario's hesitancy?
I’m not sure. You certainly don’t have to be a top jock to win it.
Rosario and Sadler teamed up to win a 10F race at Churchill, the 2018 BC Classic with Accelerate.
That's not the drill.
Take the major 3 yr old Derby days / point races at the anointed tracks.
The big ride jocks go to those tracks and ride in several big purse elite races.
And then things shake out. Like you mention horses one jock rides
Agents/jocks go to trainer/owner with best opportunities present + future.
At Oaklawn Saturday Irad to me was the reason Monomoy Girl + the a Philly who won a Preakness got beat.
A top jockey can find 2 - 3 seconds against a lesser. Not make the horse run any faster And they know 'when to ride. They get best horses.
Connections seek out the top jocks who are riding at the big days.
And sure within a colony and meet/circuit it shakes out who rides for who.
Jockeys are beholding to their connections. They don't call the shots. Very respectful and thankful almost humble as you see in interviews.